Bean Day with Mrs. the Poet, and the Feed

This is an unusual day, a Bean Day with the person held responsible for removing the flavor from the food for an entire Junior High looking over my shoulder as I cook. One thing in my favor is the “salt” I’m using is low-sodium and replaces the sodium with a mineral we in the US don’t normally get enough of, potassium. So I can use as much as I think the dish needs. Add to that my beans recipe is naturally low in fat and that the spices I’m using are naturally high in essential trace nutrients and I’m golden. Throw in the other side-benefits from the fact that this dish is a complete protein and meat-free (most of the time) as well as being an excellent source of fiber and low-glycemic carbs (the long-distance kind of carbs that keep you going and going synergistically with your fat storage) and even the assistant manager of a Jr. High cafeteria is happy. And Mrs. the Poet has reminded me that she doesn’t take the flavor out of the food herself any more, that’s minion work. ;) She just tells them what food to take the flavor out of these days. :evil:

There was just so much weird “stuff” out there today that I had a hard time concentrating on “just bike” stories. But I think this report from the UK deserves top billing. Cyclist dies after collision with pedestrian in St Andrews I keep trying to tell people that cyclists are just as vulnerable in collisions with pedestrians as the pedestrians are, and I keep getting told I’m either nuts or lying. Well Aunty Beebe doesn’t tell fibs (other than on 4/1), and this rider died after hitting a pedestrian. As the pedestrian left the scene there isn’t a great deal to go on about this story, a version I can’t link to because of a paywall restriction says local LEO think the collision was in the street meaning the pedestrian was walking in the street at the time of the wreck. But really, this is another reason to “Don’t hit the pedestrians!”

A possibility of real justice in a TN wreck. Charges pending in cyclist’s death Since the 3-foot passing law went into effect in TN there have been many more prosecutions in cases where a cyclist has been killed or injured in a wreck with a motor vehicle. The wreck was a hit-from-behind that happened because the cyclist was on the fog line and the driver tried to pass in the same lane. Since there is a law stating that if you don’t pass with at least 3 feet of clearance you are wrong, hitting the cyclist is now seen as more serious than it had been in the past. Protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck literally in my old stomping grounds as a teenager. Bicyclist struck by car in SLC The wreck was near an intersection, not sure if intersection protocols apply or something else, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that since intersection protocols cover everything else plus what can go wrong in the intersection use them to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Also WTF is with running away from the wreck on foot and abandoning the car?

An AZ wreck that doesn’t make much sense. Bicycle rider killed in collision with semitruck The cyclist was dodging a telephone pole when he was hit by the truck?! Seriously if the route is so uncomfortable that cyclists are that far off the main lane of travel that telephone poles are an impediment and moving over enough to clear the pole places you in traffic, that is some seriously screwed infrastructure. Protocols will avail you not in these circumstances, the only thing that will keep cyclists moving and also safe is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

A CA cyclist is hit-and-run. Cyclist critically injured in Oakland hit-and-run and Bicyclist Critically Injured In Oakland Hills Crash; Driver Flees Nothing on the mode, but the wreck was at low speed because the cyclist was not seriously injured according to the reports as I read them now. Since intersection protocols pretty much cover everything (again) I’m going to go with that to avoid or reduce damages and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in MA that is just, Keystonian in grandeur. Cyclist struck by convertible in Cohasset, ends up in backseat Again a magic foam hat is given far more credit than it could possibly deserve. Left cross and likely at very low speed given the limited damage to both the car and the bike (not to mention the cyclist), so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. One thing I suggest immediate adoption for is the Dutch law that makes violating a cyclist’s right of way a crime with degree of severity of the crime proportional to the degree of cyclist injury… And they can get pretty harsh about a driver that does something stupid and kills a cyclist.

Something to make you mad from NYC. Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver In Queens Hit from behind wreck, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as (almost) always get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Might I suggest crushing all vehicles used to commit hit-and-run as a deterrent? Ideally crushing and shredding so as to remove any hope of recovering the vehicle.

