I was on my way home from a 20(ish) mile ride today, with a game of disc golf at the midpoint. I was a little on the fatigued side, due to a lingering chest cold and whatnot. As i was cruising by a shopping center on a busy street (with a bike lane, which i was in), a car just HAD to get to the grocery store RIGHT NOW a pulled out from behind me and cut right in front. Despite my effort to not hit the car, I still ate it. I happened to fall right in front of a bus stop, with the bus following politely right behind me. Everyone at the bus stop came over and made sure I was ok, which was awesome. Even the bus driver got out of the bus and offered the use of his first aid kit. I'm not injured and only have some minor road rash. All in all, i've taken a number of spills in my time, and have managed to not get seriously hurt or maimed, for which i am grateful.
This is not a specific 'clyde' issue, but i feel it's an issue that all cyclists deal with. How do y'all deal with a**hat drivers showing such blatant lack of care for someone on a bicycle? I know it's part of the gig, but sometimes I wish there was something I could do, which in the heat of the moment is usually best left undone. As i said, i'm very thankful for my lack of serious injury, but i know it's coming eventually. That's not gonna stop me, but I hope the jerk who's driving the car that does it pays until he's living in a box under the bridge.