Dr. Cline, professor of journalism and author of Carbon Trace, once suggested that we have to proactively give the media the story we want told. Or something like that. It’s in the comments of some old post and I’m too lazy to look for it. But I remembered the gist.
With all the recent press coverage about cycling (following HB971), I’ve become increasingly depressed at the negativity and misinformation. So, a little over a week ago, in a moment of bravado… or something… I emailed Dan Tracy at the Sentinel and invited him to ride with me. I said, “I’d like to introduce you to how amazingly safe and easy it is to drive a bicycle on Orlando roads.” I explained that the popular notions of danger and hardship for cyclists are just plain wrong, and I could prove it.
This is the first time in my life I’ve ever contacted the media (in the past, reporters have contacted me). I didn’t even think about what might come of it. I was simply hoping to inject another perspective into the newsroom. I’m sure that by now, you’ve seen the results.
I’m grateful to Dan and the Sentinel for taking me up on my offer. I’m thrilled that Dan decided to attend a CyclingSavvy session and highlight the course in his article. I want to welcome the new visitors who have discovered us as a result of the article.
The video above [nolonger available] includes a few seconds of the video I shot. I quickly edited it for Red Huber to have some B-roll for his piece. Below are 2 complete segments that give a look at traffic patterns on Orange Ave. You can see the volume of traffic. And that the traffic lights keep us paced with cars for a while after they have passed us.