Murray wrote:But, from the motorists' perspective, a cyclist is jumping the queue by filtering past the stationary traffic; free-loading by not paying rego to fund the roads (people still believe this idiot nonnsense); and breaking the rules because all cyclists run red-lights.
That's the (sour) icing on the cake.
My reading of it - the rule-breaking is a lot more subtle. As the OP wrote, driving in traffic is all about behaviours, learned over many years. Some are rules, some are just 'culture' or 'etiquette'. So, letting people in (or not). Driving with the flow of traffic (even if above the speed limit). Stopping to let people reverse park. This is what defines a 'good' or 'bad' driver.
Even the most law-abiding cyclist 'breaks' these norms. All the cars have to wait in traffic. One may leave a space for someone to merge in. The drivers will be thinking about how far they'll get before they stop bumper-to-bumper. The ones who try to break this, are deemed 'bad drivers'. They go against the norm.
Whereas the cyclist can just pick a gap and go through. Each and every time.
I think it's that aspect of it that is underlying the psychology in the article. (?) Previously I'd pegged it at 'jealousy'. But on the face of it, this seems to describe it more accurately, more in depth, and I think, more to the core of where that 'annoyance' may be stemming from.