Close but no cigar
Andrew Sullivan has been running a few posts about “Drivers vs Cyclists,” and recently featured this reader response:
I lived in NYC for 20+ years and I’m currently living in San Francisco, and I can tell you the reason for bike problems is that there really are no rules for bicyclists. As a pedestrian I’ve nearly been killed in NYC by a bike going the wrong way down a one-way street. Or just recently in SF in the SOMA district, I saw a woman nearly hit as a bike sped along the sidewalk around a corner and never slowed down. Bikes are not supposed to be going fast on sidewalks in city, right?
It’s not about bike lanes; it’s about people thinking they own the streets and sidewalks because they’re on a bike.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a bike rider myself, but again, I was nearly knocked down by a speed cyclist around the seaport in Manhattan on my bike. The thing about bike riding is that there are no rules, really, and that’s part of the beauty, the freedom. But as they become more prevalent in car traffic and pedestrian traffic, it’s really becoming a problem. Like I said, I’m an urban dwelling bike rider myself, and I’m appalled at the bike riding behavior going on.
Emphasis mine. We’ll have come a long way when people finally realize that being nearly hit by a cyclist is far better than being actually hit by a car. But I guess almost only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and cycling.