We had a fairly significant snowfall late last week, 3 or 4 inches accumulated during the workday on top of a couple of inches that had fallen overnight. Road conditions were lousy and bike lanes were full of plowed up snow (as they are most of the winter). There were wheel tracks that were fairly clear so I was riding in the right hand track, taking the lane. I heard a vehicle behind me following closely, suddenly rev up. He buzzed me close enough that I banged my arm on his car, trying to maintain my balance, forcing me right and almost crashing . This a$$hat at first tried to flee, accelerating hard and fishtailing down the road. He must have looked in his rearview and seen I was still up because he stopped up the road to inspect his car. He then ran 100 feet up the street to where I was stopped and tried to grab me and knock me off my bike. All the while he was screaming that I was in his way and shouldn't be in the road and that I had kicked his car. (a neat trick while riding with toe clips) I shouted at him that I was going to call the police and that he should get away from me and get back in his car. I disengaged from him and rode toward his car and loudly shouted out his license plate number several times and that I would be calling the police.
When I returned home I phoned the police non-emergency number. The police response: A lecture. "It's snowing out. Road conditions are horrible. Why are you riding a bike? You shouldn't be riding in the street. You could slip and fall under a car. Imagine how horrible the car driver would feel". The police communicator or constable who answered did not identify themself so I don't know if a complaint to the police about their lack of service would be worthwhile. What do you think?