I’m shocked when motorists are rude to me. Here in St. Louis or anywhere I ride, it just doesn’t happen.
The driver’s anger poisoned the energy of the other drivers on the road. Everyone started honking.
OK, I’m exaggerating. Last year one driver was obnoxious.
He or she apparently could not buh-lieve I’d ride a bicycle on that road.
I was riding on Forest Park Parkway, a road similar in design to a freeway. People on this section are typically zooming through to get somewhere else.
On a fateful afternoon last fall, a driver of a black Audi either stayed or got stuck behind me — I’m not sure which — and honked for what seemed like an eternity.
Here’s What’s Fascinating
The driver’s anger poisoned the energy of the other drivers on the road. Everyone started honking. I waved to acknowledge their annoyance, and my humanity.
What could I do? I was on a section where I couldn’t escape. I simply had to endure, until I got to my destination at the other end of this canyon-like stretch of road.
On the rare occasions that I have problems, I don’t blame “stupid” motorists. I analyze what happened. What could I have done differently so it wouldn’t happen again?
Energy Is Real
A big reason I have such good experiences is because I expect to.
Attitude elevates your ride. Courtesy and cooperation are the twin pillars of every great ride.
Attitude elevates your ride. It’s important to understand the dynamics of truly dangerous situations, and how to avoid them. Once you’ve got that down, courtesy and cooperation are the twin pillars of every great ride.
If you’re a mensch, you have every reason to expect other drivers to be mensches, too.
Ever since my honking takedown, I’ve wanted to revisit the scene, and see if I could control the energy around me this time. I’d be more careful to actively communicate with the motorists who would most assuredly be on the road with me.
I finally rode it again last Friday. You can see what happened below.