Sorry that you can't/won't stop posting?
Not when so many others are posting such single-minded crap no!
What exactly, in the initial OP, constitutes 'light hearted banter?'
I'm all for light hearted banter, I have a very irreverent sense of humour, but I detest irresponsible behaviour that is condoned by the flimsiest of excuses; it would seem that it is only Chopper and I who appreciate the damage that can be caused by a 'shoulder check' though for someone whose national game involves beating the crap out of the opposition with a bent stick whilst balancing on a pair of overgrown razor blades (I have always enjoyed it myself before you start!) I suspect your indignation is motivated more by personal dislike than any kind of factual occurrence...
I once ran an old boy over on a busy inner city dual carriageway whilst riding my then-wife's 125cc Honda to work; he literally just ran (well, more of a fast shuffle really...) straight out into the traffic and gave me absolutely no chance to avoided him! Even though I swerved I still collected him with one end of the bar and floored us both.
I ended up with the bike on top of me and the following Volvo driver (
the embarrassment!) had to help me up. By the time I was back on my feet the old boy was legging it back up the road while we all stood around with bemused/baffled expressions!
I rode straight to the Police HQ just up the road, soaked it petrol spilled from my tank, and reported it...
...a month later I received a letter saying that, after a full investigation, they were not going to take any action against me!
Just because someone is walking in the road, using a mobile phone, doesn't exonerated anyone when they cause personal injury; also the 'highway,' by definition, reaches from the property boundary on one side of the road to the same boundary on t'other, motorised traffic is just forbidden from driving on the 'pavement' part. By the same token a pedestrian, walking in the road but inside a painted yellow line, enjoys the same degree of security as when actually walking 'on the pavement.'
Cyclists are also liable for claims against their motoring or house insurance for damage/injury caused whilst riding their bikes...