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Monday, June 25, 2012

summer session

We seem to have just entered another one of those phases. When it’s really hard to be a bicyclist. When every car seems to be against you as they pass too close and ever too fast. Maybe it’s some sort of beginning of summer madness. Everyone shooting around on new routes doing different things than the last several months. I don’t know. But it’s hard. Because I can see it. I study it every day. Every day. Traffic. The car-bike relationship. And right now it’s whacked. And it’s tough to let it go. It builds up through the day.  And what is the cure? Certainly voicing an opinion or plea to any one driver does nothing – it’s no good for either party and no good for the cause. So, what? It’s tough, too, because I feel like as I’ve been learning all these years about the plight of the bicycle that somehow all those drivers have been absorbing something, too, but it just doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s as if with every car passing me the driver is seeing and trying to figure out how to negotiate passing a bicyclist for the first time in their lives despite their having just done it a couple blocks back and probably at least ten bikes (and growing) every day. They really are different worlds, the bike and the car. And it’s sad that people have such little respect or concern for the health and well being of their fellow humans as they’re all traveling down the same road to the more or less same neighborhood to do more or less the same thing when they get home at more or less the same time plus or minus a minute or two depending on their particular mode of travel.

(To be fair, there is some polarity happening out there, too. More and more there are people that are patient. So, thanks, to them.)

Just find some mellow and keep on mindfully riding on I suppose… 

 

5 comments:

A Midnight Rider said...

I'm finding the opposite in Southeastern Massachusetts. People are really bike friendly. Every once in a while some knucklehead does something stupid, but all in all riding is safe and fun.

mindful mule said...

Maybe I’ll come for a visit!

Kristina said...

We're just back from the Pacific Northwest - definitely a mecca for cyclists of all types. Maybe it's the season for new, young drivers? Good luck out there and stay safe!

Anonymous said...

Rules for mindful drivers ... are there any?

mindful mule said...

Thanks, Kristina. I’d like to do some riding up there someday.

Anon: drive quietly.