Since I've moved here to go to school, I've been yelled at, honked at, and a few times very nearly hurt badly by inconsiderate drivers. I can ride through town in many areas and travel at the speed limit. I do zip up the side of streets where there is room to pass the cars backed up at traffic lights and so far I've managed to avoid any vehicles who neglect the use of signal lights, if I end up hurt in that case, it's my own fault anyways.
I know many cities have bike lanes, though some vehicles just end up parking in them or driving through them to get to the intersections. My town is too small to justify dedicated bike lanes.
Perhaps what bothers me most is some motorists I've talked to wish that I as a cyclist would use the sidewalks. This to me is even more dangerous. As I said, I zip along pretty fast. One day I couldn't find my helmet and was running late. So I went to school without, and on my way home, I nearly ran over a cop coming out from one of the barber shops on the main street. I got off with a warning, but since then I've kept to the road, and always with my helmet.
Why some people feel they can bully a cyclist on the road is beyond me. Perhaps they feel safe inside their tanks. I've actually been swore at before when a fella ran a red light and nearly knocked me over, the nerve. A little more respect would be great, I can't speak for other cities/towns, but this town is by far the worst I've ever experienced.