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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.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

That moment when it all becomes worthwhile, and the Feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Hoping for an easy day, and the Feed

I haven’t even opened the Feed Folder in my email yet today, so I’m hoping for the bicycle equivalent of fluffy bunny and baby ducks stories (yeah, right) instead of the usual wall to wall gore and broken bodies. I have been listening to my MP3 player on shuffle for a few days now (8-12 hours a day and it was 4 days before I heard the first repeat) and I have discovered a problem with my music files, level control. Even for files I converted myself the volume level between sources is not consistent, and I have to continually fiddle with the volume control to either be able to hear the music or keep my eardrums intact, except for one song that always gets turned to 11 when it comes up. That would be the original version of “Won’t Be Fooled Again”. I think I’m going to take that down to my local polling place and put it on endless loop through a 300 watt sound system, just to try to pound some sense into people as they come to vote…

Since there were lots of cyclists injured without ID, or their ID was lost in the wreck, I’m putting those at the head of the line today.

A UK wreck with an unidentified body. Cyclist killed in crash in Derbyshire still unidentified

Another UK wreck with an unidentified body. Cyclist killed on London Bridge after falling into oncoming traffic

And an unidentified body in L.A. CA. Bike rider killed in Orange; OC bike deaths match total for all of last year Both of these wrecks are currently under investigation so LEO are sitting on details about direction of travel and lane position.

And another unidentified body in L.A. 40-something cyclist killed in DTLA; second rider to die on Alameda Street in the last six months

A spate of bike wrecks in western NC. Motorcycle, Bike Wrecks Cause Injuries The only thing reported about the first wreck was the rider was injured, other wrecks were caused by bad pavement or gravel in the road, others were motorcycle wrecks with animals or bad pavement. And one car that flipped when it ran over an emergency turnaround, bleh!

A cyclist somehow survived this horrendous wreck in Seattle. Cyclist injured in Seattle collision with truck The narrative sounds like the cyclist was either buzzed, or right hooked as the truck was passing. Either way the fact that he is still alive is nothing short of a miracle. Until I know exactly how this wreck happened I can’t say what to do with the built environment to avoid it, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist and the semi segregated with a barrier between them so the wreck would never have been possible.

Update on that MO assault with a deadly weapon (1991 Mercedes Convertible). County police take over investigation into Sunset Hills mayor accused of striking biker and Sunset Hills triathlon sponsor threatening to cancel over Mayor investigation

A totally blind driver hits a cyclist waiting to make a left turn in PA. Man on bike injured in Neshannock The driver admits he never saw the cyclist waiting to make his turn in the center turn lane. This is not an avoidable wreck with the built environment as the only thing the cyclist could have done would be to not make a left turn from the left turn lane. That only leaves infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a future wreck.

A bad wreck in West Canuckistan. Cyclist injured in accident on Sumas Prairie The skid marks on the road look like the driver was tracking the cyclist instead of trying to avoid him. From the directions of travel in the narrative the driver should have been turning the other way to avoid the cyclist. Could this be a case of target fixation on the part of the driver? The fact that the bicycle is on the same side of the road as the SUV says that also. Anyway, intersection wreck so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a future wreck.

Our Daily Ted. A new video — and change of heart — from the formerly bike-hating former reserve Santa Paula police officer Yep, on a good day it’s frightening, on a bad day it can be terrifying even when you don’t get hit.

A new kind of e-assist bike. Optibike Releases Pioneer Citi Electric Bicycle This bike is extremely stealth in appearance compared to hub motor bikes with large motors. Compared to bikes with smaller motors not so much, but there is still a lot less “stuff” to attract attention from e-assist unfriendly LEO.

Lifestyle from St. Louis in the aftermath of a high-profile driver assault on a cyclist. Cyclists rally for bike safety at St. Louis City Hall Monday

A light bit of Infrastructure news. The Perils of Biking in Manhattan… and L.A. Not light as in “funny” but rather “not in depth”. To say this link just skims the material a bit is granting too much gravitas to the writing.

