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Running late because of making sure my house won’t get stolen by Wells Fargo, and the Feed

It’s just after 2100 as I begin this post because I had things to take care of during the day, then dinner, and filtering during dinner. It was very warm today, not what I would call “hot”, just 96°F for the high locally. One of the things I had to take care of was setting up things so that the money I’m getting from my Dad’s estate will ensure a roof over my head by taking Wells Fargo completely out of the situation. When we got our mortgage way those many years ago we got a good rate for the time, but we thought that because we were dealing with a financial institution that had been in existence since the late 1800s we were “safe”, compared to the situation when we first bought our house where our mortgage was sold multiple times as one bank after another failed following the Savings and Loan Debacle of the early ’90s and several times we had to fight to keep the house when the loan servicer went under and records were “lost”. Then there were the multiple foreclosures where Wells Fargo foreclosed on paid off mortgages because of a lack of current payments on the paid-off mortgage. Well, we are going to prevent that from happening… And I wore white after Labor Day!

Up first is more on the victim of that Seattle infrastructure-created wreck. Bicyclist killed fought ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and Cyclist killed in Seattle was ACLU lawyer I have said all I can say about this wreck, except I expect somebody to arrest the member of the Seattle City Council who delayed installing the barriers and separate signals that would have prevented this wreck and indirectly killing this cyclist. Since this was entirely predictable that someone would turn left across a cyclist going straight because of the scarcity of left-hand bike lanes and the fact that most people don’t look left when they are making a left turn from the furthest left lane for motor vehicles, that delay directly led to the death of this cyclist and in my mind becomes a criminal violation.

An OH cyclist is hospitalized by a hit-and-run driver. Bicyclist hurt in hit-skip crash in Montpelier Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

This was either deliberate on the part of the driver, or someone really dropped the ball at the AL DMV eye test. Bicycle rider killed in crash As the link reads now there were 3 cyclists hit in this wreck, one killed, one hospitalized, and one that needs clean shorts. Hit-from-behind protocols for any good they could do, and obviously if the driver can’t get to the cyclists then he can’t hit them, which is entirely dependant on the infrastructure with the Dutch model having the best results so far for both protecting cyclists and getting more cyclists on the roads. Yeah, that is a very roundabout way of saying “up to Dutch”.

A CA cyclist is killed because somebody had too much to drink. Update: Huntington Beach bike rider killed by suspected drunk driver Hit from behind wreck really needs better LEO support as the driver has so far only been charged with misdemeanor DUI in spite of killing the cyclist and leaving the scene of the crime. Hit-from-behind protocols might have been useful in this wreck, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would probably have prevented the wreck by keeping the drunk driver safely away from the victim.

Still in L.A. for a bit of lifestyle. Memorial ride to honor cyclist killed by sheriff’s deputy RIP Milt Olin.

Lifestyle from the Great White North. Family, friends of Darcy Allan Sheppard mark 5 years since cyclist’s death I would dearly love to see those videos where the driver of the weapon vehicle (quite literally in this case) was NOT using the car to beat the cyclist against mailboxes and other street furniture after the cyclist got up off the street to complain about getting run over from behind while waiting at a stop light, because all the videos I saw that is exactly what Michael Bryant was doing, using his vehicle as a blunt instrument to bludgeon the cyclist to death. But the Special Prosecutor assigned the case must have seen completely different videos than what we in the public saw.

More lifestyle from the entire country of Canada. Cyclist honours late-wife with cross-Canada ride The cyclist being remembered on this ride was killed scant miles from one end of this trail.

Lifestyle from the UK. Cyclist killed in Richmond Park crash was brilliant scientist who smuggled orchids

More lifestyle from the UK. Cyclists get on bikes for ride for dad killed in road smash I freaking HATE drunk drivers… not that this is unknown to my regular readers, what with the blood-thirsty demands that convicted DUI killers be chained to the steering wheels of their weapon vehicles right before they are fed through a car shredder together…

Infrastructure! news from the Great White North. Runner says speeding cyclists a city-wide problem The amazing cyclist, capable of going too fast and too slow at the same time and place!

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: How to file a claim for pothole damage; La Habra rider injured crashing into street sign Not to be confused with Our Daily Tedd. El Goonish Shive

And something assisting electrically. New technology electrifies Tucson’s bicycle scene

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

[Monty Python] “I’m not dead (yet)” [/Monty Python], and the Feed

Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of my death, but to use another Python quote “I got better”, so hence the blog. Seriously I do this blog so that nobody else has to go through what I went and continue to go through. The small community that has sprung up around this blog is enough for me to keep going even when it’s obvious that I’m attempting to demolish a concrete wall by banging on it with my forehead. I regenerate (slowly) but any damage I can inflict on the wall remains. Like rain eventually made the Grand Canyon, if I keep persevering long enough that wall will come down. I will have a flat forehead and a terrible headache, but the wall will be no more. And I know that is a terrible metaphor for what I’m doing, but after all this time banging my head against that wall, I can’t think of anything better. Besides, do you know what kind of abs banging your head against a wall gives you? ;) Titanium Nitride abs (abs of steel is so 20th Century). Now we have a lot of links to cover, so let’s get busy.

