My Two Cents
But before I state my annoyance I first have to qualify this by stating that I myself am far from the perfect cyclist, but I do use common sense. I also try to show respect to myself, other cyclists, and people in cars. Now here's my beef:
What is the deal with bicyclists that travel in the wrong direction (against traffic) on busy streets? Tonight I was pedaling the Mundo down a busy street and a guy came straight at me, going against traffic. Our eyes locked and I could see he wasn't moving. To my right were parked cars and on my left were moving vehicles. My only option was to move slightly out into traffic to let him pass.
Wrong way cyclists really give us a bad reputation, not to mention putting many of us and motorists in danger. If I were not a cyclist and saw a person (or persons) riding like this I too would probably think bicycles were not worthy for road travel and should stay on the sidewalks (pavements). How can we be expected to be taken seriously with actions like this. Imagine the ramifications of a car or motorcycle going in the wrong direction. I really hope that eventually we, as cyclists, will be held accountable (myself included). The laws are in place in most area, they are simply not enforced. I'm sure if I received a traffic violation for coasting through a stop sign I would stop doing it. But more importantly we (in the States) would probably be more accepted by motorists as a viable mode of transport. In the past I have ranted against seemingly self-centered car drivers, but if we act foolishly we too are part of the problem. It is, after all, a two way street (pun intended).
Alright, I've said enough.