Tag Archives: cycling life

Things are approaching “normal” for values of “normal” that are right angles to reality, and the Feed

I’m actually feeling pretty chipper today. It’s grocery day, which means I get out of the house for a bit. Also I got the most awesomest reply to a comment I put on a web comic about dealing with depression (I know some of you think I never get depressed dealing with this “stuff” but really I came into this gig dealing with depression, this is how I deal) and related how I got depressed in the first place. The artist left me a reply that I shall quote in its entirety here:

David M Willis
August 28, 2014 at 2:08 am | Reply
confidentially i’m not in this webcomics thing to tell stories, i’m actually just assembling an army of unkillable badasses one by one, who i will eventually march across the face of the earth and install a new world order

I think I will add that to my resume. “Unkillable badass” has a nice ring to it wouldn’t you say? I hope I get placed high enough in the new DoT to fix some of the mistakes made with all these damned highways running through residential neighborhoods.

Up first is something that came through after I put yesterday’s post to bed. Deputy Who Hit Biking Napster Exec While Driving Distracted Won’t Face Charges and Update: DA refuses to file charges in Milt Olin case I’m totally unsurprised at this turn of events, merely disappointed. There will be a civil trial in the case, but even if the Olins “win” the taxpayers will be the real losers as they are picking up the tab for defending the deputy and also covering the eventual payout. I have long advocated that when LEO are sued the payout comes from the pension fund of the accused, and when there’s no money left there it comes from the payroll of the organization. So long as LEO misconduct is left unpunished it will continue to flourish.

An unknown person shot and killed a drunk driver in TX. Texas dad acquitted of fatally shooting suspected drunken driver who struck, killed sons The prosecution was unable to place the murder weapon in the hands of the father of the victims of the drunk driver. Personally I prefer just to chain the driver to the steering wheel of the car while it gets crushed and shredded, or if I’m in a really bad mood just leave the car in impound with the driver chained to the steering wheel until the trial, how ever many months that takes. Feeding would be optional, bathroom breaks not so much, and no AC. And if that sounds like I do not like drunk drivers very much, you’re right.

A driver hits a cyclist in OR then leaves the scene when first responders arrive. Police: Man hit cyclist, drove away when he heard sirens Right hook as the cyclist rode across the front of the gas station that the driver of the weapon vehicle was trying to enter, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And the article seems to have updated while I was creating the link, because the driver is no longer being described as “drunk”, his sobriety or lack of has no mention in the updated link. His attempt to hide the evidence and deceive LEO has not been changed…

A GA cyclist is killed because a driver should not have been driving proved he should not have been driving. Cyclist Killed In Athens Crash OK I can’t tell if this is a SWSS or what, the narrative just says the driver “couldn’t avoid” hitting the cyclist… However they did arrest the driver for not having a valid license, so there is at least that. Assuming the wreck was not at an intersection that wasn’t named, use hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Include in that some means of preventing driving without a valid license…

Horrors, a cyclist not wearing proper cycling gear… Waterville cyclist seriously injured after being struck by van This wreck was in ME BTW. The driver claimed the cyclist was riding salmon when the weapon vehicle turned left and hit the cyclist. Assuming the cyclist was riding salmon that only allows for 2 possible locations and directions of travel for the cyclist. One is parallel to the original direction of travel and crossing the intersection to the left of the turning vehicle, the other is riding in the lane the weapon vehicle was turning towards. The third alternative is the cyclist was left-crossed in the traditional sense and the driver failed to see him until contact with the front of the weapon vehicle. The description of the cyclist’s garb indicates he was riding for transportation somewhere, not on a recreational or training ride. So, either don’t ride salmon, or intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Just south of the ME wreck a NYC driver manages to hit 3 people walking in the crosswalk. Driver Seriously Injures Three Elderly Pedestrians In LES Crosswalk I’m still trying to figure out how you manage to hit 3 adults using the crosswalk… I think the fact that it was a woman driving a Volvo might have had something to do with it. I mention this wreck because for all intents and purposes it was a right hook, the victims just were not riding bicycles at the time of the wreck, but they were using the built infrastructure as intended and as safely as possible.

