There can be something of a feud between cyclists and motorists, and it can even lead to road rage and accidents. Below are a few things that drivers sometimes say regarding their treatment of cyclists:
— Roads were not made for bikes, but for cars. Of course, opponents point out that roads have existed for thousands of years longer than cars.
— Cyclists do not obey the laws. This is true, in that some cyclists break the laws some of the time. It’s worth noting, though, that most drivers have also broken the law at some point. Two wrongs may not make a right, but people need to be aware of their own actions in California.
— Bike lanes cause congestion on the roads. This can also be true, when the roads are not well designed. But multiple studies have shown that well-designed systems are both efficient and safe.
— Drivers are the ones who are taxed at the pump for the roads, not cyclists. This is only half true. While some gas taxes do pay for roads, roads cost far more than gas taxes can cover. Therefore, tax-paying cyclists are also paying for roads when paying property taxes and things of this nature. It’s also only fair to point out that the wear-and-tear on roads from a bike is far less than a car.
Of course, no matter what drivers think of cyclists, none of it excuses road rage and aggressive driving. If you have been hit and injured in an accident caused by an enraged driver, you need to know how to seek compensation.
Source: Wired, “9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying In The Bikes Vs Cars Debate,” Adam Mann, accessed June 01, 2016