Several months ago, I got into a quasi-shouting match with a guy on a bicycle and I've been pondering it ever since.
I was actually in a car, stopped at a four-way stop sign in a residential area. There weren't any streetlights and it was about 10:00 at night, so it was really dark. There were cars on all four sides, but it was my turn to go. Thank God there was a car to my right with headlights on, because as I started to pull forward I saw a shadow in front of those headlights. It was a guy--an adult--wearing dark clothes, on a bike, painted black, with no reflectors, no light, riding toward me in my lane. I slammed on my brakes as soon as I realized there was something coming at me and if all that wasn't bad enough, as he passed between my car and the curb, he yelled through my open window, "You need to move the f*%$ over!" Well, I was having an adrenaline rush from nearly having plowed over someone and that pissed me off. So I yelled back, "You need to get in the right lane." And he yelled back as he got further away, "I am in the right lane, you idiot!"
I was shaken up for awhile after that. It would be a terrible nightmare to hit a cyclist with my car, even if it wasn't my fault! But it got me thinking about bike safety for adults. We have a program for elementary students here. I checked with the police department and our local bike club to see if there were any adult programs and there aren't. The guy at the police department said they tried it once some years back and no one showed up. I suggested putting bike rules and regulations and safety tips in the paper, but nothing came of it. I know some people at the paper, so now I'm thinking about telling them that story and seeing if they'll do a story.
Does your city have anything for adult bike riders? Are they successful at all?