“Cyclists: Scourge Of The Streets?”: The Thoughts Of Rob Ainsley

By Rob Ainsley

I forced myself to watch it, and it was indeed cheap, shabby, lowest-common-denominator, shouty, dim-witted drivel: clickbait for aggressive, bigoted simpletons. Iโ€™m happy to record my anger here, and in other cycle forums, but Iโ€™ve no intention of encouraging the nonentities in the production company behind this nonsense by any public comments theyโ€™d ever see. Thatโ€™s playing their game.

Iโ€™ve worked in crap telly, and I know their type: bubbly, attractive, self-confident, middle-class half-wits who have every idea about the meeja and no idea about science, history or facts. They think Newtonโ€™s Laws is a police drama, they think Pearl Harbour was a jazz singer, they think Twitterstorms are a confirmation of their cleverness.

So, what do we do about it โ€“ us sensible, decent people who happen to cycle, who probably also drive a car sometimes, who just want to share the road that we all pay for, and get to where weโ€™re going safely and pleasantly without stupid arguments with prejudiced idiots? We canโ€™t *all* move to the Netherlands.

All I can suggest is that we keep on doing what weโ€™re doing, and donโ€™t play the bulliesโ€™ game by over-reacting. We keep cycling, we keep blogging and writing positively, we keep smiling. And โ€“ now that the admirable Mr Boardman et al have produced their own effective rebuff to this waste of airtime โ€“ we give the programme-shaped-objects like Channel 5โ€™s pathetic effort the public attention it deserves. Nothing.

Thanks Rob.

The comments above by Rob Ainsley were written in response to the post earlier this week – Cyclists: Scourge of the Streets – here on It is interesting to note that this morning the BBC is reporting the following:

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