Is it just me, or are Boston drivers just full of rage (not stereotyping, I drive too). I have;
While riding, taking the lane because I intend to curve left, driver leans on horn, accelerates around me to the left and swerves missing me by mere inches, and turns RIGHT. Also said driver throws a few choice words.
While driving, had some idiot in an SUV 1 foot from my bumber and leaning on his horn (this is in a 2 lane road, I am in the right/slow lane doing the speed limit). Then proceeds to pass, throw me a nasty look and then swerve in front of me and slam on his brakes
While riding (this one really freaked me out even though it happened over 2 months ago) in Belmont, doing close to 27mph downhill see pick-up driver driving in other direction. He looks right at me with not the nicest look. I get a sort of 'tingling' feeling (something bad is about to happen). I feather the brakes and begin slowing down. He makes a U turn and swerves right in front of me (almost went into the kerb), as it is he almost sandwiched be between his truck and a parked car. Stream of insults follow from him. Funny thing I get into work and someone I work with decides to tell me that bikes don't belong on the road since they don't pay taxes and he has no problem with running cyclists off the road (he didn't know what had happened to me that morning). I called him a f*ck*ng idiot.
While Crossing!!! This one has happened multiple times. I have a walk sign, start crossing and some idiot turns into me (or slowly starts creeping foward). Once almost lost my temper some clown almost barreled into me at speed. I had the walk light, he had a right turn red light (sign clearly stating no turn on red). I raised my hand like WTF and he begins cursing and yelling. I point at the walk sign, the no turn on red sign buts its like talking to a wall.
Riding Stopped at red light, single lane, no turn on red. Genius behind me leans on his horn and does not let up. I had finally had it, turned around and just looked at him (no words, but I was ready to kill). Light changes (he is the only car), I don't move and he has nowhere to go (I know this was utterly stupid and dangerous but I had had it). Finally stops cursing and leaning on his horn. I then ride off and he passes me
(idiot was going straight!)
Week ago, riding home in bike lane, genius roars past me and then PULLS into the bike lane, slams on his brakes and stops, causing me to have to emergency brake. I then go to pass him on the LEFT and he pulls out and almost hooks me into oncoming traffic. He then tells me to 'get the f**k off the road'!!!!. Its a bike lane for crying out loud (and I have rights to the road too)
This doesn't even take into account the number of times I have been called the N word while riding , had people curse me out, thankfully, have never had things thrown at me (thank God). Granted this incidences are few and far in between however I do everything right, I ride vehicularly, I don't jump lights, when driving, I am very cognizant of other drivers etc. Does Boston have an aggressive driver reporting program?