Was there BBC Blackout on Bike Memorial Ride?

I have just been referred to the report by Crapwalthamforest.blogspot by the ‘Twiterati’ on the memorial bike ride the other day in tribute to the cyclists who were killed by rush hour lorries recently on our cyclist-unfriendly roads littered with ‘cyclist-trap railings’ (often not removed or removed two years after the deaths after ‘pressure’).

I was pleased to see that there were several photos in the blog so we could have a better idea of what it was like, and Freewheeler’s personal experience was also interesting as well as the woman who asked him what it was about. In the absence of the BBC, who may have censored the story, it was great citizen journalism.

I was so not surprised to read about the incident with the lawless trucker. Clearly that bloke is just the sort of motorist who needs cyclist awareness training and, no doubt he belongs to the Association of British Nutters. Maybe HGV/cyclist leaflets could be handed out to lorry drivers at CM? In fact were any leaflets handed out at all?

I was pleased that Jenny Jones and the CTC and the LCC, were supposed to be there too.

Now, with 620 cyclists where was the BBC? You would think that with nearly 700 cyclists going through London on a memorial ride that would ‘be news’ or was there a deliberate BBC blackout on the event? Even just to say that a bike memorial ride was ‘delaying traffic and causing inconvenience’, is something as opposed to a entire blackout. Is is an insult. If anyone can send me a link or tell me whether the BBC were there, it would be helpful.

When 70 people turned up at Jason Macintyre’s memorial ride, there was an article by the BBC. albeit short.


BBC complaints: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/homepage/

Crapwalthamforest’s reporting: http://www.crapwalthamforest.blogspot.com

PS Incidently will a cycling charity come up with a ‘wristband’ to remember fallen cyclists or to highlight the HGV/cyclist issue?


4 responses to “Was there BBC Blackout on Bike Memorial Ride?

  1. weefoldingbike

    A cyclist is largely to blame for the whole wrist band meme.


    I wouldn’t worry about BBC blackouts. They do it quite often here when there something good about the SNP or something bad about Labour.

    There have been weeks of silence about the recent unpleasantness in Glasgow Council. Sometimes a show doesn’t appear because of “technical problems” like the Scottish edition of the Politics show when Mr Purcell made the front page of the English Sundays. Reporting Scotland did a no show when John Mason MP was due to appear two years ago. OTOH the Secretary of State for the Scottish office gets to make speeches in the old “Is there something you would like to say to the nation?” mode like they did in the 1940s.

  2. That was an interesting Awareness bracelet link,thanks for that.

    The BBC just put out ‘what suits them’ not the public. Interesting to have your comments. They never talk about the Republicans too.

    They keep it is a bland as possible..still, at least they have a complaints form, as least complaint stats can be registered.

  3. LCC made a video of Critical Mass for those who couldn’t make it…

  4. Yes, that was a very good one… sad, moving and I liked the music. It was amazing to see so many people turn up.

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