A recent study has revealed that two thirds of UK motorists think cyclists are inconsiderate road users.
The AA Charitable Trust surveyed nearly 21,000 drivers, 66% of which thought cyclists lacked consideration for others on the road.
Despite this, a massive 95% agree that cyclists are vulnerable on the road and should always be given space. 93% of respondents said they always look out for cyclists, compared to 89% five years ago.
However, the number of motorists who have been surprised by an unseen cyclist has also risen. In five years, the number of drives caught out by a cyclist suddenly appearing “from nowhere” has increased from 55% in 2014, to 65%. According to government statistics, ‘failure to look’ was a factor in 39% of accidents.
Discussing the survey results, Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust, said, “Our new research shows there is still some way to go in terms of ensuring everyone on the road looks out for each other,”
“On the roads it should never be a case of drivers versus cyclists or motorcyclists. Everyone is on the road to get somewhere and by looking out for each other we can ensure we do so safely.
“It is disappointing that two thirds of drivers feel cyclists are inconsiderate and this shows that more needs to be done by drivers and cyclists to co-exist safely and peacefully. The irony is that most cyclists are drivers and many drivers are cyclists.”