I ride a motorcycle all the time and frequently see all of the "Watch for motorcycles" stickers and billboards. How can people respect that and not a cyclist.
People don't respect anything outside of their personal bubble. Motorycles are treated with equal disrespect most of the time, but with that being said, I can see why motorcycles are more tolerated for two reasons:
1) They generally travel as fast, or faster than traffic, so they're not as big of a nuissance as bicyclists traveling 30mph slower than everyone else yet taking up a lane.
2) More people use motorcycles as a legit mode of alternate transportation. Hillsborough is mostly suburban sprawl linked together by roads with speed limits of 50mph or greater, so bicycles that can only go 20-30 mph are always going to interfere with traffic.
I really think the only way to correct the problem is to have separate bike lanes from car lanes. Even though segregation is the worst idea at least if there was a 3 foot high mountain of concrete between cars and bikes this wont happen as often. That and more rail trail...Since i highly doubt Pinellas county will approve more single track to run east west (Pinellas trail does good job of going n/s).
Why should everyone in the county have to fund that construction project through higher taxes? Can't people that want to ride bicycles for recreation use the pinellas trail or something?