Above is an interesting video showing a birds-eye-view of a New York City intersection. It shows the interaction between cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
Right off the bat you will see a cyclist make a left turn from the extreme right side of the road into a one-way street going the wrong way. Count the number of cyclists riding through red lights and riding against the flow of traffic.
I have watched this video several times and I notice that cars for the most part, stop for red lights; some stop for pedestrians, some are forced to brake for cyclists. Pedestrians for the most part stay in the cross-walk; they also stop for cars and bicycles.
Cyclists, on the other hand, ride anywhere and everywhere and do not stop for any reason. Not for red lights, for cars or pedestrians; rather they keep moving and maneuver their way around any obstruction.
They go where ever that path takes them; if it leads contra the traffic flow, so be it. There is one exception; a cyclist who actually is riding in a proper manner has to stop when he is cut off by a car that is entering a parking space. In the midst of all this chaos a semi does an illegal U-turn.
I often get a lot of flack when I criticize cyclists, and the argument always put forward is that cyclists rarely kill or seriously injure anyone. This is true, the video ends with the statement that four people are killed or seriously injured in New York City every day.
I think I can safely say that cyclists are only responsible for a tiny percentage of those deaths and serious injuries. They are more likely to be victims of those accidents. However, this is not the issue:
"What about the Annoyance Factor. You can’t excuse bad behavior simply because statistically it is not all that dangerous."
The complaints I hear from New York motorists and pedestrians are justified if this video is anything to go by. At a guess, cyclists are probably less than 10% of the people in this clip, but they are causing 90% of the chaos.
I am sure there are just as many cyclists riding in a proper manner in New York, and they were for the most part edited out of this video.
In fact take the scofflaw cyclists out of this video and it would be pretty boring. Which highlights the problem, no one notices cyclists riding in a proper manner, they just see the annoying ones.
Footnote: You can also view this on Vimeo, and I recommend you view it in full screen mode. Start the video, then click on the four arrows (Bottom right, next to the word "vimeo.") Press your escape key (Esc.) on your keyboard to exit full screen.