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Old 06-14-18, 06:00 PM
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I was coming down this hill and had built up a pretty good head of steam for the upcoming hill. Just as I was starting back up, a car approached from a side street. As soon as the driver saw me she waved. I waved back and passed in front of her with momentum intact.

Why can't everyone drive like that?
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Old 06-15-18, 06:41 AM
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Why can't everyone drive like that?
Why can't everyone behave like that, in and out of a car? THe world would be a better place.
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Old 06-15-18, 06:49 AM
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The Golden Rule works.
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There is a strong cognitive bias in favor of remembering hostile interactions on the road and elsewhere. The great majority of motorists I interact with are considerate, often to the point of annoying, and react in a friendly way to a friendly gesture. I always wave my thanks to anyone who hangs back patiently until they can make a safe pass and I almost always get the same when I make room for a working vehicle to pass and motion to them that I'm ready for them to make their move.. I try and remember this when the jerks mess with me.
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I'd say that most people do behave this way, and it's a good thing, otherwise it'd make the riding experience pretty unbearable.
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Old 06-16-18, 05:48 AM
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Why? Because some people don't believe in Karma. Perhaps they will learn eventually that every concession to nicety and neighborliness will be rewarded, but most seem to accept negative events as a motivation to dish out more crap.
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I was taking the lane downhill yesterday on a busy main road through town. 2 lanes in either direction.

After a handful of hard acceleration passes in the next lane, I noticed an old F-150 pacing me about 100 ft back for a while. He appeared to be running interference for me.

At the next light, I saw his right blinker, so I stopped to the left a bit to allow him to turn.

He pulled up, window down, and said, "ride safe!"

I tipped my water bottle to him and said, "thanks!"

He made his turn, and I thought that was pretty nice.
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Old 06-16-18, 09:15 AM
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Last week I had a guy give me a thumbs up while I was keeping up with him along a residential route, like 40 kph. It could have been a sarcastic thumb as we both rolled through a stop sign.
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Hey, a lady waved at you on your bike.
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Why? Because some people don't believe in Karma. Perhaps they will learn eventually that every concession to nicety and neighborliness will be rewarded, but most seem to accept negative events as a motivation to dish out more crap.
I don't believe in Karma, but I still act nice toward others.
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