A metric buttload of links, and the rest of the Feed

Yep, three days since the last list of wrecks results in lots of wrecks, whodathunkit? Also I’m kinda distracted by the Sprint Cup race that was postponed from yesterday on the tube. That wreck that took Junior out was truly weird. I’m no big fan of the Junior Nation but I don’t bear any ill will to Dale Jr. at all, especially not for the kind of wreck like that. Now Jimmy Johnson getting his car damaged without hurting himself or anyone else, that I’m cool with. I have a lot of antipathy about Jimmy that I can’t explain, because when Richard Petty was equally dominant I had nothing like that against him, likewise Darrell Waltrip back in the 80′s. In fact I knew Darrell back then and used to hang out in his speed shop on my days off. Of course I was racing mostly-stock econoboxes on courses defined by rubber traffic cones in parking lots, not in stock cars back then.

Up first is a local story to WoaB World HQ. Cyclist hit by DART train near Lawnview Station The question on this one is did the cyclist fall down because he was hit by the train, or was he hit by the train because he fell down, and if that’s true why did he fall down? Still he was hit by a train on the platform, which implies he was wanting to use the train (DART has bike racks on all their trains). So just maybe a matter of standing back on the platform?

I think the Big Story is the cyclist fatally right-hooked in Boston last week. Bicyclist killed in Charlestown hit-and-run and Somerville truck yard searched after cyclist killed in Sullivan Square crash also Truck sought in fatal hit-and-run and this one Arrest made in connection with Boston hit and run finally Alleged Charlestown Hit-and-Run Driver Bail Set at $5,000 Right hook means the cyclist had virtually no reaction time from the witness descriptions so unable to apply intersection protocols to avoid. Only way to survive this would be infrastructure that completely separated bicycle and heavy truck traffic, or in cases where that was not physically possible making operators of heavy mass killing machines liable for wrecks with bicycles and pedestrians.

Next up is a strange and bizarre wreck where the cyclist injured was just more collateral damage to a wreck that started well before the weapon vehicle even got to her. Cyclist injured, a dozen cars damaged in wreck at college and Driver Hits Cars, Bicyclist on Park Street As I read the links, the driver began having a medical issue that made him a passenger in the vehicle a few blocks before pushing another car into the cyclist, then continuing down the street bouncing off parked cars before finally doing enough damage to the weapon vehicle to cause it to stop, where the driver got out, walked a few steps and then collapsed unconscious. This is something that only barrier-protected infrastructure could even have a chance of preventing. I mean what can you do about an unconscious driver? The driver certainly can’t do anything about it. This is a wreck that I expect to see even fewer of than we do now after the full rollout of the ACA catches people who had hidden medical conditions before they turn into life-altering events. I mean right now it’s a 3 or 4 a year thing, but I expect it to become one or none per year after the ACA is fully implemented.

Continuing on the bizarre wreck theme a salmon cyclist avoiding a vehicle in the bike lane is part of a multi-vehicle wreck. 3 injured in crash involving bicycle in St. Augustine and Cyclist in critical condition after hit by car OK Lots of blame to go around in this one. First is the truck driver that made the right turn into the bike lane, the cyclist would have been hit from behind had he been going the right direction in the lane. Second the cyclist should not have been riding salmon. The rest of the victims seem to have been innocent bystanders caught up in the wreck. This was such a fluster cluck I can’t say how to avoid it, but I know in this case the number of victims would have been far less had the cyclist not been riding salmon.

Still in the once-again most deadly state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle we get a driver running a red light and hitting two people crossing on bicycles. Bicyclists injured after driver runs red light Nothing the cyclists or infrastructure could do to prevent this wreck as the driver was ignoring a traffic control already. Witness reports had the driver enter the intersection several seconds after the red light. Fortunately neither cyclist was killed or suffered life-altering injury.

Still in FL we get a hit-from-behind hit-and-run. Family pleads for driver in cyclist’s death to come forward Since the cyclist was not hit in the road but on the shoulder the fact of no lights or reflectors should be moot, especially since the time bracket of the wreck straddled local sunrise. Anyway protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and infrastructure to prevent. Dutch infrastructure, not the paint on the side of the road “infrastructure” we get in the US.

On the theme of red-light runners we get this hit-and-run in AZ. Deputies search for car that hit young rider on Tucson’s NW side The kid was hit in the crosswalk crossing with adult supervision and the crossing light. The driver ran from the scene without even checking to see if the kid was OK. Intersection protocols might have helped avoid or mitigate damages, but as the driver ignored the built infrastructure changing the physical infrastructure would only change the location of the wreck.

An incomplete wreck report from CO. Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by car Basically they know a cyclist was hit somewhere in the city and that’s pretty much it as I read the post today.

A NYC report shows why you need to have wearable ID in case your wallet gets stolen after the wreck. Police Need Help Identifying Cyclist Critically Injured By Cab Since the only witness reporting to the police was the driver of the weapon vehicle no charges have been filed. Also nothing about the mode is currently known.

Assault charges filed against a driver? Police: Driver intentionally hit Portland cyclist and A PDX Driver Faces Punishment for Hitting a Cyclist, For Once, And It’s Steep. Multiple witnesses reported the driver deliberately rammed the cyclist by swerving into him at a stop light. Unfortunately in the days since this happened people have found a way to blame the cyclist for being the victim of the assault.

First of several links from CA. Cyclist struck, killed Thursday identified as Livermore man, 48 SWCC wreck as the only surviving witness was the driver of the weapon vehicle. Intersection wreck so all the protocols apply, and getting the infrastructure up to Dutch would prevent similar wrecks.

First link from Ted today is not happy. Update — Bike rider killed in Coachella collision The update places this as a classic SWSS. You know what I think of those, but protocols to avoid, and infrastructure would make the “swerve” impossible.

Next link is also not fun. Update — bike rider killed in Huntington Beach hit-and-run Apparent red light runner and since the driver ran we can assume that was the red light runner as well because the innocent don’t run. Intersection wreck so use the protocols to “do something” about the wreck for cyclists, and get the infrastructure up to Dutch to prevent.

Something Nice from BikingInLA. A brief look at Sunday’s successful, stress-free Wilshire CicLAvia I wish we could get something like this here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, Home of 3 miles of bike lanes (if you count both directions) and 1000 miles of streets.

Moving to Jolly Olde an unrepentant cyclist killer is released without a day of jail. Driver who killed cyclist on Stoke Heath pedestrian crossing escapes jail The perp has never admitted to or apologized for the death, and still walks without jail? TANJ!

What appears to be a hit-from-behind wreck in Enn Zed. Cyclist dies following truck crash and Cyclist killed in road crash also Cyclist dies in Palmerston North collision Apparent hit-from-behind so protocols to avoid or mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right so that large trucks and bicycles are not competing for road space, because cyclists will lose that battle.

Infrastructure! news from Enn Zed. ‘Tragic’ cycle deaths highlight challenges for safety panel Apparently nobody in New Zeeland can find the CROW manual link for the English translation. Design manual for bicycle traffic €90, if I had an account that I could use to buy one I would present it to the local city council here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell.

More reasons why Enn Zed is not close to heaven. Courts ‘soft’ on cyclist killers I have very few words on this and most of them are not suitable for a “family” blog.

Lifestyle from VA. Services Set For Cyclist Killed Monday Night RIP fellow cyclist.

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. More fits than giggles I’m sorry to say but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Waiting in the rain on a Wreck-Free Sunday, and cargo bikes

Well we got a Sprint Cup NASCAR race a bit out west of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, well we would if it ever dries up. This makes 3 rain delays in 7 races, something of a record, or working on some kind of record. I wouldn’t call this a “Good Record” though, I like to actually see a race when the race is supposed to be run. Rain delays are by definition not on time. We are now almost 2 hours late getting started on this because the track is not drying out even with the jet driers and the Titan air broom “sweeping” the water off the track. It’s so cold and humid that the track is just not drying out. So we wait.

While we wait out the rain delay have I told you the good word about the Goddess? >slap< NO RELIGION! Yes, ma’am!

I love my new cargo bike, as soon as I can get the one tiny glitch with the steering ironed out. Everything else is great except the tie rod hitting the tire on left turns, but the replacement still hasn’t come in from the supplier so that the interference problem can be fixed. I really want this bike to work well, as I will be demonstrating it as a replacement for a golf cart at the place I go camping twice a year at CMA. I really think that cargo bikes and trailers behind regular bikes can replace their aging fleet of golf carts for hauling stuff around the 101 acre campsite in southeast Texas. If the steering doesn’t work then it will look bad for the dedicated cargo bike. Obviously I want cargo bikes and trailers to look good for this.

