Been a while since I posted in this thread. Since my last post I joined the New York bike-share system and bike to work and back regularly (as long as the temperature is between 35 and 65). I agree with @JohnR that in the States, bicyclists are the menace. Now that my POV has changed from pedestrian/driver to cyclist, it hasn't improved my opinion of cyclists one bit. But I've also gained new appreciation for just how bad taxi drivers are. You'd think if you did only one thing all day, every day that you'd be good at it. But no! My favorite things about biking to work: 1) kicking the back of taxis when they cut me off; 2) doing near-miss fly-byes past unsuspecting pedestrians who are jaywalking and not paying attention (even when I can easily avoid them by a wide gap if I wanted to) to wake them the ******** up ).