There’s an interesting discussion taking place over at the Greater Greater Washington blog regarding what is called “windshield perspective”, or the tendency to sympathize with motorists while having little understanding of, or patience for, other road users.
The author describes riding on a bus and witnessing the bus driver aggressively honking at a bicyclist and pinching the rider toward the curb, this immediately after waiting patiently for motorists illegally parked in the same lane just a block before. The author makes the argument that bus drivers may need more training to prevent windshield perspective. I agree, but I’d go a step further to suggest that the unique issues associated with the most vulnerable road users — pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists — should be a much larger component of every driver’s training program.
[For the record, I’ve found most of our City bus drivers to be more careful and courteous than many civilian motorists. —Alan]