And hey, I’m out of links again. I had some giggles, a few fits, and some sad head-shaking.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

OMG I just found the perfect web comic statement about my life, and the Feed

It ain’t often that you find the perfect statement about your life in a comic strip, but I think I did with today’s Ozy and Millie. Llewellyn just wrapped up my entire life to this point in a single sentence. And if that link does not take you to the right comic, leave me a message and I’ll put up a quote (or maybe the image) as part of my Wreck-Free Sunday post.

Up first is several links to a report from the far West Canuckistan about a cyclist killed doing something cyclist-haters claim cyclists never do, waiting on a red light. Accident claims cyclist’s life on Sea Island and Cyclist killed in Richmond also UPDATE: Friend mourns cyclist’s tragic death The cyclist was sitting at the head of the queue waiting on the light to change when the driver lost control for some reason and plowed right into her and across a field. As a cyclist there is nothing you can do except to not be there when the new driver loses control, and physical infrastructure can’t do anything to prevent a wreck like this, either. The driver had recently gotten her license, as was denoted by the “N” sticker on the back of the car, which might have had a bearing on the wreck, as might have that yellowish substance on the inside of the driver’s door visible in many of the pictures of the wreck. But seriously, hit while waiting at the light, watchugonna do? What can you do?

Good news from GA, they caught the bastard! Suspect accused of running down Atlanta cyclist denied bond Just in case you were unsure of just which bastard I’m referring to, this is the guy that intentionally ran down and left for dead a cyclist in an Atlanta suburb… And now he’s in jail without bond.

Another link to that disgusting story on the woman that ran down a cyclist with over a mile of visibility before the wreck. No Criminal Charges For Driver Accused Of Fatally Striking Annapolis Cyclist

Two more links from West Canuckistan about a hit-and-run. Cyclist hospitalized in hit-and-run day after another cyclist killed and Cyclist injured in hit-and-run on Mary Hill Bypass Hit-from-behind wreck so had the cyclist had sufficient warning he might have been able to avoid or reduce damages with the hit-from-behind protocols, and completely avoid the wreck with infrastructure that was “up to Dutch”. You can see the cyclist’s blinky lights flashing in the video that accompanied the second link.

A SWCC wreck in Boise. Cyclist injured, cited in crash Officer at the scene gave the driver a ticket that was later shifted to the cyclist? How about give me a break? Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

An IL wreck sent the cyclist to hospital but did not injure the driver. Bicyclist hurt in accident northwest of Cambridge Narrative does not conclusively state the mode but the implication is hit-from-behind, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And hire actual journalists capable of presenting the 5 “W”s (and one “H”) in an article to prevent confusion. And I’m just so amazed and comforted to learn that the driver of a multi-ton light armored vehicle was uninjured after running into a woman riding a bicycle. :P

Another IL wreck, this time with a train. Victim identified in bike-train crash I have made this point so many times, but apparently the people that really need to read my blog are not the people who actually read my blog because it just keeps happening. To reiterate, trains are terribly easy to avoid, just pay attention and stay off the tracks when there is a train, or about to be a train, using those tracks. Trains are big, mostly noisy (especially heavy rail passenger or freight) and generally there are signals where the tracks and bicycles interact. If I get any more specific I will be insulting your intelligences even worse than I already have.

