New Channel 5 show ‘Cyclists: The scourge of our streets?’ sparks outrage

The makers claim the programme is ‘an unfiltered look at both sides of the fence’

Cyclists wait at a red light in London (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A new Channel 5 show that asks if cyclists are “the scourge of the streets” has come under fire.

Makers of the hour-long one-off programme say they have spoken to drivers and cyclists to tell the story of “the turf war for Britain’s road.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.