I know it’s not politically correct to say so, but I hate sharing the road with bikes – and with big city buses, too, for that matter.
Oh, I completely understand the “green-ness” of taking public transportation or leaving the car at home and getting exercise on a bike while getting to a destination. I took my share of public transpo when I lived in Boston and considered it normal.
But here in our smallish old college town, there are no bike lanes on the road and the car lanes (which is all we have) are not as wide as the city buses that tootle around on them. Get a bus passing a bike and the rest of us risk getting pushed into the incoming traffic, which isn’t high on my list of things to do on the way to work.
Get closer to campus and we add in college student pedestrians to the mix. Good lord, they think they are invincible and they have a tendency to saunter up to the intersection (or just pop out between cars in the middle of the street) and look at the cars coming at them in mystified wonder. Add in further that we have more campus constructions and road projects going on simultaneously than I’ve ever seen, with traffic detours and construction zones jutting out into already confused traffic, and you have a mess.
Just wait until winter and piles of snow and sheets of ice and it will be even more fun!