Monthly Archives: May 2012

Still laboring under the delusion that no news is good news, and the Feed

Well I didn’t hear anything from the VA all day yesterday, so I’m going to take that as a sign that Dad is doing hunky-dory (I know, who says “hunky-dory” these days?). Mrs. the Poet will be making the arduous trek via DawgBus starting tonight and be here tomorrow afternoon. Saturday’s post may be a few hours late ;)

I’m not posting any links because it has nothing to do with bicycles, really, but the big story in the Feed this morning was there were a number of people seen riding bicycles in the video of the naked guy eating the man’s face in Miami. Not mentioned was there were an even larger number of people driving cars past the altercation, but I’m assuming they were excused because nothing that goes on outside a car is of any concern to the driver… which also explains why FL is the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike 6 years running now.

Up first, a ghost bike is installed for the teen cyclist killed after falling from an obstructed sidewalk in NC and being run over by a semi. Memorial in place to remember Myers Park student killed riding bike This is another reason why sidewalks =/= bicycle infrastructure. The cyclist bumped one of the garbage cans in the sidewalk with the end of his handlebars which tossed him into the street just as the semi was passing.

Next up a cyclist towing a child-carrying trailer is hit and the trailer run over in CA. Modesto woman riding in child’s bicycle trailer is hit by SUV, dies And doesn’t a driver that runs one of those trailers over pretty much say to the world that they don’t care about anything smaller than a compact car? Since the wreck happened in an intersection, use intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent a similar wreck.

A child cyclist is run over in a crosswalk according to initial reports from IL. Boy Killed Riding Bike In Round Lake Heights The report as it stands as I post this is the child was hit by the trailer being towed by the weapon vehicle, and that the weapon vehicle had the green. Intersection protocols to avoid, but this would be a place that would not be allowed to exist in the Dutch model of infrastructure as it is a high-speed arterial that directly connects to a residential street. In the Dutch model the arterial would be much slower if located that close to a residential area, or there would have been a connecting bike path that separated off from the arterial but went to the same places. But there would never be an intersection like the one that killed this child.

A cyclist’s life is permanently changed by a hit-and-run driver in LA. Bicyclist injured in hit & run, search continues for suspect No word on the mode of the wreck, but you know what I think of the driver and what he or she deserves.

A CA cyclist making a left on the green arrow is hit by a truck making a right on red from the opposite direction onto the same street. Cyclist Critically Injured By Right-Turning Truck This one is so easy to figure out I’m surprised no tickets have been issued to the truck driver yet. The cyclist had the clear right of way with the green light, the driver had to wait until the way was clear before turning with a right on red. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right including ticketing drivers (and cyclists) that run red lights and cause wrecks, to prevent. I see this wreck as no different than a driver running the red during a bike green with separated bike infrastructure.

In the Great White North another cyclist is injured. UPDATED: Cyclist transferred to London hospital Another left-cross wreck where the driver violated the cyclist’s right of way, intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right so bikes and motor vehicles are not trying to occupy the road at the same time (and space).

The rest of the links today are Infrastructure! of one kind or another, either physical or legal.First one up is about mountain bike infrastructure from the Twin Cities. River Bottoms Part II By: Chris Chavie Come the Zombie Apocalypse all cycling will be “off-road”, this is a good time to get in some practice.

The Bicycle Federation reviews the infrastructure where there were two people killed on the same road in 2 years. Bicycle Federation of WI in Wausau After Fatal Bike Accident This was in response to a second fatal wreck on KK.

Staten Island credits infrastructure changes in reducing the death toll on the streets. Deaths on Staten Island hit a record low: Traffic strategies saving lives Notice that improving bicycle infrastructure has a collateral effect of reducing the number of fatal wrecks for everyone. Bicycle infrastructure slows motor vehicle traffic while maintaining total vehicle throughput, and slowing motor vehicle speeds reduces both the number and severity of wrecks with all modes of transportation. It’s a win/win/win solution.

General legal infrastructure in VA. Some Biking Rules and Tips for the Road in Virginia Note that even the most restrictive FRAP rules in the US still allow cyclists to take the lane in many if not most situations. While IANAL, the person that wrote the linked article is a lawyer.

