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Happy Thanksgiving, and the Feed

There was no post yesterday because I was out buying a TV to replace the worn-out SD TV I have been watching the last few years. There was a huge sale going on at a local retailer prior to Black Friday, so I went down to peruse the products. The 20″ TV I was looking at in the ad was sold out (not surprising in that the sale started on Sunday and I went shopping on Wednesday) but there was a 32″ also on sale for the same price (without the rebate) that was a name brand that still had a couple of boxed units in stock. So I got the 32″ HD TV to replace the much smaller SD TV I had been watching for last few years after the other room mate decided to get rid of it and rather than chunk it in the trash. And as the SD TV still works (except for the color bands that go up the screen), I passed the old TV to the room mate that doesn’t have a TV any more. One thing I’m looking forward to is plugging the laptop into the TV so that I can type with the keyboard lower for better ergonomics while holding my head higher that reduces neck strain. All that will take is a few feet of HDMI cable (and maybe an audio adapter).

The inhabitants of Casa de El Poeta sat down to a traditional Thanksgiving feast this afternoon complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Pie will be later after dinner has time to settle. We said a traditional Pagan grace over the meal, “We thank the creatures of the forest and field for the sacrifice of their lives to sustain ours.” We also had a dry white wine to accompany our meal which I didn’t like much. I prefer sweeter wines or dark beers to dry whites or red wines.

One thing we didn’t have was football. Instead we watched Mythbusters minimarathon on the Science Channel. I have always like Adam, Jamie, and company and this extended batch is like being a kid in a huge candy store, so yeah, fun.

Up first has NYPD totally lost their minds? NYPD Will Crack Down On Cyclists Because Of Dubious Math While this crackdown was going one three pedestrians were killed, none by people riding bicycles, and one cyclist was killed by someone running a red light as the cyclist had the green…

And more data on the NYPD’s total disregard of what causes death and dismemberment in NYC. NYC Motorists Have Killed Five Pedestrians and One Cyclist in 10 Days That’s actually even worse than it sounds, because two pedestrians and the cyclist were killed within 24 hours. By cars… And the only driver getting charged was the one that left the scene.

Yesterday’s Daily Ted. Pre-Thanksgiving Morning Links: SaMo begins enhanced enforcement; stop bike thieves with a handlebar bomb

It was a good thing this wasn’t published early in Spring, or someone might mistake it for an April Fools’ Joke. Stealing your bike will hurt. This is either a prank, or someone is terribly mis-informed about bicycle handlebars. Check the size specs, these things will never fit into a normal bicycle’s handlebars at 1.25″ in diameter. Also how are you supposed to recharge the battery via USB when the units are sealed behind a plug cemented in the handlebars? Also it would most assuredly be fatal to the thief and probably anyone within 30 feet as “The M67 grenade has a spherical steel body that contains 6.5 oz (180 g) of composition B explosive.” or roughly the same amount of explosives as the Vengecycle.

Infrastructure! news from NC. More bike lanes planned for Raleigh, which had 98 car-bike crashes in a year I got news for you guys: Paint stripes on a few roads will not prevent cars from running over people on bicycles.

More NC infrastructure news from the same media outlet. After three deaths in two months, cycling advocates call for new bike plan, education, enforcement You want another toothless bike plan, or do you want proven infrastructure that gets a 30% bicycle mode share with fewer wrecks?

Why did it take over an hour to recover a cyclist from a wreck after getting hit by a car? Call for inquiry as ambulance responds after 72 minutes to injured cyclist in East Oxford The chances for a bad outcome go up exponentially after an hour from a wreck, the ambulance in this case was 12 minutes past that.

E-assist news. Electric Bicycle Innovations Helping Propel Global Bike Market

This looks like fun… Friday’s Tour de Tryptophan benefits injured SoCal rider If you have a few bucks that you don’t feel like fighting Black Friday crowds to spend, this would be a good one.

I think I did this story once already, but not this outlet. Big hearted Scots cyclist wins legions of fans after halting world tour to save badly injured stray dog The poor doggy has to live with only 3 paws on the 4 legs…

And those were all the links that didn’t have bicycle wrecks in them (except that ambulance one).

