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Late post tomorrow, and the Feed

I have to go testify at the EPA meeting tomorrow near WoaB World HQ that won’t get done until about 3 PM (1500) which means I won’t get home until 1700 at the very earliest. I’m testifying about climate change and the human contribution to that. I’m not a climate scientist, but I have eyes, and a memory, and I pay attention to the weather and weather trends. Here in TX we are in a prolonged drought, with 5 of the hottest years on record coming in the last decade. To quote a meaningful song lyric, “You don’t need to be a weatherman to see which way the wind blows.”

Down south a ways from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a 17 YO dies in a very violent bike/SUV wreck. Teen riding bike dies after being hit by SUV near Spring The “darting” description from the driver is disproved by the physical evidence at the scene, with the impact squarely in front of the driver’s seat recorded in the broken windshield. So, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right so people riding bicycles don’t have to share space with semi-conscious drivers not watching where they are going.

Big Story today is a special prosecutor being assigned to an OH hit-and-run. Prosecutor Provides Update In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed DeSales Teacher and Special prosecutor handling Ohio bike fatal also Special prosecutor handling Ohio bike fatal I’m not up on the local politics of the area, but it seems the driver in this case is seriously politically connected to the point that LEO are afraid to prosecute, or even investigate seriously.

Another OH hit-and-run, Cyclists React to Recent Hit-Skip Injury This is an update to the bike blogger report from earlier this week.

More on the “sleeping” CA driver that went completely off the road and hit a cyclist head on when the weapon vehicle returned to the pavement. CHP: Dozing driver struck, killed bicyclist north of Santa Cruz and CHP: Dozing driver struck, killed bicyclist north of Santa Cruz Ignore user “lilith” in the comments sections.

Another CA link tries to blame cyclists for wrecks in spite of video evidence to the contrary in the report. I-Team gets street view from cyclists In spite of several recorded incidents shown in the report they still somehow manage to shift the blame back to cyclists.

CHP is “trying” to find the weapon vehicle in a hit-and-run. <a href="CHP seeks driver of minivan that struck cyclist (UPDATED: 5:37 p.m.) I don’t see why finding a wrecked vehicle is so hard. This one should have right rear quarter panel damage. Right hook so intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A NY report that has zero information beyond “no criminality suspected”. Police: Syracuse bicyclist dies after collision with car; man hit at city intersection Intersection protocols to avoid assuming the driver wasn’t running a red light, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A GA cyclist is killed in a SWSS. Marietta Bicyclist Killed on Powder Springs Road and Police identify bicyclist who was struck and killed by cars in Atlanta suburb of Marietta Hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid (including a daylight-visible red blinky on the back) and get the infrastructure right to prevent. I would have filed following too close charges on the second vehicle as well.

Update and closure to an IL wreck report. Injured Vernon Hills man awarded $700,000 in bike accident The cyclist won the “door prize” and was hit a second time by a passing vehicle before he could hit the ground.

A rare UK story as a driver guilty of hit-and-run maiming of a cyclist can’t (legally) drive for 3 months. Sunderland cabbie banned after hit-and-run wiped out charity cyclist I’m sure a 3 month vacation is going to be a severe imposition on the driver that permanently injured the cyclist.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Election day, and the Feed

Things are being decided today in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, and after I finish the post I’m going to try to vote. I say “try” because my voter registration card was in the wallet I lost back in June (along with nearly $500 in cash and gift cards), and I don’t know if being on the rolls for that precinct and having valid photo ID would be enough to let me vote.

Lots of non-wreck links today which is fortunate for my sanity. Too much death and CARnage makes me edgy and prone to violent outbursts.

Update on the CA cyclist hit head on in the bike lane. CHP: Dozing driver struck, killed bicyclist north of Santa Cruz And Officials ID bicyclist killed in Highway 1 crash north of Santa Cruz So he fell asleep with his cell phone in his hand? Because there are several published reports that have him clutching the cell phone as he emerged from the wreckage.

Update on the fatal wreck of a cyclist in NH. Driver had been in relationship with bicyclist in Keene fatal “Just happened” to hit your ex? I’m sorry but that is too much of a coincidence for me, charges should be upgraded to murder.

Another report on the cyclist killed by an 80YO woman driving an SUV in AZ. Bicyclist killed in Sun City West I’m seriously confused by this wreck as the pictures from the crime scene show the cyclist in the center lane of 3 with the weapon vehicle parked crossways to traffic and away from the intersection. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get access to the precise location of the wreck to be able to construct a geometry of the wreck and figure out what happened.

A child cycling in NY is killed. 11-year-old dies after being hit by minivan while riding bike and Bridgewater boy, 11, dies after being struck while riding bike Cyclist left the driveway and hit the side of a minivan in the highway, which makes this at least partially an infrastructure-related wreck as high-speed highways and residences do not go well together. Particularly if there is some king of vision obstructing vegetation on the side of the roads.

Blind driver hits ninja cyclist in NC. Bicyclist hit by car in west Charlotte Nothing on the bike lights, just the clothing color. I smell a cover up.

Good news from NYC. No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of New York City Bike-Share Program

Significant Infrastructure! news from Delaware. Delaware Drops “Share the Road” The “Share the Road” signs are interpreted significantly differently by cyclists and drivers. Cyclists see them as “allow bicycles safe passage” and drivers see them as “bicycles get off the road”. Of course the latter interpretation is the exact opposite of “sharing” a road.

Infrastructure news from IA. Do Bicycle Lanes Help Prevent Serious Injuries? The answer is “maybe”. If you consider the CA wreck posted near the top of this post, then the answer is “not so much”.

A bike plan with no funding source is not a bike plan, it’s a wish list. 64-Million Dollar Bike Plan in the Works for SLO

A problem that is not common for bike paths, fortunately. Chew on this: The bike path beaver is back

Infrastructure news from Oz. Safer cycling in the spotlight as roundtable meets at Campbell Town

And just general bad news from the UK. Bath lawyer warns that cyclists who don’t wear helmets could have crash compensation cut

A Dia de los Muertos altar for cyclists in L.A.

