State police investigate bicyclist's death

Terry Karkos/Sun Journal

Oxford County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Halacy, left, assists Maine State Police Trooper Angela Porter and another trooper Friday afternoon in the Rumford Marden's parking lot. They were collecting forensic evidence from a tractor-trailer after bicyclist David LeClair was killed earlier that morning in Hanover.

HANOVER — The start of the three-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine was marred by a fatal crash. 

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David LeClair

Terry Karkos/Sun Journal

Deputy Michael Halacy with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office and Maine State Police trooper Angela Porter investigate the bicycle of David LeClair for forensic evidence Friday afternoon in the Rumford Marden's parking lot. LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., was killed at about 8:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck by the rear portion of a tractor-trailer in Hanover.

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The bicycle of trek cyclist David LeClair rests against the side of a state police vehicle Friday afternoon in the Rumford Marden's parking lot.

State police on Friday were investigating the death of a cyclist on Route 2 about 10 miles from the starting point. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says a cyclist was killed when he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Main Street.

The victim was identified as David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass.

McCausland said LeClair was riding with his employer's team, athenahealth of Watertown, Mass., as part of the Trek Across Maine when he apparently was struck by the rear portion of a tractor-trailer as it passed the bicyclist around 8:45 a.m. LeClair was killed instantly.

Friends he was riding with stopped to render assistance and called police with a description of the truck, which did not stop. Maine State Police stopped a truck of a similar description in Rumford a short time later, McCausland said.

State police Lt. Walter Grzyb said police are asking anyone who may have seen the accident or bicyclists who inadvertently filmed it, to contact them at 800-228-0857.

"We think there are probably people that saw what happened, but we haven't identified whether it would be somebody in a motor vehicle or somebody on a bicycle," Grzyb said. "And if they saw this accident occur, they could give us a call so we can talk with them. We're looking for eyewitnesses."

He added, "A lot of the cyclists now have Go Pro video cameras. If anybody has a GoPro video, that would be great. It'd be great for us; it would be horrible for them."

The athenahealth team had more than 100 riders participating in the event. It has an office in Belfast, the final stop on the three-day trek.

"He was loved by all, known to be incredibly social," company spokeswoman Holly Spring said. "He loved the outdoors and was a friend beyond just a co-worker."

According to the message posted on his Trek Across Maine profile page, LeClair had participated in the event in the past.

"Growing faster than almost any other major illness, lung disease — which includes lung cancer, asthma and emphysema — is the third leading cause of death in the United States. As someone who lives with environmental-induced asthma, this is personal for me," he posted.

LeClair's profile indicated that he had raised $1,000 for the trek, exceding his goal of $500.

Despite the tragedy, the event will continue.

"It is with deepest sadness that the American Lung Association of the Northeast reports the passing of a member of our trek family at our annual Trek Across Maine today," Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, said in a statement.

"All of us at the American Lung Association express our profound sadness at this tragic loss of life and offer our deepest condolences to the family," Seyler added. "With heavy hearts, the trek is continuing."

Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Bush of athenahealth issued a statement Friday afternoon: “Sadness has hit us today in the closest way it can," he said. "David LeClair, an athenista for 2½ years, was known to all as a shining light. He was a high-energy leader, known for his kindness and love of the outdoors.

"He ran what is called the 'sunshine fund’ at athenahealth to ensure no birthday went uncelebrated, he was a front-man with clients, a true content expert on many of the intricacies of health care, and the first man to propose a game of Frisbee on athenahealth's campus once spring came. There are no explanations that can soften this news. David will be missed.” 

At the trek's first rest stop late Friday morning, two of LeClair's teammates, who were wearing purple jerseys, were grim-faced. One declined to comment about their teammate before joining the other and pedaling off to Canton to resume the trek.

More than 2,000 bicyclists left Sunday River ski resort on Friday to start the three-day event that ends Sunday in Belfast. The ride is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

Last year's event raised $1.8 million.