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Another visit to the Lab Rat Keeper, and the Feed

I spent most of the day going to and from the LRK office today. Good news is I still have a decent resting heart rate and fairly low BP even after reducing the dosage for my meds and pulling one, so my basic good general health is pulling through. Bad news is I put on another 3 pounds since the last visit and I had to have another blood test to track my hormone levels because my previous one is no longer good. Also since I’m having to change my hormone med to something Obamacare covers the test will be needed to calculate the required dose. The nurse that drew my blood is very good, to the point that I have had mosquito bites that were more irritating than this blood draw.

There weren’t many links after I got done filtering the chaff out that I can’t linger over any more. That means I will get done pretty quick after starting on my composing.

Up first is a dose of Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: OC hit-and-run driver gets a slap on the wrist; Detroit’s Shinola opens a new store in Silverlake

Why even have a law that never gets enforced, even when breaking it results in people getting killed? A ‘safe’ distance? Cyclist law unenforced I mean seriously, I would think hitting a cyclist from behind would have to count as not passing safely, wouldn’t it?

And that was all I could find that wasn’t a hazard to my fragile sanity, plus I have to go buy a new compact HD TV tomorrow at a store that will be closed for Thanksgiving which means getting up early again.

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Someone I know has died, and the Feed

A person I have had conversations with over the Internet has been killed by a right hook while riding in the bike lane in PDX. Kirke Johnson was one of the more if not the most prolific senders of links to this blog, and the body sock on his LWB ‘bent was ANSI Safety Lime in the latest picture I saw of him and his bike. Links: Collision involving FedEx truck kills man riding on Cornell Road in Cedar Mill also Bicyclist killed in crash with semi truck in Cedar Mill and Longtime PCC employee, bike enthusiast killed when hit by FedEx truck and finally Friends remember Kirke Johnson, identified as man killed in Cedar Mill collision

A graphic that shows why large trucks should not be allowed in urban areas (not what the poster was trying to show). What Cyclists Need To Know About Trucks The original purpose of posting the graphic was to show cyclists how to ride safely around large trucks, but the effect is a demonstration of why large trucks should not be allowed in places where there will be large numbers of pedestrians or cyclists.

More on Bono’s wreck. Bono Undergoes Surgery After N.Y.C. Bike Accident Seriously now, what did he hit to cause that kind of damage? How fast was he going? If he ran into something just off the bike path, what kind of diversion or other mitigation was available to reduce the impact of a cyclist getting forced off the road in this location. Notice that I am framing this as an infrastructure problem, not blaming Bono for the wreck, as all the reports are that he went off the path to avoid another cyclist.

Still in NYC, a cop tackles a cyclist off his bike to give him a ticket for “running” a red light. Photo: Cop Tackles Cyclist In Canal Street GOTCHA! Bike Trap and Precinct Where Drivers Killed Seniors in Crosswalks Ramps Up Bike Tickets and the source Ticket Tackling, or How the NYPD Pulls Over Cyclists on Canal Street As one person in the comments section pointed out this would be like doing the PICT maneuver and wrecking someone’s car for running a red light without ever showing lights or using the siren.

Still in NYC, bike lanes will continue to be built at the same rate as before. De Blasio’s DOT Will Build Bike Lanes At Bloomberg-Era Rate As pointed out in the picture at the top of the article, cops need a place to park when they are making donut runs.

Update on the gun-toting VA driver that buzzed 5 cyclists earlier this month. Driver arrested in Richmond for threatening cyclists with gun

A little lesson on riding in a peloton from Oz. Cyclists code of conduct aimed at educating bunch riders

I can’t help it, I just went “D’aaawww” when I read the headline… Cyclist on world tour pedals 200 miles across Turkey with injured stray dog in a specially-made basket to find it a new home

And those were all the links I could find that didn’t make me crazy(er).

