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Why can1t cyclists wave?

Jonathan Fredericks

I am always puzzled by the fact that road cyclists don1t wave to each other<or maybe it1s just me they1re not waving to. While out for a quick after-work ride recently, I passed a cyclist on Route 6. I decided it might be a friendly gesture on my part to wave to the person, since there are very few riders on the road right now. What did I get for my friendliness? A cold blank stare. Was the person so confused by the gesture that they became flustered? Or were they so focused on the road that they didn1t feel it was safe to lift a hand in response?This is by no means the first time this has happened to me. I really got thinking about this issue and started to think that maybe my bike has something to do with it. I do ride a 15-year-old purple bike.This non-waving issue does seem to be isolated to the road cycling world, though. Trail riders are some of the friendliest people on bikes. I1ve never been snuffed a wave or hello by another trail rider. Verbal communication is much easier on a quiet trail than it is on a busy road, so it1s harder for people to not respond on a trail ride.That1s why I think the 3wave is crucial to road cycling. The wave signifies a bond that road cyclists share. I don1t like yelling across four lanes of traffic. That kind of communication can get confusing for riders and drivers alike. The wave is simple. See a rider S raise your hand S lower your hand. Easy. Practice at home if you want. I think we need to start the Friendly Cycling Revolution, right here in our hometown.Jonathan FredericksFrisco


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