STOP THE HATE
SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE ON-ROAD & ONLINE HATE OF CYCLISTS
FACT: ONLINE HATE BECOMES ON-ROAD VIOLENCE. In 2017 a motorcyclist convicted of the manslaughter of a cyclist in New South Wales, was found to have an extensive history of had posting numerous threats to kill riders online.
Online cycling hate pages are becoming an effective means of inciting hatred, creating tensions both on and off our roads, with Facebook and the police incapable or unwilling to take action. Meanwhile our print and shock-jock media revel in the madness, stirring the pot at every available opportunity. Someone has to make the effort to set the record straight, and it looks like S.C.A. are the only ones prepared to stick our necks out. That’s disappointing.
WE'VE ALL BEEN AFFECTED BY ROAD RAGE
Anger can be very quick, powerful, reactive, and can make us do things we typically wouldn’t do. There is nothing inherently wrong with anger as an emotion, but nowhere is anger less helpful, more common, and potentially more dangerous than when we are behind the wheel of a car. We explore the concept of “road rage” and why normal people become harmful on the roads.
Most of us are familiar with road rage. There are, of course, extreme examples of violence and assaults on the roads that end up in the courts, hospitals, and the media. But every day, drivers get angry and aggressive, and the evidence is mounting that this can put themselves and others at great risk.
Nobody knows this better than our own Sean Harrison.