Well my phone works again, and the Feed

One of the reasons yesterday’s post turned into this morning’s post was I had to walk to the store and buy a top off card for my phone. If I didn’t need my phone so much for getting about my life I would just chuck the thing and save myself $33.07 a month (including taxes). But as I have lost count of the times having a phone on my person has been mission-critical (for varying values of “mission”) so divesting myself of this expense is no longer an option. And while I was out a strange thing happened, someone driving a silver 4-door sedan honked at me on the sidewalk and the passenger rolled down the window, waved, and shouted “Hi, Opus!” I guess that even walking on the sidewalk I’m still conspicuous and identifiable. Or I am still a minor local celebrity. I don’t care, but it does kinda put a crimp on my bank-robbing career before it even gets started. :D

Up first is some decent Infrastructure! news from The Particular Hell WoaB is a suburb of. Dallas’ new bike czar is ready to roll; her thoughts on hot-button issues What happens in the Big D eventually percolates over to The Beautiful Suburbs of Hell next to it.

From NYC we get a bike on ped wreck. Salmoning Cyclist Sends Pedestrian To Hospital With Serious Head Injury Don’t hit the pedestrians. Don’t get killed but DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS!

Update on a CA wreck from the early part of the month. Salinas Police Seeking Public’s Help in Bike Rider’s Death Still can’t find the weapon vehicle, raising the probability of the driver being from out of town and the weapon vehicle long gone.

A MT cyclist wrecks after getting crossed or hooked by a turning vehicle. Whitefish man killed in bike crash ID’d The victim died from a head injury despite wearing a bicycle helmet. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist gets hit in the Great White North. Cyclist struck by van, suffered head injuries Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, as the driver pulled almost directly in front of him as he passed the intersection. And unless Dutch quality infrastructure increases the common sense of drivers driving across it infrastructure would have made little difference either.

Over in Oz a driver on trial for hit-and-run has a tummyache. Helensburgh hit-and-run accused ‘too sick’ to attend court: Doctor This was a driver that left the cyclist victim in hospital with spinal injuries, and now can’t be at her hearing because she’s puking? I wonder if the cyclist was out of hospital to attend the hearing?

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LA sheriff’s agree PCH cyclists belong in the lane; women could race in 2015 Pro Challenge

Can I get a resounding “No Duh!”? Separation Enhances Bike Lane Success People don’t like riding bicycles next to multi-ton killing machines, and even on provably safe bike lanes they feel better if there is distance and some kind of physical barrier between bicycles and “Certain Death”. It would be like driving near an active artillery range where the targets were behind a barrier but a bad shot could still land on the highway.

And a huge “Hurrah!” for this one. FHWA to Engineers: Go Ahead and Use City-Friendly Street Designs This is a huge win for people without motor vehicles.

More Infrastructure news from DE. DelDOT Contractor Makes 2nd Try at Fixing Bad Rumble Strips First try just turned the holes into bumps, second try was reasonably smooth, good show! Of course not putting rumble strips in the bike lane at all would have been a much better idea, don’t you think? More Cyclists Report That Second Try’s the Charm for Rumble Strip Patch

And looking at somewhat better than nothing infrastructure from the vantage point of the best bicycle infrastructure in the world and they still keep trying to improve it. New British infrastructure. A real improvement or making stop-start cycling even slower?

Riding politely at night? All Lit Up Redux

Something I hope percolates over to Garland from Dallas. Grab a seat, Dallas’ first beer bike is on the move It runs on alternative fuels, all derived from biomass. ;)

Speaking from experience, maybe they can given good infrastructure. Can Cargo Bikes Help Us to Replace Trucks and Minivans? Francis/es works well in places that restrict motor vehicle operation, I know this from direct experience. Paved roads help, too. XD

WoaB endorses this ride. Bicycle ride honors fallen Marine, raises money for charity

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, and I got done before midnight whaddaya know?

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Back to the grind or once more into the breach, and the Feed

Well Francis/es is still in the shop awaiting pickup after the repair, and I’m trying to find a truck and driver so I don’t have to spend the $27 on commercial delivery (including tax). The report on the hub was “stuff fell out” when it was disassembled after removal from the bike, as whatever broke to cause the initial problem went through the rest of the hub and created havok. It sounds to me like a cascade failure mode, one failure causing another and then another after that until I had 4 gears missing from an 8 speed hub, and no rear brake.

