I've occasionally ribbed on motorists for being too confrontational - trying to go faster everyone else, often taking major risks in their quest for the front of the line. But lately, my beliefs have been challenged. And I may be just as bad when I'm on my bike.
I'm in the habit of yelling when a car seems poised to cut me off or potentially hit me. I am also the master of the intimidating stare. This week, however, the response from drivers has been friendly waves, smiles, and polite comments like "Don't worry, I'll wait for you." Wha??
I feel kind of disoriented. Is there something in the water? Did everyone watch footage of Streets Alive, and the sight filled their heads with love and rainbows about bicycling?
At the same time, bicycling has been all over the news. Creative Loafing devoted this week's Add it Up column to cycling. Examiner.com asked about the "state of cycling in Atlanta."
So what's up? Am I reading too much into some random events, or has Atlanta turned a corner on bicycle traffic?