Truth be told, riding in California is absolutely wonderful. The traffic is heavy but most of the drivers are amazingly courteous. There are the occasional idiots but then I'd encounter them whatever transportation mode I use. I was the idiot today also -- I was cycling down University in Palo Alto during lunch paying more attention to the traffic than the signals. I ran a red light and very nearly plowed into a young mom walking with her two small children. Bad bad bad on me.
To the west of me in Santa Cruz, gasoline prices are credited with increasing transit use and bike shop visits. On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, a UK Lord proposes that "cyclists should display on their clothing a personal registration number that is clearly readable." Another Lord notes that "we do have to keep the problem of law-breaking cyclists in perspective. On the whole, problems with road accidents lie elsewhere, not too much with cyclists."
Confidential to Jennifer:Seven Cycles rock! And I'd say that even without the bribe. Thank you thank you thank you thank you from the very bottom of my heart.