Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Seems like the Germans are having pretty much the same problem:
The Google translation is a bit scary.
Australia is not the only country where motorists and cyclists seem to be at each other's throats.
I ride every day.
I'm never at any other road user's throat.
I ride, walk and drive nearly every day. The only road rage I've had directed at me in years was, on two occasions, from bike riders!
Admittedly, one was a nutter who thought Brunswick Street at peak hour belonged only to him; and the other had already had enough from other car drivers when I tried to tell him that he'd dropped his glove.
I have to admit that personally I have not experienced antagonism from motorists while I am on my bike. I have had a few instances of motorists just not being aware of my presence, but that is not really willful.
It is interesting to see that the kind of invective we see, every time an article about cycling vs motoring is published in The Age, is not unique to Australia.
It's also interesting to see the views that even in Germany many seem to believe that cycling infrastructure is not properly developed: http://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/0,1518,785915,00.html (Apologies to those who do not read German.)
For myself, having spent the first 37 years of my life in South Africa, and having to dodge minibus taxi drivers who were quite happy to run you off the road without caring if they killed you, Australian roads feel like a haven for cyclists.
Conflict sells newspapers. And that's the same the world over.
It's not cars v bikes. It's (small percentage of) morons v (small percentage of) morons.