And Jolly Olde is decidedly not Jolly about killer drivers getting less than a slap on the wrist. British Cycling and Cycling Weekly call on government to make justice system fairer for road users People are getting tired of killers getting community service and suspended jail terms for killing people with cars or other motor vehicles. Had some other weapon, like a cricket bat (culturally congruent for the location, we would use a baseball bat) or lead pipe been used, the person that killed would have spent years behind bars, but because they killed with a motor vehicle it’s an “accident” and not to blame the driver for killing.

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

No news is good news on Dad, and the Feed

I haven’t heard anything from the VA hospital since we got Dad settled in yesterday, and they have contact information in case something happens. So at this point I’m going all Pollyanna and taking this as he at least hasn’t gotten any worse, and may be getting better. Is this a defense mechanism on my part to assume that no bad news is the same as good news? I don’t care, that is what I’m going to believe.

The Big Story today is from the Great White North, in what appears to be a cyclist struck from behind because the weapon vehicle driver couldn’t wait until it was safe to pass. Cyclist killed by pickup truck and Cyclist Struck And Killed Near Mount Brydges also Elderly cyclist killed From the totality of the reports I read, the driver was the kind that thinks he passes every cyclist when and where he gets to them, regardless of if it’s safe to do so. Because of that he has killed one person, injured at least one other person and destroyed 3 vehicles. I’m sure LEO will find some way of blaming the cyclist for being there as the cause of this multi-vehicle wreck.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running now, a cyclist waiting for a red light is killed in somebody else’s wreck. Bicycle rider killed at St. Petersburg intersection There is nothing you as a cyclist can do to avoid a wreck like this, and very little infrastructure can do to prevent it because bikes and cars have to share space at intersections. About the only thing that would prevent this wreck would be much higher standards to get a license, and much lower standards to lose one. Basically the driver that caused this wreck would never get to drive again, and even the driver that wasn’t at fault would get a suspension for failing to see the idiot before the idiot hit the car and reacting properly to prevent or mitigate the wreck, unless the idiot was so egregious that nobody could have avoided getting hit by him.

Update on the hit-and-run in OR that killed a cyclist who was hit by 2 cars. Accident victim’s relatives sought LEO are still looking for the damaged Ford that caused this mess.

Another OR wreck with little explanation. Man suffers serious head injury after crash in Clackamas County At this point all that is known is the cyclist was found with a head injury and without a helmet.

Another update, this one on the young cyclist injured in MA over the weekend. Boy hurt in Bloomington bicycle accident recovering from injuries Still in a coma so the head injury isn’t getting any better, but the rest of his body is recovering nicely since he isn’t trying to move it around. As I posted yesterday, get well fast little cyclist dude!

Cars can seriously injure you in secondary collisions even when you aren’t hurt in the first collision. Cyclist Badly Injured at 17th and M Whether the cyclist fell off or was knocked off, the serious injury is mostly the result of the secondary impact with the Range Rover. Since there was no report of how the cyclist fell over, I can’t say how to avoid a wreck like this, but if the infrastructure was right then the cyclist would have fallen down in an area that was free of motor vehicles that could have harmed him.

A cyclist dies in NC. Student killed while riding bicycle Tuesday morning in Charlotte At this point the mode of the wreck has not been released to the public by LEO, so no idea on how to avoid the wreck. But getting the infrastructure that keeps fragile cyclists away from heavy vehicles with blind spots large enough to hide the entire TdF peloton would have prevented this wreck. More Myers Park HS student killed in bike wreck and Myers Park community dealing with death of boy, 14, killed in bike accident and last link Friends remember Myers Park freshman Drew Wright Now the report is the cyclist was hit mid-block after running into garbage cans that had been placed on the sidewalk and made the path too narrow for his bike to get through… To avoid, don’t ride in the sidewalk, see above on how to prevent.

Update on a cyclist hit-from-behind in GA, near where I was stationed in 1983. Injured cyclist recovering at home Good luck on that recovery!

The family of a cyclist killed by a semi reaches a settlement with the company that owns the truck. Family reaches settlement in cyclist’s wrongful death suit This was a wreck that I found highly improbable as it was first reported, then more information came out that the driver had been involved in two other fatal bike wrecks in the 5 years prior to this one, and accident reconstruction showed the driver had drifted left as he prepared to turn right onto the freeway and hit the cyclist with the driver side of the truck. Now the employers of the driver have to pay for keeping him on the roads after he had killed twice before.