Truck investigated

By 2:15 p.m. Friday, Grzyb and several troopers, Oxford County Deputy Sheriff Michael Halacy and Rumford police Sgt. Tracey Higley were examining the rear tires of a 2006 Kenworth tractor-trailer.

The 22-wheeler hauling corn feed from Colebrook, N.H., to Augusta, was parked in the Marden's parking lot in Rumford. That's where state police troopers pulled it over, 9 miles from the accident scene.

Trooper Jeff DeGroot of the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division was inspecting the truck, which is owned by Transport Beauregard of St. Jacques Le Mineur, Quebec, Canada.

After DeGroot weighed and inspected the tractor-trailer and state police detectives lifted evidence from the outer rear tire using tape, Grzyb said they were impounding the rig.

"We believe this could be the truck that's involved," Grzyb said. "We've got a little bit of work to go and make that definitive. There's a pretty good possibility that this is the truck."

Greeley's of Auburn hauled the 100,000-pound tractor-trailer to Auburn, while DeGroot took the young truck driver to a Rumford health clinic for testing for the trucking company per federal law.

Grzyb declined to identify the truck driver because they hadn't charged him with anything.

"The truck driver was very cooperative," Grzyb said. "His truck was inspected and all of his log books were inspected. Everything seems to be in order. We don't see any violations."

Grzyb said they will do a full investigation and review it with the district attorney's office to determine if any charges will be brought.

He said LeClair's team left Sunday River in Newry, riding in a group. "And as the truck passed, something occurred and (LeClair) was struck and killed," Grzyb said.

"We've talked to a number of people and everyone said the same thing: There's a breakdown lane that's 8 feet wide, there's a white line and then there's a travel lane," he said. "Everything we've seen is that (LeClair) was in the breakdown lane on his side of the white line and the truck was in the travel lane on his side of the white line. The law requires that they give 3 feet when vehicles pass bicyclists. We're going to have to determine that if we can. It may or may not be possible."

Grzyb said the accident occurred as the truck driver and the cyclists were heading down a straightaway into a curve between the Mill Hill Road intersection and Gordie Howe's Store.

The speed limit drops from 55 mph to 40 mph through there and the travel lane shortens in width. Additionally, the breakdown lane tilts toward the guardrail.

"So you're coming into the village and the travel lane tightens up and we don't know if there were cars coming from the other direction," Grzyb said.

He said investigators hadn't yet determined the truck's speed.

Oftentimes when tractor-trailers are traveling beside bicyclists and cars, they create a draft or suction that temporarily pulls vehicles and bicycle riders toward the wheels, Grzyb said.

"That's something that very well could have happened," he said. "You know, if (LeClair) was close to the edge (of the white line) and the truck was close, that is certainly one of the things that a couple of the witnesses mentioned, that there was some sort of draft that pulled him into the truck."

LeClair's black and white bicycle was taken to the truck inspection scene where it showed no damage.

"You can see an indication (on the bike) where he had fallen over and skidded, but the bike was not damaged. It was not hit by the truck," Grzyb said. LeClair's trek number, 1945, was still attached to the bike.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Catherine Pressey's picture

This a tragic event, Tragic attitude:

