I've been riding a lot for the last 6 months, having accumulated nearly 5000 miles on my bike, and last night was the first time I got tailgated. I was at the intersection of University and Euclid in Tucson, Arizona waiting at a red light when a Dodge Charger pulls up behind me. I was the first at the light, on the right side of the lane. As the Charger pulls behind me, the driver revs the engine, and slowly creeps up on me until his bumper is no more than six inches from my rear tire.
When the light turned green, I took the lane because the street narrows and both sides of the street have bars and parked cars and there are lots of pedestrians crossing the street. (See Google Street view http://g.co/maps/2v93n ) Car will generally go no more than 15 mph on this section of road and last night was no different. I was keeping up with traffic and waiting along with the cars for pedestrians crossing the street. But the guy behind me wasn't having any of it. He continued to tailgate me and yell out the window. I don't now what he was yelling, probably nothing nice.
At the next intersection, I go straight through thinking he'll turn since the road dead ends for cars at the university about a block later. But no, he continues to tailgate me as far as he can until I get to the gate blocking the road for cars. He gets one final verbal jab in, revs his engine again, and turns around.
How far would this bozo followed me had I not passed through the university? Would he eventually passed or continued to follow at an unsafe distance? Is there a sekrit meeting room for those of us that have had this experience? How often does this happen to you, and what do you do?