I have a short commute to work and back, only a few blocks (37th st.-N.Moore in Tribeca) I take 9th ave. pretty much all the way downtown until I get to Bethune st. then I take washington st. down...you get the picture.
9th ave at Bethune st. crosses over 8th ave. there are only two lanes that you can take to cross 8th ave and there is one lane that is right turn only. This right turn only lane, if you were to continue going straight, would take you straight into a median with huge flower pots.
Now that you (hopefully) get the idea, Ill get on with my story.
At this intersection there is a bus stop. This is a stop for one of those long, double length busses with an accordian-looking section in the middle holding it together. After the bus does their pick up, it (usually) goes into one of the lanes that crosses 8th ave. I was moving at my casual pace watching the bus merge onto the straight lane, so I decide to pass on the right hand side of the bus. As Im passing the 2nd section of the bus, I notice there is a work van illeagaly parked in the right turn only lane. I thought, "no big deal, Ill just go around it on the drivers side." As Im about to get to the rear bumper of the van, the bus suddenly starts to turns right. Im in trouble now. I can either get pinched between the bus and the van and possibly get run over, or I can take it, and run into the rear end of the van. I chose to hit the rear end of the van. I slammed into the back of it, and I bent my front wheel up pretty good. The frame looks to be ok, Im going to get everything looked at tomorrow.
I left the scene since nothing happend to the van. But while I was about five blocks south I thought that I should called the police to make a report since the van was parked (illeagaly) in the right turn only lane.
Should I have made a report? Or is it my own dumb fault for hitting a parked car?
(and yes, before you say it, I do have a brake)