A MA cyclist causes a left cross by jumping the light. Arlington police log: Spitting workers, injured cyclist and more What more can I say about this one? Even the famous Idaho stop law requires yielding to traffic after the stop at a red light, which requires actually looking for traffic before leaving the safety of the stop bar.

Final say on a UK wreck leaves me feeling nauseous. Suspended sentence for lorry driver who hit and killed Darlington cyclist That’s right, run over a plainly visible cyclist on the side of the road and get a suspended sentence and 160 hours of community service. TANJ!

Update on a wreck in Oz. Teenager hit by truck in Oakford on Tuesday dies in hospital At this time LEO have been unable to determine which vehicle had the right of way at the intersection where the wreck happened. So, intersection wreck implies that the protocols might have been of some use in avoiding damages, and that infrastructure “up to Dutch” could have prevented the wreck.

It looks like there was a wreck in Enn Zed that was extremely similar to the wreck on I 84 in OR last week. Cyclist injured on SH2 at Petone, long delays for northbound traffic The report as I read it while composing the post is the cyclist was hit where the bike lane crossed the exit ramp, making the geometry a left hook (they drive on the wrong side of the road in Enn Zed). There is very little a cyclist can do in this circumstance…

Speaking of the OR wreck on I 84, there is a FB page devoted to fixing the situation. Ellen Memorial Connector – Complete the Historic Columbia Gorge HWY My first Infrastructure! article of the day.

Our Daily Ted article. BOLO Alert: Custom Davidson bike stolen in South Pasadena

LifeStyle in NJ. Greater Morristown mourns cyclist, killed in accident The cyclist crashed when he hit or tried to avoid an uncovered access hole for some kind of infrastructure, either water or gas. The report doesn’t know if he hit the hole, or lost traction off the front wheel trying to avoid it, but it all amounts to the same thing.

Just what we need, a folding e-assist bike that can lock itself to trees and posts and becomes unridable if you break the lock. ncycle e-bike features integrated locking, folding and pocket systems Oh did I forget to mention the integrated carrier hidden in the frame? I think I forgot.

And either I have finished losing my mind, or I have run out of links. Some days it’s hard to tell.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet, Unkillable Badass (I like that…)

A post about minority relations, and the Feed

I will freely admit I am old. Not as old as some people think, but still “up there” in years. I’m 55 about to be 56 in a few weeks, and I have Seen Things. I saw That Other Armstrong walk on the moon with Buzz Aldrin. I saw Robert Kennedy shot on the TV news by Sirhan Sirhan. I saw JFK laid to rest in Arlington. And I saw protests against racial discrimination and institutional poverty in the Deep South disrupted by goons wearing cop badges. It has frequently been said that for a middle-class white dude to understand what it feels like to be a minority all you need to do is throw him on a bicycle and give him a destination across town, which I understand viscerally (hey, in just a couple of weeks I’m going to celebrate surviving someone trying to kill me for my mode of transport, so I deeply understand). But I have never seen cyclists get the kind of treatment the people in Ferguson are getting on a daily basis from people they pay to “protect” them. Seriously if I was living in Ferguson MO right now I would be suing for return of taxes on the grounds of not getting what I paid for. The “riots” I have seen on the videos coming out of there seem to be mostly the PD or people dressed like the PD except in camo and wearing masks running amok in residential areas, shooting up property and setting fires with burning tear gas grenades. What little PD violence I have seen against group rides like Critical Mass pales in comparison. I mean people are getting shot in Ferguson.

This is what normally happens when cyclists protest, from a half-day ride to the east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Riders Up: 200-plus cyclists show support for riders injured on roadways and Hundreds gather for Vigilance ride to remember injured, killed cyclists I wonder how they got the precise number of riders for the first link (213).

A cyclist was killed in SC and the criminal case drags on. 2 years later, family still waiting for trial to begin in cyclist’s death It seems quite cut-and-dried to me, but then I have been hit several times on my bike and have not been at fault yet. I wonder what could be “more important” than putting someone on trial for killing another human being? Bounced checks?

