Tonight I'm riding home from work, it's dark out, I'm about a mile from home on a residential street. The street has some rough spots near the curb so I'm maybe 5 ft from the curb instead of being closer to it. There is no oncoming traffic, and there's plenty of room for someone to pass me. A car comes from behind and passes me seemingly very close, maybe 1 ft. I catch up to the guy at the stop sign. He's about 70 yrs old with the wife in the car as well. I ask why he couldn't have cut me more slack. He says I should be by the curb and that he was staying in lane and not crossing the dividing line. I tell him Illinois law requires him to give me 3 feet, there was no oncoming traffic and he had plenty of room to go around me, and the dividing line in the street is not a solid line and he is within the law to cross into the other lane to pass me. He tells me to stay by the curb from now on and speeds off. This has happened on numerous occasions to me and tonight I just snapped. I mean WTF...this guy values staying in the lane more than my life? When I got home I contacted my local PD for what I described as wreckless endangerment. An officer came and took my information and to my surprise totally understood why I was upset. She is going to try and contact the driver and let him know he needs to change how he drives with cyclists present.
I'm a believer in VC. Should I have been further out in the lane to force the guy in the other lane? I think no matter where I was, except for the far right, he would have buzzed me.