Today was going so well until I turned right from the bike path into Drummond street in Chadstone, a 50km/hr zone, and was riding towards my normal left-turn into Cole crescent. As I got to the corner, Mr agressive petrol-head in a white ford falcon station wagon (Victorian registration
###-###), came flying over the speed hump behind me, half overtook me then attempted to go screaming around the left turn into Cole crescent. At the last instant he decided that he would have hit me so he hit the brakes instead, slid to a stop, then commenced screaming abuse out the window — telling me “get off the f###ing road, yelling “the f####ing bike path is over there you f###ing C##T!”
I quickly decided not to go left into Cole crescent — no point in deliberately entering a road that has this idiot in it — so I kept going straight, yelling out to “READ THE BLOODY ROAD RULES!.” Unfortunately that was a big mistake. Mr road-rage executed a howling u-turn and then chased me along Drummond street, screaming abuse and threatening “how about I knock you off your f###ing bike, and then see how you f###ing like it.” He chased me all the way down Rae street where I escaped onto the end of the bike path, then he sat at the end of the path screaming abuse as I rode off.
Do I go to the police or not? Will it just antagonise the idiot and make him even more aggressive against the next cyclst he meets? Will not going to the police just enforce in his mind that cyclists don’t belong on the road? Unfortunately the nearest police station I could think of at the time was in Oakleigh, and that would have meant going back up the street past him. Equally unfortunately, Cole street is almost a dead-end, so he probably lives there and I’ll have to go past it again and again on my way to and from work…