.....comments about cyclists not being on the roads..... just general ranting against cyclists.....banging on about "car tax" and the validity of cyclists actually being on the road seem to have some bee in their bonnet against cyclists actually being traffic.
Neil, I think a large factor in the perceived increase in the "anti cyclist" angry nazi driver brigade is probably a lot to do with motorists feeling increasingly hard done by and exploited....
Increase in VED (for your "average" vehicle, that is)
Increase in congestion
Increase in cost of fuel
Increase in insurance
Decrease in road maintenance
They are more than likely just sounding off at the nearest viable scapegoat. Its also probably tinged with more than just a teensy bit of jealousy, as the fat sweaty and skint driver gets passed by all shapes and sizes of cyclist
And I'm not disputing any of those factors - quite the reverse - I recognise them.
All the same, general sounding off, doesn't quite account for all the bile some cyclists get about purely actually being on the road, and being traffic. That's not in my head, it's for plenty to see - and is in videos all over the place, plus comments on such videos or news stories.
If it was just the whole getting away with it without having to pay tax, surely there'd be bile against those hybrids and electric cars that attract little, if any, VED.
There has been a subtle, yet poignant, step-change in attitude in recent decades, WRT cyclists - not just hostility and lack of consideration, but actually an anti-bias, where many motorists think they've no place on the road. And that ain't just reserved for cyclists, either - horse-riders seem to attract the same kind of views (although typically, perhaps, not in as much of a confrontational aspect as cyclists).
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