DavidC wrote:Saw a rider down just ahead of me on Collins St this evening - I'd been on his wheel a moment before, stopped before Elizabeth to swap out flat rear light, he went through and from what I saw when I got there only a minute later, most likely got doored by a taxi in the taxi rank there
When I got there there was already a crowd around, he seemed conscious, and cabbie said ambulance on the way.
Nothing I could do to help, so kept going.
Geez, I'm really starting to hate the run down Collins, though ... has me on edge the whole way - I usually ride on the traffic-side white line of the bike lane, because I've had enough near-misses myself. Unfortunately, Flinders is even slower because of the traffic, Bourke doesn't go all the way through ... might try Lonsdale/Latrobe, but that's starting to take me out of my way (home is straight East).
Which part of Collins? And what time?
I also pretty much ride on the vehicle side of the line, although not when I'm going up the hill as I'm only doing 15kph and the cars are all banked up in the lane - to me that dotted line is the door-opening line and shows how far out a door will open (ie. all the way). One time on Collins near Spring I was riding in the vehicle lane and just as I went past a purple coloured car the driver flung the door open. Now, if I'd been a good little cyclist and been riding on the left of the dotted line (or even on the dotted line) I would have been well and truly doorified. As it was I didn't even have to change my line as I was already far enough out and just shook my head at what could have been.
I also wish they'd fix up Collins St. It is quite dangerous.
Summer weather today. Nice morning for a jog along the Yarra Boulevard in Kew. Saw the CCF ponies and everyone jogging, walking, cycling etc. seemed fairly happy. Didn't feel as tired in the muscles as I usually do on a Friday - probably due to the day off on Monday. Still getting the odd nauseated feeling. The partner is also sick. I'm not sure who gave it to whom as he took a day off last Friday and I took one off on Monday and then he left work early on Wednesday due to feeling like crap. Maybe it is bouncing backwards and forwards between us, becoming a super duper bug!