The “Motorists Hate Us” Lie…

Summary

If we cyclists have any single fault that seems to grow with the years it is the collective notion that:

  • Motorists are always at fault when something like a “dooring” occurs
  • They lack respect for us and so never watch out for our well-being

With each passing article by a cyclist who speaks in their role as an advocate for others it becomes evident that there is a seething anger towards motorists that makes it increasingly impossible for them to act in a civil manner towards them. For example:

There is a memorial being planned on the ChainLink Forum for a cyclist killed recently in Chicago as the result of a “dooring”. People want to do something to show there solidarity and to alert motorists of the problem. Stickers or flyers seem to be the things most often suggested.

The flyer idea was broached and one poster thought the following:

Reply by Bliss BT on October 6, 2012 at 7:26pm

Or post on cars? Maybe that is too annoying to get the point across.

Reply by Richard on October 6, 2012 at 7:29pm

NO not to post on cars.

But to have it as design to use for any printed materials. Perhaps Chicago can join New York and get that logo recognized by more people.

Reply by Marc-Paul Lee on October 6, 2012 at 7:44pm

How about flyers for the parked cars along the block there to remind drivers to look before exiting on the street side? I’m thinking flyers in every car for a week or so.

Reply by Marc-Paul Lee on October 6, 2012 at 7:48pm

Annoying? Are you joking? Drivers get a free pass for injuring cyclists because we don’t want to annoy them? I think a simple flyer under their wiper or a 3×5 card stuck in the driver side window is an appropriate reminder for motorists to be mindful of ccyclists.

And this sort of aggressiveness towards the entire class of motorists is what is so very irritating to me. But this sort of thing seldom gets any pushback from a group more concerned about keeping their narrative going than perhaps dealing with their own culpability in the accidents in which they are involved.

Perhaps a bit of their own medicine might be in order? But I doubt seriously that many of these folks really care. They are as convinced of the evil nature of cyclists as some African-Americans are of whites. Both are dead wrong but how do you ever break through this blind spot in their thinking?

It happens only when a person is confronted with a situation that is 180 degrees apart from the narrative they have been peddling. The three stories below are all about that sort of thing when it is encountered in real life:

Suggested Reading

Do yourself a favor and share these stories with your friends. They are all available in the October/November 2012 issue of Adventure Cyclist. Together let’s try and stamp out the lies that foster the hate that is so very pervasive in our own community.