Thursday, November 15, 2007

News Flash!!

Cars are no longer at fault, cyclist are always in the wrong.

A recent study has found that no matter what a car does whilst on the road, if a cyclist is endangered it is actually the cyclist that is at fault.

Scientist from the Institute have been studying the phenomenon in the 'ville throughout 2007 and have come to this conclusion after watching various cyclists 'just riding along' and nearly being killed on roads in and around the 'ville. In addition, in depth questioning was conducted of drivers adourned in flourescent work shirts and those who drive white utes and commodores.

"A good example is one from this Saturday morning," explains Dr Smythe from the Instutute. "We witnessed a cyclist called Erol (not his real name) who was on his way to the Saturday morning Harveys Range ride at 4:45am. He was nearly killed by a driver in a flourescent orange shirt who decided it was too early in the morning to adhere to red ligthts. Erol (not his real name) yelled in anger at the driver in order to make him aware of his presence, thinking that it was the car at fault. Little did he know that it was actually his fault for riding, and rightly so he was abused back and the driver revved his engine in a show of might."

The study has found that the responsibility over one's actions whilst driving a car shows an inverse relationship to an increase in car size, number of passengers, load capacity, amount of body kit, number of teeth missing, hat size and visibility of the driver's work attire. Whilst a cyclist responsibility over a wayward car's actions shows a direct relationship to their fitness level, suitability of their cycling attire, helmet wearing ability and lack of leg hair. In addition, cyclists riding by themselves are far more responsible for driver's actions and seemingly more easy to abuse.

Mr Smythe explained further that most drivers genuinely believed that it is "the cyclists own fault if they are hit a killed by a wayward car." The study confirmed this belief.

As the study comes to a close Dr Smythe explained that they would now move on to a study focusing on the ralationship between the perception drivers have of their cars and the mental aptitude of their female partners.