Cycling UK has invited Richard Madeley for a nice calming bike ride after the Good Morning Britain (GMB) presenter had a full-on Alan Partridge-style exasperated rant at its spokesman. The exchange took place during a debate that was supposed to be about whether a ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law should be introduced, but which quickly descended into Madeley asking why all cyclists aren’t insured.
The segment came after fixed-gear cyclist Charlie Alliston was this week found guilty of causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving for causing the death of pedestrian Kim Briggs and Briggs’ husband’s subsequent call for the law to be updated.
Early in the interview, Cycling UK spokesman Duncan Dollimore was asked by Madeley’s fellow presenter Kate Garraway whether there should be more accountability for cyclists in collisions or traffic incidents.
Wary of the debate becoming a ‘cyclists v motorists’ thing, Dollimore attempted to make a point about a broader lack of accountability on the roads due to the reduction in road traffic police officers.
However, he was swiftly halted by Madeley, who wasn’t happy.
“Sir, you’re here to answer the questions,” said the presenter. “We didn’t ask you about policing on the roads.”
“You asked me about accountability,” countered Dollimore.
Madeley apparently disagreed and suggested that Dollimore was changing the subject.
After much talking over one another due to a slight delay on the line, Dollimore tried to reset the conversation. “I’m asking you which question you’re asking me to answer.”
“God! Stop playing games,” exclaimed Madeley, manfully suppressing 30 years of broadcasting experience by failing to appreciate that delay. “Would you listen to a question?”
And what was that question…?
It was: “Why aren’t cyclists insured?”
That hadn’t been the original question. But Dollimore answered it anyway.