n. A strong, negative reaction towards cyclists, particularly by police officers or drivers.
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There's a feeling among many drivers that cyclists, either by their ignorance of the law or by their blatant disregard for it, are asking for trouble. … In one sense, the so-called bikelash has little to do with transportation modes.
—Tom Vanderbilt, “Rage Against Your Machine,” Outside, March 02, 2011
Call it a bikelash! The NYPD has been ordered to begin a borough-wide crack-down that will hit renegade riders for often-overlooked "vehicular offenses" like failing to obey traffic signals and signs, breaking the speed limit, tailgating, and even failure to signal before turning.
—Thomas Tracy, “Bikelash! Cops to crack down on two-wheelers,” New York Post, January 05, 2011
2007 (earliest)
Britain's army of cyclists are facing a bike-lash because of their increasingly illegal and aggressive behaviour, according to new research.
—Emma Wall, “New motorists being driven round the bend,” Daily Star, October 19, 2007