I agree with Bob Freitas...a decline in simple everyday common courtesy is what
we are seeing here.
Back in the 80's the vast majority of folks I waved, nodded or said "Hello" to would respond in kind.
Nowadays, maybe 1 in 5 respond. Most are just lazy...however I do occaisionally run into the person where I'm a rainbow cresting a hill with a pot of gold - and they just stare straight ahead through their sunglasses as though I don't exist.
So sometimes - an attitude is present as well. But just to be nice - I'll settle for lack of common courtesy.
Robert Shackelford San Jose, CA USA
Quoting Dave Porter <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I'll second that notion! Trying to get the typical bike path rider to say
> hello is harder than pulling teeth. Blame it on Market Street/Hollywood.
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> Subject: Re: [CR] Lack of Cycling courtesy
> I see a bigger issue here and that is lack of Cycling
> courtesy. Certainly in years past there were fewer of us out on the road
> (how many of us have ridden across the road to greet a cyclist?time
> frame was long ago when lightweight bikes were really rare)
> Modern Cyclists hardly ever respond to the nod of the head
> or wave anymore. I belong to a team with national scope as well as a
> local group and find even my fellow ''brothers'' dont take the time to
> wave. I understand if you are on a fast downhill or passing a huge group
> going in the opposite direction its one thing.
> In years past it was common to point out bad dogs or
> detours or rough road ahead. Today it seems they are to intent on their
> own thoughts or technical accoutrement's.
> BOB FREITAS
> riding the old roads this AM in MILL VALLEY, CA USA
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