It seems everyone is hating on cyclists, aka people on bikes. We constantly hear that bikes “scare” people, or that they “almost got run down”… (scooters are a close second in the hating department). But why isn’t everyone seriously hating on drivers? Drivers of multi-ton motorized vehicles kill nearly 1.25 million people in crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. We have been led to believe that we need vehicles, but they are actually killing us.
Why Do NYC Drivers And Pedestrians Loathe Cyclists?
“So we set out to explore the psychology of what happens to us when we compete for limited road space, and why much of the frustration seems to get dumped on cyclists. We walked the streets, spoke to people on bikes and on foot at the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, chatted with delivery truck drivers, and hung around the break room of a taxi garage to get a variety of road-users’ perspectives.”
When a bike rider is struck by a driver of a motor vehicle, the police report and news articles may represent that the person riding the bike is responsible for being injured or killed…we need to change car culture. Can the US do it?
How We Talk About Drivers Hitting Cyclists
Joe Lindsey May 6, 2019
What the media gets wrong, and why, says a lot about how our society views vulnerable road users
It’s hard to say whether tensions between drivers and cyclists are worse than ever, or if it just seems that way because of social media. News stories often play a key role in shaping public understanding of traffic safety. And when news stories victim-blame or fail to convey the larger context in which these crashes take place, they do deep injustice to the victims and the conversation about road safety in general.
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