Int'l Man of Leisure
any one on 2 wheels is a real rider. before i mountain biked seriously my only transportation was a bicycle. most of the people i see riding bikes around town have no helmets and ride against traffic on the side walk. For lots of people riding towards traffic feels safer because they can see the cars coming at them. So i can understand why a lot of people do it.That particular article only says that the driver claimed to have 3 beers earlier that day and week a week prior. Doesn't say how intoxicated he actually was at the time. It also doesn't speak to any evidence that the rider didn't actually swerve out into traffic. He was riding against traffic so likely wasn't a "real" rider.
Shitty that a dude died, but the article doesn't have enough facts to really condemn the driver or the rider. Not much you can do if the rider actually did suddenly pop off into traffic.
Very tragic for everyone involved. My sympathies go out to all the victims.
My position is that it's not really up to bicycle community to assert guilt or innocence to either of these individuals. However, I agree with Fugs. It would be a good opportunity to push local government to direct more funds to an infrastructure that better supports biking commuters. Of course, once that happens, they will almost certainly start enforcing traffic laws for cyclists. They have to subsidize it somehow.
This is one of those rare instances where it would be prudent to have a strong, cohesive cycling community in place, with a mutual understanding of each others needs.