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What a party! and the Feed

OK so it wasn’t all that wild. We had cherry pie instead of cake to go with the chocolate ice cream. So we did violate custom a little bit. But other than pie and ice cream it was pretty much a normal Monday evening for us. I got some interesting gifts. I got a seat-belt style belt from Hot Topic in green, I got a DVD of three episodes of Van-Pires story of undead cars that suck the gas of the living (no I’m not kidding), and Floyd Landis’ book. The cat deigned to sit in my lap for a few minutes that evening, but I forgot to take a picture of that momentous occasion…

Up first I was sent links to this story from 9 different sources including FB, the Feed and directly to my e-mail addy. Luckiest cyclist in Russia and quite possibly the world and the link from the Feed Cyclist cheats death three times in dramatic car crash Notice the cyclist’s behavior as he entered the intersection, he’s looking in every direction, at least twice at the near lane and then locks on the truck that’s not slowing down for the yield sign so he slows way down to not be in the lane when the truck comes through. Had the red car not been there this would have been a non-event, the cyclist’s situational awareness would have prevented him from getting too close to the truck running the yield and the driver could continue to be oblivious to traffic controls. The cyclist’s SA did save him in this wreck, but dumb luck played as great a part as his SA.

More on the pedestrian death in NYC last week. Cyclist Who Killed Woman In Central Park Calls It An “Unavoidable Accident” I find it ironic that a cyclist killing a pedestrian may be what forces NY State to change their vehicular homicide laws that have allowed drivers who were sober and remained at the scene to avoid even tickets when killing pedestrians in crosswalks, or walking on the sidewalks, or eating at the window seats in restaurants. Basically the way the law and supporting case-law are now in NYS if you’re sober and have a valid license, remain at the scene and did not post a rambling screed about some other class of transportation users needing to die horribly at your hands you skate for killing with your vehicle, and even those caveats are not set in stone as hit-and-run killers are frequently not prosecuted because of mens rea (“I didn’t know”).

Another link to that DC hit-and-run Cyclist Killed in Shaw Hit and Run This Weekend The narrative and the description of the scene suggest the weapon vehicle ran a 4-way stop at speed. This would mean the cyclist was probably well into the intersection prior to the wreck and had zero chance of avoiding this wreck without Kreskin levels of SA. For those of you too young to remember the Amazing Kreskin, substitute Jedi for Kreskin in that statement.

Another “cyclist didn’t stop” wreck, this time in SC. Troopers: Cyclist dies after hit by car in Spartanburg Co. Intersection protocols to avoid, especially the one about stopping at stop signs, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Driver is sentenced for killing a cyclist in NC. Driver who killed cyclist gets prison time, hug from victim’s mom Hit cyclist, kill cyclist, leave body laying beside road, get 13 months in jail… Seems like a fair sentence to me for killing another human being and improperly disposing of the body, NOT!

More on that tourist hit in OR. San Diego cyclist struck on Friday near Netarts dies from his injuries Notice how this is worded to try to make it look like the cyclist should not have been there? Anyway, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid if possible, and please, please get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. This is an area that gets lots of bicycle tourism and desperately needs such infrastructure.

A CA intersection wreck where the bike damage doesn’t match with the narrative. Bicyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after colliding with car at the intersection of Spruce and Eunice and Cyclist dies after North Berkeley crash with car The bike looks like it was hit from the side on the front end at speed not running into a car that had just pulled away from a stop sign.

Our Daily Ted from yesterday. Morning Links: Protected bike lanes are now legal; WeHo considers removing crosswalks to improve ped safety

And today’s Daily Ted. Morning Links: More media frenzy over fatal NY bike/ped collision; fallen SD cyclist was keeping blog of his trip

Infrastructure!-ish. A cyclist’s plea to motorists

And more infrastructure that the person who sent me the link found offensive (?). Roadshow: Bicyclists must pull over if 5 or more vehicles are behind them As long as they include “when safe to do so” and not just demand cyclists get off the road whenever cars get backed up…

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, a little short on the giggles but there were some.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

