Lack of knowledge combined with plenty of anger, study finds

If you’ve ever been shouted at for riding outside a cycle lane or riding two abreast, then you won’t be surprised to hear about the results of a survey that has revealed the lack of motorists’ knowledge about cyclists’ rights, and the extent of their road rage.

According to a survey of 1,000 motorists conducted by eBikes Direct, 81 per cent of drivers believe that cyclists have to stay on the left-hand side of the road, and 65 per cent think they must use a cycle lane when one is available (neither of which they are required to do).

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73 per cent also think that that cyclists are not allowed to ride two abreast (a figure that rises to 92 per cent among Londoners), while almost a quarter think that cyclists are allowed to ride on pavements.

This lack of knowledge about what cyclists can and cannot do is let out in considerable anger towards cyclists.

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The survey also found that 39 per cent of drivers say they have go angry at a cyclist. However this figure varies widely depending on the region, with 80 per cent of motorists in the south east admitting that they have shouted at a cyclist.