More on the cyclist left-hooked in NYC. Livery Cab Driver Arrested After Bicyclist Killed In East Harlem and Bicycle rider killed in East Harlem by cab whose driver allegedly had suspended license: police sources Driver still unlicensed, still uninsured, still breathing, all of which are no longer applicable in the case of the victim. This report has made it plain that there was nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck as the driver pulled alongside and turned (left) right over him.

Still in NYC here’s an update with a little more information about a deadly wreck last week. Cyclist struck and killed by ambulette in Flushing Wednesday He either left-crossed himself, or the car passed him right after the turn and did not leave enough room. I’m still not getting good information about the geometry of this wreck.

More about the SF cyclist killed by a driver running from police who weren’t chasing him. Zachary Watson: Cyclist Hit by Driver Fleeing Cops Dies and Cyclist And Exploratorium Employee Zach Watson, Struck By Driver Of Stolen Minivan, Has Died The victim was not riding his bike when hit but was in the process of locking it up. So a completely unavoidable wreck for the cyclist and one that no kind of infrastructure upgrade could reasonably prevent.

Another CA bike wreck that as I compose this is low-information. Cyclist seriously injured in collision in Chula Vista As I read the report at the moment all I really know is the cyclist was seriously injured in an intersection wreck. So intersection protocols apply at the moment, and infrastructure would probably (95% confidence factor) prevent this wreck.

A young (6YO) cyclist is killed in MN. UPDATE: Authorities Continue to Investigate Fatal Van Versus Bike Crash The driver is invoking the Drivers Get Out Of Jail Free card (I didn’t see him) but it is unknown what factor that will play in this wreck. The location is in a residential area of single-family houses so the driver should have been looking for kids coming from driveways as there is no other place to ride a bike except driveways and the street. Notice the complete lack of accommodation for anything other than motor vehicles in what should be a street for kids to run wild, with no through traffic.

Another link to that wreck in Enn Zed, but no more information (yet). A cyclist was seriously injured when her bicycle was hit by a truck near Napier The narrative now reads as a hit-from-behind wreck so I’m assuming applying the protocols could at least minimize the damages. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent the conflict that resulted in the wreck from ever happening.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: What DTLA can learn from NYC, guilty plea in Fallbrook hit-and-run, new distracted driving app

Infrastructure! news from Bicycling Magazine. Roundabouts Versus Stop Signs

How to get bike parking at your local store. The Story of the ShurSave Bike Racks This assumes that management actually has fucks to give about customers who arrive by bike, unlike my local store who still haven’t installed a bike rack in spite of another customer’s bike besides mine getting stolen because there is literally nothing solid that bikes are allowed to lock up to. We have trees and the handicapped parking signs that are physically available, with one off-limits because it is bad form in TX to lock to a tree and invite someone to cut down the tree to steal the bike, and the other off-limits because locking to the handicapped parking sign blocks access to the handicapped spaces.

Lifestyle from the NYT. My Life in Bicycles

More e-assist bike news. E-bikes face uphill climb As one wag pointed out in the comments, climbing is the play to strength for an assist bike.

And those were all the links I could find pertaining to the subject matter of this blog, today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Leftover Bean Day, and the Feed

Thanks to getting the power feed fixed earlier this summer the fridge is now quite good at keeping leftovers from going bad, meaning that since we didn’t have any of the beans during the week there is enough to have for dinner tonight and i don’t need to cook today. Not that this is any great problem other than keeping track of the time and adding ingredients at the proper time in the cooking process, but it does mean I have less to distract me while I’m SQUIRRELL! trying to write the blog. I think I might have mentioned a time or two that having brain damage has done nothing to improve my ADHD… and that pulling back my focus to something I was doing before distraction is sometimes physically painful. So, anything I can do that will allow me to not lose focus on writing is a Good Thing.

