In a car, we're sealed off to the outside world. We've been brainwashed into thinking this is a good thing. Keep all the bad things out, lock your doors, close your windows and turn up the a/c. God forbid you are exposed to the elements! My children ride on the bike feeling like they are in a parade. They smile and wave and interact with everything and everyone they see. They feel connected and in turn, reach out to their community. I try to do the same. Smiling and waving goes a long way to getting the people around you to notice you are a person, too. It's so easy to become an isolated zombie driver.
Every day, we meet new people and see friendly faces because we are travelling by bike. I love changing people's minds (mine included) about what they think bikes can do and who they think bikers are. In the end, I just love to be reminded that we are all human and we should act that way towards each other.