Are cyclists more friendly? Your thoughts ..
This weekend I did my first 3 Gap/6 Gap ride in Dahlonega. I have never taken a bike out that that type of terrain, but I had a great time. It was during the ride that my brain started to ponder the question, "Are cyclists more friendly?"
I had noticed, more so than normal, that whenever I passed someone, or they passed me, there was usually a "Hello" or "How are you doing" given to each other. And when cyclists passed another cyclists on the side of the road, or slowing down, they always seem to ask, "Is everything OK?" I thought back on my commute to and from work and realized that whenever I saw another cyclists, I always acknowledged them either with a wave, a shout out, or just a nod. I cannot tell you how many times I have been waiting for the light at an intersection (yes I stop) and if another cyclists pulls up, I say hello. And I have on more than one occasion stopped and helped a cyclists that was having problems with their bike. It just started the gears in my brain to turn and ponder the question.
For me, it has been 3 years since I gave up my commuting by car and started using my bike. I do not seem to remember being that friendly while driving my car. Think about it.. when driving do you acknowledge other motorists the same way you do cyclists? (and no, giving the finger to the person that cut you off in the car does not count.) How many times do you roll down your window to say hello to the driver next to you? Do you ever slow down and asked a motorist on the side of the road, "Is everything OK?"
Why is that so. Perhaps it is because we are usually in a more relaxed state when we ride our bikes, that we became more friendly. I mean we don't have the hassles of trying to find gas, or worrying about parking, or dealing with traffic on the Connector. This is not to say that as a cyclists we don't worry about things (the poor state of Atlanta roads, rude drivers, etc.) but for some reason, we just seem to become more easy going.
Anyway, I would be curious to get some feedback from other cyclists about this. Am I just imagining this? Am I right/wrong, or perhaps I am letting my mind wander to much? I am sure that somewhere there has been a study done on this (scientists love doing studies on what may seem to be an obscure observation) and I would be curious to find it and read it.
Well enough for now. Keep on pedaling...