But before “getting busy” a quick note about the U.S. holiday today. We celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September because there was “too much Communist involvement” with the rest of the world’s celebration on May 1st. As we go into this celebration of American Labor this year the median CEO wage is more than 52 times the median worker wage and more than 350 times the minimum wage. To place that in perspective there are a few hundred people in the US who make more in a week than half of the rest of the population makes in a year, and nearly as much in a day as the low rung on the totem pole make in a year. I’m not going to make any judgment on the morality of those ratios, but the ratio of the incomes of the French nobility to the median French income just before the French Revolution was somewhere around 40:1…

Up first by way of most links (barely) is more on the cyclist left-hooked in Seattle. Cyclist killed days before city to upgrade notorious bike lane and Bicyclist killed in collision in downtown Seattle also Dead cyclist was new mom, well-regarded attorney also this Memorial grows for cyclist killed in Seattle accident still more Woman hit and killed by truck was well-known attorney and not least but last link Cyclist killed in Seattle was ACLU lawyer I’m going to be honest here, I normally shed no tears when lawyers get killed, but this lady was one of the good ones. Maybe not “good” in terms of number of cases won, but definitely “good” in terms of the cases she worked on and won. And she didn’t have to die, the markings and signal lights that would have prevented the left hook were delayed by a sphincter of a city council member for over a year…

Down the road from that Seattle wreck an idiot takes the life of a cyclist in OR. Texting driver arrested, bicyclist killed on Highway 30 identified and Cyclist killed in reported hit-and-run on Highway 30 near Rainier also Driver in fatal hit and run with cyclist near Rainier identified by Oregon State Police The cyclist had no time to react when the driver went off the road and onto the shoulder at speed making protocols moot. That only leaves infrastructure with any chance at having any effect on this wreck. That and crushing the cars of people who have wrecks while texting, my opinion of drivers that text is only slightly higher than DUI because they are both about as deadly as the other…

UK reaction to the LACSD killing of Milt Olin. LA sheriff to face internal investigation after hitting and killing cyclist while typing on mobile computer Their reaction is similar to US cyclists. And even gear-heads are unhappy about this driver getting to text and kill. Outrage: Cop Who Killed Cyclist Not Facing Charges Granted they are a green gear-head blog, but still more tilted towards driving than to cycling.

A driver in VA that has killed behind the wheel once already finally gets some serious prison time. Woman convicted of reckless driving in incident that hurt cyclist Charges are still pending on the hit-and-run portion of the wreck. The narrative of the wreck is just so hard to read as the injuries were so very similar to my wreck 13 years ago…

Hit and run in the Great White North. Cyclist remains in critical condition after Saturday crash The wreckage of the bike shows the cyclist was hit from the right, indicating one of the vehicles was running the red light (or the cyclist was caught by a stale green and the driver failed to yield). So intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another hit and run in Canuckistan this time. Hit and run leaves cyclist seriously injured It is fortunate that the sidewalk cyclist was not seriously injured in this wreck, but aside from that there was just so much wrong with this wreck I scarcely know where to start. Cyclist position, riding the sidewalk, wrong. Since sidewalks are not bicycle infrastructure drivers are not expecting to see cyclists on the sidewalks (particularly in Canada where most sidewalks are prohibited to cyclists). Driver failing to yield to traffic on the sidewalk, wrong. Even when someone is technically in violation for being on the sidewalk that still does not relieve the driver of the obligation to yield to traffic on the sidewalk. Both operators leaving the scene, wrong. Even though the cyclist left the scene to seek medical attention he still should have hung around for LEO to report the wreck and make it official that he needed medical attention.

UK readers have you seen this low-life? E-fit released after road rage driver targets cyclists in Knockholt This driver has been identified as deliberately using his vehicle as a weapon against cyclists (and possibly pedestrians). He is considered armed and dangerous, as long as he is behind the wheel.

Final results in a UK wreck. Lorry driver who fell asleep at wheel and killed two cyclists on charity ride jailed The sentence is a little over 4 years per death, but by UK standards for killing a cyclist this is practically a life sentence. Given that there were sentences of 300 and 160 hours of community service handed down last week for killing while driving distracted (and one for 5 years in prison) 8½ years for killing two at once seems like forever. But also given that he did almost the exact same thing just a few weeks after the fatal wreck, minus the dead cyclists, prison seems the only way to stop him.

