A bunch of you already know my motto is "Ride like everyone's trying to kill you, but don't take it personally." Today, it kept me from being in far worse shape as I started my day by literally being hit by that proverbial bus.
Circumstances: I'm moving up a hill in a clearly marked bike lane running a HotShot on the rear and daytime strobe on front in broad daylight. I notice a bus closing in fast coming in my mirror and expect it to go to a stop 50 yards ahead of me. Even though it's still at least 30 yards behind me, it's moving in such a way it looks like it's going to take me out. I debate going immediately for the curb but prefer not to be forced off the road so I drift left to encourage it to hold its lane until it clears me.
Right as it starts to pass, it turns sharply into me giving me literally no space -- I couldn't just hit the brakes and go far right. I had the presence of mind to slam my fist into the side before the bus made contact about 5 feet behind the front door and I went over the curb. I went to talk to the driver. The poor woman looked like she was about to have a heart attack and practically burst into tears. She had just spaced, was very concerned I was OK, and wanted me to get checked out. But I was fine and so was the bike. No harm, no foul. I told her I just wanted to be sure she was aware she made a mistake. I doubt she'll make that mistake again
She thanked me profusely for being understanding. Frankly, I wasn't upset in the least -- shti happens. But I'm glad I was watching. I could have prevented contact completely by bailing as soon as I noticed the bus on an unfavorable trajectory since that's a sign you weren't noticed. But I'm pretty aggressive and I had a plan B which I wound up executing so I wasn't concerned for my safety. But I was thinking today would have been a bad day to not be aware of what was behind and get taken by surprise. Never trust others with your safety.