After speaking to the City Council last night, (and not doing a very good job this time) I had a very hard time getting to sleep. I went to bed about 0200, but tossed and turned for at least an hour trying to get the mind to stop designing hot rods and race cars. I have a touch of OCD and this time it keeps telling me I need to build a car of some kind. Seriously, I have laid out an electric hot rod, two IC hot rods, and a SCCA SoloII race car in the last couple of weeks, and that part of my mind just won’t shut down and let me move on. I see suspension geometries, brake systems with specific parts down to the parts numbers from the Speedway catalog, drivetrains with manufacturer-specific parts, and all kinds of other things specific to building a custom car running through my mind and it won’t let me sleep. The closest I can get to shutting that bit down is to open up the catalog and simulator at e-bikes.ca and work on an assist bike, but all that does is just move the obsession from 4 wheels to 2 and IC to Electric. I really need a budget for a real, hands-dirty, building project. Maybe if I win the lottery.
Up first is another report on the cyclist seriously injured in the hit-and-run by a drunk and/or stoned driver in Austin. Biker Injured This Morning on 17th and Guadalupe By Drunk Driver [Update] Nothing much new to add to this one except that it lets us know that the condition of the cyclist got so bad that his attorneys announced on Facebook that he died.
From CA, a driver that hit-and-ran against a pro cyclist in training admits he did it. Rohnert Park Man Pleads Not Contest to Hit-and-Run Collision and Man faces jail for crashing into NZ cyclist The first mistake the driver after hitting the cyclist was leaving his passenger at the scene to identify him as the driver and testify that he ran from the scene. Well that and stealing a car and driving without a license in the stolen car, minor things like that… I hope they throw an entire library at this idiot.
A MN teacher is hit by a semi while taking the long way to school. Belgrade high school coach, teacher killed when bike is hit by semi At this point it looks like a typical “I didn’t see him” wreck as the cyclist was hit from behind by the weapon vehicle in the dark. I am amazed at the number of vehicles on the road with no or badly aimed headlights that don’t actually light the road ahead for the driver, and the number of drivers that continue to do the speed limit in those conditions. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. A less-informative link Cyclist killed by semi in central Minnesota
LifeStyle from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for the last 8 years running. Friends, family gather to honor man killed in DUI crash
LifeStyle from NY. Remembering Dorothy Rice: Wife, Mother, Cyclist This was the woman who was hit by a driver that swerved sharply from the road to hit her on the shoulder of the road.
Infrastructure! news from MN. City looks at ways to be even more bicycle-friendly A big part of this is reducing the speed limit to a point that most people would survive a wreck, and that drivers had time to react and avoid a wreck.
Infrastructure news from America’s bike Utopia. City Finds Bike Boxes May Actually Increase Crashes The problem isn’t the bike boxes, it’s the drivers turning right with traffic in the bike lane to their right hitting that traffic (bicycle).
Infrastructure news from SC. Coming soon to Spruill Avenue: Bike lanes
Last link a BMX champion wrecks his pickup truck outside his home town in TX. Cyclist Kyle Bennett killed in truck crash Even expert cyclists can be bad drivers.
And those are all the links that gave me fits today.
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