the recent thread about favorite place to cycle - Paradise Visited - prompted this musing...
Why are so many American cagers SOOOO anti-cycling?
Most of Europe respects and appreciates 'cycling' (with the usually provisos and exceptions).
The rest of the world mostly couldn't subsist without the large transport and movment element cycling still provides.
So why are American drivers so hateful of cyclists? Spitefulness because someone else has joy in their lives? Big screen LCD still tooo small? what is it?
Yesterday, while on my weekly local bimble across the open coastal land tracts in the area, I passed many walkers, some horseback riders, a few other mtb'rs. All were courteous, to a fault. Where I expected to ride off into the high grass to circumnavigate a walkin pair with 2 dogs, they saw me and stepped off the trail AND then apologized for getting in my way. I was gonna apologize for having to make them vary their walk...
Why is it so different on a roadway, where cagers could easily 'avoid' issue or slow for what might be a milli-fraction of a second and have everyone be on their way without fuss, insult or injury?
Why the Drama, Macho (even from women...) chest-puffing and 'outta my way biker scum' attitude?
It strikes me that of all the people I passed yesterday while on the trails, with smiles given both ways; many of these same people would also be the vicious snipers on the road.
You Canadians, howzit up there? Your thoughts?