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Well, now I have two “I Voted” widgets up, and the Feed

I just looked at my blog again and now there are two of the I Voted widgets over in the Widget Bar, one top and one at the bottom. I shall have to do something about that tonight. Or maybe not, as the widgets don’t significantly change the site load time. I’m only going to leave them up until the week after the election anyway.

Up first is another stolen bike report from Ted Rogers, posted right after I published last night’s post. BOLO Alert: New Linus bike stolen from Lincoln Blvd Ralph’s in Santa Monica

Also from Ted is this report of a DUI victim dying after the driver was already in prison for the wreck. Finally, the Foxen Canyon tragedy is complete, as a mother sits behind bars and a cyclist slowly slipped away The real tragedy in this is the then 8 month-old strapped in the car seat during the wreck, but the dead cyclist is right up there, too.

NYPD oversaw pedestrian injuries hitting a 5 year high last year. NYC Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic Injuries Hit Five-Year High in 2013 My hypothesis is drivers know they won’t get charged in a wreck as long as they are sober and remain at the scene so the only thing protecting cyclists and pedestrians is the inconvenience of filling out the reports and the basic decency of the driver.

Infrastructure! news from the DFW area. (long) BICYCLE PUBLIC HEARING
SUMMARY REPORT

Back to CA, with infrastructure news. Newport approves $22 million bike-safety plan a week after latest death and Days after cyclist’s death, Newport Beach OKs $22-million safety plan

And infrastructure news from the UK. Shock figures show cyclists injured daily Quelle suprise, when presented with crappy infrastructure that is frequently unusable cyclists tend to get injured frequently while attempting to use said infrastructure.

And that’s all I got today.

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OK now I Voted, and the Feed

Just checked, and the I Voted Widget is working for this blog now. So officially I Voted.

You may have noticed the “and the Feed” has returned to the headline. This does not mean I will return to posting wreck links, it means I have found links to bicycle “stuff” that is not wrecks.

First up, NYPD gets taught the laws about hitting people with motor vehicles. Cops Are Learning How To Charge Drivers Who Break Laws I thought they went through Police Academy for learning this stuff, silly me. The big problem is the Rule of Two that requires 2 traffic violations when yu run someone over before you can be charged with reckless driving and NYPD has been very lax about finding that second violation, this training is supposed to correct that. In other news an airliner reported a mid-air collision with a pig…

Over in CA Ted Rogers has a stolen bike report… BOLO Alert: Three bikes stolen from Venice garage on Wednesday As a multiple victim of bike theft myself I say if you find this guy please leave enough behind to identify him from his DNA. Don’t go overboard mind you, CSI doesn’t need much more than a decent size smear…

Proof that MHL are more about revenue and harassment than safety, in Oz. Police issue 223 infringements to cyclists including 121 for not wearing helmets during operation to improve rider and pedestrian safety When more than half of the tickets are for helmet law violations, it was just a show to get some sweet, sweet easy $.

Last link, does your car insurance cover you on your bike? How about homeowners? What Do Bicyclists Need to Know About Insurance?

And that’s all I got today, I have to say it feels a heck of a lot better winding up one of these posts than the ones I used to do with all the wrecks.

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I keep trying to get away and they just keep trying to drag me back in

Quick post to note that a close friend had sent me a report about a cyclist getting T-boned by a taxi in Nashville. At the time he sent me the report there was no word on who ran the red if anyone (remember what I used to say about stale greens?), but the cyclist was still conscious but seriously injured when LEO arrived. And that’s all I know. T-bone collisions are about as close to impossible to avoid as they get.

I was having a discussion on Disqus about transgendered people when I mentioned that my life resembles a bad comic book, what with the Fun Times in Foreign Countries Blowing Up Infrastructure right out of HS (locations still classified, but not the fact that I did it nearly 40 years ago), getting killed in 2001, and the stuff I did to try to get bicycle infrastructure in the years since, and renting a room to a nice transgendered couple this month and knowing an even number of M2F as F2M in spite of the massive preponderance of M2F. (Oh yes and the other 2 times I got hit with pickup trucks that got totalled out and I survived…) Someone wants to fictionalize my life and make a comic out of it, but I think nobody will ever believe it… And TBH most of my life was pretty boring, the exciting parts were concentrated in the beginning and recently. The rest of the time I just got married and raised a family as best I could.

