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Well, this is just wonnderfullll, and the Feed

One of the nice things about owning a laptop computer is the ability to work anyplace you can create a lap. So I’m starting this post off-line while sitting on the DART bus to go to the Lab Rat Keeper for a medication adjustment. Today will be a long one as I need to refill one of my meds they can’t keep at the LRK office, so I have to go to the pharmacy that is a 3 hour bus ride each way. I’m hoping I can find a massage therapist out in that neck of the woods because my neck and shoulders are killing me because of the lipoma on my neck. I had a pain riding Francis/es to the RPG Saturday that has abated but never quite left ever since. the lump on the back of my neck has gotten so big that it interferes with holding my head back while riding in a normal bike-riding posture even without a helmet. And as Mrs. the Poet was saying the other day, for me to ride without my helmet there has to be something seriously wrong.

On another front, I am about to have to replace my beloved tie-dye army sun hat, that I wear as a celebration of not getting permanently killed by the hit-and-run. You can see what that hat looks like if you go back earlier in the year to my post about the St, Patty’s Day parade on Greenville Avenue and look at the “selfie” I took. I have been searching for a replacement for several months now and have been unable to locate anything that would be suitable. None of my local stores that sells tie-dye carry hats of any description, much less the style I’m looking for. I still have several versions of military sun hat (boonie hat) in various kinds of camo that are in good shape, so I may have to abandon my beloved tie-dye for more conventional sun protection. I would really hate to have to do that, but sun protection is more important than metaphoric thumbing my nose at a dead guy (now that I know he’s dead).

And now that I have completed the trip to the Lab Rat Keeper I have such good news [/sarcasm]. That lump on my neck has been re-diagnosed as a sebaceous cyst instead of the lipoma we thought it was for the last 9 years. Turns out they can do this, pop up someplace and just hang out for a few years, then start growing quickly and becoming a nuisance like what has happened with mine. The sore spot on the bottom of my foot is a minor infection that healed over and built up a callus. I must have gotten it when I was walking to the mailbox barefoot. And yes, there was that much nerve damage that such a thing could happen and I not notice it until it turned into something like what I have now.

Up first is a bunch of different links from the southern part of TX. Cyclist struck, killed in NE Houston and Local man, 79, killed in northeast Harris County truck-bicycle accident Cyclist was killed when a turning vehicle went through his lane and into the ditch, hitting the cyclist from behind. The cyclist was following TX VC 551.103 and riding in the middle of the lane that was too narrow for a cyclist and a motor vehicle to safely share, other reports have the cyclist being hit from behind as the weapon vehicle completed its turn, meaning the cyclist was plainly visible crossing in front of the driver of the weapon vehicle before making the turn. I don’t know where the cyclist could have gone to not get hit in this wreck as the weapon vehicle went completely off the road and into the ditch after using the entire lane to make its turn. I’m not even all that sure that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have helped either as the weapon vehicle went off the road after hitting the cyclist, making it entirely possible that the cyclist would have been hit riding in the segregated bike lane that Dutch infrastructure would install here.

A very short distance (Texas “short”) from that wreck is another wreck. Woman, 68, charged in cyclist’s death According to this report the driver was pulled off the road looking for an address while moving and not watching in front of her vehicle when she hit the cyclist directly from behind. Again if the cyclist was hit hard enough to get killed then the driver was driving too fast for conditions, making this charge appropriate for the crime. I read the comments because I’m already crazy and can’t get any worse. I advise against any of you doing it.

More on the cyclist killed while riding in a bike lane in Harlingen. Friends remember Harlingen cyclist killed along roadway and Car versus cyclist: Drivers need to share the road And that second link sums it up nicely, cars are deadly weapons that need control constantly, and cyclists have no protection against getting hit by cars. Also there is a possibility that the driver may have been either sleep-deprived or DUI when he hit the cyclist IN THE BIKE LANE…

Getting out of TX, or at least reporting from someplace else, a cyclist is hit-and-run in CA. MAN ON BIKE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HIT AND RUN The narrative is the cyclist was hit just past the intersection in hit-from-behind wreck, but intersection protocols would still apply here because of the proximity to that intersection, to avoid or reduce damages, and most likely infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a similar wreck in the future.

