Here is a story with an interesting video clip, out of Rochester, NY. A cyclist is almost right-hooked by a police patrol car; the cop then pulls the cyclist Gabriel Zayas over, and lets him off with a warning.
I would hope the cop stopped him to apologize, although I doubt it. The cyclist did nothing wrong he was riding his bike, in the proper place on the right hand edge of the road, as required by law, when the police car makes a right turn in front of him. The police driver is clearly at fault.
To add insult to the situation, the local TV News Station ran the video as an example of police zero tolerance on crime. There was no crime, in fact there was a traffic violation against the cyclist.
The commentator states, “A patrol car is about to make a right turn when a bicyclist darts out from the side, narrowly missing the patrol car.”
Not true by what I see on the video; the cyclist is riding straight down the road and is clearly there before the police car attempted his turn.
I’m pleased that the cyclist did not get hit, and this video just goes to show how quickly the right hook can happen. When approaching an intersection like this, be aware of cars passing and slowing down at the same time; the engine sound is a clue.
An experienced cyclist would be about three or four feet from the curb at this point, making themself more visible. If you are directly in front of a car it is clear that your intention is to go straight. The best way to avoid the right hook is, if possible not let a vehicle overtake you as you approach the intersection.
I think the Rochester Police Department, and the News 10 NBC owe Gabriel Zayas an apology.
My thanks to Chuck Fujita from Rochester for this link.