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Contemplating “things” and the Feed

I’m still in the “not happy” state of mind about the city coming into my yard and destroying part of my lawn furniture, then sending me a bill for the “service”. I don’t know what I can do about that besides dispute the bill. I guess I can demand that they replace the log bench that I spent so much time and effort on, but to be honest part of what made the one that was destroyed so good was that it was from the tree that it was sitting near. It was a part of the environment that was supposed to be there. It was also a really nice place to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning after everyone else had gone to work or school or daycare… I live in what is almost a ghost town between the hours of 0800 and 1430 Monday through Friday 9 months out of the year. That bench let me enjoy a feeling almost like being alone in a forest.

Up first is an update on a NM wreck. Bicyclist dies 8 days after hit-and-run crash Other reports that I can no longer link to say the bits of turn signal/marker light found at the scene are common to many makes of truck and are also sold in autoparts stores as generic replacement lights, I used to have the same kind of light on my old recumbent bike as they make very visible taillights. So good luck on finding that truck, they are going to need it.

Hit-and-run with a city bus in OR. After alleged bike-bus collision, TriMet driver tells man ‘You’re fine’ and drives off First, if you get hit and the driver leaves the scene, do not use Twitter until after you call 911 and state you had an “incident” and you need medical attention. Even if you do not hurt right at the moment, there might be injuries you just have not calmed down enough to feel yet. Since this was a right hook, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on the wreck between a tandem and a single bike in Jolly Olde. Woman cyclist injured in tandem crash So, the wreck now appears to be the result of an unintentional buzz job by the male captain of the tandem, with the female stoker taking the brunt of the impact.

Our Daily Ted for Tuesday. Morning Links: Too many LA memorial rides, Fig4All is up for more debate, and Buzzfeed wants to scare you That Buzzfeed video is alternately scary stupid and just plain scary.

Infrastructure! news from right here in TX. Texas Police Now Ticketing Kids for “Cool Moves” Doing the right thing can be rewarding.

Infrastructure from NYC. DOT To Add Five More Miles Of Flushing Avenue Bike Lanes I have the sneaking feeling that they are using soft, fragile cyclists as traffic calming on a street that has a reputation for attracting speeders.

New infrastructure in America’s Copenhagen. New buffered bike lanes for Boones Ferry Road

Someone please, PLEASE! make this bill a law without watering it down. Lawmakers Consider Hit-and-Run Alerts Amber alerts I get once or sometimes twice a month, but the constant stream of these alerts would galvanize people into action to stop hit-and-run.

A bike that anyone can ride “no hands”. Jyrobike self-balances to keep kids on the straight and narrow Also teaches kids just to ride normally, but I would like to have one for my recumbent that I was never able to ride without at least one hand on the bars at all times because it would crash in a fraction of a second otherwise.

Lifestyle in the UK. Cyclists saddle up to raise £1m for heroes

A plethora of e-assist bicycles of varying levels of assist and styles of assist. In pictures: Charged Up e-bike show Some really neat and cool bikes there.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Fortunately for my mood I found more giggles than fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Gonna be a real busy day, and the Feed

Well, I have lots of things to do today. One of them is to make beans and rice, today with leftover Spam from last night’s dinner. I used the last of the black beans and lentils today which means I will have to replenish when we get back from vacation. The other thing I’m doing is data entry tonight for the Wendy Davis campaign. I will be transcribing pledges and other information from the forms done by the operators into the electronic form required by the state. So I may have to do the post in two parts leaving to do other work in the middle.

Up first are the rest of the links to the report on Friday about the woman killed when her bike broke down in a place where there was no room to get off the road and still be able to work on the bike. Catholic U coach dies in charity bike ride in KY and Cyclist killed in Sadieville crash was riding to fight cancer also Baltimore Woman Cycling Cross-Country To Benefit Cancer Killed By Truck more Ulman Cancer Fund Releases Statement On Bicyclist Killed In Scott County this Cyclist killed in Scott County crash another one St. Mary’s College Graduate Killed During Cross Country Bicycle Ride for Cancer Not enough room to get completely off the road, if that had been a motor vehicle that broke down there would have been a serious wreck with multiple fatalities instead of one cyclist dead and another injured. A report I can’t find any more (link won’t open) to link to said there was a private driveway about 1.5 (+/-) miles from the wreck site that would have been available to work on the bike, but at this point I don’t know that the bike was in a condition to roll that distance, and I know I would not want to carry a bike that distance while walking in bike shoes.

More evidence that a cyclist’s life is cheap in TX. Elderly man gets probation in 2012 wreck that killed bicyclist I’m still furious that anyone at all could get deferred adjudication for killing another human being. People spend more time in jail for killing dogs than cyclists. People here in TX get more jail time for littering than this guy got for killing someone.

A VA cyclist is hit on a bike/ped bridge. VDOT contractor was driver in SUV-bicycle collision and the video of the wreck (trigger warning) Car-bike collision on Norfolk’s pedestrian access bridge adjacent to Note the time stamp on the lower left-hand corner of the video, the cyclist has less than 3 seconds between the weapon vehicle becoming visible around the bend and the impact. Not that there was anyplace for her to get away from the weapon vehicle. You can see at 0:21 the cyclist hitting the door or mirror of the weapon vehicle and the wall to the right at nearly the same time. Note also that in the 1080p view the license plate of the weapon vehicle is clearly legible. Still trying to figure out how nobody could write a ticket with an HD video recording of the wreck on a freaking bike/ped path!

Lots of links from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 8 out of 9 years (they managed to get a bit below LA for a year). SWFL cyclists face injury, death on dangerous roads also Florida is a hazardous place for cyclists, pedestrians this one too Cyclist credits “miracle” for survival not done yet Ironman triathlete struck, driver not cited And that last one pretty much sums up why more cyclists get killed in FL than any other state (18% of fatal bike wrecks happen in FL) when a cyclist gets hit in the bike lane and nothing happens to the driver of the weapon vehicle. It is as if when you are shot the cop just says “You only got grazed, move along.” to the bleeding victim.

