It was, once upon a time.
My 89 Golden Bullet TTLX was the supreme road king for quite a while, and was so commonly seen on Rte2 Gov Richie Hwy that all the locals knew me by sight.
For a while it was 10 miles back and forth each way every day to work, 34 miles on saturday, and the whole run from Baltimore to Annapolis on sunday - every week.
Add in some more milage to the store and back, and just cruisin, and it was a whole lot...weather conditions notwithstanding - monsoon rains, blizzards, summer broil, even a hurricane once, not to mention three feet of snow covered with a layer of ice.
Most of this being on, on in the area of MD Rte2, aka "The Meat Grinder", and home of three of most dangerous intersections in the US at one time, all along my route to work - which is what eventually nearly did me and the 'ped in.
It takes a set of big brass ones to use a ped as sole transportation, but due to financial reasons, and mopeds being excluded from the title/tag/inspection/emissions/insurance scamjobbery - some folks don't have much choice....and it's a kind of last straw thing to get hassled about it.
I find it ironic that the folks who do the most mouthing off, would not last 15 minutes trying to ride a 'ped through any major city.