A map that will change drastically as the year progresses. 2012 Every Bicyclist Counts Map This is a graphic of what I try to do in text, mark every death and provide input on how to prevent future deaths.

Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike in the US for 6 years running. Rickenbacker Causeway Bike Lanes Improved Bike safe rumble strips between the bike lane and the motor vehicle lanes are a help, but probably would not have prevented the drunk driver from running off the road to hit the 2 cyclists that were hit this spring…

Another kind of infrastructure from CA, as they try to make compliance with the state helmet law more affordable. YOGOH Organization Promotes Bike Safety

First of several LifeStyle links, this one from the Cycle Twin Cities site. Twin Cities Cycling News From Around the Web It isn’t often that I link to movie premiers…

LifeStyle from across the pond. 270 Cyclists Storm the Beaches of Dunkirk for Finale of 350 Mile Help for Heroes Bike Ride An amphibious assault with bicycles? That would have been awesome to see if it had really happened. But 270 cyclists on the roads at the same time and place were quite awesome enough thank you.

And a pretty picture to wind things up courtesy of Cycle Twin Cities. Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 5.30.12 I think I mentioned how much I would like to get away from the suburbs of Hell, well this is one of the places that I would move to if I did.

And that is all the news that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Moving to a new “new normal”, and the Feed

Dad is settled in at the VA, with a bunch of symptoms that mostly come down to “not eating or drinking enough”. He claims he is not having any problems swallowing, but watching from the outside it sure looks like it is a struggle when he swallows, what with all the grimacing and shaking his head from side to side… He is having trouble chewing also because he has lost so much weight his dentures don’t fit any more. And he is still complaining about everything having no flavor and demanding more salt in his food (though to be honest the food at the VA leaves a lot to be desired).

Up first by virtue of more links, a cyclist in Walla Walla WA is hit. Bicyclist from Walla Walla killed near Prosser and Walla Walla Cyclist Killed in Prosser more Walla Walla man killed on bike died from multiple injuries This was the wreck I commented about yesterday that the driver saw the skunk but not the cyclist? and there must be something more to the story. Well the driver had been drinking, and may have been legally impaired. There is also a question of assault because there was no trace of the alleged skunk at the scene when at least some of the LEO involved showed at the wreck.

Update on the MA boy injured in a wreck. Southampton boy injured in bike accident with car remains hospitalized Get well soon, little bike-riding dude!

SF is still batting 1.000 in prosecuting cyclists that hit pedestrians, unlike drivers. Matthew Grillone, Cyclist in Giants Jersey, Acquitted of Hitting Elderly Pedestrian Apparently, any cyclist will do for prosecution, so long as the barest rudiments of identification are met, like the right team jersey. Wrong number, wrong cyclist, and the cyclist that was arrested was wearing a backpack, while the cyclist that hit the pedestrian was wearing a helmet and sunglasses but no backpack… The automotive analogy would be that they arrested a guy driving a car the same color but the wrong make, model, and year.

Infrastructure! from CA. Ramona Turner, Street Smarts: Wrong-way cycling is dangerous, thus illegal Umm, duh? Really?! This was important enough to waste column inches in the paper over?

Infrastructure from MN. River Bottoms Part I By: Chris Chavie mountain bikes need infrastructure just as much as road bikes, but different kinds of infrastructure.

And closing out with a pretty picture. Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 5.29.12

And that’s all the news that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Things have changed again, and the Feed

Things at my dad’s house have changed yet again. Last night Dad decided he wasn’t quite ready to die yet, so this morning we took him back to the VA. This time the plan is to get him stable at the hospital and on the way to recovery, then transfer him to assisted living where he will either recover all the way, or not. Either way it’s out of my hands and in the hands of trained professionals, and 99% up to him. He won’t have to listen to me trying to get him to eat, or to have something to drink, or to get out of bed and go for a walk to the kitchen (one room over). Yes, my Dad was complaining about my always wanting him to do something. Live, breathe, etc. &tc.

