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    • I was minding my own business on social media when I saw this. 👇

      Is this a common occurrence for riders?—being cutoff or exacting revenge?

    • This isn't a stereotype nor in my opinion any more common or different from other types of vehicular rage, except for perhaps the "biker" being at a much higher risk of injury when engaging in such stupid actions. On the other hand, it's not uncommon for some car drivers to often drive so dangerously unaware, behaving as if in a hypnotic trance, paying 90% of their attention to the mobile phone, the kids in the back seat, or the cute poodle, instead of actual driving activity. For those, self driving cars are likely much better drivers. And sometimes they might piss off the wrong rider.

      I never view using public roads as an "us" vs. "them" kind of thing, on the contrary, road manners do matter allot, as is paying attention to safe piloting whatever vehicle is involved. But not everyone shares same views. And in the case above, it may after all have turned out to be true self defense.. so no, it's not "a thing" or a one size fits all.

      I will also say that riding a motorcycle, and not just for weekend fun, perhaps even commuting, will open one's "Third eye" so to speak and make one allot more receptive and perceptive of every surrounding details happening as well as about to happen. Hard to explain, but for example when I pull into a stop light I do not take out of gear nor fully stop until I see in my rear view mirror the car had stopped. Experienced riders certainly make better car drivers, in my opinion.

    • Being cut off?

      Too often, in my opinion - as @Dracula has explained it well.

      My solution: A volunteer group of vetted and experienced motorcyclists (over the age of 30 or so...) would offer passenger rides to vehicle drivers between the ages of 18 & 21. If you don't take the ride, at 21, your driver's license goes ::poof:: and disappears.

      A simple one to two hour ride, with varying types & styles of riding (city, suburban, freeway) would give new drivers enough of an understanding of what motorcycle riders face every time they are on the road.

      It might influence others to take up riding; it would make many drivers that much better drivers.

    • There are many safety promotionals out there, and what they all have in common is waking one's attention to become aware and actively involved when driving & riding, as well as remembering that we're all human beings trying to use the roads safely and why not, even enjoyably, dare I say.

    • Horrible psychology - dehumanization - unfortunately applies to many, in my opinion usually associated with other less desirable personal character traits. I would think, if anything, a cyclist being fully visible and vulnerable, should appear much more "human" (for the considerent of protecting his/her life) than a driver in a huge SUV with blacked out windows. Yet this is most evident in some less developed countries where the larger vehicle literally is expected to command respect and right of way, as if nothing else is as important.

      I know exactly what the article means, just am not sure we fully understand why. I experienced some hateful online interactions directed against cyclists even coming from some motorcyclists! For various reasons but the prevailing one was traffic being held back too slow.

      What I found works for me is when I wear an open face helmet and sunglasses, most people make eye contact and some even wave friendly, in the countryside. Not so much in city traffic.