Tragic attitude for those that believe our Public roads are only for the Trucks and cars, large or smaller. Get it these roads are for all of us, me on my horse or horse and carriage. Or cyclists, to someone pushing a wheel barrel, I agree that it is indeed dangerous for anyone smaller than the big rigs. That the fact that even a pick-up truck is larger than a cycle, does not give that larger vehicle the right of way. A horse or Cycle is a vehicle and has the right to the whole lane. We travel on the shoulder, and acknowledge our limited speed. No one that rides a cycle or a horse should face that attitude, and mark my words there is a attitude that like many comments here, that how dare they be bold enough to hold a fund raiser on these roads. Riding these roads are only dangerous because of those that choose to drive to endanger. Because they may be pressed for time, or any other reason, being attitude that we do not belong there. I personally have yielded my horseback riding on the Minot/Mechanic Falls Rt 124 bridge. It is because of attitude and vehicle drivers taking my rights away, by passing way to fast, and passing on a bridge where clearly there is no break down lane. More that a year passed since I had a story in the SJ about me on my horse. I was attacked faced many mean spirited people that would take away anyones individual rights to use our Public roads. Now I would not want to be on the Turnpike and I wound not want to ride Rt. 124 if there was a alternate route to cross Bog Brook. Of course I do have Marshall St. Bridge. Which I now choose to use. However, that being said in some regards that bridge is worse than the Main route. A bend right on top of the bridge trees blocking the view for both myself and the vehicles approaching from Mechanic Falls. Attitude that we public do not belong on our roads must stop these roads are our public access. To get from point A to Z trails or bike lanes are not available on public lands. With the blessing of some land owners there are some trails for snowmobiling ATV's, Equestrians‘. Though many owners now close these to all. Yes! Attitude can kill people. I also, the few times I have been out, have seen the motor vehicle drivers with their left hand to the ear with cell phones in them. Given the attitude that they believe they are in control of that vehicle while talking or texting. No doubt the trucker, had a place to be, no doubt that he knew not that he had killed someone. The fact that it is true about the wind suction coming from the big Rigs. All the more reason to slow them down when not on a Turnpikes. And if you can not see around a corner and stop on a dime. Than your speed should be lowered accordingly because of safety for the public. The attitude we do not belong there is DANGEROUS. TRAGIC EVENT FOR WE THE PEOPLE, IS ATTITUDE and the entitlement notion that the roads are only for Motor vehicles and not the general Public, Period! My opinion cjp

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

Horse riders are the worst

When was the last time you cleaned up after your horse after it did it's business in the middle of the road? Go ahead and lie but I know better. I've never seen any rider clean up their horses mess. Their should be a minimum $1000 fine for riders who don't clean up after their horse.

Catherine Pressey's picture

When was the last time:

I cleaned up after my horse, well now lets see Eric LeBlanc my horse does not do his business in the middle of the road, and if he did it would be the job for the maintenance crew. As for the mess it is biodegradable and though if done in the middle of the road it will not grow grass. It will be dry in a few hours and become part of Gods nature. Personally I have come home got my muck bucket and driven over to a small street I often use to access my Oxford trails. With barn broom in hand and shovel I chose to remove what you would call mess. Now lets see, here the difference between cleaning up behind a horse is not the topic here. The topic is those that would keep me and the cycle riders of our public roads. A road that takes a person from Point A to Z, roads were laid out for the general public to egress. Get off you darn high horse, Yep! Heck you Mr. Would not even notice a person on a horse along the road. You would not notice the kids that was about to walk out in front of you. So how would you know if I or anyone cleans up after the so called mess. First of all if my horse leaves a pile, it will more than likely be in the dirt shoulder of the road. Unless for some reason there is none. Then I guess you guys are on your own. If a truck driver cannot see a cycle rider I can hardly believe you could see a pile of horse poop. And for Frank you do not see me on Rt. 124 these days. I do not go that way, I do not any longer choose to cross the long bridge, not saying I will never cross it again. As for you in your SUV, glad for you that you think that makes you special and gives you more right than someone that chooses to ride a cycle. And maybe a horse, I am older and tired and knew long ago that one day people like you and the others would endanger all slower moving vehicles. They did in the beginning of the Auto and it is getting worse, quietly riding along the road is not what it used to be. As for the cycle organizers, to not use certain roads because truckers choose them too, is really sad. It has come to those of you that think those roads were built solely for your personal purpose. That will only happen when you choose to build your own truck route, with all costs falling in the hands of the truckers. Like get this, a private road with those restrictions, where by you all can travel at your high rate of speed, and endanger your selves, and others that pay to use it. Hey I am all for it build your own routes and stay off, our public roads. And getting back to you Mr. LeBlanc horse poopy to you! LOL My opinion, and I have a asshole like the rest of you. Yaw can chaw on that. Oh if you will be kind enough to give me your home address I will be sure to have my Horse leave you a gift.

