News reports said the semi-truck was in the left lane before initiating the right turn. If I had been riding to his right, I would have assumed from his lane position that he was continuing straight ahead, not turning. But even if there were no bike lane along this street, the truck's lane position would have lead anyone traveling in the right hand lane to believe he was continuing straight.
Had the truck driver been in the left lane the whole time, he would have been cited for an illegal turn (probably). But he possibly pulled into the left lane to execute (no gallows humor intended) a 'wide-left turn'.
Ed, you or I would have been doubly cautious if a truck in the left lane suddenly slowed for no apparent reason. Whether or not the driver made a swing left first. Bike friendly has nothing to do with understanding how trucks operate. This could have just as easily happened to a Hummer driver who was clueless.
The reports mention how the cyclist was riding "really fast." That's too common a behavior in a segregated system, where the cyclist begins to feel insulated the traffic around him. That's what 'bike friendly' does.
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