It takes a lot to shake me when I'm riding my bike. We get honked at on occasion and buzzed every once and awhile but this experience was terrifying. I was glad that my kids weren't with me.
As I started riding through the intersection, I noticed the van behind me was too close. The next section of road has a stripe of paint in the door zone and because oncoming traffic was heavy and the van was wide, I didn't give up my spot in the lane to be squeezed out. Sure enough, the driver of the van lays on his horn and starts screaming. That's when his engines revved and I had to swerve out of the way to avoid him running me down within inches of my bike. Right after he passed me so dangerously, he attempted to right hook me and slammed on his brakes across my path, still screaming at me.
I followed him around the corner to try to get a photo of his license plate but he pulled over and got out of his van, yelling that if I "want rights, I need to get in the bike lane!"
I was shaking so badly when I got away from him and unfortunately, I didn't get any other photos of his license plate or van. His plate was an old style blue with yellow numbers and the van had an email address: SBCracing@aol.com although the third letter might have been something different.
It makes me so angry to think that someone is horrible enough to believe running me over is an appropriate reaction for me slowing them down 10-20 seconds.
I don't have any info on this violent and dangerous man to report him nor do I know where/how to go about having it taken seriously.
I am positive that my rights to not be murdered by a psychopath in a van are valid whether or not I happen to be in the bike lane at the time.
It didn't help that on my way home, I had two other drivers pull out and turn right in front of me. They were both older women who didn't bother to notice me in their path. I know that overall, biking is not a very dangerous activity but today definitely felt overwhelming. I am glad to be home.