Very Sad & Disturbing - Bicyclist killed
I drove through this area a few minutes after it happened and saw the body covered with blankets under the truck. The news showed the bike stuck under the right rear tire of the truck. On this morning's news they still haven't identified the deceased. This is a heavy tourist area & he had no ID on him, but you would think someone would have reported him missing by now. It sounds like the police still don't know exactly how the accident happened, but both bike & truck were going northbound & obviously were sharing a lane.
Route 1 in Saco is a 4 lane road with very heavy traffic & no bike lanes (most roads around here don't have them).
My husband road his 5200 to work yesterday. Fortunately I had spoken to him minutes before I saw this & he hadn't left work yet, but this is an area that we do ride in.
This has left me feeling very sad for this cyclist (more troubling because he was obviously experienced, but maybe not familiar with this area), and disturbed by the fact that it could so easily happen to any of us. My husband reports several incidences with drivers every time he's on his bike, either they don't see the bike (it's like they just look right through you), they see you & just go anyways and some just drive too close. Many drivers don't want to share the road, yet with no bike lane there's no place for the bikes to go but in the travel lane.
I don't ride my bike as much as he does (he's a much better rider than I am anyways) because I will only ride when there's less traffic around & won't ride my single bike on Route 1 (though we do ride our tandem here).
Everyone, please be careful.