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

as a motorcycle rider your horse's mess is a danger to my life

If I hit that pile of horse poop I'm probably going down. For that reason I think horse traffic should be confined to dirt roads. It's a public safety issue actually.

Catherine Pressey's picture

One more thing

I just noticed your beer can, that just might be why you can not keep your bike on the road. You may want to drink water as a matter of safety to us all, if you consider one beer is OK, shame on you, and watch out for the horse poop, pot holes bags of trash someone looses of the pick-up going to the dump. Horse poopy to your and the beer you drink. Hey you know what if you drink and ride a horse you can be sighted as well. Read the history of the town of Minot. A funny story about drinking a riding a horse home drunk. When the Constable came along and found a man laying in the road. Just after he saw a rider less horse, the drunk got thrown into jail. So yaw better be safe, do not drink and ride. A bike a horse a car, under the influence . Really Eric LOL Your so messed up. Ride safe! My opinion cjp

Catherine Pressey's picture

WOW! what planet did you come from:

I’ll tell you what Eric, you just explained what your are riding. I also have my motorcycle license and took a course to ride when I was 49 years old. One of the things they taught us is you have to be able to handle the bike. Some of the things you must be able to do is keep your bike upright even if you meet a ladder falling from a vehicle, your to keep the bike up and ride up and over something you encounter. Never to lay a bike down, that is not good bike riding. That being said, so if a pile of Horse poop would take you down. I think you should reconsider riding or driving anything and take the bus train, plane, camel or horse. The camel or horse can stand up on their own, the bus driver will protect you the pilot of the plane can do remarkable feats. And you Eric can not handle a bike if you hit a pile of horse poop. LOL I believe your may want to turn in your motorcycle license. As far as dirt roads I think we should ground down the tar and turn the road back into sub pavement and than drivers would have to drive in a manner to keep their vehicles from fish tailing and going off the side of the road or into the ditch if any. So can say it is a safety issue and I agree with you if you can not handle the vehicle your driving all the more scary for we horsemen and cycle riders. I just heard on the news that the cycle riders, created his own accident, according to witness he was trying to take a drink of water, while holding the handle bars with one hand and drifted into the lane, and into the truck. Sad for sure it just goes to show us all that just having cycles out there is not the problem it is the riders and drivers that need to think twice before they text, drink, eat. While on or along the road, every ones lives are in the balance. Still if you would like a delivery of horse poop you just give me your home address and I will be glad to drop some off. My opinion cjp

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Ever wonder.....................

Have you ever traveled by air, or observed airport traffic. The large jets must be separated between take-offs. The reason isn't congestion in the air, common courtesy, or any other reason you can imagine. It's for the safety of the jets. Those large jets create a huge amount of turbulence during takeoff. If another jet follows to closely it could be tragic. Trucks, even at slow speeds, create large area's of turbulence themselves. The immediate danger zones are three to five feet to the sides, and up to two to three car lengths behind. If you don't believe me catch up to and tailgate a tractor trailer. You will soon find your car doing some weird stuff. You can feel the pull and sway. Imagine that same pull on a bicycle. This has nothing to do with common courtesy, it's physic's.
I feel terrible for the poor gentleman that lost his life, but I feel equally perplexed by the event organizers using such a highly used truck route. I know for a fact the truckers in this area were using as much care as possible, but the odds are not good for pedestrians. Anyone who has ever driven a truck knows, you have to drive based on the road, hills etc. It's a far cry from driving your auto or even your horse, I see you all the time out on rt 124, but I'm able to give you the proper passing distance there. In my SUV, I just need to slow down, move over and go past. That's not as simple in a truck. It creates danger for everyone on the road. I hope that from this tragedy, some good will come out it. The organizers need to think about safer locations for their rides.

