That is that cyclists, by and large, have avoided taking responsibility for their own behavior on city streets, and prefer to see themselves as victims rather than willing participants in the elegant chaos that defines getting around in a tightly packed city of 8.5 million people. Cyclists can also be a big part of the problem, acting as a menace to both each other and pedestrians. On July 31, for instance, a cyclist hit a pedestrian, Michael Collopy, in Chelsea. He later died in Bellevue Hospital. The cyclist who hit him fled the scene and remains unidentified. Despite the tragedy and criminality of that event, it sparked little of the outrage or protests from the bike community that have popped up following bicycle fatalities this year. In a statement, Marco Conner, co-deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, a leading bicycle advocacy group, acknowledged that the incident was a tragedy and said that cyclists should always yield to pedestrians, but then shifted the blame for overall traffic deaths from bikes to motor vehicles, which may be true but seems to be missing the point — that pedestrians are often fearful and at the mercy of lawbreaking cyclists.