Still in CA. Bicyclist killed in collision with car in El Camino Village This is another link to the cyclist killed walking his bike in the crosswalk with the light. This is a wreck that no amount of infrastructure will prevent so long as idiots are allowed to drive weapons of mass destruction around as transportation.

Another reason why FL leads the US in dead and maimed cyclists and pedestrians. Trial likely in death of Lakewood Ranch cyclist killed in April car accidentDamery was cleared of criminal wrongdoing following a three-month traffic homicide investigation by Florida Highway Patrol, which stated she suffered from attention deficit disorder and lack of sleep the day the accident occurred. The report indicated Damery told troopers she had not slept the previous night nor taken her prescribed medication.” OK am I the only person that does not see “Impaired driver” in that statement? No sleep and NOT on her meds. Even with infrastructure “up to Dutch” there is the very real possibility that this wreck would have happened anyway as the driver ran a red light when she hit the cyclist.

This multi-bike pileup during a race leaves one dead and one maimed. RF man injured in biking accident; Eau Claire woman’s injuries fatal This is why I dislike riding in pelotons. I don’t mind drafting when I’m in my car because I have lots of protection around me, but on a bike one touch of the wheels can be fatal to someone riding 3 bikes back.

A WY wreck turns tragic as the cyclist dies in hospital. Cyclist dies following Friday truck accident The current narrative reads like the semi was too close to the cyclist and something caused the cyclist to bobble and wind up under the trailer tires. Since there was no mention of any turning movements on the part of the semi I will discount the rear tires tracking inside of the tractor being a factor in the wreck, which makes the initial close pass even more puzzling. This is one I have no idea how to avoid in the built environment, but I know that in Dutch infrastructure there are many meters of separation between those two vehicle types to prevent anything like this wreck.

Far West Canuckistan has a cyclist “running” a red light. Victoria-area cyclist, pedestrian hit in morning commute OK I’m not going to say I don’t think a cyclist would run a red light, I have done it by accident myself looking for cross traffic and missing the light changing. Because of this I’m going to place this wreck in the category of “not preventable by physical infrastructure changes” even though I would bet money I don’t have that given infrastructure that works for cyclists would prevent most red light jumpers and runners.

Another cyclist tries to beat a train with predictable results. Cyclist struck, killed by AMT train in St-Jérôme I’m not even going to explain this one, it has become too repetitious even for my OCD.

A UK report of a cyclist “meeting” a pedestrian. Pedestrian hurt in collision with cyclist in Barnsley Since they never mentioned hitting the pedestrian on the “pavement” as they refer to sidewalks in the UK, this has to be a wreck in the road, one the cyclist was able to tumble away from and the pedestrian was not. I think that means a distracted pedestrian but because of UK media laws this will probably be the first and last time we read about it.

Still in Jolly Olde a cyclist runs into the chain between two bollards blocking the bike path from motor vehicles. Caernarfon cyclist dies after crashing into bollard chain I suppose that if drivers can get a pass for “not seeing” cyclists, a cyclist could get a pass for “not seeing” a thin chain stretched across his path except he died from the wreck where drivers who “don’t see” cyclists are uninjured as a rule.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CHP motorcycle cop demonstrates his ignorance of the law; meet LADOT’s Seleta Reynolds I have to say I got pretty steamed at that video. I loathe LEO who are ignorant of the law they are supposed to be enforcing.

Infrastructure! news. When adding bike lanes actually reduces traffic delays

I know these things make people feel better, but do they think this would have prevented a driver both drunk and high on meth from driving the wrong way? New Road Signs, Arrows Coming to Fiesta Island

“Infra” from PA. Q&A with Bike Pittsburgh This is one of the 5 “e”s of infrastructure, Education.

