Now that our kits are in hand and on body (gorgeous job, Patty!), those of you new to the team may be surprised just how many comments you get about them. "Nice kit!" "I love your jersey!" And from some men: "Can I wear one of those?!" One of our teammates, Julie, was sought out by another cyclist after she helped scoop him up off the ground and into the emergency room with a concussion. He couldn't remember much about the accident, but he remembered her bright pink jersey, contacted the team, and ultimately found her to give her a proper thanks. That's the power of the boldness of ten20 jerseys.
Our eye-popping kits also mean we're recognizable and make an impact on everyone; drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists. So here's a call for us to be the most friendly, gracious, and safe cycling group out there. Let's keep in single file when necessary and ride 2-abreast when able. Let's stop for stop signs in two's – not overtaking the road in a swarm or blocking a turn lane – give a verbal shout-out "on your left" when passing other people on trails and paths. And how about a smile, head nod, and/or wave when a motorist yields to us? We've all had our times when someone else's bad attitude turned ours for the worse…let's play the flip side and have our positive attitude pay it forward to others.
On a related note, this Outside Magazine article about Megan Hottman, AKA the Cyclist Lawyer, lays it out beautifully in terms of safety, cyclist responsibility, and the urge for friendliness toward drivers. No matter who's fault in a car/bike altercation, it's likely the cyclist who will "lose." We have a soft shell of lycra, the car has 7000 pounds of metal exoskeleton. It's on us to ride defensively and smartly so that we can live to ride another day.