Commuting 14:00  4.78 km (2:56 / km)
shoes: Dr Dew
Hit by a bus oops. On the way back from Kings, came downhill to the Mayfield road junction and the lights turned to green a few seconds before I got there so I was carrying more speed than the vehicles that had just set off. At this point the bike lane leaves the curb and swings out around a couple parking spaces before going back in before the lights. However, there were two white vans delivering stuff to Waitrose taking up the bike lane after it swung back in so I was forced to stay further out on the road, and I started breaking at this point. Before I could cross the junction a big double decker started to turn left, cutting off my path. Should have breaked/swerved more quickly here but the rain and my poor brakes didn’t do the action justice. Ended up colliding about halfway along the bus at a pretty low speed, didn’t even get knocked down. No injuries as far as I can tell and the bike seems fine. Didn’t get a glance at the bus but I doubt it’s damaged, luckily the bus driven came out to check I was alright, assured him that I was fine and that it was entirely my fault which was what I thought at the time. Took a moment to calm down and cycled home fine.
In the moment, I completely thought it was my fault because I was traveling too fast and the bus was doing a completely legitimate, indicated and predictable movement. However, I was also wearing bright stuff and this is a classic bike collision that maybe we both should have anticipated. Also, the delivery vans taking up the bike lane when there’s a nice quiet road just around the corner didn’t help. Glad no damage came from it although I did collide my knee with the bus but again at very slow speeds. Another few metres and I doubt I would still have been moving.