Yesterday while out for my daily ride a car came from behind me and took a right hand turn, cutting me off. There was absolutely no time to react so I rammed him at 17mph tumbling onto the trunk of his car and then to the ground. In that instance I saw my life pass before me. I ended up with a swollen knee and some road rash and couldn't believe how lucky I was not to have been hurt badly. The driver of the car had no concern for me but rather the extensive crease in the rear fender of his Honda and proceeded to make a claim to the police that it was my fault. The police also kept repeating that I hit him and should have been on the parallel bicycle path and not the road. The road is used extensively by bicyclists since the path is littered with glass. There are no posted signs prohibiting bicycles on the road. Their attitude changed when a witness to the accident stepped forward.
The location of the accident is almost the same place that I fell a couple of months ago when I hit a deep pothole I didn't see while trying to avoid another car coming from the opposite direction turning into the same beach entry. My road rash was more serious with that one. The pothole is still there.
Most drivers in Puerto Rico are courteous and respect bicycles but like everywhere else there are crazies. When you take daily rides as I do the odds are stacked that sooner or later something is bound to happen. Unfortunately, because of this latest episode, I've considered giving up this daily ride. It will take me a while to get over it and am not sure I can ever regain my confidence. It was scary but I was lucky.
My steel framed single speed survived unscathed.