More from FL. Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle Nothing on the wreck besides location in an intersection, so protocols might have been useful in avoiding or reducing injury, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented the motor vehicle from getting to the cyclist in the first place.

This GA wreck turned out much better that it could have. A bullied bicyclist gets the last punch When the drunk nearly hits you once then gets out of the penis extender truck and starts swinging, protocols pretty much go out the window along with the driver’s sanity check. It’s good that the cyclist was able to disable the driver before anyone was seriously injured.

Left cross on a CO cyclist results in multiple charges. Hit-and-run crash seriously injures Fort Collins cyclist Intersection wreck so perhaps intersection protocols would have avoided or reduced injuries, but real bicycle infrastructure with real laws that protect cyclists and pedestrians would have prevented the wreck, maybe. The driver did fail to yield so who knows what would have happened if this had been intended as shared space (not likely, but possible). More Police: Cyclist seriously injured after Loveland hit-and-run

Semi-good news about a WY wreck. Woman charged with aggravated homicide in death of Sheridan cyclist Really good news would be the dead cyclist had miraculously recovered and was alive now, but homicide charges are the next-best thing.

A single-bike wreck in PA sends a cyclist to hospital. North Allegheny student seriously hurt in bike accident at North Park For some reason the cyclist hit the guard rail, with no other vehicles reported nearby at the time of the wreck. And I have no clue as to what happened and can’t give any advice on avoiding or preventing a similar wreck.

A MA cyclist is hit with the side of a school bus. School bus hits cyclist Intersection wreck, and the current reports are the bus hit the cyclist hard enough to cause sheetmetal damage to the bus so not a low-speed wreck. Protocols to maybe avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Career criminal arrested in fatal San Bernardino County hit-and-run

Another infrastructure-related wreck in the UK. Woman seriously injured in crash hits out at cycling network If a cyclist can get seriously injured or killed riding in bike infrastructure as intended by design and law, then the infrastructure and law are both deficient.

OK this one is just strange… Tandem woman badly injured in Gullane bicycle crash Apparently the cyclist density in the UK (or at least this part of the UK) that perfect strangers on bicycles can actually crash into each other. And because of bad infrastructure, they do.

Infrastructure! news, that “study” claiming an increase in head injury when bike share goes in was as fraudulent and misleading as the previous “study” that claimed “85%” reduction in head injury from bicycle helmets done by the same guy… Study: Dramatic drop in head injuries when cities implement bike share Turns out that both total injury and head injury go down with bike share, but the proportion of head injury to other injury goes up slightly. Well this fits in with the 77% reduction in leg injury with helmet wearing in the raw data of the “85%” study.

Last link just pisses me off that it happened. Help For Heroes Bikes Stolen These were specially adapted bikes built for people dealing with different abilities after traumatic accident or wartime wounds. There is a special circle in Hell for people like these who steal from the disabled.

And I managed to finish up those links just as I had to leave to go to my evening gig tonight.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Not in a very good mood at the moment, and the Feed

The headline is a major understatement of my current mood. I just got a bill from the city government of the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell for the destruction and removal of my lawn furniture. I mean it’s bad enough that someone came into my back yard and sawed up my 500 pound log bench and hauled it away, but to turn around and charge me for the “privilege”? What really hacks me off is they used electric chainsaws so as not to alert me that my stuff was getting destroyed. The other thing that I’m so annoyed about this was how hard I had to work to get that thing in the right spot. As I said that was a 500 pound oak log that had to be moved several feet from where it fell in order to be useful as a bench, and I did it by myself. Here is the bench in use:Note the diameter of the log made it perfect as a bench And this is not showing in the preview so I don’t know if you will be able to see it. The image marker icon is showing up but not the picture. Could someone leave me a comment to let me know if they can see the picture?

Up first is a monumental Infrastructure! story from the town outside the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Dallas Relaxes Bike Helmet Law and Dallas bike helmet rules now apply only to cyclists under age 18 Statistics show that the helmet law was mostly enforced by a single officer in the downtown area and in minority districts, but interestingly enough not where the largest concentration of bicycles in the county can be found, around White Rock Lake. The reason the ordinance was changed had nothing to do with that however. Dallas is wanting to launch a bike share system and other places that have both bike share and helmet laws have proven that the two don’t go together very well as all those places have lost big money on the bike share. My personal opinion is a mandatory helmet law is government blatantly stating that they know their infrastructure is deficient and that they do not plan on correcting that infrastructure but would rather blame the user for the government’s failures.

First wreck is in ABQ NM. Cyclist injured in East Mountains hit-and-run I have driven in the area but not since my eldest was a baby, so I don’t know the current conditions. When I was last there Route 66 was still an active US highway, not decommissioned into state highway status. The narrative suggest this was probably a hit-from-behind, so protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent. On the subject of infrastructure specific to this wreck has anyone heard anything new about the proposal to turn Old 66 into a 35 MPH shared highway for bicycles and cars, with no trucks allowed outside city limits, much like the Natchez Trace Parkway (except a lower speed limit)? I heard this one about 5 years ago and then nothing more.

Moving a bit west we get another bike v semi wreck. Bicycle rider killed in collision with semitruck As with most wrecks between a cyclist and a semi the cyclist died while the truck driver faces psychological harm at worst. As this was a breaking story that the road was still partially blocked for the investigation when the report went up there was nothing at all on the mode or even a definitive location. As such I have no way to evaluate the wreck for which avoidance technique to use, but I can state with utter assurance that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have removed the cyclist from any conflict with the semi truck and prevented the wreck completely.

A little further west from that. 19-year old bike rider killed in South LA hit-and-run and Bicyclist dies after South L.A. hit-and-run; driver at large Intersection wreck, the cyclist was said to be waiting to make a left turn when he was hit by a vehicle on the street he was trying to turn to. And I got nothing for this one. If the statement was true that the cyclist was waiting to turn then there was nothing he could do except maybe move back a bit, and all that also implies that infrastructure would not have helped either because the infrastructure as built was not followed. Unfortunately the way both articles are written it is not known which vehicle ran the red, or if neither did and the cyclist was still in the intersection when the light changed and the weapon vehicle just failed to yield. It’s just a really bad way to go all the way around.