This post will definitely go up late, and the Feed

Howdy folks! As we approach the Autumnal Equinox things get a little busy around Casa de El Poeta aka WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. For one thing there are all the rituals celebrating the holiday that I have to attend because I have friends and circle-mates who follow different traditions and all want me to be a part of their celebrations. For another thing there is the minor fact that I was born on this particular Pagan holiday. That means More Parties to attend. Add the third thing that I have become involved with electoral politics (without the swords and machine guns in this reality) and things are ramping up now, and well I’m just pulled in so many directions I almost look like a cartoon character. And I forgot I will be going to Dallas Pride Day to sign people up to support marriage equality this Sunday morning, well forgot until just now.

Speaking of birthdays, I have been asked to post what I want for mine. Simple enough, I need a steering wheel controller for my PS2 that will work with GT4, meaning (probably) something from Logitech. I can use Amazon gift certificates to buy one or someone could just send one to the church and I will take it home from there. Address it to Opus the Poet c/o Sacred Journey Fellowship UU, 1215 Main St. Garland TX 75040 and I will get it. Seems kind of silly that I get video game stuff for my 56th Birthday, but that’s what I need to make the Sprint T simulator.

And another birthday gift that won’t cost anything is signing this petition to make an Interstate Highway system for bicycles and pedestrians.

Up first is this ID hit-from-behind wreck. Female cyclist hit by car, seriously injured and Local athlete critically injured while biking The crime scene looks to be one of those that sure you can get away from the weapon vehicle but you’re likely to suffer serious injury when you do, but still less than getting hit with a car. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist hits one of a group of jay-walkers in Central Park in NYC. Pedestrian Critically Injured In Accident With Cyclist In Central Park and Bicycle rider not charged in Central Park collision that put pedestrian on ventilator also Woman In Critical Condition After Getting Run Over By Cyclist In Central Park The Post (holding nose) Woman brain-dead after getting hit by cyclist in Central Park Not done yet After Woman Is Struck, Debate on Cycling in City Is Revived The crazies are calling for this guy to get the death penalty for something that only merits a $122 ticket if it happens with a car instead of a bicycle. Granted it should be a lot more strict than a $122 ticket in a car, but why all the venom for cyclists? BTW Don’t Hit The Pedestrians!

This is the second cyclist hit from behind in the bike lane since the 3-feet-to-pass law went into effect in CA. Freeport Boulevard closed after fatal bike crash The law requires a $220 ticket that with fees and costs comes to $980 for hitting a cyclist from behind, something I have yet to see with either of the wrecks since the law went into effect.

Still in CA a driver is sentenced in a wreck with a cyclist. Point Reyes Station man sentenced in DUI hit-and-run that injured cyclists I seriously doubt he would have gotten much of anything in the way of jail had he not taken down the telephone pole. Still 9 months is way more than he would have gotten had this wreck been in NY state.

A drunk driver kills a cyclist and gets 45 weekends in jail in the Great White North. Truck driver going to jail for killing elderly cyclist

A cyclist in Enn Zed is seriously injured in a single bike wreck? Cyclist seriously injured in Wellington OK there has to be some information missing from hit report, New Zeeland is a mandatory helmet country and head injury is pretty much the only way the wreck as described in the narrative could seriously injure a person.

Lifestyle for the DE cyclist hit head on by a suspected drunk driver on the wrong side of the road. Bicyclists ride to Phillip Bishop’s viewing The ride was treated much like a funeral procession except they went to the deceased instead of going with the deceased to his final rest.

Not sure how to classify this, closest thing I could think of is sorta kinda LifeStyle. Boston Scientific Helps Turn Wounded Warrior Into Competetive Cyclist The guy has a stim unit that changes neuropathy pain into a mild tingle? I could use one of those.

More on the CA passing law that recently went into effect. Hey, I’m Bikin’ Here! A Buffer Zone Is Now Law for California Cyclists Yes this is still Infrastructure! news.