Along those same lines, a Ghost Bike in OH. All-white two-wheeler honors bicycle accident victim

A really cool kid on a bicycle. Berkeley 12-year-old bikes entire West Coast to combat climate change

Some days I feel sorry for cyclists in the Great White North. Crack-Smoking Aside — Does Rob Ford Have a Drunk Driving Problem? Toronto has a crack-smoking, drunk-driving mayor that hates bike lanes. And Toronto cyclists have my pity, for what it’s worth. And that’s coming from a guy living in a city with less than a mile and a half of bike lanes if you count both directions.

Last link. How to use bike share to evade zombies in a post-apocalyptic world

And those are all the bicycle links that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Time to mow the lawn again, and the Feed

I’m putting the first paragraph down before I mow the lawn on the first day in November. Yes, I have to mow the lawn in November probably more than once. I left it go the last 2 weeks in October so as to have that “spooky abandoned house” look for Halloween. The city has permitted this until Saturday, when everyone has to bring their lawns into code compliance. I’m just happy that the city recognized the artistic need to leave lawns unmowed this time of year.

Up first a local bike wreck has lasting repercussions from a concussion. North Texas Mayor Prepares For Surgery After Concussion The wreck was more than a year ago…

More on the cyclist killed by a flat tire while on a group ride in Austin. Friends: Cyclist was adventurous, athletic This is why AFRAP and mandatory sidepath laws need to be repealed.

From AR a cyclist hit from behind by a LEO not on an emergency run is blamed for getting hit. No charges in White Co. fatal bicycle accident that killed Courtney Book and Prosecutor says crash that killed Harding student was ‘unavoidable accident,’ no charges filed Apparently investigators are unaware of the Basic Speed Law that requires drivers to not drive any faster than they can stop in the distance they can see clearly or as the statute puts it “No person shall drive a vehicle at speed that is greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards than existing. §27-51-201(a)(1)” Emphasis added.

A 3YO in LA is killed by a dump truck while riding on the sidewalk. Child killed by dump truck while riding bike in St. Rose The child lost control over the bike as the dump truck was backing into a parking spot and >squish<. RIP little kid.

Update on a CT wreck. Bethel Police Find Car Involved In Death Of Weston Cyclist

This has been happening too much lately. Bicyclist Shot And Killed In Holmesburg Section Of Philadelphia That makes the third cyclist shot in the last 2 weeks.

In the same city a cyclist gets first aid from the mayor’s security detail. Philly mayor calls 911 after bicyclist hit by car and UPDATE: Mayor Nutter Assists Bicyclist Injured In Accident On MLK Drive Nothing on the mode or location, so I can’t tell you anything about how to avoid the wreck.

Another link to that cyclist killed earlier this week in NYC. Bicyclist dies after being struck by car in South Bronx Nothing new here.

A kid is hit in MD. UPDATE – Injured child flown to hospital The Street View shows an unusual configuration with a 4 lane road with a stop sign facing a 2 lane road without. And since the road the child was riding on wasn’t stated but the child was blamed for not stopping I guess we can assume he was on the 4-lane. Intersection protocols to avoid the wreck or to mitigate damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Update on an OH wreck. Photo: Vigil for cyclist killed in hit-skip Still sitting on the ID of the driver of the weapon vehicle in the hit-and-run.

A 2-for-one report with an update on an earlier wreck and a short report on another. UPDATE: Bicyclist killed in SCV collision Nothing new in the main story, and almost no information in the new story, which was an intersection wreck so use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure to prevent.

Update on a wreck in Oz. Cyclist Paulo Froes, 45, died at well known Kissing Point Rd black spot and Friends, colleagues pay tribute to cyclist killed in Turramurra

Update on another wreck in Oz, with a twist. Funeral post by killed cyclist The cyclist was an internationally famous model and left a Facebook page with instructions on what to do if she died on the road.

A new wreck in Oz. 64-year-old male cyclist dies after collision with ute Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Infrastructure! news from Portland OR. Wonk Night kickstarts effort to reform Portland’s bike parking code

Last link is self-explanatory. The Ultimate Guide to Cycling I also like the news crawl “How to use bike share to evade zombies in a post-apocalyptic world”.

And those were all the bicycle links that gave me fits today. BTW I have to buy more gas to finish the lawn I ran out before the back yard was done.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Running freaking late after seeing the doctor, and the Feed

I went to the chiropractor today. I left the house at 1200 and returned home by 2030. I could have left later except Mrs. the Poet and I see the same Dr. at the same time so I have to go to where Mrs. the Poet works to pick her up and then go to the Dr. And since it was after 1800 when the first bus of many we needed to take to get home got to the bus stop we decided to stop for dinner on the way home. Otherwise we could have gotten home earlier but then had to make dinner, which would have been a pain and taken longer than stopping for dinner. As it was we got home a little later, but fed as opposed to getting fed much later at home. It’s about a 2 hour trip from the school Mrs. the Poet works to the chiropractor, and mid-day about the same from Casa de El Poeta to Mrs. the Poet’s school. #Public transit is a time sink.

Up first is a story from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for so long that I have lost track of how many years in a row FL has held this “honor”. Investigators searching for a driver who hit a 12-year-old girl while she was riding her bike Intersection wreck but it appears that since the child cyclist is not getting blamed for this wreck the driver of the weapon vehicle disregarded a traffic control so protocols are moot, get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A wreck in GA. Macon attorney killed in Monroe County bike accident The cyclist apparently left-crossed himself. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Situational awareness always.

