The old saying, "I can't see the forest because there are too many trees" comes to mind in the following meditation: amidst all the arguments about bike lanes, bike paths, wide outside lanes, cyclists' facilities, enforcing speed limits, road rage, DUI, etc., etc., etc., one thing stands out. Almost everyone drives. Relatively few cycle for transportation. Crunch the numbers. Does our "vote" really count?
Motorists are going to get the first and foremost consideration vs. cyclists in any conflict where their needs conflict with ours (I speak foolishly, since I am both a cyclist and a motorist.) Cyclists will never get equal consideration with motorists until their numbers become comparative.
Next, we should think about how the number of cyclists will become comparative to that of motorists.
A nuclear war is the first thing that comes to mind...(again, I'm speaking foolishly...)'
Do we cyclists really think motorists will give up their convenience of speed (watch how they race up to the next traffic light at 120% of the speed limit, only to discover it has turned red ) just so we half-dozen or so cyclists can play with our toys where we don't belong?