And even in the Holy Land, drivers seem to be unable to remain at the scene of a wreck. Be’er Sheva: Bike Rider Seriously Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver Nothing on the mode of the wreck, just noting that another victim had died shortly before this one was hurt…

Infrastructure! news from Enn Zed. The cycleway that hasn’t been built – how slow can they go? One fatality and multiple injury wrecks because of missing infrastructure and they still haven’t built it yet? Is there any mechanism in Enn Zed for prosecuting for deaths due to inaction?

Kinda sorta infrastructure (because the video has been removed leaving only a few lines from the transcript. Firefighter killed on I-84 prompting local cyclist group to take action I don’t know what the problem is, I can’t click on anything that shows the video, and only the first line of the transcript shows when I click that button…

CA infrastructure news. Central Coast Cyclists Ask For More Bike Lanes And I see that the first comment is a demand that taxes be raised on cyclists to pay for infrastructure they should have been getting all along.

These bike lanes would power up your e-assist bike and your iPhone at the same time. These “Power Lanes” Could Charge An E-Bike (And Phone) As You Ride The idea is distributed power would be cheaper than making everyone carry batteries (the suggested storage media is supercaps that weigh about 5 pounds and have virtually no cycle life).

Lifestyle in CA. Memorial for Chula Vista man killed while riding bicycle It might just be me but I think a suitable memorial would be the rotting corpse of the driver welded inside the car that killed the cyclist, but then I’m a bit biased from personal experience.

Lifestyle from Canuckistan. Whyte Avenue memorial honours life of cyclist, while urging people to share the road It really should be up for more than just the day or two…

Just plain fun. “You’re probably going to work and don’t have time to talk.”

And those were all the links I could find on this labor day. Turns out there were a lot of duplicates in the Feed.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet (now we’re cooking with gas, badass gas)

Now we wait, and the Feed

The check has been deposited into a special account I had set up just for such things back in the ’90s, some place to park “hot” assets until they had cooled off and could be used. At the time I was building prototypes for toys and sometimes had to handle checks for thousands of $ and needed a place where I could put stuff and not have to worry about losing everything if the deposit turned out to be tainted in some way, so I created a second savings account just for that eventuality. None of our investors or contract jobs turned out to be “shady”, but even after the toy shop closed for lack of business (we lost our shirts making a “working” ST:TOS tricorder with magnetometer and weather station) I left the account active by moving a dollar or two in and out of it every couple of years or so “just in case” and 20 years later, I’m needing it again.

On another front, I may have to get surgery done on the lump on the back of my neck. It was tested a few years ago and determined to be a benign lipoma or fatty tumor. The problem is it has been getting bigger lately for whatever reason and has gone from interfering with my bike helmet when I ride bent over on a normal MTB, to hitting the back of my head when I’m finishing a bottled drink or travel mug. I have to take the lid off my coffee cup to get that last swallow. And this week it got to the point where it just plain interferes when I move my head. It ain’t deadly, but it might aggravate me to death so it has to go. I’m going back to my doctor early next month on an unrelated subject, but I will definitely bring this up with him then. Seriously this thing hurts almost every time I move my head now.

Up first because of proximity to WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a cyclist is right hooked in NOLA. Cyclist struck by driver on Magazine Street, police say I have one thing to say about NOPD, they certainly seem to “get it” about the hazards of the right hook. Now if they could “get it” about the “punishment pass”…Anyway, right hook means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Not sure of the state on this right cross wreck of a salmon cyclist. Cyclist injured after colliding with vehicle This is the primary reason not to ride salmon, drivers are not looking in your direction when executing turning movements and will hit you and it will be your fault. Not that I have to say anything to my readers, you guys already know this, right?

A NE man is seriously injured by a serial traffic violator. Police: Omaha man arrested after hitting cyclist and Bicyclist, 45, critically injured by car that police said was being driven erratically One report had the driver of the weapon vehicle swerving all the way across the street before hitting the cyclist from behind. This moves this wreck from “normal” to “unavoidable by human cyclists” category, and also the “not likely affected by Dutch bicycle infrastructure” category. The driver failed to keep the vehicle on the street even when using both sides of it, bicycle infrastructure would just be “more street” for him like the sidewalk was.

Update on a NY wreck. Wayland man sentenced to 2-6 years in cyclist’s 2013 death Kill someone while under the influence by any other means and you will get serious prison time, much more than “2-6″. But cars are “different”.

A cyclist in far West Canuckistan gets compensated for a wreck with a loose dog. Cyclist felled by unleashed Chilliwack Doberman awarded $39,000 For those unaware Dobies were originally bred to haul children in small carts as both a draft and as a guard animal, and they are very aggressive around anyone they see as threatening “their kids”. The article shows the device intended to restrain the animal failed to function, probably because of a dead battery.

