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Author Suggests ‘Lynching’ of Cyclists

Dec 29th, 2007 | By | Category: News

On the past couple of shows I have mentioned that police in certain cities are cracking down on scofflaw cyclists for running red lights, failing to yield to pedestrians, etc. On the most recent show I also railed against motorists who fail to yield to cyclists and repeated my oft-mentioned question from my family upon my return from a ride in the city (‘how many people tried to kill you today?’).

But now things are starting to go too far.

In his December 27 Times Online column, Matthew Parris engages in a vile rant against cyclists that includes the following despicable suggestions:

  • ‘A festive custom we could do worse than foster would be stringing piano wire across country lanes to decapitate cyclists.’
  • ‘…the lynching of a cyclist … would be a joy to witness.’
  • ‘Does cycling turn you into an insolent jerk? Or are insolent jerks drawn disproportionately to cycling?’

Thankfully, scores of people have found the article and written comments protesting Parris’ ‘surprising and vicious incitement to homicide.’ If you’re so inclined, I recommend that you too let Parris (and his editors and publishers) know how you feel.

If you’re so inclined, write to the Press Complaints Commission.

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  1. Hello David!

    Need to work on your lighting for the video feeds. We can’t see your battle-hardened face! 🙂


  2. Hi Jim,

    Well, what can I say? I’m a podcaster, not a vidcaster! 😉

    But seriously, you are absolutely right. I was out to dinner tonight with my wife and kids and let my mind wander. All I kept thinking about was how to make the lighting better.

    Happy New Year!


  3. *vomits*

  4. There is a video on u-tube called “Unsafe Cyclist in Montgomery County Maryland” it shows that bicyclist violating the law. The bicyclist act as thought they are above the law. We need to work together to stop this Scofflaw Cyclist. Call the police, your local Council person and demand that bikes follow the same laws as cars an request the ticketing and impoundment of bikes the same way they do cars…