Here's one good reason I do not support the movement for bike paths:
I think Bikers believe they are above everybody, and they do not have to follow the same rules. What makes me mad is when they bike on a road, where there is a bike path on the side, I feel at that point they are fair game, and they can't yell at me if I miss them by 1/2 a foot because of on coming traffic.
- Troy Szczepanski
(My emphasis added in bold.)
You said it, Troy -- exactly the sentiment a lot of your idiot internal combustion friends are thinking: "The government spends billions on paths (while every bridge in the state is falling down) and the pedaling rodents still want to clog the streets! Why, you'd think they had rights or something!" Troy, you could be the psychopathic spokesperson, m'boy! And thanks to KSTP for running a hair-brained feature on "Bicyclists breaking the law." Check out the free-for-all comments forum, if you have the patience. We might be the #2 bike commuting city in the nation, but it doesn't by any stretch of the imagination mean that drivers here love cyclists.
Not that anyone asked me, but I would like to rephrase the topic with a slightly more positive spin: "Cyclists who choose not to obey ALL the rules of the road." I consider myself a respectful rider, but I don't follow traffic laws as written. Why? Because they are not written to take cyclists into account. The law says a cyclist has a right to egress within an infrastructure that was negligently designed not to accommodate the operation of bicycles for transportation. End of story. I respect drivers, mostly because they could easily crush me with one wrong move. But I assert my right to the road. In addition, I respect my life. I'd be an idiot to believe emulating the behavior and movements of a two-ton automobile would either earn me the respect of drivers or preserve my life. And drivers (as well as "do-good" cyclists) who claim that are full of shit.
Riding is a metaphor for living life -- no matter how hard you try and how nice you think you are, you're still going to bump into a few dozen people who hate you for something you wear, the way you talk, how you look, who you're with or how you're acting. Fine. Move on.
That's my philosophy of riding -- be smart; use all your senses; make wise, yet fast decisions; avoid conflict but don't fear confrontation; and, perhaps most importantly, move on. Which is precisely what I plan to do ...