Two days in a row now I have been in altercations with motorists simply because I was following the law while riding on the road. I know I can’t blame the many for the crimes of the few like so many motorists do to cyclists but this is not how I wanted to start my summer and it’s really bumming me out. I hate that no matter how hard we try, there is still an us versus them mentality out there.
yeah, yesterday, a driver waited quietly behind me on the uphill part of penn until I moved right and waved him by when it was safe. And he actually yelled “Thanks!” out the window and waved after. I tried to think of that on my commute home today anytime I saw someone behaving badly, and it helped.
At one time I believed it was a us versus them battle until I started driving my daughter to school. I have had more drivers blow their horn, yell at me, and cut me off driving then I have biking. The problem is I don’t go over the speed limit and they hate anyone who is moving too slow. It didn’t matter if I was driving or not. 25mph makes some drivers angry.
Also I have had more positive encounters with drivers cycling over the last 6 months than I had in the last few years. While there are still some jerks out their I think more and more Pittsburghers are accepting us.
I would like to add, there are more people cycling now than ever so when you personally know someone who rides it changes your perception on cycling. A lot more of my co-workers ride to work now and the attitude about cycling has changed in my workplace. I am no longer different or strange now I am one of many.