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    ouate de phoque dramiscram's Avatar
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    Strange but very positive encounter.

    Last night on my way home I was pass by a large SUV that stopped 100 feet in front of me and the driver, a big guy, got out and waved at me, telling me to stop. At first I thought about going by, ignoring him, but I figured that if he wanted trouble there's nowhere I could go to escape him and his SUV on my rural road, so I stopped

    Fortunately he was friendly and asked me if I was training for a race or something. I told him a bit about me: where I live and where I work and why I ride my bike. He then explained to me that seeing me going by every day since the last two years, rain or shine or in winter time had greatly motivated him and his wife to get in shape. He told me he already lost 10 pounds in the last 6 month and was feeling better then ever.
    He sincerly thanked me, congratulated me, got back in his truck and went away. the whole conversation took about 2-3 minutes.
    This morning I saw the truck, a big red jeep with a roof rack park is front of a house that's at the begining of my ride, 5-6 kms from where I live but I never met the guy before.

    Since I started bike commuting I hope to be a good example for my kids, familly, coworkers, etc with little or no results so it felt very good to know that in a way I helped at least this guy and his wife.
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    Good Story. I'd bet for every motorist annoyed because they have to share the road, there's another that wishes they had the motivation to get out there and do what you're doing...
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    Good One....
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    Fantastic ...a nice way to end the day!

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    a little more sunshine spread!
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    Very cool! It is always refreshing to hear something positive on the road. I was shocked when once someone yelled out their window to me, "good climbing".

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    Very cool...that's the kind of motorist encounter I'd like to have more of.

    I often talk to people about bike commuting and it never ceases to amaze me how many people say "wow that's great...but I could never do that" and then proceed to tell me how impossible and dangerous it is.

    Nice to think somebody might get some inspiration out of seeing us out there.

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    That's great!

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    That is the kind of stories I like to hear about. Way to be an inspiration to get out there and ride and in turn influence 2 people you have never met until then.

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    Nice way to end your day. You must have set a good example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
    Since I started bike commuting I hope to be a good example for my kids, familly, coworkers, etc with little or no results so it felt very good to know that in a way I helped at least this guy and his wife.
    Yes, a million times yes. I just hope I am making a good example.

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    Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post

    Since I started bike commuting I hope to be a good example for my kids, familly, coworkers, etc with little or no results so it felt very good to know that in a way I helped at least this guy and his wife.
    Awesome tale, and I agree completely! Thank you for sharing it with us.


    Quote Originally Posted by ShoreCyclist View Post
    Good Story. I'd bet for every motorist annoyed because they have to share the road, there's another that wishes they had the motivation to get out there and do what you're doing...
    There are times when I wonder if those two concepts aren't intertwined. The frustration with sharing the road is augmented by the realization of the lack in motivation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoreCyclist View Post
    Good Story. I'd bet for every motorist annoyed because they have to share the road, there's another that wishes they had the motivation to get out there and do what you're doing...
    Like in politics you have people that are in favor, those that you can possibly sway their votes and those that don't want hear anything about it

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    you tell him about bike forums?
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    you tell him about bike forums?
    that or a group of beautiful ladies in bikini riding their bicycles will probably sway his vote faster

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    That's an outstanding story! We inspire people more than we know. "Be the change you want to see." This applies in the rest of life, not just cycling.
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    Great story! Thanks for the share...guys like that make up for every A-hole I have to deal with on a daily basis while minding my business on the way to or from work.

    I'd add to Tom's point, not only do we inspire people, but when we are A-holes ourselves, we turn them off. Be a courteous cyclist, share the road, be defensive and protect yourself, but don't be dumb. I bet, dramiscram, your behavior on bike mattered as much as that you were on it. Good on you!

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    I've had quite a few people just shake their heads in disbelief when I tell them about my riding (which I don't consider to be all that great, except for the winter riding); people around here think riding 2-5 miles is EPIC! I sometimes wonder if just measuring rides in "miles" makes them shiver....

    Some have said they'd do it if the ride was shorter; a select few are more concerned about where to put the bike when they get where they're going! (At work, the ONE rack, is pitiful, and the visibility isn't good, considering the neighborhood; downtown is excellent, but a LOT of peripheral destinations are lacking in decent infra....)

    I really think the biggest obstacle for most folks is the need to APPLY themselves, both physically AND mentally; figuring routes, getting a good lock, timing, etc. -- it's just too overwhelming for people whose comfort zone is "open the door, sit down, turn a key and press a pedal".

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    ouate de phoque dramiscram's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger6 View Post
    I'd add to Tom's point, not only do we inspire people, but when we are A-holes ourselves, we turn them off. Be a courteous cyclist, share the road, be defensive and protect yourself, but don't be dumb. I bet, dramiscram, your behavior on bike mattered as much as that you were on it. Good on you!
    I completely agree.
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    Tabarnac de vent!!!

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    that's awesome.

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    Awesome. Even if you make a difference in one person's life that is worth it. By the way I love the Quebecois. Used to visit regularly when I lived on the east coast

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    Good job, dramiscram! Thanks for sharing your inspiring experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    "Be the change you want to see." This applies in the rest of life, not just cycling.
    +1

    Not only is Being The Change You Want To See a good way to make real, meaningful improvement in life, it can lead you to accomplish some amazing things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    that or a group of beautiful ladies in bikini riding their bicycles will probably sway his vote faster
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