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Well I have worried about this moment for a while and recently taken steps to try and mitigate it happening, however yesterday afternoon I was hit by a car whilst taking my long way home.
Don't worry the bikes OK....Oh, and yes I'm OK too, although a little pee'ed off and kinda shocked by the whole thing.
I was riding down Grand Junction Rd. I was in Otterway/Rosewater and there is a Foodland opposite the Otterway Girls and Boys club. I know the area well as I grew up in Rosewater and this was my stomping ground as a kid.
Just passing the Foodland when a lady in a blue Commodore (you know who you are) remembered that she needed last minute groceries and pulled into the carpark, without indicating, just as she drove past me.
Not really sure of how I got away with this, but I think I had my fingers on the brakes and must have been decelerating as I turned to try and miss her. This meant I basically slammed into her car on an angle and kinda bounced off with my arm, elbow and pedal.
I slid down the side of the car and struggled to get out of the pedals as I was heading to the ground. She slowed, looked back, I saw her mouth "Oh Sh$t", then sped as fast as she could though the car park and away.
I wasn't sure how damaged me or the bike was but the first thing that came into my head was to follow and get details...Which I did. The coward drove off.
I got off. Assessed the body and bike and couldn't believe all was OK (other than a really sore elbow). Adrenalin pumping I made a note of the details in my phone and pushed on.
I've ummed and arred about whether to report to police. Nothing damaged other than her car (I would imagine) so figured they wouldn't give two hoots.
Funny thing about Adelaide Cyclist...The next thing I thought about....Adrenaline pumping, elbow throbbing, when can I blog about this....
Something came to me as I cycled off down Grand Junction to Military Rd......When I was about 13 I got my first 10 speed bike. I loved this bike as I could go a lot faster than my BMX.
One day whilst riding to a friends place I was hit by a car and flung onto the road and the bike went under the car and was mashed. I was pretty shaken up, the bike was mush but the driver had the decency to take me home and explain to my dad............It was in exactly the same spot I got hit last night! Driveway going into/out of Foodland at Otterway.
not sure what that means....But its freakin me out.