I'll get the basics out of the way... I follow all the laws, ride in the right hand lane, and I'm smart about commuting. In addition, I use a helmet, wear bright colored clothing, use a standard blinky light on my backpack, have DOT conspicuity tape covering my frame, the best AA powered headlight I could find, & use THE most important piece of safety equipment: my Planet Bike Superflash.
My commute is 3 miles each way, with the most hairy part crossing I-29 close to my job. I get off work at 3AM, the first 1/4 mile is all uphill & I have a few stop signs which zap all my momentum. The first 1/4 mile is the toughest, with me going about 10 in a 35. I get passed by 2-5 cars on avg, but thanks to my SuperFlash I get PLENTY of room. In 3 months I have *NEVER* had an incident.
So here's what happened...
Thursday night, 3 AM, headed home from work. Full moon outside, not a cloud for 200 miles. All my lights are on strobe. I'm nearly to the peak of the bridge crossing the interstate. I hear squeeling tires & a horn blaring. After I put my heart back into my chest I turn around to see what happened. About 6 feet behind my rear tire is a giant boat of a Buick with a old grey haired lady behind the wheel. She waits until the other lane is clear, at which point she speeds on by. I catch her plate # & call the police. They tell me the plate doesn't match the vehicle, and couldn't seem to care less about what happened.
Now, I'm not going to let this incident stop me from commuting, but I'm NOT going to pretend nothing happened. Here are my options:
1 - Hope she was just having a bad day & that it would never ever EVER happen again. Seeing as I will no doubt be on the road with this woman again & she very nearly killed me, this option is off the table.
2 - Find her car in the parking lot @ work & put one of my "Bicycles Allowed Full Lane" stickers on her window during a break. She'd know that I knew who she was, get the message, & the sticker would be easy enough to remove, but I think my employeers might frown on this option.
3 - There are 2 stop signs before the highway that are off work property. I could hang out by one after work, wait for her to get there & then slap a sticker on her windshield. Vigilante justice with no real harm being done appeals to me.
4 - Similar to option 3, but instead of putting a sticker on her window I pull her out of her vehicle, give her some U-Lock justice, take her keys out of her ignition & throw them into a drainage ditch. Seeing as she nearly made me a grease spot on the road, I think it's well deserved, but I'm not a violent person.
Without exagerating, I was very nearly killed & will NOT let it go.
Does anyone have any ideas about how I should handle this situation?