And I really wish I had the tools to let you follow where my mind goes, as in yesterday’s post where I put up the pictures of a specific kind of T-bucket and some sprint car frames but I didn’t have any way of showing what my mind synthesised those two things into. Add in the lack of fine muscle control that destroyed my art career back in my teens (I could see what I wanted to draw, but I could not make my hands draw what I saw in my mind) and well that is another thing that makes me frustrated. If someone ever makes a mentally-controlled CAD program I want to be in the beta test…

Up first, what kind of company goes around stealing bikes parked just off their property? Private real estate company steals bikes from public property in front of their buildings and Toronto property company stops cutting locks and seizing bikes after cyclist complains Seriously, who does this? Since this has happened many times (4 or 5 times a day according to one link) this has to be policy from on high, not just some random bike-hater…

Moving on with lots of updates today, first is one on one of the cyclists hit by the driver that was drunk and high on meth driving the wrong way on a one way street on Fiesta Island in SD. Fiesta Island Cycling Crash Victim Paralyzed, in Critical Condition The laundry list of injuries … And there is a link that I’m not going to share about where the driver hid her stash of meth…

Still updating wrecks from CA, they pulled life support from a cyclist injured by a driver in a stolen vehicle while he was locking up his bike at the end of that leg of his trip. S.F. man, hit by stolen minivan, dies Yep, in TX that driver would be facing a Capital Murder charge right about now as both stealing the vehicle and running from police are felonies here and any death in conjunction with a felony can be charged as Capital Murder.

Still updating, and also still in CA. Cyclist Killed Remembered as Randonneur This was the guy who was killed in a buzz job by a 16 YO driver pulling a livestock trailer.

Still in CA a young cyclist is killed. Teenage cyclist killed in Selma identified The narrative in this wreck makes no sense. If the cyclist and the weapon vehicle were both travelling in the same direction, and the driver of the weapon vehicle moved to the next lane to pass, how did the weapon vehicle hit the cyclist? Anyway, treat it as a hit-from-behind, protocols to avoid or reduce damages and infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent future wrecks.

Another wreck where the only witness was the driver of the weapon vehicle. Bicycle rider struck and killed by box truck About all I know from this report is the box van struck the cyclist at night, but since cyclist lighting is not mentioned then assume it was up to legal minimums and since it was not mentioned that the cyclist as riding against traffic it has to be assumed he was riding with traffic. Basically since there was no mention of anything the cyclist did to contribute to his death assume he didn’t and they are just handwaving the death away.

And another updated report, this time from CT. Fatal accident, bike safety discussed in West Hartford This wreck seems as much bad infrastructure as it is bad cycling or driving. The wreck location as described in the comments is a left exit from a high-speed highway that is a freeway in everything but name, with the requirement that cyclists move from the right shoulder across all lanes of travel to get off the highway at that point, and that this is the only non-restricted against cyclists route through the area. If so then this would be considered a case of corporate manslaughter in the UK because anyone with a modicum of sense could see that as the only cycling route there would be cyclists using the road, and that forcing cyclists to cross the main lanes of travel would result in conflict… there is nothing a cyclist could do about this wreck except to be really quick, or wind up really dead. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, a rather tall order for this location.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike takes another life. Bicyclist killed on SR 78 in Glades County Near as I can tell this is the intersection described in the report, which means the cyclist was likely leaving the C-store in the background going to one of the houses off County 721 to the north, or the right in the picture. Using the scanning function of Street View I was able to find a 50 MPH speed limit sign just before the small community at the intersection, so assume 50-60 MPH for the first weapon vehicle as it was coming over the slight rise from the canal bridge about a quarter-mile away, or about 15-20 seconds clear view. Yep the cyclist should have been able to get across the road unless there was something blocking his view. So intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another update on a KS cyclist hit head on by a driver passing another car. Bicyclist killed Wednesday in Douglas County was 66-year-old man Nobody has any patience today and people are dying because of it. I wonder how many seconds the driver thought he was going to save with that pass, when he ended up losing an entire day over the police reports and questions.

I’m going to chalk this one up to another blind driver. Cyclist dead after pickup strikes bicycle Cyclist hit from behind around sunset, most likely the driver was driving too fast for conditions. Most likely outcome will be a consoling pat on the arm from grief counseling… Be extra aware of cars coming from behind as you ride into the sun around sunset. That would be the hit-from-behind protocols on steroids to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another OMG moment in NYC. Park Avenue In East Harlem Is A Cyclist Corridor Of Death Cyclist was riding on the left side bike lane when the unlicensed driver of the cab made a left turn, smashing the cyclist against a stone wall. More Bicyclist Killed By Livery Cab Driver In East Harlem

An OH bike-on-bike wreck (they happen!). Men injured in bike path accident I tried to find the location on Google Maps, but I could not see which particular set of s-curves they were alluding to in the article. The accounting of the injuries was also interesting, chest pains and a head injury. Also missing was any other traffic on the MUP at the time. This one I’m going to blame on the cyclist. Which one? does it matter?

