I almost went over the deep end last night. My wife and I go running through a very nice residential area of Los Angeles, called Hancock Park. Lots of Mansions and big tree lined sidewalks, quiet neighborhood except around rush hour. We were crossing a 4 way stop intersection at a slow walking speed as a car, cyclist, and runner were approaching the intersection from our right. We entered the intersection slowly so that the car would see us and have an opportunity to slow, which it did. The runner slowed too, but the cyclist in a full racer outfit, and on a nice road bike is cursing the runner for being on the street, and passing the car on the right. We assume that he is also going to stop for the stop sign, but instead he curses us too and blows through the sign at speed and almost runs down my wife in the process. He weaved through us close enough for me to reach out and touch him, which I almost did in pushing him over. Since most folks commuting times are pretty regular I'm thinking I might go up to the intersection tonight and have a little chat with this a-hole, or maybe just go up there and push him over. It's one thing to be aggresive on some of the busy arterials, but this is a neighborhood where folks push strollers and go walking with their kids. It's cyclists like this that make motorists think that they don't have to respect bikers, because cyclists don't obey traffic rules so they don't deserve to be treated like equal roadway users.
Okay, rant over, thanks for listening.