I'm so glad I don't live in a big city.
The flip side is that during much of the year I can do on a bike or on foot what so many people have to use cars for. Get to and from work. Go shopping. Go out to dinner and a movie. My car is 17 years old. It has just over 104,000 miles on it. And for much of it's life it was shared between two people. I primarily use it to drive to day rides thatr start outsiide the city. Still gets 30 mpg on the highway, which is mostly where it is driven. I cannot remember the last time I bought gas. Sometimes I forget where it's parked.
I often feel more threatened riding in suburbia and exurbia. Higher speed and impatient people who have to drive everywhere and expect to get around unimpeded. More and more motorists in the city are realizing that it makes no sense to squeeze past me only to be stuck behind the cars in front of me or have to stop at the next corner for a stop sign or red light.
Now if we could just get the police to engage in some meaningful enforcement of the hand-held cell phone ban. If I look, I can see dozens of people violating in during my 1.5 mile walk to work alone. Some people apparently think they are legal if they have the phone on speaker yet are holding it up in front of their faces while they are driving.