I mean whenever I read the threads in the safety forum and a cyclist is almost killed by a driver, most people say, don't worry , just get his licence number and call the police, no need to get into a confrontation.
Or also when someone is trying to steal your bike, people say call the police and report it. I say **** that approach, if a automobile driver does something stupid like trying to kill me with his/her car, I will do whatever I need to do to defend myself, if that means pepper spray , than that is OK with me. If I catch someone trying to steal my bike, I will introduce his face to the pavement, then I will call the cops. I have worked hard to save for my bike, it isn't some $2,000 bike, but I saved my own money and I spent a lot on upgrades, why should I let some lowlife just take it from me?
motorists take advantage of cyclists because they know the cyclist won't do anything. If cyclists stood up for themselves and stopped acting like wimps, automobile drivers wpould give us the respect we deserve, once they see we won't be intimidated by them, they will show us respect.