Cars are worse. Kinetic energy is mass times velocity squared- don't forget to multiply every car's infraction by that factor. As for the Prius, there's no question that people ought to be rewarded when they pass less external cost onto the environment - but after that your common sense fails. And common sense supersedes law. Slavery, segregation and colonialism are extreme examples of injustice, but the comparison still holds - and those institutions were all protected by almighty law in their time. Innocent people are KILLED by cars EVERY DAY. Cars put POISON in the air. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Policymakers who defend the status quo using an excuse like lawbreaking cyclists sound more like crybaby eight-year-olds than leaders - they ought to be voted out in favor of people with maturity and vision. I think you have an unhealthy obsession with rules, authority and punishment.Anybody who both bikes and drives knows which group is worse - and it's not drivers (unless you think driving 5 mph over the limit is equally bad to flat-out running a stop sign or red light, i.e., blowing through without slowing down).
But I just thought of a way we can all get together on this. When I drive, I drive a Prius ... <snip>
Don't complain - y'all are much worse. And you forcing me to play by the same rules as other motorists is a sucker's game. Cities need to be remade so that far more people drive hybrids, and so, I'm justified in breaking the law here.