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Media depiction of cyclists does not reflect motorists' role

Thursday 31st March 2022 | Scott Faville | R1 News Reporter |

Cycling is an accessible, environmentally friendly, and increasingly popular way to get from A to B, and cyclists are road users like any car, bus, or truck. However, their rights as road users are increasingly downplayed by media outlets when they report on vehicles impacting cyclists. 

Scott Faville spoke to Kitty Cresswell Riol of cyclist advocacy group, Spokes Dunedin, who says that the way we report cyclist injuries and deaths downplays drivers’ culpability.