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Old 03-06-12, 10:47 AM   #1
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BF commuters are extremely courteous it seems!!

I can't believe how courteous commuting members of forums are... instead of my immediate choice of word for such situation b*tch... it is always lady...!

Wave and smile? Wow... it happens rarely for me but it takes some effort for me to restraining myself from unclipping and...

Kudos to you gentlemen! You guys are better than majority of people out there.
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I think we also need to remember that many car drivers out there do well. The ones that don't form the opinions of course. I'm not immune to that myself.

My commute is mostly bike path so I don't have to deal with traffic much. I'm not sure how I would react if I felt I was in the right (not necessarily legal, but also right) and was jumped on. Not sure how mature I'd be.
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I almost always wave to drivers who wait for me even if it just means they're stopped at a stop sign, yielding, or even stopped at a red light. Just a courtesy to say, thank you for obeying the rules/noticing me, even if they didn't notice me. I feel like it's an awareness thing.
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I really try to get eye contact and smile, nod, or otherwise acknowledge any motorist that lets me cross the intersection, driveway, etc. I ride pretty defensively and so haven't been right hooked or otherwise skuzzed lately.
I did almost get nailed in the parking lot last week while on my VTX1300. Big blue/chrome motorcycle with headlight going and the woman still managed to start a left turn FROM A DEAD STOP AT THE STOP SIGN with me DIRECTLY in front of her. Guess she didn't look up from texting or something. I thought she was just going to get me when she finally heard the horn and stopped - about 2' from my left knee. I didn't have anywhere to go due to a curb, car to the front, speed bump, etc. But, no harm no foul and she wouldn't get close enough the rest of the way out of the drive for me to have a chat!!
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I try to acknowledge all drivers around me, I wave at them, I signal them when it's okay to pass, etc. It goes a long way to them seeing us as traffic and not a moving speed bump.
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