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Martha you wrote '... Maybe some law includes bicycles as the same as a motor-powered vehicle, but, alas, they cause motorists to swerve in the lane of oncoming traffic, or to slam on brakes unless the roadway is straight and clear; this, to me, is the cyclist's fault ...'
You need to become better acquainted both with the highway traffic act in your state and with your legal and moral obligations as a licensed operator of a motor vehicle. An attentive, competent and responsible driver will look far enough ahead to see what they're approaching in time to plan and react; not '... swerve in the lane of oncoming traffic, or to slam on brakes ...'. If you believe the situation you describe is the cyclist's fault you either have no understanding of the duty of care we all owe to other road users, or you have a very cavalier attitude to the lives and well being of others. These are parents, children, spouses. Please readjust your attitude before you get back behind the wheel.

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