Video from two GA bike wrecks that were completely the fault of the drivers involved, one we mentioned yesterday and another I just heard about. Cyclists struck in 2 separate metro Atlanta incidents The hit-and-run on the sidewalk with the little girl and her mother and baby sister was really hard for me to watch, especially as they were so far off the street when they were hit. And the other wreck is being investigated as an attempted murder now. Neither of these wrecks could be avoided by a human cyclist in any stretch of the imagination, and neither could be prevented by infrastructure short of having a wall or guard rail between cyclists and the street, the wreck with the little girl had a curb and trees protecting her and her mother and they still got hit.

A cyclist is killed with a motor vehicle in Canuckistan. Cyclist Succumbs To Injuries Following Bicycle-Vehicle Collision There was more about the CFL team he was going to see than the wreck, so I can’t say anything about avoiding or preventing the wreck. In honor of the victim though “Go Blue Bombers!”

Our daily Ted is better than normal today, which says something. Morning Links: Figueroa for All comes to a head tonight; Bloomberg looks at the Biking (and Transit) Black Hole

More TX Infrastructure news from a little further south. Houston Takes the Next Step Towards a Bicycle Network Now that unused land under transmission lines can be repurposed for bike transportation and recreation, and as a bonus to the power company the bike path will support the repair trucks if needed to repair the transmission towers.

More infrastructure from CA. Why Sharrows Don’t Cut it: Even SF Bike Safety Instructor Bert Hill Got Hit As I said here before sharrows are the abstinence-only sex ed of bicycle infrastructure.

A sad bit of Lifestyle from ME. Cyclist killed last year remembered as participants prepare for 30th annual Trek Across Maine That was a very sad wreck, moreso than usual because it was so unnecessary.

Last link is to a classic Gorillaz album, less one track (copyright issues over a film that used the track as soundtrack…) Gorillaz – Demon Days (Full Album) and even as I typed that it seemed a bit strange to say “classic Gorillaz album”.

And those were all the links that gave fits or giggles, sometimes fits of giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Are we having fun yet? and the Feed

Things are getting interesting at my church while I have been sidelined by either exhaustion or allergies. I’m not going to get specific, but “things” are going on. One thing I can post about is I was elected as the contact person for the church in dealing with the state on tax matters, primarily because I own my home and have lived at the same address for nearly 20 years, making it likely that I will still be around and with the church when we have to deal with the state again. All I need to do is let the church use my address as a point of contact not at the church. I’m the contact for CUUPS as well so I’m copacetic with this. We are one of the few churches that is entirely Pagan in format, although we are not as Wiccan as “official” UU Pagans. The fact that we were the first UU church to “go Pagan” in TX and still the only one for hundreds of miles around leads to some interesting statistics. For example we have more registered Republicans than nearly any other church in TX, and certainly the most by percentage of congregation. That’s because we have a large contingent of people following the North Gods (Asatru, Odinist, Heathens, and other traditions) and they tend to conservative political views (although mostly liberal social views). When the Heathens consider your views as whackadoodle…

Up first is another bicycle v car wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck, critically injured on U.S. 98 The narrative is confusing, but if I’m interpreting it correctly the cyclist was getting over to the left in preparation for entering the left turn lane to make the turn, heard the driver lean on the horn behind him and decided to get out of the way to the right, not knowing the driver had already made the lane change to pass to the right. About the only thing that would have enabled the cyclist to avoid this wreck would be having dual mirrors like I have on my helmet to know which side of the road the noise is coming from and that the right lane was no longer clear. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, because the CROW manual would not allow cyclists to share this road with vehicles moving at those speeds. Also, this is why you don’t honk at cyclists unless there is immediate danger of hitting one.

A NE cyclist is hit-and-run on the sidewalk. Cyclist reports hit-and-run Ok there are two ways to interpret this narrative, the first is the driver ran the stop sign and then went on the sidewalk avoiding someone in the street, the second one is the cyclist was crossing the street from the sidewalk when the car ran the stop sign and hit him in the crosswalk. Either way there’s not a lot the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck as he was already committed to his action before the driver ran the stop sign. Since not enough information was given about the location I can’t pull up a Google Maps or Street View image to determine if infrastructure would have prevented this wreck, but from the narrative it doesn’t look like it would have as the driver was already ignoring the built environment.

A cyclist is hit in MD. Bicyclist hit, killed Saturday night in Essex They don’t say the wreck was in an intersection but “near” one, but intersection protocols encompass hit-from-behind so using the one implies the other, so intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist in Canuckistan gets flattened. Male Cyclist Stable After Accident On Pembina Hwy Near Bishop Grandin Since there was so little information given out I can’t say if there was anything the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck besides not be there to get hit. And I also can’t say if infrastructure would have prevented the wreck, but there is a 95% chance that it would.

This wreck in the Great White North had the charges changed seriously after the cyclist died. New charges laid from death of North Grenville cyclist Since nothing is said about the wreck except the weapon vehicle was grey in color there’s nothing I can say about avoiding or if infrastructure changes could prevent the wreck.

OK this has to be the strangest thing I have ever seen coming from the UK. Motorist arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm after ‘autistic’ cyclist is knocked off bike in ‘road rage’ crash I’m sure the charge will be upgraded to attempted murder soon enough, seeing as the vehicle nearly destroyed a building in the process of trying to hit the cyclist I wonder what the folks over on road.cc thought about it? Kingston driver ‘aimed car at cyclist,’ missed – and crashed into hair salon with the update.

Another link to that cyclist killed by pedestrian story. Cyclist killed in crash with pedestrian This happens more often than you’d think.

Another case of Stockholm Syndrome with mandatory bike helmets. Injured cyclist Wade Matheson praises helmet for saving his life in accident at Glenelg That helmet didn’t do anything to “save” the victim as it shattered instead of crushing.

Ted’s post was very good today. Morning Links: LA bike rider is deliberately buzzed by Metro bus driver for legally riding in the traffic lane

Infrastructure! news from AK. Questions remain about how Anchorage cyclists died on city streets This is the quagmire of legal infrastructure that cyclists or their survivors have to face when a wreck happens.

