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Do you pass the same people on your commute? Do you wave to them?

Old 03-03-21, 10:54 AM
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Do you pass the same people on your commute? Do you wave to them?

Everyday that I commute, I pass the same 1-2 runners, same rotation of 5 protesters at the women's clinic, and the same pedestrian. Even though I'm pro choice( I chose biking over running), I wave to all of them. Pedestrian doesn't wave back, but he does now ride a bike from time to time(on the sidewalk).
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Old 03-03-21, 01:10 PM
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I don't necessarily wave. I say good morning or good evening to all users on the path. It also is a warning that I'm about to pass if they don't hear the music playing on my bluetooth speaker.
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I verbally greet all the crossing guards when I commute in the morning. It still surprises me how cheerful and eager to talk back most of them are, even in the rain!
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I give a head nod and a two-finger thing on the handlebars unless I know they are a waver, then I wave. I want to be friendly but not intrusive.
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Not only do I acknowledge all the walkers on my route, I also try to connect with as many drivers as possible. Creating a human connection with motorists can only make them look out for you a bit more.
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Years ago, I used to frequently use the same route and would occasionally see many of the same people on it. I'd typically offer up a "tip o' the hand" to them, if we'd seen each other before. Often didn't get a return, but sometimes would.

Kind of like passing another cyclist across the street, or when riding a motorcycle passing another on a two-lane road. Works sometimes, sometimes not.
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Until Pandemic, my commute was in Manhattan. It's a very crowded and heavily populated place, and people don't generally wave or make eye contact. There were a few cyclists I would see regularly. One in particular was distinct, and I tried waving and making eye contact, but he always looked away.

We moved to our home in a rural area for Pandemic. I wave or shout hello to everyone. Today on a morning ride of 6 to 8 miles, I saw one person in his yard and three cars. That's it.
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When my commute was further, and I used the train, I'd see the same people every day. I'm not one to strike up a conversation, but I'd say hi to the other bike commuters and occasionally chat about bikes.

Now that my commute is under 4 miles on the most direct route, and it's through mainly residential areas, I don't really see anyone consistently. Every so often I'll time the ride right and bump into my coworkers that also bike commute. The route is a bike route, so there are always folx riding that I'll wave to. More than people though, I notice the same cars parked in the same places.
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There's one dude who works close to where I live that I often pass on the homeward commute. He always makes a point of waving, and sometimes quite emphatically, to me, so I wave back, perhaps less enthusiastically than him, because it's usually on the section of the road where I'm climbing and he's booking it downhill.
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If I see anyone I always say hi. Typically I do not know if it is the same person until a week goes by as I am not that close an observer. Though occasionally I will say hi and also add an extra greeting if I start seeing a person for more than a few days.
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Old 03-10-21, 04:59 PM
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I wave at just about everybody. About 4 miles of my commute was on muti-use paths and there was a guy I regularly saw with no arms, he had prosthetics. He would wave back at me every single time! It gave me warm fuzzies that I could always count on him to acknowledge my existence. I moved a few months ago after not commuting since the start of COVID, I'll miss having that interaction once I have to commute again.
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