to get a driver's attention up our way.
One of the regular riders on our Tuesday/Thursday night rides arrived late and was not able to ride with the group this past Tuesday night so he headed out solo. The first few miles of our route are on a newly widened four lane road with a 45 mph speed limit. As he was riding the white line a large SUV whizzed by him just inches from his arms and shoulder. The SUV was also traveling alongside another vehicle and traveling at speed much greater than 45 mph (were they racing???)--no surprise to those of us around here on that stretch.........Our fellow is an MD so he greatly values the use of his arms and legs-brainpower, etc!!
There was a traffic signal up ahead and our friend was able to catch up to and talk to the driver of the SUV while he was stopped at the light. Our friend suggested to the driver to please give him more room in the future, that he almost killed him as he went by. The driver looked at him and said that if our friend didn't get off the road he would kill him. The conversation pretty much ended there.
Our friend got the license tag number and vehicle details and called the police. He talked to the DA and has started legal proceedings. He has already gone in to the station and looked at a lineup of Drivers License photos. We know the driver lives in an upscale neighborhood and drives an upscale vehicle-he had that info on his license plate!!! One of our other cyclists lives in that subdivision and is now watching over his shoulder very closely.
I hate to stir things up anymore than they need to be in sharing stories on conflicts with vehicles but unfortunately it is just a part of the environment many of us have to deal with more than needed. Wasn't it Rodney King who said......."Can't we all just get along????"