Roads can be a scary place for a cyclist. When training for long-distance triathlons, it can be a challenge to find a good and safe route for cycling: Where can one go on a 4-hour bike ride without encountering heavy traffic, or roads with no shoulders, or even vicious animals (a friend of mine once encountered a black bear!)? On more than one occasion, I've been on a ride where cars have passed by much too close for my comfort, whether the driver was simply not paying attention or was frustrated at having to slow down because I was in his way. I've had one man in a truck honk at me as he approached from behind, and then pass by me as close as possible even though no one was coming from the opposite direction. I felt wronged and violated. As I rode the rest of the way home, I came up with a new design idea for a cycling jersey: it would be road-construction-sign-orange, and on the back there would be a black-and-white image of the road sign that reads, "Pass With Care." Yet, the truth of the matter is that many drivers simply don't care, making it a dangerous place for those of us on bikes. It doesn't seem fair, but then again, few things are.
There are plenty of other examples, too, including but not limited to those who are elderly, or poor, or mourning the loss of a loved one. When we encounter people in situations such as these, we should remember to pass with care, because life is not fair.