It is unfair to take the actions of one thoughtless biker and indict anyone on two wheels. The name calling ("moron") does little to advance the intellectual discussion on the message board. The vast majority of bikers (including DIVVY bikers) are responsible and road worthy.
It really is not just one thoughtless biker. I am curious if you drive at all. Tonight on my way home I nearly hit a biker who came from a sidewalk (out of Dearborn Park I, west side of Dearborn Station) onto a crosswalk and swerved just in time. I had the light. It was a policeman on the bike. I can't imagine how that would have turned out had I hit him.
I drive daily and see nonsense on bikes all the time. There are some very responsible bikers out there - and a gigantic thank you to the ones that are - but not many. I have said it before and I'll say it again - bikes are pedestrians when they want to be and cars when that becomes more convenient. They are unpredictable and they move very fast. I have similar issues with joggers who dart into a crosswalk even when they have the light because they can come out of seemingly nowhere, especially when there are cars parked close to the intersection.
The few responsible bikers should be just as up in arms over all this silliness because it makes them all look bad. And for pete's sake, if the city bothers to spend the money and the time to put in special traffic signals just for bikers, don't you think the bikers ought to obey them?
Couldn't the same be said about all the drivers? Should we get rid of all cars on the road? We live in the city... drive a little slower and share the road. Fact of the matter is... the world would be better place if more people biked (and followed the rules)... this animosity and "biker vs motorist" attitude is very dangerous and harmful. Growing pains...
We live in a continental climate, making the argument for bikes as year-round, primary transportation unrealistic. (Yes, I get it maaaaan...you CAN throw on some WigWams and ride through the Winter) With the limited real estate and climate, it's not cost beneficial to be changing our infrastructure to make room for novelty transportation. Let's focus resources on mass transit & roadways (car paths) and quit trying to pretend this is some sort of utopia.
I'm sure I will be cannon fodder for the closed minded bike haters, but for those of us who enjoy transportation or recreation that won't harm the environment, this looks like fun. Be sure to bike responsibly!