Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
IMO nobody did anything seriously wrong here. The cyclist was OK entering the turn lane early. He has to take opportunities as he sees them, because traffic and speed differentials can make the move difficult later on. As long as there was no incoming driver this is strictly no harm, no foul.
Likewise the motorist probably assumed the cyclist was intending a turn, and felt he had room and time to pass and make his trun without interfering. Fortunately he was right in both assessments (especially the assumption that the cyclist was turning), so here too, no harm, no foul.
I'm surprised that there's so much analysis and blame assigned to a non event. Nothing happened, so there's nothing to debate.
That said, the driver could have been more courteous, but he might be a normally courteous driver who felt that it made more sense to make the turn as he did, rather than pass after the turn onto a narrower road.
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