I've had many conversations with cyclist's that in one way or another come down to "why do they hate us?" In that sentence the "they" are automobile drivers and the "us" are cyclists. I think the answer often is that while yes, sometimes cyclists are the targets of rage on the road, we're not uniquely targeted. In the clip above Louis CK explains this quite well in language that may not be safe for your workplace. None of his examples involve cyclists, they all involve minor slights and disproportionate response. As the saying goes, it's funny because it's true.
Now I am not saying that you should go out an ride your bike like a jerk because it doesn't matter what you do. You shouldn't run a red and cause a driver to slam on his brakes because a) it's stupid and b) it's adding to the general level of bad behavior in the world. Tarik Saleh came up with two rules for his bike club and they're good ones:
1) RIDE BIKES
2) TRY NOT TO BE AN ASS
That "Try not to be an ass" rule is a good one and it's worth putting into practice however you're getting around in the world.
Keep 'em rolling,
Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA