On today’s New York Times front page is an excellent article on biking in NYC. I think that it applies everywhere.
Because, as Pogo said:
Many of the issues that Robert Sullivan brings up are exactly the reasons that I quit riding with organized bike clubs many, many years ago, no matter where I am in the world. I got sick and tired of watching the club pack ride straight through a 4-way stop as if the law didn’t apply to them, then having to deal with irate drivers while riding solo. And while I applaud the overarching goal of Critical Mass, some cyclists use the events as an excuse to act like a bunch of hoodlums, thereby negating any positive effects their effort may have.
So ride like the wind and ride strong, but ride like your grandmother is watching.