On my way to school this morning, I was almost right-hooked by a motorist who was presumably in a hurry. The speed limit was 25 and I'd be surprised if I was going any slower than 23. I was in the bike lane when this girl came from right behind me (like most cars do) and turned right all of a sudden. I can't remember clearly, but I think I saw her blinker and so jammed on my brakes. I was able to avoid running into her.
Since I had a bit of time before I needed to teach, I followed the car into the parking lot (against the advice of law enforcement and some bloggers). I finally got her to stop and roll down her window. I asked her how valuable her time was. She was nearly in tears. She said that she saw me after the turn and felt terrible and she was convincing. I told her that she only saved about 3 seconds by passing me and making the turn and that I could have been seriously hurt. At that point I think she might have shed a tear. I told her that everything's fine...I'm not hurt, she's ok, but to please please watch out for cyclists. Not everyone rides as aware as I do. And I thanked her for using her blinker (if that really did happen).
I can only hope that she changes her habits and tells her friends to watch out for cyclists too.