Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Ridge, TN
Bikes: Schwinn World, Haro Flightline Sport
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What should I have done- anything or nothing?
I've been bike commuting to a bus stop for a couple of months now. Until yesterday, I had never had any incidents of any sort with motorists, and what happened might not seem like a big deal, but I wanted to get opinions from the board.
Part of the commute involves riding on two-lane street as it becomes a four-lane freeway overpass. From that point on, it's a four-lane road. There is a traffic light intersection on each end of the overpass. I take the far-right lane at that point because I turn off that road after a bit.
Yesterday morning, I was stopped at the first traffic light behind a couple of cars. Light goes green, and we go. Cars get away faster, but I'm pumping. Well, I hear a loud horn behind me. Didn't give it much thought, nor did I make any gestures. Well, very quickly, an old fart in a small pickup passes me with just over a foot of clearance just I'm about to go through the next light. I was tempted to yell out an insult regarding his parentage, but decided against it. I did see his tag and tried to commit it to memory, but have since forgotten it.
There was enough room where I could have safely evaded had things been worse, but I wasn't comfortable. I also couldn't help but think that he was also driving awfully close to the other cars. Once I was on the bus, I *might* have seen the truck in the Waffle House parking lot. Is it bad to wish he'd die soon due to CAD from eating too much sausage?
Anyhow, should I have called the police on my cell phone immediately after when I could still remember the tag number? 911 or non-emergency? Am I making a big deal out of nothing?
Also, is this why some of you carry pepper spray and stun guns when you ride? If so, I might be making a trip to the flea market this weekend where stuff like that is rampantly sold. I'm legal to carry a handgun, but typically don't cause I'm going to school and it's illegal to have a gun on a college campus in TN. I know, they won't know if I don't tell, but it's a felony and I'd rather not have that on my record.
Any advice would be appreciated.