A foreign worker hired to work cheap for the tourist season is killed riding home from work in MA. Cyclist dies in late night West Barnstable crash Hit from behind, no picture of the bike but a tragic picture of the wrecked car with bits of bicycle hanging off the front and a broken windshield. There is substantial question about lights and reflectors on the bicycle, along with what seems to be a total lack of cycling awareness education for the workers, kind of a “here’s a bike, use this to get to and from work” with nothing about local laws or even checking to see if the person understands any road rules for bicycles. Anyway, get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A left cross in TN. Car, bicycle crash severely injuries cyclist on Elizabethton Highway I strongly question the THP report of the situation, since the report stated there were no lights on the bike and zooming in on the picture of the wrecked shows what appears to be the remains of a smashed LED headlight on the handlebars…

Back to the Great White North a cyclist is hit in an intersection. Cyclist critically injured after hit by vehicle in Leaside It looks like the bike seat and post are missing, but there was a reflector on the back fender at some point (you can see the hole) so not sure how well lighted and reflectored this rider was from the rear and side, the bent wheel and fender indicate the cyclist was hit from the left rear. Intersection wreck means protocols might be of use in avoiding or reducing damages, and that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would probably prevent a similar wreck.

More from the GWN. Hit and run injures cylist Typo in original headline. Kid with a car full of kids says “watch me scare this guy on the bicycle…” and almost kills him. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right so sociopathic teenagers are prevented from using their motor vehicles to “scare” people.

Not sure if this is GWN or Canuckistan, my Canadian geography isn’t that good, after all it has been at least 40 years since the last time I lived there. Cyclist hit by car in Alliston Simcoe County of which province? Anyway, intersection wreck, so protocols and infrastructure, yadda yadda yadda…

A rare UK wreck report that I can say what to do before the verdict is issued in the trial. Cyclist aged 12 killed in road crash Hit from behind, so protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And I have to go put a band-aid on my chin where it hit the floor when I read this article. “The Nissan was travelling along Bosworth Road towards Market Bosworth when it was involved in a collision with the bicycle which was also travelling in the same direction.

Oh, joy. An idiot on FB is calling for murdering cyclists. Travis CookSo I’ve been accused of advocating vehicular manslaughter. I wouldn’t say I’ve advocated it–I’m just not sorry when it happens in some cases!” Yep, next time he hits a cyclist it’s attempted murder.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Judge rules police can’t search your bike without permission, and Timbuk2 opens on Abbot Kinney

Infrastructure “stuff” from the UK. Dangerous pothole that caused cyclist accident in Burton town centre has now been repaired by Staffordshire County Council Progress! This time it only took one injured cyclist, the previous article about potholes it took 3 cyclists injured in the same pothole to get it filled three months later.

Another link to that guy in Oz telling drivers to hang up and drive. Injured Perth cyclist urges road users to put phones down

Maybe this will work, but it seems like Hokum and snake oil to me. Patchnride 60-second puncture repair system – first look Repair a tube without removing the tire or pulling the tube out of the tire? Humph!

And those were the links that gave me fits or giggles today/night. Some day it will be all giggles, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

No groceries today, and the Feed

Normally Thursday is “Mule Day” as I haul the groceries home from the store, but that task has been taken over by our son as he comes to the house to do his laundry on our machines, and drives to the store to pick up Mrs. the Poet and the groceries between loads. I couldn’t get them anyway today as Francis/es is still in the shop as the new hub didn’t fit the dropouts on hir (that is a perfectly good non-gendered pronoun in use for decades). But today he had to work late and decided to do his laundry tomorrow, and coincidentally tomorrow is also “$5 Friday”, a promotion for the store we go to. So potentially more groceries for the $ but we have to wait a day. I can live with putting off shopping for 24 hours to get more food for the same $$.

Up first is another link in the saga of mayor vs. cyclist (and 2 witnesses). “Get off my roads” – Sunset Hills mayor under investigation after cyclist hit by car If I wasn’t already certain that the guy that tried to kill me wasn’t already dead I would be requesting the mayor’s whereabouts on the early morning of 08/31/2001… Anyway, this is the Big Story today with all the national attention focussed on the tiny MO suburb of St. Louis.

The next biggest story is the final outcome of government sanctions against a driver that drove right through a cyclist in the middle of her lane in a straight road with miles of visibility. Driver fined $1,500 in crash that killed Annapolis cyclist and Judge says driver ‘didn’t look’ when she fatally struck cyclist This was the case where the driver hit the cyclist going uphill on a straight stretch of road with good visibility but the DA was unable to get a grand jury indictment.

