I did not say this AT ALL. Like I said, I obey traffic laws and signs even when I'm riding home from the bar. Having said that, let me say this: stop lights don't often change for cyclists, especially at night, as we aren't heavy enough to trigger the light to change. At night, I've waited for quite a while before to go, noticing there's no cars coming from the other direction. So, at night I treat the stop light as a stop sign, typically, if it's a low traffic stop light. The busier intersections, the lights are timed, so it's not a big deal. I just want acceptance, and it's not going to happen if I don't stand up and take a stand for my rights.
The point of my rage is to call the attention of motorists that cyclists should be treated as another vehicle on the road. I shouldn't have to yield to you because you're larger than I am.
So, you should be able to run a yield or stop sign, pull out in front of me while you're intoxicated and I should have to pay for your medical expenses, bike repair and possibly a traffic fine? I don't get that.
I don't really think there is anger being directed at you personally, at least not by me. That being said; There have been so many times when a person on a bike rides all the way up to a red light between the 2 lanes of traffic that are stopped and then blames the car at the front of the line for not seeing them that people start to attribute "bicyclist = idiot". I used to ride a lot for recreation and saw this stuff all the time.
Kudos to you for riding and following the law. Now if all the riders (and I'm talking about some on motorcycles too here) would remember they share the road with cars too, everyone would be better off.
It would also help if all the drivers in Des Moines would remember that red means you are now stopped, not red means 3 cars going too fast still go through, fewer really bad accidents would happen. One of my biggest reasons for not getting back on my bike (right after laziness) is drivers in Des Mines will kill you and never even notice they ran over you.