This morning I was riding behind another biker in the bike lane going up Broadway towards PSU. Parked cars to the right of us, moving traffic to the left. In front of the Banana Republic building, a minivan pulled up next to the bike lane, no turn signal, and the passenger quickly threw open her car door on the bike in front of me. The bike hit the door and hit the pavement, so did the rider. I stopped quickly so I wouldn't hit the door as well. The woman getting out of the car immediately started to yell about how we should look where we're going, how we should've seen her and expected cars to be stopping there and unloading passengers. She was really pissed. So pissed, in fact that she didn't even bother to ask if the biker was hurt! Still yelling insults, she walked into her building and told her driver to pull away. I couldn't help yelling "f**k you" at her back. We got the driver's insurance info, despite his protestations of "You should've been looking" and "Well, you know, pedestrians have to look where they're going too" Duh, buddy, and if you hit a pedestrian in your car, you're in deep doo doo!
My question is: It's the driver's fault, right? I mean, yes, everyone out there in the streets should be walking, biking and driving defensively.... But, as far as car insurance goes, if this biker got injured, he'd have to pay up, wouldn't he?
So much for a car-free commute!