The King of Town
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Richmond, VA
Bikes: Haro Backtrail 20" (MISSING), Fuji Berkeley fixie, Huffy cruisercommuterdeathmobile
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It seems like I've had a rather high number of run-ins with cars lately.
The other day I was riding on my fix. As I passed a left-turning car on the right with more than ample room, the car behind that one got tired of waiting, went around, and inadvertently shoved me (physically) into the curb. Amazingly, as my pedals were whacking the curb, I managed to stay upright. The guy gave a big "sorry" wave when he realized; I saw it as a mistake and decided not to bother with it, besides giving an angry stare.
Tonight I was riding my girl's bike and pulling my rain bike beside me. As I was turning left into the road (already in the middle of the street), a pickup truck pulled out from a parking lot across the road and started heading straight for me. I yelled and braked, but we collided head-on. I started pitching a fit, and we got into an argument with him telling me to get out of the road and me telling him that I was allowed to be in the road and was there first. I went to look at his license plate (VA - RATTSRD), and he drove off as I screamed the number. Luckily there was no bodily or mechanical damage. I thought about doing something about this one, but I didn't have a light (feel stupid!), and I'm not hurt, so I don't see much of a point.
This comes directly after my girlfriend destroyed my other bike (coaster brake cruiser/city bike) after nearly getting hit by a car.