WTF is this mess doing in the road in GA? Commuter Dude: Cyclist injured due to road issue left by utility work As the video showed this mess could not be safely navigated by cars or light trucks, hitting it on a bicycle would be an instant crash, which is exactly what happened.

And a mix of really good changes to the legal infrastructure with some really bad ones all in the same WV law. New bicycle law goes into effect in West Virginia Three feet to pass = good, honking horn when passing = very bad. :P

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Except this one!

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Running late on purpose, and the Feed

I’m trying to get a many link as possible cleared out today so I have less work to do on Monday. Hence the delay to get as many links from the Feed as possible before taking Saturday off. And speaking of Saturday, I have some good news. I had a gig last year that they were supposed to pay me on the sale of the project when completed, and the check came in yesterday. I had completely forgotten I had even done the gig. So I have a bit of fundage that can be used for frivolous things First thing I did was go to the nail spa and get my toes done before I ruined any pairs of socks. I can’t get the last three toes on my left foot because of the nerve damage and the scar tissue in the muscle. I bend over and those toes can’t pull up enough to get a clear shot at cutting the nails. I can fudge around the problem by placing a book or piece of lumber under my foot so the toes hang off and if I get the right piece of lumber or book I have enough room to cut the nails. This requires over an hour to do the foot and can be quite exhausting. Or I can go to the nail spa and get a pedi and for $25 I get my toes done, calluses buffed off, cuticles trimmed back (really saves on snagged and ruined socks), a massage, and a mini peel, and be back home faster than it would take to do both feet myself and just cut the nails.

The other thing I’m doing is attending A-Kon 25 for Saturday. Somewhere I have a badge that says I survived A-Kon 7, the one with the blackout and the nearby tornadoes (one was less than a mile from the convention hotel). And I still have stock in the closet from the Urusei Yatsura videos we didn’t sell. Anyone want topless teenage alien demons on VHS? ;) I have the first 60 episodes on 12 cassettes.

Up first is a SWCC in San Antonio. Cyclist critically injured after hitting SUV One thing I almost always ask, did anyone not in the weapon vehicle see the cyclist run the light? Because looking at the wreckage of the bike and the Google Maps of the scene, umm yeah he probably ran the light. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in VA involves an uninjured cyclist. Two injured in crash with Va. Beach school bus Multi-vehicle wreck triggered when the lead vehicle had to brake short to keep from running over a cyclist from behind on a road with no bike infrastructure. Then the rest of the wreck is compounded by all the people driving too close to react to the vehicle in front of them. Fortunately as related earlier the cyclist was unharmed. There’s a nice Google Maps app on the article that lets you zoom in on the wreck scene (taken prior to the wreck unfortunately) and you can see quite easily that a cyclist would have had to make a tricky move to the left to avoid the right turn lane at that intersection. This motor vehicle wreck could have been avoided had the infrastructure been “up to Dutch”, preventing the cyclist maneuver that triggered the wreck. All of the other bad driving would not have amounted to anything without the bad infrastructure.

Another VA cyclist was not so lucky. Cyclist down in hit-and-run Buzz job gone horribly bad, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And I can’t imagine what the witnesses went through. According to the comments the driver has done this before.

Moving to Enn Zed we get another cyclist hit. Teen cyclist critically injured in Hastings crash Nothing on the mode of the wreck but other bits in the narrative indicate it was a mid-block hit-from-behind. And apparently caused by the cyclist not wearing a magic foam hat that repels motor vehicles from hitting cyclists.

I’m not sure what to make of this report from Oz. Rodney Clavell’s ex-girlfriend Samantha Farrer denies killing cyclist near Victor Harbor If I’m reading this right her ex went on a shooting rampage in the Sydney CBD this week. What that has to do with the GF running over a cyclist from behind I have no idea. The only thing I can gather is she has a history of displaying bad judgement in many things.

One of those reports that straddles the boundary between wreck and infrastructure. And makes me sad. There Have Now Been 100 Traffic Fatalities In NYC In 2014 And the numbers keep on growing. the counter on the article went up by one as I was filtering other links…

LifeStyle from WA. Candlelight vigil for 15-year-old Spokane boy on bicycle killed by sheriff’s deputy’s car Sorry to see the kid killed.

A few states to the east sees a similar vigil. Casper cyclists ride to remember Matthew Harker

The good kind of lifestyle article… Wounded Rider Program gives first crash kit to cyclist I think this is a great idea, and other cities should emulate it. It gets cyclists back on their feet faster to know that someone has their figurative back while they recover.

And the Windy City normalizes city laws and state laws allowing e-assist bikes in the bike lanes and bike paths. Electric bikes could zoom through bike lanes Some inflammatory language used (“zoom” through bike lanes, etc).

Some silly Infrastructure. Just look at these banana safety-cones If you see a line of these on the road be very carefull about making sudden stops or sharp turns.

Our daily Ted. Morning Links: Vote for bikeways in South OC, how to deal with road rage, and punched out for not running a red I have been yelled at many times for stopping at stop signs, but never any physical violence.

And those were all the links that even remotely fit in with the blog today. I hope you got some giggles to go with your fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Time to mow the lawn again, and the Feed

Back a couple of weeks ago when I was sitting around the house half-blind from allergies Mrs. the Poet paid an enterprising young man $20 to mow the front yard, and now that I have recovered from the pollen bukkake (sort of) I really need to go do it again. So after the blog post gets done I’m outside in long pants and a long-sleeved shirt pushing the lawn mower. I really hope I can find my lawn-mowing gloves as the vibration from the engine will cause my fingers to get numb and useless by the time I’m done with the lawn without them. They used to be bike gloves with a vibration absorbing pad until they got too ratty to wear on the bike, now they just get used when I mow the lawn. But someone didn’t like where I had them kept (where I could find them) and I haven’t been able to find them for a while. That’s why the blog post has to be done first so that I don’t have to worry about being able to use the keyboard or to use the double finger tap “right-click” on this computer.

