OK, first, I was well within the law by using the road and not the sidewalk. In fact, even the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization recommends that bicycles not use sidewalks (top of page 8) except for the very young due to safety concerns. Second, I would have needed to cross over the right turn lane anyway in order to cross the intersection (since I wasn't turning). But the third thing I have to mention was the ironic part. The lady in question had a bumper sticker on her car that said "Coexist."
Hmm. I somehow think she wasn't really all that sincere about that, was she?
I want to take some space for a call-out or two. First is for Steve, who runs my local bike shop. He was involved in a crash yesterday morning during a group training ride (apparently a chain came off of a bike in front of him and got into his front wheel). I saw him briefly after he got back from getting checked out at the hospital, so at least I know he's going to be OK. Second is for Ben, the boyfriend of one of my sisters-in-law in Charleston, SC. He was hit by a car while riding. He was roughed up pretty badly, with facial lacerations, broken facial bones and clavicle, and I don't know what else, but he was at least able to get mostly clear after the impact. The car that hit him kept going, dragging his bike for 4 blocks. They pulled into a grocery store parking lot, disengaged the bike, and drove off leaving the bike there. I haven't heard enough about the event yet to know if the witness(es) were able to give a clear description to the police, but I sure hope so. The worst thing is that Ben doesn't have health insurance right now. I'm just glad it wasn't any worse than that.