I'm a college student and for one of my classes I have to write a solution paper. I'm arguing for bike safety in my town. My points are a possible bike safety program (obviously more just for knowledge/know-how than actual prevention), licensing (a common theory by non-cyclists which I know goes into a whole new can of worms), and lastly, specified bike lanes.
Now, I know bikes are not motor vehicles (traditional ones at least, as they're human power) and there is a lot of debate on this subject. But to what extent - when riding in traffic - are cyclists treated as vehicles (by both motorists and/or state law)? What if there are no bike lanes in place?