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Funnily enough, people have none of those problems around cars. We regularly stand only centimeters from 2 tons of metal going past at 50km/h without flinching or even acknowledging their existence. But that 80kg human on his 15kg pushbike at one third the speed is perceived as threatening.
Shows how constant exposure to stuff can warp our perception of risk. Maybe in a few decades, if bikes of all kinds continue to rise in popularity and numbers, we will be just as indifferent to bikers riding next to us as we are to cars.
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