I'm not sure if this is in the right forum, but I thought I should share it.
My car, which lives on the street downtown, got hit one night. The car was non-movable, so I hopped on my bike and rode to the closest police station at 45th st and 17 ave SW to file a report. It turned out they wanted me to phone anyways, but it was the advice I was given to get home that surprised me:
"Did you ride your bike here? Drivers on 17th are idiots, take the sidewalk. Just be nice to pedestrians. I'd rather see you get home safe."
Okay, so 17th isn't the best road to bike on. But really, the sidewalk? Ironically, I witnessed a minor accident a few days later on 14th street, where a cyclist riding the wrong way on the sidewalk was bumped by a car making a right turn out of a driveway. Sure, the driver should have double checked to the right before pulling out into the lane, but I can almost guarantee that wouldn't have happened if the cyclist had been on the road riding with traffic.
I'm sure that the one officer's recommendation does not represent the views of CPS, but I'm constantly surprised by the false impression that riding on the sidewalk is safer than riding on the street. I understand that there are exceptions, but in general, if you're biking at bike speeds, the sidewalk is not the place to do it.