Gothamist links a video showing how NOT to ride a bicycle in NYC. Video: Area Dude Demonstrates The Wrong Way To Bike In NYC

Presented without classification after 3 people sent links in my e-mail this morning. Death on a Bike

Ad for the people who built Francis/es. E is for Electric C is for Canopy Sometimes it’s nice to get a little help when riding, especially when you have nearly 100 pounds of empty bike to push along.

Our Daily Ted. Weekend Links: Free ice cream when you Bike to the Bowl; KY cyclist arrested, and Jens shatters the hour

Last link is the largest Human Powered Vehicle race in the world. Murray Bridge alive with pedal prix power this weekend Mixed and segregated 8-person teams of kids and adults trying to just keep the vehicle going all night and day.

I think I’m done now, because I’m damned near finished.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

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

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

Bean Day with Mrs. the Poet, and the Feed

This is an unusual day, a Bean Day with the person held responsible for removing the flavor from the food for an entire Junior High looking over my shoulder as I cook. One thing in my favor is the “salt” I’m using is low-sodium and replaces the sodium with a mineral we in the US don’t normally get enough of, potassium. So I can use as much as I think the dish needs. Add to that my beans recipe is naturally low in fat and that the spices I’m using are naturally high in essential trace nutrients and I’m golden. Throw in the other side-benefits from the fact that this dish is a complete protein and meat-free (most of the time) as well as being an excellent source of fiber and low-glycemic carbs (the long-distance kind of carbs that keep you going and going synergistically with your fat storage) and even the assistant manager of a Jr. High cafeteria is happy. And Mrs. the Poet has reminded me that she doesn’t take the flavor out of the food herself any more, that’s minion work. ;) She just tells them what food to take the flavor out of these days. :evil:

There was just so much weird “stuff” out there today that I had a hard time concentrating on “just bike” stories. But I think this report from the UK deserves top billing. Cyclist dies after collision with pedestrian in St Andrews I keep trying to tell people that cyclists are just as vulnerable in collisions with pedestrians as the pedestrians are, and I keep getting told I’m either nuts or lying. Well Aunty Beebe doesn’t tell fibs (other than on 4/1), and this rider died after hitting a pedestrian. As the pedestrian left the scene there isn’t a great deal to go on about this story, a version I can’t link to because of a paywall restriction says local LEO think the collision was in the street meaning the pedestrian was walking in the street at the time of the wreck. But really, this is another reason to “Don’t hit the pedestrians!”

A possibility of real justice in a TN wreck. Charges pending in cyclist’s death Since the 3-foot passing law went into effect in TN there have been many more prosecutions in cases where a cyclist has been killed or injured in a wreck with a motor vehicle. The wreck was a hit-from-behind that happened because the cyclist was on the fog line and the driver tried to pass in the same lane. Since there is a law stating that if you don’t pass with at least 3 feet of clearance you are wrong, hitting the cyclist is now seen as more serious than it had been in the past. Protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck literally in my old stomping grounds as a teenager. Bicyclist struck by car in SLC The wreck was near an intersection, not sure if intersection protocols apply or something else, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that since intersection protocols cover everything else plus what can go wrong in the intersection use them to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Also WTF is with running away from the wreck on foot and abandoning the car?

An AZ wreck that doesn’t make much sense. Bicycle rider killed in collision with semitruck The cyclist was dodging a telephone pole when he was hit by the truck?! Seriously if the route is so uncomfortable that cyclists are that far off the main lane of travel that telephone poles are an impediment and moving over enough to clear the pole places you in traffic, that is some seriously screwed infrastructure. Protocols will avail you not in these circumstances, the only thing that will keep cyclists moving and also safe is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

A CA cyclist is hit-and-run. Cyclist critically injured in Oakland hit-and-run and Bicyclist Critically Injured In Oakland Hills Crash; Driver Flees Nothing on the mode, but the wreck was at low speed because the cyclist was not seriously injured according to the reports as I read them now. Since intersection protocols pretty much cover everything (again) I’m going to go with that to avoid or reduce damages and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in MA that is just, Keystonian in grandeur. Cyclist struck by convertible in Cohasset, ends up in backseat Again a magic foam hat is given far more credit than it could possibly deserve. Left cross and likely at very low speed given the limited damage to both the car and the bike (not to mention the cyclist), so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. One thing I suggest immediate adoption for is the Dutch law that makes violating a cyclist’s right of way a crime with degree of severity of the crime proportional to the degree of cyclist injury… And they can get pretty harsh about a driver that does something stupid and kills a cyclist.

