Had an interesting encounter tonight with a car that might serve as a reminder to the newer riders to be extra vigilant when in traffic. Going down Fitzroy St to meet my beautiful date I was approaching the intersection which has a right hand turn lane and a straight ahead lane. I was in the right hand lane some distance before it is marked as a turning lane. The traffic lights for straight lane ahead are green and the car in the left lane is dithering about turning left or nabbing a parking spot. I was always intending to go straight ahead and to filter into the LH lane closer to the junction. Due to the ditherer, the LH lane is completely free so I move into it and lightly accelerate into the intersection (it's a 40kmh zone). As I draw level with an Astra he decides he no longer wants to wait for the RH turn light to go green and moves swiftly into my lane. I was not expecting this. A push on the left bar sees me veer sharply to my left and grab for the front brake. After a little skid and a left food down to steady the bike I am level with the car and stopped. He is extremely apologetic and we get on with our lives. Why am I retelling this? Well, it'd be easy to lay the blame on the car driver and think I did nothing wrong. Which would lose the opportunity to learn. 1.) I assumed the cars queuing would stay in their lane. 2.) The driver had looked and noticed the car that was to his left was no longer there. It was replaced with me, which he was not expecting. 3.) I countersteered. Good. I braked. Bad. If I had actually fallen off it would not have been from the collision, but from a front wheel lock up. Bad. The last point is open to debate, I really was to the guys left as he turned and I don't know that I would ever be able to train out of me the desire to brake, but in a perfect World I would have just countersteered around him. Ride safe, be vigilant and don't get complacent.