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Originally Posted by Mark Stone
I've discovered that it's worse in "bicycle friendly" cities. I lived in Denver and Tucson, both considered cycling meccas, and in my current city El Paso. In Denver I had to be on the constant lookout for crazy people and bike haters in pickup trucks, especially when riding up/down the canyons west of the city (Golden Gate, Mt. Vernon, etc.). I could expect at least one encounter with an angry "motorist" per ride. Same in Tucson.
But in El Paso, where there is little to no bicycling culture, I cruise the streets and get largely ignored. I walk more than I ride for sure, but when I encounter drivers when on my bike I get stared at more than anything else. I think I'm a mere curiosity to them, as opposed to the political "threat" I represent in "bike" cities.
This has also been my experience.