A CA cyclist is the victim in another hit-and-run. Search on for driver in hit-and-run crash with cyclist Intersection wreck and they aren’t blaming the cyclist for running a red light or any other violations, so maybe protocols would help maybe not. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Part of that infrastructure is laws that make leaving the scene of an injury wreck similar in consequence to assault with a deadly weapon if they can’t use that statute for some reason.

Still in CA we get 4 cyclists injured in a single collision. Four AIDS/LifeCycle bicyclists injured in Highway 1 collision No mention of mode of wreck or location. But the fact that whoever it was hit 4 cyclists says a lot, like possible assault with a deadly weapon charges against the driver.

More on the NYC cyclist hit by a cab. Photos: Cyclist Hit By Cab Driver In Hell’s Kitchen I still think the cyclist was hit by the cab because the driver was watching the traffic light and not the street in front of him.

Update on the cyclist injured in a terror attack aimed at cyclists. Prank Injures Brooklyn Cyclist, Reminds Bikers to Know Legal Rights One more time, this was not a “prank”, this was a potentially fatal booby trap set deliberately to injure or kill a cyclist.

More from NYC as a meter maid gets her panties in a wad. Traffic Cop Blocks Bike Lane, Warns Cyclist: “Get The F*ck Out Of My Way” And yes I can see the Traffic Enforcement person is male, the sentence still stands. There was an open parking spot right where the meter maid was blocking the bike lane.

Things get nasty and scary in far West Canuckistan. At least three cyclists hit over five-day span in South Okanagan Hmm, one might think there was some kind of clandestine pogrom against cyclists…And LEO are no help when a blatant right hook takes out a cyclist and the cyclist gets blamed for not knowing the vehicle passing him had a trailer and he should stop before hitting the trailer. No the driver should have made a safe pass and completed the pass before making the turn, or should have waited until the cyclist cleared the lane before trying to turn. Intersection protocols to avoid, and INFRASTRUCTURE! to prevent.

South Africa is no stranger to cyclist deaths by motor vehicle violence. Hopetown man killed in hit and run Another hit-from-behind wreck possibly deliberate. Protocols to avoid if possible, and infrastructure to prevent.

Our daily Ted. Morning Links: Better Biking on SM Blvd, an East Coast view of West Coast bike paths, and busted for bike sex And for the record, none of my bikes had a personality that would make me want to have sex with one. I mean EEEWWW!

Infrastructure! news from the town next to the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. City of Richardson Bike Parking Initiative Bicycle infrastructure isn’t just about the journey, once you get there you need to be able to do something without dragging the bike with you everywhere you go.

More infrastructure from NC. Road Worrier: Sharrows send a wordless message to cyclists and drivers Sharrows, the abstinence-only sex ed of bicycle infrastructure. Doing something even if it is all a waste of time and money.

This one is a cross between LifeStyle and an update to the wreck, but because it doesn’t contribute anything to the conversation of preventing bike wrecks it goes down here with the lifestyle stuff. Suai Xie, Cyclist Killed in Bridgeport Hit-and-Run, Was Dedicated Caretaker A good person was lost, and I’m sad to hear of her passing. She died One of Us, and she shall always be One of Us.

More than one way of carrying calories on a long ride, you could get a little extra “oomph” from a battery. Little Lady Goes on a Big Ride If you have 20 miles of battery power then you should be able to go 20 miles farther than you would otherwise, making a day where you would be burnt toast at 80 miles doable at 100. My experiments with electrical assist confirm this.

Last link is something that came up at random as I was watching bike videos from a news feed item. Save The Badger (Remix) – MrWeebl Yes, the remaining members of Queen did contribute to making the music on this video.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. I hope you got giggles from the same links that gave me giggles.

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Bean day once again with brown rice, and the Feed

Last week we kinda ran out of a lot of stuff and the beans and rice was missing a key ingredient, to wit the rice. I still had the red and black pepper, garlic powder, and potassium chloride “salt” to season it but missing the rice meant we had soup instead of the usual cross between a thick stew and a savory pudding. It was still highly edible, but when you’ve set your taste buds for one thing and you get another it is still a disappointment even when you’re the cook. But that’s not a problem today as we have all the ingredients on hand. The reason I throw in the brown rice is pure and simple nutrition. Combining beans (especially the three different kinds of beans I use) with either rice or corn makes the meal a complete protein serving just like the same weight in beef or chicken, but with less fat. Using brown rice instead of white adds more fiber to the meal while adding several vitamins that are missing from the white rice. I have sent the recipe to a nutritionist and been told that human beings could stay healthy on this indefinitely. IOW if you ate nothing but 3 servings a day of my 3 beans and brown rice your nutritional needs would be met indefinitely. You would be well served to get some green leafy veggies as a supplement for trace minerals, but anyone eating this could survive long-term. Yay! I can feed my family (as the cook) forever and they won’t die on me. Kill me from boredom with my cooking possibly, but they won’t croak from malnutrition.

Up first is not a specific wreck but more a wreck-heavy situation in Houston. Bike Houston joins forces with Crime Stoppers, Mayor Annise Parker This is kinda on the boundary between wreck, infrastructure, and lifestyle (or the Venn diagram intersection of all of those). The problem is you have too many drivers with the same mentality as the guy in AL that posted the videos to Facebook that got him arrested for assault and reckless endangerment, but who are running around loose and nobody knows they are a loose cannon. Even assuming they are one in a million, that means there are at least 8 of them in the Greater Houston area.

Speaking of hit-and-run in Greater Houston.
Female cyclist struck and killed by vehicle Saturday in Cleveland
Hit-from-behind wreck according to witnesses, pity they weren’t close enough to give a make and model for the weapon vehicle. Maybe protocols could have avoided this wreck or reduced the damages, maybe they were applied and didn’t. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And confiscate and crush the vehicles used in hit-and-run.

And I’m starting to think that a significant minority of TX drivers are either idiots or sociopaths. Cyclist injured after hit-and-run crash in East Austin Nothing on the mode, so all I can say is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, and until the physical infrastructure can be changed crush all vehicles used to commit hit-and-run.