Up first is from the state that seems to be coming down the hardest on killer drivers, CO. Woman who struck, killed cross-country Jesuit cyclist gets 10 years The narrative of the court proceedings remind me of myself after the wreck, I’m wondering if the driver has some kind of brain damage from previous head trauma or drug overdose. And I’m not sure how long her driving ban after prison will last, but by that time they may have good enough bike infrastructure that it won’t matter because she won’t need to drive and just “forgets” to buy a car and get a license…

Hey, I said this looked bad back when it happened, and I was right, sorta. Keene woman pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed cyclist The most disturbing part of the story is she killed him driving his own car. The best part is because of the way the sentence was handed down she will spend at least 3 years in prison and won’t even start the clock on her license until after she gets out of prison.

The survivors of a CA victim sue the driver. Family of SLO cyclist killed in collision with truck sues driver I’m not sure who did what in this wreck, so I will leave that up to the courts to decide.

An actual current wreck in OR has a tri-geek hitting a parked car. Cyclist hits pickup, injured in SW Bend AFAIK the cyclist was riding the aerobars when he ran into the back of the truck because of restricted vision. Not a big fan of aerobars on the road, but how else can you get used to riding in the aerobars?

Judicial foot-dragging angers local cyclists in fatal wreck. Cyclists Demand Action from Circuit Attorney Weeks After Hit-And-Run Driver Killed Biker The cyclist recorded the wreck, including the driver leaving the scene, and there has been no movement on the case in spite of the suspect turning himself in to LEO.

The champion cyclist killing state in the US gets another one. Police: Boca woman had drugs in system when truck hit, killed cyclist They thought the truck had hit a curb and destroyed the windshield? How big are the curbs on that stretch of road?

Reaction to a MS wreck. Cyclist death is a reminder of the danger I’m still not convinced the wreck narrative is factually provable, I mean the guy rode all the way down from GTA in the Great White North, and he rides salmon and turns in front of oncoming traffic?

A possible hit-and-run in the Great White North. Cyclist struck near Ogilvie and Blair Road Almost no information about this wreck, not enough to tell what happened or how to avoid it, so INFRASTRUCTURE!

A rare UK wreck report gives details of what happened. CUMBRIAN CHARITY CYCLIST LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER HIT AND RUN Hit-from-behind means protocols to avoid or reduce damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another UK wreck report from after the trial and conviction, the “normal” way I get UK reports. Motorist who killed cyclist on early morning bike ride found guilty Hit-from-behind but the trial points out the cyclist did everything he could to avoid the wreck, leaving only infrastructure to Dutch standards to prevent a similar wreck.

Two links to a wreck in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured in hit and run and a later report Hunt for hit-run driver after cyclist knocked off bike in Frankston I don’t blame the cyclist a bit for wanting to get away from the hospital. I can’t stand to be in one any longer than absolutely necessary. Appears to be either a hook or crossing maneuver on the part of the driver. Remember every driveway or parking lot entrance is an intersection and a chance to get cut off by a driver not paying attention.

A guy riding a LWB bent with USS gets hit by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run after riding 3/4 of the way around the world. ‘Messenger of Peace’ killed by drunk driver in central Russia Nothing on the mode but a great deal about the man riding the bike. RIP.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: DUI drivers get well-deserved extended sentences, and a careful Menifee cyclist mourned

Lifestyle down the road a bit in Austin. Friends remember Austin cyclist killed on ride

Lifestyle from the Great White North. Foot path at Dufferin Grove Park honours cyclist Jenna Morrison and Pathway to healing: Dead cyclist’s family and friends cut ribbon to memorial footpath This was a cyclist killed because planners didn’t want to provide a painted bike lane to guide drivers away from cyclists and the truck cut the corner and ran her over killing her…

National Infrastructure! news via BikeDE. National Committee Votes for Bike Signals, Contraflow Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes Through Intersections, Bike Boxes and More

And getting the enforcement to comply with the laws in CA infrastructure news. We’re halfway there This is documenting a long-term effort to get LEO to actually enforce the laws as written instead of as their personal prejudices say they “should” be.