I have been re-evaluating my choices for building my T-bucket hot rod as my budget has been drastically reduced. The engine I really want to install is the GM LS375-525 crate engine which puts out 525 HP, weighs 515 lbs., has a 2 year warranty, and costs about $9K complete. What I’m looking at is buying a used cop car and using the 4.6 Modular SOHC 2V engine and transmission, which have been selling about $1K at auction around here. This will get me the whole shooting match, engine, transmission, rear axle and brakes in one package, for less than the cost of the crate engine. The bad parts are there is no warranty, everything is going to be covered in dirt, rust, and grease, and the old suspension brackets are going to have to be cut off the rear axle before it can be used. Also the 4.6 2V is rated at 250 HP and weighs 600 pounds, less than half the power and almost 100 pounds heavier than what I had selected when I thought my budget was much larger. This will still give me a quick car with almost-decent gas mileage, as the T-bucket will still weigh less than 1800 pounds compared to the more than 4000 pound car it was pushing around before. The wheels and tires should also be usable (well I will probably have to replace the tires before putting it on the road, but if they hold air they could be used to roll the car around the shop).

Also on the T-bucket I have been looking at a fabricated aluminum frame that will slice about 100 pounds out of the completed car, but my welding skills are not close to being up for that, and neither are any of my welders capable of welding aluminum. Well, maybe the oxy-acetylene torch if I could find a set of the cobalt welding goggles that let me see when the base metal starts to puddle, but those are hard to come by even here in the Metroplex. Still the costs are similar because the sections are cheaper for the aluminum frame than the steel frame.

PSA, Opus

Hail hail, it didn’t happen here, and the Feed

Fortunately for us the baseball sized hail that hit north Texas bypassed Casa de El Poeta in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. All we got was a big breeze and a few more branches lost from the trees in the neighborhood, than have not fared well this winter/spring. We have some people who are just now finishing up clearing the debris from the December ice storm, and now we have further storm debris to clean up. And as you may have read we had another shooting at Ft. Hood, a long bike ride down the road in Killeen. I feel for my brothers in green, and wonder what can be realistically done about the situation. I mean we spend months teaching people how to kill, and knowingly send them into situations where a significant number of people are going to be psychologically damaged, then bring them back home and toss them back into the rest of society with no treatment until they snap. The shooter in this case had already had a minor break and was getting treatment, but it was a case of too little, too late.

Up first is more on that brutal hit-and-run in Boston. Cyclist Involved in Serious Hit & Run Accident in Charlestown More in it does appear to be a right hook, and where an earlier report said they had the driver and weapon vehicle it now says they are still looking. Still they know at least that it was a garbage truck and they don’t have many to look through to find it.

Just a few miles west (Texas “few”) we get another MA hit-and-run. 17-year-old bicyclist injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton Location and debris suggest a hit-from-behind wreck, hopefully LEO will have enough debris to use micro tags in the paint to identify at least the make and year of manufacture of the vehicle if the part had factory paint on it.

A CA report on a driver charged with murder after leaving a social media message that he was going on a “death ride”. Pleasanton teen accused of murder in fatal crash was tailgating, witness testifies I hope the driver never gets out of prison. If he does I hope that he is never allowed to use any motorized transport for the rest of his life, unless he’s being transported to a hospital by an ambulance. Since this is in CA I suspect he’ll get 20 years, serve 10 and be eligible to apply for a new license as soon as he gets out of the prison gate.

A poorly-worded wreck report from the state that is once again most deadliest place to walk or ride a bike in the US. Driver apprehended after fleeing hit-and-run scene The Street View Shows a very bicycle-unfriendly route that is the only crossing of the freeway for over a mile to the south and 3/4 of a mile to the north. If the cyclist was a gutter bunny or sidewalk rider then he would have been in the actual offramp while crossing.

Also from FL comes a suggestion of why not being inside a building or car is so dangerous for people living in or visiting that state. Doreen Landstra, Elderly Woman Who Killed 3 In Car, Gets Suspended License That’s right, no prison time, she gets to keep the car and in a few months she can drive again after killing 3 people in the second time she “mistook” the gas for the brake pedal.

