Car/Bicycle Experiment Results
The last two weeks, I have conducted three experiments with cars. My first experiment was going under the speed limit, 21 mph in a 35 mph zone, while approaching a street to the right. I circled the blocks on both my bicycle and car at the same speed. On the bicycle, 60% of the cars tore around me to make a right turn, right in front of me. In the car, 20% of the cars did the same thing.
My second experiment was going the speed limit, which was 30 mph, in both the car and bicycle on a 2 lane road. On the bicycle, 72% of the people tore around me. In the car, 16% passed me. On the bicycle, I took up the entire lane.
My third experiment was exceeding the speed limit. It was a 30 mph speed limit, and I was going 40 mph (it is down hill). On the bicycle, 48% passed me. In the car, 8% passed me.
I conducted these experiments by continuously circling the blocks around and around until 25 episodes occurred of each of the three experiments.
I think the 2nd and 3rd experiments are alarming! To me, they show how much cyclists are disliked my automobile drivers. The third experiments show that cars were mostly satisfied exceeding the speed limit, only if it was an automobile in front of them. If it was a bicycle, they disliked it being in front of them, even though they were exceeding the speed limit. You have to wonder why they have such an aversion toward us.