Bicycles and motor vehicles have very little in common. Pretending to be a bus or truck is not for the faint of heart!
Cyclists fall naturally in to the same category as skate boarders, Segway riders, scooter pushers, and roller bladers: These modes all use wheels to get around but are essentially people on transport – not contained and protected inside a metal box like actual ‘vehicle’ drivers. Other countries delineate between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ transport, with motor vehicles in the former category and people walking, cycling, skateboarding etc in the latter.
Categorising a bicycle as a vehicle requires riders to conform to laws designed for quite different modes of transport, inappropriate for all but a handful of hard core ‘road warrior ‘ cycle riders, who will be a smaller and smaller proportion of future mainstream bicycle riders.
Intersection rules in particular, should be reregulated as they have been in Paris (zero cycling deaths in a year) or Idaho, which allows riders a better chance of staying safely clear of accelerating vehicles.