A fatal wreck in IN. Evansville teen killed while riding bike and Evansville teen killed after hit by vehicle while riding his bicycle Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent, including making hitting another vehicle moving in the same direction the fault of the rear vehicle for going too fast for conditions. The weapon vehicle had headlights so the driver should have been able to see the cyclist if the driver was paying attention to what was in the road in front of them. “Dark clothing” does not give the driver a pass for driving too fast.

A hit-and-run in IL. West Point woman arrested for leaving scene of crash with cyclist Assuming hit-from-behind because no intersection was mentioned and he cyclist was not mentioned to have been salmon. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Hit-and-run (maybe) in MO. Cyclist’s body found along I-70 The thought had occurred to me that the person might have been murdered and the body and bike gear dumped on the side of the Interstate for passing traffic to destroy. No mode possible to discern due to the damage to the body and gear. And one thing I find odd is aside from identifying the victim as a cyclist there was no mention of finding a bicycle at the scene. (Gigi found that odd, too)

A wreck in KS. Cyclist Hit And Killed Near Emporia Not a whole lot of useful information in this report. About the only thing that can be safely assumed beyond vehicle types and time is the cyclist probably had decent lights and/or reflectors on the bike, because any lack of them would be mentioned.

A CA cyclist on a charity ride was whacked by a goon in road rage mode. Cyclist severely injured in SR-67 crash and Passing Bicyclist Injured in Road Rage Dispute Hit-from-behind wreck, but from the narrative there was no way for the cyclist to avoid the impact and the built infrastructure would have been adequate had the drivers had the sense [*Deity] gave a grasshopper’s behind. Prosecute both drivers to the fullest extent of the law. Don’t stop at the book, throw the entire library at both of them.

A cyclist is blamed for being the victim of a right hook in OR. Cyclist Dies after Colliding with Car Right hook so intersection protocols might have been able to save this cyclist’s life, get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Major wreck in Oz. Cyclist killed in crash with bus and Cyclist hit and killed by tour bus on NT highway also Cyclist killed in crash with bus Driver exceeding the visibility of his headlights hits a ninja cyclist, and I’m seriously blaming the driver for this one because it could have been anything out there, large wildlife, disabled car, Fake Jesus pulling a cross on a wheel, you just never know what you’re going to run into at night… The cyclist could have used some lights and/or reflectors though.

A wreck report that could have used just one more piece of information to make it (more) usable to this blog. Bibra Lake cyclist killed in collision with car Did you figure out what was missing? It was the direction of the bike when hit. Looking at the Street View and seeing a divided highway that tells me the cyclist was making a right (backwards left) turn and that somebody ran a red light. Since they are not immediately blaming the cyclist I have to assume it is highly likely the driver of the weapon vehicle was running the red light. Anyway intersection protocols would have not helped in this wreck and if the built infrastructure had been used as designed the wreck would not have happened.

Infrastructure! news from Scotland. Scottish Parliament to debate ‘strict liability’ civil law protections for cyclists

Lifestyle in the Great White North. Ghost bike left on Spadina for cyclist killed by truck

And final link, just plain stupid from CA. Only 11 percent of children are wearing helmets during bike accidents, study finds Nothing on how many wear helmets vs have wrecks, making drawing a conclusion impossible, especially with a helmet law in place.

And those were all the links that gave me fits about bicycles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I have to buy hammers and horseshoe pins, and the Feed

I am part of the Patron Selection Process at my church this year because one of my nominees made the finals in spite of some dirty tricks trying to bring some of the other nominees into the game. So I will take a break today and go buy altar decorations from either the nearby home store or Harbor Freight (I already have the anvil, but I need some BFH to go on the altar next to it) and bribes from a party store.

Up first is a prominent political figure killed riding a bike in UT near where I used to ride. Utah Judge Anthony Quinn killed in canyon auto-bike accident and Utah judge killed in auto-bike accident also Utah judge killed in bike accident Cyclist killed by driver that veered all the way across the road and on the oncoming shoulder, not a wreck that human cyclists could avoid, and one that infrastructure would not help prevent without a barrier which would be highly unlikely for this area in the Dutch model.

An update on a hit-and-run wreck in OH. Licking Co Prosecutor To Look Into Hit-And-Run That Killed Teacher From the comments it appears the family of the driver in this case is too well-connected politically to prosecute at the local level so they had to move to someone who could not be harmed politically.

Update on a CA hit-from-behind. Bicyclist dies in Yuba County accident Now they are saying the bike had non-working lights instead of none at all. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Include hitting another vehicle from behind as prima facie evidence of driving too fast for conditions.

Update on a MA wreck. Family of cyclist killed in Boston files lawsuit If you can’t get a criminal prosecution, go for the wallet!

And last links are from Jolly Olde. ‘First aid’ penalty notice scrapped and ‘Good Samaritan’ gets parking ticket while helping cyclist I have already heard mutterings about a “police state” mentality concerning this one, and I agree ticketing people pulled over to help at a wreck seems a bit on the extreme side…

And those are all the new links that gave me fits about bicycles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Running way late after spending most of the day running errands, and the Feed

I spent almost 6 hours on the road (well out of the house, anyway) sweating like a race horse in a long race. My clothes are covered in salt stains from all the sweat I lost today. The good news about that is that I now have my new helmet from the store and I’m working on the new mirrors to put on the visor. When I get that done I’ll be back on the road.

