Motorists and cyclists, never the twain shall meet?

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013

There’s often a manifest disconnect between motorists and cyclists that sometimes results in both groups loathing each other. While it’s easy to understand the concerns of a cyclist, who probably takes exception the “king of the road” attitude of motorists, what is it about cyclists that bothers drivers?

Tom Stafford, writing for the BBC, attempts to work out why, and advances the thought that the average motorist sees cyclists as being disruptive to the “moral order of the road”:

No, my theory is that motorists hate cyclists because they think they offend the moral order. Driving is a very moral activity – there are rules of the road, both legal and informal, and there are good and bad drivers. The whole intricate dance of the rush-hour junction only works because people know the rules and by-and-large follow them: keeping in lane; indicating properly; first her turn, now mine, now yours. Then along come cyclists, innocently following what they see are the rules of the road, but doing things that drivers aren’t allowed to: overtaking queues of cars, moving at well below the speed limit or undertaking on the inside.

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