What appears to be a hit-from-behind wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist injured Nothing on the mode of the wreck, but there is a bike lane next to the bike, and the description of the weapon vehicle is consistent with mirrors hanging way off the side of the truck and a bed that extends way off the side of the truck also.

A wreck in Enn Zed. Woman killed, cyclist injured in crashes Nothing on the mode, but a heck of an impact as the cyclist has severe pelvic injuries.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: New e-book from bike writer Rick Risemberg, conviction in Phillip Richards hit-and-run case Mrs. the Poet is upset at Mario Cippolini’s wreck, he was her favorite cyclist when he was riding as a pro.

This infrastructure report comes a few miles from where the Poets spent part of their vacation this summer. Signs point to trouble if drivers and bicyclists ignore rules while sharing the road

And the last link is this missive from a cyclist who was buzzed, gently. Dear Driver of the Silver SUV who ran into me on my bicycle this Saturday… I say “gently” but even when there’s no big impact from behind getting hit with a car is never “gentle”. Voice of experience speaking.

And those were all the links that gave me fits today/night, and they took a long time to filter and collect. I hope that they provide you with the knowledge to prevent you from making the news some day.

Billed @€0.02 Opus

Ima try this again hopefully with different results

For those of you wondering where yesterday’s blog post went, so do I. I clicked “preview” to make sure the links went where they were supposed to go and the only thing happened was all the text disappeared, but since I back up I figured there were some bugs in the preview function and just went back to the previous save and clicked “publish”. And you see what happened next, the only thing that got published was the category and the tags. That was using the text version of the composing screen, I use that because I can hand code a link faster than I can use the link tool to create one since I make so many links every day. I don’t even have to think about it when I do it I just &lt;a href=”url” target=”_blank”&gt;title&lt;/a&gt; except this time I used the codes for the < and > chars instead of typing the actual symbols to create a link.

 

Anyway I should say again that yesterday’s visit to the Lab Rat Keeper turned out mostly well, I managed to lose all the weight I gained from vacation plus another 3 pounds, from 213 in May down to 210 now, and my BP was 84/51, which was light years from where it was back in 2004-5 when I signed up for this gig. Back then I would get readings of up to 245 systolic and as high as 145 diastolic, which is way too high no matter how you look at it. Back then I was under a lot of stress trying to build my bike business, worried about getting long term employment and health insurance and knowing I was another wreck away from losing my home for medical expenses. Today I’m sitting pretty with Obamacare making sure my total OOP for any wreck is never more than $500, and I don’t have either an annual limit or a lifetime limit on how much can be spent to keep me kicking. I have access to money as a result of the trust transferring to me after my Dad died so that stress is gone too. I won’t lose my home anyway. You can’t know how big a stress that removed when it finally sank in that I won’t have to deal with the mortgage any more.

 

Pretty much all the links I have in this abbreviated post are from a single source and about NYC, but until I know I can make a post and have it still exist after I publish it I’m not going to do a lot of finding links on the web.

 

http://gothamist.com/2014/08/14/cyclist_kills_jogger.php Oh [$DIETY] we still haven’t heard the last about the previous pedestrian killed by a cyclist back in 2009, this one looks like the cyclist had to take an evasive maneuver to avoid another vehicle in the bike lane. And you know how you can tell for certain the cyclist was not at fault? He’s not in jail and did not even get a ticket for NYPD. Given that NYPD will invent laws to write a bicycle ticket for (the famous “not wearing a helment” ticket from a couple years ago ring a bell?) the fact that they didn’t give the kid even a ticket screams “not his fault”.

