Picking up on Trisha’s post yesterday about craziness and courtesy on the road, I have a little courtesy to share from this evening’s commute.
On my way home, an SUV driver stopped for three older gentlemen at a crosswalk. This is so rare in Chicago, that could be the whole story, but there’s more. I was biking from the other direction and also stopped. Two of the gentlemen shuffled by and the third saw me waiting and gave a polite bow while motioning for me to go ahead of him. I thanked him with a smile and set off, as another in the group called out, “Hey, want to take me with you?” Ha, cute! (Note to men: do not attempt unless you are in a group of adorable elderly men, otherwise you’ll just be a creepy.)
A few miles later, I heard a little girl say to her mom, “I like that bicycle!” as I passed. Aw, double cute! Ladies of all ages appreciate the Betty Foy.
Another plus from the day – the weather was glorious. I enjoyed basking in the morning sun as it rose over Lake Michigan.
The sweet little interactions and the beautiful weather made up for the traffic craziness of the day, like the four drivers who opened car doors in my path. Good thing I was not riding a little closer to the parked cars, sheesh.
Anyway, a little courtesy and sunshine go a long way to brighten my day. :)