I have a metric buttload (2.2 SAE buttloads) of links to filter today because I spent most of the day at the hospital getting Dad taken care of, about 9 pages of unfiltered links, so get settled. This could be a long ride.

Up first by a coin toss is the story with multiple links about a hit-and-run of a cyclist in Eugene OR. UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Incident also Hit & run driver kills cyclist in Eugene more Cyclist dies after getting hit by two vehicles and Cyclist killed in Eugene hit-and-run last link Eugene, Ore. cyclist struck by 2 cars, killed I don’t know what a cyclist could do about vehicles 2 and 3 in this chain of events, but hit-from-behind protocols might have avoided the first impact, get the infrastructure right to prevent fast moving motor vehicles from being in the same place as bicycles. I hope they find the white Ford and the driver.

Up the coast a bit, another multiple link story from Seattle. Man struck and killed riding a bike in Benton County also Bicyclist killed in Benton County The driver saw the skunk, but not the cyclist? Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid if avoidance was possible, and infrastructure that separates cyclists from drivers that can’t see a cyclist that’s like 20 times larger than a skunk. Also, check the driver’s computer to see if they left any remarks about running over cyclists in internet comments sections, because I have seen comments that some people would swerve to dodge an animal but hit a cyclist…

Several links to a woman losing control and sliding the front tire, then going under a truck. Highway Patrol: Fatal crash involving bicycle, truck and Highway Patrol investigate death of woman thrown from bicycle another link Clyde woman dead after falling off bike, run over Gravel road, and a bike with tires not made for riding on gravel with piles of loose gravel to make things as bad as they can get. Even if the cyclist wasn’t drunk (which hasn’t been determined yet) it’s a bad situation.

Another story with two links. Bicyclist, 62, injured in motor vehicle accident in Westport and Bicyclist injured in Green’s Farms collision with car Intersection wreck, so intersection protocols to avoid. Get the infrastructure right with separation from faster-moving cars and trucks and really slow speed limits in shared residential spaces to prevent.

From Upstate NY, a cyclist loses control after getting a blowout. Bicyclist seriously injured in accident To avoid always do the ABC pre-flight and give tires a frequent going-over for embedded objects in the tread. To prevent take a look at closed-cell foam inserts instead of tubes in your tires.

A MA boy in injured in a wreck with a car driver. 12-year-old boy critically hurt in Southampton bike accident I can’t say for sure which vehicle was doing what in this wreck as the direction of travel was only given for the weapon vehicle.

A single bike wreck of unknown cause in CA. Teenage bicyclist injured in Glendora crash Umm, watch for angry squirrels?

Another wreck with little explanation. Police find family of boy hurt in accident Intersection wreck, other than that I know nothing more about the wreck. Get the infrastructure right to prevent bikes and cars from coming in conflict.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running, they got another one. Sarasota bicycle rider hit by car in critical condition Hit-from-behind but for some reason the media outlet is more concerned about the cyclist’s helmet than the fact that the driver put almost a ton and a half of compact pickup truck square through the location of a fellow human being. hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get bikes away from conflicts with motor vehicles to prevent. I refreshed the page and now the driver has been cited for careless driving (but not violating the 3-feet-to-pass law?).

Infrastructure! from TX (Austin). What do cyclists deserve from the rest of us? Cyclists don’t need to cough up extra for infrastructure they don’t get, if the roads are not safe for cyclists because people in cars won’t share, why should cyclists have to pay to get away from criminal drivers?

And more infrastructure from Canuckistan. Column: Are bicycle helmets doing more harm than good? My opinion on helmet laws is well-documented in this blog, head trauma kills more drivers and pedestrians than cyclists, so why not make helmets mandatory everywhere?

And a bit late, those are all the links that gave me fits this Memorial Day (Monday for those living outside the US).

Billed @$0.02, Opus

About to start hospice for Dad, Wreck-Free Sunday

I have been dreading writing this for weeks now, but the time has come now. Dad will start hospice this week, which is simultaneously a relief and a weight. The relief is this will bring in trained care-givers to relieve his pain and make Dad as comfortable as possible. The weight is obvious, I’m going to be losing my Dad and it’s going to be a long, drawn-out process compared to the sudden death of my Mother in 2004. I have been preparing myself for this day ever since I saw how little he was eating last summer. I knew that nobody could live long on what he was eating then, and after the wreck he ate even less.

