Dont be the motorist who kills a cyclist. You will regret it every single night for the rest of your life.
Bikes swerve. You must expect they will and accommodate or successfully dodge any swerves with defensive driving. Bikes swerve because of gravel, glass, potholes, gusts of wind, even a moment of rider inattention. You cannot expect cyclists to always ride in a perfectly straight line along the very edge of the road.
Give cyclists as much room as you possibly can, wait until theres no oncoming traffic to pass, move as far over in the other lane as traffic permits. Recently, I very nearly killed five young men. Apparently they saw the light turn red at Burger King, and, not realizing I had a green arrow, stepped out into the road. I was driving 30 to 35 mph, faster than I should have rounded that corner. Four leaped back onto the curb, the other into the inner lane.
They ignored the Dont Walk signal, but I would have had to live with their deaths forever, wondering if I had been driving a little slower, would I have seen them sooner or been able to stop. Dont let that be you and a cyclist, whom you could have given a little more room, waited a few seconds longer to pass or slowed down just a little.
Wade Nelson, Durango