Going home after work last night in Manhattan, I was headed downtown on Broadway (one way traffic, 3 or 4 lanes, depending on where you are).
I had stopped to wait for a red light at 34th. There is a bike lane that disappears heading into a traffic triangle on the south side. This side of the street also features a pedestrian island that's constantly packed with people.
The light turned green and the traffic cop stationed there waved the traffic ahead & the pedestrians to stop. I passed the traffic island about a foot away from the curb. There was a car on my right, and 2 other bikers right behind me.
Just as I passed the island, I feel something on the left. It's a guy trying to cross INTO traffic and through me. I couldn't move right because a cab was right next to me. I also had the other bikes behind me. This all happened in a split second. The guy stepped into me with such force I had to lean to the left to keep from falling over and under a cab.
In the process, the left end of my bars got some part of this guy. I half-turned back to see if there was somebody down in the street, but the guy was followed into traffic by about 10 other death-defying people. Amazingly, no one got hit.
I finally able to stop about 100 ft away & looked back. I scanned the crowd of people, but didn't see anyone standing with a look of pain or looking around.
After a moment, I realized my left arm was throbbing & red. I don't know if this guy had a briefcase or what, but something hard had hit me.
I waited there for another minute, somewhat dazed & then headed home.
Thinking about it, I definitely thought this guy was at fault. He was crossing against the light, not looking, putting me & himself in danger.
But I also thought I should have ridden back to see if he was ok. But I'm not sure we could have had a civil conversation, but it might have been the right thing to do.