Fundamental attribution error

Fundamental attribution error

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things has a lot to say, but the most interesting part for me is the following snippet: When a bike blows a stop sign, though, we’re more likely to see it as evidence that “cyclists think they’re above the law.” The social psychology term for this bias is “fundamental attribution error”: the tendency to attribute the actions of others to their inherent nature rather than their situation, and the less we sympathize with their situation, the greater the bias. A 2002 study from the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory found that it plays a starring role in our perceptions of traffic behavior, with drivers far more likely to see a cyclist’s infraction as stemming from ineptitude or recklessness than an identical one committed by another driver. It may also help explain why I’ve been approached more than once while holding my bike by random strangers, asking me to explain the behavior of another cyclist they once saw doing something stupid. I ride a bike, therefore I’m one of them. That last bit will resonate with many of you, I am sure. Humans are wired in a certain way, but there are ways to mitigate negative stereotypes, as it goes on to mention about car-free riding events: […]they’re powerful bias-breaking tools, and do wonders to dispel the stereotypes that still permeate the discussion about cycling: cyclists are entitled hipsters, spandex-clad elitists, wild-eyed eco-warriors, scofflaw bums. These are harder to maintain when you’re surrounded by biking families of six, and retirees carrying dogs in their front baskets. Through efforts of orgs like SVBC, these perceptions...

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BART police nab suspected bike thief [Mercury]

Another “pro” thief caught. Anyone lose a bike near BART? Investigators are hoping the items' owners will come forward to identify and claim their property. BART would then seek additional charges against Major through the district attorney's office and return stolen property to its rightful owners. Photos of the recovered bicycle frames can be viewed at http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2012/news20120612.aspx. Owners must provide either a case number from a theft report or show other proof of ownership before the stolen property can be claimed. Proof of ownership can be a receipt or proof of purchase that includes a serial number or other identifiable marks unique to the bicycle. More details at...

2 held for allegedly trying to run down bicyclists [SFGate]

Well, this is horrific: Witnesses called police around 3:45 p.m. Sunday to report that a gold-color pickup was trying to run down the boys near Fourth Avenue and Grant Street. One of the youths had to jump off his bike to avoid being hit, and when he did, the driver ran over the bike and onto the sidewalk, said police Sgt. Dave Norris. Read more at...

Bay Area Public Transportation Map

Originally posted at http://interi.org/2012/06/bay-area-public-transportation-map/, by maiki, and licensed under CC-BY-SA. Comments are closed here, please discuss on the original post. ^_^ Here is a cool mapping project: The Bay Area According to Public Transportation, by DylanofTilden. Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. It would be cool to see this done with bicycle boulevards, complete streets, and the Bay...