I live in Berkeley, CA, and I often bike to the nearest grocery store along a designated "bicycle boulevard". The street is mostly residential. I try to keep as near to the sidewalk as is safe without risking getting hit by an unexpected car door opening, and I try to bike as quickly as I can. Furthermore, the road is not very busy.
Still, I have had all manner of threats and obscenities shouted at me by drivers and front-seat passengers of cars, including:
You piece of s***! I should knock you off your f***ing bike!
Hey, a*****e, why don't you do us all a favor and go kill yourself?
Sometimes it's racial slurs (that don't match my race):
You fata** n*****! The road is for cars!
Other drivers have seen fit to drive as close to me as possible, revving their engines or exaggeratedly going around me at ~10mph above the speed limit (in a school zone no less!). One chose to follow me most of the way home, screaming obscenities out the window the whole way.
Are any of these people breaking any laws? Could it be that I am in the wrong? The frequency of these behaviors have made the simple 5-minute bike ride to the grocery store highly stressful. Can I work with the local police / government somehow to make this street safer?