Couple of weeks ago, commute home, uphill on a straightaway, two lane road without any kind of shoulder. Was cranking along on the umpteenth hill on my way home and instantly felt a car too close and then something hitting my back. Let out a yell (not some girly scream, more like manly tenor output, ahem), car was past, I was still upright and on the road. Gold SUV with people on the passenger side arms out. Someone on the driver's side put up a hand in a wave, could swear I heard hootin' and saw the arms that hit me do victorious arm pumps. F**ckers.
I pulled off in the next driveway, called the cops and reported an assault. Note to drivers: if you're going to mess with cyclists, DON'T have vanity plates. I make it a habit of training to remember plates, so NH reg CHICE-D was not too hard to remember. Cops were responsive and said they would follow up, asked about injury, said they would send a car out. I said I'd meet them at the station since it is right on my way home; they found be a few miles down the road and we pulled off into the Post Office to discuss the situation. Cop from neighboring town showed up as well. I filled out a statement, they said they would track them down, had notified all surrounding towns.
Later that night, cop called who was going to deal with the case, said they found the people, who admitted to what had happened, but said it was due to inattention, that the passengers had their arms out the windows because it was a warm day. I asked the cop if he really believed it, no comment; he asked for my opinion and I said I thought it was 70% likely that their account was total bull****, that I was pretty certain they meant to harass. They needed my input to gauge how to proceed.
Couple weeks later, I call in to follow up. Since our stories don't match up, and it's my word against theirs with no witnesses, they are going with a civil charge of passing within 3' of a cyclist, $100 fine. I'm OK with that.
They basically admitted to hit and run, and since there was no arrest and thus no arrest record, in retrospect I wish I'd pushed a bit on the matter for misdemeanor hit and run, but any record is better than none, and at least there's an official file on all four goons in the car with a violation attached to it.
I'm guessing about 499 out of 500 cars pass without incident, that 500th car might get too close. But in 6 years of bike commuting, this is the first time I think someone screwed around with me on purpose. Sucks that the charges weren't a bit more severe, but again, I can live with enforcement of the 3' passing law.
Was wearing a helmet, dark clothes in shady area, no mirror. Road is posted in that area at 45 mph, again, no shoulder, I was riding about 18" from the shoulder, maybe 6" into the road from the fog line, right third of the left hand tire track for motor vehicles.