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Old 10-07-09, 09:56 AM
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Nice driver stories?

So all the motorists stories I see here tend to be "omfg this !@#$% cager almost and/or did buzz/hit/run off road/did something really stupid to me!". Does anyone have any stories of exceptionally courteous drivers? Since I've been bike commuting (which is not very long), I've noticed at most stop signs, and four way stops driver will wave me on when I don't actually have the right of way.
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Old 10-07-09, 11:00 AM
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I would imagine this is a lot like playing poker. Any serious poker player can run a list of times off in there life when they got really, really unlucky to lose a hand but can never seem to pull up all those times when they were the really lucky ones. I am sure that anyone that has rode a bike for a really long time has come across drivers that have been very courteous and some that have been very rude, the nice ones just don't leave much of an impression.
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Old 10-07-09, 01:13 PM
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Actually the ones who wave you through when they have right of way can be annoying - if they just obeyed the rules, we would already both be through the intersection.

Can't count the number of cars that have passed by moving into the other lane, have slowed down behind me because they wanted to turn and didn't want to cut me off, didn't honk at me etc. I think in the ten years I've been riding in North America, I can think of maybe 4 drivers that weren't courteous.

Well, there have been people saying something out the window, but I don't understand them, so think they must be complimenting me or saying hello
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Old 10-07-09, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Caspar_s View Post
Actually the ones who wave you through when they have right of way can be annoying - if they just obeyed the rules, we would already both be through the intersection.
Yea.. those folks make me nuts too. I've had oldsters stop in the middle of a road I was going to cross after they'd passed... now I'm thinking "Are you stopping for me or did you forget where you're going and you're going to start up while right in front of you". Or "You're gonna get rear-ended woman!"

Drivers need to be predictable.
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Old 10-07-09, 01:36 PM
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One time, at a red light, my friend noticed a woman's dress was caught by the door and hanging out of the car. He pointed it out, the people in the car thanked us. A minute later the driver got in front of us and kept his car at ~25. We assumed he was being cool, so we drafted him until we got to our turn.
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Old 10-07-09, 02:02 PM
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Talking about how annoying drivers are when they let you pass at stop signs was not the intention of this thread....next subject...
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Old 10-07-09, 02:05 PM
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Riding home in the rain last Friday afternoon I stopped behind a car at a red light in the center straight through lane. I was positioned left of center when a pickup truck slowly pulls alongside of me in my lane on my right. My first thought was oh no, here we go, this nut is either going to try to drive around me, or else spout off about how bikes don't belong in the road.

Instead, he rolls down his window and we had a pleasant conversation about riding in the rain and how far I ride. He was quite surprised to hear that someone would actually choose to ride in the rain, and for such a distance. When the light changed to green, I proceeded in front of him. Once I was through the intersection I eased right to let him pass as I waved.
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Old 10-07-09, 02:08 PM
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I had a driver on my regular commute route ask if everything was OK, simply because he hadn't seen me the previous day.
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Old 10-07-09, 02:14 PM
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I had a conversation with a lady driver, stopped at a red light in front of my work, about my helmet light. I had the same conversation with three guys in a car at another red light in Bergen County. Come to think of it, I've lost track of how many times I've had that conversation. Who knew a Dinotte 200L was a conversation starter?
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
A minute later the driver got in front of us and kept his car at ~25. We assumed he was being cool, so we drafted him until we got to our turn.
so then you pulled until it was their turn again?
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Old 10-07-09, 02:16 PM
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I have positive encounters every day. Positive verbal communication at least 1/mo.
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Old 10-07-09, 02:34 PM
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i had a driver roll down her window and thank me for wearing my neon green cycling jersey.
she said she could see me a mile down the road
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Old 10-07-09, 02:43 PM
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I was on the road at 5 am as usual in a dimly lit residential road. A vehicle coming the opposite direction started to slow down in the middle of the street. I looked around and there were no side streets to turn left to. I got more concerned as he come to a complete stop as I approached and lowered his window. WTF?

Then the driver yelled out "Hey! Thats a very bright light you have there. The the brightest one I've seen so far! Cool!" I said "Thanks!" and went on our separate ways. Scared me though. I thought they were gonna hurt me or something.
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Old 10-07-09, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RedRider2009 View Post
Talking about how annoying drivers are when they let you pass at stop signs was not the intention of this thread....next subject...
But appropriate as it was the OP that brought it up as being courteous. Not to mention that it can be dangerous as well.
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Old 10-07-09, 03:30 PM
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Does "well intentioned" count as "nice"?
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A couple of days ago, I was riding home from work. It's a little after midnight on a weekend on a dark, two-lane highway with a speed limit of 55 mph and no shoulder.

Some guy in a truck yells something out of the passenger window as he's passing me. Brush it off as rambunctious kids, like usual, until I deciphered the word "light."

So I look back and my super flash had shaken loose and was pointing straight down. Was quite glad they got my attention that night.
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Old 10-07-09, 07:10 PM
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I've encountered a lot more courteous drivers than the other kind. Good thread.
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Old 10-07-09, 07:56 PM
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Way more descent people than jerks, but there are some days when everyone seems to be stressed out.
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Old 10-07-09, 08:28 PM
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amazingly being that i live in new jersey, nearly everyone on the road has been very courteous. far nicer than when i'm in a car actually.
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Old 10-08-09, 09:08 AM
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The other day on my ride home I crossed one of the big roads on my route. I really pushed it after the light and was crusing around 22mph. I had taken the lane as the right side or the lane has some monster potholes that you could get lost in for a week. (one reason I push it at this point in my route). Well, I looked back and saw an SUV tailing me. Once I got past the potholes I moved back over to the right. The SUV stayed behind for a bit while I kept up the pace. Eventually they passed and gave me a thumbs up as they passed. I saw a helmet hanging from the hook behind the driver and they had a MTB on a rack in the back.

That's about it though. It seems that most people just ignore me, as I don't really have any negative encounters either. Just the occasional teen honking as they pass.
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Old 10-08-09, 09:21 AM
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Seems to me that things have gotten a lot better for road riders here in Georgia over the last 10 or 12 years- less shouting from cars, fewer close passes, more tolerance.

Still, you have your guard up.

On a rural ride earlier this year I paused in a patch of shade on the shoulder on a long uphill slope for a drink of water. Heard a car approaching, no muffler, squeaking shocks. Turned out to be an old, crapped-out pickup, and it was slowing as it approached me. I have to admit, I was expecting the worst.

The truck stopped next to me and the driver leaned over: "Hey man, you OK?"

I told him I had just stopped for a drink, and thanked him for asking.

Kind of made my day.
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Old 10-08-09, 10:20 AM
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I ride along a canal here and there's been quite a bit of construction going on. I see pretty much the same group of guys at 5 am, they always say good morning and have offered me some breakfast a couple times.
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I was riding in today and my bike slid out from underneath me from some kind of road slime that was in a puddle. A nice rider stopped and asked me if I was ok and I thanked them and said I was ok.
Nearly everyone moves over to the next lane long before they get close to me even in heavy traffic so they are all pretty nice too. Only once in a while does someone come up right behind me and honk. I guess they are nice too since they actually saw me in between texts or while flipping pages in their book
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I wish I knew who the guy was who stopped and helped me when I had my accident recently. He was significantly late for work because of a total stranger. He was driving what looked like a work truck and was dressed in coveralls with ear plugs hanging from a string around his neck. In my rural community, he wasn't the stereotype of a person to have a lot of patience for weirdo cyclists.

He definitely goes beyond "nice driver". I owe him.

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Originally Posted by buffalo_cody View Post
So all the motorists stories I see here tend to be "omfg this !@#$% cager almost and/or did buzz/hit/run off road/did something really stupid to me!". Does anyone have any stories of exceptionally courteous drivers? Since I've been bike commuting (which is not very long), I've noticed at most stop signs, and four way stops driver will wave me on when I don't actually have the right of way.
I live in the SF bay area, the east bay to be specific. I never cease to be amazed at how accommodating and considerate of cyclists the motorists are. No doubt there are better places in that regard - Holland, for example, and they say Portland is cycling Nirvana (if you don't mind getting wet).
Busy crosstown streets with timed lights can be scary, especially the ones that have limited space for bikes. I'll use the sidewalk on those if necessary. But on side streets with stop signs, I have the same experience you do. They wave me on when it's not my turn, as though I were a disabled person, a child, or a senior citizen with cane. I always wave at them in appreciation. Altogether quite a love fest, and it's very convenient, not having to stop, and start up all over again.
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