Richard Madeley was left infuriated on Good Morning Britain today after accusing a Cycling UK spokesman of “not answering the question” and shouted at him to “stop playing games”.
Duncan Dollimore was interviewed on the ITV show today after cyclist Charlie Alliston was convicted of of “wanton and furious driving” after knocking down mum Kim Briggs, 44 .
Mrs Briggs died in hospital after suffering catastrophic injuries from the crash.
He was travelling on a fixed-wheel bike with no front brakes that was illegal to be on the road.
Alliston got up and shouted and swore at Mrs Briggs as she lay fatally injured, and later said the accident was “her fault” in a string of unapologetic social media posts.
He faces up to two years in jail when he is sentenced next month.
Mrs Briggs’ family have called for more laws for cyclists.
Cycling UK spokesman Duncan Dollimore was asked by Kate Garraway whether there should be more accountability for cyclists in collisions or traffic incidents.
But Dollimore dodged the question by saying that the problem with the debate was that it “rapidly becomes a cyclist and motorist issue”.
He said: “The reality is that there are irresponsible people on our roads – I could leave here now and see someone driving irresponsibly.”
Kate interrupted and insisted that she had made that point and that she didn’t want this to be a “motorists vs cyclists” debate.
She added: “With a driver there is accountability, there’s registration, there’s tax, insurance – all sorts of ways where we can track people down who have behaved irresponsibly. With cyclists there isn’t that, is there?”
But Dollimore said that he thought there was a bit of a “fallacy” with reference to the accountability point and brought up the fact that there had been a 30 per cent reduction in traffic police officers.
This, however, angered Richard who insisted that he “wasn’t answering the questions” as Dollimore continued to talk over him.
Then the Cycling UK spokeman asked him what question he’d like him to answer.
But as Richard began to reply, he talked over him and the presenter frustratedly said: “God! Stop playing games!”
And viewers were very divided as to who was in the right – with some slamming Dollimore’s attitude and others criticising Richard’s style of interviewing.
One tweeted: “#GMB That cyclist spokesman’s attitude is is doing nothing to improve the relationships between motorists and cyclists.”
While another commented: “The Cycling UK chap doing a decent job in the face of harsh questioning. But this shouldn’t be about motorist vs cyclists #GMB.”