Sometimes, bikers don't like the fact that the trails are out of the way, or have a destination on the road. I take parallel, less-busy roads whenever I can - but many people don't. What if there is no alternate route? I would not generalize, because people have unexpected circumstances (many a pothole that a car can drive over, a bike cannot). Do we expect cars to take an inconvenient route to protect bikers because "there's a perfectly good road right next to it"?I am actually surprised more cyclists aren't killed since a lot of them don't follow the rules of the road (or any rules for that matter). Do they not teach bicycle safety in school anymore? I was taught to dismount the bike to cross an intersection. Wear a helmet is also a good rule. For even better safety, wear a safety vest especially at night, dusk or dawn. You would be surprised how many cyclists wear black at night. I have seen a disturbing new trend along Eglinton Ave. and that is the amount of cyclists on the road when there is a perfectly good bike path completely separated from the road. Not sure why they would go on the road. Since I drive a commercial vehicle, I do change lanes to allow cyclists the full lane but there have been several times (downtown Toronto) when a cyclist in a bike lane darts out into my lane for no reason without looking. I think some people are trying to get killed and the speed won't make any difference.
I see how some cyclists bike dangerously. But there are also poor drivers. You can't just blame an entire group for something caused by a small portion of it. For this reason, I hesitate to blame drivers 100% of the time - poor road design is probably a larger factor.
Anyways, this is off topic. Could a mod move the last few cycling related posts to a cycling thread or the Vision Zero thread?