No real reason for this post, but I saw another couple of reports today about riders being hassled, and it started me thinking...
I've been riding since college in the early '70s, now only about 1000 miles a year but previously up to 5000. I've ridden in all the western states, some of the southern ones and Hawaii--and I've never, ever experienced anything I could describe as hassling. Worst thing that's ever happened is that somebody yelled "Nice legs" or "Go, Lance" (this was back when I had nice legs and went like Lance).
My home town isn't particularly bike-friendly now, and it used to be horrible. Still: nothing. Only reasons I can think of are that I always yield to cars, because I know who's going to win that crash, and I don't wear bike clothing anymore...well, shorts, but a T-shirt instead of a jersey. When I was on some citizen's cycling boards, we learned that many drivers are angered or intimidated by riders in pro gear, which they associate with aggressive ass-hat behavior. Easy enough to pull out a T-shirt.
Watching the local clubs, I think they bring most of their problems on themselves.