After my little near-motorist experience the other week, I became interested again in “Bike Rage” and ways that I might improve my chances of seeing not only this Christmas, but a few more after that as well …
|Don’t tell the Monsters, but I kind of enjoy buying them presents.
Now if you’ve already watched Catalyst’s excellent segment on “Bike Rage“, then you’ll already know the underlying reasons behind this phenomena, but just in case five minutes fifteen seconds is too much of your life to invest in watching this video, I’ve cut and paste the key bits below.
I’ve even gone and highlighted the really, really important bits in green for super busy people …
So why do cyclists get so much abuse? Well, some theories have been put forward by… psychologists? Well, then we’re going to need…
Dr Cameron Munro
So it’s all about out-group homogeneity bias.
You sure you don’t want a latte?
Dr Cameron Munro
Quite sure. It’s about making generalisations about a group of people with whom we don’t empathise. So some people would say that all Gen-Yers are slack. But, of course, it’s not true. So, similarly with bike riders, there’s an assumption out there that some bike riders all behave in a certain way, and that is generalised whenever we see a bike rider on the road. In a different way, we look at motorists as being part of us, one of us, the in-group. And so when we see a motorist breaking through a red light, or travelling at a high speed, we see that as a trait that’s attributable to the individual, rather than to the whole group.
But while our brains seem biased, our eyes aren’t helping either. Studies suggest car drivers have difficulties seeing bicycles, particularly if they aren’t expecting them. And when we don’t see the bike until the last minute, we see rage.
Not only that, but everyone see’s me from a mile away, and maybe I’m reading something into nothing … but it’s like nobody wants to upset this particular cyclist at this time of year.