Interesting changes to the wording from the first report which appeared on the Age website credited to AAP, and the second one, printed in today’s paper.

The website version:

Webber urges drivers: watch for bicycles

April 3, 2006 - 6:24AM

Formula One star Mark Webber has urged Australian motorists to take a leaf out of the European book and pay more attention to cyclists on the road.

Webber, who admits to being a huge cycling fan, said while motorists in Victoria had improved in their attitude towards cyclists in the last five years, the rest of the country was not so patient.

Sometimes road users may not have an idea how much room a cyclist needs,” said Webber, who is a patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation, launched in Melbourne.

“I’ve ridden my bike in many different parts of the world, the culture is different in Spain, in Italy and in the UK, and in Victoria the culture is very, very good.

“But there’s probably other parts of Australia where (cyclists) are not as well accepted.”

The foundation has been set up in memory of the Australian cyclist who was killed by a motorist while training with five teammates in Germany in July 2005.

It aims to promote a safe relationship between cyclists and motorists, provide an annual scholarship for emerging female cyclists and help the five women injured in the crash.

Up and coming cyclist Jessie Maclean, from Canberra, is the first recipient of the scholarship.

The printed version — can’t say anything bad about Australia’s drivers now can we!:

Webber promotes safety

Mark Webber, Australia’s F1 hopeful, has lent his name to a foundation urging motorists to look out for cyclists, following the death of rider Amy Gillett in Germany last year.

Webber, who yesterday flew out of Melbourne, was in Germany last July less than 200 kilometres from the accident where Gillett and five teammates were struck by a car.

He has now accepted the position as patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation. The foundation was formed to promote a “safe and harmonious relationship between cyclists and motorists and assist Gillett’s five injured teammates.