Added Sep 10 2011
Dear car drivers,
Due to recent events of me getting assaulted by a cab driver who thought that he could run me over. I feel the need to inform people that bikes have the right of way always. I know that they do not always obey traffic rules, however they are considered pedestrians and thusly should be treated with respect. They also have the right to ride on the road in fact it is illegal for them to ride on the sidewalk so do not yell at them if they are there. In addition please try your very best to ride as far away from them as you can, I know this is also difficult when there is oncoming traffic but if you wait just a moment the oncoming car will pass and so can you. I say this because they tell cyclist to ride 3 feet away from parked cars so as to not get doored and to avoid people who might be stepping out from between cars. I have also nearly hit people who have not been paying attention when opening doors or walking in between them so try your very best to look out for other people.
Generally this comes down to courtesy, if we look around just a little more often and think about people a little more often instead of despising every person we see who we feel is "in our way" they will not be as likely to do it to someone else. There are many cars and many people and looking out for them all is not the easiest thing, especially when they are not paying attention them selfs or do not care about you. This is not however a reason to be a jerk to the next person who did nothing to you, instead this is a perfect reason to do the opposite. Lets also note that if you almost hit a biker or threaten to hit one this is assault with a deadly weapon, and even though you can drive off very quickly this does not guaranty you will not be caught and charged.