…to all our traffic issues.
This was illustrated to me rather clearly by a particular cyclist this morning whom I passed twice (giving her several feet of space both times) coming out of stoplights, because she couldn’t get her clip-less pedals to clip. That wasn’t the problem. What was the problem, is that then both times she sped past me, literally screaming “ON YOUR LEFT” at me, as if I’d somehow horribly offended her. The second time, she kindly added (as if gesturing with a certain finger), “I’ve been riding for 15 years! What the hell is wrong with you?!?!”
Clearly, people are people, no matter what form of transportation they use. While riding a bicycle may help to encourage a different attitude, it really is up to the person operating a vehicle, whichever vehicle it is, to be a helpful member of traffic.