Saturday, October 20, 2007

Courtesy on the Bike Trail

I took a ride on my bike this morning at around 8 AM. It was a beautiful day, the sun is shining and the leaves are turning colors. I make a point of saying good morning to folks I pass, coming and going. I am always amazed that the majority of the people ignore me and keep the frown on their faces. Why are people so miserable and rude? I just don't get it?

1 comment:

  1. I entirely agree! It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine too.

    I try to acknowledge everyone on the trail in some way--with a nod, Hi, wave, or "on your left" and a follow-up Thanks.

    But for some reason, the responses vary widely. I occasionally repeat my own VERY informal study. I watch closely to see if people look at me, say something, wave, or make any other gesture and tally the responses. Here's a fairly good representation of the results: on average, about:

    1 in 10 people respond to a polite nod or acknowledgment;

    3 in 10 with an audible "Hi" or "Hi there"

    7 of 10 comes with eye-to-eye contact that starts about 10 feet from them, includes the audible "Hi" or "Hi there" and ends after I pass them.

    For some reason, the eye-to-eye contact seems to relay a welcoming message.

    I'm curious to see if you get similar results on the trail. You'll have to test and give a post.