Blaming Cyclists

Michael O'Reilly's latest article is gold.

He discusses why, as a cyclist, you are strangely often held accountable for the actions of other cyclists.   The curious public perceptions of cycling in countries such as Australia are driven not only by the "outgroup" phenomenon, but also the "confirmation bias" pattern.

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The long-term solution, of course, is to normalise cycling. Create better infrastructure. Limit motor vehicle access to cities. Implement shared bicycle schemes. Put more people on bikes, and turn the out-group into the in-crowd.

But in the meantime, how to counter these charges of communal guilt?

His solution is hilarious.



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