Not to be outdone from the Great White North. Drivers, cyclists both need to show respect on the roads, cycling officials say Drivers need to show respect because they are controlling light armored vehicles that can kill with the mis-timed flick of a finger, cyclists need to show respect because it is polite. [sarcasm]Yeah this is a totally balanced equation here… [/sarcasm]

Lifestyle from the East Coast by way of the UK. Nephew vows to finish uncle’s romantic journey after he was killed by a homeless man while cycling to propose to his girlfriend

And those were all the links that I normally would have found had I not started at 1700 after the trip to the LRK today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Boy are my legs bad, and the Feed

I went for a ride last night after putting the blog to bed, and my legs are terrible. I mean seriously I can NOT believe these are the same appendages that carried me 200 km round trip to have lunch with my GF as recently as 2007. I know I have been spending more time in the garage building and at the computer posting blogs than riding a bike, especially since Blue was stolen August of last year, but STILL! Cycling used to be an escape where my body carried me away from mundane cares and concerns, not provided me with additional cares and concerns… I really need to ride more. I will start that with riding to the RPG get-together this Saturday. I know that’s a trace over 12 miles round trip, but I need the miles and the challenge. I seriously think the challenge is more important than the miles at this point.

Up first is what appears to be a police murder of a cyclist in Quebec. Cyclist run over by police car fighting for life and Guy Blouin ID’d as cyclist run over by Quebec City police car also this Quebec City Police Under Investigation After Cruiser Runs Over Cyclist This one started out bad and just got worse and worse as the day went on and more links came in. Here’s what we know at this moment: The cyclist was riding salmon on a one way street when he passed the LEO, LEO throws the car into reverse and begins pursuit backwards going the wrong way on a one way street and according to one witness appeared to deliberately knock the cyclist from the bike. The cyclist ended up under the rear tires of the car, but instead of waiting for trained responders to extract the cyclist from under the car without doing any further damage the cop that hit him drives the car back over the cyclist, further injuring him (remember one witness testifies the initial impact appeared to be deliberate, we know the second was). Then the cyclist was handcuffed and forced to sit down on the sidewalk before being walked over and put in the back of an ambulance (apparently the EMT did not know the victim had been run over twice before they got to the scene). The victim died shortly after arriving at the hospital. While the victim was being transported the initial LEO at the scene was “tidying up” and put the victim’s bicycle in his trunk and moved his car (away from the scene? not confirmed) before accident investigators could arrive and measure the scene of the now crime. This would be the Big Story even if it didn’t have lots of links. Either this is the stupidest cop in Canada, or one of the most evil cops in Canada. There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of room for any other interpretations.

Back in the US a hit-and-run weapon has been found while LEO continue to search for the driver of the weapon vehicle. Troopers have ‘person of interest’ in Metro East hit-and-run that killed cyclist Hit-from-behind wreck that is being blamed on the cyclist for not wearing a glow-in-the-dark clown suit and not having lights that can survive a fatal hit-from-behind wreck so that LEO can glance at the bike and tell they are operable (most bicycle taillights do not survive the impact of getting hit from behind because their brackets do not remain attached to the bike). Anyway getting back to the answers to the question, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and obviously getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And make vehicle owners responsible for hit-and-runs unless they can prove they were in a different location or had already reported the vehicle stolen before the hit-and-run. I think publically crushing vehicles used to commit hit-and-run would do a lot to prevent another one as well.

At last! Someone in LEO understands keeping evidence intact. Car impounded after hit-and-run kills bicyclist in Spokane Valley Another cyclist said the wreck was a hit-from-behind and the victim had no chance to avoid the wreck. Again it seems that Dutch infrastructure (not just “Dutch-style” but built to the latest CROW standards) is the only way to do anything about this wreck.

Another update on that MO wreck that the victim was also a MS victim who was training for the MS 150. Updated: Kansas Highway Patrol releases crash details Well excuse MEEE! wasn’t a MO wreck or even a MO victim, just someone who wanted to ride in the MO MS 150 [facepalm]…

A NC cyclist is left crossed. Veteran bicyclist dies after being hit during ride Left cross means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A KY hit-and-run. Teen cyclist seriously injured in Laurel County crash Hit from behind, so protocols and infrastructure to avoid or prevent respectively.

