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“It seems cycling is a typical backup story for slow news days”: Cyclists react after media reignites cycling licence ‘debate’

"It seems cycling is a typical backup story for slow news days": Cyclists react after media reignites cycling licence 'debate'

Scotland Tonight debate (Scotland Tonight) Groundhog Day (noun): A situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly…

Tuesday, Jun 14

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Scotland Tonight debate (Scotland Tonight) Groundhog Day (noun): A situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way.

Sorry, no idea how that got there. Anyway, they’ve been talking about cycling on the telly again this past week, and it seems certain sections of the UK print and broadcast media must have missed the government’s pre-Christmas message that there are "no plans" to introduce legislation to require cyclists to wear identification and have a licence to use the roads.

Scotland Tonight, last week, aired a debate segment asking whether cycling should be regulated? While Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch (yes, the daytime show that once managed to attract literally not one single viewer (link is external) ) ran a Twitter poll asking: ‘Should cycling on main roads be banned until you have a licence?’

> Cycling licence ‘debate’ reignited by Channel 4 show and Scotland Tonight

This broadcast coverage was followed up by print articles in the The Press and Journal and regional news website CambridgeshireLive. In recent times we have seen the BBC’s Countryfile , ITV , radio shows and most of (if not all) major UK newspapers set their sights on cycling as a topic for debate, call-ins and opinion pieces.

So what is it about cycling that means it keeps being dragged up by the nation’s media for discussion? Here are some of your thoughts on the cycle licence ‘debate’ and the wider media coverage of all things […]

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