More on the drunk driver getting 8 years for killing a cyclist in Jolly Olde. Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail and Drunken van driver jailed for eight years after killing Folkingham cyclist I think the sweetest thing about this is the 10 year driving ban doesn’t start until he completes all of his period of incarceration, and can not be reduced via “good behaviour”.

Also in the UK a cyclist “wins” a door prize. Cyclist injured in crash It isn’t often we get a report on a wreck like this from the UK because of their media laws. Since this wreck happened very close to the intersection I suspect the cyclist was trying to avoid getting hooked and rode in the door zone to escape.

And a speeding police car with lights and sirens going must still wait until it is safe to pass a cyclist in Jolly Olde. Injured cyclist wins his damages action and Injured cyclist wins damages action From what I’m reading the cyclist was hit at a pinch point where the cyclist would have had to get on the sidewalk to avoid getting hit because the actual road surface was too narrow to fit a car and a cyclist together without overlap, and the cyclist was hit as far over (to the left because they drive on the wrong side of the roads there) as he could get. Had the driver been going the speed limit or slightly faster than the limit the cyclist would have been able to get to safety but at the speed the weapon vehicle was travelling the cyclist did not have time to clear the pinch point.

That video of a cyclist getting hit from behind at a traffic light that went viral from Oz has resulted in quick retribution from the legal system. Woman fined over cyclist crash I’m just disappointed I had to find this in the comments section of another link instead of the day after it as put up in the Feed folder.

Today’s link from BikingInLA. Morning Links: It’s bike video Friday, Fig4All finally gets a hearing, and meet the real star of Breaking Away

I am still praying for the day when the last of these goes up because that was the last cyclist to ever get hit with a car. ‘Ghost bike’ reminder of cyclists’ danger As I recall the cyclist was hit because the vehicle driver failed to pass with enough room while trying to pass a line of bicycles.

Infrastructure! news from the next town over from WoaB World HQ. Richardson Gets Safe Routes To School Every school should have safe routes as the default condition, because every route would be safe for kids to travel. I still don’t know why this has not been in the “plan” until now.

Article on why cycling feels so unsafe in Oz. Australian journalists wage war on cycling and as an example of that “war” A plea to all cyclists and drivers The driver in the second link is blaming the cyclist for his changing lanes into a lane he could not see clearly was empty or occupied.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Enter witty headline here, and the Feed

Just not feeling it today, what with the tornado watch and the trees bouncing around the house and the dull grey skies. I ain’t got no funny in me today. I don’t want funny today, I want a good malty dark beer with just enough hops to make it legally a beer. I spent the last month drinking IPAs and beers “inspired” by IPA, and I think I have about reached my limits on bitter hops. I’m looking for something with even less hops than a Shiner Bock, but with more flavor than a schwartzbier. I’m going to be open for suggestions over the weekend (I check the comments twice a day or more), and make my selection come Sunday. And the reason I spent so much time with IPA and similar beers is I bought a six-pack at the beginning of March and it took me most of the month to drink it, plus two singles of a different brand. I never will be an alcoholic at this rate. And that’s something I have always wondered about other poor people, if you don’t have enough to have a place to sleep or food to eat how do you have enough for beer and cigarettes? (wanders off muttering to himself)

Up first was a hard decision today, as we only had one late link to any North American wrecks. This appears to be a right hook from what little we know at this point. Bicyclist killed in Charlestown Right now nothing about this wreck is sure except that it was in an intersection and the cyclist was killed by a heavy vehicle, but it looks like the heavy vehicle was turning right when the cyclist was hit around the middle of the weapon vehicle. At this point they are not sure of the type of vehicle but are going on the assumption that the weapon vehicle was a garbage truck. Anyway, intersection wreck, maybe the protocols would avoid or reduce the amount of damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

The next closest link is from Bermuda, birthplace of grass and shorts that bear the same name. Cyclist accused of pedalling while drunk Note the (lack of) damage done by the drunken cyclist compared to what happens when a drunk drives an SUV into fixed objects. If you can’t get a ride home from someone else take a bike rather than drive a car, your insurance will thank you.

