Seattle drivers versus the infamous cyclists

Growing up in the area and knowing that cyclists are VERY common on just about any roadway in Seattle, I am used to them, but today was different and I am trying to keep my heart right toward cyclists everywhere! To paint a picture, traffic was backing up along English Hill westbound. Normally it is quite clear and traffic moves swiftly. I notice 4-5 cars in front of me and at least 10 behind me moving at a snail's pace. The lane is somewhat curvy so no one is passing. I can't figure what the hold up is, then at a distance I see a cyclist leading the pack! Finally an elderly and impatient gentlemen (do you blame him) takes life into his own hands and passes the cyclist at a high rate of speed. The cyclist then pulls over to the side, jumps off his bike and flips the caravan of traffic the bird! He holds his finger up for an obscene amount of time! Once I pass him on the side of the road and receive the kind gesture, I see him out of the rear view mirror kicking his tires and screaming. I am still in shock!

As I see it, bicyclists should do one of the following:

1. Use the sidewalk (sometimes not permitted)
2. Use the bike path (there for a reason - hence the name BIKE path)
3. Use the road, but move over just enough to let cars pass so that traffic doesn't get backed up

Is this too much to ask?
The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor.
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