I started commuting again to work. It is an 8 mile ride one-way. The first four miles are out of town on a busy two lane highway with good shoulders and turn lanes for the traffic. It then goes to four lanes with out any shoulder for a mile. Speed limit on the highway is 55 mph. I can then choose to follow a MUP for about 3 miles and finish the last mile on a two laned road with a turn lane and no shoulder with a speed limit of 45 mph or I can take another route of 1 mile MUP then suburb streets that end up where I work. The streets have bike lanes in them which also double for parking on the streets.
I was riding up a bike lane today on one of those streets and a pickup was parked in the bike lane with its blinker on and I could see the driver talking to the passenger. I went around them and got back into the bike lane and they came back around me and hit me as they made a right turn. I didn't get pulled under the truck and was not hurt. I was hitting the side of the truck yelling at them as they turned and the passenger saw me and started yelling at the driver to stop. I only bent my bar-end shifter and my brake lever. They weren't really bent, they were just turned on my handle bars. My stem was turned a little. I got off and straighten it all out and rode the remaining 7 miles home.
I have to admit I'm a little boogered. I had an RV go by me last week with all of the doors on the side of the rig along the bottom on the right side opened. They stuck out a good 18 inches. The old farts had left their stairs open too and they stuck out a little further. You cannot be too careful. I think if you are out and visible on the road lanes where you force people to get around you, you may actually be safer than in a bike lane or on the shoulder.
I'll try and keep my courage up and try again tomorrow.