The NY Bicycling Coalition does have a good synopsis of their laws regarding bikes. It states this regarding passing on the right:
The first option does not apply to you because the car ahead of you was turning right, not left.(Vehicle Traffic Law) VTL 1123 – Overtaking on the right – The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
- When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;
- Upon a street or highway with unobstructed pavement not occupied by parked vehicles of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles in each direction;
- Upon a one-way street, or upon any roadway on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement, where the roadway is free from obstructions and of sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles.
(b) The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under conditions permitting such movement in safety. Such movement shall not be made by driving off the pavement or main-traveled portion of the roadway, except as permitted by section eleven hundred thirty-one of this article.
The second and third do not apply because you said that were on a two lane road with only one lane of travel in each direction.
The last would not apply because you obviously could not pass safely as you ran into the car ahead of you.
So abruptly turning into oncoming bicycles from behind on your righthand side and killing them is ok but turning into oncoming cars from behind in the lane next to you is not ok? Wow! How about opening your car door and killing an oncoming cyclist without checking your mirrors first? Is that legal too? Because heck, there might be folks out there that want to know of a legal way to kill cyclists? So checking your mirrors is now optional?
You cannot change out of your lane without checking your mirrors first when it is highly reasonable to believe that ANYONE can be swiftly approaching you from behind.
Short story: One of the first questions the hotshot lawyer asked me in my deposition was a statement you guys probably buy into. "Do you realize that all the traffic laws that apply to vehicles apply to bicycles?" I said "no they don't." He says "oh really, like what?" I said " bikes are allowed to ride on the shoulder of the road to the right of traffic and cars are not." Further, I'd say about one third of the vehicle code applies to bicycles.
If you are a cop with a clue, you should step in and school your EL Clique. But I'd say that you are here for other reasons...like bashing on people.
Nobody was approaching the car that turned. The OP was already there hiding from someone driving in the other direction and probably paying way too much attention to the car he was hiding from.
In New York, it seems so. Lane splitting isn't legal there.
Say it, or, please tell how a bicycle can legally 'share the road' with cars? Or, a better idea is to run for the hills like the rest of your Clique did.