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‘Road rage’ on BBC Panorama: fuelling the fire or raising awareness? We interview the presenter on the Podcast

On episode 37 of the Podcast, we talk to Richard Bilton about the latest Panorama episode, and for something completely different Liam talks indoor training with Matt Rowe

Some of you might have spotted in the Beeb's TV listings recently that a Panorama episode titled 'Road Rage: Cars v Bikes' has been floating about on iPlayer for a week or so now. It was supposed to be broadcast sooner then some minor political things happened, but we can now reveal that, along with some victims of dangerous close passes who have appeared in our Near Miss of the Day series, lent a hand in the production of the show. 


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We sat down with the presenter Richard Bilton to talk about why the show was made, what he hopes viewers will gain from watching it and what he thinks about some premature negative reaction to the title on social media (you'll find some of it on today's live blog). Are shows like this being broadcast to the nation inflammatory, or is it important that the public sees what cyclists can be subjected to on a daily basis to raise as much awareness as possible?

We'd recommend listening to the pod then watching the episode to form your opinion. Our communities' editor Simon has also written a review of the programme

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Part 2 is something completely different, as Liam talks to former racer and cycling coach Matt Rowe about indoor training and training zones. How should you structure your indoor training over the winter? Is zone 2 training all it's cracked up to be? Get some top tips from one half of Rowe and King to set you on the path to being fitter and faster in 2023. 

The Podcast is available on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Amazon Music, and if you have an Alexa you can just tell it to play the Podcast. It's also embedded further up the page, so you can just press play.

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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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ubercurmudgeon | 1 year ago

Some clips from this Panaorama programme have been repackaged, and are currently the most-viewed video on the BBC News website:

But the title, "Driver and cyclist near misses caught on camera", is classic trivializing language used in the reporting of cyclist-involved incidents. Erm, hello BBC, what is either "near" or a "miss" about the first clip and thumbnail showing both bike and rider being thrown through the air? And there are at least two more that were clearly very nasty incidents, likely involving injuries to the rider.

Would they call a ten-car pile-up on a motorway a "near miss" as long as nobody died? No, of course not. Because that is a serious matter, whereas cyclists doing somersaults over car bonnets in their silly stretchy clothing is inconsequential to them. Disgraceful bias from a public broadcaster.

Shake | 1 year ago
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Do you know where that junction is that has cost more than the entire UK cycling infurstructure investment?

Rendel Harris replied to Shake | 1 year ago
Shake wrote:

Do you know where that junction is that has cost more than the entire UK cycling infurstructure investment?

The audio isn't very clear but I think what he actually says is "there's one junction in the Southwest that cost more than the cycling budget for the entire region", in which case I assume he is referring to the M49 junction near Avonmouth which cost £50 million.  

hawkinspeter replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

Good news everyone! They'll be linking that junction up at some point so at least people will be able to drive on it



The M49 was built at the same time as the Second Severn Crossing back in 1996 and is just five miles long, from what is now the Prince of Wales Bridge to the M5 at Avonmouth. The Severn Beach junction was originally planned as part of the expansion of the industrial estates and distribution centres between Severn Beach and the motorway, and was the first junction on the motorway when it was built in 2019.

But there was a mistake in the planning for the junction and neither South Gloucestershire Council or Highways England - now called National Highways - secured the land between the roundabout exit and Goldcrest Way, and the network of roads and roundabouts that serve the vast distribution centres in the area.

That’s meant huge amounts of traffic, especially lorries, using Severn Road down through Avonmouth to get onto the motorway network - an issue that the new junction was supposed to have solved by now.

Back in May, Mr Norris said it was ‘impossible’ to find out just who was responsible for the gaffe which led to the junction being left unconnected for so long. “Isn’t it terrible for our region that we have all this infrastructure expenditure and for want of a decent bit of foresight and planning we don’t have a motorway junction that could work and alleviate those pressures on local communities around that area. Terrible," he said at the time.

“I am absolutely furious about it. I have made that very clear to the people I’ve spoken to, but pinning down who is actually responsible is impossible.” Asked when the junction was finally likely to open, he said: “There is a date, and I think it’s within the next couple of years.

Rendel Harris replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago

Shame really because with a little imagination it could make a brilliant crit circuit!

brakesmadly replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
Awavey replied to Shake | 1 year ago
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well they spent 1.5billion pounds on the Girton interchange upgrades on the A14, it included about 21miles of adding an extra lane, but thats 75% of the active travel budget for 5 years on one junction.

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