Catherine Pressey's picture

YOU MUST BE SEEING THINGS

FRANK: you are not seeing me out on Rt. 124 I do not ride that way anymore. I can not tell you the last time I was across that Bridge, I think once after the artickle in the SJ. Though there are others in the Minot side of the bridge with horses you are not seeing me. So for you to say you see me all the time is very scary, now you also say you drive a SUV, even more scary. Because you Frank must be seeing things. And you have a drivers license, Hum! awful thought. Your giving a gost proper passing distance. lol Have a nice day, like to say Happy Trails. But to get to those happy trails yaw must play hairy carey with you big boys. Big rigs SUV's pick-ups small and large vehicles all in a darn hurry to run the slower movers off those Public Roads. GOOD WORK IT IS WORKING, I AM NOT OUT THERE, UNLESS I FEEL BRAVE. that is far and few between these days. Thanks a bunch.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I guess I just assumed wrong.......

Catherine, I don't know you from a hole in the wall. I just assumed one of the people I've seen out that way was you. You have stated you ride that stretch of road frequently, in fear for your life. That's not the only road in the are I travel, I used to be all over that area. What is the big deal with thinking I saw you, I saw a woman riding a horse, I've seen several women riding in Minot, and Mechanic Falls. You don't know for a fact I haven't seen you. Either way, at least I gave the "ghost" plenty of space, isn't that what you wanted? I do have a license, and trust me, I have already driven more miles than you ever will. I have documented proof. All those years and not one "at fault" accident or moving violations. I think that speaks for my ability to safely drive a vehicle. If I'm coming down the road, and I can speak for many other truckers I have known over the years, you are more than safe, most truck drivers have safe driving engraved in their brains. It keeps the pay checks coming, and keeps those safety bonuses coming in. You wouldn't believe how much money safe driving will fetch. I don't travel that area anymore, I've moved to Kennebec County. I may as well have moved to another country, I don't know any short cuts here, but I promise, every horse and rider out here are safe at least when I'm driving. Now if I could just find some new antique dealers in this area.

Happy Trails...................

Catherine Pressey's picture

Hole in the wall Frank,

I do not recall saying I frequently ride that road. I said I yearly road the loop crossing Rt. 124 Bridge on mothers day road ride that would take me over Pottle Hill Road. I have no taste left in my heart to brave it any longer. Each morning I stand in my barn at 6:15 am watching a hearing the traffic of today come and go past Bucknam St. Where I have lived since I was 19 years old. Now 63 last time I crossed said Bridge I met several vehicles none of which wanted to stop an allow me to pass safely off the bridge. Had someone pass me heading towards Mechanic Falls. While I was on the darn bridge, you or anyone are not supposed to pass on a Bridge. I do not care if I am Bike Truck Horse car, Camel. No passing on bridges, you see people could not careless about the laws. I have only ridden three times maybe four this year. Have made myself a promise not to cross that bridge unless I have no other choice. You could see me going along 124 between the top of Marshall St. to Clifford St. about two hundred feet or so. But not on the Minot part of the Rt. As that would mean I have to play Russian Roulette on the Bridge. I also go out Marshall into Minot onto Grange Ave. thru the woods onto pottle hill. However I now have found that the logger working for a land owner has made the trail hard to find. So if I play in traffic or head into the woods, it is clear, things are different. I believe you that you never had a moving violation. I for one have had one speeding ticket in my entire life. No accidents! If you know what a Palomino is my Jazz horse is like Roy Rogers Trigger only lighter. What bothers me is you saying you saw me or see me all the time. Like you just said you do not know me please do not assume it is me. I truly do not need people assuming someone is me. Lots of women ride horses, I more than likely will retire from it. No place to ride, no place to feel safe anymore. Older and I am not so brave as I once was. I just want to also point out that the area near the end of Grange Ave. to the Mechanic Fall side of the bridge is a Equestrian Crossing. What does that mean to you, was a time when those signs meant cow crossing/ crossings were a safe zone. At least in the liability area. Now the state as far as I know have nothing to back up those warning signs. That I had them placed by the DOT,. many years ago. Worse thing is horse people do not organize to make better laws. Better laws for the cyclist did not keep him alive. Many times when I have been out on the Main Rd. When I hear a large truck coming behind. I look for a way to move off to the right. Into a driveway or wide shoulder. Only thing that will keep anyone alive is watch your back and figure that the motorist. HAS THE WE DO NOT BELONG THERE ATTITUDE, MEANING IT COULD BE OPEN SEASON TO PASS BY VERY FAST AND NOT GIVE A DARN ABOUT THE OUTCOME. After all the person on the horse has got to ID the driver of that vehicle. And get that license plate No. No way to do that, as they speed by. Since you drive a SUV I guess the bonuses were pretty good. I know that the truckers of the past, used to take notice when they saw us, me and a friends out there. Now that was on Rt. 26 year past. We would hear them coming and move into a driveway. Truckers would tell others out there that horses were along that road. We would see them looking for us. As we would be in the next driveway or field waiting for them to go past. They are for the most part the best out there, however it is more than intimidating to be along the main rd. to have vehicles coming from the other direction and a big truck coming up the rear. Naw! I do not like it anymore. Not that relaxing quiet ride, with mother nature to sing a song. Now it is brummmmm/ zip and bang. Happy Antiquing.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I give up..........................

