Originally Posted by Ready
I'm sure there are plenty of courteous motorcycle riders as well. I suspect I just don't notice them if they are not making a lot of noise.
There is a young father who garages his Japanese bike across an alley from my place. He must work somewhere out in the burbs, as he leaves for work early, about 5:30 or so. When I first moved here, I would wake up when he powered up, but he is always very quiet and I no longer notice his leaving.
Regarding BMWs and other upscale cars, I am walking in a city and of course entering crosswalks all the time. I find the old clunkers to be sure runners of a crosswalk, nice cars including BMWs almost always stop well back.
My car did get mangled by a BMW driver running from the cops who struck me broadside with a BMW. However, it had been reported stolen shortly before, and the driver was a drunk illegal with his 15 yo girlfriend.
To me at least it makes sense that people with something to lose by causing personal or property damage will be more careful.