From time to time I encounter people who repeatedly drive badly around me. It happens less often than it used to, but I still have some people who continue to pass too close time and time again. Reston Limousine Service operates a route that seem to drive badly around me every time I encounter them…. the route that serves Marymount University. I've never been able to catch up with him to ask the driver give me a break. Today while riding on Fairfax Drive, their bus passed close enough that the side view mirror brushed my shoulder while I was in the bike lane.
Luckily it was right near the University, so I knew a stop was coming up soon. I followed and chased and managed to catch up at the next stop. I poked my front tire into the door as he was closing it. He looked up, expecting me to go off on him. I simply told him that the law is that he pass with at least 2 feet of space… that 3 feet is more polite. I smiled and told him to have a good afternoon. He smiled back and apologized.
Sometimes putting a human face on a cyclist can change how people drive around them. With luck, this is one of those times. I'll know more when I encounter this driver again tomorrow.