I left the house early this morning, and then again later this morning, to attend the D/FW Pagan Pride event at Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. I got a few minutes late start and missed the bus, which resulted in going home for a while and trying again on the next bus. When you’re running just a touch behind the bus is always early, but be way early and the bus will always be way late. Also we had a 30+ degree change in temperature between yesterday and today, seriously impacting my transit to the event as I waited on transfers. We went from 90°F for yesterday’s high to a current temperature of 52, and it was 57 on my way to the event. Seriously we went from shorts and T-shirt weather to long pants and a jacket weather in less than 24 hours and recorded the high for the day at 0005 this morning (that’s 5 minutes after midnight for those unfamiliar with the 24 hour time format) of 79°F. Oh and there was misting rain/fog all the way out the second time I left the house to go with the sudden drop in temperature, making me cold and wet. When I got to the Cultural Center scudding fog and low-lying clouds could be seen blowing across White Rock Lake while a hardy group attempted to conduct an outdoor ritual, the third of the day as I understand things. There was an opening ritual done before I got there, a Sumerian tradition ritual done after that, and some kind of ritual where the ritualists smacked each other about the shoulders with brooms and pool noodles accompanied by music and dancing by those selfsame ritualists. It looked a little like Morris Dancing, but not much. I checked in to see if they got my e-mail about helping out, and they hadn’t, and checked to see if they had sufficient manpower for the event or if I could do anything to help and they did so not really. So I bought tickets to the raffle and wandered about the event site.
One of the things about a local event like Pagan Pride is the checking up on people you haven’t seen since the last event 3 years ago, and getting caught up on who had a heart attack and who has cancer, who is no longer a man and is now a woman and vice-versa, watching kids grow up, and finding out who has new grandkids. In that it functions kinda like a big family reunion, plus workshops and rituals. And I didn’t win anything in the raffle…
From a place that’s a 2 day bike ride away if you push it really hard from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a driver that was plastered drunk after taking whiskey shots and beers is convicted of the hit-and-run death of a cyclist, but not the more serious DUI homicide or murder because he left the scene of the wreck. Witness: Whiskey shots preceded fatal wreck with bicycle While I’m slightly happy to see the driver convicted and given 6 years of the possible 10 he could have gotten for the hit-and-run, had they been able to prove intoxication he could have gotten 30 years to life for the same wreck. This only goes to show that without significant overhaul of hit-and-run laws this will still be the best option for drivers who hit someone while DUI.
A NYC-area cyclist is killed in a hit-from-behind wreck. Cyclist, 63, killed in collision with car on Long Island and Cyclist hit by car, killed on Long Island And they forgot to say “No criminality suspected”. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages and move away from NYC to prevent because no LEO in that part of the state cares if a cyclist lives or dies as long as he makes his ticket quota on them.
An upstate NY cyclist is killed and the only one quoted in the article was the cyclist’s mother, who was not at the scene of the wreck. Family Remembers Accident Victim Intersection wreck, use the protocols, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
A SWCC wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for so long I lost track. River Ridge student injured as bike rides into path of pickup Cyclist made a left against the red? And how many times do you see people do that in a car? (I saw it 4 times on the way home tonight). Anyway, intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
A MI cyclist is hit-from-behind while taking the lane in the dark. Bicyclist injured when struck by car Since any lack of lighting on the part of the cyclist has been ignored I have to assume the cyclist was lighted appropriately and legally, so we are potentially dealing with another blind driver. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
A cyclist in OR has an equalizer when a road-raging driver gets out of the light armored vehicle to continue the attack up close and personal. Police: Bicyclist stabbed road-rage driver who attacked him I don’t put carrying a weapon high on my lists of things cyclists should do, especially one as limited as a knife, but when things get personal like this a knife is still self-defense.
More on the Amelie Le Moullac death investigations as the SFPD is looking worse and worse. Cyclists Make Allegations Of SFPD Anti-Bike Bias And Misconduct In City Hall Hearing What is angering local cyclists is that when a cyclist killed a pedestrian there were 22 detectives combing for security camera footage for miles upstream from the wreck looking or prior evidence of traffic infractions, but for this wreck with a dead cyclist not one cop could be bothered to cross the street to ask if there was any recording of the wreck. I’m not saying that the pedestrian killed by the cyclist was not worthy of the 22 detectives, I’m saying that everyone killed by a motor vehicle (or bicycle) is worthy of a complete investigation. Also San Francisco police look to improve relations with cyclists and Report: Most Fatal SF Cyclist, Pedestrian Crashes Result in No Charges And by “charges” they mean “tickets”. Still more Cyclists complain of anti-bike bias in SFPD investigations
Update on a wreck in the Great White North. Police trying to identify cyclist fatally struck in Ajax Another example of why wearable ID is vital for cyclists in the US and Canada. More Public’s help needed after cyclist killed in Ajax
A writer discusses driver behavior and how it impacts cyclists in this link. Cyclist Says You Will Kill Someone If You Don’t Change Your Driving Habits This is the inverse of this blog. Where I try to help you survive with drivers and the infrastructure as they are now, this guy is asking drivers to stop hitting cyclists.
A NH writer has pretty much the same thing to say as the preceding paragraph. My Turn: Cyclists have a right to ride on the road in safety
Another NH writer singing the same song, different verse. Biking: Road anxiety
A UK driver is sent to jail after killing a cyclist. Drink-driver jailed over hit-and-run cyclist death The driver had two previous DUI convictions, kills and still only gets a ban for 8 years (which means he can re-test in 5 and still get his license back). Of course it will be difficult to take that test because he will still have nearly 2 years left on his jail sentence.
From Enn Zed a driver is found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon after repeatedly trying to hit a cyclist after chasing him up on the sidewalk. Driver chased cyclist, then ran over bike Really, repeated attempts to commit mayhem and/or murder, and that’s all she got? Perhaps the sentencing hearing will be a bit more fruitful for the cyclist, whose bike was destroyed in the altercation.
Infrastructure! news from Houston. A cyclist’s dream: Bayou to become much more bike friendly — even the danger bridge is being replaced If I read this correctly, this bike path was first planned for in 1912, so it has only taken a century to start construction… I hope the next project is a bit quicker off the drawing boards than this one.
A ghost bike in ID. Treasure Valley cycling community to honor cyclist killed on State Street This was the cyclist killed by a drunk driver hit-and-run.
And those are all the bicycle links that gave me fits.
Billed @€0.02, Opus