99.9% of my bike rides are uneventful. I only talk about the ones where something happens.
Does this give the impression that cycling is more hazardous than the reality?
Kathleen King wonders if its just something men talk about, or if drivers are more polite around female cyclists.
I have been reading the accounts, blogs and articles concerning harassment, written almost exclusively by men, in the cycling community with increasing puzzlement. I’ve been pondering this issue out on the pavement for some months, as car after car gives me a gracious and WIDE berth on the quiet, rural roads I’ve been riding on of late. I think back at the seeming lack of negative encounters I’ve had even on urban and suburban routes.
Does Professor Ian Walker’s wig theory come into play here?
what’s your experience? Do the bad ones just happen to stick out more in your memory?
More at Surfeit of Passion: Sexism, Gender Bias, or… Chivalry? How and why menacing motorists heckle female vs. male cyclists – or not.