Up first is more Stoopid from that cabbie. Cabbie Who Maimed Tourist Holds Press Conference Outside Victim’s Hospital Yes the cabbie that by his own admission deliberately tried to run down a cyclist because the cyclist “frightened” him inside his cab when the cyclist pounded on the hood of the cab that was behind him and pushing to get ahead. Now he’s trying to blame the cyclist for the entire wreck because somehow he knew the cyclist had a criminal record (completely unrelated to any vehicular offenses), trying to deflect attention away from the litany of vehicular convictions for the cabbie. More Cabbie In Midtown Crash Speaks Outside His Victim’s Hospital

Another cyclist is run over from behind in NY State with “no criminality suspected”. Cyclist dead after collision with tractor-trailer in Saratoga Springs Hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. One thing they might want to do is to make convicting someone of killing with a motor vehicle easier to prove than an outright murder. More `Cyclist killed in crash is Clifton Park man, 20

Another wreck in El Paso creates a call for changing the infrastructure. Death of boy in Central El Paso has groups pushing for road safety awareness Intersection wreck, but the real cause of and cure for this wreck is to reduce the speed limit in residential areas. Seriously, TX has a minimum speed limit of 30 MPH and school zones can’t be any lower than 20 MPH while in the EU 18.3 MPH is considered “too fast” for a residential area and the limit for an urban area is reduced to 12.2 MPH in the residential area.

Another cyclist is killed by a semi, this time in NH. Woman killed in collision with tractor-trailer truck in Nashua At this point it looks like either a hooking wreck or a hit-from-behind immediately following a turn, because the wrecked bike was near an intersection and behind the trailer with the blood on it…

Update on that fatal hit-and-run from NC. Suspect in death of cyclist allegedly set apartment fire This confirms what I got yesterday, that the driver was running from a previous crime scene when she ran that stop sign and killed the cyclist. More Police: Suspect in arson hit and killed cyclist

Another wreck in NC. Police: Man struck by car while riding bike,seriously injured The wreck was at a Railroad Crossing, meaning there is a possibility the cyclist fell in front of the vehicle. There is equally the possibility that the cyclist slowed to negotiate the crossing and got hit from behind because the car didn’t. The wreckage though looks like the cyclist had both slowed and went at a more direct angle across the tracks, as the bike has little damage and the car has a smashed windshield. Infrastructure to prevent.

A wreck in AL. Cyclist hospitalized after struck by car Nothing on the mode or location, so I’m going to go with infrastructure, especially since what little known about the location is it was on a university campus.

A wreck from the other Lumberton in MS. Lumberton bicyclist killed in hit-and-run The cyclist was struck from behind so protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. An if you’re in the area BOLO for a F250 missing the passenger side headlight. Suspect is considered armed and dangerous so use of deadly force is authorized. Of course every driver is “armed” when you’re riding a bicycle.

A WI cyclist is seriously injured in a major wreck. Bicyclist struck by dump truck Not enough on the mode or location to say how to avoid, or if infrastructure would have prevented the wreck (it usually will, however).

One reason why WI cyclists are subject to being killed at random. One Year in Jail for Killing Bicyclist? The only “good part” of this story is the driver has to spend 100 hours a year wearing a prison jumpsuit talking to kids about why texting and driving is not a good idea for the next 5 years. Public humiliation is a powerful deterrent factor in preventing people from committing crimes.

An IL cyclist is killed because cars. St. Peter Teenager Killed When Bicycle Hit by Vehicle(T)he teenager was riding near the centerline of the highway about 5:30am and said it was still dark and rainy at the time of the incident” so the cyclist was in the most visible place he could ride and still got hit because, “cars”. Notice what is missing from this report? Yep it was missing that the cyclist wasn’t lighted or reflectored sufficiently, most likely because he was riding with lights and/or reflectors.

Another update on the OR cyclist critically injured in a hit-and-run wreck that left him with a mouthful of broken glass from the weapon vehicle. Woman charged in crash that injured cyclist Still not a lot a human cyclist could do to avoid a similar wreck. I hope they put the driver away for a long time.

The kind of wreck I hate to link to. Seattle pedestrian severely injured in crash with bicyclist Don’t hit the pedestrians, don’t hit the pedestrians, DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS. DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS! More Man critically injured after being struck by person on bike in Madison Park

A cyclist is killed in East Canuckistan. Manitoba boy, 14, killed in crash while riding bike Even before I read the rest of the article I knew that bad infrastructure was involved after I read it took place in a First Nations area. Their infrastructure in general ranges from minimal to appalling, and that’s just in general, their bike infrastructure is even worse. The wreck was a SWSS, probably because the side of the road was crumbling and not safe to ride on, which would have the same result with either version of the story (cyclist riding in middle of lane, or cyclist having to move from the far edge of the road because it wasn’t safe to ride there and in front of the car). Infrastructure to avoid (BASIC) and prevent (bike-specific). More Waywayseecappo Teen Dead After Collision with Vehicle

Why cyclists get killed in the UK. GP drove into cyclist while facing drink-driving charge Let’s get this straight: The driver was banned from driving because of his previous drunk driving charge but was still behind the controls of a motor vehicle when he hits the cyclist, so instead of permanently banning him or taking the car away from him they put points on this license when he gets it back? TANJ!

Infrastructure! news from S.F. CA. Amelie Le Moullac: Cyclist’s Death Highlights the Need for Segregated Bike Lanes

Infrastructure from NYC. Cyclist Gary Zammett Sr. Killed in Howard Beach; Where Is Eric Ulrich?

And those were all the links that gave me fits tonight. Also I was watching the Bristol Sprint Cup race while I did parts of the post, so congratulations to Matt Kenseth on your win and to Kasey Kaine for the clean attempts to pass Matt in the closing laps of the race.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I have been dropping big coin lately and I still don’t have bike to ride, and the Feed

Yep, I dropped more than $100 at the LBS again yesterday paying for a new helmet, and I still can’t ride a bike yet. I’m also not having any luck at finding the tubing to build my bike at any of the local metal supply houses. Well I should re-phrase that. I can find the stuff, they just won’t sell it to me in single bicycle quantities. They will sell to me in roughly 3200 bicycle batches, at a cost of over $10K for all the sizes I need to build this bike. That’s pretty much a non-starter for me.

A wreck in Houston that just does not make sense to me. Bicyclist fatally struck by car at Memorial Park and Cyclist dies after being hit by car in Memorial Park One report had the cyclist crossing the road and turning back, the other had the cyclist changing lanes and hit from behind. And the truth is ?