A terrible wreck in far West Canuckistan. Mystery cyclist killed in collision with van on Pat Bay near McTavish and Cyclist struck and killed on Pat Bay Highway also Cyclist killed on Pat Bay Highway identified as English retiree SWSS wreck, that means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A very bad day in the Great White North. Windsor police investigate three collisions involving cyclists in one day Where to begin? Same as they did in the link. Left cross, intersection protocols. Second wreck appears to be the other kind of left cross, so again intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages. Third wreck is a little bit harder to figure out as the cyclist hit someone in a turning lane of an intersecting road and was cited for failure to yield. I’m going to be honest and say I can’t figure out the geometry of this wreck as the narrative makes no sense to me. There are only two ways this could happen, one is that the cyclist was riding at the very farthest right possible and hit a car waiting to turn, which would sort of explain the citation, the second is that the cyclist was still riding too far to the right and someone was trying to sneak in a right on red and got hit by the cyclist, but that would not jibe with the citation as the cyclist would be the one with the right of way and the citation was not for running the red but for failure to yield. !?! Anyway the solution to all of those wrecks is following the Dutch CROW manual like it was the New Standard Version of the Bible and you’re attending Liberty College of Engineering.

Not a bicycle wreck, but still… Elderly woman killed by driver checking Facebook on her phone at 85 mph

Let’s get some Infrastructure! going on, from CA. New law: Motorists must give cyclists 3 feet of space and Cyclists Eager For ‘3 Feet For Safety’ Law To Kick In and Cyclists urge DA to reconsider charges for sheriff’s deputy who struck, killed rider also Bike Ride A Call For Action After Deputy Not Charged In Cyclist’s Death In case you might be wondering this is the legal infrastructure that protects cyclists by making hitting one either financially too expensive or personally too expensive to sustain.

More on the infrastructure failure that killed a cyclist and who might be responsible for it in Seattle. Second Avenue cyclist and the tangled city streets

A “D’awwww!” moment from Enn Zed. Award for woman who rushed to help cyclist The main contribution this person made was controlling bleeding until trained responders could handle the situation. I still say “Good on ya!” for this and a well-deserved award.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Cyclists ride for justice; LACBC ED Jen Klausner resigns, Los Angeles is nation’s 28th Best Bike City

Lifestyle for reals. London Tweed Run: the most beautiful bike ride on the planet (photos)

One possible downside of an e-assist bike with LiPo batteries. Exploding battery on electric bicycle causes Bend house fire That’s why you need BMS with any LiPo battery pack.

And good news for e-assist cyclists as Tesla uses the 18650 form factor that makes very nice e-bike packs. Tesla CEO: ‘Nevada is it;’ $1.3B package offered I know some of you are saying “How can someone making a factory to build Tesla batteries be good news for e-assist cyclists?” Very simple. Tesla uses the 18650 form factor like I mentioned, and there will inevitably be cells that are still pretty good but don’t meet Tesla’s standards. I know they have a very complex BMS that shunts bad cells out of the pack or doesn’t run them as hard as better cells, but they want to start with the cells as good as they can and not with a bunch of cells not up to the need from the get-go. Well those cells will probably get dumped on the e-bike market as plainly marked “seconds” that will still be pretty good with a BMS made for use with that kind of cell.

