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Not all drivers are bad, a good thing to remmber

Old 03-29-12, 06:38 PM
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Not all drivers are bad, a good thing to remmber

I notice as a rider we often put down drivers for their ignorance and bad driving, But as Mr Beanz has pointed out we are often guilty of the same thing. So i though i would just share my little encounter with a driver this morning which had be laughing all the way to work.

Doing my commute to work and i pull up to a set of lights . I am on the far Left ( Australian road not US so i was on the correct side ). Sitting there waiting, it is a long light change and some guy 20-24 in a beat up car starts to heckle me about my bike and riding on the roads. Well i just ignore it who cares i am having fun. Anyway it turns out his partner/GF is in the car as well and next thing i hear .

"How about you shut the $%^^ up and leave the him alone, i don't see you out there riding to work i see him nearly everyday doing this "

This brought a chuckle from me, anyway lights turn green off we go to the next lights ( short gap and once you get 1 red you are screwed ). and what do you know i get the same car again . expect this time instead of getting the normal grief i get a brief apology for acting like a idiot (his words not mine) and i notice a large red slap mark on the side of his face.

So the moral of the way to long story is to remember, not all idiots drive and not all drivers are idiots and keeping that in mind goes along way to keeping my riding and how i think positive.

BTW his partner was a looker
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tergal: Mr Beanz is right.

Just this morning on my ride to work I pass a guy on his bike with a kid carrier on the back and I assume that the little guy in the back is his son who appears to be about 18 months old. He has a helmet on, the little guy has a helmet on, it's a beautiful morning, and I'm thinking "hey this cycling thing is really catching on around here. Cool ".

Well, I'm stopped at the traffic lights at the Logan Motorway exit when this guy goes sailing past me, through the red light, kid and all, leaving me standing there with my jaw on the ground and my heart in my mouth hoping to God that nobody hits this idiot !!.... What can you do with people like this ?? If I come across him again I think I'll be having a few polite words !!
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which side,is that the off ramp ? i go thought that all the time on a red

but on the off ramp side you know if a car is coming as it is a one way street


oh and there is a young lady around your area riding now to, saw her a few times last week we are slowly converting people.
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I have seen this happen too. I wanted to shout "you go girl!"
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Originally Posted by tergal
which side,is that the off ramp ? i go thought that all the time on a red

but on the off ramp side you know if a car is coming as it is a one way street


oh and there is a young lady around your area riding now to, saw her a few times last week we are slowly converting people.
Mate !

Whether in a car, on the motorbike or on a bicycle, I'm a great believer in abiding by the road rules. I didn't get to be this old by ignoring 'em But I do agree with Mr Beanz in that there are folks out there who are going to do stupid stuff no matter whether they are driving or riding.

It's just nice when you get a situation like you had this morning where you can get a good laugh out of it. I like her attitude whoever she was...

And yes, maybe it's the weather, but in the last two months there do seem to be more people out and about on bikes that's for sure
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Nice drivers abound in Sweden. Of course, I guess it's because bikes and maybe even bike riders outnumber the cars and everyone grows up with bikes so there's much less of the mentality of 'Roads are for cars! Get your toy off the road!'

I HATED that attitude when trying to cycle in the US. Not to mention being hit by flying objects, chased, screamed at (the list goes on).
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