If the author is commenting that there is so much abuse, I wonder if she is riding inconsiderately or carelessly? I struggle to understand the motivation of other riders to abuse others without reason. Something is happening that other riders are reacting, and if it is happening so frequently then this is cause for concern.Most comments are aimed at policing my riding behaviour or reveal a sense of entitlement to right of way.
It is human nature to ignore ones own flaws and in this case if the rider states that most comments are on policing her riding behaviour, it would be worthwhile understanding why so many others bike riders have a problem with her behaviour and working on fixing it.
This is what I was alluding to earlier....the propensity for cyclists (regular commuters and roadies) to be very aware of their own and others space on the roads. Partly as we seem to be a society of rules; partly as cyclist or driver, we have a sense of entitlement to that space. All of the vids I've seen of cycling heavy Europe show very little of this. Minimal hand signals, no apparent warnings etc. Maybe by her standards (that were formed "at home") we are rude bastards?
While I haven't seen any overt carrying on in my commutes around inner Melbourne, I have seen plenty of bell ringing and hand signalling; have heard heaps of "passing", "on your right", "watch out" etc plenty loud enough to hear. Maybe that's confronting to somebody not used to it.
Many times I've read reports from members who've been overseas that speak highly of their experiences...."everybody just moves and gets along". Could this be it?