I have admired the British cycling organizations for quite some time. Much more than their US counterpart, they seem to have focused on cyclist rights and safety without some of the lefty "PC" stuff and without the irritating road instructiin approach adopted by their US counterparts. The contrast between "Cyclecraft" and "Effective Cycling" is difficult to miss. Personally, I believe honey catches more flies than vinegar.
Regardless, I was shocked today to read in a BBC headline that British cyclists needed to become more "aggressive." The link is here. It was made worse when I found the statement in a quote from the Welsh cycling president. Pit Bull dogs have an aggressive reputation. Cyclists that flip motorists off while running a red light are aggressive. Hitler was aggressive. Cyclists that cut close to little old lady pedestrians are aggressive. Some cancers are aggressive.
Had the chosen word been "assertive," I'd have been nodding and saying to myself that maybe there ARE some sensible cycling advocates left in the world. I'd even have let pass his comment about cyclists needing to ride "in the middle of the road" rather than "in the middle of their lane."
As it was, he leveled the field with some of his US counterparts and that is not a good thing. One good item: they interviewed a motoring association and they fully agreed that cyclists would be better off not to ride timidly. Making me proud, they even used the word "ASSERTIVE" instead of creating an image of a criminal cycling underground. Now those are MY motorists!
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