I don't ever hear anyone claiming buses should not be on the road because they have their own lanes.
I don't think that's the point, though.
How about all the cycle routes far away from the road?
Fuelling driver attitudes against cyclists? Providing an alternative to sharing the roads, something not all cyclists want to do? Possibly both, but those of us who want to use discrete cycle ways don't owe anything to militant cyclist who wants to become traffic jam in the traffic jam.
Thing is, though, this thread is all about drivers attitudes to cyclists - well some drivers. That's never going to be helped, and probably further deteriorated by simply thinking throwing money at cycling "facilities" being the answer - it's not.
And cycle paths are never going to be comprehensive / everywhere. So simply pursuing the prospect of funding more facilities is simply going to embolden those drivers with shonky attitudes, and then make it even a more hostile landscape for those inevitable situations where cyclists have no option but to cohabit on the roads with vehicles.
I'm not suggesting some call-to-arms, or some advocacy that cyclists who want to use cycle paths, shouldn't, rather they should become part of the madding crowd. I'm just raging against the light that is money, "facilities" and segregation being the answer. It's not - it's a big hairy crock. I've no problem with people wanting to have them and use them - but it sure as shit won't help those that have no option but to use the roads at times, who encounter the increasing issue of drivers with attitude, making cycling on road an increasingly hostile, but unnecessarily so, activity.
Something needs to be done to redress this idiocy that's largely being unfettered - because it seems to be becoming ever more rampant - you've only to read comments on news articles with videos, or youtube videos to realise that many, and an increasing many, behind the wheel of a car, or vehicle, are become increasing ignorant, yet at the same time increasingly arrogant about their place on the roads.
That can be addressed - just like other "undesirable" aspects of driving that get attention, with sufficient will - but won't and will be ignored, if the people slopping out any funds allocated, think it's purely "facilities" that are the answer.
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