As a former cycling coach and industry person, **** the critical massholes.
If there is a red light, I as a motorist have to stop, bikes should, they do not.
If there is an emergency vehicle, I as a motorist have to pull over, bikes should, they do not.
If there is a school bus with it's lights flashing, I as a motorist have to stop, bikes should, they do not.
I have seen a cyclist run into a child who was trying to get on the bus because the cyclist chose to ride up onto the sidewalk to avoid the cars that had stopped for the same school bus.
I bike, I enjoy biking, but I bike off road as much as possible, both for safety, and because I can get places faster off road then on.
Also, from what I can see of these "protests" they ride in a bunch, they weave from lane to lane without signaling their intent, and generally bike in an unsafe manner. No wonder they get run over.
They do the mass cycling at night here, that I've seen (not as a protest, but an awesome thing). It's spectacular, as many of them are on penny farthings, or other oddly shaped bikes.
The only way to get higher gearing was to get a taller front wheel, so the tallest bikes were for the "manliest" of riders.
A choppy pedal stroke gets you ejected like the above.
While i am all for common sense bicycle advocacy and abohr the massholes it is worth noting that in the US paved roads were originally built for bicycles due to the lobbying efforts of the League of American Wheelmen (LAW).
Bicycles are in fact traffic and have a "right" to be there, physics notwithstanding.
That said while driving i am very careful around cyclists and am even more wary while on a bike.
An ex-gf was hit from behind while doing everything she was supposed to.
Guy was drunk and methed out and hit her square at about 60mph.
Blew her clean out of her shoes, causing multiple spinal fractures among other broken bones and glass lacerations.
She survived but had several surgeries after spending a couple months in icu.
Getting hit by a car is no joke...