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Title: Are You a Cyclist or Do You Cycle? The Language of Promoting Cycling
Authors: Koorey, Glen
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Koorey, G. (2007) Are You a Cyclist or Do You Cycle? The Language of Promoting Cycling. Napier, New Zealand: New Zealand Cycling Conference 2007, 1-2 Nov 2007. 10pp.
Abstract: Promoting more cycling in New Zealand is still an exercise fraught with much adversity, both from the general public and from decision- and policy-makers. It is therefore crucial that anyone advocating for a better cycling environment is careful in how they present their case, lest they end up “scoring an own goal” or furthering existing mis-conceptions. Some key examples of this include: • Referring to “cyclists” rather than “people who cycle”, the former often conjuring up images of a relatively small bunch of “weird” people who only ever cycle. • Asking to “provide cycle facilities” rather than “provide for cycling”, when many treatments that greatly benefit cyclists often involve no dedicated cycle facilities. • Publicly highlighting safety problems for cyclists in an attempt to get improvements, when the net effect may be to increase the general perception of cycling as “dangerous”. • Pushing strongly for on-road cycle provision, thus alienating the population who would prefer an off-road environment to cycle on; or vice versa. This paper will discuss some of the potential pitfalls encountered by the author over the years and try to suggest the best way forward. Other subtle examples of unintended bias against cyclists, often communicated by public officials and documents, will also be highlighted.
Publisher: University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.
Research Fields: Fields of Research::290000 Engineering and Technology::290800 Civil Engineering::290803 Transport engineering
Fields of Research::310000 Architecture, Urban Environment and Building::310100 Architecture and Urban Environment::310103 Urban and regional planning
Fields of Research::290000 Engineering and Technology::291100 Environmental Engineering::291103 Environmental engineering design
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10092/688
Rights URI: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/ir/rights.shtml
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