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Thinking heavy thoughts on Transgender Day of Remembrance, and the Feed

Today is a bit strange for me. I’m not Trans*, I’m not even bi, or gay. But I do have 6 Trans* friends including the couple that is living in my house now. And I read several web comics that are either written and/or drawn by a Trans* person/s, or are about Trans* people, or both. One of them subscribes to this blog (Hi!). So it’s not like this is an invisible world for me, it’s one I interact with several times a month on a personal basis. I’m not Trans*, but I’m part of their world, hopefully one of the better parts. And the statistics on violence against Trans* people, particularly M2F trans people, is just overwhelming. I’m not going to bring up the statistics here in a bike blog, but if you think you have it rough because you ride a bicycle, you don’t know how rough it can get. Sure there are people trying to kill us for existing, just like LGBT people, but they are relatively few in comparison. People are much more likely to kill one of us by “accident” where any hatred is unstated and unknown. People who (that?) kill people for being Trans* will come right out and say so while they try, so you know why you are getting killed, and they will frequently kill in the slowest and most painful method available to them. This is the truth of living in the LGBT world.

Well after that the rest of the post will be just a freaking ray of sunshine up your butts, innit? I hope so, as I go to Filter the Feed now.

Up first a slightly alcohol-impaired person on a bicycle is refused service at a fast-food place not because he was drunk, but because he was riding a bicycle. Bicyclist arrested after trying to order Taco Bell in drive-through The cyclist “resisted arrest” when he refused to allow an officer to grab a tool hung from his belt.

More on Bono’s NYC wreck. Bono’s “High Energy” Bike Accident Caused Severe Injuries Turns out it was a bit more than was first released, the most visible of which was a compound fracture of the arm. Whatever he ran into was hit with a high relative velocity to get those kinds of injuries. Either he was going really fast for a guy his age, or what he ran into was going the opposite direction at a moderate speed. The initial report said Bono was trying to avoid another cyclist at the time of the wreck, is it possible he ran into a salmon?

Another stupid driver ignores the weapon that allows someone to kill with impunity in favor of the one that gets cops to try to kill you if they find you… UPDATE: Arrest made in drive-by shooting of cyclist I’m sure Gigi will love this one for her “Stoopid” fix, because this one is really “Stoopid”.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Bono hurt worse than we thought, biking to cancer care, and WeHo kinda talks bike safety

A link that was also in the previous link about the debate over facilities and vehicular cycling envisioned as a rap battle. Epic Rap Battle: Vehicular cycling guru John Forester vs. @Copenhagenize kingpin Colville-Andersen. I drew this.

Speaking of vehicular cycling and street safety, some stats I used to quote have been updated from their 20th Century status quo to the 21st Century, in this graphic.speed vs survivability

I’m really hoping this was not the result of bias against cyclists in Oz. Injured cyclist’s painful ambo wait The cyclist was hurt bad enough that she was taken with lights and siren to the nearest trauma center after waiting 45 minutes for the ambulance to get there and stabilized as much as possible during the trip. That sounds like broken bones or head trauma to me…

A photo spread of what bad infrastructure means for cyclists. Photo journal: Another cyclist dies

Is “Bad UK bicycle infrastructure” internally redundant? Jane Greaves: Calls for safety improvements after cyclist dies at Trefnant ‘accident blackspot’ I write that because I have yet to see any good UK bicycle infrastructure, all of it has been varying degrees of bad from “ugh!” to “What homicidal maniac designed this piece of crap?” And that includes the badly over-hyped “Cycling Superhighways” painted bike lanes in London, which cover the entire spectrum of the above list.

LAB has not been setting the bar too high on being “Bike Friendly”. National Award for New Britain as ‘Bike-Friendly’

Yet another article on making a bicycle easier to see when drivers “not seeing” bicycles has nothing to do with how visible they are. New products shine light on bicycle safety

Park your car and ride up to 9 miles each way on this scooter. MINI exhibits foldable electric scooter Citysurfer at Los Angeles Auto Show

And an explanation of why the Daily Ted hasn’t been daily as of late. Today’s post, in which I talk pain and what the hell is wrong with me I’m really sorry to find out Ted has joined the Chronic Pain Club, that is a club that should have no members…

And those are all the links for today.

