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Apr. 12th, 2011

11:19 pm - Bike vs door

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Date:April 12th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Goodness gracious - I'm glad to hear you weren't badly hurt. I've had a few near-misses which just happened to be timed well. I'm surprised the Land Rover driver didn't give you details as you clearly had a supportive witness with you. Nice to know that for each door-opener there's a friendly bonnet, I suppose.

I tend to leave a good distance between myself and the edge of the road and parked cars but it's simply not always practical or possible. I'm still fairly surprised that in all my years of cycling I haven't been doored yet but with any luck, when it happens, there will be a Ford waiting for me, too :-)
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Date:April 12th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's weird, actually - the Land Rover driver didn't try to flee the scene or anything like that. The Ford driver took a photo of the scratch in his car (using his mobile phone), and while we were standing behind the Land Rover writing down the registration number, the LR driver asked whether there was anything he could do. We both said "If you're not willing to tell us your insurance details then no". I wonder whether he was driving without insurance, in which case the police will probably take an extra interest.
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