eDWaRD WooDWaRD wrote:Guy's street wrote:My complaint is that we all get tarred with the same brush, whether that's about behaviour on (or off) the road, or our attitudes.
I think that there's enough evidence on here that not everyone tars all cyclists with the same brush, however, although some cyclists agree that there a small minority of cyclists whose behaviour is wrong, in my opinion they don't really make any clear, visible, strong effort to distance/differentiate themselves from the bad eggs but instead isolate the community by indulging in some collective "poor cyclists against the rest of the world" self-victimisation. That creates the perception that instead of condemning rogue cycling, it is condoned across the cycling community. I totally agree that everybody, from BoJO to other road users, should work to make cycling safe, but cyclist can not just demand this, they have to do their bit as well. If, at the moment, people come down harder on cyclists than on others, then that may be harsh and unfair, but to large part it's up to cyclists to change that perception in order to create a level playing field. Otherwise, the pointless responding to accusations with counter accusations will never stop and the mutual hostility with all its lethal consequences will only escalate further.
Guy's street wrote:You are right that it is up to those cyclists who behave irresponsibly to change attitudes - unfortunately that minority seems to have tarred the majority, but I don't see how the majority can do any more to change attitudes other than just continue to use the roads responsibly, and hopefully we reach a critical mass!
Zoe wrote:I am unclear why some are posting aggressively to demand all cyclists apologise for those who behave badly.
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