AdelaidePeter wrote:I don't buy the jealousy argument. I think the reasons are (1) cyclists are perceived as more likely to break road rules, and (2) cyclists "get in the way" and slow traffic, especially on narrow / hilly / country roads. Go to any forum and you'll see variants of those two arguments over and over. (I don't think I've ever seen a post like "I don't like cyclists because they get through traffic faster than me").
I think cyclists can do their part to try to negate these two points. A couple of key road rules which cyclists break more - stopping on red lights and don't go on the wrong side of the road - are very visible ones. Yes I know it's only a minority, and yes I know it's less dangerous than cars speeding or texting while driving, but still: cyclists would have a lot better image if less cyclists broke these rules.
Car drivers also break the rules a lot too, just today I had one taxi driver near run me down in his haste not to give way to me crossing a road at a pedestrian crossing (I was already near half way across), 3 others running red lights. Despite that, motorists still have a squeaky clean image of never breaking the rules, right?