Good bike in this morning - up to a point. I left a little later than I like, but had good biking in - hit the lights right, got a good rhythm going, and made great time. Until just about to my building where I cross the light rail tracks. I was looking towards the crossing I would take next, watching for peds, light poles, the back of the light rail train and adjusting my angle toward a good open space - forgetting I was just crossing the tracks. Hit at considerably less than perpendicular, the track grabbed my tire, and I went down! Hard. With my foot stuck between the pedal and the tire. Fortunately, I mainly hit on the very narrow grass strip between the tracks and walkway. Fortunately, kind people were immediately there helping me. A nice man wearing a Cal Fire shirt got my foot free. A nice lady picked up my scattered things. My bike appears undamaged. My right knee is skinned, but my left hand and right elbow which were also main impact points, although sore, did not break skin. So while mildly embarrassed and a little shaken and anticipating some bruises and residual soreness , I am not greatly worse for wear.
Note to self and other bikers: always cross tracks completely perpendicular!
First crash commuting to work, not my first crash ever. My dog crashed me last time I tried biking and running her. The running part went fine. Stopping was an issue. I did, she didn't.