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Saw this one on the Wisconsin Bike Fed blog:

http://wisconsinbikefed.org/2016/06/22/driver-hits-kills-co-worker-...

Unlike other incidents I've seen reported, this one appears to involve people who likely knew each other. The two were coworkers, both working for WS Packaging Solutions in Algoma, WI.

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And the unidentified cyclist that was hit by a car in uptown last night:

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160621/uptown/cyclist-hit-by-car-...

And the couple that was killed in Morris:

http://www.morrisherald-news.com/2016/06/22/morris-couple-dies-afte...

Very sad. And too much of this happening. Way too much.

We've had too many tragedies in the last few weeks. Too many cyclists, many hit from behind. I was just reading about this latest crash - more details: the couple was killed when a 16 year old in an SUV hit them from behind because he "failed to reduce speed". The reader comments focused on what a "tragic accident" this is for the young driver. Crash, not accident. I wish anyone that uses "tragic accident" could be placed in old school "detention", having to write 1000x "crash, not accident" and write an essay on why it's a crash and not an accident.  

I'm so sorry to hear that. It's really frightening - especially when he made eye contact. And tragic that he may never be able to ride again. 

I believe there is some validity to unsafe drivers in larger vehicles - I believe there was a study that concluded people are less connected with their surroundings when driving a larger vehicle (and more inclined to cause an crash as a result).

More inclined to cause a _what_ now? ;)

Bah! I think we need Pee Wee Herman to come out and scream every time that word is "accidentally" typed. :-( Thanks for letting me know. Corrected. 

Had a driver turn left in front of me on Elston yesterday, same thing, we made eye contact but he kept turning across my path and we would have collided had I not braked. I clearly had the right of way, he clearly saw me, so I don't know why he kept going; good thing I was keeping an eye on him.

They probably assume they can get out of our way fast enough or underestimate how fast we are usually going.  That's the only thing I can think of, anyway,

You're right - timing is everything.

I've told kids, and others, it's not enough just to look left and right.  You have to look long enough to discern how much distance a car will cover between when you see it and when it approaches you crossing the street. 

For a cyclists it's even harder if you have to look both ways. I often need to cross a busy street like Foster - two lanes in each direction.  Sure, I know what the speed limit is and I also know what speed the cars likely travel.

I'm sure that's what cause this crash.  The truck driver looked at, and saw, the bicyclist but didn't look long enough to take into consideration how much further ahead the cyclist would move before his right turn.  He thought (calculated) the cyclist would be well behind him before and after he completed the turn. 

He was wrong.

"I'm beginning to wonder if some of the stuff that is happening to bikers is just because people are loosing (or maybe just don't have) the ability to discern the timing of their vehicles vs. the approaching bike?"

More likely it's too much distracted driving. That seems to be growing exponentially.

We've had too many tragedies in the last few weeks. Too many cyclists, many hit from behind.

I wish anyone that uses "tragic accident" could be placed in old school "detention", having to write 1000x "crash, not accident" and write an essay on why it's a crash and not an accident. 

Yes!!!! 10000x YES!

We've had too many tragedies in the last few weeks. Too many cyclists, many hit from behind.

I'm sure that's what cause this crash.  The truck driver looked at, and saw, the bicyclist but didn't look long enough to take into consideration how much further ahead the cyclist would move before his right turn.  He thought (calculated) the cyclist would be well behind him before and after he completed the turn. 

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