“Didn’t know” you hit and ran? Well that is just dandy, sorry to disturb you then. Police: Driver didn’t realize cyclist hit “Sorry, I’m such an imbecile I don’t know when the deadly weapon I’m guiding around just misses killing someone by a fraction of an inch.” Grrr.

OK still trying to wrap my head around this report, there is something missing from the narrative. Cyclist injured in collision with city street-sweeper at Ontario, Frontenac Sts. OK the cyclist was hit from the left side, that much is plain from the wrecked bike. The level of destruction exhibited on his helmet makes it look like his head was run over by the sweeper, but the lack of blood makes it look like the sweeper was in transit rather than actively sweeping the road. The cyclist had just exited an alley, which makes this an intersection wreck, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LA Streets officially suck, road raging Missouri mayor, and Canadian cyclist shot during race

And those were all the wrecks today, now the Infrastructure! news.

NYPD can’t figure out how to enforce traffic laws, whodathunkit? NYPD Wildly Inconsistent With Traffic Enforcement, Study Says When they can’t even issue a ticket after someone gets killed crossing with the light in a crosswalk more than half the time, reading this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.

Another bit of infrastructure we just take for granted is free parking, but “free” parking still costs someone money, or in some cases safety because parking trumps bike lanes. Don’t Hate the Parking App Profiteers, Hate the Free Parking Game

Another insightful bit from Streetsblog. Want to Improve Traffic Safety? Let People Get Around Without Driving Basic logic, the most deadly thing in the urban environment is the motor vehicle, removing that to the greatest extent possible will drastically reduce the carnage in the streets.

And in the Great White North, bad infrastructure is made worse. Bumps installed to slow down Rideau Canal cyclists This isn’t just a safety risk for cyclists, someone could be taken out by a cyclist knocked off the bike by those bumps designed for motor vehicles with suspension systems.

And in Brazil, the backlash from a criminal assault on a Critical Mass ride has caused major changes in local infrastructure. A Critical Mass Tragedy Sparks a Bicycle Boom in Brazil

Not sure if this was a factor in this victim’s wreck, but it is a major cause of motor vehicle wrecks around here. Injured Perth cyclist urges road users to put phones down

Now this is what I call a bike ride! Adventurous NYC Citi Bike Winds Up On Long Island There have been a lot of OOP Citi Bike stories on Gothamist lately…

And is there hope for the world? Will Electric Car Drivers Respect Bicycle Commuters?

And those are all the links that gave me fits or giggles, except the web comics, those would take to long to load into the post :)

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I know I left my mind around here somewhere, and the Feed

Did you ever have one of those days where you just couldn’t get it together, and while you are trying to focus on one task, someone else is trying to direct you to another unrelated task? Mrs. the Poet was trying to get me to search on the CONUS version of the Peace Corps while I was trying to get into blog-posting mindset. Mrs. the Poet thinks that at age 60 she should get back to working with the poor and disadvantaged (well technically 61 because she won’t be retiring from taking the flavor out of jr. high students’ lunches until a few days before her birthday), and is mildly technophobic, so I get to do everything that involves a computer in our house. If I’m doing something at the time that’s just too bad, because I’m the geek and geeks must obey ;) But anyway this has caused me to be very late starting the filter and composing the post, because with the brain damage and the existing ADD from prior to the brain damage, pulling focus together on my original task is worse than herding cats.

