Saw that you will be talking to the Christian Car Guy on Saturday. I sent the letter below to Road Bike Action Magazine and it was published. Thought you might find it interesting. Food for thought for Saturday! Hope it helps!
Jim Mason Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. The most godlike thing in the universe is the soul of man. - A.W. Tozer
Hi, Zap, As I'm sure you are aware, the experiences you described in your column are very common -- drivers being rude, angry, and even endangering cyclists when we delay them for a few seconds. I think there is a pretty simple explanation: most drivers don't see us as people, they see us as obstacles in their way. They don't see a 45 year old married father or mother of two children with brothers and sisters and friends and a life, they see a moving roadblock that is slowing them down. Of course, they don't give it enough thought to realize the delay is typically 30 seconds or less. It is simply a delay. A delay caused by THAT BICYCLE. And that bicycle shouldn't be on MY ROAD!! The solution is to get drivers to see us as fellow citizens of the planet Earth so they are a bit more patient. Easier said than done, of course. I've started smiling and waving to all the drivers that I can. Most people smile and some wave back, though some reply in a less-than-friendly manner. My hope is that they see a real person on a bike, someone not unlike themselves. And that they will see other cyclists not as an obstacle in their way but rather as a person on a bike. And that they will be patient and considerate as we share the road. -- Jim Mason Centennial, CO