So it happened.
Something I've been worrying about for weeks.
Since the weather turned and all the newbies came out to play.
I was hit by another bike.
I was riding along the Charles River bike path, crossing Mass Ave. The pedestrian signal had just changed from walk to flashing orange, and there were probably 20 people (bikes and peds) in the crosswalk, and I know that light has a long warning cycle, so I proceeded at a measured pace into the crosswalk. Wham!
A woman travelling along the stopped cars over the Mass Ave bridge ran the red light. I don't know if she was just planning on creaming any pedestrian who happened to be in the crosswalk. I suspect she didn't think that far ahead.
Fortunately she had almost stopped, and I was almost out of her path, so she just clipped my rear wheel. Still. It could have been so much worse. What if she'd hit a baby carriage?
I yelled at the top of my lungs, (and believe me, for a 5'6" 140 pound gal, I got a set of lungs).
"What the HELL are you doing?!" You have a RED LIGHT!! There are PEDESTRIANS Crossing!"
She said "sorry, so sorry" and rode off.
Still at the top of my lungs ( and believe me about 100 people within a 100 yard range heard me)
"Bad enough to have to worry about getting hit by a car, but to have to worry about getting hit by a bicycle?"
I really hope she was shamed and will think twice.
Because it could have been so much worse.