From the news article: Investigators “are still trying to understand exactly what happened,” Ouimet said.
I’ll tell you what happened.
A bicyclist got hooked (not your standard right-hook as shown below) in a bicycle track because the infrastructure put him into conflict with turning traffic. He probably died thinking he was safe.
Check out the street view — a 2-way track on one side of a divided street. Really bad.
Such facilities are more dangerous than riding in the travel lane with traffic. And the city officials who design, build, and vote for such dangerous facilities are acting immorally – they are willing to risk the lives of citizens to gain mode share.
At this late date in the history of building bicycle facilities — and with so many right-hook deaths in cities with poorly designed lanes and tracks — one can no longer claim not to know that building a lane or track up to an intersection is a terrible idea.
We’re lucky in Springfield. Our traffic engineers know better.
UPDATE: More from Khal Spencer.
Here’s the classic right-hook — a real killer: