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You must realize that people do not have free will. The best neuroscience researchers currently tend to agree that the so-called "free will" is just an illusion. Of course, if some "soul" existed, it would probably support "free will" but the scientists do not believe in such things as soul and neither do I. Because we just have a finite number of atoms ...


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Just get over it. Ignore it. Most importantly be careful and try and stay out of the way. After all, cars (while most will try and avoid you) are definitely heavier than bicycles. I live in an area that's heavy with bicycles and some (very small percentage) do blow right through the red lights and stop signs, almost hitting me and my little girl on many ...


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See them as human, with, alas, human limitations. People react first based on reflex including fight-or-flight, then based on their beliefs, their mood, recent experiences and experiences earlier in their history. Then after a while - if they are calm - they may start noticing the present. It's not about you. It's about their history. Driving ...


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I know this has a lot of answers but I had had a route around a beautiful lake with a pack of (I think domestic) dogs. Based on fear I carried dog spray but as a dog lover it was a last resort. Is the dog just chasing you for fun or does it really want to bite you? A pack of dogs has a different mentality just like a pack of people. I would always ...


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This may sound simplistic. It's probably something you already do, and you can develop it further with practice and awareness. Acknowledge your feelings: "That interaction was very painful. I didn't like that at all." Then gently let them go: "Everything is OK. I am safe, and life keeps on going. This is great weather. When I get home, I'm going to listen ...


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Easier to wait and go around Way back while I was attending Jr. High School, the roads would pack with students cycling home mere moments after the bell to dismiss rang. Four days a week, every week, this hopped up red Mercury Cougar driver would harass us expecting us to ride on the sidewalk instead of the on the far right of the road as we were instructed ...


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Share the road Horse drawn vehicles, cyclists, motorists, family of ducks, dumb possum and even a pedestrian pushing a cart must all share the road, no mater how fast or slow. If you want to go fast, expressways and freeways are limited access by law, are the only stretches which we may enjoy the convenience of not having to stop for a truck backing out or a ...


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There are few better ways to make a person who is angry, even angrier, than to engage in polite behavior. Kill 'em with kindness, as I learned years ago working Tech Support. While I've not yet had the chance to employ it, my plan is to smile, wave, and call out, "Love you! Mean it!" Just ensure that if they go into cardiac arrest, you are not struck by ...


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The best revenge is riding your bike. Remember, they're stuck in a car, probably dealing with stop and go traffic, other jerk drivers and literally burning money from their gas tanks. You're on a bike, getting fresh air and exercise, probably making better time than the drivers, and definitely having a better time. Enjoy your self.


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In my youth I entertained some militant bicyclist thoughts, so let me share a few stories. (Notre Dame, Indiana) I was riding my bike home from the department. A car full of high-schoolers (or may be freshmen?) approached from behind. The dudes on the back seat came up with the bright idea of poking me with a baseball bat. They barely made contact, and I ...


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I might be a dissenting voice on this site, as I more often drive than ride my bike on the road, but consider that it might be you being inconsiderate, if you pardon the pun. May be it's you hogging a lane or dashing to the right of a driver trying to make a right turn -- one cannot tell from your question. I also ride a motorcycle once in a while, and the ...


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There's a fake Buddha quote on some internet sites which says, "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." The most popular of the genuine Buddha quotes (the Dhammapada) begins with, "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred. "He abused ...


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I find that more often than not, when I get mad at drivers, it is very often a reflection of my own mood. If I'm in a good mood, bad driving just washes over me. On the rare occasions I am in a bad mood for some reason, the slightest inconsideration by a driver gets me seething. The best response to bad, inconsiderate driving is to ignore it. (But I ...


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There's really not much you can do to prevent the onset of such feelings. It is your visceral response. I also think that if you're riding hard, there may be some biochemistry involved that makes angry emotions more pronounced. Just accept a certain amount of anger. There's nothing you can do about it in the brief moments during and after the incident. ...


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Instead of getting mad at them remember that the people who honk or drive too close are need more education on how to drive on a complete street. It is our job as cyclists to do our best to follow the road rules. If you are doing that you can be confident that it is not your fault if you get honked at. Rather it is their ignorance of safe driving that is the ...


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Try making up a different backstory for the driver. You are already making one up, you know: speeds off to annoy the next bicyclist I do very well with assuming that the driver must have an unhappy marriage, or be on their way to a job they hate, or otherwise be preoccupied with their own misery, which impairs the way they drive. If they beep or say ...


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First and foremost would be to not take it personally, there are a lot of drivers that just think cyclists shouldn't be using the roads at all so no amount of good cycling will help that. That will help mitigate, but doesn't help you to get over the anger... To do that you either need to take a quick break to compose yourself or hope that a set of traffic ...


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After 50+ years as a cyclist, this is my approach - ride according to the conditions ride in reasonable proximity to the curb if safe, move over a little as traffic approaches know where I'm going, and do it assertively if somebody honks / shouts / waves, assume that they must be a friend, or are telling me something important, so smile broadly and wave ...


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Presuming you cannot see the other rider before entering the narrow section (if you can, wait for them to pass through), going back is not my first choice - as others have commented, if there's enough room to turn a bike around, there's enough room to get past - even if it means both dismounting. Given most riders are human and can communicate even if they ...



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