As you navigate the streets of Bend, either in car, on bike or foot, or by bus, please note that while most bike/walk advocates want people to get out of the car and bike/walk, we want you to do it in a smart fashion.
Riding down the sidewalk, using cross-walks, no helmet wearing, i-pod listening to, against traffic, not keeping a proper look-out, is NOT the kind of biking at issue. That kind of biking is a hazard to all commuters, regardless of mode. Rogue riders make it hard to advocate to receptive listeners.
Please take a moment to distinguish in your mind between what I describe above and the responsible road-way user who rides with traffic, on the street, using a bike lane when possible, (could be wearing a helmet if they are an adult, and choose to), not wearing an i-pod, and are actually paying attention to traffic...all traffic.