Sounds a lot like London during rush hour conditions. The cyclists up there are pretty crazy and sometimes take their lives in their own hands with the way they weave between cars, buses and even go on the wrong side of the road when the correct side is chock-a-block with traffic. Same can be said about some of the motorcyclists but to a lesser extent.
If you think cyclists in London are crazy, you'd better not travel to the Netherlands. I've been in both places several times, mostly for professional reasons, and I still can't wrap my head around how reckless are the bikers in Holland, while the English ride like anybody else, at least from my point of view. The stereotype of the Dutch as "bike people" is actually true, cyclists are considered above both pedestrians and drivers there, or so it seems when you see somebody dashing on their bike in the front of a car, or getting angry because you didn't step aside just because you're on the sidewalk and the road is empty. Amsterdam and other major cities are the worst when it comes to this, but people in the coutnryside aren't without a fault either.
Now back to the topic... I don't have the luxury of living in my home town anymore, because there are no jobs there, but I'd always take countryside over city when it comes to leisure cycling. Minding the traffic kills all the joy for me, and then there's the fact that you can admire the beauty of nature, instead of dilapidating old buildings or boring suburban houses, like in the city where I live now.