Originally Posted by fmk_RoI
They're usually badly written. And if you can't learn to ride in traffic yourself you shouldn't be allowed own a bicycle.
Oh dear - I am going to take the Jobst Brandt line here. You ARE an idiot. Or, at least, you are defending your idiocy. You didn't learn to drive a car by yourself. You can no more learn, by yourself, to correctly manage traffic on a bicycle than you would a car. If anything, it is more important for a bicyclist to spend time learning about proper traffic techniques - just like it is for a motorcyclist. There are techniques to learn for managing a bicycle in traffic that will save your life - and they are not obvious. If you have learned all your traffic technique by yourself, then you are almost certainly missing knowledge that could save your life.
If, on the other hand, you learned by observing other knowledgeable riders, you may be farther ahead. But you might still also be missing critical techniques that could save your life. Just as if your father and his friends taught you to drive a car.
Saying you do things differently in "Eurp" is also patent nonsense. Many countries in Europe, but not all, have more bicycling traffic, and thus have more experienced cyclists, than in the US - but that isn't really different. Now, if you are living in Saudi Arabia - then I would accept that they "do things different" - given that the drivers there will often completely ignore traffic regulations entirely.