When I see cyclists on the road, I am particularly careful to give them a wide berth because they are so vulnerable. But apart from that, bikes do not cause any problem for me. Not only do I have no objection to cyclists, it is a cheap means of transport and results in a far healthier lifestyle than mine.
It is true that some cyclists flout the rules of the road dangerously, especially when it comes to running red lights, and that can be annoying and even alarming. It is also aggravating when they ride too fast on sidewalks. But I put this down to the fact that cyclists in the US are still a tiny minority so they think can get away with not following the rules. This may have well been the case with cars in the early days too. If biking gets more popular and more people take it up, I suspect that rules will be observed out of sheer necessity.
But biking is undoubtedly a good thing and so I am baffled at the opposition to a new plan in New York City called CitiBike that, like car sharing services, sets up bike stands around the city where for an annual fee of $95 subscribers can get a bike for their use up to 45 minutes at a time. It may or may not be a good plan but like all experimental systems, we need to try it out. So the deep hostility in some quarters seems weird to me. Any New Yorkers with special insight as to how it is going?
Meanwhile The Daily Show has its own take on the program.
(This clip aired on June 6, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)