"Last Monday, I was on mile 18 of a 21 mile ride. With the green light and in my aero bars at 22 mph a car turned directly into me. I had no time to react. I flew over the hood of the car."
In order to save the hijacking of another thread, I know this will more than lilely lead up to some debate. So to answer The Historian about my comment.
Legally the rider didn't do anything wrong. However, as far as one's safety, it's not a good idea to ride through an intersection where cars are present without having access to the brakes. That's mistake #1.
Mistake #2 is, the rider assumed the driver even acknowledge he was there on a bike.
Mistake #3, not thinking that if something can go wrong, it will. You need to be prepared, ready to stop and/or avoid trouble while riding through an intersection.
People can argue but just about every rider I know that has been hit, was at an intersection cranking through with head down or not paying attention to the surroundings. Traffic present, down on aerobars is not being prepared to "STOP" if another person makes a mistake.
Same reason riders that ride in a paceline don't care to ride with riders in aerobars. They are further from the brake levers than usual and like the guy stated in his testimonial: "had no time to react" I myself will avoid aerobar riders. If I see one ahead, I'll slow down, if one jumps in our line, I'll drop the pace and let him go when he takes the front.
There is a reason aerobars are illegal in roadraces and crits. Solo events, yes, because there is less of a chance of hitting another rider. And if yo do...
Am I crazy? Some will argue that I am stupid blah blah blah. Have you ever read the directions on a set of aerobars? One of the main warnings "DO NOT DESCEND ON AEROBARS"!
Do riders do it? Yes, more than likely the same ones that will say I'm the stupid one that knows nothing!
You don't go through an intesection without access to the brakes. You don't through with your head down and you don't descend on aerobars. If you do, you are increasing the odds that something will go wrong.
Go ahead, flame away!