I realize you're probably in a hurry. You probably just got your kids off the bus and managed to shove a snack in their mouths before you had to leave to make it to dance, soccer and swimming (YES all in one night). Perhaps you've just left work and you're feverishly trying to get home to watch Orange is the New Black.
The point is, I get it. You're in a hurry, you're going from here to there and you don't have a lot of time and you certainly don't have time for a damn cyclist. I mean seriously, what the hell are they doing on the road anyway?
Well I'll tell you! She's a mom. She has 3 precious children all under the age of 12. She's a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. She's human, she's REAL! She's trying to stay healthy by exercising. She's working toward a goal. She's setting an example for her children about leading a healthy lifestyle. She's escaping from the everyday by taking some time for herself.
For all the things she's trying to do, there are many things she's not. She's not trying to be in your way. She's not deliberately making you late to work or your appointment. She's not trying to overtake the road. She's not trying to own the road and she's certainly not there just to piss you off.
The next time you creep up on a cyclist on the road, I ask you to consider that the person on that bike is, in fact, a PERSON. She's someone with feelings, someone who is trying to make a difference in the world, someone who is trying to raise the future of America, someone just like YOU! She's not someone who's trying to get in your way and she's simply asking for 9 feet. Really, she's just looking out for you because I'm sure you don't want to deal with her crushed bones beneath your tires.
So I ask you dear driver, please remember we're all human. We're all just trying to do what makes us happy and we're all getting through the hustle and bustle of life. I promise you'll never regret taking 30 seconds to go around SAFELY, but you might regret the day you hurt a wife, friend, and MOTHER to 3 small children who NEED her.
ME-- A cyclist and a mom!