Something to make you mad from NYC. Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver In Queens Hit from behind wreck, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as (almost) always get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Might I suggest crushing all vehicles used to commit hit-and-run as a deterrent? Ideally crushing and shredding so as to remove any hope of recovering the vehicle.

And while this does not directly involve a cyclist it does demonstrate one of the many hazards we face while trying to get from A to B. UPDATE: Truck Driver That Hit Tracy Morgan’s Limo Hadn’t Slept In 24 Hours Note that the “limo” was a small bus in excess of 10K pounds GVW and that there were 5 casualties inside the vehicle, one fatality and 4 seriously injured. That was while they were surrounded by literally tons of steel, and we ain’t got zip surrounding us. So sleeping drivers are even more of a hazard to us. And aside from segregated infrastructure I have no clue what to do about this, because obviously getting hit by a semi while riding a bike has a low survival probability no matter what you do so most of the protocols are pretty much useless.

A cyclist on the eastern side of the Great White North survived getting hit by a pickup truck. P.E.I. cyclist injured after being hit by pickup truck First of all let me extend a welcome to the newest member of the “I survived getting hit with a truck” club. No mode or accurate location given so I can’t say how to avoid this kind of wreck, but preventing it is as simple as buying the CROW manual for €90 and following it to the letter…

Moving a “little” west we find this wreck in East Canuckistan. Hamilton cyclist killed in St. George crash Obvious hit-from-behind wreck, the impact site on the weapon vehicle show classic buzz job signatures, but I would have to see the remains of the passenger side mirror to be certain. Protocols to avoid or reduce injuries, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted has damning evidence that something was not entirely kosher about the cancellation of a road diet and bike lane installation. Morning Links: Is this the smoking gun? Leaked email behind Koretz’ 2013 veto of Westwood Blvd bike lanes Just one quibble on this, the email was a public document obtained by a FOIA request, not a “leak”.

Infrastructure! news from the Delmarva region. Hints for keeping bicycles out in highway traffic Notice that’s “in” traffic, not out of it. The article then goes on to describe what is commonly pawned of on cyclists as “infrastructure” fit for the purpose. If the “purpose” is wasting money so they can then complain about how cyclists are not using the “infrastructure” provided then they have succeeded, but if “purpose” is getting safely and smoothly by bicycle from A to B then they have fallen light years short of the goal.

More infrastructure news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Florida is a hazardous place for cyclists and pedestrians Didn’t I just write that? FL kills cyclists and pedestrians because their infrastructure has been designed entirely for and about motor vehicles for more than 5 decades, their drivers have a collective IQ not much higher than their European shoe size, and the victims just can’t figure out how to use the existing environment without getting hit. Even when pedestrians and cyclists are doing everything exactly the way they are supposed to, the other two factors lead to massive casualties and deaths relative to the number of people in the state. Just look at the number of cyclists killed riding in the “bike lanes” that look like shoulders on the roads (because that’s what they really are, they just have stencils painted in them every so often to make them “bike lanes”).

And back to Canada as an injured cyclist agrees to participate in experiments to find what happens to people’s memory when they get brain damaged. Brain injured Ottawa cyclist investigates memory You might remember this wreck, as there was considerable discussion over the sobriety of the driver at the time of the wreck because of the evidence that drinking had been taking place in the vehicle prior to the wreck, and more discussion over how much was “accident” and how much was deliberate. But anyway, good for the victim to be putting the injury to use to extend the reach of science.

Well those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. Fortunately I no longer feel like digging up the buried light cannon in the back yard so local drivers are safe for now. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with my current allergy situation anyway.

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.

Billed @€0.02, Opus