The rest of the wrecks and crashes come from the Antipodes. Cyclist seriously injured Ambulance crew finds injured cyclist near a badly crumpled bike and are not sure what happened? Did they think a Kaiju (giant monster) stepped on him? It was a hit-and-run. Since I could not see the damages to the bike I can’t say how to avoid a wreck like this because I don’t know what kind of wreck this is.

Infrastructure! news from the UK with a funny picture. Council branded ‘pathetic’ as cycling numbers drop in Sevenoaks If the “bike path” the man is riding a tricycle in is any indication of the quality of the local infrastructure, people in charge need to be in prison instead.

Is this what it takes to get better bike infrastructure? Or to just get bikes banned? One injured cyclist a week At that pace they will improve on last year’s figures for injured cyclists.

More from Enn Zed. Death puts spotlight on bicycle safety

Infrastructure through the lens of a Bikeyface. IF I OWNED THE ROAD

Lots of links from Ted today. Morning Links: Not guilty pleas in OC meth hit-and-run, BFF KINDness, and fundraiser for OC’s Matt Liechty

Update on a story we got earlier in the week from Oz. Community kindness eases pain of crash cyclist’s recovery

Lifestyle from CA. Has the ‘racing culture’ sucked the fun out of bicycling? I say nope.

Last link climate change has made bikes faster than dogsleds in the world’s most severe race. Biking the Iditarod? Climate change makes for faster times

And those are all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. While I was composing the post we got to watch the first severe storm of the season roar by to the north, with heavy hail damage but thankfully no tornadoes. That’s something else that will give you fits and giggles, but not in a good way.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Taxes done, and the Feed

Well the waiting for the documents was longer than the time it took to file this year, but we did it. We finally got our tax return in this afternoon. Once again we didn’t make enough money to pay any taxes and all the withholding will be refunded. Even with what I made from the blog and the money I got from Dad’s estate we still did not make more than the standard deduction for a married couple. Which is kinda sad when you stop to think about it, that two people working to the maximum of their ability don’t even make enough to come close to paying taxes. I don’t think we cleared the standard deduction for a single person living alone, either. If we did it wasn’t by very much.

On a more cheerful note I’m getting the dosing schedule worked out so that I have enough allergy meds in my system to be effective, but not so much that my brain shuts down and I just want to find a place to lie down. This is important as I don’t get much done from bed. Of course there are times when all I want to do is waste time.

Up first is the only actual 04/01 joke link I could find that stayed up long enough to create a link to it. Metro Announces 405 Widening Really About Creating First Freeway Separated Bike Lanes Actually this is logical, people on bikes want to go to the same places as people in cars. They deserve the same accommodation as people in cars.

From the “It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer More Deserving Person” department, Texas division. 20 New Assault Charges Brought Against SXSW Crash Suspect OK this dude is now facing felony charges for every person he hit while running from the cops in a stolen car while DUI. It’s the Stoopid Trifecta! times 24. He now has 20 charges of felony assault to go with the 4 Capital Murder charges and the Felony DUI and evading arrest.

More on the NE wreck where the old woman went over the centerline and into the shoulder of a road to hit a cyclist head on. Driver will face motor vehicle homicide charge in connection to crash that killed Neb. cyclist The driver has turned in her driver’s license, which is a small victory in and of itself. More Nebraska State News

Another link to the news of a cyclist killer facing charges in CA. 18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Cyclist I though meth made you more alert and attentive to your surroundings, not less. I guess she was “special”.

Give us this day our daily Ted ;) Morning Links: CicLAvia is coming, Calbike legislative agenda and the best of yesterday’s foolishness

And that article yesterday about the drunk driver being banned from driving for a total of 18 years turned out to not be an April Fools’ joke after all. Van driver jailed for eight years over cyclist’s death and Drunk beer pump engineer jailed for killing cyclist in Lincolnshire hit and run /Happy dance?/ The Dance of Joy

Update on the recovery of a cyclist in Oz. VIDEO: Cyclist’s world shattered by truck collision Nothing new about the mode of the wreck and I can’t remember that far back to be able to pull anything up about it. good luck and quick healing to the victim, nerve pain in your feet is no joke.