A statement of indubitable truth. Cyclists ‘should learn first aid to save lives’ says City worker who went to rescue of crash victim I got combat first aid twice because the Army thought my training from my first Up was not recent enough, and I could probably be of assistance in a severe wreck so long as I could get to the victim. Last two wrecks I saw I could not get to the victims to help, one car resting on its side and the other was otherwise inaccessible for my crippled leg. I think it was down a hill or wedged or something. I can barely remember that one. The one after that I can remember quite well as that was the first amputation I have seen and also the first wreck that I saw taking place. Every other wreck I saw was already come to a rest when I showed up, even if only by seconds, but that one developed right before my eyes. Not fun. I described what I saw the day it happened in this blog, but I’m not doing the archive dive to find the link.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

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

Happy “We Kicked Out the British” Day, and the Feed

Yeah, not many people seem to remember that what we are celebrating on the Fourth of July is one of the first steps to kicking out the British from the original 13 colonies. Not that I object, seeing as how that led to my nativity in a circumlocutious way, but still, we began as a nation as the product of anti-government violence. Is it any wonder we have cuckoos of similar stripe trying to “run” the government now? Or did I leave an “i” out of that somewhere? ;) So anyway, enjoy your hot dogs (german), apple pie (dutch), and fireworks (chinese), today while you complain about all the “immigrants” and “illegals”. And while this might sound “cynical” I’m just basing this on what I have been reading coming out of Texas and Arizona in the news lately, and a particularly bad incident in California. Let’s just say that there are times that I’m not very proud of my fellow Americans. And that I have been very much in agreement with the bumper sticker that states “I love my country, it’s my government I fear”.

Up first is another link to the travesty in CO. Driver Sentenced In Deadly Hit & Run That Killed Cyclist I’m sorry but a year’s work release is not enough punishment for killing a human being and leaving the corpse like so much litter…

Hit-and-run in NC. Cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run The narrative is indicative of a hit-from-behind wreck with a law-abiding cyclist, because if there was anything the cyclist could have been found doing illegal it would have been reported by this media outlet. So lights and/or reflectors in use, riding with traffic in the correct lane position, the whole nine yards. Not enough evidence to say that the protocols would have helped, so that only leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a similar wreck.

Update on a CA wreck. Sad news, as 15-year old Canyon Lake bike rider declared brain dead; 50th SoCal cycling fatality this year I’m still trying to parse the wreck, as it appears the cyclist was blocked from entering a highway after he had reached a speed that he could safely do so, and hit the other vehicle hard enough to trigger the airbags. So, intersection? maybe the protocols would help. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that you don’t ride bicycles at highway speeds for motor vehicles to prevent.

Still in CA a wreck that could have happened to anybody, including a cyclist. Clovis driver admits to drinking, but says fatal collision was accident Driver with multiple DUI convictions kills someone while driving drunk (again). There is only one sure way to prevent repeat drunk drivers from killing, and that is to never allow them to own or operate a motor vehicle again. I favor doing this after the third DUI conviction lifetime. I do not think there should be a “shelf life” for DUI convictions that allows them to be discarded after a while. There are other convictions that stay with you for life, DUI must be on that list for people’s safety.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Have a great, safe 4th, looking for a bike riding stickup man, and LiLo crashes Citi Bike — literally

Stupid is as stupid does. Busted!

More about the guy killed riding Alp d’Huez. Daughter’s tribute after cyclist killed in French Alps crash

And this little thing looked like so much fun. Bicycle Therapy Yep, I could use a therapy ride myself. Ahh, the stress relief.

And that appears to be all the links I have today, fits or otherwise (although the “Busted” link was a lot of giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Slowly getting Francis/es whipped into shape, and the Feed

In case you were wondering Francis/es is the name for the new cargo bike, named for Donald O’Connor’s costar in a series of comedy movies in the ’50s. The is/es is because this bike has not expressed an identifiable gender to which the spelling can be corrected for. So until the bike expresses a preference it gets its name spelled is/es. And yes I’m being silly, a bit, but I spend too much time around people who define their gender differently internally than the world had externally to not be sensitive to the same thing with the bike. Just because it has a step-through frame aka “girl’s bike” does not mean the bike is feminine. It might be, but don’t forget that it also has a quarter-ton load capacity, so roughly me and 300 pounds of stuff. That’s not “girly” or “princess” by any stretch of the imagination.

