We know cyclists' lives are considered cheap. Jonathan Goldsbie in the Eye Weekly's "Kill a cyclist, pay $110", explains well cyclists' frustration and anger that their lives are worth little once they step onto a bike. And, to add insult to injury we pay $110 if we don't have a bell. Where is the proportion in that?
The combination of lax enforcement and poor infrastructure create a perfect weapon. Why bother get a gun and risk criminal charges? Just get into a car and open the door when your least favorite cyclist rides by. To bring back some sense of justice perhaps the cyclist should be appropriately armed as well (thanks Jonathan for mentioning the scene from Hot Fuzz).
This nonchalant attitude has carried over into municipal politics as councillors continue to stall the advancement of a bikeway network. Something about needing parking in their wards. God forbid we force residents to cross the street to their car. Still, it warms the heart to have some councillors understand our plight:
"There is a plan. And it's all the cycling community has been asking us for for a decade. It is all they've been asking for. They don't need a speech. They don't want to hear any of these speeches. They want the lanes. They just want us to do it." Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East)