And that is all I want to say for today…

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There’s an elephant sitting on my foot, and the Feed

This has been a very bad week for my nerve pain on my injured leg. Pain has been mostly pressure/crushing in nature with varying degrees of intensity ranging from “shoe too tight” while barefoot to “elephant swing dancing on my arch”. What makes this harder to deal with is most days I either don’t have or barely notice nerve pain, and the fact that there is currently no medication that will deal with the nerve pain without knocking me out as well. In fact I think the “side effect” is the only effect, it doesn’t so much treat the pain as render me unconscious so I don’t experience pain. The only time I take that particular medication is when my quality of life has gotten so bad that unconscious becomes preferable to otherwise and I’m not in the mood for suicide. At this point I’m not suicidal over the pain, I can “put up” with a lot. And when I can’t “put up” with it I have the knockout pills to use until whatever it is that’s causing the pain changes so I can “put up” with the pain.

Speaking of long-term effects from getting hit by a motor vehicle, we have an update on a wreck a few hours ride east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Injured cyclist released from rehab facility Wishing this fellow cyclist a speedy and relatively pain-free recovery, and hoping for no long-term problems down the road.

Further update on a CO right hook. Boulder agrees to pay injured cyclist $30,000 I think they just got off super cheap if this was for actual damages.

Citizens in WY are upset about the lack of media coverage of serious and deadly bicycle wrecks compared to a cop shooting a dog. McCurdy: Cyclist deaths getting swept under the rug

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Sign up online for BAC agendas and minutes, and LAPD cracks down on USC cyclists

Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde. Cyclists blame lack of cycle route into central London on Kensington and Chelsea Council

And instead of actual, usable infrastructure they get this… A Proposed Floating Cycleway on the Thames Is Hilarious—and Insulting Not even a bridge but a floating “road” that would be nearly impossible to ride on and you have to pay a toll for the privilege? I want the drugs they’re getting…

A bit of Lifestyle from CA. San Jose Police Bike Patrol take the lane Not just take the lane, but have a blocking vehicle behind and corkers at intersections (look to the right of the column of cyclists near the top of the first picture).

And those were all the links that were pertinent to the blog today.

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So how do you pronounce “Francis/es” anyway, and the Feed

Short answer to the question posed by the headline, two syllables with the second syllable vowel sound a schwa (ə) or fran’ səs. Since Francis/es has expressed no gender, or much of any personality traits aside from a tendency to go in a different direction than expected at startup, I will not assign gender to it. I mean I know it’s a truck, made for carrying loads, but I detect no masculine tendencies nor feminine ones either for that matter. Sure Gigi was like a 9YO girl who swore like a sailor, and Blue was like an eager puppy, and Stratus was like Eeyore except not as talkative, but each of those bikes was either old or abandoned or both. Francis/es is for all intents and purposes a brand new bike and hasn’t had the time to develop a personality yet. There’s no “magic” there yet aside from the stubborness.

On another front, I’m having a small problem with the interior diagonal for the passenger compartment of the Sprint T. To get maximum torsional stiffness I need to run the diagonal from the top of the rear hoop to the bottom of the front hoop or vice-versa. Since the front-to-back diagonal will have to run through the side of the body to get to the base of the rear hoop that only leaves the rear-to-front as a viable alternative. And even that has its difficulties, because that diagonal would have to meet the bottom of the front hoop just to the left of my left foot in this picture:
inside view with legs
And as you can see, it’s already pretty crowded there.

Up first, we finally have a clear picture of the jihadist squirrel that suicide attacked a CA cyclist. Cyclist recalls being ‘torpedoed’ by squirrel I would say that fork definitively passed the “squirrel test”.