A cyclist is injured crossing the driveway to a parking lot and nobody seems to remember that the driver has to yield to all traffic before using the driveway. Cyclist struck on Pete Rose Way in critical condition The cyclist was crossing the driveway which means intersection protocols apply.

A “swoop and squat” injures a competitor in a triathlon in NC. Cyclist hit during Ironman race in New Hill This was a deliberate act and nothing the cyclist could do to avoid it. As the driver was already under pursuit by LEO for violating a temporary traffic control reducing the speed limit infrastructure changes would not have helped either. Taking the weapon vehicle away and crushing it would prevent another such incident.

This NYC report presented without comment. Prospect Park Rope Trap Snags Cyclist, Cops See No Crime And the number of fucks given was none.

Another report from NYC, this one from a celebrity. The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Feared in the Media, Ignored In Real Life This was in response to an earlier bike wreck last week.

A WY wreck has lesser consequences thanks to this lady. Coroner Gives Trauma Care to Injured Cyclist She was a trauma ER nurse before she was coroner (which makes her highly qualified as a coroner) and she took immediate action to prevent further injury to the cyclist after the wreck. Nothing on the wreck prior to the coroner arriving on scene as a bystander so the only thing I can say is INFRASTRUCTURE!

From CA more links to the murdering teen who got off lightly in killing a cyclist. Pleasanton teen gets 9 years for fatal crash that killed cyclist and Pleasanton teen sentenced to prison for cyclist’s death This was the idiot that told everyone in social media that he was going on a “death ride” and wanted company on the crime…

Still in CA they caught the driver that hit a salmon cyclist. Roseville man arrested after cyclist struck by pickup To avoid don’t ride salmon and use hit-from-behind protocols, to prevent get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” so no matter which way you ride cars and trucks are safely segregated from cyclists.

An OR cyclist is killed when he hits lumber in the road hard enough to break his bike in half. Cyclist hurt on Hwy 22 dies from injuries and Bicycle rider fatally injured after riding over lumber on highway shoulder near Stayton In response to the comments on the cyclist’s lack of helmet, if the bike broke in two after hitting the 2 by 4, he was going fast enough that a helmet would have just made the difference between a closed or open casket viewing.

Update on a wreck in WA. Update: Bicycle rider hit near bridge recovers, and meets Good Samaritan, as search for driver continues

A cyclist getting shot in West Canuckistan is being treated as a random event rather than something targeted. Cyclists shocked after ‘random’ shooting in B.C. road cycling event Imagine riding 300 km and on the way back when you get shot. That’s almost 200 miles on the bike and then you get a bullet somewhere in your anatomy. As stated earlier LEO do not think the rider was targeted but that he was hit by a stray bullet being shot at something else.

Big wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist sent to hospital after collision in the Glebe And I’m kinda sad they updated that headline, because originally I could have made a pun on how painful it is to get struck in your Glebe. Well I did it anyway, so we’re still good on that one. The narrative makes this one sound like a buzz job that broke the weapon vehicle’s mirror against the cyclist. Since “hit-and-run” was never mentioned in the report I have to assume the driver stopped as soon as he saw the cyclist was hit, which also makes it highly likely the buzz job was a case of “not seeing” the cyclist prior to impact. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Also from the Great White North is this hit and run that was solved in less than 24 hours. Arrest made in fatal hit-and-run of cyclist near Kemptville Hit from behind wreck, protocols to avoid or mitigate damages and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And major kudos to the local LEO for finding and arresting the perp in less than 24 hours.

Major cycling event in the Great White North disrupts traffic for a day during a time of tension between cyclists and drivers. Tour de l’Île brings thousands of cyclists to Montreal streets And that wasn’t put in the Lifestyle section of the post because of the recent deadly wrecks in the area.

Even the neutral Swiss have collateral damage in the war against cars. Cyclist killed in Aargau hit-and-run road crash Another hit-from-behind wreck, but in an area that would have been shared with cars even if the infrastructure was “up to Dutch”, so find the perp and crush his car to prevent.

Update on a hit-and-run in France. Manhunt continues for French hit and run driver after Blackburn man’s death

A wreck in Oz is caught on dash cam. A Gold Coast cyclist has had a lucky escape after being hit by a car and thrown through the air. OK the cyclist was the one that blew it on this wreck. There was vegetation obstructing his view to the right when he pulled into the road, so he should have stopped where he could see around the obstruction before entering the road. And obviously, that vegetation should be pruned back if not removed entirely.

Our daily Ted. Morning Links: Stunning Phinney crash photo, Better Bike examines the candidates for county supervisor

Another link that crosses the bounds between wreck report and infrastructure. City officials stress awareness, education in losing Casper’s pedestrian-unfriendly reputation Notice they can’t tell the difference between a pedestrian and a cyclist. this is your first clue they haven’t any (clues, that is).

Lifestyle from AR as the cyclist killed in a right hook last week is honored. Honoring Jimmy Hood, the Cyclist with a Smile

And final link is a bit of lifestyle from Jolly Olde. Northumberland cyclist’s death inspires play highlighting city bike riding dangers

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, wishing for more giggles.

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Things were quiet over the weekend, too quiet, and the Feed

Looking back at past Memorial Day Weekends I noticed a slight spike in bike v car wrecks historically, but when I opened the Feed folder today it was relatively empty. There were very few wrecks over the weekend and most of the reports were from Sunday. I hope that means we had a low body count this weekend, and not that bike v car wrecks are not getting reported in the media like they used to…

Up first people can’t decide if the cyclist was hit crossing the road or riding on it a few miles from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Cyclist killed in hit-and-run on Scyene Road in Dallas OK now they have dropped the crossing the road story and acknowledged the cyclist was legally taking the lane in this very bicycle-unfriendly area of Dallas. The video showed an area that mooted the hit-from-behind protocols, so because of a lack of alternative routes the cyclist was pretty much forced to take this stroad with the high speed limit and no escape route. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented the wreck.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike has killed another cyclist. Cyclist Killed in Collision with Car At this point all I know about the wreck was the cyclist was riding in an intersection. Since every driveway is an intersection and the street in question is riddled with driveways, that’s a lot of intersections that the cyclist could have been crossing from in this mixed commercial and residential area. Intersection protocols on high alert to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck entirely.

