just felt this deserved a wider audience:
from the scott roberts' daily bloomingdalian (april 16th, 2008):
From a resident of R Street NW:
Riding my bike (the non-motorized variety) from my home in DC to my workplace in DC today, a woman in an SUV with Maryland tags pulled alongside me near Big Bear and screamed "You are not a motherf--king car! Get the F--- out of the street before I run you over!" Note that I was not blocking traffic. She threw a half-eaten cupcake (chocolate with pink frosting) at me and hit me in the chest before restating her threat to kill me and driving away.
I thought it might be a good idea if everyone knew the legal rights of bicyclists in the United States. Here is an excerpt of DC's regulations, which reflect regulations throughout the country: "Operators of bicycles have the same rights as operators of motor vehicles." If your readership could take this to heart, and perhaps spread the word to friends and relatives in Maryland and elsewhere, it would be appreciated.
The woman who threatened to kill me was correct; I am not a car. I'm a human, and I have a right to live and ride a bicycle in DC. On a related note; Oil prices crossed over $113 per barrel today; a new record.