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Old 10-22-14, 07:37 PM
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Good manners

On my bike ride today, I had a driver say, "Thank you sir" for me not waiting to go straight in the righthand turn lane. How cool is that?!
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Old 10-22-14, 07:46 PM
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I've had that happen a few times and more friendly waves, but what's frustrating is when you've cleared the right hand turn lane and are on the stripe giving them plenty of clearance, you wave them on to make their right turn, even spotting traffic for them, and they still sit there slack jawed till the light turns and you move on.

What's up with that?
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Old 10-22-14, 10:37 PM
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TGT1 - There is a reason you (and I) see this odd behavior. Some drivers are understandably paranoid about bikes because so many bicyclists ride on the wrong side, run stop signs or stop lights, cross from one side of the road to the other in the middle of the block, etc., etc.

My advice is to keep following the rules of the road. MAYBE more drivers will become comfortable with bicyclists and MAYBE more bicyclists will follow your example. Old quote: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

When I'm on the stripe dividing the right turn lane from the other lanes I'd rather have a driver creep slowly past or even wait, instead of go roaring through. That's scary!

Be careful out there.
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Old 10-22-14, 10:45 PM
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There's a lot of power in kindness. I get waves all the time, (almost every time) I do that.
Some of us think that power comes from asserting (or somehow 'protecting') but the sharpest arrow in our quiver is consideration.
The bicycle is indeed powerful, but few of us know how to wield it correctly.
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Old 10-22-14, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
There's a lot of power in kindness. I get waves all the time, (almost every time) I do that.
Some of us think that power comes from asserting (or somehow 'protecting') but the sharpest arrow in our quiver is consideration.
The bicycle is indeed powerful, but few of us know how to wield it correctly.
Right on the money that.
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Old 10-22-14, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by TGT1 View Post
I've had that happen a few times and more friendly waves, but what's frustrating is when you've cleared the right hand turn lane and are on the stripe giving them plenty of clearance, you wave them on to make their right turn, even spotting traffic for them, and they still sit there slack jawed till the light turns and you move on.

What's up with that?
That sounds like me I'm afraid....I always get paranoid when I'm driving, I never want to come into contact with a Cyclist and go to extraordinary lengths to avoid doing so. I don't mind sitting at a light at a right turn until the light turns green and he or she is well on their way. Who cares if I piss the Driver behind me off.
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Old 10-23-14, 12:18 AM
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I wouldn't call it paranoia - I give cyclists plenty of room because I know how freaky it is when a big car goes flying past, even if it is technically 3 feet away.

I can't think of a time where giving some random cyclist a tad extra room ever cost me even a second in my drive time. It's tiny.
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Old 10-27-14, 08:38 PM
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I agree the wave thing is good, as are smiles. I think it fosters good relations. In fact, some guy was featured in Bicycling Mag or the like as he started some movement or something--like he invented it, lol! He got some press and probably will get some grant money for it as well--LOL!
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Most drivers respect bikes and are willing to share the road and even give us the space to glide thru stopsigns.
Most, not all of course.9
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