My father has lived a long life, with a 22 year military career that is still mostly classified “Need to Know” from what he did during the Vietnam conflict. All I know now is that he was working for Naval Intelligence in their communication section Supplementary Radio. This was before they had high-security satellite communications between distant points on the globe so everything had to be done via HF and short wave, with highly encrypted communications that used methods that dated back to the second World War. We won the Big One that way, surely we could beat Charlie the same way. Well I can say that Charlie never got anything useful out of Naval Intelligence radio traffic from the Vietnam conflict, so my Dad did his job, it was what other people did with that information that caused us to lose Vietnam. Some day the world will know what he did, I hope I live long enough to find out.

After he retired from the Navy he went on to teach school for a year as the junior instructor in a NJROTC unit in Salt Lake City UT. When he lost that job because someone whose career he derailed was certifying instructors and pulled his certificate, he went to a job cleaning toilets. He made more money cleaning toilets than he did teaching high school. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that.

Dad had the toilet cleaning gig with the local Lien Chemical franchise for 4 years until the owner decided he was getting too old (the owner, not Dad) and closed the shop. Dad had a wild hair up his butt and decided to move everything again out of Utah. So we moved back to TN, where Dad got a job as a floor manager for a company that packed store brand beans, rice, and paper plates (in that shop, they also did a bunch of other things in other shops. He kept that job until he retired in 1995. Since then he has been keeping busy going fishing, traveling the world, building jigsaw puzzles, and aggravating doctors by recovering from illnesses and injuries that should have killed him several times over. He has COPD, and was on O2 at one time back when my daughter graduated from college and got married on the same weekend (so that everybody would only have to make the one trip to Scotland), but recovered from that to have normal blood O2 saturation even today. That is the kind of thing that drives doctors crazy.

Even now his body is showing incredible powers of recovery. The arm that he broke back in April appears to be fully healed in spite of his barely eating enough to stay alive. That’s the kind of stuff that drives doctors crazy, too. The thing is he is just tired now, tired of just existing and not living, so he wants to quit, on his terms. It is not quite like his previous claim of wanting to get shot by a jealous husband at age 100, but it’s still better than a bunch of other ways he could go.

And the irony of this is I wrote my father’s obituary while interviewing him about his life. It’s good that I could get this last talk with him while he was still mostly coherent. It’s bad that I know what I’m doing on this…

PSA, opus

I have no witty headline, and the Feed

I can’t say what’s going on with my Dad other than it’s sad. Whatever form of distant healing you do, send him comfort now.

Because it’s closest to home physically and emotionally, and has the most links of any story I had in the Feed today, more on the 8YO hit by a car on a quiet residential street. 9-Year-Old on Tricycle Fatally Struck by Car and 8-year-old Arlington girl killed while riding bike The street has been described as a “dead end” with a cul d’sac, with no reason to be going very fast either in or out. I don’t know if the weapon vehicle was going in or out of the area when the driver hit the child. As I said yesterday, this would be shared space in the Dutch model, but with a speed limit for all vehicles in the 12 MPH range rather than the 30 MPH minimum statutory limit in TX. For those who don’t understand what minimum statutory limit means, you can drive slower than 30 MPH on those streets, but municipalities are not allowed to post a speed limit lower than 30 MPH except for streets approved by the legislature and signed off by the governor. School zones are not allowed to be any slower than 20 MPH or 15 MPH slower than the posted limit, whichever is faster. Yes, we have a Culture of Speed in TX…

A cyclist is hit-and-run twice in KS. Wichita police say 2 vehicles struck cyclist Hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid getting hit the first time so there won’t be a second vehicle. I would suggest lots of lights, not that that will do anything to prevent the wreck but it will give prosecutors something to hang an assault charge on, “Your honor, the victim had more lumens facing back than 2 normal cars, plus a couple of square feet of reflective material to catch headlight beams. The only possible way to explain this wreck is either a legally blind driver, or a deliberate assault, and the driver passed a vision test.” Not that I ever see a prosecutor actually using that argument, but maybe. And of course if they had the infrastructure right all a bike would need would be a tiny LED tail light and a small headlight that lighted enough of the road to be able to avoid debris and potholes.

