Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
As usual, a dearth of details. It would be instructive to know how wide the street is, whether the man was cycling off to the side or well into the main travel lane, weather conditions, texting or cell phone use by the driver, etc. Over the past few months I have been reading about a troubling number of side-drift incidents, in which inattentive motorists seem completely unclear of the concept of staying within one's own lane. Since American roads are generally crowned for drainage, most cars will slowly drift rightward by default if the motorist does not subtly correct for this.
To be fair, we also have to consider the possibility that the bicyclist abruptly turned or swerved into the motorist's path -- or that the motorist claims this, irrespective of the truth.
A troubling incident, indeed, but too few facts to make any real assessment. I hope there is more information forthcoming.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069