GIVE THEM A WAVE, A LITTLE OFFER GOES A LONG WAY.
The open hand offered as a welcome salutation is universally recognized. This single gesture humanizes the proponent and opens a dialogue between people. Simple and symbolic, the open raised hand extends from mutual recognition to acknowledgment and approval. In context of an accommodation, the gesture evolves into approval and thanks. Recipients almost instinctively return the offer and find deep reward in this grant of appreciation.
The 5 High gesture broadcasts engagement, appreciation and value from the Cyclist to individual(s) interacting on the road, path or trail, and is also viewed by others in proximity. One act creates a direct human connection for participants and creates an example of conduct and reward for passive observers. All involved, cyclist and community, are raised from the persistent isolation in our communities opens an avenue for exchange and reflection.
Cyclists should use the High 5 as often as practicable to acknowledge and thank others on the road. Motorists and Pedestrians are quick to respond to the high open hand and see the cyclists in a different context. The habit becomes commonplace and produces results that expand far beyond the momentary recognition, building a pathway for Empathy and Inclusion.