Why do so many motor vehicle drivers abhor bicycle riders?
In Alabama, one reason is because of what I call the Lycra assholes. Lycra assholes can be any age or gender and they generally ride in groups of two or more. They always wear colorful tight fitting clothing like Lycra or Spandex.
One of Lycra asshole's favorite things to do is seen in this photo taken on Bienville Boulevard on Dauphin Island. Rather than ride their bicycles on the 8 foot paved bicycle lane that Dauphin Island so generously provided for bicyclers, Lycra assholes choose to ride in same lane with speeding vehicles. No wonder why motorists get angry and honk or see how close they can get when passing the arrogant Lycra asshole bicyclists.
So, if you wonder why there are almost no bicycle lanes in Mobile, look at where Lycra assholes choose to ride their bicycles. Lycra assholes choose NOT to ride in bicycle lanes. Why should any City waste money putting down extra pavement to construct bicycle lanes when the Lycra assholes will not use them?
To further flaunt their arrogance, Lycra assholes recklessly tailgate or in bicycle terms, draft, like seen in this photo. The front tire of one speeding rider is often less than a foot away from the rear tire of the rider in front of them. Often weaker riders can attain much faster speeds by drafting. Such reckless riding often leads to some skin scraping and bone breaking bicycle wrecks which the Lyrca assholes then try to blame on a motorist for honking a horn or for passing too close.
Lycra assholes are not required to have a vehicle license to ride on the public road. Lycra assholes are not required to buy a vehicle tag even though they consider their bicycle a vehicle. Lycra assholes are not required to have vehicle insurance to use public roads which State law requires of motor vehicle drivers. Is it any wonder why bicyclists get no respect on the road?
Thank Lycra Assholes for giving the overall bicycling community a bad rap.