I commute by bike. Normally my experience is that most drivers are annoyed by my presence on the road. I say the majority of people just drive past me, happy to get past the slow moving bike. A small minority go out of their way to show their ass-hole-ish nature.
I haven’t been hit yet, but I’ve had my share of close calls. People have yelled at me and given some rather unsavory gestures. I try to remind myself that those people are the minority and I hope that they will eventually learn to accept bikes as vehicle.
Yesterday I had an encounter that was very refreshing. A gentleman pulled up next to me in his rather large SUV. I assumed that he was either going to tell me off or he was just trying to get in a position to pass me easier. I was wrong.
He said, “Thank you for riding your bike.” I was shocked. No one has ever thanked me. I’m sure I looked shocked because he then followed it up with asking me how far I ride. I managed to answer before the light changed. That made my day and from the feel of things, it might be the highlight of the week.