When you get out of your car check your mirrors for cyclists before opening the door. Today I was taught a lesson as to why separated cycle ways are better than sharing the road.
While cycling home through Bardwell Valley along a marked cycle way (the type that are also used by people to park their cars) a driver’s door was opened into my path. I don’t remember being close to the car – my left handle bar and left arm hit the door. Well I’m guessing that from the rip on my shirt sleeve and the decent bruise on my arm. I don’t recall leaving the bike, but I do remember hitting the ground. More than once. I somehow managed to roll towards the gutter, finishing up in front of the car that brought me down.
My first thought was that the bounce and roll was a little over the top. Like I could have been more graceful on landing.
Thankfully I only have a some scratches on my left leg, some small scratches on my hands and an almighty lump on my left arm. A good advertisement for GT too – the only things wrong with the bike appear to be the handles bar out of alignment, the chain coming off and a wheel reflector broke.
I don’t want to experience that again any time soon. So please check you mirrors.