A very weird thing for me for a long time has been urban dwellers who fundamentally reject the actual virtues of urban life. I get that not everybody wants to live in Manhattan, but I have no idea why anyone would want to live in Manhattan and get around primarily by personal car. I get that cyclists can be a pain in the ass - especially for drivers - but it's rather obvious that the biggest pain in the ass for drivers are, you know, other drivers. Reducing car use and car trips in a dense urban hellhole should be seen as win-win for everybody.
I guess I ultimately interpret this as a "kids get off my lawn" kind of thing. Lifestyles are changing, slightly, and the (some) oldsters are angry.