18. Februar, 11:18 Uhr
Looking for some advice from Aussie friends.
As the title says, today I got doored while riding home from the office. A filthy cager decided to stop and let her partner out the passenger door without pulling over so the guy just opened it directly into the bike lane whilst the car was just stopped in the middle of the road holding up traffic, the only thing that stopped me from getting totally destroyed was the fact I saw her slowing down for no reason on a busy street which set off the 'shitting bricks alarm, that I've been fine tuning the last decade', unfortunately this happened at the bottom of a nice downhill section so I couldn't stop in time. William Street in Sydney for those that know [https://goo.gl/maps/VbHJ7L6VE6U2](https://goo.gl/maps/VbHJ7L6VE6U2), the blue bike between the two cars is where I got hit.
Now the dude that ripped the door on me came over to check if I was okay, things weren't too bad, couple of skin rashes and a decent gouge in my leg from what I suspect was his door, but otherwise I'm good if not a little bit mad. After the crash I held it together pretty well. Told him I understood it was a mistake and that it happens but he needed to get off the road with me so I could get his details incase the bike was damaged, he'd have to pay for the fixes etc.., he's yabbering away that he's a cyclist too and that he saw me coming?? (wtf right, please don't door me then?), so I go to pick up my bike and move it to somewhere I can rest it and just as I turn to engage with him once more, he's bolting it to the car, where he jumps in and speeds off.
Now I was somewhat wary and wrote down the number plate as it was driving away, but I'm not sure I got it 100%, I know that there is software the cops and insurance companies employ to look up plates and vehicles matching mostly correct descriptions but I also know that the Australian population view cyclists as a wheel-born plague that should be punished for it's pestilence upon their boiling asphalt carriageways.
Anyway I have a good description of the car, but not the make (think it was a Mazda SUV) and what I'm 90% certain is the number plate. Aussie friends is this worth pursuing?
As always the take away from this is as follows:
* Should have had my camera on me
* 3 other cyclists stopped but I didn't get anyone's contact details as third party witnesses. Always ask around to get witness reports.
* If you aren't severely hurt and can look around, get the number plate.
* Pay attention to your surroundings, this could have been seriously nasty if I hadn't seen the car slowing down for no reason.
Edit: Reporting to police this morning, even if nothing comes of it, hopefully the mounting evidence of issues with cycle safety in this country forces some change.