So I finally pedal my way over to a new friend's house, this being the first time he's seen me on a bicycle. He astonished at my preparation: helmet, mirror, gloves... the works. I am duly complimented for my apparent dedication to cycling.
Then he adds, "Just do me a favor and stay off the streets".
I understand the lack of knowledge that non-cyclists exhibit and look at this as an opportunity to shed some light on some things, i.e., the cycling laws and appropriate cycling safety methods. I take the time to politely explain the logic of street riding, the laws and cite various examples of what could happen otherwise.
His response was, "Look, I can understand if there's no sidewalk, but if there is a sidewalk, that's where you ought to be."
I then cite the dangers of sidewalk riding. Undaunted by the barrage of explanations, he states, "I don't care, man. You're not going to catch me riding in the street and you really shouldn't either. There's nothing worse than coming up on a cyclist while you're driving." My response was, "Sure there is: an impatient driver coming from behind you while you're cycling".
He still didn't get it and I had lost my patience with him as he did with me. We ended the showdown with a chuckle and went on to other things.
People like this frighten me.