 

A NYC cyclist left-crosses himself.http://gothamist.com/2014/08/13/cyclist_killed_by_ambulance_driver.php The ambulance was just on a normal transport run with no lights or siren when the cyclist turned in front of it. So intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

 

Update on a hit-and-run wreck in CA. http://bikinginla.com/2014/08/13/riverside-hit-and-run-victim-dies-after-being-taken-off-life-support/

 

Bike lanes are the new sidewalks for NYPD and City Hall bigwigs to park in, got it?http://gothamist.com/2014/08/14/nypd_loves_bike_lane_parking.php#photo-1

 

And the NYPD crackdown in response to the recent bicycle-pedestrian fatal wreck has no sense, whodathunkit?http://gothamist.com/2014/08/13/cyclist_crackdown_cops.php The most recent fatality was a not-at-fault wreck in Central Park. So where has the crackdown been taking place?

 

Our Daily Ted http://bikinginla.com/2014/08/13/morning-links-popular-la-cyclist-seriously-injured-update-on-the-san-diego-crash-that-injured-8-riders/

 

OK let’s see if this posts.

 

BIlled @€1 (for dealing with the added aggravation), Opus

I’m having a case of the Mondays, and the Feed

Mrs. the Poet being home throws my mental calendar all off. I make my beans and rice every Monday (except the weeks when I have to make it on Tuesday) and normally start right after breakfast, but because she was home I was not thinking “make beans” I was more like “we are having roast veggies tonight with dinner”. So having Mrs. the Poet around is like “Mrs. the Poet =/= Bean Night” in my head even though I know it is still Monday. And I have to say having my MP3 player hooked to my sound system is something of a revelation for me. I have been browsing by albums lately and for some artists I have as many as 6 separate albums loaded. The depth of my music collection even surprises me on occasion. I just wish I could have gotten my Pink Floyd converted and loaded before I ran out of space, I really want to be able to hear “Ummagumma”.

Amazingly enough I don’t have many links this morning as most of what populated my Feed Folder was motorcycle wrecks, and almost all the wrecks were from North of the (Canadian) Border.

Speaking of that, first wreck is a SWCC two links from East Canuckistan. Cyclist killed in morning crash and Cyclist Dies After Burning Red Light And that’s a bit of slang I haven’t heard before for going through a red light. OK, intersection protocols to avoid with emphasis on not running red lights to avoid or reduce damages, assuming it was the cyclist that ran the red and not the sole surviving witness and operator of the weapon vehicle, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Next up another demonstration of the destructive power of motor vehicles as NJ shows NY how it’s supposed to be done. Woman Fatally Struck By Driver At NJ Farmer’s Market Victim was dragged 3 blocks by the weapon vehicle after it went through barricades denoting a pedestrian-only space (motor vehicles allowed for deliveries and trash pickup outside of pedestrian time). Yep when idiots drive light armored vehicles they do idiotic things. Still, the fact that a sober driver killing a pedestrian can be charged under NJ statute and caselaw that would have only gotten a ticket in NY because of their statute and caselaw, just goes to show how seriously warped out of normal NY statute and caselaw has become.

Road rage on the bike path in the UK. Witness appeal after cyclist assaults man who was on bike ride with daughter I’m going to file this in the folder labeled “Cyclists are human beings”. And then try to forget it.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Unlocked bike recovered in SaMo, PCH bike lane in the ‘Bu, major Riverside hit-and-run

Infrastructure! news via Facebook, link is supposed to be visible even for people not on FB. A Bicyclist in a travel lane is not an emergency! Advice to drivers to not call 911 if someone is riding a bicycle.

From the cops-getting-it-wrong-again department. Montreal police warn cyclists to stay off road at St-Denis underpass For those not clicking, this is the underpass where a female cyclist died after getting a ticket for riding on the very same sidewalk cyclists are getting ticketed for not riding in now. This is one of the few sidewalks that is legal for riding on in Canada.

And Lifestyle from Canuckistan. Two years after cyclist’s death, Edmontonians plan to honour him with unique memorial A tiny parklet made from a converted parking place to honor a cyclist? Brilliant!

Proving that bike bigots are no easier to change than race bigots. Washington Post columnist takes bike ride through D.C.

And those are all the links about bikes that I could find today that were not hopelessly out of date.

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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