the other morning i was headed north up cambie to work. at 12th ave, traffic was backed up in the centre lane, so i moved on forward in the curb lane. just about as i cleared the intersection, the woman in the corolla at the back of the centre lane decided she was gonna get caught by the light and moved from a stop into the curb lane. i was hardly moving myself, and she more or less just drove into me as i came along side her, knocking my bike down and spilling me onto the road.
i picked myself up - uninjured - waved my arms and called out at her a couple times as she got out of her car - VERY apologetic - then calmed down, picked the bike up, and looked it over. there was essentially no speed involved, and not surprisingly the bike was virtually undamaged, 'cept the right handguard was broken. we exchanged details politely, i told her i was fine with her replacing the guards, then (after i gave her the 'shoulder check' lecture - without rancour, i might add) off we both went.
we met the following morning and she paid the $72.10 (incl tax) the guards cost - in fact, it turned out she passed me $100 in the envelope she gave me - plus a box of chocolates to say 'sorry'. meanwhile, i learned she had checked her vehicle out when she got to work, and discovered damage to the front fender and a broken turn indicator. seems like when she knocked me down the frame slider caught the inside of the wheel well as the bike went down and sprung that, also breaking the turn indicator plastic. (there was dirt on the slider when i looked at it when i got home, and the bike had been recently washed.) the bill? $1500!
not often we bikers come out ahead in an accident with a car, but here's one time! now if we could just get them to SEE us...