Passing This Along: Why Are Drivers So Angry At Cyclists?

Standard

Cyclists, ride in heavy motorized traffic areas? Motorists, drive routes frequented by cyclists? Others, know anyone in these groups?

Read on.

Though the deed’s been done, so to speak, I still read articles like the one linked below with interest. Partly cathartic. Partly wanting the cyclists among us to realize they are piloting vehicles over regulated traffic grids and can be hard to spot. Partly wanting motorists to realize that pedal powered road riders can be hard to spot, and that their impatience can and does easily flare into anger. At that moment they’re piloting a one and a half ton battering ram.

Not all accident-involved cyclists are in the clear. Neither are all accident-involved motorists guilty of malfeasance. But, phamous physicists’ notions are sometimes tragically proven when two and four wheeled objects, of distinctly different size, weight, inertial mas and speed, traveling on regulated traffic grids, with vastly unequal crumple zones, meet (contact force).

Often, the box score reads: Cars 1. Bikes 0.

So, read, hone your awareness, understand the potential of physics, appreciate crumple-zone inequalities, wear a properly fitted helmet (cyclists), and pass along. Thanks.

Why Are Drivers So Angry At Cyclists?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s