Even the trees are out to get cyclists in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured in crash – Blue Mountains The tree limb fell into the shoulder and partially in the road and the cyclist suffered serious injury trying to avoid it, but the severity of the injuries makes me think the tree or another vehicle hit the victim. But seriously, this falls into the “not avoidable” category.

More on that UK wreck that is currently in the trial stage. I posted links yesterday as being from two separate wrecks when they were in fact this wreck. Driver looking at photos on phone hits cyclist – then snaps fatally injured victim, court told I sent this link to someone who knows about these things, and he indicated the driver could have “narcissistic personality disorder” whatever that is… More Minibus driver accused of fatally colliding with a cyclist told police ‘I’ve killed a man’, court told

After bad infrastructure gets a cyclist killed all road users are advised to exercise caution until the infrastructure in question can be fixed. Drivers urged to use caution after bicyclist killed AFAIK cyclists in NH are required to use a bike lane if one is provided, even if doing so will get them killed, so it’s up to drivers to “not kill” cyclists.

More infrastructure news from SD. No sidewalks by new Sioux Falls middle school So, they expect everybody to ride the bus to school, even those that live less than a mile away? No sidewalks or bike lanes (and probably no bike racks to park at even if they decided to ride a bike to school).

Lifestyle from CA via Facebook. Remember Matthew: Change Lanes to Pass a Cyclist This is a FB Community Page to remind people that cyclists are human beings and fragile.

Lifestyle from NM. Amazing cyclist, 94, outlives his competition The anchor person wanted to know what he does to live so long but didn’t want to do the one thing she knew he did, ride the bike… >sigh< :(

And a potential game changer for e-assist bikes and EV. Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough The claim is a completely solid-state battery with no liquid electrolyte, built the same way as my laptop screen and at about the same cost.

And I seem to have run out of links again. Fortunately before I ran out of mind. ;)

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I have to take a different route but I have my old compose page back, and the Feed

Well I have to use a new button on the dashboard instead of being able to use the WP banner tool, but I’m back at what looks like my previous compose page. The “preview” and “proofread” buttons are both back in their familiar locations. I hope the rest of the composing tools are also functional. One thing that seems to be permanently gone is the share button, which means Gigi won’t be able to log in from where ever she’s logging in from to leave links back from her page. And snarky comments, she was really good at leaving snarky comments. I never saw anybody that clicked on those links to read the post, but it felt better when she would come over and leave the snarky comment on her page, yannow?

Up first another scourge of modern times, the sleepy driver. Police: Driver hit and killed cyclist after falling asleep at the wheel There is not much a cyclist can do in a situation like this, even if they had been riding where they could be seen and avoided by the driver, the driver’s eyes would have to be open for that to happen. Infrastructure to Dutch standards would prevent wreck like this. For one thing there would be some serious rumble strips capable of stopping the car between the motorway and the cycle highway.

Closer to home in OK a cyclist is hit in a more urban environment. Car hits bicyclist near OCU campus The wreckage of the bike is so torn up I can’t tell which direction the cyclist was hit first. I mean the seat post is laying alongside the handlebars and you can plainly see the rear reflector jauntily next to what appears to be the top tube of the frame with one pedal visible from a crank that starts from somewhere out of frame… Drunk driver so nothing the cyclist could have done, infrastructure to Dutch CROW standards would probably have kept the cyclist away from the drunk driver and might even have convinced the drunk to not drive a car that night.

A needless wreck in KS as a driver passing another car hits a cyclist head on. Cyclist killed in Douglas County crash Umm, nope. Not a wreck that human reflexes and reactions could avoid. Get infrastructure that’s “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A driver assaults several IL cyclists on a group ride, in different groups around town. Police investigating motorist, cyclist incident Anyone seen the mayor of Sunset Hills MO lately? Being serious now, there is very little more than what the cyclists did that could be done to avoid a homicidal maniac like this dude. Segregated infrastructure paid for by crazy drivers like him would be the only way to prevent it. Still serious, you want to be crazy, you can be crazy, but it will cost you dearly.

The geometry of this IN wreck seriously troubles me. Lafayette doctor killed in cycling crash involving truck Seriously, they really think the cyclist right-hooked the truck?

Update on an Aussie killed in IN. Aust cyclist killed during ‘dream’ US trip I believe when I covered this back in July I pegged this as a hit-from-behind wreck, so protocols to avoid, infrastructure to prevent.