And while this does not directly involve a cyclist it does demonstrate one of the many hazards we face while trying to get from A to B. UPDATE: Truck Driver That Hit Tracy Morgan’s Limo Hadn’t Slept In 24 Hours Note that the “limo” was a small bus in excess of 10K pounds GVW and that there were 5 casualties inside the vehicle, one fatality and 4 seriously injured. That was while they were surrounded by literally tons of steel, and we ain’t got zip surrounding us. So sleeping drivers are even more of a hazard to us. And aside from segregated infrastructure I have no clue what to do about this, because obviously getting hit by a semi while riding a bike has a low survival probability no matter what you do so most of the protocols are pretty much useless.

A cyclist on the eastern side of the Great White North survived getting hit by a pickup truck. P.E.I. cyclist injured after being hit by pickup truck First of all let me extend a welcome to the newest member of the “I survived getting hit with a truck” club. No mode or accurate location given so I can’t say how to avoid this kind of wreck, but preventing it is as simple as buying the CROW manual for €90 and following it to the letter…

Moving a “little” west we find this wreck in East Canuckistan. Hamilton cyclist killed in St. George crash Obvious hit-from-behind wreck, the impact site on the weapon vehicle show classic buzz job signatures, but I would have to see the remains of the passenger side mirror to be certain. Protocols to avoid or reduce injuries, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted has damning evidence that something was not entirely kosher about the cancellation of a road diet and bike lane installation. Morning Links: Is this the smoking gun? Leaked email behind Koretz’ 2013 veto of Westwood Blvd bike lanes Just one quibble on this, the email was a public document obtained by a FOIA request, not a “leak”.

Infrastructure! news from the Delmarva region. Hints for keeping bicycles out in highway traffic Notice that’s “in” traffic, not out of it. The article then goes on to describe what is commonly pawned of on cyclists as “infrastructure” fit for the purpose. If the “purpose” is wasting money so they can then complain about how cyclists are not using the “infrastructure” provided then they have succeeded, but if “purpose” is getting safely and smoothly by bicycle from A to B then they have fallen light years short of the goal.

More infrastructure news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Florida is a hazardous place for cyclists and pedestrians Didn’t I just write that? FL kills cyclists and pedestrians because their infrastructure has been designed entirely for and about motor vehicles for more than 5 decades, their drivers have a collective IQ not much higher than their European shoe size, and the victims just can’t figure out how to use the existing environment without getting hit. Even when pedestrians and cyclists are doing everything exactly the way they are supposed to, the other two factors lead to massive casualties and deaths relative to the number of people in the state. Just look at the number of cyclists killed riding in the “bike lanes” that look like shoulders on the roads (because that’s what they really are, they just have stencils painted in them every so often to make them “bike lanes”).

And back to Canada as an injured cyclist agrees to participate in experiments to find what happens to people’s memory when they get brain damaged. Brain injured Ottawa cyclist investigates memory You might remember this wreck, as there was considerable discussion over the sobriety of the driver at the time of the wreck because of the evidence that drinking had been taking place in the vehicle prior to the wreck, and more discussion over how much was “accident” and how much was deliberate. But anyway, good for the victim to be putting the injury to use to extend the reach of science.

Well those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. Fortunately I no longer feel like digging up the buried light cannon in the back yard so local drivers are safe for now. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with my current allergy situation anyway.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

2 responses to “Bean Day with Mrs. the Poet, and the Feed

  1. “And aside from segregated infrastructure I have no clue what to do about this, because obviously getting hit by a semi while riding a bike has a low survival probability…”

    I know what to do about this: Carry long distance freight by railway, not truck.

    Of course, truck drivers get massive government subsidies. Railway companies have to pay for maintenance of the railway, but truck drivers get roads provided to them for only a tiny fraction of their true cost.

    Ending government socialism for trucking companies so that they paid for their true costs would result in getting a large number of trucks off the road and their freight onto railways.

    • Opus the Poet

      That discussion is beyond the scope of this blog. And I also have to assume that the truck will be there either way as local delivery or over-the-road haulage. That last mile has to be taken care of somehow.

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