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Catherine Pressey's picture

I bet you give up!

Frank you never give up, you like a timex watch. Keep right on trucking, or antiquing. All of which may take you past a horse and rider. I trust that you will stay a safe distance away and watch the horse as you pass. Making sure the animal is not moving left onto the roadway due to the boogy man in the right side of the shoulder. All I ask is pass them like your driving by a three year old kid playing out there. Yep!

ERNEST LABBE's picture

This a tragic event

This a tragic event. My condolances to David Leclair's family and friends.

That said it is a trajedy that could have been eaisly avoided. U S route is the only major east/west highway in the very northern states. I would never consider riding in or on anything on that highway that wasn't capable of maintaining the speed limit.

According to the hype there were in the range or two thousand riders in this event. The is not a thing where you slow down then go around a rider or perhaps five riders. This is a very long of bikers. I personally feel it is very self serving to put this many people in harms way, all for the purpose of raising money. Then to expect that the very large group of people using this roadway that is supported by their tax money to follow this procession at an average speed of twenty miles an hour.

According to the report in the Sun-Journal yesterday David Leclair was riding beside someone when this incident occured. As the breakdown lane narrowed up he could have been forced over the white line.

Unless he were the very last rider in the event someone must have seen what happened. Hopefully they will come forward to state what they observed.

Catherine Pressey's picture

You would not consider:

riding in or on anything on that highway that wasn't capable of maintaining the speed limit, you said it yourself speed limit. Not min. speed. The limit is there as a guide, when slower vehicles are not in the way or other road hazards. I do not hear you complaining about the toy run. With the motorcycles been there and done that, that also is clogging up the roads that taxes built.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

There's a reason these things aren't held .............

There's a reason these things aren't held on the turnpike. Ask any State Trooper, who has ever approached a vehicle pulled over on the highway, on the drivers side. If a truck passes at speed in the next lane, you can feel the air turbulence pull you almost like a tornado funnel. I have been forced to pass a cop walking back to his cruiser, in the next lane due to traffic blocking me from moving over. I have seen hats fly strait up in the air, and the officer will usually grab hold of a car fender or what ever for balance. Thats why they passed the law regarding highway lane changes when approaching an emergency vehicles.
I have experienced it myself walking back along the side of my truck, and having another truck pass me just two or three feet away, at 60 MPH, it's all you can do to stay upright.
A bicycle event would never be sanctioned on an interstate highway for obvious reasons, so why allow a bicycle event on a secondary road posted at highway speeds? 55 MPH, is the same on RT 2 as the Maine Turnpike. Except the Turnpike would allow more space. I just don't feel that events such as this need to be held on roads posted at anything higher than 40 MPH. Having pedestrians and trucks that close together at highway speeds is an accident waiting to happen.......................

