Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Davis CA
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
Here's what I tell people who complain about cyclists impeding traffic:
How often do you go someplace - the doctors office, a restaurant, or the mall, and get that ONE LAST PARKING SPACE? You know, the one that, if someone got there first, you would be in for a very, very long walk. It happens to me all the time when I drive my car. And sometimes, I'm not so lucky and have to make that long walk. And yes, I know it really sucks.
Well, when you are lucky enough to get that one last spot, take a look around. Chances are that there is a bicycle locked up someplace. And chances are, that bicycle belongs to an adult who would have taken that very last parking space had they not ridden it to the place to which you needed to drive.
Now, think of frequency with which the parking god smiles upon you. I'll bet the amount of time you spend waiting behind slower moving cyclists is a tiny, tiny fraction of the amount of time you save from not having to walk extreme distances due to there not being any parking spaces. And the only reason that one last spot exists is because somebody went there on a bicycle instead of in car.