After the negative exchange with Woodside pedestrians last Saturday and the follow up comments which paint a depressing picture of the antagonism between some town residents and cyclists, I've got a much better story to tell today.
On my commute home tonight I stopped for a red light at a lightly traveled residential intersection. An older gentleman crossing the road noted I was waiting for him and commented... "Stopping for pedestrians, eh?"
With a big grin I said "If you want respect on the bike, you've got to earn it" He nodded his approval and added "you have a good day." "You too", I replied. The light changed and off I rode. I've got to feel that something more important than the light changed in that moment. Made me feel good and cost me no more than ten seconds.