whats up with this no-biking-in-the-streets thing? i noticed last year everyone was biking (even couriers!?) on the sidewalk. In Canada that is illegal - and extremely frustrating & rude. How is it different biking in the streets in Gainesville? Besides that crazy crash night (which i saw too, by the way, that was fucked!), drivers didn't seem particularly ridiculous and people were on scooters with no helmets or even pants on! That seems way more dangerous than riding your bike on a paved road with no wonky pedestrians in the way.
In most parts of gainesville there are bike lanes on both sides of the road, however, i assume you are talking about university, where the bike lane areas are roadside parking, most people choose to use the sidewalk instead of swerving into traffic to avoid parked cars, unless of course they are those super bike guys/gals with roadbikes that are easily pedaled along at the speed of traffic. just keep your eyes and ears open and dont do the awkward pedestrian thing where you arent sure which way to move out of the way.. gainesville bikers know what they are doing... ive only been clipped oh...maybe once by a drunk cyclist