|Published August 30, 2007.|
|shitting in your litterbox|
|I'm a driver. I drive a lot because of my job. I encounter cyclists several times a day, every day. And honestly, people, I have never found them to be that much of an inconvenience. Once in a while, I have to slow down a little, which isn't neccessarily a bad thing. Very occasionally, I miss a light because of a left-turning cyclist in front of me. Unbelievable as it may seem to some, this does not cause me to become engorged with rage. I simpley wait thirty seconds for the light to change, and continue on my way. If I was to tally up all the time I loose in a typical day because of cyclists, I'm sure it would be less than five minutes.|
Sure, there as some idiots who seem to put rather to much faith in my reluctance to kill them. But there are plenty of idiots on four wheels too. And the idiot to non-idiot ratio seems to be pretty constant regardless of whether or not there is a motor involved.
This anti-cycling attitude that some drivers have is nothing but a pissing contest. They're not REALLY in your way, they're not REALLY slowing you down, they're not REALLY inconveniencing you in any way, and they're not any stupider or more reckless, on average, than the drivers you tolerate without a thought. They're just shitting in what you think of as your litterbox, and you don't like it.