Dude (or Ma'am) - I'm sooooo sorry. That was completely my fault.
Killingsworth doesn't have a bike lane where it intersects with Interstate, and there's usually very little traffic that early in the morning, so I typically run the red light to cross the street instead of waiting a few minutes at a dead intersection for the light to turn. I thought I took a good look before I started pedaling, but obviously I didn't see your car coming.
Thank you for slamming on your brakes to avoid hitting me, even though you had the right of way and I didn't.
I apologize if I alarmed you by dramatically crashing my bike to the ground. You see, I'm kind of a dumbass, and I wasn't able to disengage the clip on my fancy biking shoe from my pedal when I stopped. Thus, gravity kicked in, and I was thrown to the ground in what likely appeared to be a very painful manner, although it only smarted a little. At the very least, I hope it gave you a chuckle.
I also hope my subsequent facial expressions and hand gestures directed at you successfully conveyed the messages that "I'm sorry! My fault! I'm OK, thanks! Please proceed!", instead of something much more hostile.
Finally, please don't allow this morning's event to color your opinion of Portland's bicyclists as a whole. I'm not a good representative, since I'm very new to this, and still familiarizing myself with many aspects of commuting by bike (including, apparently, rudimentary operational skills as well as acquiring some very basic street sense).
Guy on Yellow Bike
(x-posted to DP)