Exactly. The people I make a point of acknowledging are drivers who wait patiently for a good time to pass then give us plenty of room when they do go around. There are a lot of jerks on some routes, so I want the ones who aren't to know I appreciate their patience with bikes on "their" roads. We also have quite a few hilly, curvy roads that sometimes make it very difficult for cars to safely pass. When that's the case, I'll sometimes pull off into a driveway so more timid drivers can get around us, safely, and then I'll wave as they pass.Might as well be known as friendly. I ride with a local minister, he had a mechanical on our tuesday night ride that couldn't be fixed roadside. Four cars stopped to see if they could help.
Agreed.Depends. I'll usually look in their direction. If they make eye contact, I'll smile or nod, and most of the time they do the same. If they ignore me, I ignore them.
One other thing I've noticed, too. Runner will almost always wave, or smile/nod or acknowledge me in some way, even before I do anything their way. Rollerbladers tend to ignore me even if I make eye contact.
And I'll always acknowledge a courteous motorist on one way or another. :thumbsup: