For some reason, many people assume that since I don’t own a car and bike everywhere instead, I will be more than willing to sympathize with them in the trials of car ownership. (For the record, this assumption is correct.) My coworker was telling me this morning how annoying her car is and how much of her budget it eats up each mouth.
Then she said, “I wish I could bike like you.”
I tried to explain to her that she totally could do it. Personally, I started out small, biking twenty miles a week and it gradually snowballed from there. Hopefully, one of these days (the sooner, the better) she will hop on her bike and see how awesome and doable bike commuting is.
On my ride home from work, I was pedaling along a side street when I saw a car beginning to back out of a driveway. My habit is to pause and ensure the driver sees me before I continue on. I was a good thing I stopped, because he didn’t. He pulled out of the driveway without a glance to see if there any traffic behind him.
Thankful for dodging the car, I let out a relieved sigh. Then it pulled up beside me.
“I am so sorry, I didn’t see you!” the driver exclaimed.
He is not the first driver to pull out in front of me, but he is the first to apologize for his error. I am awarding him bonus points. I will not award myself any bonus points, however, because my response was pitiful.
“It’s okay, I am always on the lookout for cars!”
As the car drove on down the road. I processed what had come out of my mouth. Seriously, girl? I totally made it sound like since I was on the lookout for him, he didn’t need to be on the lookout for me. Oops. I am gonna to be cautious on the road and bike as defensively as possible, but I also expect my fellow road users to do the same. I need to think up a better response in the event that something similar happens in the future. But at least I didn’t say, “I’m good, thank you!”