A young cyclist gets left hooked in Enn Zed. Car collides with young cyclist The nearly unscathed helmet was given credit for “saving” the cyclist’s life. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And stop treating helmets like some kind of magic talisman to prevent head trauma in motor vehicle wrecks with cyclists.

Infrastructure! news from GA on wrecks. Transportation officials note drop in traffic deaths and rise in cyclist, pedestrian deaths I said this before when a similar article was published last year about London road deaths, drivers and roads are not getting any better, just survivability for vehicle occupants.

Infrastructure from Enn Zed, as truckers try to shift blame from them for not seeing cyclists and avoiding collisions when the cyclists have the right of way. Cyclist death: Urgent call for cycleways They can’t blame themselves, they can’t blame the cyclist for riding straight ahead with the right of way, so blame the infrastructure!

Last link is an unusual pair supporting pet adoption. Cyclist, dog promoting pet adoption WoaB is in full accord with this promotion.

And those were the links that gave me fits and giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Allergies barely contained, and the Feed

Just letting you know that while things are not really bad on the health front, they aren’t all that perky either. I’m walking a fine line between not enough and too much on my allergy meds, because if I don’t stay above a therapeutic threshold I get no effect, but just a little over that and I get zonked semi-conscious and unable to function. Add to that the “stuff” I have been visiting the chiropractor over, and let’s just say that getting old ain’t for sissies to quote my wife’s mother.

Also we had our two weeks of spring, the high outside WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell was 80°F.

We got lucky today with few new wrecks to report, all from Jolly Olde. Rope peril for cyclist This is far from the “rope trick” spell used in D&D, this is more like the “clothesline trick” used to take out German motorcycle couriers during WWII. Many of them died, and it almost took out this cyclist. The only way of avoiding this booby trap is a very bright headlight aimed right where it will get on oncoming vehicle operators’ eyes. I think you can see where the problem would be with that.

Next we have another cyclist riding next to an overturning truck. Cyclist injured after lorry overturns on Chester Road, Stretford, causing severe traffic delays I think this makes two very similar wrecks in as many days, and the article is more concerned about the people going to the footy match being delayed than they are about the cyclist who escaped being crushed by inches.

And I really hope this article is not an April Fool’s joke by the media outlet. Kingsley Gordon-Allen killed cyclist Edward Orrey while drink-driving in February last year I’m sure your asking yourself what the heck is going on thinking that this might be a prank? The driver is going to jail for a very long time, and he’s going to be banned from driving for a total of up to 18 years, the 8 he’s in prison plus the additional 10 after release. I have seen DUI drivers that killed a cyclist get 250 hours of community service and a slight fine, which is why I think this might be a prank.

An unusual bit of bicycle infrastructure from NY. Schumer Pushes For Citi Bike Commuter Tax Break The “break” would pay for the monthly Citi Bike payment which is substantially more than the annual payment. This way everybody gets covered for their full amount.

Infrastructure news from OH. Protected bike lanes People are finally starting to see that a stripe of paint is no defense against a 2 ton hunk of hurtling steel and plastics.

Infrastructure news from the US. The 10 most dangerous states for cyclists—and the coverage riders need Given the high number of fatal hit-and-runs cyclists get compared to other forms of transportation having access to uninsured motorist (which also covers H&R) is beyond a “good idea”. And FL as the second most dangerous state to walk or ride a bike was short-lived as they are now back on top. Depressing, really.

Infrastructure news from the UK. 10 things that put people off cycling

Lifestyle from SD CA. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman rides a bicycle

More Lifestyle from NYC Photos: Sam Polcer’s New York Bike Style, Which Launches Friday With a Party in DUMBO

Your daily dose of Ted Rogers. Your fool-free Morning Links, including a well-done bike film, and a book deservedly thrown by OC prosecutors Just read end enjoy.

Cycling may be coming to the Winter Olympics. UCI: Fatbikes in Winter Olympics, Banned from MTB Races

And another unicycle with training wheels roams the streets. A Bike or What?

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles. I much prefer giggles. Speaking of Giggles, I will be snagging as many April Fools links as I can for the post tomorrow.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Recovering from the first dose of allergy medicine for the year, and the Feed

I’m now on my third dose of allergy meds for the year, but that first one always knocks me on my butt for some reason. Usually I’m smart enough to just sleep it off and continue with my life after I have adjusted to the stuff, but yesterday I persisted in trying to write a blog post while semi-stoned on medication. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but then many people say that about a lot of things that turn out to be really bad ideas. I feel much better today.

