Fwd: This just in... (WGBH and Gatehouse Media)
- I just received this from another local bicycle email list, and felt
compelled to pass it along. I am rather upset (to put it politely) that
these two media groups would not have the sensitivity to understand how
offensive such a title is, particularly since they initially promoted
the show with a picture of a SUV running over a bicycle.
The Medford Transcript is a Gatehouse paper, and I have already written
to the editors regarding my displeasure with this. I will keep the list
informed of any further developments.
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Subject: [CRW] This just in... (WGBH and Gatehouse Media)
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:19:03 -0500
This just in, via the Boston Cyclists Union
" WGBH and Gatehouse Media have announced a new series called "Wheel Wars"
that is described as: "News that takes an in-depth look at the increasing
population of bicyclists on the Massachusetts roads and the friction that
can cause with drivers." The two have begun collecting stories, with the
intent of launching the first part of the series in time for Bike Week.
The Bike Union, and many other bike advocacy leaders across the city we
have reached out to, feel that promoting the idea of war on our streets is
reckless journalism that could have real short term safety consequences for
our members, and cast a negative light on all of our efforts to win safer
infrastructure and policies that help protect cyclists from tragedies like
the one depicted above.
It's not a "Wheel War" if only one side is armed. "
Here's a link to the full write-up, which includes a link to an online
petition - please share with other bike contacts you have.
I admire the work of the BCU. Though I don't always agree with all their
positions ("Don't get me stahted" about the Casey overpass) I think that
the BCU's efforts in this situation are right on.
[signed by bike list member - name redacted by bk]
- I just saw this on the "Wheel Wars" Facebook page:
Our upcoming series explores the challenges that must be addressed to ensure a safe sharing of our roadways. WGBH and Wicked Local believe that the title of this series should reflect our shared commitment to editorial fairness. We want to engage our viewers, listeners and readers to focus on the stories we produce and the topics we cover. We do not want the title of the series to overshadow the stories we plan to tell. Because of your feedback, we recognize that the original title we chose ran the risk of eclipsing our reports. We are changing the title of the series to better represent our journalistic intention of telling an unbiased story about the challenges we face to make roads safer for bicycles, motor vehicles and pedestrians.
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians: We want to hear from all of you. Tell us your stories and give us your suggestions on what might make our roads safer for all. Email reporter David Riley at driley@....