Scenario: New rider on L's. Been riding a few months, and had a classic SMIDSY that I've only read so much about. Techniques Applied: A swerve and some gestures and utterances of disbelief. Location: Where Chandler Street intersects with Benjamin Way. Weather: Night time - weather was fine. Description: I was cruising down Benjamin Way (well within limit) on relatively empty roads around 8:30 last night. Right lane, right wheel track. As I was passing the taxi rank, on my way to ultimately turn right at the intersection with Emu Bank, a guy pulls out on me where Chandler Street intersects with Benjamin Way. First thing that happened, even without me thinking about it, was to apply some pressure on the breaks. Interestingly, I didn't slam them on as what I thought my instinctual reaction would be. I soon realized that if I kept straight and attempted to simply brake in a straight line I would simply not make it - and end up as a hood ornament. I abandoned breaking very quickly (I had barely washed off any speed) and swerved instead. Luckily there were no cars in the left lane otherwise I would have bounced off of a couple of cars. Anyway, my brain/body was on autopilot/self-preservation mode at this point. I managed to swerve without incident and be on my merry way, but not before I slowed down and waited for this guy to pass me so I could at least look him in the eye and shake my head and point to eyes/brain. He took his time though and probably wanted me to be long gone before having to face that. Luckily the lights at Emu Bank were in my favor and I could wait for him to pass (he was headed left, while I was going right). Once he got close enough I able to act out my displeasure. He, in turn, looked apologetic and kept giving my the 'time-out' signal - which I was unsure how to interpret. Cause of incident: Him. But I could have done a few things once I saw the possible SMIDSY. In that case, I could have moved to the left wheel track, or lane, to give myself some room, and it meant the swerve would have been a lot less dramatic. Or perhaps done a little weave within my lane to make myself more visible. The biggest thing was probably assuming that "It'll be alright" and proceeding to ride into what could have been, and evidently was, a dangerous situation. Lessons Learned or Re-affirmed: Don't make assumptions about traffic, and that practicing swerves helps, because it really got me used to the feeling of snapping the weight of the bike to the left or right quite dramatically, and to feel comfortable when doing that.