Up first because I think this is the biggest story of the day, the story of Mitch Olin’s wreck gets stinkier and stinkier. District Attorney’s office has yet to make decision on deputy whose patrol car killed cyclist in Calabasas It has been over 8 months since Olin was killed, and nobody can/will say what will happen to his killer. The bald facts of the case are bad enough, the killer drove straight into the back of Olin while texting on his personal phone and there were no brake lights until after Olin flew over the weapon vehicle. Anybody else driving into someone on the side of the road would have been already in jail… I mean they don’t even have the excuse of the cyclist “swerving” because of the witness driving behind the weapon vehicle seeing the whole thing. This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Hmmm, I wonder where this guy was at 0119 on 08/31/2001? Bicyclist claims Sunset Hills mayor swerved car into him; mayor has different version That phrasing is exactly what the driver that hit me used, twice (once in each direction) the night I was hit. Now avoiding this would be impossible as the driver matched speed with the cyclist before (allegedly) swerving into him. And infrastructure would only be as good as the driver respected it. BTW the comments section is a hoot!

The most deadliest state in the US for cyclists (not sure if they still hold that “honor” for pedestrians) gets close to killing another cyclist. Cyclist stopped to help fellow rider, hit by car Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this as he was stopped and off the road when he was hit, and infrastructure would have to either have a barrier big enough to stop a motor vehicle or be far away from motor vehicle roads that getting a motor vehicle over there to hit a cyclist would be an obvious assault with a deadly weapon.

This cyclist did add to the toll in FL. Oldsmar bicyclist struck, killed after collision with pickup truck SWCC wreck intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

This report from MA was incomplete as I filtered links. Cyclist killed after crash in Chelsea Still not any better, cyclist hit, driver remained at scene, film at 11… Nothing on location or mode.

This CA wreck could have had a much higher body count, but fortunately did not. Driver Tries To Flee On 38 Geary After Striking Cab, Cyclist, Pedestrian Six people taken away in ambulances with the cyclist still in hospital because of the wreck. The funny part is the driver tried to use a city bus as a getaway vehicle after abandoning the wreck scene and the stolen vehicle. Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid, and infrastructure without barriers, even built to Dutch standards, would not have prevented the pinball effect from tossing 3k pounds of steel and plastic on top of the cyclist.

A serious wreck in Canuckistan could have been much worse. Cyclist hit by two vehicles seriously hurt; police looking for driver (with video) Looking at the scene in the video one thing that caught my eye was the odd situation of one street having a traffic signal, while the other street had a stop sign. ?!? Anyway intersection wreck means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent a similar wreck. Like not putting stop signs on cross streets and signal lights on the through street, that would be a big step in the right direction.

A cyclist is left crossed in the Great White North. Cyclist suffers head injury after being hit by van in Kitchener Cyclist ran into the side of a vehicle turning on to the street where he was riding and suffered serious injury, so intersection protocols to avoid or to reduce injury (and the narrative states he did pretty much that), and get the infrastructure right so that cyclists are not dodging motor vehicles pulling out in front of them.

This update from West Canuckistan is enough to make your blood run cold. Craig Premack recounts being shot during Cache Creek bike race Seriously, making a tourniquet from your own clothing is a scary situation, and not being able to move your arm because the bullet had broken your elbow is even scarier.

Another attack with a motor vehicle on a cyclist, this time in Jolly Olde. Hit-and-run cycle incident could have had ‘tragic outcome’ The cyclist was run over twice after being chased down a narrow alley, making this impossible to avoid and likewise negating using infrastructure to prevent (if the driver chased the cyclist into a narrow alley, what would prevent him from chasing the cyclist down a narrow cyclepath?).

Update on a deadly wreck in Enn Zed. Charges follow cyclist’s death For those unfamiliar this was the truck driver towing a trailer that tried to pass a string of bicycles, ran out of room, and pulled into the line, hitting one of the cyclists.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Two months later, still no word from DA on Olin Case; Amoeba plans Hot August Bikes celebration

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Will this hi-tech lorry be the key to slashing death toll of cyclists on London’s streets? and Sainsbury’s unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation also Campaign success as Mayor brings safer lorries for London one step closer

And a sad lifestyle story from Jolly Olde. Allotment memorial for hit and run cyclist Garry Hobson Turning his garden patch into a parklet…

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles again today. Still pissed off at the Olin case dragging on so long, there should have been charges filed by now…

