Maybe you recall this from a couple weeks back.
In stumbling around the Interwebs, I’d come across a guy ranting about what jerks cyclists can be. And wrote a response in which I explained why we do some of the things we do when we ride, amid some of my usual snarky comments.
Tonight the writer of the original post responded with a comment to my post. And I thought it was worth moving up here, where everyone can see it.
Hey, I just wanted to say that you’re referring to my blog (http://davesays.wordpress.com). After reading yours however I have changed my mind about bicyclists.
Please understand that I cannot classify all cyclists into one stereotype so if I came across that way I apologize.
I now have a better understanding of things you do (like riding to the front of a line of cars at an intersection).
You’re right, I mostly cycle on trails or side streets. I hate riding with cars because the car drivers (yes even me) can be clueless. I however do try to really look out for bicyclists and people on motorcycles because most people don’t.
“So the question becomes, how can we communicate to all these people that we’re not going out of our way to be rude just because we can, and there’s actually a good reason why we do the things we do. Because they don’t read cycling blogs like this.”
You just did my friend. I will change how I behave around cyclists after reading this. The Internet has a wealth of information and we should use it as constructively as possible.
I thank you for taking the time to reply or even rant on my post, as it got me to thinking and got me to reading and is now helping me be less ignorant.
I mean this entire comment as a compliment and I am not being sarcastic at all. It’s nice to know that other people can write a reply to something the disagree with and not be a total turd when doing so.
Nice job mate!
Here’s to safer cycling and better drivers.
Now, that’s what I call a class act.
You’re welcome. I’m glad you posted that. Hey, sometimes ya just gotta admit when you’re wrong. I felt it was the right thing to do. Thanks for the compliment. 🙂
You rarely see such civility in such an open forum. Or anywhere, really. That was refreshing. Thank you.
I learn from blogging and reading blogs every day. It’s great to see I’m not alone. Great comment Dave, and thanks for featuring it.
yay! And now you have to say something nice about car drivers to reciprocate!