So there I was, cycling to work via the Northbourne Ave bike lane, feeling pumped up by this slightly warmer weather…
Then, as I approached the old NRMA building I had to make one of the decisions I have to make several times in any trip – has the car waiting to turn left into the driveway seen me or not? Today they hadn’t. They turned at the worst possible moment, I got collected and fell hard. Slight damage to the bike, grazes to my hands, elbows and knees – but could have been a lot worse. Driver and passenger hopped out and were very apologetic, offered to pay for the damage to the bike etc.
Before I’m swamped with comments saying I got what every cyclist deserves etc – I do accept my share of responsibility. I don’t expect for the bike damage to be paid for because I accept that using bike lanes comes with increased risk, which I’ve made the decision to take. Can’t say how I’d feel if I was badly hurt – but for now I think it was going to happen sooner or later and I’ll have to re-evaluate whether I keep using the bike lanes or snake through the suburbs on the path. I have been cycling to work for 13 years, including using the Northbourne bike lanes ever since they opened, and this is the first incident I’ve had. So I’ll take those odds.
Bring on the warmer weather and happy cycling!