You'd think that riding along the road next to Paya Lebar MRT station, the most dangerous things a bicyclist will face are buses.
But the buses are actually quite careful around cyclists like me. And I don't squeeze between buses and their bus stops either.
No, the most dangerous kind of vehicle near Paya Lebar MRT station are cars pulling in near the bus stop and dropping off passengers.
In my case it was a mother driving a black MPV dropping off her kid.
Number 1: You are NOT supposed to drop people off so near a bus stop. Especially a bus stop without a bus bay.
Number 2: Teach your child to LOOK before opening the left door. Or any door of the car, for that matter.
Good thing I was alert, or I would have ridden into the opening door. But because I had to jam my brakes, I flew over my handlebars and onto the road.
The son apologised profusely and the lady did ask a few times if I was ok and even asked how I would like to settle this. I was in too much of a daze to say anything beyond "Be careful next time you open the door!"
I cleaned up with some wet tissue and rode back to the office.
After I got in to the office, the adrenaline that numbed a little of the pain was gone and I started to feel the full extent of the cuts and road rash. Surveying the damage, I found:
1. Road rash on my palms.
2. Scraped knee (saved by my denim bermudas but the shorts now has blood and holes Good thing it is thick and covers my knees).
3. Sprained right shoulder and sprained left knee.
4. Saddle burn on my right inner thigh (this happened when my right inner thigh hit against the bicycle saddle as I lurched forward from the emergency braking). This one REALLY hurt. I am walking funny now.
5. And most painful of all, my bicycle fork seems to be out of alignment.
I'm going to go out and see if Uncle can straighten my ride. Then it's off to the pharmacy to get a big bandage for that saddle burn in the thigh.
People, please please please, LOOK before you open the door. We cyclists are out there on the road with you too.