Infrastructure from the UK. Son of dead cyclist in plea to Boris Johnson and ‘Stop promoting cycling in an unsafe city,’ son of doctor killed in an accident with lorry tells Boris Johnson

And a bit north in Scotland. Motorists and cyclists should both live up to their responsibilities

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles, and damned few giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Contemplating motor vehicles again on a Wreck-Free Sunday

First up, Jeff Gordon and crew did a fantastic job winning the Brickyard 400 today, and I’m not even a J. Gordon fan. They won with a combination of a superior car at the end of the race and superior strategy to get that car in a position to win. If you have the best car in the race but you’re mid pack or worse on a track like Indy you can’t win. Gordon’s crew were as big a part of winning this race as Jeff was.

Second, Mrs. the Poet and I have come to an agreement about getting a used Miata, contingent on her being able to get in and out of the car without assistance. This would meet all our needs and 80-90% of our wants. They get good gas mileage, seat 2, and have room for 2 full-size suitcases or a week’s groceries in the trunk as delivered from the factory. What they lack is covered in the phrase “delivered from the factory”. I mean Hephaestus is getting all over my metaphorical case about that and dropping hints about “improvements” I could make.

Or I could leave the Miata unmolested aside from suspension mods and make a grocery-runner from a 50cc scooter like one of the 50cc microcars I showed last week from the Lane. I checked and as long as I didn’t alter the power unit I could do just about anything I wanted to a 50cc scooter and still be legal in TX. So long as I used DOT wheels and tires and did not go over 3 or less than 2 wheels and started with an approved power unit, I’m good to go. I’m thinking something like the Scootacar that I showed last week or something like a Leitra velomobile.

With fenders or fairings over the exposed moped wheels and tires to prevent road grime and spray off the tires when things get messy on those rare days it rains here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. This would be both legal and allow the best possible gas mileage because even at 30 MPH there is a lot of energy lost to aero drag.

My contact at the motor vehicle department assures me that so long as the original engine and transmission are unmodified and it was on the “certified” list I can register it as the original make of scooter. This means I can get the breaks allowed to “regular” mopeds that don’t have three wheels and doors. ;)

And reading the applicable laws reveals that I can self-certify the legality of the vehicle and pay the $30.30 fee and register it as a moped. Huh, whodathunkit? Less regulation that actually helps the “little guy” in TX.

And now I have to get ready for evening services. I’ll be back tomorrow.

PSA, Opus

Hanging out and waiting for links, and the Feed

After that link-fest yesterday I’m a little sparse on links today, and I’m going off-air again tomorrow so I will be staying up late to catch the midnight delivery of links. We finally went to the grocery store today and replenished our food supplies, so no more ramen for dinner. I need to find someone with a truck to get my bike back from the shop since they replaced my rear hub (nothing between 1st and 6th gears, that jump is a leg-breaker going from over 130 RPM in 1st to whatever it is in 6th). If I can’t find a truck it will cost me another $27 and change for the delivery and tax…

I’m going to open with another “Florida driver” report. FL man distracts cops with fake 911 murder call to get out of speeding ticket: ‘It almost worked’ Never under-estimate the intelligence of drivers in Florida, they will fool you every time and be even dumber.

Update on a CO intersection wreck. Injured cyclist’s condition improves after crash Good luck to the injured cyclist, and do what the physical therapist tells you so you will recover faster.

I don’t think it qualifies as “releasing” the video when media has to request it to see it. Driver who killed cyclist in hit-and-run releases video I still don’t think the driver realizes how lucky she got on her sentence, if it had been up to me she would be walking for the few short days she had left after the expiration of her sentence before her expiration. As it is she will qualify for a new CO license in just a few short months. Also girly, you need to either get a teleprompter or learn your lines ahead of time, your performance was as wooden as Mortimer Snerd.

Another SWCC wreck in FL kills another cyclist… Cyclist killed in accident on Southwest 20th Avenue Like the one yesterday nobody is saying which direction the cyclist was going, and the cyclist is too dead to make a statement in his own defense. And the presence or lack of a crosswalk has about as much relevance to this wreck as knowing if the driver was wearing fire-proof coveralls.

The first wreck to qualify after the Aaron Cohen act was effective. Bicyclist Left For Dead in Hit-and-Run Crash in Pembroke Pines SUV hit and left the cyclist lying in the road. Nothing about the mode, so INFRASTRUCTURE! And wishing a quick recovery to the victim.

A WV wreck injures a NC mountain biker. Cyclist injured in accident This is why I don’t ride mountain bikes off road. Too big a chance of falling down and getting injured so bad you have to be airlifted to medical attention.

