Albert Howell has a great article in the Globe and Mail highlighting issues surrounding the role of local goverment to supply cycle-safe infrastructure vs. civil disobedience in the form of law-bending cyclists. Interspersed in the article are cheerful notes to pedestrians and drivers like:
Drivers, when a cyclist is eyeballing you it’s not an insult or a challenge, we’re simply watching you to see what you’re going to do. If you make a mistake in traffic it’s an expense; if a cyclist makes one, it’s a lot of pain and possibly death. And pedestrians, when a cyclist rings a bell, we’re not giving you attitude we’re just letting you know we’re there.
For a different perspective on how cities and cyclists can work check out the inspirational video from Copenhagan called City of Cyclists.