Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I asked if her car was okay because I knew my brake lever had scraped her car. She shut the rear door and then I saw a VERY LONG scrape along the car....ACK! Oh no! I felt bad, and I told her I had tried to stop in time. She said it was okay, that it wasn't a new car, and it wasn't a problem. I told her that I hoped she could get it buffed out alright. She didn't seemed too concerned, but I still felt bad for the damage. (The picture shown here is not her car - just a photo I found on the internet to represent a scrape).
I know there is the possibility of something like this happening when you ride between parked cars and moving cars - - or of car doors opening unexpectedly. I guess I could avoid this type of thing happening if I just waited behind the line of cars. The chances of an empty parking spot and a passing car coming along to park there at the same time you are passing, doesn't happen often. There's usually enough room for me to pass slowly. When I see that the passageway is REALLY tight, I get on the sidewalk and ride to the light, and get back into the lane (that's, of course, if the sidewalk isn't crowded at that area. In this instance, the area may only have one or two pedestrians). This area doesn't have bike lanes, but having bike lanes doesn't stop drivers from crossing it to get a parking spot.
What would you have done in this instance?