Closure on a CA drunk-driver cyclist fatality. Drunk driver sentenced to 15 years in prison in bicyclist’s death Combined with the ban on driving after he gets out of prison…

Another NYC wreck takes out a kid riding on the sidewalk. Video: SUV Leaps On To Bronx Sidewalk, Crashing Into 12-Year-Old Boy OK the video shows the cyclist had less than a half second to identify the threat and escape laterally, or basically zero reaction time. And as the cyclist was technically already on segregated infrastructure upgrading the infrastructure would have had zero effect on preventing the wreck, which takes us back to banning private motor vehicles in the city without a pilot carrying a red flag front and rear as the only practical way to keep motor vehicles in the city without killing or maiming the residents of NYC.

Two links to a report on a wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist hit by car, seriously injured and Cyclist injured in Highway 5 collision Hit-from-behind wreck, so possibility exists that the protocols might have done some good for avoiding or reducing damages, but as always getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this cyclist from having to share a highway with a driver that couldn’t stay on the road…

We don’t get too many wrecks from Luxembourg… Cyclist airlifted to hospital after serious accident No other vehicles involved, just a loss of control wreck.

Another hit-and-run wreck, this time in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured Vic hit and run Narrative could be either a right cross or a left hook (they drive on the “wrong” side of the street in Oz), so intersection protocols to avoid because every driveway is an intersection. Infrastructure would not help much because the driver would just ignore it like he/she did the bicycle in the road. And for some reason I’m getting a really strong female driver vibe off of this wreck.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Woman-less Tour de France is all but over, and way too much national bike news for one day

Va. Beach tries to put the ixnay on towed bicycle ads, but may be stymied by conflicting state laws. Va. Beach says: Don’t peddle wares with bike ads The state law in this case defines a billboard as something attached or applied to a stationary object, “The state says a billboard sign must be affixed to real property – land or things attached to land, such as buildings” which leaves out all trailers. Interestingly enough the city ordinance does allow trailers towed by trucks or cars, not sure why they are discriminating against bicycles on this one except that bicycles don’t use any fossil fuels or any fuels except tax-exempt food…

Stupid is as stupid does, and this is really stupid. [Update] NYPD Has A Message For Citi Bike Thieves Who Do Bad Paint Jobs He could have spared himself the work and left the bike as-is and never been caught, but nooo! he had to try to hide it.

And finally those were all the links that made sense for a bike blog that doesn’t talk about racing…

billed @€0.02, Opus

After ruining my “vacation” I’m back at work in TX, and the Feed

That was the last time I bring my laptop with me on vacation. I mean seriously the only time I didn’t work on the blog was when I was unable to find an Internet connection, and there was so much I missed out on by being stuck inside on the computer. Also I really needed a longer break from all the “lovely” death and gore that goes with this job. I realized that when I was watching a wreck video taken from the wrecked bicycle, and other people in the room had to leave because they had to throw up and I was just watching to see how far over into the cyclist’s lane the weapon vehicle was driven. This is a level of detachment I really don’t want to sustain. It’s not good for my long-term mental health to be that detached from death, dismemberment, and destruction. It leads to things like supporting the death penalty for reals, not just as a demonstration of how serious I believe an offense should be taken.

Up first is what appears to be a left cross that is blamed on the cyclist’s failure to wear a magic foam hat just a few miles from the WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Cyclist killed in Plano after being struck by vehicle Yeah, totally the fault of the cyclist riding through the intersection with the right of way over the turning vehicle but not wearing a helmet, not the guy driving blindly through the cyclist. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And fire any LEO who places more emphasis on wearing a helmet than in making a legal left turn that does not hit cyclists.

Update on a hit-and-run in LA. Cyclist died of drowning; driver out on bond The cyclist had survivable injuries but died because he couldn’t get out of the ditch after the wreck. He would have lived and recovered had the driver just stayed at the scene and helped him out of the ditch. It’s situations like this that make me want to chain the driver to the steering wheel and run the car through a car shredder. More Coroner: Bicyclist drowned following hit-and-run

Karma runs over a drunk driver in NM. Woman tied to 2010 cyclist death gets prison time in separate case She’s still awaiting trial on charges the killed a building while driving drunk (no that is neither a joke nor a typo, she destroyed a building with her car).