From CA more about the (drunk and high on meth) driver that went the wrong way on a one way loop road commonly used by cyclists to train. Wrong-Way Driver Hits Group of Cyclists on Fiesta Island This again shows why sometimes having access to motor vehicles is a Bad Thing for bicycle infrastructure. This was not bicycle infrastructure, just a nice road with no oncoming traffic and a speed limit that serious athletes had no problem maintaining or exceeding (within the 10 MPH+10% “tolerance” given to motor vehicles), but it does show what can happen when you make really good bike infra. Second thing to point out, that car is most likely totaled. Both A-pillars are bent and the windshield frame is buckled in the middle. The only way to repair it would be to cut the roof from an identical model and weld it to the unibody of that car, and I don’t think that car is worth the effort not to mention the costs involved.

Another wreck in CA, this one appears to be a cyclist that ran a stop sign or misjudged the closing speed of the weapon vehicle. Bicycle rider injured near downtown Woodland and Cyclist badly injured in minivan vs. bike crash in Woodland The driver was on a through street and the cyclist had a stop sign which leaves only the two possibilities I laid out. Infrastructure might have helped but I’m going to be honest on this one, I don’t think so if the bike path doesn’t have the priority at the intersection.

A SWCC from CA. 10-year old bike rider killed in Hesperia There is a possibility the cyclist was riding on the sidewalk which only adds to the information that confirms what a bad idea this is. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the kids off sidewalks and on to “Dutch quality” bike paths to prevent.

A fatal buzz job from CA. Recumbent Cyclist Killed Was UCSB Grad Student Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to reduce damages, and get the infrastructure up to Dutch CROW standards to prevent.

This has not been a good day for CA cyclists as one carrying a passenger is cut off by a FedEx truck. Serious Injuries After FedEx Driver Strikes Cyclist And Passenger On Handlebars The way the narrative reads now the truck pulled out of a parking space directly into the side of the bike, and as you know the thing that sticks out the farthest on a bike are the handlebars. And what happens when the handlebars get hit? Yep the bike goes down, hard. Not sure if riding further out in the lane will prevent a similar wreck, but the area is already a mixed transport area quite similar to the Dutch Urban model, so about the only thing that could be changed would be the presumed liability law, motor vehicles are automatically at fault when hitting a pedestrian or cyclist in the street.

Another one of those limited information wrecks from GA. Bicyclist hit by car on Cobb Parkway Now the report reads the cyclist was “crossing” the highway when hit making this a SWCC wreck. There is an extremely low-res picture of the bike but I can’t get the “zoom in” feature to let me see the higher resolution picture so I can’t say anything for sure except that it is a bike in the road, or at least part of a bike. Since so many SWCC bike wrecks turn out to be hit-from-behind I’m going to go with those protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Get drunk and kill a cyclist and the worst that can happen is a 5 year prison term. Georgia man sentenced in fatal DUI crash that killed deaf cyclist The driver deliberately drove drunk in spite of being told twice he was too drunk to drive, commits hit-and-run leaving another human to die in the streets, and they only give him 5 years in prison and a $9K fine? It sucks to be a cyclist in GA, but it’s great to be a driver.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike an apparent medical emergency causes a cyclist to ride across 2 lanes of traffic and into the side of a car. Weston Cyclist Killed After Being Hit by a Car The narrative is derived from several of the people riding with the victim, that he suddenly veered to the left and across an empty lane from the bicycle lane and hit a car in an inside lane. IOW this is the exact opposite of a SWSS, this may be the last act of a dying man.

One of the hazards of riding a group ride, from MA. Bicycle crash results in head trauma This is another one of those wrecks where bike infrastructure would not have done much except change the location of the wreck.

Another SWCC wreck (seems to be a theme today) in MI. Cyclist, 16, struck by vehicle, seriously injured Cyclist not able to tell LEO what happened from his point of view, and the only other witness was the driver of the weapon vehicle. Hit from behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on a hit-and-run in the Great White North. Man, 25, turns himself in after cyclist struck and killed: police The weapon vehicle was one that was not licensed for use on the streets…

Another Great White North wreck of unknown cause as of this posting. Elderly male cyclist struck and killed in Mississauga The picture shows a bike hit from the left front. At this point the only thing LEO are releasing are the vehicle types (bike and cube van) and the intersection where the wreck took place. So intersection means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and update infrastructure using the CROW manual to prevent.

And another update on a hit-and-run from West Canuckistan. Pickup driver in hit-and-run that injured Coquitlam cyclist turns himself in

This wreck report from Oz has been sanitized from the original which was quoted in the Feed. Doctors battle to save injured cyclist’s legHe was so badly injured that a portion of his thigh bone was found at the…” and the less gory second sentence were both missing from the link that existed this morning. The geometry of the wreck is totally the cause from the first driver failing to wait until it was clear to pass, as the weapon vehicle came over the brow of the hill and dodged right to avoid the car in his lane and did not see the cyclists already in that lane (looking for where other cars were not there). No way for a cyclist to avoid something like this without superhuman reaction times. Infrastructure that was “up to Dutch” would not have required the first vehicle (the one that caused the wreck) to have to change lanes to pass the cyclists because they would have been on a separate road, thereby eliminating the cause of the wreck.

