I've noticed that where I live, there are a lot of cars who seem to have the sole purpose of trying to dismount cyclists as they pass. Is this a problem in other areas as well?
It's crazy some of the things drivers do to get cyclists off the road...even if we're in a marked bike lane. Personally, I've had a couple cars try to clip me, and I've had multiple objects thrown at me from moving vehicles. Water bottles, cans, and trash are most common things I've seen thrown. All done while riding my bike and following all traffic laws pertaining to cycling.
I've even had one teenage kid try to clip me...miss...then pull over and get out of his car like he was going to start a fight. He changed his mind when I unclipped and stopped about 30 feet away and started unstrapping my road shoes. I'm not one of those guys who thinks he's bad, I was just pissed that he tried to hit me with his friggin car. Having spent time in the Marines, I tend to act before I think.
In an area that's population is only 250,000 it disturbs me how often this sort of stuff happens. I also don't understand what would drive a person to act so violently towards a random stranger. Is it mass road rage or something?