A SWCC fatality from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for he last 9 years running. Plant City man hit, killed while riding bicycle Intersection protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Looking at the scene of the crime the cyclist would have had to cross 7 lanes of traffic in a single move, depending on which way he was going when hit. He may have had a clear place to cross when he started only to find oncoming traffic as he completed the crossing. The lack of a reservation where the cyclist could wait out traffic from either direction in a two phase crossing means this intersection will kill more cyclists in the future.

Another report on FL wreck where the driver was blamed for hitting the cyclist from behind in the bike lane. Bicylist injured in crash with truck I wish all bike wrecks that a driver hits a cyclist from behind resulted in charges. In this case the cyclist was riding in the bike lane so about the only thing I can think of would be a barrier or significant distance separating the bike lane from motor vehicle traffic.

A WI drunk driver “could not remember” hitting a cyclist laying in a pool of blood beside his car. Bicyclist Injured After Collision With Repeat Drunken Driver, Police Say Real good strategy there Bubba, hit the guy, stop because (?) and then deny you hit the guy with bicycle-shaped dents in the front of your car. Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid or mitigate the damage, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A MI man is killed in a hit-from-behind wreck. Former Rosemont casino bidder killed in Michigan bike crash MI LEO apparently consider getting hit from behind by a motor vehicle just one of the hazards of riding a bike and have not issued any citations. Use the protocols to avoid the wreck or mitigate damage in the wreck, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. I suggest educating LEO about the legal responsibilities of driving as a major early stage in developing that infrastructure. Comments are blocked for the article, but there are several reasons why that might be.

Another MI wreck as a driver turns right without looking for traffic on the sidewalk. Bicyclist Badly Hurt In Crash Sidewalk cyclist crossing with the light is hit by a driver making right on red without looking in the direction he’s going and hits someone in the crosswalk. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and infrastructure to prevent. I would say don’t ride on the sidewalk but given the total lack of any bicycle infrastructure in the area that might not be entirely practical.

More on the investigation to the OK cyclist that “fell” in front of traffic during a charity ride. Investigation Continues Into Cyclist’s Death Near Lake Overholser Apparently actually looking at the scene and recognizing road defects that can take down a cyclist is beyond the capacity of the investigating team.

A left cross in CO. Male cyclist dies after colliding with semi-truck in Boulder Left cross implies some kind of intersection, so intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages from the wreck, and infrastructure to prevent. As part of that infrastructure inform LEO that turning in front of another vehicle so that vehicle can’t avoid hitting the turning vehicle is a violation of the law, and the driver of the turning vehicle is at fault for the resulting wreck. More Semi Strikes, Kills Bike Commuter In Boulder

A NV cyclist is seriously injured after getting hit from behind. Bicyclist seriously injured after colliding with pickup in Fernley I can’t believe they are blaming the cyclist getting hit from behind for the wreck because he wasn’t wearing a helmet, but that certainly appears to be the case. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid the wreck or mitigate injury, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A genuinely suicidal swerving cyclist in CA. Police: man rides bike into path of truck, severely injured A witness not in one of the cars reported the cyclist was “swerving in and out of traffic” just before he got hit. Another driver reported the same thing from a few minutes earlier.

That UK driver who got 300 hours of community service for being a serial bicyclist killer is potentially facing a stiffer sentence. Cyclist death sentence ‘lenient’ It’s not like he got off scot-free, I mean he can’t drive for 5 whole years! in addition to the 300 hours of community service, for killing a cyclist for the second time in his life. But the judge that sentenced him won’t have to live with the consequences of cyclist-killing drivers allowed back on the roads, he has a car that can be hit at 30 mph without even damaging the interior latches, that can drive head-on into a concrete wall at 35 MPH and all the occupants walk away unscathed and without assistance even to open the doors. More Motorist who killed cyclist has had his sentence deemed ‘unduly lenient’ in court and Motorist’s sentence for killing cyclist ‘too lenient’

That UK pinball wreck has resulted in a second arrest. Two held in custody after cyclist killed Considering the strict laws in the UK for media reporting on crimes, this is a major revelation that even the driver of the motor vehicle that was hit and propelled into the cyclist was doing something that contributed to the wreck or the fatality as a result of the wreck resulting in being charged for the wreck.

A wreck in Enn Zed results in a cyclist fatality. Boy killed in bike accident named Apparently the cyclist fell and hit something that injured his neck or throat causing death in a single vehicle (just the bicycle) wreck. This is such a freak possibility that I don’t know how to avoid or prevent it. Even my full-face bike helmet (which I am replacing with an identical model and color BTW) would not have helped much in this wreck.

Infrastructure! news from the next city over from the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Bike Racks May Be Required At Dallas Businesses

An SC city has an interesting method of fighting bicycle theft. Police use GPS-equipped bait bicycle to make larceny arrest I wish my bike had GPS tracking when it was stolen.

UK infrastructure news is not very good even when it is good. Another ‘record announcement’ Yep a one-time expenditure of “barely £1 per person per year in England” is not going to buy much paint. To place this in perspective the Netherlands spends $43 per capita on bicycle infrastructure per year, plus an equal amount on non-infrastructure items like bike parking. Here in the US we spend $5,251 per capita on highways strictly for cars and a similar amount on other streets and roads, to the detriment of our health and safety, but almost nothing on bicycle infrastructure, less than 1% of what we spend on highways. And even that dwarfs the total budget per capita in the UK.

LifeStyle from TX. Concert planned to raise funds for injured firefighter The man was injured riding his bike in a bike lane…

Last link, some cool bike lights. Bike Lights 2.0

And (finally) those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Contrasts, yesterday was a late start with a huge Feed, today is an early start with a tiny Feed

Yesterday I didn’t even get started filtering until after 1900, today I’m typing the first sentence of the post by 1130 and I have maybe a third probably a quarter as many links as I had yesterday. “Yesterday” didn’t get posted until early this morning. I’m betting I get done with today’s post before 1400, Let’s see. ETA: it looks like 1700 today.

