Sharing the road is often something that takes a conscious effort and a lot of patience. Different road users of different shapes and sizes are sharing a space that where high speeds and continuous maneuvering are the norm. Patience is a valuable commodity in the high-stress driving environment, but the findings of a new study, reported on by Motor1, suggest that for some, it's becoming an increasingly scarce commodity.
"A study of more than 1,000 drivers by road safety charity Brake and insurance firm Direct Line found that four in [ten] (40 percent) thought the past five years have seen an increase in dangerous driving around cyclists."
A certain tension between cyclists and motorists is not new, at least not for some, but as cycling becomes an increasingly viable and green option for many, the need for safe sharing of the road will only increase. The statistics that have come out of this latest study by Brake and Direct Line demonstrate just how important it is that we become more conscious of the way that we interact with other road users.
For more on the study and on what the findings mean for cyclists and motorists in the UK, you can check out James Fossdyke's arcticle in Motor1.