Just a public service reminder. Last night the girlfriend and I were walking through a trendy district with a lot of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, and the like. It was pelting rain. We heard a loud noise, looked over, and saw (1) a hipster laying sideways on the hood of somebody's car like a trophy deer, and (2) a fixie lying in the road. The cyclist kept saying "I'm OK" between groans, so, my GF called the police, who showed up in minutes. The driver kept saying "I just didn't see you."
Now, anyone who's driven at night, in the rain, knows how hard it is. This part of town has little parking and lots of pedestrians, so it's incredibly stressful to drive through, especially if you're going somewhere local. People tend to *** it too quickly when they think they see an opening. It's a recipe for disaster.
Anyway, the bike wasn't damaged, the rider seemed ok, and the car wasn't permanently damaged. But I commute through places like this regularly, and I just got a reminder not to let my guard down. Seems worth passing along: be safe out there!