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Well my phone works again, and the Feed

One of the reasons yesterday’s post turned into this morning’s post was I had to walk to the store and buy a top off card for my phone. If I didn’t need my phone so much for getting about my life I would just chuck the thing and save myself $33.07 a month (including taxes). But as I have lost count of the times having a phone on my person has been mission-critical (for varying values of “mission”) so divesting myself of this expense is no longer an option. And while I was out a strange thing happened, someone driving a silver 4-door sedan honked at me on the sidewalk and the passenger rolled down the window, waved, and shouted “Hi, Opus!” I guess that even walking on the sidewalk I’m still conspicuous and identifiable. Or I am still a minor local celebrity. I don’t care, but it does kinda put a crimp on my bank-robbing career before it even gets started. :D

Up first is some decent Infrastructure! news from The Particular Hell WoaB is a suburb of. Dallas’ new bike czar is ready to roll; her thoughts on hot-button issues What happens in the Big D eventually percolates over to The Beautiful Suburbs of Hell next to it.

From NYC we get a bike on ped wreck. Salmoning Cyclist Sends Pedestrian To Hospital With Serious Head Injury Don’t hit the pedestrians. Don’t get killed but DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS!

Update on a CA wreck from the early part of the month. Salinas Police Seeking Public’s Help in Bike Rider’s Death Still can’t find the weapon vehicle, raising the probability of the driver being from out of town and the weapon vehicle long gone.

A MT cyclist wrecks after getting crossed or hooked by a turning vehicle. Whitefish man killed in bike crash ID’d The victim died from a head injury despite wearing a bicycle helmet. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist gets hit in the Great White North. Cyclist struck by van, suffered head injuries Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, as the driver pulled almost directly in front of him as he passed the intersection. And unless Dutch quality infrastructure increases the common sense of drivers driving across it infrastructure would have made little difference either.

Over in Oz a driver on trial for hit-and-run has a tummyache. Helensburgh hit-and-run accused ‘too sick’ to attend court: Doctor This was a driver that left the cyclist victim in hospital with spinal injuries, and now can’t be at her hearing because she’s puking? I wonder if the cyclist was out of hospital to attend the hearing?

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LA sheriff’s agree PCH cyclists belong in the lane; women could race in 2015 Pro Challenge

Can I get a resounding “No Duh!”? Separation Enhances Bike Lane Success People don’t like riding bicycles next to multi-ton killing machines, and even on provably safe bike lanes they feel better if there is distance and some kind of physical barrier between bicycles and “Certain Death”. It would be like driving near an active artillery range where the targets were behind a barrier but a bad shot could still land on the highway.

And a huge “Hurrah!” for this one. FHWA to Engineers: Go Ahead and Use City-Friendly Street Designs This is a huge win for people without motor vehicles.

More Infrastructure news from DE. DelDOT Contractor Makes 2nd Try at Fixing Bad Rumble Strips First try just turned the holes into bumps, second try was reasonably smooth, good show! Of course not putting rumble strips in the bike lane at all would have been a much better idea, don’t you think? More Cyclists Report That Second Try’s the Charm for Rumble Strip Patch

And looking at somewhat better than nothing infrastructure from the vantage point of the best bicycle infrastructure in the world and they still keep trying to improve it. New British infrastructure. A real improvement or making stop-start cycling even slower?

Riding politely at night? All Lit Up Redux

Something I hope percolates over to Garland from Dallas. Grab a seat, Dallas’ first beer bike is on the move It runs on alternative fuels, all derived from biomass. ;)

Speaking from experience, maybe they can given good infrastructure. Can Cargo Bikes Help Us to Replace Trucks and Minivans? Francis/es works well in places that restrict motor vehicle operation, I know this from direct experience. Paved roads help, too. XD

WoaB endorses this ride. Bicycle ride honors fallen Marine, raises money for charity

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, and I got done before midnight whaddaya know?

Billed @€0.02, Opus