Anyway getting off the name of the bike, I have been adding things that are needed to make the bike useful on a daily basis, like lights and a computer (a rear fender too, but that looks like it’s coming much later). The computer I bought has one major problem, and that’s a mounting kit that lacks reach. Seriously the mounting kit will mount to the left side of the stem and maybe get as far down the fork of a 700c wheel to get to where the spokes cross on a cross-2 lacing pattern. This is not going to work on the new bike, where the cable has to go down the handlebar steer tube, at least a foot and a half if not 2 feet, under the cargo box which is a shade over 2 feet again, back up the frame to the fork steer tube so at least a foot more, then down the fork for another foot of cable. The distance is slightly shorter to the rear wheel, but not by much. Maybe only 4 feet to the rear wheel instead of 6 to the front wheel. The cable on the mounting kit that comes with the computer would make it about halfway down the handlebar steer tube. So either I need to find a rear wheel mounting kit for this computer (Cateye Velo 7) or spend more money on another computer.

Up first is not a bike wreck, but almost was (moped instead of a pedal bike), just a long day’s ride south of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. 2 Dead After Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into SXSW Crowd [Updated] and Car Crashes Into SXSW Crowd In Austin; 2 Fatalities Reported OK the updated report says one of the deceased was riding a bicycle, so now it is a bike wreck. No earthly clue how to avoid this and the infrastructure was clearly marked as non-car with reflective barriers and everything, so that didn’t help either.

Another DWI brings a rarer than hen’s teeth murder charge in NYC. Murder Charge For Suspected DWI Driver Who Killed M14 Bus Driver

Bike on bike insanity in CA. Seriously, don’t be a two-wheeled Jerry Browning jerk, and your Morning Links And a lot of decent links to be found there.

Crazy drivers driving crazy in Bermuda. These drivers don’t care about life

First of several infrastructure links from CA, is the SF transportation department spending more money on office supplies than bicycle infrastructure? Is the MTA Spending More on Post-Its Than Bike Projects?

A problem that is especially bad for cyclists but crosses all modes of road users gets significant attention in CA. Bill Suspending Hit-and-Run Drivers’ Licenses Passes Assembly Committee Left off that headline is the word “unanimously”. As I wrote, everybody is a potential victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Navigating the legal infrastructure in OR for recovering your losses when your bike is damaged or totaled, in two parts. Get legal with Ray Thomas: How to fight for your property damage claim (Part 1) and Get legal with Ray Thomas: How to fight for your property damage claim (Part 2)

Another “fun” time in OR. Bicycle that tumbled off car and fell onto Interstate 5 spurs $49,000 suit That settles it, next time I put my bike on a bike rack I’m using extra tiedowns.

A national Infrastructure! story. State DOTs Let Roads Fall Apart While Splurging on Highway Expansion You can’t have any more roads until you take care of the ones you already have…

More infrastructure from NYC in this last link. Hoylman: State could be roadblock to safer streets The Lege won’t allow automated camera enforcement, and there just aren’t enough cops to protect the streets without interfering with the important job of doing stop and frisk on brown people… :P

And those are the links I found today that gave me fits, that were transportation related. Transportation safety is not a bicycles-vs-cars thing, it’s a human rights thing, the right to travel freely and safely.

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I’m back from my peregrinations, and the Feed

The headline is just a fancy way of saying “trip over”, but the trip did feel like a 1 day marathon travel session. My business took about 0:40 to 0:45 total today, but I left home at 11:12 and did not return until 17:22. The time not spent conducting business was either walking to a bus stop, standing waiting at a bus stop, sitting waiting at a train station, or riding a bus or a train. And except for the one train I missed by a few minutes in Downtown Dallas which required waiting 20 minutes for the next train in that direction I did not spend a whole lot of time waiting to make transfers. All other transfers took 10 minutes or less. And I still have to go back to both places to get the stuff they did not have in stock at some later date. And beyond all that now my feet hurt, and so do my back and neck. When I build my car I’m going to make doggone sure the damn seat FITS me so I don’t get the shoulder support hitting about 6-8″ below my shoulders and no support above that as I’m trying to keep everything balanced… That’s a big reason why I have neck and shoulder pain on these trips.

