This might be an interesting poll. Here's the situation. The street I live on intersects a major road (arterial with two lanes each way), so my street has a stop sign at that intersection, and the arterial has no light or stop sign in their direction. Basically, they have the full right of way. Except, there is also a highly visible crosswalk with highly visible signage about stopping for pedestrians, although there is no crossing light. When I am on my street preparing to cross the arterial, I do so vehicularly, stopping at the stop sign, taking the lane. About 80% of the time, someone on the arterial stops for me, often the person in the nearest lane on my left. I know what they're thinking: "There's someone on a bike, waiting to cross. I know I'm supposed to stop for pedestrians, so I'll stop for him too." Maybe they're just being nice. But anyway, it causes confusion and I really don't like it. But usually it ends up that other people observe the situation and stop also, so what can I do but go on through? (Carefully, of course, after checking the other lanes, and trying to make it obvious that I have to do so.)
I don't think I really have much other choice, so I'm not asking what you would do (although you are welcome to tell me if you do something different from me), but how it makes you feel. I suspect most people (except maybe those on this board) would think I'm silly to not just be grateful they are being nice, but to me, it feels condescending. I try so hard to ride according to the rules of the road and be an equal road user to them, but once again I'm not treated that way, even though at least they are erring on the positive side rather than the negative. The rational side of me is frustrated by their lack of understanding that I'm NOT a pedestrian.
How about you?