Still in CA we get a Ted Rogers report on a red-light running cyclist. Alleged red light running cyclist killed in San Diego; first bicycling death in city this year and Cyclist killed in Midway District collision As Ted reported local cyclists say the signal does not detect the presence of a cyclist and does not change when one is there, which kind of conditions cyclists to run that particular light in particular and traffic signals in general. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Moving up the coast a tiny bit (by TX standards). Cyclist seriously injured in crash with car on PCH in Long Beach Not much to go on with this one, I think because that new passing law makes hitting a cyclist from behind an automatic ticket and if the ticket isn’t acknowledged publically there will be outrage from cyclists and drivers. But since there was no intersection given it is pretty much certain that this was a hit-from-behind wreck. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Still in CA but in the northern half of the state. Police: Napa cyclist hit by pickup, seriously injured Looking at the Street View of the scene we see a T intersection with 6½ lanes and no sensor in the bike lane to trigger the signal. This configuration all but demands that cyclists run the red when there is no motor vehicle traffic to trigger the signal unless that camera can detect a bike in the bike lane (if you move on step closer to the intersection than the link I picked you can see the camera). Depending on the cycle time for the light a cyclist could leave on the green and still be in the intersection when the light phase turned green for the other direction. Not knowing the timing of the light phases I can’t say precisely what happened here, but I do know that getting that infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent future wrecks.

Two guys riding one bike in GA are hit, one dead, one injured. Bicyclist hit and killed by car in DeKalb County Note that this is a secondary wreck induced by bad infrastructure after the actual cyclist lost control of the bike in limited visibility. The only way to avoid this wreck was to not have the first wreck that caused the cyclist to go onto the road in front of the weapon vehicle. The way to prevent a future wreck is to get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that a bicycle wreck doesn’t turn into a car wreck.

Breakthrough in a FL hit-and-run. Possible vehicle in cyclist hit-and-run recovered This was a hit-from-behind of a cyclist riding in the bike lane. I hope they throw the entire law library at this fool because what happened was in front of dozens of witnesses.

More on a MI wreck. Police identify bicyclist killed in early morning crash as Hudsonville man, 54 Cyclist now definitively was lighted beyond legal minimums when hit from behind by a literrally blind driver (oncoming headlights!). Not much the cyclist could have done to avoid this one as the wreck took place just before a merge from 3 lanes in each direction to 2 and a cyclist would need to be where he was hit to prevent motor vehicles from forcing him off the road. Still would require Dutch-quality infrastructure to prevent.

A wreck in far West Canuckistan. Cyclist injured in collision with car on Island Highway Still trying to figure this one out. They were both at fault? How does that happen?Get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on the bike/ped wreck in West Canuckistan. Cyclist’s speed not a factor in Stanley Park crash that killed Chinese tourist Outside witnesses have come forward with statements that the pedestrian stepped out right in front of the cyclist leaving no time to react or avoid the wreck.

This is a scary wreck in Oz. Dashcam video: Young girl cyclist in head-on holiday park crash with car (but gets up and walks away) This demonstrates what getting infrastructure “up to Dutch” looks like in a wreck. In the Netherlands this would be exactly the same as it is in the video, shared space with an extremely low motor vehicle speed limit, and you see the outcome. Nothing! the kid gets up and walks away from the wreck unharmed except for needing a change of pants and underwear.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Automakers build in deadly distractions; CD15’s Buscaino multi-modals his way to work

Infrastructure! news from CA. Injured midtown resident challenges Sacramento law allowing sidewalk cycling I actually see this as a positive for cycling if this suit is allowed to continue, as cyclists would then be allowed to sue for the state allowing cars to take over the streets and roads without designing the infrastructure for all users.

A little whimsical infrastructure from West Canuckistan. Vancouver to remove mysterious unicycle markings on bike lanes Turns out unicycles are already legal in Canuckstani bike lanes, no additional signage needed.

Are you still paranoid when they really are out to get you? Cyclists: Motorists See You as Moving Targets The scary thing is a cyclist will get passed by hundreds of cars during a long trip, if only 0.01% of them have socio- or psycopathic drivers that could mean you’re life is in peril 2 or 3 times a day.