Another report from Oz. Teen fined over crash which left cyclist injured The driver right crossed (remember they drive on the wrong side of the road in Oz) the cyclist and left him permanently injured, but because she hadn’t been driving very long and had a “clean record” the violation will be struck from her record if she completes her probation successfully.

Our Daily Ted. A big bike weekend, with the Grand Opening of Timbuk2 and Aika Trading, and Amoeba’s Hot August Bikes

Infrastructure! news from VT. Video raises bike law questions Yep, when the law is so complex that the people paid to enforce it don’t understand it, that law needs to be scrapped.

And crappy Infrastructure in the UK. Cycle path still not finished on 10th anniversary of cyclist’s death that secured council promise This was another example of “check-box” infrastructure, barely meeting minimums in width and going nowhere, basically just paint, and it still took 10 years and a lot of arm-twisting to get it done.

I keep mentioning “up to Dutch” as the standard for bicycle infrastructure and this link shows once again why that is. Pragmatism. When campaigners and planners should use it. How such things as car parking and beer delivery in the Netherlands are made to coexist with excellent cycling infrastructure Sometimes you have to get stuff to places that you can’t use a cargo bike, or you need to get cars put away in their garages, or tractors to and from their fields. It can be done! and without endangering anyone when bicycles are given first priority during the planning and design phases of the project.

And another e-assist bike hits the market. Riide plans to make D.C. a hub for electric bikes, so we gave one a spin Fast, but not much range, and an unknown on hills. The secret for building hub motor e-bikes is to adjust the motor winds and voltage so that it develops peak power just below the speed limit for that jurisdiction, then use a controller that limits the RPM of the motor to the maximum allowable speed. That way you don’t have to slow down as much going up hills and you are in the motor’s sweet spot for most cruising. And I’m giving away the secret for free. You’re welcome. :)

And I’m closing tonight with something I don’t normally do. I’m asking you to sign a petition. Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera. We cyclists know the value of an unbiased observer on our sides, the unblinking eye of the video camera. I hear tell of one UK cyclist that has no less than 7 video cameras going at once every time he throws a leg over a bicycle. I figure if it’s good enough to protect cyclists against driver (most of the time, I’m not forgetting that VT video linked up above) then it should protect civilians against police violence and LEO against false accusations of police violence.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

My creative side wants OUT, and the Feed

I had another one of those “world creating” dreams last night. Remember the one I related in a Sunday post recently about zombies? This one was more of a slice-of-life setting in an urban environment. There were lots of characters of various ages but all adult living in a strange building that had individual rooms with large closets/storage spaces and private baths like a motel room, and a large common area with shared eating, cooking, and laundry facilities. I remember unloading the dishwasher and putting away a ton of silverware, at least 10 place settings and doing some other cleaning of the common area before going out of a walk. Just on our block there were 3 other buildings like mine, 2 restaurants, 2 groceries, and some retail that I didn’t bother to look at before returning to my building and waking up. I’m taking this as my subconscious telling me I need to collaborate on a fiction project with someone probably to give me an actual creative outlet. This blog is great and I really need to make these posts to keep the word out on what gets people hurt when riding and how to avoid it with the built environment and changes that need to be made to prevent it with new infrastructure. But I also need some other creative outlet preferably with someone who can write convincing dialog. I write like I talk, or how I used to talk before I got hit with the truck. And I will be the first to admit, most people don’t talk like me. Let me rephrase that, nobody talks like me, not the way I talk now and definitely not the way I used to talk. So my dialog writing sucks. My speech modes work with one or at very most two out of a large cast of characters, or as an internal monologue from an omniscient narrator/character with paraphrasing of outside dialog. So maybe I should make my Magnum opus (by Opus) a series of blog posts? Too self-referential? I will have to think about it.

Up first is a “double”, two links to the same video of a really stupid and dangerous driver in Far West Canuckistan. Idiot driver uses Burrard Street separated bike lane, almost hits cyclist (video) and this link from the CBC. VIDEO Vancouver driver in separated bike lane almost right-hooks cyclist Notice the driver ignores/misses the segregated bike lane entrance and spends a block driving in the bike lane before moving to the other side of the barrier for another block and then right-hooking the faster cyclist who had to execute an excellent demonstration of the right hook protocols to avoid becoming road pizza. Also notice in the uncensored video of the first link the sexist profanity uttered by the cyclist that was cut off. Sorry about that.

