Exciting news! No, really.
After over a year of monitoring the portrayal of cycling on TV from the failure of The War On Britain Roads, through the unintended hilarity of The Route Masters and whilst expecting more of the same from ITV’s forthcoming Road Rage Britain we may, finally, have a decent documentary about what cycling is and can be in the UK. Maybe Chris Boardman will be happy…
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) December 4, 2012
…but it’s not from Chris Boardman. No, it’s Car na Cuibhle from BBC Alba. Yes, that means it’s partly in gaelic – but don’t worry as usual it’s subtitled (in English it’s called Wheels of Change). So rather than my usual transcription approach from before, I’ll share a few screenshots to explain why it gets it right.
The son goes to gaelic school, the father goes to work on health in Glasgow, and he is interested in how active travel can improve it. Many questions are posed.
There’s a lot in here. And I think there’s a great deal of intelligence in it. It would be great if there was some perfect ‘kerb nerd’ in here talking up the ideals of Space For Cycling, it would be nice to understand the details a bit more, but for an hour it gets in a hell of a lot.
Here’s the programme’s blurb:
Scotland’s city streets and roads have long been a daunting place for cyclists, with the car firmly established as the transport method of choice. However, a change is afoot with the number of cyclists on the road growing rapidly.
Glasgow alone has seen an increase of 25 percent in those cycling in to the city centre each day in recent years, but the numbers are still small. It’s a different story in Copenhagen in Denmark though. 40 years ago it was as car-clogged as many UK cities.
Now 36 percent of all journeys to work or education are made by bicycle, with 1.2 million km cycled in the city on a daily basis. But how to did this biking revolution come about? Trusadh: Wheels of Change looks at the ways that the face of Scottish cycling is beginning to change, and we’ll see what can be learnt from the experience of countries like Denmark
You had until roughly 9PM on the 9th of June to watch it before it disappeared from iPlayer forever but someone uploaded it to YouTube. Maybe we should get it networked? If not, perhaps London Live can afford to make something similar in a London context. I can’t imagine they have much less budget than BBC Alba!