From the current US champion cyclist-killing state of FL, another notch on the infrastructure… Cyclist killed in crash near Beverly Beach Camptown This report makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, sure SWCC wreck, and without seeing the wrecked bicycle I can’t say what way the bike was pointed at time of impact, but the point of impact on the weapon vehicle would have been right in front of the driver if he had been looking where he was going. So I can’t say if this was an intersection wreck, hit from behind, or if the cyclist was riding across the street at mid-block. That kind restricts my advice to installing Dutch infrastructure to prevent a similar wreck. More Another highway fatality

For when you think there might be sane drivers in FL. Road-raging Florida man run over by his own truck after drunken crash Unfortunately he survived. Recounting, drunk driver hits car stopped for red light in the rain, gets out to bang on driver’s window and rant, light changes and driver that was hit from behind leaves, then the truck with the driver’s open beer on board runs over the driver trying to catch and stop it with his hands. Driver had a BAC% of 0.22 when tested in hospital… idiot.

An OH cyclist gets a lucky break. Cyclist Hit By Passing Truck The luck breaks were manifold in this wreck, the first being the cyclist was not hit fully by the truck that buzzed him, another being the spokesman for LEO was not person who investigated the wreck because the levels of understanding of the law from the investigator vastly exceeded the understanding displayed by the spokesperson. Buzz job means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, while infrastructure “up to Dutch” including education of LEO about laws and the limitations of PPE like bicycle helmets will prevent a similar wreck. Or if not prevent it, make sure everyone knows that passing motor vehicles are at fault when hitting bicycles being passed in the same direction.

An IA wreck with cyclist survivor. Cyclist in fair condition after Ireton, Iowa, crash Driver buzzed the cyclist and was ticketed for the offense. Hit from behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and I’m really sorry the cyclist’s RAGBRAI vacation was ruined by an idiot with a driver’s license and 2 brain cells to rub together. Oh yeah, get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A really annoying wreck in NYC that LEO seem to insist is the fault of the cyclist for being there to get hit. Cyclist’s Legs Crushed By Cement Truck In East Williamsburg Right hook, cyclist survival is still unknown.[UPDATE] Comment from User ID “JB” says the cyclist is recovering in hospital. and “Broke’N’Hungry” left the comment “(T)hats a friend of mine. Didn’t read through all the comments because there are so many of them but just updating for anyone that wants to know– she’s okay!!! will be in and out of surgeries for a little but blessed be the powers that only got her leg!! 1-2 weeks hospital time with like 6 months-ish of recovery (mostly wheelchair bound, but recovery!).” Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and if this was anyplace other than NYC I would say get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, but since this is from NYC I’m going to say ban motor vehicles without a pilot carrying a red flag walking in front and behind the vehicle is the way to go because they really can’t move the buildings to install more infrastructure, and they have the required public transit to replace any and all private motor vehicles in the city, except for trucks delivering goods which is where the pilots walking with red flags come in.

Another NYC wreck on a bike path. Bus Driver Seriously Injures Cyclist on Hudson River Greenway Right hook with the bus and the bike path both getting the green light at the same time, a move that is guaranteed to cause wrecks, deaths and destruction. As this is already a segregated bike path I place all blame on the infrastructure and the driver’s failure to yield to the cyclist who had the green light to proceed straight through the intersection. This is a direct violation of the CROW manual for building bike infrastructure in the Netherlands.

What it takes to get a murder conviction for killing someone with your motor vehicle in NY. Upstate NY driver convicted for fatally hitting bicyclist, fleeing with body wedged on truck OK seriously, just put his guy away for life without parole, he was out on drug charges when he killed the cyclist (using, not selling). Or just let me have him… I promise to put all the pieces in the same location, and in the right order. I even promise he will have a pulse and respiration and most of his blood.

A report from WI that has 2 vehicles in the intersection after a 4-way stop, so why are they assuming the guy riding the bicycle was the one that ran the stop sign? Green Lake Co. cyclist injured in crash with pickup I looked at the intersection in Google Maps, and I saw 4 way stop signs (well technically I saw shadows on the ground from where the stop signs should be). Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and infrastructure to prevent.

Another WI wreck with a DUI driver. Cyclist injured in Sparta collision Nothing on the mode or anything that would allow deducing the mode, just a drunk driver hitting an innocent cyclist… INFRASTRUCTURE! damnit.

