Bikes take up less space than cars. Unless they're designed not to. That's what cyclists in Roanoke did to make the point that bikes need to be treated with the deference that cars are. They attached metal frames and balloons to their bikes to make them take up as much space as a car. Then they hit the road.
He thought cars would run them off the road -- they didn't. He thought cars wouldn't give right of way for an U-turn on Elm Avenue -- and they did.
Jill Elswick, a friend who watched the ride, put it succinctly:
"I thought there would be angry drivers," she said. "It was kind of a nonevent, actually."
And Laker said it in other words via Twitter later that night: "Car drivers [were] most courteous."