I am sorry hear of incidents like this because they really can get under your skin.
Not having witnessed the incident I am completely reliant on the OP for perspective. I do know that I have occasionally had incidents of this type in places and at times when there was/is no mandatory side path law. The OP claims this incident is rare. But seems to be put an awful lot of weight on the mandatory side path law being responsible. If that were the case, and the OP frequently rides in this manner wouldn't this be a daily or at least a more frequent experience?
And isn't the OP the one who claimed, in another thread, the Portland "bulls" were well tamed?
None of this is meant to cast doubt on the OP's version of the incident nor to place blame on the cyclist, sounds like he was completely in the right, but the side path thing feels a bit of stretch to me.
Were you west bound on Hawthorne somewhere west of 23rd (since you mentioned it was downhill)?
Sounds like drivers were frustrated at being backed up by the delivery trucks, then one dickhead got especially frustrated at you passing then holding them up, since he obviously intended to drive >25 mph after clearing the truck bottleneck.
I had some guy in a SUV deliberately buzz me while honking and yelling, because he didn't like me sprinting in the lane over the Burnside Bridge at 5 am. At that hour, there isn't any issue of blocking traffic, he and I were the only road users for many blocks in either direction and we each had our own lane. I caught up to him at a light and while he screamed, put my 600 lumen helmet spot in his eyes at 3 feet range, then watched him scream with his eyes closed which was quite funny.
Same as you, I only have these incidents once every few years. Those sorts of drivers are definitely the minority.
You should have just memorized his plate and reported it, some of these guys travel with guns and could just pop you one if they don't run over you with their car first. Most states won't even go after the guy anyways, California is the only state that I know that could issue a citation, even though a lot of states have the 3 foot law now you have to have proof (witness or camera) they broke that and contacted you. I've gotten pretty aggressive in my younger days myself but it is stupid to that when you really think about it, no matter what they always have the upper hand unless they get caught by the law.
But if you report the plate and the cops do nothing it does go into a data base as a potential person who may be violent toward cyclists and if he does it again then they have a track record.
I'm thinking you didn't yell loud enough/curse enough. Maybe try that next time. :thumb:
Ok, after thinking about this more, if you would had flashed a gun and scream like a maniac strung out on meth then I think the guy would have left quickly without hesitation. We need to show motorists who are more crazy and wacked out, them or us? Let it be us.
just an update...i did file a police report in person.
No citizen citation? Shocking!
You wanna bear bait some dude, I really lose interest if your 'stupid cyclist trick'. You are responsible for you own safety and co-existing with all others on the road.
This is not a war. Portland won't 'become a world-class bike city' as you put it if the bicyclists don't join in.
Barney Fife was always well-known for his photographic memory.