A Buffalo area cyclist runs a red in front of a dash-cam equipped vehicle and gets plowed. Bicyclist hurt in collision after crossing against light Don’t run the red lights. If a light won’t change for a bicycle, treat it like a stop sign after a reasonable amount of time. Yield to oncoming traffic and cross when clear to do so. To prevent get the infrastructure right so that red lights change for bicycles and cyclists do not mix with fast motor vehicle traffic.

Infrastructure! news from CA. State Senate passes bill: Space for bikes in traffic This is the same bill that Gov. Moonbeam vetoed last year and was called out on it vehemently, to the point of a buzz job in CA now being called “Getting Jerry Browned”. Sorta like what Dan Savage did to Santorum a few years back. So, Moonbeam, sign this legislation and we will stop using your name to describe an assault on a cyclist using a motor vehicle.

infrastructure news from Jolly Olde reveals cyclists are getting less and less jolly. When it comes to cycling, we’re governed by dimwits More than 60% of wrecks between motor vehicles and cyclists in the UK are totally the fault of the driver of the motor vehicle according to LEO, but a politician with a big stage gets it backwards. And UK cyclists wonder why the seem to get killed so often?

Final link, I keep expounding on the subject of electric-assist bicycles, where the combination of the two power sources is greater than either separate or the sum of the whole because of the way both work. IBM looking to put lithium-air batteries on the road LiAir cells are the current Holy Grail unless someone makes a battery that just uses gases as the reactants inside a pressure container. The power density would be about twice current LI cells, or about 60 times the SLA that cheap e-assist bikes and most EV use. The current record for range with SLA in a TX-legal (100 lbs empty weight ready to run, about 60 pounds of battery in most cases) e-bike is 30 miles, but using the same weight in the LiAir cells would get almost 2K miles. That’s how big a difference these cells will make.

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Another rough night, and a too early morning, and the Feed

Dad was very much like his old self of not wanting to be told what to do last night after he had a little to eat. He still isn’t eating enough, but at this point getting anything nutritious or even with calories inside him is a minor victory. And I consider what happened last night another minor victory. Then we had the battle to get him to get up and use the toilet instead of his hand-held urinal in the bed so he stays dry at night and we don’t have to change the sheets every morning. This will also help with the pressure sores on his backside. His body is recovering in spite of the fact he’s not eating, now we just have to get him mentally on board with getting better, because like it or not he’s getting better. I just don’t want to spend another hour tonight getting him to go pee in the potty before we all go to sleep. I tossed and turned after that for more than an hour trying to get to sleep because of the adrenaline it raised. Doubleplus unfun.

Up first because I liked it, the person that hit a US Senate candidate on her bike and then dragged the bike for more than 3 miles trailing sparks from under the SUV, has been found guilty of a crime and will be punished. Maryland driver guilty in crash that killed bicyclist I don’t know what kind of punishment she will get, but she has a criminal record now, that’s at least something.

Next a kid on a tricycle is hit a few towns over from WoaB World HQ in the suburbs of Hell. Child on three-wheeler killed in Arlington traffic accident The child was playing, and the driver was driving too fast to react to children playing in a residential area. This was caused by infrastructure, and can only be prevented by changing the infrastructure so that motor vehicles are not moving at lethal speeds in areas where children are playing. Assuming the area had the lowest speed limit allowed in TX, 30 MPH, then for every 4 wrecks between a child walking or on a cycle of some kind and a motor vehicle doing the speed limit we can expect 3 dead children. The lowest speed limit allowed in Texas will kill 3 out of 4 children hit during normal outdoor childhood activities. TX needs to change their laws so that people are not rushing through residential areas like they are going to a fire. Thirty miles per hour is too fast for safe travel through a residential area, and the laws have to recognise that situation, Just slowing down 10 MPH will raise the survival rate to 9 out of 10 wrecks, slowing by 15 MPH will get that up to 19 out of 20 hit will survive and most of those will be able to get up and walk away from the wreck. So, what is more important, a few seconds or minutes on your daily trip to and from work or the store, or the lives of your neighbors’ children? Ask the candidates in this year’s election what their stance is on lowering the speed limit in residential areas, are they for or against saving children’s lives?