Subterfuge in CA? Weekend Links: Is the LA County Sheriff’s Department trying to hide the results of the Milt Olin investigation? Why go to so much trouble to bury the story if there is nothing to hide? And why did a routine traffic investigation take so long to complete…

Another wreck in SF has a stop sign running cyclist getting hit by a car pulling into a garage from the street. Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, Interrogative! S.F. cyclist hurt in crash after reportedly running stop sign Yep, apparently running the stop sign had something to do with the cyclist getting hit by the Supersized Unnecessary Vehicle entering a garage. I can’t decide if this is just a case of trolling by the SFPD or the media outlet or what…

Another link to the salmon cyclist killed in SC. Cyclist hit, killed on Folly Road Same advice as the other times I linked to this wreck, don’t ride salmon and hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: A local bike shop worker moves up, a cycling triple crown, and a bad break for Phinney

A little Infrastructure! news from NYC. Cops Crack Down On UWS Cyclists Another cyclist ticket blitz to “be fair” after ticketing drivers for speeding, not yielding to pedestrians, and double parking. All but one of those kills cyclists and pedestrians, the last one kills cyclists, and cyclists kill? Nobody since 2009.

A little infrastructure from the next town over from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Bike Parking Workshop – WE NEED YOUR INPUT One thing I would like to interject, I have two bikes that are close to 8 feet in length, clearance to park without obstructing other people’s access would be lovely.

Last link is to an article on using an e-assist bike as a car replacement. EXCHANGE: Electric bikes alternative to gas The Federal standard of 20 MPH is still faster than most commutes, and most people have commutes that are well within the one-way range of an e-assist bike and have a place to recharge at work (sometimes for free with the approval of the employer). And even for those who can’t charge at work, a majority are still inside the round-trip capacity of their e-assist bikes.

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

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Remembering our fallen military on Memorial Day, and the Feed

Today is the day we remember our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have fought that we could be free, not a corporate-controlled oligarchy. Honor their sacrifices by voting against the corporate candidates in every election you are allowed to vote in.

On those lines, here is a way to support those whose sacrifices do not extend to the ultimate, yet. Injured Veterans to Bicycle 350 Miles from Arlington to Virginia Beach, Va., for the 2014 UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge If you are close enough to the route to see or ride along for a bit, this is a WoaB endorsed event.

The Big Story is the cyclist right-hooked in AR last week. Bike rider critically injured and Authorities release name of man killed when bicycle collides with semi in Russellville also Russellville cyclist killed in accident with semi-truck Whoops! That first link was to a different wreck a few miles away in a different town to a guy of the same age as the victim of the wreck last week. There isn’t enough information from the first link to say what to do to avoid it, the other links the rider was riding slowly on the sidewalk and likely was getting passed by the truck when he entered the crosswalk so he had no chance of seeing any signals the truck drover may or may not have been using and because the truck did not have guards keeping the cyclist out of the wheels (and none of the articles have definitively said if the cyclist went into the tractor or trailer wheels, just “rear” wheels). So this probably was not a wreck that a cyclist of this fitness and experience could have avoided or done anything to reduce the damages, and only segregated infrastructure that keeps cyclists away from semi truck/trailer combinations would have prevented it.

A salmon cyclist is killed in SC. Charleston County coroner identifies bicyclist killed in Folly Road wreck early Sunday morning OK don’t ride salmon because then you get blamed for what would have been a hit-from-behind wreck. And I’m pretty sure that’s what happened here. Middle of the block wreck, and I’m pretty sure the driver “didn’t see” the cyclist until impact. Or the cyclist may have been riding with traffic and the bike was so badly destroyed in the impact that LEO were not sure which way he was going when he was hit and just made up stuff to blame the cyclist. Anyway don’t ride salmon and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

The driver that killed a cyclist in N’awlins is getting treated as he deserved. Man indicted in death of cyclist in N.O. East This was the driver that ran 2 cyclists over on a 4 lane road with a clear lane to the left and no oncoming traffic except another cyclist in the outside lane on the other side of the road, IOW the driver had 3 lanes to choose from of which only the one he was in had any cyclists. Now he’s going to go to prison…

Updates on the cyclist killed last week in the Great White North. Cyclist killed in Dartmouth was vibrant and funny, says twin sister and Cyclist killed in Edmonton was caring mom, family says We have already covered the wreck, now let’s remember the victim…

Our daily Ted… Morning Links: Remember what Memorial Day is all about, Calendar update, and 2 new National Champs

Pictures. Look! Save A Life / Arizona

And a fitting picture to share on this Memorial Day. Photos from Leslie Connally’s post in DFW Cargo Bike Community

Now go have a hot dog or hamburger and remember those who have given their lives to protect your freedoms, and do what you can to protect those freedoms at home.

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I have a backlog of links to filter, and the rest of the Feed

Yesterday’s busy day has left me with a massive backlog of links to filter before I can even begin to start writing the rest of the blog post, but I did find some interesting stuff from things I was sent in my regular e-mail. I think I have just about recovered from Wednesday and yesterday. And I’m watching the repeat of the qualifying from Charlotte for the World 600 Sprint Cup race on Sunday, with Jimmy Johnson getting the pole.

