Monday, April 30, 2012

I saw this comment on a news article today which gives some insight into the mind of one who absolutely will not consider alternative transportation:
Nice try plantation! You'll never get my car! The last refuge of freedom an American has is he can get into his car and drive where ever he or she wants, whenever he or she wants. Make gas $20/gallon...I'll still drive.
While this is not directly pointed at cycling, I think it goes a long way toward understanding why motorists get so angry at cyclists for simply riding on the road.  To those most angry motorists, a car represents the ability to access freedom, and the cyclist is the only thing (in the motorist's mind) between him and that freedom.  The motorist is so blinded by his or her anger of the cyclist, who is a living, breathing person and thus easy to take out frustrations on, that he or she doesn't realize that in dense city traffic, another car or a traffic control device is sure to hold him or her up a few seconds down the road.

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