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K'Tesh 05-26-2008 09:01 PM

Actions by Nice Drivers...
Ok, now it's time for representing the positive side of motorists.

We've all had our bad times. Now it's time to celebrate the nice actions of those who with which we share the road. :)

Rubberside Down!

PS: Props to Klixi who provided the idea for the thread and to Haven_kd7yct who provided the title of the thread

K'Tesh 05-26-2008 09:07 PM

Large Red Pickup...
Today, while I was riding slowly on the sidewalk, against traffic (which is completely legal), I encountered a LARGE red pickup. It is the kind of vehicle that I've had so many bad experiences was approaching from my left, I watched as the guy stopped at the sign. I was quite surprised that he actually motioned me thru.

Thanks! :)

Haven_kd7yct 05-27-2008 08:25 AM

Thanks, K-tesh, for starting this thread.

This morning, while riding to work, I had quite a large number of right-turning cars wait for me to pass before turning. And they all used their turn signals.

Some of them hung back behind me, some of them pulled up alongside me and then dropped back. All of them indicated that they saw me.

:) Keep smiling, people! It doesn't cost anything.

beelnite 05-27-2008 08:40 AM

Traffic Calmers
Been having good experience with those little in road circles on SE Lincoln lately. Folks have been hanging back vs. attempting to race me to the bottleneck. It's nice.

Stopping at the Stop signs... almost daily a driver will voluntarily give up his/her right of way to me. Sometimes I refuse and smile. This is maybe too nice of a gesture on behalf of the drivers!

flying_dutchman 05-27-2008 10:59 AM

A nod
A nod and wave for nice behavior is cheap and easy. It says thank you and it allows motorists to be part of our cycling coolness.

Schrauf 05-27-2008 11:11 AM

One time I was flashed by a pretty girl in a car. Does this count??? :D

Schrauf 05-27-2008 11:19 AM

Most motorists turning right are aware of me and wait for me. I always give them a friendly wave. Be sure to practice your wave. When I first started this practice I think my wave was too much of a "quick jerk" and looked more like I was shaking my fist...

I rode 66 miles on Saturday, all urban and mostly in the West Hills. Only one inattentive or rude driver all day, someone backing out of their driveway. She looked both ways, but not closely enough to see me. Regardless, I consider that pretty damn good out of about 1000 potential vehicle interactions over the course of the ride, and in hearty SUV territory at that.

wsbob 05-27-2008 11:25 AM

^...definitely counts!...as nice, but misguided....that could cause an accident. Hope she wasn't driving. A phone number would be better. I'll bet that, flashed on a piece of paper held to the window, would be easier to remember than a license plate number, you think?

I'm about to go out on the bike right now. Doubt there'll be any driver's that nice, but them just following the rules of the road and keeping an eye out for vulnerable road users will be enough.

djasonpenney 05-27-2008 12:17 PM

Nice Civic
I've got one for you...today, at lunch, southbound on SW 170th just south of Merlo Road. The road narrows to no shoulder or bike lane as you cross the bridge over Beaverton Creek. I'm waiting until the last safe moment to claim the lane when...

Wow! This metallic blue Honda Civic is waiting for me to take the lane! I gave a wave as the shoulder reopened after the bridge.

See, I do notice the polite drivers!

beelnite 05-27-2008 03:47 PM


Originally Posted by Schrauf (Post 11433)
One time I was flashed by a pretty girl in a car. Does this count??? :D

OK that totally has the makings of a good fender sticker...

"Flash if you share the road."
"Flash if you love cyclists!"

Hey K-tesh - good one for your slogans thread?

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