Ted Rogers got it right this morning. Morning links: More ghost bikes needed, watch out for drowsy drivers and a call for historical women on bikes If you see a driver who looks like he or she might be nodding off this week the recent switch to daylight savings time might have something to do with it. And the concept that there are so many cyclists getting killed that the raw materials for ghost bikes are getting scarce from too many needing to be built at the same time is about as horrifying as it gets.

Still in CA a cyclist apparently either did not see the red light, or they had some kind of massive brain fade that made them disregard it. Cyclist Killed After Running Red Light and Update: Red-light running cyclist killed in Glendale collision Sunday morning All I can say about this one is to have that first cup of coffee before you leave the house, and don’t start your ride until you feel it kick in, so you can PAY ATTENTION to what the infrastructure is telling you and you don’t run reds.

In CO it has been revealed that doing cocaine for 2 days solid and then driving to the sentencing hearing on your DUI conviction might not be a particularly wise thing to do. More charges after cyclist killed in W. Colorado I think the problem may have been more related to the lack of sleep causing brain fog and fuzz than the actual cocaine intoxication as stimulants are supposedly good for staying alert, but after a while there’s “awake” and then there’s “functioning” when it comes to using stimulants instead of sleeping. In my experience the cutoff point is 36 hours without sleep, and that was when I was 19. As I got older that cutoff point has creeped shorter.

A hit-from-behind wreck in RI. Warwick bicyclist seriously injured after being hit by car I’m still boggled that of all the vehicles that you can hit from behind a bicycle is the only one that is as much at fault as the motor vehicle that hits him or her. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And it’s a small state, why such a big hurry? I mean even the MS 150 does a longest axis ride and still winds up in MA after less than 75 miles, and Wikipedia says doing the longest axis ride and back isn’t even a century ride (close, at 96 miles total round trip).

Last wreck link is from the UK where a cyclist with no brakes almost got hit once and then did get hit by the next car. Driver Malcolm Moaby not to blame for crash which killed Chatham man Leon Edwards in Gravesend Road, Shorne The bike was missing a brake block but nothing on if the holder was on the bike or if it was one of the cheapy kind that puts a bolt inside the mold when the block is molded and the block and everything gets tossed when it wears out, they sometimes fall off the bike when not tightened properly Better quality blocks have a separate holder that the brake block slides into, and installing them backwards or upside down can cause the block to slide out in a few days to weeks if the locking pin gets left out. Don’t ask me how I found that out.

We’re going to stay in Jolly Olde for our first Infrastructure! link. Council sued over cyclist death They had five weeks at least to fix this hole after being notified by police that the hole presented a danger, and a week after the cyclist died the hole was still not fixed. I think barring criminal prosecution the best that can be done is to sue those responsible personally for most of what they have.

Moving all the way from Jolly Olde to 3 day’s ride from WoaB. Ellis, Payne: Roads need room for cyclists and pedestrians and Cyclists are being killed with disturbing regularity If our streets and roads were as dangerous for the people using cars as they make it for those of us that don’t, only the criminally insane would buy cars.

A faint glimmer of hope for the former most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. In legislative session, make the cross-Florida bike trail a reality Oh pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease pretty please… Don’t veto this tiny scrap of real bicycle infrastructure.

And a nationwide bodyblow to the rails-to-trails movement. Supreme Court ruling delivers a major blow to bike paths

Not the kind of wreck that anyone can avoid, I’m just glad this trained person was first on scene when it happened. Manatee deputy honored for helping save bicyclist hit by golf ball The cyclist had a brain injury and a broken hip from the incident.

Last link, finally a e-assist bike priced on costs to manufacture, not on “what the market will bear”. B’Twin launch £420 e-bike Start with a sturdy but cheap-to-build regular bike then install a small hub motor and ancillaries to power it but not over-power it and voila cheap e-assist bike.

And those were all the links about bicycles I could find after I got home.

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