Try riding a bike in America. I have ridden about 20K miles on American roads in the last 5 years and I will tell you the cell phone is the number one distraction for drivers. I have been hit about 4 times. Only one was really bad. The one thing riding a bike does is that it really lets you understand drivers. You are more able to anticipate a drivers next move, especially at intersections which are the most dangerous in cars and on bikes. I think it has helped to make me a more cautious and careful driver.
In DC, bike riders treat intersections as an opportunity to make up lost ground. Cars will slowly work their way past a cyclist traveling at 20 MPH only to have the biker pass them at the next red light/stop sign, slowing only to make sure they can fit through the cross traffic as they ignore the traffic signal.
That's my test.
I always give cyclists get the benefit of the doubt as law abiding commuters and I respect their right to the road. I follow at a safe distance and give them a wide berth if the opportunity to pass arises. However, should they run a red light, they become just another piece of traffic that must be defeated to reach my destination. They are the ones who have decided that the traffic laws don't apply to them.
There is little that is more frustrating than having to pass the same slow moving vehicle every two blocks.
I wonder if another well known cyclist on this board has a position on this issue. I would imagine cycling through Times Square presents its own set of rules for survival.