hercule wrote:I suspect the OP was riding a recumbent trike, based on previous postings elsewhere. That's not an unusual experience for me on mine, though I might be a bit slower than on an upright bike it's so much more pleasant in many ways. It's amazing how a change of machine can make such a difference to other road users' attitudes, and it seems very specific to trikes as I don't get quite such a positive response on two wheeled recumbents as three wheeled ones.
This is exactly my experience, too. I get so much more space and time when on my (recumbent) trike than when on my 'bent 2 wheels or on my upright. Indeed, I would almost say that I even get more courtesy, because there have been occasions when drivers have waved me on even when they've had the right of way. So, riding the trike is definitely more relaxed.
There's debate as to why this is, including ideas such as drivers just being surprised by the novelty; that they equate a trike with a disability vehicle; that they feel trikes are significantly wider. I've also wondered if, on a one track lane for example, they are less able to judge the distance from their nearside front wing to the trike as it sits lower in the line of sight.
Whatever the reason I agree with hercule that it seems specific to trikes.