Newstalk FM breakfast presenter Paul Williams said this morning that if a cyclist touches his car mirror “me and the cyclist are going to have a serious crash” and adds: “…you have been warned.”
The show was covering cycling safety. Despite international evidence indicating that “risky cycling rarely to blame for bike accident“, parts of the show implied otherwise.
Williams (pictured right above) said: “If some cyclist comes up and starts to pull my mirror on my car than me and the cyclist are going to have a serious crash and he won’t have to worry about banging into my car a second time I tell you.”
Fellow presenter Shane Coleman tries to interject saying “I’m not sure…” but Williams keeps taking and says “…you have been warned.”
Coleman had been just explaining how a taxi driver verbally threaten his son when he was cycling to school and had to cycle into the middle of the lane in order to turn right.
Williams seemed to be responding to a text message read out on air a few moments before from a driver who complained that when he was driving in Dublin recently that a cyclists knocked on his van and complained the driver was not giving him enough space when overtaking.
The Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cyclist.ie were asked for a comment but have yet to reply. On Twitter the Dublin Cycling Campaign said: “We are deeply disturbed by the coverage of cycling on this morning’s Newstalk Breakfast show, especially this threat issued by a presenter.”
On Facebook the campaign expanded and said: “We are deeply disturbed by the coverage that cycling received on this morning’s Newstalk Breakfast show, especially this perceived threat issued by presenter Paul Williams. Utterances such as this are profoundly irresponsible and may be interpreted by some as justification for aggressive behaviour towards people on bicycles.”