Okay, so I just put my bike on a bus bike rack and settled into my seat. Not 5 minutes later the driver hits the brakes *hard*. A cager turned in front of the bus " a little" too late.
The rack was able to hold 3 bikes and mine was the only one on it, so I placed it in the inner rack. The front of the car totally demolished the middle and outer racks. The part of the rack that nestles around the rear bike tire was not hit head-on, but sideswiped. It ended up on the passenger side door-that half-inch piece of metal being the only thing separating my beloved Peugeot from a 3,000 pound hunk of menacing metal.
I hope I explained that clearly.
I removed my commuter from what was left of the rack, did a quick inspection, turned on my lights and hauled you-know-what!