I drive. I bike. I walk. Bicycles are legally allowed on 99 percent of sidewalks. Pedestrians can cross streets at crosswalks against the light. Does this mean that a bike can act as a pedestrian and cross a street against a light, especially if there is no oncoming traffic? Legally, if the person is walking the bike, then yes. What's the difference?
Cars pass bikes most of the time. That's okay. Why is it wrong for a bike to pass cars that are stopped? Also: Honking your horn at a bike actually increases the likelihood of the bike having an accident.
Bicyclers visually perceive exactly what is on the road more acutely than motorists. We sometimes suddenly veer if we see glass, sand or other hazards. A gust of wind can blow a biker so that we have to struggle to keep control. That's normal.
I pay my city, county, state and federal taxes both because I own and operate a motor vehicle and because I pay property taxes, sales tax etc. Yes, I've seen too many bicyclists act rude, dangerous and indifferent. I've witnessed far more motorists misbehave much more frequently. A bicyclist who is dangerous puts their own life at risk. A driver who misbehaves risks committing murder.
When I participated in the alternative-transportation planning meeting, I pointed out that the part that was missing was educating drivers. Nobody understood my point. My conclusion is that it'll take motorists murdering and injuring more bicyclists before we gain our rights to the road. The legal system and law enforcers are no help.
(P.S. Fellow bikers, please wear white or reflective clothing and lights at night: I can't see you if you're dark.)
— Andrew Weatherly