I think I would have much more sympathy for cyclists if they obeyed the same rules of the road that everyone else does. Just last week I saw a cyclist almost knocked off his bike because he decided to ride through a red light. The day the British cyclist Chris Boardman was in a collision with a vehicle, not his fault, I was almost hit by a cyclist who decided red lights did not apply to him. Not the first time that’s happened. Ignoring traffic lights is very common for cyclists.
I have more then once seen cyclists approach a pedestrian crossing and ride through it despite the lights being against them and forcing pedestrians to have to rush out of the path of the cyclists.
I have seen cyclists suddenly decided to ride on the pavement which has caused much upset and harassment to pedestrians, in one case almost knocking down an old man.
These are just a few examples, I could describe many more. I am not saying other road users are perfect, but as a groups cyclists do seem to be the worst. Just imagine what would happen if heavy goods vehicles decided that traffic lights were optional in the same way cyclists do.
Many people, both other road users and pedestrians, regard cyclists as a menace because of their behavior. So maybe before they complain about the behavior of others they should make sure that their own is less blameworthy. That way they will receive a more sympathetic hearing.