As some of the brisbane gang know, I was doored by a car on the weekend. I would be interested to hear the if anyone else has had this happen to them.
To get the most important questions out of the way first.
The bike is fine. Ripped bar tape on the left hand side and a big scratch down the side of my (almost brand new) bullhorns (grrrrrr).
I am fine too. Big bruise on shoulder/arm and 3 stitches from a fairly deep cut on the arm.
Ok, what happend? Well it is pretty predictible really.
I was riding down the street near my house. It has a full two lanes, one of which is for traffic and the other is bike lane with car parking spaces. It is a farily wide one and not anywhere near as dangerous as most of these type of shared use bike lanes. I was right on the edge of the lane where I usually ride giving what I thought was safe distance (1+meter) to the parked cars.
In a moment of perfect timing a door opened wide and the next thing I knew I was on the ground, in the middle of the traffic lane! I was very lucky that there was no oncomming traffic. I extraced myself from the bike and moved quickly to the side of the rode.
This is where it all got a bit wierd and surreal. I sort of expected the driver to sort of ask if I was ok but what I got can be paraphrased by “look what you did to my door”, “this is all your fault”, “what were you doing riding that close to my car” and “you better give me your details so I can send you a bill”. I responded with few well placed and very loud expetitives, pointed it out that it was a bike lane and that he had a responsibiltiy to look before opening a door into traffic. I was then forcibly told that it was not a bike lane (it is) and that it is again my fault. I suggested politly (actual very impolitely, but this is a family site:) ) that he call the police if he wanted to assign blame (ha ha ha), which he did.
At this point I had a bit of a sit down and noticed that I was starting to bleed quite a bit from underneath the sleave of my shirt. A couple of guys from “bicycle revolution” and “useful garbage” (big thanks) came over attracted by our ranting at each other and looked after me while the shock of the whole thing set in. The gave me water, a bandage to apply the gash on my arm and kept me company till the police and ambulance arrived. They also offered to look after my bike for me while I took a trip to the local hospital.
Anyway from what I can piece together I was doing about 25-30km/h and my front wheel missed the door (another 5-10cm and I would of missed it too). The outside of the bullhorn scraped down the door but I took most of the impact on my left arm/shoulder. I bent the door of the car back enough that it would no longer close, and managed to shed enough forward speed that I just sort of fell into the road about level with the front of the car.
At the end of the day I was about as lucky and uninjured as you could possibly be given the situation. I almost feel ashamed to write this much about it given what happend to nath recently (get well dude). I have written way too much on this so I will shut up now.
I am interested to hear if anyone else has had this happen to them and how they and their bikes came out of it.
Ride safe everyone.