There are some terrible cyclists out there that I sometimes think deserve to be hit. I am sorry that you seem to find them repeatedly. The person you describe is clearly an asshole and part of me hopes that they do get hit (lightly and without permanent injury) so that they learn to stop doing stupid things. I hope you honked at him/her.Tell that to the cyclist who literally just yesterday turned right from west-bound Lake St. to north-bound Hennepin when I was in the intersection on north-bound Hennepin. That's right, not only did he turn right in front of me, he was going the wrong way on a one-way street.My experience is that bikes cross intersections when they think they can, just like cars. No one likes to get hit. If you haven't hit anyone yet, then they did in fact have the time to cross.
I have never had a car pull that kind of move on me. I have had multiple cyclists do it this year.
So I don't accept the notion that car drivers are inherently more dangerous to cyclists than cyclists themselves are.
Everyone needs to take responsibility, obeying the rules *and* driving/cycling defensively.
There are more cyclists than drivers who think that certain things are okay. That list of things does include going the wrong way on one-way streets and turning right without looking because "they aren't taking the lane and cars have room to go around them". I swear at these people also. They are wrong about acceptable behavior on the road. You (David) are correct that they should be following rules. I still think you are foolish to expect people to follow rules all of the time.
Finally, I believe that studies show that bike riders are about equally as responsible as car drivers for bike/car collisions. That being said, the car always wins in that fight.