Road Rage: Cars v Bikes: BBC programme presents alarming portrait in rehashed debate

The BBC's latest Panorama documentary packs a shocking punch in road safety argument

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

'Road Rage: Cars v Bikes' offers a chilling, though at moments disappointing, look at the tensions surrounding cycling on British roads.

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“On every ride I go on, one or two drivers will put my life on the line,” says cyclist and documentary maker Richard Bilton in the opening minutes of BBC Panorama’s 'Road Rage: Cars v Bikes'.

In the broadcaster's latest half-hour documentary, Bilton travels south from his home in North Yorkshire to the bustling city of London, raising important questions about the safety of cyclists on Britain’s roads. He meets with frustrated lorry drivers, victims of car collisions and cycling ambassadors, seeking to capture the public mood towards those on bikes. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.