Well, the results are in. Thanks for the input.
24 "yes" responses with a variety of outcomes. Incident dates ranged from 1972 to present but the majority were in the past three years - memory or increasing potential? Afternoon peak hour scored highest by a whisker but it's probably not a statisically significant variation.
First: the driver responses in no particular order.
- It was the taxi passenger's fault and they were incredibly apologetic (Infringement notice issued to passenger)
- apologetic - yelled "sorry about that!"
- The right hand of my handlebars hit the end of his door, and so the left was catapulted towards him. So, I think the resulting bruise from my arm was from its impact with his head. So, he was surprised. And apologetic. And I think the next day, rather sore
- Shocked, but then told me to "look where I was going". Note there was a cycle lane at the location of the accident.
- Wanted to get me to pay for his door! Confrontational, had no idea he could be at fault for such an offence
- Was doored from the passenger side of the vehicle. On Princes Bridge citybound. Both passenger and driver very remorseful and apolagetic.
- Indifferent. Blamed me
- Don't know. I was unconscious.
- It was a very minor, slow speed knock as I just had enough time to brake and almost stop. The driver blamed me for a) not staying clear of her door, despite being in a bike laneb) not being visible enough, she didn't "see" me, despite it being 3:30pm. I was wearing jeans and a tshirt, I had 3 flashing lights running, a fluro red pannier and several reflectors on my bike. I suggested maybe she didn't look
- Shocked. Apologetic
- Extremely apologetic - admitted he'd been answering an email in his car and just hadn't looked when he finally got out. As he'd been in it for a while I hadn't noticed it recently parking or having brake lights on.
Abused me, blamed me for being on the road. Indicated that I should look where I'm going. Completely ignorant of the law. I left.
- Tried to drive away (taxi). It was the passenger he was letting out in the middle of the road that got me. passenger just tried walked off too
- Apologised, said didn't see me
- Passenger opened door and alighted vehicle at the same time with his back to me. The passenger got quite a shock as my front wheel tapped the back of his leg as I came to a stop. My first comment to the passenger was "did you look?" to which he admitted he had not looked. He apologised and I told him to make sure he looks before opening doors
- Gave me $100 for split helmet and was apologetic.
- With surprise. It occurred in traffic where a car in a lane outside of me was stationery in the traffic and a passenger chose to alight as I was moving past on the left.
- it was actually the passenger that opened the door into the bike lane (car was in traffic) driver didn't seem to acknowledge his responsibility in the incident - however the ambulance callout bill went to him.
- It was a passenger exiting the vehicle, in stationary traffic (ie not parked). They were very apologetic.
- Claimed it was entirely my fault, refused to accept any liability, spiralled into a "he said, she said" argument with the driver claiming the door had been open for a long period of time and that I'd intentionally ridden into it seeking to have my bike written off for the purpose of getting a new one.
- Looked surprised.
- apologetic, then non-responsive to claims for damage of approx $400
- Screamed abuse at me, told me to get off the F*Ing road and watch where I was F*ing going.
And then the summary stats: (4% = 1 response from 24)Injuries
Major trauma 0% Damage
Destroyed 4% Police response
Did not attend 79%
Action against driver unknonwn 8%
No charges or infringement notice issued 4%
Infringement notice issued 8%
Charges - outcome unknown 0%
Charges - acquitted 0%
Charges - convicted 0% Time
Work day - pre-dawn 4%
Work day - morning peak 25%
Work day - between peaks 25%
Work day - afternoon peak 29%
Work day - after dark 4%
Weekend/holiday - daylight 13%Driver reaction
Understood responsibility 42%
Blamed cyclist 33%