I was driving my car (I know, really bad to some of you) home from work a couple days ago. I stop at a red light in a right hand turn lane. Light turns green I make my right hand turn. Suddenly I hear this loud clunk, scares the crap out of me and I look around. I see this guy on his bicycle that just threw something at my car. At first I felt bad that I just cut in front of this guy and somehow didn't see him. Next I though what an a$$ for throwing something at my car, if he yelled I would have apologized for not seeing him. Now that I think more about it I should have stopped and kicked his a$$ for throwing something at my car. I now realize that he was riding on the sidewalk and across the crosswalk the wrong direction (on his left). When I look on the sidewalk I am looking for slow pedestrians, not somebody on a bicycle coming the wrong direction that will be to my car the instant the light turns. Then I think even more about it and realize that he really went quite far out of his way to throw that object at my car. He was at least 30 feet out of the crosswalk when it hit me. I remember in grade school they taught that if you are riding on the sidewalk you are supposed to walk your bike across the street, is that still the case?
What do you guys think, should I have backed up and run him over or should I look at my new dent as a lesson learned?
BTW, I do ride my bicycle to work occasionally. Some sidewalk, mostly street, but always the right side of the road.