Well, I just had my first experience on a bike that left me with that fresh-out-of-a-car-accident "where am I going and what am I doing, again?" feeling.
There's a pretty good-sized hill leaving my campus on my route home, with a gate on one side to keep any traffic out that isn't a bike or a bus. As I'm coming down the hill, I see that quite a distance in front of me there are two girls on mountain bikes weaving around and riding slow enough that I don't know why they felt compelled to be in the road... like we're talking creeping along with their feet off the pedals and chit-chatting with each other.
So as I approach, I yell out "coming down the hill on your left" and they drift over to the right side of the road. I assume they're out of my way, but then just as I'm about to pass them (as close to the gate on the left side of the lane as I can), one starts meandering out in front of me... so I yell "ON YOUR LEFT!!" which somehow makes her swerve hard left, right into my path.
Since she's hardly moving, she puts her foot down and stays on her bike, and I fly over my handlebars in slow motion (I was able to brake quite a bit before I hit her, but my front tire hit her frame and sort of levered me up in the air). Luckily, I mostly caught myself on my forearms and all that happened to my bike was a busted bar end and some ripped bar tape.
But then, she just says "Sorryyyyy!" and I say "Are you deaf?!" and she says "I heard you!! I tried to get out of your way, *******!!"
Of course I was pretty pissed, so I told her I had no idea how "ON YOUR LEFT" meant to swerve left, and then her friend says "we should go" and they just walk off. I was dumbfounded. So now here I am, my leg hurts like hell and I don't know exactly why, and if I have to go to the doctor, I eat the bill because she just took off.
Anyone have any experiences like this? I was kind of in shock, I think, or I might have been able to tell her she had to stay and let me get her info. Is that unreasonable of me? Is there a more clear alternative to telling the person you're passing where you're passing them? Part of me thinks she's just an idiot who thought I was telling her to go left.
Gah... either way, thanks if you read this, because I feel like it's helping to get rid of the weird adrenaline/stunned feeling to type this out.