Time for media revolution on bikes - reader and cyclist
IS the media ever going to give cyclists a fair go?
Registration fees paying for roads is a common fallacy constantly reinforced by the media and anti-cycling groups. Bicycling Queensland has outlined the sources of road funding in an article on May 26 clearly showing that we all pay for roads - even cyclists and those who do not pay registration.
Misleading and emotive information provides some individuals with the justification for the dangerous behaviours directed toward cyclists. It is not surprising that authorities are concerned about the increase in "accidents" involving motor vehicles and cyclists. Recently there was a hit and run death of a prominent academic.
It is difficult to comprehend that motorists are not happy to have cyclists on the road. One less car in their lane, one more parking space and, according to the Federal government, has an economic benefit of $21 for every cyclist for every 20-minute cycling trip. Cyclists are paying their way.
Perhaps the media could start to present the real facts and present cyclists in a positive light. When this happens, perhaps cyclists will be given the same level of respect as they enjoy in most other countries.
Errol Rosenblatt, Emerald