In my area, and in my experience, more than a few drivers show road rage tendencies toward cyclists.
It is mostly just intimidation but I have been hit with mirrors on 2 occasions and I'm 99% sure it was on purpose. This goes with throwing cans and who knows what else, threats, honks, people getting out of cars to approach cyclists threateningly... It may or may not have to do with riding style, lane position or whatever, but I am hoping to keep the conversation away from these aspects.
My proposal: Have police in plain clothes and on "regular" bikes riding streets being shadowed by either patrol cars or motorcycles a street over or something. Cyclist officer is on a 40/45 mph multilane road, I suggest this as it seems to be were most incidents occur (in some instances these are the slowest/least traveled roads available) among other reasons. Cyclist officer could radio to motorized cop to pull over and ticket/arrest any offenders. This would hopefully be more as a campaign on this exact subject of road rage against cyclists rather than looking for expired tags and what not, but not sure how that would work out.
Put the story on the news and papers along with some quick education of cyclist right to roads and lanes. Do you think it would help curb such behavior? Anyone know of any areas that are or have tried this? I am considering this as a serious local proposal, so help me out. Thanks.