But you see, therein lies the rub – I am that cyclist.
I am the cyclist who will unapologetically take the lane when it is safer for me to do so. I am the cyclist that will not “get on the sidewalk”, because it is illegal for me to ride there. I am the cyclist that will catch up to you at the next red light, ask you to roll down your window and explain why, exactly, you thought it was reasonable to honk, swerve and curse at me.
As a society, when comments like this are made – even in jest – we are making the roads more dangerous for everyone.
There is no differentiation between me, as your friend/colleague/neighbor/family member, and that cyclist.