Got this today from Alan down in Georgia. Unfortunately this is an all too common occurrence. Fortunately for us, more and more cyclists are starting to video these things.
On Saturday April 18, a motorist in a truck passed me too close, I flipped him off, and he pulled off the road, got out of his truck and attacked me. I’m not proud of flipping him off; I shouldn’t have done that but it’s no justification for what he did.
The only thing I said to him was “You’re on video.” Other than flipping him off I did nothing to him. He told the police that he’d been afraid for his safety.
I’ve ridden over 18,500 miles in and around this town (Rome, Georgia) over the past couple of years and this is the first time something like this has happened to me. This guy is NOT representative of folks around here. Regardless, I’ll definitely (1) always ride with my camera and (2) resist flipping people off from now on; who knows what kind of nutcase you might be dealing with?