I've commuted daily for the last 11 months and had my first dangerous encounter yesterday.
While in the bike lane, a vehicle entered the lane and their passenger side mirror contacted my left handlebar. The mirror snapped off, making a loud, frightening sound. Somehow I stayed on my bike, no idea how I didn't fall off. I raised my hand and screamed "WTF?" and the person kept driving with no intention of stopping.
A person pulled up next to me and said that they saw the whole event. In a state of panic, I told them to follow the car. In hindsight, I should've asked them to call the police instead. All of this happened so fast that I never got the vehicle make/model or the license plate number.
When I arrived at work, I called the local police station and asked if anyone had filed a hit and run report in the last 20 minutes. The officer said that no calls were received in that time. They then asked if I would like to file a report. I told them the whole story and the fact that I had no concrete info about the vehicle. I declined the filing of a report. The fact that no witnesses called in pissed me off even further.
Any advice or recommendations, if this were to happen again? I am thinking about buying a GoPro camera for video documentation. Thanks for reading the long post. Hope you all had a lovely holiday.