September-October 2000 Newsletter
Rights, Responsibilities and Respect
by Cheryl Brawner, VP-Advocacy
During a particularly pleasant 40 miler this month, I had the
opportunity to discuss the seemingly growing discourse between motorists
and cyclists here in the "Ville".
Much ado has been made over the KyCycList mailing
list and the Courier-Journal's Readers' Forum about this issue, and
resolutions seem to be in short supply.
Of course, we always can fall back on the education factor (or the lack
thereof), but let's face it, we as cyclists oftentimes are as disrespectful
to motorists as they can be to us. I, too, am not without sin, and I bet you
Just as a lady writer to the C-J Forum stated, we often toodle down the
road, 2/3/4 abreast, holding up motorists for miles, just because we are
chatting and having a good time. Yes, you say, we have a right to be there.
True -- two abreast is the law. But what ever happened to respect? How
can we expect to gain the motorists' respect if we have none for them?
I know I am saying this at the risk of multitudes of flame mail and
ridicule, but I believe my friend on that ride had a point. So the next
time someone yells, "Car back", please yield to that call and fall in
single-file just for a moment and let that motorist pass in a reasonable
period of time. You'll be surprised to find that if you wave to them as
they go by, they will probably wave back and might even thank you! I have
had this experience more than once.
So, please, give it a try. Give your fellow man (or woman) in that car
some room to go by without waiting until they're good and angry. Make a
friend of a motorist--show them you respect THEIR rights to the road. You
will be amazed at how good it will probably make you feel!
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