The late and great George Carlin said:
"If I am driving at a given speed, anyone who passes me is a Maniac, and anyone driving slower than me is a Moron."
The only reason this is funny is because it is the truth; a trait in human nature that we can all relate.
The other day I observed a guy on an old beat up moped. The engine was screaming, smoke billowed from the exhaust, and he was driving at about 20 mph in the center of the lane on a busy main street.
There was no doubt from the sound of the engine, that this was the top speed this two wheeled clunker was capable of.
Cars were just following along behind him in a slow procession; no one was honking at him. Traffic was backed up at least a mile, and drivers that were at least six cars back were oblivious to the cause of the hold up anyway.
They were all just calmly following this guy on a moped, and I wondered, what if that were a cyclist riding down the center of the lane at 20 mph?
There would be a medley of car horns blowing, people would be screaming abuse from their open car windows.
Human nature would kick in, a cyclist is someone who must be passed. It doesn't matter if the cyclist is doing close to 25 mph in a 25 mph speed zone.
It doesn't matter if the cyclist is doing 50 mph, plus, down a winding mountain pass. Where it is not safe for a car to travel at above fifty, the cyclist must be passed.
On the other hand, put a motor on the bicycle, electric or gasoline, just as long as the pedals are not going round, and it has some magic calming effect on following drivers.
The actual speed at which the moped or scooter is traveling has no bearing on the situation. Human nature and human behavior is indeed strange.