Park_Ranger wrote:I know I'll get hammered on here for this post, but that's OK.
I started thinking the other day about why the majority of people hate cyclists and how could I do something to start changing this. A monumental task but hey, you have to start somewhere. I've always been struck by how riders on the Mornington Peninsula wave a give a cheery "good morning" as they pass, even when on the other side of the road, yet in suburban Melbourne I get nothing. Yes I know, before you start posting I realise I must be the problem here in Melbourne, but in 15,000 kilometres in the last two years I reckon I've had two people say good morning without prompting and maybe one wave. Hopeless, for what should be a brotherhood (or sisterhood). I even gave it the ultimate test on Christmas morning, when I went for an early morning (6.30am) ride and pulled up at the lights. Not a soul about - hardly surprising that - but suddenly a fellow roadie aged about 55 rode up and stopped on the other side of the road coming towards me. I thought I'd say nothing when we both got moving and crossed and see if I get a "good morning" or a "merry xmas" or a cheery wave.....nope, nothing! Not a damn word or acknowledgement, not even a nod. Hopeless. Riders always seem to respond though when a walker says something to them, although that generally seems to be along the lines of "aww, go blow it out your a#se grandma".
So I decided in the new year I would make other riders say good morning to me - even though you clearly don't want to - and if they're on the other side of the road I would wave. Just a small wave, but an acknowledgement nevertheless. Just like I wave to every motorist who does something even remotely thoughtful. Will it work? Doubt it
Don't say you weren't warned.
On a train, you are sharing a relatively small enclosed public space with lots of other members of the train-travelling community. It is the passengers in "their own world" that cause a lot of public transport delays, simply because they are unaware of their surroundings (especially iPhone users), and fail to move out of doorways and aisles and make room for others boarding and disembarkingwagger wrote:No different to ppl catching the train to work - a high percentage of travellers have headphones on so they can escape in their own world - why any different on a bike to on a train?
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