And those were all the bicycle-related links I could find for today. I have some on-deck for tomorrow…

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Riding Francis/es is a major pain in the neck, and the Feed

I wasn’t riding Francis/es very far yesterday, but I was riding long enough to place myself in pain. I always have a bit of neck pain after doing the blog post on the laptop, but yesterday was just beyond the pale for it. I mean lots of lying around waiting for the pain to subside so I could go type some more kind of pain. The only thing different was the trip to the laundromat on Francis/es with the new handlebar configuration, with about a mile spent total on the bike trying to bend my neck far enough back to be able to see forward. So here’s the score: change seat to move contact points out where they don’t hurt any more, but that moves me forward enough that my right knee bangs against the handlebars in the rear set configuration. So turn the handlebars back the normal direction and I’m back to the awful neck pains from being bent over too far to see where I’m going, even worse that previously because that thing on the back of my neck is even bigger than it was when I first got Francis/es. I’m cutting metal for that new stem tomorrow…

I’m opening up with a suicidal squirrel in CA. Squirrel’s final dash ends in disaster with cyclist injured and Renegade squirrel darts into cyclist’s path, causing strange crash, injury This is not so unusual, can’t these fools Google “squirrel test”? Squirrel test for carbon forks

Continuing with the theme of WTF!?! is this report. Charges in hit-run death of man who killed cyclist Yes, the man who killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run wreck was killed in a hit-and-run wreck before he could go to trial, by another drunk driver. Not-quite-instant karma but still pretty-quick karma. Now for his killer also.

And just down the road a piece from that wreck we get a hit-from-behind wreck between a cyclist and a blind driver. South Christian HS teacher killed in bicycle crash Cyclist was exceeding legal minimums for lighting and reflectivity and was riding in a conspicuous position when hit from behind on the only road that would take him to his workplace… This is one of those wrecks where the cyclist did everything possible to not get hit and still got hit because a driver did not pay adequate attention to speed and what was on the road in front of him.

Another FL cyclist is killed in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Report: Santa Rosa County deputy strikes, kills bicyclist The cyclist may have been preparing to make a left turn in compliance with the laws requiring moving to the left side of the lane.

More on the NC wreck between a sidewalk cyclist and a driver going backwards across said sidewalk. Cyclist killed in Chapel Hill collision identified Nothing new here, just confirmation of the cyclist’s name which we already had last week.

Update on a CO cyclist injured in a right hook. Boulder weighs settlement of cyclist’s lawsuit In this case the cyclist has them over a barrel, the cop had not fully passed the cyclist when he made his right turn into the cyclist. I would say intersection protocols but those require warning to employ, which the evidence suggests was not available to the cyclist in this case.

Update on the victim of a CA wreck. Graduate Student Matthew O’Neill Killed In Cycling Accident

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CicLAvia coverage, cyclist injured in bike-on-bike wreck, benefits of protected bike lanes

Someone call the Wah!-mbulance for this butt-hurt driver. Cycling vigilantes are doing more harm than good Cyclists are loading up on cameras for the same reason as Russian drivers loading up on dash cams: drivers are stupid and entitled.

National Infrastructure! news. Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now If you apply highway standards to city streets you should not be surprised when people try to drive at highway speeds…

News about really dangerous infrastructure in NE. Lincoln cyclists anxious after uptick in accidents Three fatal or life-altering wrecks on one stretch of road in less than 2 months is bad infrastructure that does not meet current needs.

And those were all the links I had about bicycles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

This post will be published late, and the Feed

I know this post will go up late because as soon as I finish the opening paragraph I’m headed to the laundromat with a dirty comforter that won’t fit in our washer or dryer. Mrs. the Poet said that because it was my glass of tea that spilled on the comforter I’m the one that gets to schlep it down to the laundromat and sit with it until it’s dry and ready to take home. I had to delay doing that for a bit because we had a literal frog-strangler of a rain this AM that left the roads flooded making riding a cargo bike with a comforter on the bed Not A Good Thing, and the roads are just now dry enough to ride on.

OK I’m back, and good News Everybody! The super secret job I work at that I would have to kill you before I told you about it has given me a promotion and a raise. This means I will be getting a few more $ per month than I was getting before.

Up first is a hit-and-run from the home of the Hotter’n’Hell Hundred. Cyclist critically injured in hit-and-run No mode given but with the levels of damage discussed in the article the speed was on the high side (right front, fender, windshield and roof). Since mode wasn’t given and I couldn’t pull up a Google Street View because of all the tabs I had open basically shutting my laptop down, I can’t even say if this is a wreck that could be prevented with changes to the physical infrastructure.

