Not sure if this is appropriate for Tuffriders or not, but wanted to
let people know.
I was coming through the Diamond/Sandia intersection this morning
about 8:30 and it looked like the aftermath of a right hook: cyclist
sitting on the sidewalk, police interviewing a motorist on Sandia.
About 5 LAPD vehicles and I think the LAFD was arriving as I went
through. Cyclist was sitting up and conscious, so hopefully they'll be
As always, everybody's got to keep their eyes open out there, and it
might be worth pondering some paint changes. The motorist next to me
slowed and gave plenty of space for me to merge over around the police
cars--there are some polite and aware folks on our roads.
A commenter who sounds authoritative (see comments) confirms it was a right hook and says the cyclist was not hurt seriously. Its worth reviewing this scenerio with the video below because it is a common crash on roads with bike lanes and I warned County about this. Also, this is why I strenuously object to bike lanes on Trinity. Way too many locations for a right hook.
I don't know the details of why or why not a citation was not issued. The commenter makes it sound like the cyclist overtook on the right (second example in video below) rather than the motorist overtaking and then turning (first example). I don't know. The design itself is problematic, because it requires drivers to have eyes in the back of their heads and for cyclists to ride with the expectation of being cut off. Taking the lane (third example) is preferable but that often leads to discomfort on the part of the cyclist and quizzical looks from motorists. Sharrows, such as installed on Northbound Diamond at Central, would guide people into a better geometry.
Watch this good vid if you have not already. Its on the MassBike link, made for a police training progam, and is on our list of links.