Third commute on my brand new Surly LHT this morning. Beautiful day. I'm pedaling along down a fairly low traffic boulevard, totally enjoying myself, going through an intersection with a gas station on the right. I had a SUV on my left rear. As I approached the gas station this lady in a white Mercedes pulls up, stops at the sidewalk, looks to her left, makes eye contact, looks right, then pulls out and stops and blocks both south lanes and waits for a north bound car to clear!
The SUV and I both do emergency stops. I being in the right lane where there was some sand build up, I ended up sliding the front and rear wheels and went down on my left side.
As I'm laying there with the bike the lady waits for the oncoming car and drives off. The guy in the SUV gets out to ask if I'm OK. After getting unclipped, untangled and getting up I decided I probably was OK. A little scraped up on the left elbow, forearm and side of knee and calf, but nothing serious but I'm kind of sore now.
More important the bike is OK. The only things that touched the road were me, the end of the left pedal and pannier.
I can't believe that the idiot didn't see me or the SUV right beside me. I had my light on and flashing, wear a HiVis jersey and was in the right wheel line of the right lane. She looked right at me and then pulled out.
Neither the SUV guy or I got her license so there's nothing we can do, but for crying out loud, it was a brand new bike!!!
When I ride through that area I'll be watching for that car and driver. If I see her and can catch up with her I would really like to talk with her. It won't do any good, but
IT WAS A BRAND NEW BIKE!!!!!
OK vent over.