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That freaking lawnmower still won’t start, and the Feed

One of the places they saved money on the lawnmower we bought was the carburetor. It has absolutely no controls or adjustments, and basically does not work when ambient temperatures fall much below 60°F and is really iffy below 70. I mean once you get it started it runs fine, the hard part is getting it started the first time because of the lack of controls. There is a choke lever on the side but it isn’t connected to anything…

I got an update on a pedestrian fatality I wanted to share if the URL will work. Breaking News: After 47-Second Hearing, Driver Who Ran Over 3-Year-Old Is Found ‘Not Guilty’ If anything exemplars the “Motors Uber Alles” mentality amongst LEO this one does it. The victim was crossing the street with the crossing signal for several seconds holding her grandmother’s hand when the killer made a left turn across the crosswalk the victims were using, hitting the grandmother and running over the head and torso of the little girl. There is video evidence of this from someone with a dashcam pointed at the crosswalk in question, and still the tickets were dismissed. I have heard rumors that mob hitmen are now waiting for their targets to cross the street so they can be run over and publicly killed without any repercussions. I guess it all depends on do you want the victim dead, or do you want the victim dead and a message sent.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Mealy-mouthed Mobility Plan goes to Planning Comm; pope raffles bikes to feed homeless Anyone in Rome want to take my €10 and buy a ticket?

The depiction is still more convenient for pedestrians than an actual city. Brilliant visual illustration of how much #publicspace we have given to #cars I mean think of it, you can walk across one of those planks any time, crosswalks require waiting for cross vehicle traffic to clear before you can hurry across and hope a turning vehicle doesn’t run you down.

Cyclists in Oz are facing a quandary. Injured cyclist’s $1.6 million payout sends ACT riders scrambling for insurance There is only one vendor for bicycle insurance in Oz because until now there was almost no need for it.

There is a reason why there was a school of art called “the Dutch Masters”. This Dreamy, Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path Was Inspired by Starry Night I mean if you have a glow-in-the-dark bike path to work with why wouldn’t you make Art from it? Isn’t this cool?

And those are all the links today.

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Running a bit late because I had outside things to do, and the Feed

First things first, tonight is the last night that I have to sleep by myself as Mrs. the Poet returns from meddling visiting with her family before the Holidays make travel too expensive for our retired selves. She got to hold the new baby while she’s still little and cute and relatively not-noisy. I’m hoping that the relatively good travel weather holds and her flight gets through without a problem.

Today was fun outside day. I made another attempt to get the lawn mower started to do the last cut of the year, with no success. It’s just too cold for the engine we have, the line between not enough prime and flooded is just too narrow to get the thing started. Then I had to get on the bus to mail that check to the artist that won the art contest last year after the first one came back last month after spending the last 8 months floating around Canada someplace (long story) and after I got back I took one of the tenants with me to use a coupon for free hamburgers at a local place (Whataburger). It was about 2000 when I got home the last time and started filtering the Feed.

Up first is a dose of Our Daily Ted. Open wide! Morning Links: 16-year old killer of randonneur Matthew O’Neil gets off with barely a slap on the wrist I know, there aren’t supposed to be any links to wrecks, and there still aren’t. This is only a link to an article that has links to a wreck, so that’s 2 degrees of separation.

And it finally showed in the Feed and not as a link from another article. Bono’s bloody Sunday: U2’s Tonight Show appearance canceled after singer falls off bike in Central Park and needs surgery – days after door falls off his plane in mid-air Dude can’t get a break unless it is a bone. Ouch!

Proof that common sense is not a prerequisite for running for office in NYC. Central Park’s Speed Limit Will Fall To 20 MPH Of the 8 people killed by a bicycle rider this century in NYC 2 died in Central Park, one that stepped into the bike lane in front of a cyclist leaving no time to react, and a second that was hit by a cyclist dodging a group of pedestrians that had just stepped into the bike lane with barely enough time to react to avoid the first group but not enough to react to the pedestrian in his escape path. Neither cyclist was going fast enough to charge under the new speed limit. And this is on top of the proposed ban on bicyclists texting, something else that has not been a problem, and will result in exactly zero change in the death rate caused by cyclists. Ticketing people that drive on the sidewalks would prevent up to 50 pedestrian deaths a year…

I’m including this because he was killed walking back to his motel. LGBT leader killed crossing U.S. 1 The poor guy was pinballed twice into another vehicle for a total of three impacts by three separate vehicles. It is not conclusively known what caused the first impact as the only surviving witness was the driver of the weapon vehicle, but it is believed he was struck in the lane of travel. Then the next lane of travel, then the turn lane…

Infrastructure! news from Scotland. A fine for careless driving or speeding every five minutes Gee, they sure go a long time between tickets there, a whole 5 minutes.

