I'm sad to say that my wife and I got a real case of harassment over the weekend.
We had just left our house, and pedaled about 1/8 mile to a stop light just past a gas station. From the parking (about 60 yards back) we hear "Get those F$ing bikes of the road!", probably a few times over. It was pretty upsetting to the wife, so I gave the guy the bird and when the light changed we pedaled on thinking that was all there was to it. Just up the road at another stop light we see this guy pull his car over, get out and start yelling profanity towards us at the top of his lungs! (we don't have the right to be on the road, always in his way, we didn't pay for the road, ect...) We stayed put at the red light we were at, and thankfully a few of the cars stayed at it that must have noticed what was going on. He kept waving us over to brawl (or whatever he was wanting) and started walking towards us at a few points. If there wasn't traffic between him and us, he may have even made it across the road if he weren't bluffing. I got the phone out and called 911** while the wife flipped on sailor mode (terrifying to be screamed at by a 100 lb woman I imagine), and when we started to ask for his license plate number he bailed pretty quick. I gave dispatch his description, make and model of his car, and to our good luck his plate number, so hopefully if there are any more complaints it'll be logged. It seemed like a pretty long ordeal, and scared us both pretty bad. It didn't do much for my "commuting is as safe as driving" opinion to the wife either. After it was over, we continued on and actually had a pretty good ride.
** A small rant about the police - If it comes off as too crude / dismissive feel free to edit / send a message and I'll revise.
My attitude towards police is generally more negative than positive, but I do understand that each officer is an individual, and as a group there will always be people who are good and bad at their job. Anyhow, while on the phone, dispatch said a car was coming asap, which was good, because I really didn't know if the guy was hell bent on a confrontation or just blowing off some steam. Time went on, no cops. He left, we waited to give an officer some more info about the event, no cops. We waited about 15 more minutes for an office to show, and nothing. It's a good thing a cop wasn't needed, we would have been SOL. I made it very clear we were being severly harassed, and I gave the exact location we were at, accurate to probably 1/16 of a mile. After the whole ordeal, we rode past more cops in the area than I'ver ever seen to date. Setting at a gas station not more than 2 miles from where we were was two cops, parked in the chatting configuration. We went on, and just a few more miles down the road, two cops were parked in the corner of a college parking lot, chatting it up. We even passed one more a little ways down the road. The most aggravting thing is I called the PD to follow up after the ride, and it was noted that the cops went there, but couldn't find us. Total BS, unless they showed up more than 15 minutes after the event, in which case their uselessness is even more embarassing.
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to get it off the chest.