In the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running now, a cyclist’s injuries results in charges filed. Early-morning collision with cyclist brings charges There is some strong indication that the driver was drunk at the time of the wreck, but because of the hit-and-run the testing was too late to use as evidence in the case. Standard punishment for drunks and hit-and-run drivers, chain them to the steering wheel of their precious car and then run the freaking car through a shredder and recycle it. FHP is indicating that with all the recent cyclist and pedestrian fatalities in the area there may be a need to change the local infrastructure… YA THINK?!?! Hit-from-behind wreck use the protocols to avoid until they fix the infrastructure through there and make it safe for people who aren’t driving to use it.

A CA cyclist that died when he hit a bollard on a bike path is remembered. Ed McLaughlin remembered for cycling, community devotion This was another death caused by a bollard that was hidden from view by traffic in front of the cyclist until just before he hit it. This was another wreck that was primarily if not entirely the fault of bad infrastructure, as the bollard was placed for “traffic calming” of cyclists. If that was such a good idea then why are there not more concrete dividers used to mark the center of streets? Because they can get people killed, just like this guy was, that’s why. There were two different links when I filtered this but by the time I got to creating the post, both links were identical except for the URL.

News from this town always confuses me about what state they’re in. Boy injured when bike, vehicle collide The cyclist was hit in an intersection and apparently failed to wait until crossing traffic had cleared before starting across the intersection. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent, including training kids on how to get across the street and slowing cars enough that it is not dangerous to cross the street.

I don’t know if this is another report on 2 kids that got hit riding 2-uo on the same BMX bike or a new wreck of the same kind in the same state. 2 boys riding a bicycle struck by car This is why “they” say it’s dangerous to ride 2 on the same bike, but I seldom hear anyone talking about how dangerous it is to have more than one person in a car (not that that happens very often). The wreck was some kind of turning movement of the car that violated the cyclists’ right of way and hit them while the cyclists had the right of way. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent a similar wreck. I was checking the ages on the other wreck and that one was a 6YO riding with a 12YO, this wreck was an 11YO riding with a 13YO…

A bad wreck in CA. Cyclist killed in Highway 1 crash near Bodega Bay identified and Bicyclist, 85, killed in collision with car in Bodega Bay also Coroner’s office identifies bicyclist killed in Bodega Bay accident The people responding to the wreck indicated there were 30-40 MPH gusts when the wreck took place that may have blown the cyclist more than a lane over and in front of oncoming traffic. If that was the case then there was no way for the cyclist to be able to see those winds coming and avoid the wreck. However had the infrastructure been such that bicycles were on a physically separated route for riding from city to city…

Another report on the cyclist that was hit in the bike lane last week in CA. Calistoga driver involved in fatal bike crash Same same as I said last week.

A drunk cyclist in PA. North Middleton Township Police (243-7910) There was no actual wreck in this report unless you count the cyclist falling off his bike repeatedly. To avoid don’t drink and ride, drive, walk or otherwise go out in public intoxicated.

More on the cyclist killed in AZ last week. Officials ID cyclist killed in weekend crash near Tucson This was the wreck where the cyclist was hit by a motor vehicle that had gone off the road, so no way to avoid, and the infrastructure in this case was almost identical to the Dutch model, so that would not have prevented the wreck either. About the only thing that would have done it would be an interlock on the vehicle ignition switch.

A cyclist in LA is hit-from-behind and blamed for the wreck because he was a cyclist… Bicyclist critically injured in crash in Bossier City Notice the driver was absolved of driving too fast for conditions because he hit a cyclist. I noticed that Gigi left a similar comment on the article.

More on the cyclist hit-from-behind in WI. Woman struck, killed while riding bicycle in Mosinee and Woman who died in bicycle crash was widow of 2008 bike-crash victim The cyclist had just remarried after recovering from the death of her first husband on the same road 2 years ago. Not ironic, but still, something is not right when 2 cyclists are killed on the same stretch of road in 2 years, especially when they were connected…

LifeStyle from the Great White North as a cyclist that was paralysed from the neck down in a swimming accident prepares for a fund-raising ride. Bike ride planned for Steven Dionne Foundation 2 years ago he couldn’t move below the neck, now he’s riding a bike hundreds of miles across the country. I salute him.

And that’s all the news that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus