Him: Can I help you?
Me: I want to apologize for flipping you off...
Him: I didn't even see it.
Me: Were you driving that green van over on highway _ a few minutes ago?
Him: Yeah, but I didn't notice...
Me: It's been a long day and it's raining pretty good. I didn't see or hear your approach and you startled me by being so close as you passed. My middle finger salute was up and flying before I knew it and that makes me feel crappy. So I thought I would stop by and apologize in person since I know where you live.
Him: There's plenty of room...
Me: It's not the first time you've passed me too close. We're neighbors you know? I recognized your van.
Me: You didn't even see it? Well, ok but I still feel bad...So I'm sorry!
Him: It wasn't that close.
Me: Oh. It may not seem very close in your van but I can assure you on a bike things are much different.
Me: WI law says you need to give me 3 feet and I'd appreciate it if you would in the future. I don't want to get hit.
Him: There was a car coming.
Me: Yes. There was a car coming and you were in a no passing zone...that means you need to slow down until it is safe to pass. That's the law. If you hit me at 55 mph plus, you will kill me. I have 3 kids at home that need their Dad, so could you give me 3 feet next time. Thanks.
And with that I got back on my bike and rode to my house...
Will it make a difference?
Would it with you?
I like to think so. :-)