Richmond resident Geordie McGillivray writes about different aspects of cycling. Shoot first and ask questions later. Sadly, this mentality has ingrained itself into so many people’s attitudes and actions. Here’s a good example: You see a car pull into a handicap parking spot without the proper tag hanging from its mirror. This gets you fired up so you go over there and start to give the person a piece of your mind just as they are pulling their tag out of the glove box and then hanging it on the mirror. Maybe they keep it there as it’s a hot item for thieves? It doesn’t matter. You judged that person and that situation without any knowledge of what was really going on and honestly, you look foolish in the end.
Or maybe you’re driving down the road and there’s a bike lane on the right-hand side, yet up ahead you see the cyclist come out of the bike lane and start riding in the lane of traffic and you’re going to have to slow down. So, do you start honking your horn? Many of you do, trust me. And the reason you honked is that you like to judge situations, or people’s intentions without knowing many, if any, of the facts. For the record, I ride out of the bike lane most days that I ride a bike. It might be for a few seconds, it might be for longer. But why do I do that?
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