Author Suggests ‘Lynching’ of CyclistsDec 29th, 2007 | By Fredcaster | 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.