Role reversal - 'shameful' Time Out columnist calls cyclists 'fascists', Standard highlights killer HGVs
4.05.07 by Buffalo Bill
The topsy-turvy coverage of London cycling continues. Yesterday (3rd May 2007) the London Standard reported in depth on the death of Emma Foa, killed by a left-turning HGV (lorry) in December last year on York Way. Her daughter is quoted: ‘if she had been a little less law-abiding and had cycled through a red light, she would probably be alive today’.
This echoes many reports that running red lights is safer than stopping. We covered the subject here.
As Jack and I said on the Bike Show special on the Standard’s ‘Battle for Safer Cycling’, this is a complete and welcome reversal of the previously anti-cyclist tone of the Standard.
And now, inspired perhaps by the maxim: my enemy’s friend is my enemy, Time Out this week carries a column called ‘Slice of Life’ which redresses the balance somewhat. In an extraordinary, ignorant, racist, unfunny and absurd attack on the ‘assault from cyclists’, whom the writer describes as ‘privileged, white, self-absorbed and arrogant… …two-wheeled fascists’, the writer only displays his utter and complete lack of knowledge of any facts related to road casualties in London. I am not going rebut line by line what the guy has written. Onionbagblogger has done a much better job. OBB has also christened him ‘King Knobber No 1‘. It’s worth reading OBB’s rant in full. As a connossieur of top-quality self-righteous rants, I award this one the full 5 stars.
A couple of things I would say in response to the offending column:
1. pedestrians have an absolute unconditional right to be on the road. No cyclist should ever knowingly put a pedestrian’s safety at risk, whatever the circumstances.
2. I went to a state school.