Last night I picked up my mail at the mailbox at the end of our street. There’s a park and a school there and now that it’s spring the parks are full of softball, t-ball, and boot camp people. I pulled up behind a silver Camry or Corolla and parked. I definitely left enough room for buddy to reverse and pull out; although there wasn’t a car parked in front of him, so he shouldn’t have needed to back up. His car was running and he was listening to the local sports radio talk show. I know he saw me, because we made eye contact as I walked beside his car.
I got my mail and was sitting on my bike pulling on my gloves with the side-stand up. Dude reverses without checking behind him and comes within a whisker of hitting me; so close that he pressed my textile pants into my leg. I honked and yelled and he jammed on the brakes. I guess I flinched in anticipation and I lost my balance and tipped over my bike. Jerkface pulled a u-turn fo he was facing in front of me on the other side of the street. We made eye contact as I was splayed out on the sidewalk with my bike laying on my leg.
Then the coward took off.
Luckily a couple of the Dads watching their kids play t-ball came to help me pick up my bike, and one of the Moms came to make sure I was okay and shared stories of her husband’s exploits on his Harley. She was very sweet and the guys were really nice. They wanted to dive me home, but as I was literally eight houses away from home I declined. One of the guys offered to push my bike home for me, but I insisted I was okay to ride. If I can hop back on to a dirtbike after flying through the air, landing on my head and coming away with a concussion I knew I was okay to make it home from this.
I’m not hurt beyond a sore leg, and my bike is fine too. What really gets me is that he saw me fall and he took off. Plus, it’s a park & school zone; what if he had hit a kid, or a dog, or someone walking behind him? A cyclist? A skateboarder? (Or me, for fuck’s sake!?) What kind of clueless asshole reverses without checking
when there are people around ever?