I think old age has given me certain priliviges and some disadvantages - but I used both yesterday. I was biking with a trailer north on Milwaukee close to rush hour when a motorcycle started coming up behind me. I stopped and with a strong thumb gesture, told him to "move it" , "out of the bike lane".
Thank you very much for your note. I've always wanted to start a troupe - a combination of Grandma the Clown and Monty Python's Granny Gang skit. The Granny Gang wear old black dresses with brooches and they push thugs off the sidewalks, they smoke cigarettes (not me, of course) and walk tough. I thinks there is "mock documentary" clip of the thugs talking about this horrible new gang.
It actually did help that it was rush hour, there were witnesses in cars and other bikers coming up from behind. At night, I try to get their license plates and call it in.
Yes - I know. It's just one of those times, when the timing was right and it worked. If he had given me a rude hand gesture or said something imappropriate, then I would have either dropped it or pulled to the side and called the police. I take rude hand gestures as a threat and nothing to be trifled with.
It's all in the same behavior category as the big, ex-football player types parking their Caddie in a handicapped zone at CVS. Did I go into CVS and point the problem out? No, but should I have? You bet.
On another note, I don't know if allowing e-bikes (and other categories) in the bike lanes will confuse matter more about safety, "privileges" and rights.
Again, many thanks for your concern. I must admit my cell phone is so old that it is hard to just open up and call. It probably has a crank on it.