A three car wreck on a cyclist in the most deadliest state in the US to ride a bike with two hit and runs. Bicyclist hit, killed in Orange County Not enough of the bike left to tell if the cyclist had lights or reflectors, or he did have lights/reflectors. Hit from behind (let’s assume, since the bike was hit so many times that determining the original direction of travel was impossible) protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on an IA wreck from last month. Man Charged in Death of Onawa Cyclist Really, a seatbelt ticket in a fatal wreck? I would laugh except it is so obvious they are throwing everything possible at this driver and want to be SEEN throwing everything possible at this driver. I’m hoping this is to send a warning to other drivers that kill cyclists that killing cyclists is not acceptable behavior and will be punished to the greatest extent possible, and not a “show” put on in the media to appease cyclists so they will continue to come to RAGBRAI and spend money in IA. As I posted for the original link to this wreck this was not something a human cyclist could avoid…

A dangerous run-in in IL. Cyclist claims driver pushed him off road The description of the wreck from the driver makes it quite clear the driver had been in a physically threatening lane position for quite a while if the group was pounding on his vehicle. Even the driver’s own words say what a danger he was to other road users. Not a wreck that could be avoided with a human cyclist (he was going to get someone sooner or later the way he was driving). Safe segregated bicycle infrastructure with a barrier to prevent, plus much stricter standards for driver’s licenses.

This CA report really ticks me off royal. Daughter Of LAPD Sergeant Who Killed Cyclist Then Tried To Cover It Up Will Likely Serve Two Years In Prison So 2 years for the wreck with nothing for killing the cyclist and zip for covering up the wreck and filing a false police report.

The driver in an AK hit-and-run has been charged. Anchorage teen charged with manslaughter, DUI in cyclist death Interesting that she left the scene and was found later in the truck but hasn’t been charged with hit-and-run? Failure to assist can be charged without leaving the scene. She was found in the truck several blocks from the scene.

Another Canuckistan cyclist death. Man charged in death of 11-year-old cyclist granted bail OK I don’t know anyone who can ride on the shoulder of a road and be able to dodge a car or truck that is going off the road right where you are riding. And as the Dutch model for this area is a bike path parallel to the highway (so that help can come from whoever shows up first in case of a bicycle wreck requiring medical assistance) that wouldn’t help much unless this was a deliberate attempt to kill or injure a cyclist on the road, in which case being on the bike path would probably not cause the driver to lose his mind and try to kill someone. So what I’m saying is if this was an actual “accident” caused by equipment failure or medical emergency, infrastructure would not prevent the wreck, but if the guy was trying to kill the cyclist for being on the road then having separate places for cars and bicycles would probably have prevented the wreck.

Another Canadian right hook. Cyclist killed after colliding with concrete truck in London Cyclist in the bike lane going straight, cement truck going right from an inside lane because it can’t turn tight enough to stay all the way to the right without running over the curb or into the oncoming lane on the street being turned on, and screams then silence… Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck given the built environment, so the environment has to change to prevent another wreck.

Have you seen this vehicle? Police seek pickup truck in hit-and-run that hurt Coquitlam cyclist This was a wreck in West Canuckistan…

The final words on a bike/ped wreck. Pedestrian hit by a cyclist died from massive blood clot six days after doctors failed to spot a badly injured artery in his neck OK so the pedestrian had a stroke after the wreck that might have been caused by the wreck but probably wasn’t or was just waiting for something to trigger it, and because the doctor did not have the correct software on his computer to examine the imaging from the victim the victim died from a stroke. (?) The cyclist was absolved because the pedestrian initially showed no visible injury after the wreck and the two exchanged information before the cyclist left the scene. Still DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS!

Update on the cyclist killed in a marked cyclepath crossing in the UK. Partner’s tribute to cyclist Wendy Roberts, killed on Kingswood road minutes after finishing shift at care home Nothing new on the wreck, just personal information about the victim. Careful or you might have trouble with something in your eye.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Possible Olin cover-up, USC students launch Nutlock, and the other cyclist from my hometown

Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde. Fears for cyclists as toll of injuries goes up The SI portion of cyclist KSI keeps going up because drivers are no better than they ever were and possibly worse while the K part stays the same because the NHS is just that good.

A pleasant link from Bike Nashbar Well, you’ll need to stop for a snack, but it sure beats paying for gas! and the link for the T-shirt INFINITE FUEL

And those were all the links including the links I had to stay up past midnight for and I don’t care if I had any fits or giggles, I’m tired.

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Well isn’t this nice, and the Feed

It was a quick trip to the grocery store today, both because we didn’t need much and because we didn’t have that big a budget to spend. We got all we needed with a few cents left over from the small budget, so everything’s good. That’s not to say we got everything we wanted, not by a long shot, but nobody will starve before next week, and we have enough ramen noodles to survive the zombie apocalypse. Not the best food for the long run but like I said, for now we are good.