Up first is a confusing hit-from-behind wreck in the Rio Grande Valley. Truck hits, kills bicyclist north of Edinburg If I’m reading the narrative right, the cyclist wasn’t actually on the road but possibly on the shoulder or riding in the dirt beside the road, and the truck in question went off the road first then hit the cyclist and then a tree. In case you were wondering the Interstate has parallel access roads where the cyclist could ride legally that are pretty much the only through route north and south in the area which have to be used to access a legal crossing for anyone trying to go east or west from one side of the Interstate to the other. If the truck was on the Interstate and hit the cyclist on the frontage road the driver was seriously out of control of either the truck or himself.

A little closer and a lot less deadly is this wreck in Houston. Houston bicyclist seeks driver who fled after striking him Since the cyclist’s lighting or lack of was not mentioned in the article we have to assume the cyclist had at least a rear reflector, and most likely a good light, so that part of the protocols has been met. Not known if the driver was going slow enough to execute the “dive to the ditch” portion of the protocols, but getting the infrastructure right would definitely prevent a wreck like this.

Next up is a supposedly stop-sign running cyclist in Shreveport. Shreveport cyclist seriously injured when hit by car Looking at the Street View of the site this is a two-way stop with extremely limited sight lines but only a 25 MPH speed limit. Even so this is an area that would require extreme vigilance on the part of the cyclist to stay safe. Intersection protocols to the max here, and get the infrastructure right to prevent wrecks like this.

Update on that weird wreck in OR. Critically injured Portland cyclist expected to survive I don’t know how this one happened yet. The only picture I have access to does not show the damages visible in the only picture I have access to are completely at odds with the written description of the wreck.

A UK cyclist dodges a very big bullet. Cyclist speaks of moment he was hit by rolls of paper as lorry overturned on Chester Road Not anywhere close to a typical wreck, avoiding this one was a matter of pure luck.

The Big Story is a cyclist hit by a truck in Oz. Cyclist dies in truck collision also Man charged over double fatal Vic crash and even Cyclist killed in crash with truck Hit from behind but “Why?” is still not known with the driver of the weapon vehicle hanging around to talk with LEO. Infrastructure to prevent, that much is sure.

Anther wreck in Enn Zed. Cyclist knocked from bike Not much information forthcoming from LEO on this one. It looks like it might be a hit-from-behind or buzz job. The cyclist was reported to have been part of a group ride which makes anything resembling a SMIDSY (the UK, Oz and Enn Zed version of the blind driver) extremely unlikely.

Our first Infrastructure! link comes from Houston. Bicycle safety Houston has said that they want zero cyclists killed per year. That is an ambitious goal for a town that kills an average of 4 cyclists a year, with 3 of those being completely compliant with the law at the time of their deaths. That leaves 2 ways of reaching that goal, draconian driver enforcement, or Dutch-style infrastructure that completely removes cyclists from conflict points.

Even a scarlet state like OK can see the benefits of normalizing cycling as a mode of transportation. Cycling on the rise in downtown OKC; provides economic, traffic benefits And they still miss mentioning the health benefits.

Two links about dangerous infrastructure in the UK leading to a semi passing a cyclist at less than arm’s length. VIDEO: Cyclist posts HGV close-pass helmet cam footage to show driver ‘he could have been killed’ and Cyclist’s fury at HGV driver

This is as much crap drivers as it is bad infrastructure. VIDEO: Terrifying near misses for cyclist at Deptford ‘nightmare’ junction A near-constant stream of turning drivers repeatedly cut off the cyclists in the videos. The real “infrastructure” needed here is LEO capable of issuing tickets for failure to yield, or assault with a deadly weapon.

Still in the UK dealing with potentially deadly infrastructure we get this article full of possible triggers of anxiety. Injured cyclist calls for pothole repairs after serious accident That’s one seriously messed-up dude.

Ted was busy today with two links to show for it. Bypassing busy traffic on 7th Street, notes from the LAPD bike task force, and Beverly Hills bike lanes redux and A little light Morning Linkage for your Cesar Chavez Day

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus