The dominant group I see when I'm out riding are the "Guys On Bikes." I learned this term here on Bike Forums from this thread. The Guys on Bikes are the ultimate utility cyclists. These men (and sometimes women) use their bicycles for everything and don't waste time on message boards discussing it. I suspect most are Guys on Bikes because of financial reasons, but others may have legal and medical problems that prevent them from driving. In other words, these folks are not car free by choice. But they are car free.
Unfortunately, the Guys on Bikes engage in very risky behavior that endangers themselves, other cyclists and pedestrians: They ride at night without lights, blow through intersections, ride against traffic and ride on sidewalks. In the most recent fatal bicycle/car encounter in my city, the victim was riding at night with no lights. Although I have not seen the police incident report, I'd bet good money he was also riding against traffic.
Today I ran some errands and racked up a about 10 miles. I saw a dozen or so cyclists while I was riding. They were all Guys on Bikes. To a man (and they were all men) each was riding against traffic. Every single one of them. One was riding the wrong way down a one way street.
Some of you might suggest that this is a thread better suited for the Safety and Advocacy forum, but I'm posting it here for two reasons: 1. Since this forum spun off of Safety and Advocacy, it's pretty much the only one I visit. 2. The Guys on Bikes are truly living car free, so they are in a way, part of our little community. I'm interested in how other folks here view the Guys on Bikes and how they affect people who have chosen to become fully- or partially-car free. Is there any way to reach out to the Guys on Bikes to help make them (and us) a little safer?