Just like that cyclist (California?) who got hurt when the vehicle he (the cyclist) was harassing hit the brakes. By all known driving laws when a vehicle hits the back of another vehicle THEN VEHICLE #2 was following too closely! I cant believe they successfully prosecuted the auto driver.
That is unfortunate that they prosecuted the car driver.
They should cite bicyclists (cyclists) for tailgating cars (cyclists who draft off cars).
The movie Breaking Away shows a scene with the cyclist tailgating a truck. He is drafting off thea tractor trailer truck as it gets up 60 mph. A very bad example, but then Hollywood sets the standard for bad examples these days.
When I was in HS, I used to ride my bike to work and used to draft (but I was behind to the right — you know hoe if you get that “sweet spot” the suction pulls you along like a madman but if you need to you can fall back.
But that was a LONG time ago.
What happened was that the guy pulled up alongside some riders who were going at the speed limit (easy on that downhill on a decent road bike) and started screaming at them. Then he pulled in front of them, cut over abruptly and slammed on his brakes. One guy went through his back window. The driver then continued to scream at the cyclists and tried to drive away until another cyclist called 911 and sat on his hood to keep him from leaving. When the police arrived, he told them that he did it to teach the cyclists a lesson. He got five years.