Jeff Johnson's picture

There's a simple solution:

There's a simple solution: Common courtesy.
Nothing is more obviously an event, than 300 brightly colored cyclists in tights. SLOW DOWN! It's not NASCAR, and the extra 3 seconds you save will not gain you any points or money.
Just because the speed limit is 55, doesn't mean that you have to go 55. In the interest of safety, and common courtesy, take the extra 2 minutes and pass the group cautiously. 2 minutes... that's all.

Now, being an avid cyclist myself, I will tell you first-hand that a big percentage of these riders don't know how to "Group Ride".
In traffic, it's single-file only... This isn't a race! The riders behind you should be letting you know there's traffic coming. "CAR BACK!" is the most common shout being passed up the line. When you hear it, pull into single file.

It's state law that a car give a cyclist 3 feet of clearance... I'm not going to depend on a state law to protect me. Whether the car hits me, or I hit the car... it's bad for me. A car will go to the body shop. A cyclist will go to the morgue.

Catherine Pressey's picture

Group riding:

Jeff Johnson, I of course own a horse and wish I felt safe out there. But you say single file, single file adds to the problem because I also have tried to pass cyclists on our roads, while hauling a horse trailer. Our country main roads have few passing zones. And few clear veiws to safely pass. Now if a few cyclist are together is a group, bunch. It sure would be easier to pass them than it is to try to pass them strung out like a clothes line. It just does not work, I have followed, at a crawl waiting to be able to see ahead. Than it is not going to work, because up ahead there is a one more cycle rider. On and on. So single file in my opinion is worse a clump group, or groups would be much easier to pass. 3 feet of clearance is not enough and does not work for those larger vehicles that are just trying to do a job. I am so sorry that the guy got killed, I can see several sides to this issue. Been there and seen that. Stuff. I agree they need to SLOW DOWN LIKE I SAID ATTITUDES ARE YOU AND I DO NOT BELONG THERE, PERIOD.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Theere's common courtesy, then there's safety.........

I understand your concerns for sharing the road. I'm not talking about a car here. Driving a car is nice and easy, you slow down you give the necessary space. When your past the cyclist you accelerate back to speed then you slow again for the next rider. You can't do that in a truck. Driving a truck requires skill just to be able to maintain forward motion. You have to maintain a certain speed to make the hill. With out that speed and momentum you struggle to make the hill.
If you were to slow down a fifty ton truck, on a hill, just to accommodate a bicyclist. You may very well find yourself parked on that hill, having to start the shifting process all over again. Unlike a car, you need to use both speed and the weight of your vehicle to drive on those back roads, otherwise you wind up with a two mile line of cars behind you.
The roads are there to travel on, truckers are out there usually up against a clock some where, trying to make a living. I have nothing against charitable events, but use a little common sense. Setting these things up on a busy roadway, a major travel rout, used by many trucks day and night, is asking for trouble. You can't always assume everyone is on the same page on these things. There aren't a lot of split second reactions a trucker can make with e 100,000 pound truck at any speed without winding up in a ditch upside down. These things need to be planned on much slower, less congested secondary roads. Like I said before, there's a reason these things aren't allowed on interstates, and it has nothing to do with common courtesy.................
P.S. I'm not a cyclist, but I was a trucker for twenty six years

THOMAS FALLON 's picture

Condolences...

My condolences go out to the family and friends of David LeClair.

During the trek, problems existed on 108 coming from the Island section of Rumford with a congestion of cars, trucks and cyclists. There was no room for cyclists as vehicles moved in both lanes and some cyclists were passing as well in the vehicle lane. It was very dangerous situation for cyclists where everyone seemed to be "winging it." Little room for cyclists in their lane, many cars and trucks, were the problem here.

When I came off Morse Bridge, I saw cyclists passing other cyclists, entering the vehicle lane, with a few vehicles in that lane, which also was dangerous. The cyclists were obviously taking chances here.

I am impressed with the investigation of the accident.

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