I think this MI wreck is a prime example of the difference between getting infrastructure “up to Dutch” and just throwing pavement down and calling it “bicycle infrastructure”. Bicyclist slams into truck on crosswalk Looking at the intersection with Street View you can see traffic on the bike path did not have priority over motor vehicles in the street, 180 out from the Dutch standard. The intersection seemed to have good visibility and the driver stating he “always” slowed down coming to that spot may have sucked the cyclist into believing the driver was going to stop and let him proceed. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and turn those stop signs to face the street like “real” bicycle infrastructure to prevent. I mean they are more than 2/3 of the way there, why not make the simple change to get all the way there?

A cyclist is hit from behind in IL. Van hits 17-year-old cyclist on 45/52 Since the weapon vehicle was leaving the road as it hit the cyclist this negates any chance to employ the protocols to avoid the wreck or reduce the damages from it.

Some days I really feel for Ted, like today. Update: Bicyclist killed in Menifee collision; Riverside County bike fatalities twice as high as last year Hit from behind presumably in the bike lane, but the description of the weapon vehicle sounds like one of the micro cars from the Lane Museum. or one of these? protocols would not be useful if the description of the scene is accurate, so getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” is all that can be done to prevent a similar wreck.

Another CA wreck is a hit-from-behind. One teen killed, another injured in Modesto auto vs. cyclist collision Since it seems there were two up on a single bike and it wasn’t a cargo or tandem bike and at least one was drunk… There are things that have a high chance of a bad outcome in the US that are if not “normal” are at least not uncommon and fairly safe in places where the infrastructure is not heavily biased in preference to private motor vehicles as transportation…

Another CA cyclist is hit by a train? Cyclist killed by train Seriously, don’t do this. The cyclist rode around the crossing guards to try to beat the freight train and not have to wait for the several minutes required for the crossing. Your life is not worth taking the chance to save a few minutes.

Updates on multiple wrecks in AK. Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends Mourn Still aren’t saying what will happen with such egregious wrecks as getting hit from behind by a driver speeding in reverse… If any wreck called for serious prison time this one does. And for the record, I doubt any protocols or infrastructure changes would do anything for this wreck unless driver’s license standards were also tightened severely at the same time.

Yucky wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist badly injured in collision with dump truck Even when the cyclist survives a wreck with a dump truck, it ain’t pretty doesn’t even come close to describing it. From the picture it looks like the truck was swinging wide and cut the corner in a seriously bad right hook. The bike is under the front wheel, which tells me the cyclist never saw what hit him until he was under the truck. That makes employing any of the protocols impossible, leaving only infrastructure that didn’t leave cyclists running from dump trucks driven by Mr. Magoo as the only sane alternative.

At least they know not to blame the cyclist in this intersection wreck. Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by car Drier ran the red hitting the cyclist after she entered the intersection, and was caught doing so by witnesses, so it wasn’t the driver claiming legality with nobody to speak for the cyclist. Anyway, not much the cyclist could do, and unless this was rebuilt as an intersection that had flyovers for the cars with bikes riding through at grade level changing the infrastructure would not have helped either.

A fatal wreck in Canuckistan. Cyclist killed on Interlake highway Naturally they blame the cyclist for riding in the “middle” of the road instead of the driver not looking where his vehicle was going. Hit from behind protocols might have given the cyclist a chance, infrastructure would not have required him to take one.

If this doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy, you’re either deceased or have problems. Boy Carries His Younger Brother Through Triathlon, Wins At Life

Now this is riding with a purpose! This rogue bicycle pony express delivered mail in 1894 Cyclists rode in shifts over a set section of the route waiting at each end of the section for the rider coming their direction to hit the road with the mail for the next section.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Wolfpack Hustle debates bike lanes with John & Ken, and Calbike forms state’s 1st bike PAC

Horrible legal Infrastructure! news from New York. NY Court Just Made It Easier For Drivers To Get Away With Murder Seriously, I want to know what these guys are smoking… They just contracted the definition of “depraved” until you have to deliberately target everything on the road until your vehicle is too battered to continue to get a murder conviction for driving like a maniac. The driver in this case was doing over 70 MPH when he hit the victim throwing her body a NYC block, and the panel of “judges” declared this was NOT “depraved indifference” to the lives of others. Decisions like this make me want to require mandatory drug testing of judges before every case and at random times during the case…

Presented without comment… NYPD: 1,263 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 11 Killed in Traffic in May

Usually I make jokes about cousins marrying when discussing the infrastructure for bicycles in AR. Safety tips for cyclists and motorists sharing the road Basically just more on how to deal with infrastructure built with no regard for any mode besides motor vehicles…

Infrastructure from CA. Another cyclist death prompts call for more bike safety

Infrastructure commentary from IA. The cyclist on the street versus the cyclist in the road There’s a serious disconnect here about bicycle infrastructure, when you have that many sidewalk cyclists they are telling government that the infrastructure SUCKS!

