A council has been accused of victim blaming after officers released a safety poster relating to cyclists…
Oh oh! *adopts brace position*
It features an image of man riding with headphones in his ears with the message “Headphones can prevent you from hearing traffic. Share the road, share the responsibility.”
However, some cyclists have taken offence at the poster campaign and have accused the local authority of victim blaming.
You mean, it’s ‘offensive’ to be told ‘Hey! You! Idiot! Why cripple one of your five senses and put yourself at risk?’..?
Yesterday, a mock up of the poster with an alternative message was circulated on Twitter.
It features the same image with the message “There’s no evidence wearing headphones is hazardous but we’re blaming cyclists anyway. Share the roads, take all the blame”
Mark Strong, a city cyclist and transport consultant with the Transport Initiatives, said he was unsure who was behind the mock poster.
He added: “There is a huge imbalance in the level of responsibility which is not shown in the original poster.
“It looks great but whether it would make any difference to the actual numbers of people getting hurt is debatable.
“All accidents have more than one cause and a poster essentially saying ‘don’t be stupid’ won’t get very far.
“There needs to be forgiveness in the road environment. The system should be able to cope with that and should not be so on the edge that any mistake can lead to an accident.”
It makes sense, if you’re going to be sharing a road environment with much, much bigger vehicles, that you pay as much attention as possible. And when someone points out that you’re not doing that by wearing headphones, don’t act like a sulky toddler throwing a tantrum.