Connect with us

Interesting

The Word ‘Cyclist’ Should Be Banned Because It “Dehumanizes Them,” Says Professor

“There is need to grow a culture of mutual respect for people on bikes.”

Mark Andrew

Posted

(

)

A A A

It may sound ridiculous but yes, this is an actual thing today – experts are calling for a ban on the word ‘cyclist.’ According to them, the term “dehumanizes” bike riders.

According to reports, the call is based on the study conducted by a team of researchers from Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. Apparently, the study “found there was a link between the dehumanization of cyclists and deliberate acts of aggression directed towards them on the road,” wrote the Daily Mail.

Narelle Haworth professor of QUT and Director of the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety- Queensland explained that the study questioned 442 individuals in Queensland and Victoria, New South Wales and they discovered that 55% of non-cyclists rated cyclists as “not completely human.” Furthermore, the study tells us that 1 in 5 drivers “deliberately blocked cyclists on roads, while 1 in 10 admitted to using their car to cut off a cyclist.”

Now Professor Haworth is advocating for the word ‘cyclist’ to be dropped for good and be replaced with ‘people who ride bikes.’

Haworth said:

“If we used the term people on bikes, instead of cyclists, we’re giving a term that is more human-like and less like a species. We need to spread the idea that those people [cyclists] could be any of us. There is need to grow a culture of mutual respect for people on bikes.”

Aside from the word ban, Haworth also believes there’s more to be done to make the roads a safer place for bicycle riders.

“Infrastructure is paramount. The best thing would be not to have to share the road,” the professor pointed out.

Meanwhile, the abstract of the study reads:

“The findings suggest that dehumanisation is a concept that deserves further exploration in contexts where cyclists are a minority group. If we can put a human face to cyclists, we may improve attitudes and reduce aggression directed at on-road cyclists. This could result in a reduction in cyclist road trauma or an increase in public acceptance of cyclists as legitimate road users.”

View Comments

Interesting

“Playing With Lego Is Better Than Studying Algebra” – Isaac Morehouse

Crash CEO and Praxis founder Isaac Morehouse believes Legos are “superior to textbooks.”

Mark Andrew

Published

on

Remember how our parents scolded us to stop playing and start studying back when we were kids? If you were like most youngsters, you probably resented it each time because, frankly, you'd rather spend time with your toys than with your books.

Continue Reading

Interesting

10 Math Equations That Went Viral For Stumping The Internet

Can you figure out #9?

Nobelle Borines

Published

on

Most viral content usually feature hilarious videos or adorable dogs and cats. However, there have also been a few math equations that have made the rounds on the internet for a good reason. Many of us have been stumped by these mathematical problems and probably still don't know the answers until now.

Continue Reading

Interesting

Awesome Boy Learned To Crochet At 5 Years, Is Now Touted A Crocheting Prodigy

Jonah Larson is also hoping to help other children discover their passion and strengths!

Nobelle Borines

Published

on

Crocheting is a hobby that we usually associate with grandmothers who love making doilies and clothes for their grandchildren. However, a little boy is changing the age-old stigma. The 11-year-old has gone viral for being called a "crocheting prodigy."

Continue Reading

Popular