We have many cognitive biases. Thought experiments can illustrate to us our cognitive preference for the status quo. Status quo bias can be detected many ways. Status quo bias is interesting from a psychological perspective but also political as it explains societies conservative nature.
Political philosophy: how can be Government justify taking a stance in the interest of good of the people. The status quo is not ethically the best position. When the government has ample evidence that the status quo is harmful and threatens society in the long term, how can it justify change. Political leadership is just that. The implications are true for cycling too, which requires political leadership to pull the switch.