Originally Posted by OP
1. Sidewalk riding at speed. I'm often a pedestrian (sometimes I just wanna walk like an Egyptian). And I have no problem with lackadaisical, jogging speed cyclists avoiding the perils of Main St.
But if you're pedaling over 10mph, get your BMX azz off the sidewalk.
2. Wrong way cyclists. Has any of the rest of you come across one of these geniuses on a blind curve downhill? I have. They need to be ticketed.
3. Red Light runners. Unless it's 5:00 AM, and the only sound that can be heard is sprinkler heads. Summer early morning rides nearly beg for rules to be bent.
I think cyclists should be ticketed for:
1) Not using lights at night
2) Riding on the sidewalk
3) Riding the wrong way
I don't think cyclists should be ticketed for safely executing rolling stops at stop signs or red lights.
If the "the cyclist is never at fault" types here were more willing to admit that "cyclist-haters" are such a tiny minority among motorists then A&S probably would not be such a target for fun-making. As it is, seeing you guys all up on your crosses just makes it irresistible.
Example: The salmon cyclist on one way street that could not see the light turn red and hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
A cyclist that hit an old lady on the road with no sidewalk and killed her (cyclist got same type of blame a motorist would have).
Cyclist that swerve in and out of parked cars without looking and sideswipe a passing motorist.
Ninja, Salmon cyclist which do not move off the road before collision, as would be required of a pedestrian, get much if not most of the blame.
For adult cyclist, the studies show that the motorist is at fault between 65 to 95% of the time depending where the study was performed. If you were to exclude the collisions caused by homeless or drunk cyclist, then regular recreational, commuter or utility cyclist are almost never at fault. You should remember that the next time you want to jump on the blame the cyclist first bandwagon.