From today’s “Roadshow” column in the San Jose Mercury News:
My husband commutes from our home in the area of Yerba Buena/San Felipe Road to Valley Medical Center about three times a week. Although I love his commitment, it’s nerve-racking for me. I worry all the time someone is going to mow him over.
But, he says about 87 percent of the people out there in cars are respectful of his presence. They let him have the lane when needed, wave him on at rights of way, make eye contact and don’t blow their horn at him for no reason.
Thanks to all the drivers that share the road with my husband and countless others. I’d like to thank this 87 percent who realize that not only is cycling good for your health, it keeps the mileage down on the car and keeps gas money in your wallet.
I an unpaid intern can look through my on-bike video footage to see precisely the percentage of decent drivers vs the occasional aggressive jerk. We tend to post the exciting stuff online so that skews our perceptions, but my bike commutes are almost always uneventful. Maybe the true percentage is closer to 99%?
Today’s column also includes a real winner of a question: “I am making a right-hand turn in my car and there is a bicyclist next to me going straight. Do I wait for him to go and then turn? Or do I turn and cut him off?”
That’s a trick question, right?
More discussion about good drivers, bad drivers, and the (sadly inevitable) scofflaw cyclists in the Merc News: Some Bay Area bicyclists offer thanks to motorists.