Saw this in my Atlanta paper on Monday in the "Vent" section and wondered how people would respond to it. Looks like I can expect more of the same treatment from drivers as I've been getting over the last 3 years of training (for racing) and commuting. Anyway, this lady posted this below and it was followed by the two comments that follow:
On Monday this was in the paper:
"To all those people who insist on giving my husband no room as he commutes on his bike to work, I just wanted you to know that he is the father of two and a teacher to many of your little ones. He is riding to work so that we can eat at home. Please give him a little room."
Today, two responses:
"To the wife of the biking teacher: Roads weren’t created for bikes. Tell him to use sidewalks."
"Lady, we don’t care about your husband riding a bicycle. He’d better watch where he’s going or he’ll be a hood ornament."
The "Vent" section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is often referred to as the first thing people read when they get the paper. Too bad there are so many people on the road who hold these type views. I started road riding to train better for my Mountain Bike races and over the last two years have been commuting from the Vinings area of Atlanta to Woodstock/Canton area (about 28 miles one way). I've had very good experiences riding "in town" during lunch training rides, but have encountered a lot of grief the closer I get to my houes in the burbs. Oh well...