When the judge says that the infrastructure is so bad that cyclists and trucks are going to hit each other and it isn’t the cyclists’ fault in the UK you got some seriously bolluxed infrastructure… Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist’s death

Lifestyle from NY. Ghost bike honors cyclist killed in Troy I no longer remember this wreck, how long ago was it again?

Lastly, I think this was my favorite picture from my visit to the Lane Museum.
Why be normal?
Why be normal?

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. More fits than giggles, but that’s normal these days.

Billd @€0.02, Opus

Last day in TN and we ate some more, and the Feed

We had a visit with the kids’ old baby sitters, which was nice. We went to lunch, which was filling. Mrs. the Poet and I shared a plate called a Rusty Bucket at a seafood place up the street after we got to our intended eating establishment and found them closed on Mondays. I also had what will probably be my last local beer, this one a dark beer with floral overtones and a slightly bitter finish called a Turtle Anarchy. So far I have not hit any clinkers in my local beer safari across NY and TN. Programming note, I will be off-air for travel tomorrow and Wednesday. This will mean that I will be up to my expectations in links on Thursday :D

Cyclists have highly sensitive danger senses, but this guy’s is just beyond anything I have ever encountered. Dutch cyclist cheats death twice, never boards MH17 and MH370 Somebody needs to see how this guy rides in traffic and see if there is some kind of sixth sense thing going on or something.

A few miles east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell is an update on that buzz job that was nearly fatal caught on video. Cyclist clipped by truck: ‘I remember riding up the overpass and I don’t remember anything after that’ I think a video camera would be a very good addition to Francis/es in the near future.

The article next closest is an update on an LA hit-and-run. Driver arrested in death of cyclist Lon Lomas The cyclist was hit from behind and left for dead earlier this year.

More on that NOLA right hook by a semi on a cyclist, that was at least partially caused by poor infrastructure design. Victim in Marigny fatal bicycle crash with 18-wheeler identified

Another blind driver runs over a cyclist in FL. Tampa police: Driver ran over bicyclist lying in road and Bicyclist dies on N 50th Street in southeast Tampa Ignoring for the moment the question of what caused the cyclist to be horizontal instead of vertical in the road, why was the driver unable to avoid an adult human male and a bicycle in the road on a bright sunny day? The point has been made in comments to the first link that there was nothing obstructing the vision of the driver to cause him to hit the body in the road. Second question is why the cyclist was in the road in the first place, was he hit by another vehicle or was there some kind of medical situation that caused him to fall? And yes, being drunk is a medical situation.

More on a really strange wreck in CA. Bicyclist Dies In Macabre Accident, Run Down By a Car on the Sidewalk I have been reading in BicyclingInLA that the victim was just waiting for a bus and not a cyclist, that the bicycle on the scene was just additional debris from the wreck, possibly locked to one of the light stanchions mowed down by the vehicle as it transited the sidewalk on its ballistic trajectory after the initial impact with the other vehicle involved. This information does not make this person any less dead or the situation any less tragic.

Another CA bike wreck. Chino Hills driver arrested after bicyclist fatally struck in Pomona Hit-from-behind protocols might have helped avoid or reduced injury, but keeping drunk drivers off the roads and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this wreck. Getting rid of drunk drivers more than other aspects of infrastructure, but still it takes a complete package.

A NH child cyclist is injured in collision with a pickup truck. Keene boy hit on bicycle, flown to hospital From looking at the Street View of the intersection intersection protocols might have been a total waste of time because of the geometry of the impact. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” has a very high probability of preventing a similar wreck given the age of the victim. Seriously, this intersection is a total mess of 5 intersecting streets and no traffic controls aside from a stop sign on one street, and a flashing amber light. There are bike lanes on one of the arterial streets and copious markings about yielding to pedestrians, so they are working on it.