Up first is a semi-famous Houston area cyclist getting hit-from-behind. ‘Naked unicyclist’ killed in La Porte crash But as the victim had previous mental issues and was riding in the “car lane” on a road with no bicycle facilities it was obviously his fault according to LEO. The only thing to make this “his fault” would be no lights or reflectors on the back of the bike, and since I don’t have access to pictures of the wrecked bike I can’t comment on if there were lights or reflectors or not. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on the Milt Olin case in CA. Deputy was texting before fatally hitting ex-Napster exec on bike Not much new except the knowledge that a text was being sent around the time of the wreck. We already knew of the other texts, and that the brakes were not applied until after the collision, but that the investigating officer refused to accept previous reports that the driver was not using his cell phone is new information.

Update on a wreck in West Canuckistan. Witnesses sought in crash that claimed cyclist in Richmond The more I read about this wreck, the more confused I get. Apparently the driver and passenger emerged from the wreck covered in yellow paint (which explains the yellow substance on the driver’s door panel seen in some crime scene pictures) and the vehicle was completely out of control for quite some time before hitting the cyclist waiting for the red light. Also I’m assuming the driver had no choice about the car being driven, because a Pontiac Aztek is UUUUgleee! with a capital UGH!

A wreck in the UK that was just a wreck, not something the cyclist or driver could have avoided. Tributes paid to cyclist killed on London Bridge Cyclist killed when he went around traffic and hit the curbed median and fell over that into oncoming traffic.

LEO in Oz are pretty sure this was a hit-and-run, but not 100% sure because of the lack of debris associated with the wreck. Injured cyclist may be hit-and-run victim, police say To me this sounds like a buzz job against the cyclist, someone drove their car just close enough to knock the cyclist down, but not dislodge any bits from the car. Or they may have retracted the passenger side mirror to prevent damage in the wreck. Something LEO could look at would be signs of impact, like bruising on the side facing the flow of traffic and abrasions on the off side. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted. Daughter of LAPD Sgt. accepts plea in death of Gardena cyclist Jesse Dotson

Infrastructure! news from SD. SF Police Focus On Cyclist, Pedestrian Safety Unfortunately they are going to be victim blaming for the most part in this “safety” campaign… “Starting Wednesday, additional officers will be out on the streets enforcing bike and pedestrian laws.” Such statements seldom result in much if any enforcement against the weapons that maim and kill, just those that get maimed or killed.

Lifestyle from a cross-country e-assist bike trip. Crossing the country on her electric bike Only using assist when absolutely necessary to maintain contact with the group allowed her to still have power at the ends of long rides.

Lifestyle article from the UK. Moving degree ceremony for medical student killed by truck while cycling to lecture

And those were all the links I found today, with more fits than giggles but only by a small margin.

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That moment when it all becomes worthwhile, and the Feed

Did you ever start to think that you are wasting your time and sanity, and should chuck the whole thing and take up fishing instead? I did, earlier this week. But thanks to the comments left on this article my sense of purpose has been renewed. I may not be making a huge difference, but I am making a difference and doing good in the world. And that is sometimes the best you can hope for.

It looks almost as if the Feed is in feedback mode for today as there are very few recent wrecks and lots of updates with positive results. Like this report from St.Louis on the Mad Mayor attacking a cyclist with his car. LISTEN: 911 Callers Tell Dispatcher Sunset Hills Mayor Ran Cyclist Off the Road Sweet sweet schadenfreud!

Update on a hit-and-run in the Great White North. Cyclist still in hospital after hit-and-run in Port Coquitlam Here’s hoping the cyclist gets well as soon as humanly possible from one hit-and-run victim to another.

A driver ignores a pedestrian crossing shared with cyclists in Jolly Olde. Hull cyclist dies in pedestrian crossing collision This would only be fixed with laws making hitting a cyclist or pedestrian using bike/ped infrastructure like this the automatic fault of the driver, because this was already in segregated infrastructure with a separate signal phase.

Have you been riding with this man and wondered where he has been lately? Police Release EVO-fit Of Cyclist Killed In Collision On A61 Please contact LEO at the number in the article.

And how many cyclists get any kind of visits from LEO after a wreck, much less one with pizza? Anne Arundel Bicycle Police Visit Injured Cyclist and Bring Pizza

A bit of the old Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde. Cyclist detectors to be trialled on London buses Do an actual road trial in the real world to see what works and what is a waste of money? Brilliant! [/Guinness commercial]

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: KABC talks with Laura Weintraub; great video and photos from Brentwood Grand Prix

A little American Infrastructure news. Intersection dishes up new bike ‘shish kebab’ symbol This is the new MUTCD pavement marking that shows where the “sweet spot” is for detecting a bicycle on the road to trigger a traffic signal.

So apparently it’s news that some drivers in NYC are douchebags. Hamptons Residents Sick Of Buzzkill Memorial For Nun Who Got Run Over

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today, with a high ratio of giggles to fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus