‘Ultimately cyclists are just narcissists’ says TV broadcaster and psychotherapist

Lucy Beresford said cyclists carry a "sense of entitlement" and need to recognise they're not "the only people on the road"

Lucy Beresford, image: David Levenson/Getty Images

Writer, broadcaster and psychotherapist Lucy Beresford has claimed that cyclists are "narcissists", speaking on the Channel 5 programme 'Jeremy Vine on 5'.

Vine, a long term cycle commuter who has shared helmet camera footage of near misses from his rides in the past - taking one driver to court over agressive behaviour - threw his head on the table and laughed when Beresford shared her opinions.

"You need to recognise that you are not the only people on the road," she went on.

The Agony Aunt of ITV's 'This Morning' and LBC's 'Sex and Relationships' host added that her concern was "about [cyclists'] sense of entitlement... they feel, when they are on the road, nothing else matters."

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Dan Snow, TV presenter for a host of history documentaries among other productions, was also among Vine's panel of guests for the broadcast on Friday.

Snow challenged Beresford's comments and said: "we should be giving cyclists medals."

"Cars kills thousands of people a year. We've got an obesity epidemic and we are here, feeling defensive about cyclists," he said.

"People in cars are isolated, they get depressed. We have a problem with mental health in commuting, we've got people in their little vehicles, getting fat, eating rubbish! Cars are a catastrophe," Snow said.

A YMCA study published in 2017 showed that physically active people had a 'wellbeing score' 32 per cent higher than those with inactive lifestyles.

In June this year, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs supported 'Clean Air Day', a day dedicated to focusing attention on reducing outdoor pollution - which contributes to 40,000 annual deaths.

Vine added: "[Cycling] changed my life! It was fantastic. But I find I'm in a group now of people who are hated. I don't know why we're hated so much!"

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor, and is responsible for managing the tech news and reviews both on the website and in Cycling Weekly magazine.

A traditional journalist by trade, Arthurs-Brennan began her career working for a local newspaper, before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining writing and her love of bicycles first at Total Women's Cycling and then Cycling Weekly. 

When not typing up reviews, news, and interviews Arthurs-Brennan is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 190rt.

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