The Right of Way

When looking at today’s modern world and its many problems, one might be surprised to see drivers vs cyclists as a growing problem in America. Road safety is always a big concern with citizens and the argument between drivers and cyclists can get heated, as both sides argue that the other is harmful to road safety.

Drivers consider cyclists to be law-breakers who don’t follow the rules of the road but many drivers break the law just as much, if not more, than cyclists. Research has shown that cyclists and drivers regularly disregard basic laws like stopping at red lights.

One such study found that 6 out of 10 cyclists admitted to running red lights. As for drivers, one need not look further than New York City where drivers run 1.23 million red lights per day. However, this war on cyclists extends beyond just breaking the law.

Drivers seem to have a superiority complex when it comes to cyclists as they see them as people who take up too much of the road and are dangerous to people on the road. But when looking at the numbers, drivers are far more dangerous to cyclists and themselves.

According to Zoe Williams of The Guardian, since Toronto painted over all of it’s bike lanes back in 2015, a cyclist is hit every 7 hours there. Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford never saw these accidents as the fault of the driver, but instead  put blame upon the cyclist. “Roads are built for buses, cars and trucks, not for people on bikes,” he stated. “My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”

And that is the major problem with this argument.  You cannot place blame on someone when they have an equal right of way to be on the road as cars and trucks.

Do cyclists not always abide by laws? Sure, but drivers shouldn’t be looking down at them from their high horse with everything they do wrong on a daily basis.