It is well known that there are some issues between cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians cause they are sharing the same road, trail, or pavement. A lot of motorists and pedestrians seem to think that cyclists are rude, aggressive, and arrogant. So, why are cyclists so arrogant?
There are a number of reasons why cyclists are perceived as arrogant such as their behaviour on the road in particular the rules of the road. And cycling on the pavement or footpath where they do not show any consideration for pedestrians who are also using the pavement. Not all cyclists behaviour arrogantly but there is a lot of them.
In this post, we will go through why are cyclists so arrogant. Let’s get started!
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Why Are Cyclists So Arrogant?
There is a perception by other road users that cyclists are rude and arrogant. Other road users are not innocent themselves but there are a number of reasons why cyclists are perceived negatively. These reasons are as follows.
- Cyclists ignoring the rules of the road.
- Cyclists act like they own the road.
- Some cyclists have a smug/self-righteousness attitude.
- Cyclists using the pavement or footpath.
- Some cyclists not using front or rear lights at night.
Cyclists Ignoring The Rules Of The Road
Ignoring the rules of the road by cyclists is something that is a real annoyance to both motorists and pedestrians. We have all seen cyclists cycling through red lights and cycling through pedestrian crossing lights where they nearly hit a pedestrian or nearly get hit by a car. There some cases there are a few cyclists who even cycle in the wrong direction on the road.
Some countries and states around the world have laws for cyclists but the problem is enforcing the law. But there is growing pressure for the rules of the road to be enforced on cyclists similar to motorists.
Cyclists Act Like They Own The Road
This is kinda extending of the road of the rule but it relates to the cyclist behaviour. Cyclists have the same rights on the road as motorists do but some cyclists may be on the pavement on then suddenly flip onto the road but not account that there is a motorist on the road.
Where the motorist suddenly has to give the cyclists room which causes the motorist to cross lanes which can lead to a serious accident.
Some Cyclists Have A Smug/Self-Righteousness Attitude
Some cyclists use the road and the pavement with an attitude that no matter what a cyclist does, they cannot be wrong. This includes the behaviour when they are out riding they operate as if there is no other road or pedestrians.
And if anyone challenges them, they get aggressive and rude with a mouthful of insults and their rights. And then just cycle off.
Cyclists Using The Pavement Or Footpath
From a legal standpoint a lot of cities, states, and countries have made it illegal to cycle on the pavement. This is to protect pedestrians. The main problem with cycling on the pavement is that some cyclists are riding too fast and don’t account for pedestrians. Well, that is until they hit a pedestrian.
I understand why cyclists use the pavement as it feels safer from cycling on the road that you will be sharing with cars and lorries that can get too close when passing by and at times at speed.
Just remember that if you cycle on the pavement you are sharing that with pedestrians, so don’t cycle too fast.
Cyclists Not Using Front Or Rear Lights At Night
There are a few cyclists that are out riding are night that does not make themselves visible. The easiest way to be seen is to have and use the bike front and rear lights. They should even use a high vis jacket.
At night, motorists will struggle to see cyclists on the road if cyclists don’t make themselves visible.
Can You Beep A Cyclist?
Most cyclists don’t mind a quick beep from a distance back to let them know that a car is near but you should avoid a long beep as it might be seen as aggressive. There is a chance the cyclists might not hear you are it a lot of cyclists use headphones when cycling.
Can Cyclists Cycle In The Middle Of The Road?
Yes, they can. Cyclists have the same rights on the road as motorists so there is no law that makes cycling in the middle of the road illegal. It might be safer to cycle near the side of the road as to let faster motorists overtake when it is safe.
Finally, there are a number of reasons why cyclists are perceived as arrogant such as their behaviour on the road in particular the rules of the road. And cycling on the pavement or footpath where they do not show any consideration pedestrians who are also using the pavement. Remember not all cyclists behaviour arrogantly or rude but there is a fair share of them.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on why are cyclists so arrogant was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.