Cyclist in NYC runs into cop wandering in the bike lane, no criminality suspected (yay!). Cop injured on Brooklyn Bridge as cyclist hits officer on footpath and Cyclist Injures Cop On Brooklyn Bridge, No Criminality Suspected That “footpath” is technically shared use with a paint stripe separating pedestrians from cyclists. And for once it’s a good thing that they are treating the cyclist the same as they do a driver, because this is exactly what happens to drivers who don’t leave the scene and are not chemically impaired at the time of the wreck. Nothing, a big fat “no criminality suspected” with not so much as a ticket even in the case of a fatality. But for our purposes, moderate your speed in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic, and don’t hit the pedestrians! Final comment on the wreck from the first link: “this is a real tragedy. that’s his doughnut eating arm!

Upstate NY politician may have been drunk when he hit a cyclist… Police say BC legislator drunk when he hit cyclist Cyclist is fortunately not badly injured, politician is severely damaged politically. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CT cyclist is injured in a mystery wreck. Car Hops Main Street Sidewalk in Reverse Near William Raveis on Sunday The driver going up on the sidewalk had nothing to do with the cyclist wreck, which LEO had no clue about as of this posting. Assuming no medical emergency this sounds like a buzz job to me, which implies hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Moving to CA there has been an arrest in a hit-and-run. Woman arrested for alleged hit-and-run that killed cyclist This was a wreck I initially covered last week, so check out last week’s posts for the story because this report lacks enough detail to give accurate information on avoiding or prevention.

Another dead pedestrian, this time in far West Canuckistan. Stanley Park pedestrian, 71, dies after being hit by cyclist also STANLEY PARK PEDESTRIAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER BEING HIT BY CYCLIST I wish I knew how to prevent bike/ped wrecks. I’m not sure about this one other than the collision was in the road and not in a crosswalk. There may be an infrastructure solution, but I have serious doubts about that. The only group of road users less predictable than cyclists is pedestrians.

More on the sentencing of a UK killer. ‘Look at that nutter': witness to ‘fast and mad’ driver who killed cyclist – jailed for three years also Pick-up truck driver who hit and killed a cyclist moments after sending a text message is jailed for three years and nine months Not-quite-legally drunk, texting, speeding, and ending up killing a cyclist on another road entirely and he gets less than 4 years. TANJ!

And one that got away. Cyclist who almost lost life “let down” after lawyer’s error sees driver escape dangerous driving prosecution TANJ!

A terrorist attack on a major bike ride in Wales. Nantymoel drawing pin cycling saboteur hunted The only thing preventing this from being classified as a terror attack is the class of victims… TANJ! Again!

A secondary wreck injures a cyclist in Enn Zed. Masterton crash in hailstorm The driver had a wreck independent of hitting the cyclist, the cyclist was just “there”. And there is nothing you can do except not to be “there” when the wreck happens.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: A better Gran Fondo, why women really don’t ride, and the deadly dangers of distracted cops

Infrastructure! news from OR. Where TriMet riders and Portland bicyclists collide: Fix coming for hazardous Hawthorne Bridge bus stop (video)

A little education infrastructure from Scotland. Interactive course for road users seeks to reduce the number of cyclists injured And that URL was just huge…

Cyclists have been telling Australian transportation authorities for years that this was a bad design and implementation for cyclists. Independent engineer brought in to examine M2 expansion joints after spate of bicycle accidents Several serious injury wrecks later and they are starting to get the impression that riding across this expansion joint at an acute angle on a bicycle might be a little dangerous? I’m just glad it didn’t take a fatality to get it fixed like certain other places I can think of. {coughBowRoundaboutcough}

Lifestyle from MI. Speaking with Silence and Ride of Silence honors fallen bicyclist

And a little lifestyle from the next state over from WoaB. Zombie bike ride to raise bike safety awareness

And a little note about Ebola after the zombie ride link, while some of the kids exposed to the Dallas Ebola case went to the feeder schools for Mrs. the Poet’s school, none of them are old enough to be in her school, and at any rate just serving food is not enough contact to contract Ebola.

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