Australian Professor: Don’t Use ‘Cyclist,’ Use the Term ‘People Who Ride Bikes’

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A survey conducted by Australian universities Monash University and Queensland University of Technology found that many Australian motorists do not like cyclists. The online survey found that one-in-five drivers had deliberately blocked cyclists in their daily interactions, while one-in-ten said they used their car to cut off a cyclist. Other survey respondents said they have shouted at or thrown objects at cyclists.

A professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Narelle Haworth, said she does not like to use the term “cyclist.” She likes the term “people who ride bikes” because it is “more human-like and less like a species.”