I was interviewed for for this story about bike safety in the Santa Cruz Weekly. The print edition includes a huge photo of me holding my bike down by the ocean. Please do not read the caption.
I wrote to the Weekly asking for a correction. “Georgia” is Georgia Perry, the Weekly journalist who interviewed me. She moved to Santa Cruz from Portland OR.
Thanks for the opportunity to talk with you about bike safety. Well done on your story about Josh Alper.
I realize it’s probably a page editor who wrote the caption under that photo of me in the print edition, but that caption is almost the exact opposite of what I told you.
The caption says that I claim “it’s a complete myth that bicycling would be safe even if all cyclists were all completely law abiding.” What I said is that harassment would continue if even all cyclists were completely law abiding. I also told you that there are things a cyclist can do to decrease the risk of collisions. First among them: obey the rules of the road.
Can you pass my request for a correction along to the editor, please? I realize it doesn’t exactly fit the narrative of your story, but the caption is completely contrary to the facts, to safety statistics, and to the message I try to convey at Cyclelicious.
Thank you again,
The story itself, which sensitively covers the death of Josh Alper, is worth reading.
Update: The editor acknowledges he paraphrased my quote but asserts that the meaning remains the same. Grrr….