I was riding into work this morning, when an over zealous bambi decides to dash out in front of me! I probably had 10 feet of clearance, but let me tell you, it was close enough to get excited. The bambi did it's little spooked dance thing, you know what I'm talking about if you've ever seen a spooked deer. I have to admit, hitting a deer is something I've never even thought about as a danger in cycling!
So this got me to thinking, if I'd been driving a car, could I have avoided the deer. Probably not. I would have been moving faster, had far more width to avoid the deer with, and not have been as nimble. I still would prefer never to meet another one cranking down the road though.