Let's ban the word "cyclist"
I've seen other people make a similar complaint and it does make sense.
The word "cyclist" seems to have become poisonous. How so? Consider the following news story headlines:
Cyclist killed in collision with lorry
Cyclist sought in connection with death of pedestrian
Cyclist rapes kitten standing in Diana memorial fountain
Even pro riders spend the majority or their lives not riding a bicycle. We are people who ride bicycles - we're not some separate sub-species. I drive a car but when some joyriding teenager ploughs into a bus shelter full of pensioners and babies in prams nobody tries to make me feel as though I'm to blame for that. But when a "normal person" sees somebody on a bicycle charging across a zebra crossing or riding aggressively on the pavement or wearing a Lampré top with AG2R shorts then, for some reason, that's my problem. I'm sick of it.
Stick a person with the label "cyclist" and it seems they become fair game. Knocked down, injured killed - probably their fault. They were probably riding on the pavement or thinking about kitten rape.
There is no such thing as a "cyclist" - just people who may use a bicycle to go from one place to another place (which may sell cake). Sure there are people who do antisocial things on bicycles (not nearly as many as those who do antisocial things in cars) but that is Not My Problem. All we have in common is a mode of transport. I've driven a van before - just like Peter Sutcliffe - but I'm not like him. I don't have a moustache.
Sorry - scheduled to be wet tomorrow so beer/late.