A bike wreck about 50 miles west of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell has become a civil rights matter. Civil rights group outraged over findings in bike death inquiry I got some bad news for you guys, it’s not because the victim was black, it’s because he was riding a bicycle.

A LA man narrowly avoids death while trying to cross a major highway. Bicyclist survives collision with 18-wheeler And by “narrowly” I mean by fractions of an inch. The area in Google maps looks about as bike-friendly as an active gunnery range, with nothing crossing the Interstate except other high-speed highways. If you have destinations or are starting from anywhere in the area and need to get to the other side of I49 your options are extremely limited without a car.

A MA cyclist is seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver. Biker seriously injured in Newton crash Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And prosecute hit-and-run drivers similar to drive-by shootings that hit random people, because the hit-and-run is much more deadly than gang-bangers shooting people at random or just hitting the wrong person when they try to kill someone.

More on the NJ cyclists hit by a minivan with no brakes. 2 boys hurt when car crashes on bike path That’s right, the kids were hit riding on a segregated bike path. The ironic part of this link that you probably won’t get to see is that when I pulled up the link right next to the article was an ad for “Cool Car of the Week”, a weekly feature on the TV station the link was posted on. I don’t know how you can avoid getting hit by a vehicle with no brakes while riding on a segregated bike path… And I would say they needed to install a stronger fence on this path.

More on that VA ninja cyclist. Suffolk bicyclist killed after collision with car

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle 9 years running is working hard to retain that title. Bicyclist dies in hit-and-run accident at I-4 and U.S. 92 Even if he survived the initial impact with the weapon vehicle, that 80 foot drop from the overpass to where they found his body would have killed him anyway. Unfortunately the witnesses to the wreck only saw the cyclist’s body come over the side of the overpass and fall to his death, not the initial impact. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and give cyclists some way of getting around barriers like Interstate highways without having to ride on another highway to prevent. The comments were mostly positive for this wreck, which shows that maybe there is hope for the state.

A hit-from-behind wreck in IN. Bicyclist, 58, hit by car, killed while riding on US 40 And the driver admits to being blind when he claimed he did not see the cyclist. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or mitigate, and infrastructure to prevent. And stop blaming cyclists for not wearing reflective clothing when they get hit at 1330 in the afternoon.

“Justice” in WI leads to a legislator calling for a mandatory prison term for fatalities inflicted while DUI. Wis. drunken driver gets 90 days for fatality I’m trying to contact the legislator for specifics about the bill.

A severe but survivable NE wreck. Omaha bicyclist suffers broken bones in car collision Left cross, one of the more deadly modes of hitting a cyclist with or without a motor. Intersection protocols to avoid or mitigate the damages (mitigating more likely than avoiding), and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Update on the WA cyclist hit by a driver going too fast for conditions. Truck hits woman on bike in Enumclaw

A CA wreck that just makes you wonder as a bus driver hits 3 cyclists, killing one and sending the other 2 to hospital. BIKE RIDERS HIT BY BUS ON CAMP PENDLETON; 1 DEAD How dense do you have to be to hit 3 cyclists essentially at the same time? More 1 dead, 2 injured in bike-bus collision at Camp Pendleton

The beginning of the story about the latest UK Twitter twit. I was still drunk and ran a cyclist over on purpose, woman tweets I would say there’s something in the water but it isn’t water, it’s the beer.

And your moment of outrage as a UK cyclist hit by a bus is arrested because a bus passenger was injured when the bus hit the cyclist. Teenage cyclist arrested after pensioner injured What is left out of this report was the cyclist had a head injury and wandered off after the wreck and was found near the wreck looking for his bike.

And apparently it’s the cyclists’ fault for road rage and bad driving when the cyclist has a helmet camera. Helmet cams for cyclists set road users on collision course and Researcher: Helmet cams antagonize drivers

Something funny (Goddess knows we need it). Cager dic Driver-to-English translations.

Last links, Infrastructure! can make people active when they want to be even without reducing the ability to use cars. The value of transportation in promoting physical activity From the USDOT blog (yes everybody has a blog now except my cat). And Infrastructure in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. New Trail In Garland: Lee F. Jackson – Spring Creek Forest Preserve And a WA neighborhood got so tired of people getting hit or almost hit riding bikes that they built their own bike lanes with city approval. Oakbrook residents take safety, walkability into their own hands

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Running way late after doing errands all day, and a huge Feed

I had bills to pay and things to do today, and I had to do them by DART, so what would have been maybe a couple hours work with Blue became an all-day thrashfest interspersed with lots of waiting for the next bus/train. The thrashfest was because there was the possibility that I could avoid spending hours waiting for the next bus or train if I got done in time, but I never did. But bills are paid now, so things are good. What’s not good was I was going to spend part of this evening talking to the city council about the wreck from just before I left for New York, and how that demonstrated the need for both bicycle specific traffic patrols, and the need for LEO education on bicycle laws. (Seriously, thinking it wasn’t legal to make a left turn on a bicycle?) But the bus was either just early, or way late, and after spending 10 minutes standing at the bus stop in 100°F temperatures (after walking 0.4 miles to get to the stop) I decided I had had enough for the day and went home and fired up the laptop and started on the blog.

A VA cyclist is killed riding ninja. Suffolk man riding bicycle killed in car accident Yeah the thing is when you’re riding ninja you have to ride as if you are invisible, because drivers can’t see cyclists covered in LEDs and reflective tape and neon colors, much less a cyclist with no lights and no reflectors. Also hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and of course get the infrastructure done right to prevent. More Friend: Bike rider killed while heading to girlfriend’s home

A ME driver manages to hit not one but 2 cyclists on a sidewalk. Truck strikes Maine bicyclists riding on sidewalk; man, toddler in bike seat critically hurt The driver managed to take out another car and a building after hitting the 3 cyclists. I don’t see any way a human cyclist could have avoided this wreck, and I don’t see anything that physical infrastructure could do to prevent it. “Dumbest stuff on wheels” is on the idiot box right now and I think this driver was rejected from the program for being too stoopid for the show.

