Cyclists are like badly behaved toddlers running around the ankles of shoppers, as adults navigate their trolleys around other trolleys in a supermarket.
The bicycle is a vehicle; riders share the road space with a variety of other vehicles. A gruesome recipe of flesh & metal is only avoided because of the compromise and co-operation that is set-out in the Highway Code.
To arrogantly disregard the code, cycle through red lights, harry pedestrians out the way as they try to cross on a green man, make entire journeys on the pavement "’cos it's safer for me" (instead of the road - where vehicles live), and other examples of untrained and inconsiderate cycling, really reveal to me that the recent media onslaught highlighting negative examples from cyclists, is pretty justified.
When surveys are reporting endemic errant cycling, such as 50% of cyclists red-light-jumping, which matches up with my daily experiences, it appears "the cyclist" - the stereotype, is literally goading everybody else, including the "authorities" (as limp and without authority as they are...), showing that cyclists can do what the hell they want, overtly ignore their responsibilities, and generally piss everyone else off who are trying to co-operate and follow the Highway Code.
What this shows, is that human nature left to its own choices opts for the selfish gains, often at the inconvenience of others.
Stealing time by not stopping at red lights, of course has benefits, in the same way stealing a cake from a shop has the advantage of not having to pay for it.
Not only highlighting the failings of cyclists, this current situation I am witnessing, highlights the failure of enforcement. Such widespread and frequent law breaking is so easily available to any cyclist who wishes to make that choice, because there is no deterrent or enforcement of the alternative.
Contrast with the driver who is coerced in to compliance by speed cameras, red-light-jumping cameras, bus lane cameras, parking cameras & wardens, in an Orwellian but effective, big brother style of constant enforcement. It seems cyclists need the same?