"More often than not, these situations are about cluelessness rather than malice. That certainly seemed to be the case with my situation. Opportunities abound for teachable moments if we're up to the task.
"If you are up for it the original post seems to leave room for a teachable moment as we likely have a clueless rather than evil motorist. "Hey, one of us could get killed if you leave that door open. I saw it but you don't want…"
"Oh! that explains the Uncle Tom reference. You want a term for one of our own who tirelessly defends the status quo. Does this include the uh, people who think it is necessary to stop at red light and wait for the green even when there is no other…"
"I suppose that anything is possible. As long as we're searching for alternatives to the probable, it could have been a Mini full of insane clowns looking to scatter bikers and pedestrians like skittles.
"Dunno... here's some of what I've tried...
... first, formost? i thank the motorist for allowing me to use their roads.
... give them cookies. bakery items always get attention.
... give them the can of beer that is leaky
"I think all of us don't have to imagine the circumstance you're talking about - we know it from first hand experience. The difference is this: nobody positioned in the left side of the lane in your scenario has to dodge an open door. The…"