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by Mark Zalewski
December 22, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Brailsford and other witnesses may be called to give further evidence in Sky package inquiry; Songezo Jim signs with Kuwait – Cartucho.es; Sophie de Boer reveals 2017 team; Stybar to race two cyclocross events next week; Marc Sergeant talks about Lotto Soudal early season plans; Stephen Swart: ‘Lance Armstrong had no intention of picking up the phone’; Rally Cycling holds winter training camp; Hagens Berman-Supermint announces roster; SBS and Fox Sports to broadcast Australian Road National Championships; Cycling UK pressuring Sunday Times to print apology over ‘pro-dooring’ column; Man accused of hitting, dragging cyclist walks free; 89-year-old handing out high-vis vests to cyclists for safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour.
Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle published a piece this past Sunday commenting on the recent ‘dooring’ of cyclist Jaiqi Liu in London by UK transport secretary Chris Grayling. Liddle wrote that is was a “beautifully timed manoeuvre” and suggested he regularly repeats the same offence, claiming it makes “London a safer place for normal humans” in doing so. As a result Cycling UK is calling for the newspaper to publish an apology.
“Liddle’s comments endorsing and celebrating the injury of a cyclist run totally contrary to the ethos of a family of newspapers that has campaigned so hard to make our roads safer after one of their own reporters was very seriously injured while cycling to work,” said Cycling UK chief executive Paul Tuohy.
“This article is in shockingly poor taste, as cyclists have died due to ‘car dooring’ incidents where people have not looked. In a national newspaper, Liddle revels in the suggestion that he actively tries to copy these actions – that’s inflammatory and dangerous and we respectfully request The Sunday Times to retract this article and apologise.”
The incident was recorded by another cyclist and made international news.
Cycling UK said it has written to Craig Tregurtha, managing editor of The Times and The Sunday Times, asking for a retraction.
Click through to read more at Cycling UK.