I've near-missed these guys, skid to a stop, turned to the cop 3 feet away and told him to tell these bastards not to cross illegally 'cause if I hit them, I go to the hospital and they die. Cops and pedestrians agree: you'd have to be incredibly stupid to hit someone on a bicycle, even if they literally jump out in front of you. At least he lectured the moron idling in the intersection about gridlock... he'll lecture a driver about not taking his SUV into an intersection he can't forseeably exit, but he won't ticket a jaywalking pedestrian that nearly gets smashed into pulp by a high-speed cyclist. Good job, quality law enforcement here.
You know why I haven't killed anyone yet? When I drive or bike, I assume everyone around me is a moron. Pedestrians on the sidewalk? In their 20s? 30s? 40s? I'm watching them, waiting for them to suddenly have a fit of autism and run flailing their arms and drooling on themselves into the street right in front of me with no warning. You know what? THEY DO! Every friggin' day, somebody does! Look ma, no more cars but a huge line of bikes tagged up in race gear and sponsor patches, going 35mph! Let's cross now, they're only bikes, they can't hurt people like cars!
If one day I can't brake and I can't evade, I'm just gonna pop a wheelie and ride it out. If I can't stop the bike despite every desperate attempt, it must be the will of Darwin. Fortunately that day has yet to come--I bought some fantastic brakes and tires.