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This incident made me think that as bicycle riders we may be anticipating and even expecting motorists to be rude, say hateful things, or try to nudge us (or in some cases, full on push us) off the road. I couldn't help but wonder if, at times, perhaps we are creating a world in which we "expect the expected." Meaning that we so often see and experience bad behaviors on the road that it can cause us to think that every driver on the road is out to get us.
What do you think? Is it possible that we sometimes create an incident or make it a larger matter than it really is because we are so keenly aware of the possibilities and/or past experiences while riding?