I’m going to start with Ride of Silence links for two reasons: I have a bunch of those links with tons of flash advertising in the pages I’m linking to that is really clogging my computer to the point that I can get most of a line typed out before it shows up on my screen, and this is the international Big Story. Cyclists remember others who have died on the road and ‘Ride of Silence’ to honor cyclists killed on SF streets and this SF BIKE COMMUNITY TO HONOR CYCLIST FATALITIES more Share the road: Cyclists hope silent ride raises awareness still more Annual bike ride honours injured, killed cyclists not done yet Cyclists honor victims killed on SC roads more links
‘Ride of Silence’ promotes awareness of safety for cyclists
another one Fort Myers Ride of Silence draws nearly 200 cyclists and they just go one and on Riding and remembering another one CYCLIST TRIBUTE: Ride Of Silence Held

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Coddling drunk drivers, analysis of the new Bike League study and a moving new hit-and-run video

This was just too easy as a driver videos himself assaulting cyclists and posted the video online. Piedmont man charged after viral video threatening cyclists The comments made in the video after one of the “punishment passes” about he should have run the cyclist into the ditch, combined with all the other ranting and raving he recorded, and thought would be acceptable to post to Facebook… More Truck-driving Alabama man arrested after videos of him threatening bicyclists goes viral

A cyclist is killed by a semi truck while riding on a shared lane. Cyclist killed in crash Notice the picture where they extracted the cyclist’s body from the wreck beside a “Share the Road” sign. The mode of wreck was a right hook and can be expected when the infrastructure is as demi-buttocked as it usually is in AR. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A “possible” hit and run in IL. Bike Rider Killed In Possible Hit-Run Accident In Mundeleinz Dead rider, smashed bicycle located well off the road, and they think “possible” hit-and-run? I wouldn’t drop it lower than “probable” unless there was a UFO sighting in the area about the time he failed to show after the ride… Since they couldn’t determine direction of travel prior to the wreck or much of anything else I can’t advise on dealing with the built infrastructure or if altering the built infrastructure would prevent the wreck, aside from barrier protected segregated infrastructure. If the cars can’t get to you whatever they do on the roads becomes moot.

And a fatal wreck is quickly approaching closure in VA. Motorist pleads guilty to DUI, killing cyclist in Roanoke Now we just have to wait until August to find out she will get probation for a few years at most…

Someone in illegal possession of a deadly weapon gets a ticket for killing a cyclist in NYC. NYPD says cyclist killed by unlicensed driver The driver got a ticket for driving without a license, but nothing for killing the cyclist…

A VT cyclist gets hit by a car running a traffic control while the cyclist was crossing the road. Van collides with cyclist OK you have a crossing signal flashing at you and there are 2 other vehicles stopped waiting, so naturally you just barge right on through… And the idiot admits to seeing the cyclist before hitting him. Nothing a cyclist could have done to prevent the wreck and as the driver was ignoring traffic controls only grade separated infrastructure would have prevented this wreck.

A MI cyclist is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Bicycle rider struck and killed on Gratiot in New Haven The biggest thing I took away from this article was that the driver was found hiding under a blanket after literally running away from the wreck on foot.

A wreck in WA leaves a cyclist clinging to life in hospital. Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run collision Because of the nature of the hit-and-run all they know is the likely direction of travel for the cyclist. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CA cyclist gets clobbered with bad infrastructure. Downey cyclist hit by vehicle trying to enter 105 Freeway I had to read deep into the article to be sure the cyclist was not trying to enter the freeway, and I’m still only about 90% convinced this was the case. Low angle intersection but I’m still confused as to where the cyclist was in relation to the motor vehicle. I can’t get any mapping programs to open up because of all the open tabs I still have up. This could have been a typical right hook only worse because the turn was taken at a higher than normal speed. Intersection wreck but protocols would require time for reaction that doesn’t look like the cyclist would have had, so mooted, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist on a parallel route with better access to local businesses and housing and prevented this wreck.

I don’t know why I let this anger me any more, I know cyclists are considered second class citizens by the courts. Powers sentenced for drunk driving crash that killed Helena cyclist The driver will be out of prison in a little over a year… for killing a human being while driving with a 0.25 BAC%. I have long known that MT treats drunk drivers with great deference but this is fracking ridiculous. There is no wiggle room on this one, the cyclist was wearing a helmet and the bike was lighted like a Christmas tree and had reflectors, and the driver never braked nor swerved to miss him.

More on a cyclist killed in the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck, driver treated for shock Since the article is mostly behind a paywall and I have exceeded my allotment of free pages I can’t say for sure there is no new material in this link… But as I wrote earlier because of the lack of witnesses at the scene (cyclist dead and driver in shock) there hasn’t been much forthcoming on this one.

Intersection wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist in hospital after collision in Burlington Nothing on the mode of the wreck, just the location at the exit of a high-speed freeway so intersection protocols might help avoid or mitigate the damages in the wreck, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that cyclists are not crossing freeway exits at grade level would prevent it.

A right hook wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist killed after being hit by vehicle in Dartmouth The initial narrative is for a typical right hook, so intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck. The thing that gets me the worst about this wreck is the cyclist is dead, but you could straighten out the saddle and ride away on the bike she was riding…

Lots of bike wrecks in a single link from the GWN. Five local cyclists hurt in two days after collisions with vehicles

A right hook wreck in Canuckistan has two links. Cyclist killed after downtown collision with garbage truck and Edmonton cyclist killed after being hit by a garbage truck typical right hook but the results were very similar to the wreck in the preceding paragraph half a continent away, the bike looks like it could be adjusted and ridden away from the wreck. Same advice as the previous wreck, intersection protocols and infrastructure.

Completely unsurprising news from Jolly Olde. Lorry driver will not face prosecution over death of cyclist in Dulwich TANJ!

Somewhat surprising news from Oz. Drink-driver jailed over Qld cyclist death The driver must have been completely plastered the night before because more than 5 hours after the party he was still at 0.076 BAC% when he hit the cyclist.

Infrastructure! news from the United States. Report: 88% Of Drivers Who Kill Cyclists Walk Free The headline does not surprise me, but the tidbit from later in the article that 40% of fatal wrecks are hit-from-behind in spite of those wrecks being a very small percentage of all bicycle v motor vehicle wrecks. The fact that Floriduh kills a very high percentage of its population on bikes is completely unsurprising. More 8 takeaways from the Bike League’s study of cyclist fatalities and How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind.

Infrastructure from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists should assert their power (respectfully)

Infrastructure news from Oz as cyclists protest their draconian helmet laws. SA cyclists and police face head-on clash over helmet law If bike helmets actually did something useful I could see the laws, but every study not carried out by the helmet industry has failed to find a distinct benefit from helmet laws. Unless you count cyclist suppression as a “benefit”.

And I think I have enough for today.

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