I usually read the threads on STW about encounters with our 4 wheeled brethren with some disbelief wondering why people behave the way they do behind the wheel of a car and it's finally happened to me. What a bugger.
I was riding home and a car followed me. I have to go along a series of narrow streets for about 250m with room for only one lane of traffic to get home. A garbage truck has blocked the entrance to my street so I slow down and stop to check if I can squeeze past about 50m from it. The car driver gives me what I think is called an "unfriendly nudge" with his vehicle. I turn around and ask him what the hell he thinks he's doing. Cue abuse telling me to get out of the way. I return it, asking if he cannot see the truck up ahead. It's all a blur at this point. A lot of swearing and shouting for about 30 seconds or so. Another cyclist turns up and stops. Driver gets out with a joint in his mouth and asks the cyclist what he's looking at. Credit to the other cyclist, he's got brass balls! He says "I want to see what's going on really".
I tell the driver to get back into his car and calm the **** down as I walk away with my bike. Other cyclist pulls away too, as the garbage truck has backed up out of the way. The driver pulls up to me in his car and swerves into me, trapping me between a parked car and him and carries on threatening me. I say "**** off you fat hunt" move out of the way, walk the bike onto my street and ride home as he speeds off.
I had the foresight to take his registration number and have reported it to the police. They're coming round tomorrow to take a report. Wish I'd had the foresight to take contact details down from the cyclist who stood with me. Pretty sure the guy would have physically assaulted me if he wasn't there so my thanks to him. He probably put the guy off just by being there.
Does anyone know what I can expect to be the outcome of this? The thought that this guy could be driving around smoking weed and using his vehicle to intimidate another person just because he was held up for a few seconds makes me livid. Bit shaken up at the moment, but I'm not physically hurt so all is well.
The cyclist who stood with me was an absolute legend though. He said "what a ****" as the driver sped off. Makes me feel like I hadn't just imagined the whole thing. Good to know cyclists like him are out there. Wish I'd gotten a chance to say thanks to him.
Sorry for the lengthy post. I just wanted to get it off my chest and find out what I can expect from the police.