I hate to announce this but watch out for those ****ing rush hour drivers out there. Hope this doesn't happen to anyone else but unfortunately i found myself in one of those "worst-case" scenarios tonight riding home from work. So here i am, riding home with my girlfriend on a nice evening. As usual, i take Sutter St from the financial distict. (Sutter st for those of you outside of SF, is relatively flat compared to some of the major hill around this part of town. It has its share of shops and hotels, but most importantly, its got a big lane for buses that cars aren't suppose to drive on.) anyway, i'm riding up from Grant (chinatown entance)and almost past the Stockton tunnel when out of nowhere, i hear a honk and a screech from my left, and suddenly a gun-metal grey Toyota Van comes out of nowhere and almost takes me out. Pissed i was. Actually more shock than pissed at the moment...but once everything settled, which took about 5 secs, i chased him down to the next block of on Sutter and Powell. Fortunately for me, it was a red light with a cable car crossing in the middle. I came up on the left side of the van, knock on his window and for some reason, i actually told him nicely to watch out for cyclist. He was on the phone at the time and carrying 2 passengers, 1 in the front passenger seat and 1 in the back of the van. He turned over and brushed me off. I knocked on his window again and told him in a more sternly manner to watch out. By this time, the light turned green, i gave him a dirty look and began to ride off. Right at that moment, he turned his wheel and gun his van at me. Out of the corner, i saw it coming and braced myself for it. turning my wheel to lessen the impact. I felt his van come up and pushed me to the curb. People on the side walk gasped and screamed when they saw it. Miraculously, i composed myself and chased him down to the next block where he made a quick left turn and escaped. Luckily for me, some guy on the bus saw the entire thing go down and got the van's license plate #. I called 911 to fill a hit and run and goddamnit, i hope this bastard gets caught so i can have the pleasure of seeing him put behind bars for using his car as a weapon against cyclists.