A cyclist is hit-and-run in MT. Bicyclist in critical condition after hit-and-run crash in Missoula Hit from behind and the LEO report made no mention of missing lights or reflectors so it can be safely assumed the cyclist was legally lighted and reflectorized. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Hit and run death in the 49th State. Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified; teenage driver detained and another link Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified; teenage driver detained Nothing on the mode of the wreck in either link, just that the teen driver left the scene and parked the truck a few blocks away from the wreck. So, INFRASTRUCTURE!

A right hook in the Great White North, Female cyclist receives minor injuries after being struck in Oakville Nothing on what kind of punishment was dealt to the driver in this wreck, but intersection wreck, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages from the wreck, and infrastructure to prevent.

A deadly wreck in Canuckistan. Cyclist struck and killed north of Selkirk also Winnipeg Cyclist Killed Near Selkirk Hit from behind on a cyclist riding where he should have been highly visible to drivers actually looking at the road, no mention of anything missing from the cyclist’s equipment except the helmet which seems to get mentioned in every wreck even if the cyclist had only massive blunt force trauma to the torso and untouched head. Protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

Moving on to Jolly Olde we see the resolution of a drunk driving fatality. Woman whose sister was killed by drunk-driver is jailed for mowing down cyclist after alcohol-fuelled row with boyfriend and Four years’ jail for drunk driver who killed cyclist as she chased boyfriend’s car Four years with likely release in 2 is hardly the appropriate sentence for killing someone at nearly twice the legal posted speed and blood alcohol limits both.

And at that this driver got more than 66% of drivers convicted of killing cyclists in the UK. Cycling deaths: Fewer than half of drivers face jail

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The battle over Santa Paula cop’s anti-bike video is over, but we may have lost the war

Infrastructure! news from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists are not a menace on the roads

Lifestyle from IN. Cyclists remember their partners killed during 2006 ride

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, still more fits, but there were some giggles hidden in there.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Well, that was fun. Musings on a Wreck-Free Sunday.

Yesterday was spent going to a museum, a used book store, and stuffing our faces until we exploded. I’m writing this from beyond the grave ;)

Going in chronological order and because I have lots of pictures, the first thing we did after lunch was make a return visit to the Lane Motor Museum . One of the things the Lane is noted for is one of the world’s largest collections of micro cars, cars with less than 500 cc displacement. These used to be quite popular over in Europe after the war for travelling distances too far to walk or ride a bicycle in the time available and not reliably served by train. They were also used for urban travel as many were small enough to take indoors when you arrived at your destination, eliminating the need to use expensive parking. Another thing they have at the Lane is an extensive collection of bicycles of varying vintages from pre WWII to the day before yesterday. And as befits a museum that has the goal of “everything runs”, they have an onsite bicycle shop.
Basement bike shop
You can see a bike on the stand, several bikes around the shop, and bins of old parts on the shelves.

I mentioned their collection of micro cars, which includes a running example of the Guinness World’s Smallest Production Car.Peel P50
This is a Peel P50, which is basically a 50cc scooter with a fiberglass body. The staff at the Lane have actually driven this on the street in Nashville.

They also have one of these, described in this sign.
Scootacar display sign
And this picture.
Scootacar

This display shows just how micro a micro car can get with this standard interior house door straddling the display.
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The purpose of this American made micro was to take milady and her purchases home from the local grocery and all the way into the pantry. Only a few were built.

Microcars hung around in Japan much longer than in the US or even Europe, with this example from the late 1960s.
Subaru 360
Yes, that is a Subaru, a 360 from 1968 if I remember correctly. Incidentally, I heard that they have a bunch of spare transmission parts for this model Scoobydoo at the Lane because they had to order 400 parts to be made to replace a single broken gear… :D

Micro cars did not have to be stodgy transportation appliances, some had pretensions (or delusions) of sport.
micro sports car
I didn’t catch the name of this car when I took the picture, but browsing the collection online tells me it’s not listed (?!)

After the Lane Museum we visited one of the largest used-book stores in the US, McKay I fund a volume I really wanted to get because the title reached out an grabbed me Sex and Bacon , but I didn’t get it because I ran out of money.

After the book store we beat feet (drove, using the Interstates mostly) to Monell’s at the Manor a restaurant I have extensively reviewed in this blog previously. My current review of the food is this: I required assistance leaving the establishment because I ate too much… Oh, that meatloaf…

After that we retired for the night to console our distended stomachs.

So, how was your Saturday?

PSA, Opus