they are uncontrollable and their drivers can’t be trusted.
Wandering the internet (trying to avoid some really boring work that I intend to make as difficult and torturous as possible by dragging it on all day), I came across this little car-culture gem:
The little parting shot, “why can’t they pay attention?” is pretty ironic 30 years later, huh?
BTW, I like Steve’s comment at the above-linked post. It is an inadvertent advertisement to ride visibly, predictably and follow the rules. But with the patronizing expectation that we’re not capable of it. One can’t argue the fact that many cyclists are unpredictable, but that’s largely a product of them being scared or bullied to stay out of the way. Another irony.
These are the forces that have shaped our culture. They have not only influenced the self-image and behavior of cyclists, but of bicycle advocates as well.