All I wanted to do was get to work.

Location: Q St and New Hampshire Ave NW (Dupont)
Time: Morning Rush Hour (5A-9:30A)

While I was riding my bicycle to work, I was verbally harassed and threatened by a man driving an ICON cab. I was stopped in the bike lane at Q St. NW and New Hampshire Ave. NW waiting for the light to turn green when a car pulled up on my right side in the turning lane. I heard him cursing and saying awful things towards me which became more vicious and included him calling me a “bitch” and saying “I should fuck you up.”

I didn’t looked at him for fear that it would incite him more and I’d already heard more than enough. When the light turned green, he swerved into the bike lane, cutting me off, before turning right onto 18th St. As he was turning, I noticed the “ICON” text on the cab’s bumper, but was too focused on getting away from him to think about looking for his specific cab number.

Submitted by Anonymous 


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