A MA wreck that is about as information-free as a UK wreck report. Bicyclist, Yarmouth police officer injured in collision at Pan-Mass All I know about this wreck is that the cyclist and the moto-cop “bumped” into each other…

A NY state cyclist has a “discussion” with a driver after crashing while riding drunk. Summit County police blotter: Belligerent cyclist allegedly chucks bike at driver … don’t ride drunk.

A NJ driver gets a ticket for assaulting two minors with a weapon of mass destruction. 2 children riding bicycles injured by Lakewood hit-and-run driver, police say The driver had a “Brake failure” while on a test drive to purchase the vehicle while driving without a license. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get the idiots off the road to prevent. Maybe by making them recycle their cars while still behind the wheel?

A Windy City area cyclist manages to survive what looked like a nasty wreck. Wheeling cyclist walks away from crash with car The cyclist was ambulatory after the wreck, which was a big change from the previous wrecks in the area. No mode or location given but it seems likely that since the cyclist was not immediately blamed for the wreck the driver might have been at fault.

Also from IL is this fatal wreck. Bicyclist killed in accident with pickup truck near Arcola Buzz job, use hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and enforce existing passing laws to prevent a similar wreck. And bust this guy down to shoeleather for buzzing this cyclist to death. And another link with closed comments. More Bicyclist killed riding along US 45 between Arcola, Tuscola

A UT cyclist has a common problem when a cyclist is the victim of a hit-and-run. Injured Utah cyclist has no memory of hit-and-run crash Even when there is no obvious head trauma many times the cyclist never sees the weapon vehicle in a hit-and-run, which makes finding the weapon vehicle a problem for forensics, meaning you really hope the weapon vehicle leaves identifiable parts behind for forensics. Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avid or mitigate, and as (almost) always infrastructure needs to be right to prevent another wreck like this. I liked most of the comments that went with the article.

A CA cyclist is hit by a driver in a parking lot sidewalk and in the bike lane in this confusing report. Cyclist Injured by Car Leaving Parking Stall Near End of Fiji Way The geometry of this wreck is entirely unknown because they kept moving the location of the wreck from behind the car to in front of the car in the parking lot, to the sidewalk and then into the road, making this a very drawn out crime scene.

A cyclist died from his injuries in AZ. Santa Cruz Cyclist Killed in Arizona The charges filed from when the cyclist was still alive have been withdrawn, I hope so that stronger charges can be filed.

A WA cyclist is injured by an idiot in a truck. Bicyclist critically injured after being struck by truck near Enumclaw The cyclist was struck from behind on a winding road because the driver was going too fast for conditions (a common theme in today’s post). Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

From the Great White North, a little girl and her dad can’t get away from drunk drivers even on a dead-end street. Girl learning to ride bike hit by suspected impaired driver The driver had been tracked all over town driving erratically, but LEO couldn’t catch her until she hit the kids bike and (presumably) made the weapon vehicle undrivable, because she was still at the scene when LEO (and medical assistance) arrived. Since the mode was not given I can’t offer suggestions on how to avoid or reduce the injury severity, and I don’t think infrastructure would have helped prevent a drunk driver on a quiet residential street. I’m thinking the only thing that could prevent a similar wreck would be public flogging of drunk drivers followed by destroying their cars on live TV. And that would fly like a lead balloon.

Another cyclist is hit in the Great White North. CYCLIST INJURED IN CRASH WITH VEHICLE And again they felt the need to let us know that a person strapped inside a semi-armored vehicle was uninjured when colliding with a cyclist.

A wreck in the UK that is so unusual I’m putting it in the post. Chelmsford: Bus passenger in his 90s is seriously injured in crash The cyclist left his bike at the scene and wandered away from treatment, if you know the cyclist please get him to medical attention as he was believed to have been severely injured and needs to be seen by a doctor.

Ditto. Cyclist dies after collision with Branscombe house No comment.

Another UK Twitter twit. Daisy Abela: “I was not drunk, and nor was it a hit and run” The tweet in question was about hitting a cyclist and knocking the side mirror off her car while drunk… And that has to be a really talented cyclist to ride on the passenger side of the car with his head through the side window. While removing the mirror…

Hit-from-behind in Oz. Cyclist killed in collision with car The driver was going too fast for conditions when he came around a corner and ran over the cyclist from behind. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

“Justice” in the UK. Family frustrated that death driver has walked free Kill a cyclist because of a known medical condition, not only do you walk away a free man, you drive away a free man. TANJ!

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Hats on for cyclists? With deaths at a five-year high — calls for helmets to be made compulsory are getting louder. But not everyone agrees

Lifestyle from VA. Lanie Kruszewski Memorial Bike Ride

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I’m managing to find more hot spots, and the Feed

Starting off-line again today because no Internet until 1900. It’s strange how things work around this small NY town. Actually I found a hot spot that I could log into at just before 1500, so things are looking good today.

In my haste to get on “paper” what I was thinking about yesterday I neglected to share happy news. Well sort of happy and sort of bad but bad in the good way. I will have to buy new “skinny” pants, because I have now dropped another pant size. Not all of them mind you, I can still keep most of my pants north of my butt (because I have a cyclist’s butt that sticks way out) “but” I will still have to replace some of the pants that I don’t have a belt narrow enough to go through the belt loops, and those that have no belt loops and were starting to fall off before. Anyway that’s a rather roundabout way of saying I went from a 38 waist to a 36 since the last time I went clothes shopping, which makes me wonder where the 6 pounds I gained in the last 4 months came from or went to on my body.

