Yesterday I was riding around town, paying extra attention to the way that people were looking at me. On a bike you get a lot of stares. I’ve noticed that about half of the time the people staring at me are in complete admiration. The other half of the time, people are giving me the stink eye.
Sometimes motorcyclists are mild-mannered and follow the rules. Other times we are swerving through lanes, breaking speed limits, and doing everything we can to push the limits of what is safe (for us and others). I’m certainly guilty of both, but as a minority on the road I recognize that we as motorcyclists represent one another. When one of us is swerving through lanes with invisible integrated signals (or no signals at all), scaring the sh*t out of drivers, we create a bad impression for all of motorcycledom.
More than ever I’m trying to be conscious of this, and think about how I can better represent this lifestyle that I love so much. I want less stink eye, and more looks of admiration. More children waving at me, less old people grimacing.
This story is inspiring:
Rob Escalante lives in Los Angeles and rides on a daily basis. If you’ve ever ridden in LA, you know how insane the drivers and traffic can be. It can be scary dangerous for a motorcyclist, bicyclist, pedestrian, and even other cars. Today he took a moment out of his day to help an elderly woman. The story made me feel all warm and fuzzy, so I had to share.
This old lady was crossing the street, but too old to make it on time, as the light turned green and cars flew by her without caring she was having difficulty getting on the sidewalk as it was way too high. I just didn’t have the heart to be another witness doing nothing….I just had to help.
It only takes a second, be the kind of motorcyclist that makes the world a better place. Take those few moments to do something that will help create positive feelings about folks who ride on two wheels. It might save their life, and it might save yours some day too.