Columbia a college town in Missouri just passed a law that prohibits harassment of bicyclists. See the associated press write up here. Anyone who regularly rides a bike has probably been a victim of some type of harassment. If such actions are reported to the police the response is often to the effect of, "What are we supposed to do about it?" With a law such as Columbia's anti harassment law, there will be a mechanism for harassing motorists to be charged and prosecuted even if their actions don't result in injury to the cyclist.
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