Similar experience here. I notched it up a level a couple of days back though.
I'd just gotten home and Suzie gets in just behind me. Turns out Nick someone or other on 3AW is doing a talkbalk thing about cycling. Usual thing, drivers if you have problems with cyclists get on the 'phone, cyclists if you have problems with drivers get on the 'phone.
So I thought what the hell? Might as well. Without going in to a verbatim recount of the conversation I made my point that I experience very little hostility from drivers and actually find it much more stressful driving in traffic than riding in traffic. Ride predictably and visibly, obey the law and very few problems. He wasn't too happy with me, it would seem he was expecting a self righteous cars or evil type (who me?
) and he got a `yeah, we all get on pretty well most of the time' type.
Twenty seconds off the 'phone and one of my colleagues is on the 'phone to me saying if he didn't live 50kms from work he'd get off his fat butt and ride to work. Next day I had half a dozen colleagues come up and say how well I came across on the radio and they aggreed with what I said etc etc. Funnily enough all car drivers
One of them, my HR manager, asked me to explain to him the riding two abreast thing and why we do it; he wasn't be sarky either he was genuinely interested.
Bottom line for me is that we individually can do a lot of good for cycling by actively portraying the positive aspects of cycling to our peers. I do my best to stay away from divisive language and pitch any discourse in a `we're all in this together' level which in my experience goes a lot further than demanding rights etc etc. I'm a person first and a cyclist second and that's how I try to come across.
Not that you'd guess it from these forums
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