Presenter Naga Munchetty gave a guest on BBC Breakfast short shrift yesterday after he made anti-cyclist comments.
Fellow BBC broadcaster – and daily cycle commuter – Jeremy Vine was among those to tweet footage of the exchange on Saturday morning’s show.
Vine said, “I don’t know who this guy is” – in fact, it’s another radio show host, Ian Collins of LBC, who certainly has a bit of previous(link is external) when it comes to criticising cyclists and investment in infrastructure for them.
Reviewing the newspapers on the sofa on the BBC Breakfast set at Salford’s Media City, Collins was discussing an article published in The Times yesterday(link is external) with the heading Bike bells could become mandatory under safety drive.
“There’s nothing a cyclist likes more than jumping a red light,” claimed Collins.
“Well as a cyclist who doesn’t jump red lights,” Munchetty replied – drawing a sarcastic “You sure?” from Collins, the BBC presenter said that she was in favour of bells on bikes because of the need to alert pedestrians to her presence when using shared-used paths.