The good thing about this trip is I’m not getting bombarded with trips to everybody’s favorite “all you can eat” restaurants. “Not bombarded” to the point that I have been here almost 2 weeks and I still haven’t been taken to any “all you can eat” places. When I’m riding every day or nearly every day I don’t mind going to a glutton fest type of restaurant, but since I’m in NY and the bikes are all in TX I’m not so much “into” the big eating thing, because I’m trying to maintain the gains I have made from riding my bike. See the previous paragraph for an example of “gains”.

That’s not to say I haven’t had a lot of really good food so far on this trip, because I have. Really good tasting food and more than adequate supplies of same. I have been staying with some really good cooks here… not counting Mrs. the Poet who I came to accompany on this trip. She’s cooking, too, and she’s a really good cook (and I don’t have to say that because she never reads my blog) but it’s nice to not have too much food forced on me. There are times when I like a good “pig at the trough” buffet, but too many days in too short a time are too much.

A wreck I didn’t even know about when it happened in Austin. JAMES SHEPHERD RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS INJURIES Buzz job, hit-from-behind protocols were applied but unfortunately there was road furniture in the escape route and the cyclist was seriously injured. Infrastructure might have helped, stricter licensing requirements and making losing a driver’s license easier would have helped prevent this wreck.

A right hook caught on camera in San Antonio. Caught on tape: cyclist hit, hopes to raise awareness I don’t know if it was a reflex reaction or if the struck cyclist reads my blog, but you can see him turning right to mitigate the impact right before the truck hit him. This is a legal infrastructure issue as the driver was not even paying attention to the traffic in the lane next to her(?).

Update on a CA wreck from earlier in the week. Ontario police search for hit and run driver who killed Pico Rivera teen This was the kid that was left for as long as an hour bleeding in the street after a hit-and-run.

A MN driver nearly embalmed in alcohol at the time of the hit-and-run faces assault charges. ‘You hit my baby!': St. Paul driver who hit bicyclist arrested, police say Good luck avoiding a driver that pickled behind the wheel (almost 3 times the legal limit and almost 5 times the proposed 0.05% limit). I’m not sure a driver that drunk could respect a line painted in the road and the crime scene was in a residential area that would be a shared space in the Dutch bike infrastructure model, so the only way to prevent a wreck like this would be to prevent people from driving drunk by either technology (ignition interlock) or by taking the car away from a convicted drunk driver.

A WI rider is injured. Bike rider injured after collision in Hales Corners Another salmon cyclist wreck. To avoid ride with traffic, to prevent find a time machine and kidnap the guy that started the whole idea that bikes are just slightly faster pedestrians and should act like pedestrians. Seriously, that guy, whoever he was, has probably killed and injured more people than Jeffery Dahmer, Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, and the Zodiac ever even contemplated.

A MT rider didn’t clear the intersection in time. Cyclist hurt in Missoula motorhome crash Another case where the only one still at the scene to give a report was the guy driving the weapon vehicle… Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A bad wreck in OR. Bicyclist critically injured in SE Portland collision LEO have not released the mode of the wreck or even a precise location, but at least one witness had to be hospitalized, and that was an on-duty LEO. This reminds me of what Alice said.

An IL rider is killed in a wreck that was not described. Community Volunteer Killed While Riding Bicycle and ‘Every city needs somebody like him': Fairview Heights man struck, killed while riding bike Actually the wreck is described as a SWSS in the second link that I hadn’t read when I posted the lede. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and make hitting a cyclist from behind a crime instead of something LEO give you commiseration for to prevent.

Another KC wreck. Man riding bicycle killed in KCK collision This reads very much like the wreck I saw yesterday but without enough information to tell them apart. Intersection wreck, so protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike takes an important step towards relinquishing that title with this sentence. Lakeland Woman Gets 9 Years in Death of Man Struck While Crossing U.S. 92 This is a wreck I have been following for a long time and I’m very glad to see that a measure of justice has been done. The comments on the article are another breath of fresh air I don’t usually get from FL for bike/ped wrecks.

But 2 steps forward and one back as a cyclist waiting to cross a road is hit and killed in FL. Truck hits, kills bicyclist in Tamarac Not even in the same road as the weapon vehicle when he was hit. Not even moving, I don’t know how a human cyclist is supposed to avoid a wreck like this. Infrastructure wouldn’t help either because the driver could not properly use the existing infrastructure without killing someone not even in the road so how would putting down a few stripes of paint help?

A FL wreck that no human cyclist could avoid nor infrastructure without a barrier prevent. Bicyclist killed in Palm Coast crash Wednesday The driver was not identified as drunk, so either on the phone or a deliberate act to kill the cyclist. I sincerely hope the driver was on the phone. More A 63-Year-Old Woman Cycling Up U.S. 1 Is Killed in Collision With SUV Near Belle Terre

A wreck in West Canickistan. Driver comes forward in Burnaby hit-and-run death Well so much for being able to establish the driver’s state of sobriety nearly 2 weeks after the wreck. Hit-from-behind wreck, protocols to avoid, and requiring drivers to pass a psych exam for sociopathic tendencies to prevent.

A UK driver blames the cyclist he hit driving the wrong way on a roundabout for the pedestrians he hit on the sidewalk. ‘Sorry. I panicked': Kingston town centre crash driver says cyclist spooked him I really don’t know what to say about this idiot…

Legal Infrastructure! news from NYC. Does The NYPD Think Bikes Are More Dangerous Than Cars? No just a hell of a lot easier to pull over.

A bit of infrastructure news from two towns over from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Playing up safety: Plano Bicycle Association launches cycling safety month I don’t know the other guy, but Mike Keel knows his stuff. If you’re local enough you should attend this meeting.

Last link is why we all should be riding our bikes. Picture of a person riding a bike

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus