I read this and thought to myself, "this guy is unfortunately a clever writer with an opinion." I don't disagree with everything he says but feel he is coloring everything to make his point. The relationship between cyclist and motorist is not a clearly/easily defined black and white issue any more than trying to define the relationship between women and men or dogs and cats. Secondly, not all motorist are anti cyclist and vise versa. Maybe he should ask himself why cyclist tend to be angry towards cars and possibly self entitled. Maybe they are a little defensive. Wouldnt you be? Cyclist are legally required to occupy the same space as motorized vehicles and regardless of what they are doing, it is bound to anger motorist. I am sure most everyone reading this would agree that we would gladly occupy a bike lane if one was provided versus risking life and limb in an ocean of SUV whales. Until that comes to fruition, you have to share the road and deal with it. Thanks to Nolan for finally sending me something interesting: an editorial from the Sydney Morning Herald
June 26, 2008
Put bike riders in the recycling bin
WHAT do cyclists have in their clipped-on water bottles that makes them all so insufferably self-righteous? Cycling is trumpeted as a panacea for all the world's ills from obesity to global warming.
The reality is arriving at work following a near-death experience, a lung full of exhaust, flustered, sweaty and needing a shower. I'll take my air bags, Eric Satie and climate control, thank you very much. Cycling to work is in the same league as barefoot water skiing and eating ultra hot chillies: it is done purely for masochistic reasons unfathomable to the broader community.
Much effort has been made to encourage people to ride to work, but it just doesn't work. The truth is people prefer driving. The cycling evangelists blame Government policy, but the reality is that 99 per cent of us aren't interested in being converted. Holland and Denmark are held up as shining lights of the cyclocracy; but none of the cheer squad has noticed that these countries are flat. Cyclists respond aggressively to any perceived threat to their space but form the largest group of unpunished law-breakers on the road. They are suddenly a pedestrian when the walk sign is green, and a vehicle when the traffic light gives the go-ahead. The apparent positive of being able to sail through the traffic is possible only because cyclists undertake at every traffic light.
I patiently move lanes to pass a cyclist only to find they have scooted up the inside to hold us all up yet again. They add to global warming by forcing cars to spend longer on the road.
Cyclists are fortunate to be a minority group that has managed to claim the moral high ground for their dangerous pursuits. They set out on rides with a high level of pre-emptive aggression; mere motorists are too scared to make a comment for fear of a hostile bicycle pump whacking the bonnet. And when cyclists roam in packs they have more testosterone than a Port Macquarie pub.
Motorists are rightly concerned about being lynched without any recourse to common justice. While a dented bonnet may cause temporary grief, spare a thought for pedestrians who are much more vulnerable to attack.
So, "fewer cyclist" is the call to arms. Let's force them to follow the same road rules as everyone else, or take their self-righteous padded bottoms straight to Centennial Park.