Why (Some) People Hate Cyclists

A while back I wrote about a letter to the editor I sent to our daily rag. In a follow-up comment to that letter published on the paper’s website, I replied and said…

“Frequently, the people who shout at cyclists to get off the road aren’t even being inconvenienced in the least, they just seem angry.”

An article at Salon provides a theory of why — something called the affect heuristic. Can you imagine such a thing? People using emotion rather than reason to drive their decisions?