Well... decided to do a mini-commute this lunchtime to my parents' house to check the mail and that the house was still standing (vacation house-checking). Rode up William St, past all the bike couriers having their lunch break (cool bunch) on the corner of Bourke and William. And at the intersection with Little Bourke St a cement truck in the right lane when I was in the bike lane decided to indicate late and turn left without checking. So almost got left-hooked. Brakes to the rescue!
On the way back to work I was passing the Queen Vic Market car park on William and had another near-miss left hook from someone not checking the bike lane before turning across the clearly signed 'give-way to bike' lines. Pedal power to the rescue!
I was tossing up prior to going whether or not to take the camera. Glad I did.
And then I'd done the errand, dropped the bike back off at work and gone to the bank and a ute at the same corner as the cement truck did a quick right hand turn into Little Bourke Street and failed to give-way to all the pedestrians crossing (including me when I'm in the middle of the road). Got to love bad tradie-drivers.
And I've also realised that William Street's bike lane is crap - one second it is there, the next. BAM! Gone in a flash of broken line into the gutter.
My imagination is telling me that drivers who are driving during the middle of the day are worse at being cyclist aware (or even just aware full-stop) than drivers during peak hour.