I was just reading a bike lane thread in which it was mentioned that a particular bike lane design was perfect for causing right hooks.
Well silly me, I was out riding on a road the other day that doesn't have a bike lane it's entire length... but there are often cars parked along the right edge. Well I took the right lane, nearly centered, just slightly left of the right tire track. This is a 35MPH road that is the main way through my neighborhood, and I indeed ride it like I own it. It was also early on Saturday... with light traffic.
Well along comes a young man in his fast little car... had to swerve into the left lane to avoid me... then he swerved back right just in time to nearly right hook me. I yelled at him as he slowed and started to swerve into a driveway. It was enough to cause him to stop and shout back "I saw you."
Well if he saw me, and he knew he was turning right... why didn't he simply merge behind me?
Remember, not a bike lane in sight... anywhere. Not even a fog line. Yet this young man still chose to try to right hook me.
Seems like the right hook issue is not one of BL, but of motorists failing to treat cyclists "like drivers of vehicles" in spite of our positions on the road. Somehow motorists have this notion that cyclists must be passed, no matter what.
So do we blame bike lanes... or poor motorists? Yeah, I avoided being hit, so I did my part... but the real question is why this happens in the first place. Not a BL in sight, and me riding well into the lane, and yet...