Since I am not a trained attorney feel free to correct my analysis…
Here is what happened:
William Hayes, 39, of Mazeppa, was unable to see because he was looking directly into the sun as he turned northbound onto 17th Avenue Northwest from Seventh Street, according to Interim Rochester Police Chief John Sherwin.
I was particularly interested in this comment:
No citation was issued because the men were determined to be equally at fault, Sherwin said.
Here is the police report:
I disagree that both men were equally at fault, however according to the law they were. Chief Sherwin is correct. Had the cyclist been in the bike lane in the very same location it is more likely that they would have been seen by the driver AND the driver would have been entirely at fault.
Here is my interpretation given plenty of experience and no education.
First of all, if you are blinded by the sun and hit someone it is because you are not operating a motor vehicle at an appropriate speed for the conditions.
Second, there is an obligation for a cyclist to stop at an intersection if they are riding on a sidewalk. Pedestrians have the right of way when they step into an uncontrolled intersection, transparently bikes do not. In a bike lane, because they are going straight and there is not lights / stop signs, the cyclist could continue.
Had a driver made a left turn and hit a car or bike going straight the other direction they would be liable. Because they were on a sidewalk they were both less safe and not protected by the law.