Was heading South in the Bike Lane of a 3 lane one way street. The bike lane is on the left side of the road. It was rainy and I'm guessing I was doing around 20 mph.
Jeep Cherokee turns left right in front of me. I slam on the brakes and turn left too but quickly realize an impact is not going to be avoided. Not knowing what else to do, I throw the jeep a stiff arm and probably kick it with my right foot.
Surprisingly, I was still on the bike when we both stop moving. I roll over to the curb to check everything out. Not a scratch on me or the bike. Front wheel still true. Lucky, Lucky, Lucky.
The driver felt bad and ended up with a crease in his drivers door as a reminder to be more careful. Whether the dent was caused by the aero/handle bars or the stiff arm, I'm not sure.
As much as I'd like to completely fault the driver, I wonder if I was as alert as I should have been, -if I should have a newer bike with better brakes or if I should have been going slower given the conditions. Most of all I question the wisdom of bike lanes where automobiles regularly make left hand turns across them, not used to looking behind them to see if a bike is coming.
Just a little wake up call for me I guess.