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An Interesting Interaction with a Motorist.
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On yesterday's ride a man stood by the side of the road, waved, and said something as I rode past. I did not hear what he said, so, I turned around and rode back to him. He looked vaguely familiar and he explained that a couple of years ago he buzzed by me very closely while I was riding and he was sorry. I then remembered the incident and him, because 10 minutes after he buzzed by me I saw him standing by his pick-up truck and I stopped and went through my diatribe about cyclists having as much right to use the roads as motor vehicles. I remember him very angrily saying he didn't care about any cyclists rights. We argued for a while until I felt like I was talking to a brick wall and I left.

As I said earlier, this happened 2 years ago and I ride this road on a regular basis, I truly had forgotten about it all. Yesterday he told me that every time I rode by he felt like I was staring daggers at him and he finally looked up the laws governing bicyclists and agreed that cyclists have the right to use the road.

I was positively giddy and grabbed his hand and shook it and told him that I accept his apology and that he made my day. As I rode away he said for me to enjoy the rest of my ride and the Holiday weekend.

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posted 9/2/2018
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Bizarre story. An epic story that I hope gets wide coverage.

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posted 9/2/2018
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I had something similar happen last year. As I was riding a guy was standing next to his truck in a parking lot. He waved me down. He said he wanted to apologize for coming too close to me the week before. I didn't think it was me because I hadn't ridden out that way in several weeks. He insisted it was me, so I accepted. We talked a minute, and I thanked him for the apology and went on my way.

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posted 9/3/2018
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I had a similar experience awhile ago. A motorist passed me while I was riding past a line of parked cars while opposing traffic was present. I yelled at him (it was especially annoying because he had a big ol' bike rack on the roof of his giant SUV).

Later in the ride, he flagged me down from the sidewalk and apologized for not waiting to pass. I nearly fell off my bike from surprise, but accepted the apology.


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posted 9/3/2018
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Wow just wow!

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...this happened 2 years ago and I ride this road on a regular basis, I truly had forgotten about it all. Yesterday he told me that every time I rode by he felt like I was staring daggers at him ...

-- posted by GeeWizMan
Maybe he is having a "My Name is Earl" period in his life.

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I was positively giddy and grabbed his hand and shook it and told him that I accept his apology and that he made my day. As I rode away he said for me to enjoy the rest of my ride and the Holiday weekend.

-- posted by GeeWizMan

I've had a couple of moments like that, but of course you know the motorist are always right and we need to ride the sidewalk and not the 3 ft shoulder with the painted arrow and bicyclist on it lol.

We need more people like that guy, That would of made my day also.




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posted 9/3/2018
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Thanks for returning the good vibes and positive reinforcement. I like to think that, by riding mindfully myself, I give the occasional positive cyclist image to strangers they see other than the often noticed cyclist irritations they're cued in to seeing.
I've often felt a great national program to create could have the handle, "Be a Roll Model", and take things from that label.

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posted 9/3/2018
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...this happened 2 years ago and I ride this road on a regular basis, I truly had forgotten about it all. Yesterday he told me that every time I rode by he felt like I was staring daggers at him ...

-- posted by GeeWizMan
Maybe he is having a "My Name is Earl" period in his life.
-- posted by SafariCat
Right! Or, maybe he is in a "12 - step" program.........?

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posted 9/3/2018
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Actually, I think the guy is great, it took guts to do what he did, he looked me in the eye when he apologized and he was sincere. I think its cool when people own their "stuff", it's truthful an I applaud it.

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posted 9/4/2018
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LeoH makes a good point. It is easy to get angry & act back. I've had occasions where I didn't feel too good about myself for getting angry. But for those drivers that have been courteous, I've made it a point to act as an ambassador rather than not- for the benefit of us all. Waving a thanks to every driver that delays pulling out of a driveway, stop sign, or parking lot; giving the "go ahead" when by legal rights it would be my turn at a four-way, etc. If one kind act changes one driver's mind- we all benefit.
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