Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Sunburned and sore, and the Feed

Yesterday’s outdoor exertions had some additional effects. The grass is shorter, the legs are sore from constantly contracting the pulled muscle in my hip, and I have sunburned my forearms. All in all, I would say it was a mostly good day. I managed to get in a bit over 8 miles on Blue, which was also good.

Up first is a relatively minor wreck that did not involve motor vehicles. Cyclist injured in Route 73 crash This was a combination of bad infrastructure and rider error that combined to bring the bike down. To avoid, be very careful crossing pavement joints.

Also from Upstate, an update on a wreck covered earlier in the week. Cyclist Struck on Route 9W in Grandview, NY From this much more detailed report we know that the cyclist was in the lane and that the driver did not move far enough to the left to make a safe pass, and was probably driving too fast for conditions. As before hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, get the legal and physical infrastructure right to prevent.

Moving to PA, a sidewalk cyclist is hit, another report. Boy injured in bicycle crash in Upper Allen This was the first report that I recall actually giving the cyclist’s direction of travel, and actually blamed the cyclist for getting hit because the driver was not watching to ensure her direction of travel was clear.

In the Karma Hammer incident where the driver that left a cyclist to die then suffered a major stroke, it has been demonstrated that Karma Hammers do not knock sense into a person. Not Guilty Plea in Hit-and-Run of Cyclist

Still in CA, a hit-and-run that took an interminable time to get settled has finally run its course with the driver getting the maximum sentence allowed by law. Schiro Sentenced In Hit And Run Case That’s right he will serve a maximum of 3 years in prison for nearly killing someone and leaving them to die. At least the victim will have $3 million from the insurance settlement.

Somewhat near WoaB World HQ in the suburbs of Hell, a cyclist hit and killed by a motor vehicle is identified. Cyclist Killed In Accident Identified Note the cyclist “swerved” onto the access road in front of a truck, the classic SWSS narrative.

In the Great White North, a cyclist is left-crossed and the blamed for the wreck, Cyclist injured after narrowly avoiding car Note that the cyclist was riding in the sidewalk and then the crosswalk, which is illegal in this jurisdiction. The driver was not looking for a cyclist when he turned.

Infrastructure! news from the Great White North. Son promotes safety measure after dad killed on bicycle Side guards for heavy trucks.

There were more links to the Ontario coroner’s report, that almost all completely ignored the major safety suggestions (decent infrastructure, side guards on heavy trucks, reduced speeds in urban areas) to concentrate on bicycle helmets.

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

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Running late after mowing the lawn, and the Feed

I’m just so domesticated, replacing the shower diverter valve yesterday and mowing the lawn today. Also did a load of laundry. I’m every woman’s dream ;) :P Interesting note, when you’re salt-depleted soy sauce tastes like vanilla…

Lots of reports in the Feed today that I haven’t gotten to filter yet, but there should be lots of links in there, too. But before I could filter today I had to go to another meeting at church, so it’s now 23:30. So the post I started around 10:00 AM will get posted well after midnight.

The really big story today is from the Great White North, where the head Coroner has suggested a mandatory helmet law for all age cyclists. Apparently he doesn’t actually like cycling, because this measure has all but killed utility cycling anywhere it has been enacted. Cycling deaths ‘preventable,’ coroner says and B.C.’s bicycle-helmet law should be eased: Critics from the other side, Mandatory bicycle helmets urged by Ontario coroner also Bike helmets for all ages should be mandatory, according to review more Coroner probing deaths wants cyclists in helmets I have one thing to say about mandatory helmets: My last car weighed 1800 pounds and had only seatbelts and door beams as crash resistance. The car that replaced it sold in 2008 at a curb weight of over 2600 pounds and had five airbags. I would be just as safe in my 1988 car if I wore my 3.3 pound full-face helmet and 5-point racing harness as I would in the 2600 pound car with all the airbags. Why not require helmets for every motor vehicle passenger an operator? Safer and much lighter, it would save millions of gallons of gas a year. Not to mention that the number of people killed in motor vehicles that die from head injury is at least 2 orders of magnitude greater than the number killed riding on bicycles.

A weird wreck, a cyclist was attacked with sausages and her bike stolen in MA. Police: Man swinging sausages attacked Mass. biker I have no clue how to avoid something like this. And the sausages were stolen, too. Attacked with stolen preserved meat products…

From NYC they killed another cyclist with a car door. Cyclist Fatally Doored In Queens, “No Criminality Suspected” Since this is NYC and the victim was a cyclist, and the weapon was a motor vehicle there is of course nothing the driver did wrong, except of course opening or leaving a car door open so that it obstructs or impedes traffic, in this case causing a fatality. Infrastructure would help prevent wrecks like this.

Still in NYC update on the victim of a fatal left-cross wreck. Brookline High Grad Killed in NYC Cycling Crash Already said all that could be said on this wreck the first time I mentioned it last week.

A driver in CA runs a stop sign and a cyclist t-bones the car. Cyclist Injured in Collision With Vehicle The intersection was a 2-way stop with the cyclist on the through street. Intersection protocols would have been of little to no use in this wreck, getting the infrastructure right including all drivers yielding to vehicles in through roads/streets to include bicycles, would prevent wrecks like this.

Down the road a bit from WoaB World HQ in the beautiful Suburbs of Hell, the mayor of Fort Worth has a bicycle wreck. Fort Worth mayor injured in bicycle accident Mode of wreck not given, but the assumption from facts known would be single bike wreck as no other vehicles were mentioned.

From NM a driver that had drugs in her system admits to driving under the influence. Stoned driver admits killing bicyclist She likes to drive stoned? I can think of an appropriate punishment… (use your imagination, re other uses of the word “stoned”)

Last wreck is from Oz. Cyclist killed by car near Adelaide From the limited description of the wreck and the charges filed I would have to say this was probably a hit-from-behind wreck. Protocols to avoid, infrastructure to prevent.

Infrastructure! news from MA. Boston Installs Shared Bike Lane On Huntington Ave Where Cyclist Was Killed Add doubled traffic fines for violations in a shared space, and they might have something there.

LifeStyle event in UT. ‘Cathi’s Ride’ honors woman killed in bicycle accident

And those are all the links that gave me fits today and yesterday… This has been a very long day and I’m getting a bit loopy.

Billed @$0.02, Opus