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Old 06-12-03, 04:28 PM
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A motorist made my day

So after all of the threads ( many I have participated in) talking about all the bad things motorists have done to us I thought I would post a positive experience.

Today on my commute home I am sitting at a red light waiting
to go throgh an intersection and a couple in an SUV pulls up beside me in the right turn lane. Now mind you it is raining so when he rolls down his window I was prepared to get ticked about another stupid motorist ranting at me about something he knows nothing about. The guy said "I see you out here a lot." "How many miles do you ride each day" I told him 30 miles.
I didn't tell him that I don't do it every day usually 3 or 4 times a week. He said "Wow that's amazing. God bless you and be safe." and then he turned right and left.

I felt really good the entire ride home. Sometimes a little thing like that makes you feel really good. I am not sure if it is what he said or that I was so surprised becuase I initially assumed it would be a hostile encounter.

Has anyone else been surprised or had any other good encounters like this lately.

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Why yes!

I was on a trailhead that came out on a road. I wanted to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get to the side street on the other side. I'm looking to the right to see how long I'm going to have to wait when I hear a motor idiling on my left. I look to the left and a woman has stopped her car to allow me to cross. But the amazing thing was the other 3 lanes of traffic stopped too! What a nice change!
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That's a cool story! I have one somewhat similar.

One time I was riding very hard to catch up with a car that was stopped @ the next light. This car had just brushed really close to me @ speed, and I wanted to @ least give him a piece of my mind. Well, as it turned out, I couldn't catch him before the light changed, and he got away. When I slowed down for the light, another car came by, and said something like "Hey, you were doing 35 mph - awesome!".

I about fell off the bike! First off, I didn't know that I could go that fast on the flats. Secondly, I was shocked that someone took notice and actually liked it!

I smiled the rest of the ride home.
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Old 06-12-03, 06:06 PM
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One time I was really late getting back to the office from the pool on my lunch hour (typical tri-geek problem). L Street in Sacramento is a one-way, three lane street. I don't know what the speed limit is but traffic is usually going about 25-30mph.

I was cranking a big gear, trying to make all the lights, and I'm matching the speed of a sedan. I look over and the driver is a twenty-something woman and I notice that she's just staring at me and mouthing the word "Wow."

Now THAT made my day.
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I think I told this story some time ago when it happened, but I was on my way home from work and came to a tricky intersection where I turn left then immediately right. (Keeping in mind we ride on the left here.)

A truck pulled up next to me at the lights and a guy in the truck said something which I didn't hear. I thought, "Here we go. What this time?" but I asked him to repeat himself.

He wanted to know if I was taking the right turn after the lights or going straight. He simply wanted to give me plenty of room to make the right turn.
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Today I was at a luncheon and I commented to a cohort that It was me that passed his farm often and waved hello. He told me that I was welcome to park my car in his driveway if I wished. When I told him that I left my car at home he was flabergasted. He thought 10 miles from home was a long way and that I was crazy going out on my own. He was in complete awe when I told him that I bike to Honeyoye Lake and back; about 35 miles round trip. Now he calls me superwomen!
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It's cool to read all the good stories. This is off topic so I guess I am hijacking my own thread but the disbelief people show when we tell them how far we ride is pretty funny. When I tell people I ride around 120 to 150 miles a week or when they see me ride to work in the rain everyone is in shock. I guess that is probably becuase I look like I couldn't ride 150 miles in a week. However I love that look they get. You ride how far?

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Originally posted by MI_rider
It's cool to read all the good stories. This is off topic so I guess I am hijacking my own thread but the disbelief people show when we tell them how far we ride is pretty funny. When I tell people I ride around 120 to 150 miles a week or when they see me ride to work in the rain everyone is in shock. I guess that is probably becuase I look like I couldn't ride 150 miles in a week. However I love that look they get. You ride how far?

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I normally keep my milage to myself, unless directly asked.... I've heard enough people tell me I'm crazy or look at me like I'm from another planet
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I was stopped at a light on one of my Saturday morning rides. I was pushing hard and about out of breath, when a car full of young girls on their way to the beach (guessing from their bathing suits), roll down their windows and say, "Nice Calves". After that ego boost, my average speed must've been a good 2 mph faster!

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Once, as I repaired a flat by the side of the road, a guy in a four-by with a pressure washing rig behind asked me if I needed any help. I was so surprised I barely managed to get a response out.
Then once after a nasty crash that involved hitting a hump in the pavement that knocked my hands off the bars swerving into the street and getting swiped by a truck. Both the guy in the truck and a woman going the other direction stopped to help. The lady was pissed at the guy in the truck, she thought he had swerved into me!. I had to explain to her what happened and then she gave me a ride home. Turns out she owns a book shop so now I get most of my books from her.
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Originally posted by Jeepbikerun
I was on a trailhead that came out on a road. I wanted to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get to the side street on the other side. I'm looking to the right to see how long I'm going to have to wait when I hear a motor idiling on my left. I look to the left and a woman has stopped her car to allow me to cross. But the amazing thing was the other 3 lanes of traffic stopped too! What a nice change!
I hate it when drivers try to treat me like some sort of special case. Stopping in the middle of a thru lane is stupid and dangerous, and in the situation you describe (if I'm reading it right) would have waved the cars on and waited for a natural break in traffic.

That's how accidents happen. And dollars to donuts if some car had plowed into the rear end of the line waiting for you to cross because there was stopped traffic where there was no reason for it, somehow everybody would have managed to blame that damn cyclist.

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Originally posted by a2psyklnut
I was stopped at a light on one of my Saturday morning rides. I was pushing hard and about out of breath, when a car full of young girls on their way to the beach (guessing from their bathing suits), roll down their windows and say, "Nice Calves". After that ego boost, my average speed must've been a good 2 mph faster!

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.... and when I woke up, I decided that was the best dream I'd ever had.
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I once had a guy compliment me for stopping at a red light. He also said he would give me plenty of room when passing me. Haven't seen him since though.
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I've had a couple cases where, after I got back to my apartment, someone told me they passed me a mile or so earlier and couldn't believe I got home so soon.

I have also had a lot of people ask me where I ride to. When I tell them Waikiki (12.5 miles), they are very surprised and then tell me it is nice that I can take a bus back home. Of course, I ride back home and that really impresses them.

At one time, it impressed me, but that is just my normal ride now. Amazing how your standards of achievement change over time - and so many of you folks go way further and faster than me!

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The second day of my first tour, when I was hauling the camping gear up Cunningham's Gap (9km @ a constant 8%). The number of drivers who were egging me on and giving me the thumbs up... I'm not sure what was more tiring - the constant climb or having to wave back all the time.

And of course, there was that special morning in May 1999. Having just watched the events from Barcelona on my TV and riding my commute in my Manchester United shirt - well, I got plenty of waves that day!
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I've been told that being nice attacts niceness. The dharma effect or somesuch. Hard to remember that when you've still getting over being buzzed by an ignorant driver.

But I think it is worthwhile acknowledging the courtesy of others -- drivers, pedestrians or cyclists. Courtesy seems so unusual these days, that people actually talk about it when it happens.

As to distance, I rarely bother unless I am particularly happy about an achievement and feel I have bragging rights. As an Audax rider, cycling 600+km in less than two days is beyond the comprehension of most people. Their eyes just glaze over...

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I was stopped at a light one night on the way home from work when I heard a couple kids yelling at me. I was prepared for the usual heckling but they were just wanting to know how far I go because they saw me all the time. It's weird to see young guys actually giving a cyclist some respect.
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Originally posted by Rowan
I've been told that being nice attacts niceness. The dharma effect or somesuch.
I thought the Dharma effect was the smile you get from seeing Jenna Elfman on TV.
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Originally posted by MI_rider
So after all of the threads ( many I have participated in) talking about all the bad things motorists have done to us I thought I would post a positive experience.


Sometimes a little thing like that makes you feel really good.
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Amazing story. I absolutely agree with the last sentence.
Things like this are not hard to for us to say, yet it can brighten someone day. Going throu a register at the store, if you say to a cashire, you like her haircut/ her dress etc, het mood will rise up high, quickly.

Remember the saying?

Smile doesn't cost a lot, yet - it acomplishes much...
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Originally posted by Chris L
And of course, there was that special morning in May 1999. Having just watched the events from Barcelona on my TV and riding my commute in my Manchester United shirt - well, I got plenty of waves that day!
Ya, another soccer fan! It's sad that here in the US so few people would even know what Manchester United was.

I have positive experiences almost every day with drivers, though. A lot of them here will just stop to let me cross when they see me waiting. I get smiles, nods, and envious glances at my bike from drivers that obviously like to ride too.

The best was a friday about a month ago riding home from work, and a carload of college age girls yelled "Hey biker boy, nice ass!" Surely made my day.
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This morning, I saw a lady on a quiet neighborhood street about a mile or so from my downtown office, pouring gas into her tank.
As I slowly passed, I asked, "You alright?"

"Oh, I'm fine, thank you!" she replied.

Wait a minute...

(This thread was about motorists being helpful or friendly to cyclists, wasn't it?)

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Several year ago, when I was cycling with my then-preteen sons, a motorist at a red light said, "I'm glad to see those helmets."
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Originally posted by Rich Clark
I hate it when drivers try to treat me like some sort of special case. Stopping in the middle of a thru lane is stupid and dangerous, and in the situation you describe (if I'm reading it right) would have waved the cars on and waited for a natural break in traffic.
Excellent point, Rich. In bicycle-friendly San Diego, I actually have as much trouble with "nice," well-meaning motorists trying to donate their lawful right-of-way to me as I do with those who do not want me on "their" road. Having said that, I do admit that I occasionally need to rely on the traffic-calming charity of a motorist, such as at a high-speed free right turn at a freeway onramp, where it is difficult to position myself appropriately.
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Originally posted by John E
Excellent point, Rich. In bicycle-friendly San Diego, I actually have as much trouble with "nice," well-meaning motorists trying to donate their lawful right-of-way to me as I do with those who do not want me on "their" road. Having said that, I do admit that I occasionally need to rely on the traffic-calming charity of a motorist, such as at a high-speed free right turn at a freeway onramp, where it is difficult to position myself appropriately.
I have to agree, I get this every so often, people will stop in the middle of the road for me... But I never know if all the other cars will do the same. it just creates a dangerous situation, treat me like another vehicle on the road please....
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On a recent ride I met several very gracious drivers, allowing me my left hand turns, starts from lights, etc. Maybe they were as glad as I to see some good weather for a change.
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