A little battery-powered assist. Sweat-free cycling: A2B e-bikes give an extra kick in hope to aid urban transport Only thing I disagree with is the regen that kicks in at speeds over 20 MPH, that’s way too low for a bike that is limited to 20 MPH under power.

And those are all the links I have today(tonight?).

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Sanity level approaching 1, and the Feed

OK some explanation for the headline. One of the games I play in has a Sanity stat for both the character and the encounter. Levels of Sanity are 0-2 with 1 being “Normal” and levels less than .5 or greater than 1.5 being “Insane”. Interestingly enough when characters of 0.5 or below have an encounter of 1.5 or above, to the outside observer everything looks quite calm and collected. Yes it’s one of Those games, where half the combat takes place in the characters’ minds. And it’s a great deal of fun to play, although I imagine actually living in that reality would be a close approximation of Dante’s Inferno. As this applies to my home though since certain people went back to work the levels of hostility have plummeted because the main combatant is simply not there to antagonize people. Interestingly enough this is also one way to cause Sanity to return to 1 in the game play, by simply removing one of the combatants from play. Let’s see how this works out long term, because this experiment will end 2015/4/30 as we shut down the shared housing for Mrs. the Poet’s sanity (non-capitalized).

Up first a story we have been following for several months here at WoaB. Injured cyclist walks months after being hit by a truck I’m wishing this cyclist the very best and a speedy recovery.

A BOLO for my OR readers. Witness photographs hit-and-run driver fleeing The driver was a male caucasian 20-30 YO with a slim build (caution, excessive levels of snark may be present) driving a dark penis-extender with 4 wheels. There seemed to be some kind of decal adorning the back window that is common among penis-extender drivers. This driver is assumed armed with a WMD, approach with caution if required to verify identity.

For some drivers, being in control of a WMD isn’t enough to threaten cyclists. SUV nearly hits five cyclists, driver pulls out gun Cheesus, you are already using a WMD to threaten and harass cyclists, you have superior speed to escape with, and you still feel the need to pull a pistol out? [insert slightly homophobic/misogynist comparison here]

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: A bike riding Bono goes boom in Central Park; your kid’s next bike could be made from carpet

Better late than never department has a report: Focus for FDOT is reducing bicyclist, pedestrian deaths Maybe they could start by blaming bad infrastructure that leaves no safe place to ride or walk and puts miles between crosswalks (marked or otherwise).

NC has a similar problem as FL (and as the other 38 states and DC) but people are still getting killed unnecessarily. Wilmington, NC Car Accident Attorney Richard Flexner Weighs in on Bicyclist Fatality Report Highlighting Dangers in North Carolina

For evidence-based investigations of bicycle wrecks there is nothing that beats video. Rideye: Like a plane ‘black box’ for your bike, providing evidence against dangerous drivers The technology to do this was not widely available when I was hit, but the record would have been worth the camera’s weight in gold, platinum, iridium, and silver. And a few other precious metals as well. I figure my losses are around $1 million since the wreck if you count just the direct medical costs and my lost income for the last 13 years.

Another band-aid on the sucking chest wound. Cambridge cyclist and engineers experiments with helmet lighting to support cycle visibility campaign The UK version of that would be “a sticking plaster on a sucking chest wound”. Still the same level of effectiveness.

A chance to own a piece of cycling history. Grivko to auction off Tour de France bike in aid of injured Ukrainian soldiers

The next two links are presented without comment, my version of a moment of silence.

Bicyclist memorialized with 4-mile ride in Beaver County

‘Ghost Bike’ shrine to cyclist Daniel Squire killed in A258 accident at Ringwould

For those not wishing to reinvent the wheel, a reminder of what is available. Design manual for bicycle traffic Yes, this is the official English translation of the CROW Manual.

And those were all the links I could find today that did not contribute to my angst level.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet