Yesterday I set out to do a solo 100 miler and stopped a mile from the house at our local grocery store to pick up a couple bananas. A fella in his 40's in front of me in the check out line turned after he had paid and asked "Are you going to be riding in the road?" I quickly and happily replied Yes Sir!! His snide comment made in an unfavorable tone was "Well I guess you'll be stopping traffic".
It ticked me off that he didn't even have the guts to look at me when he made the remark. He had turned and was walking away. I somewhat mockingly hollared back "you have not seen how fast I ride!".
Maybe the fella was just upset because his wife had sent him out to buy groceries.
I fear it's not getting any better in these parts. There have been more editorials in the local paper with both cyclists and motorists exchanging blows. I guess I'm not helping but just had to vent a little. I'm personally very careful and attentive to not be a bother to traffic for my own personal safety reasons but recognize I'm identified by the group at large.
And I suppose that when doing larger organized group rides I DO contribute to the issue....