This morning, I left late for work. As I was driving past an elementary school, I noticed a great many kids on the sidewalks riding their bikes to school. They seemed to be doing a good job, acting just as pedestrians, waiting at the cross walks for the guards to wave them through, etc.
It seems that most elementary school childern where I live are "taught" by their parents to ride on the sidewalk (persumably as safer to the youngsters). A few weeks ago, I was driving in my car with my 14YO & one of his friends & came up behind a cyclist. As I was waiting for an opening to safely pass, my 14YO's friend commented "He should be on the sidewalk."
Since then, I've been paying a little more attention & have noticed that most of the drivers who honk at me or yell "Get on the sidewalk" appear to be teens through mid-20's.
I grew up in a rural area, and didn't have the option of riding on a sidewalk as a kid. I remember that in elemetary school, the police came & conducted a bicycle safety clinic. As the vast majority of America has shifted to suburbia & sidewalks, and helicopter parents scheme up new ways to keep our kids safe, I wonder how may young drivers are totally unaware that bikes are allowed on the road, & how many think they only belong on the sidewalks (where they were taught to ride)?