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Grocery day will be very light, and the Feed

Since Mrs. the Poet and I will be leaving Monday night we only have to get about half the groceries we normally do, because they won’t stay good until we get back. So, no produce except maybe a small bag of lettuce, only a single loaf of bread if any, no dairy at all. And lots of snacks we can put in our carry-on luggage so we don’t have to buy the over-priced “food” they sell in the bus stations. It’s bad enough we will be buying drinks priced 3 times what they cost at the local C-store on the corner, especially when our caloric needs will be so low.

Up first is an update on the Milt Olin wreck in CA. Family of cyclist fatally struck by sheriff’s car files claim against Los Angeles County This story has stunk to high heaven ever since it first broke, and the stench has just been getting worse every day, first with the refusal to hand the investigation over to the CHP to at least give the appearance of impartiality, second when an investigation that should have been wrapped in a week took more than 5 months to be delivered to the DA, and third when the DA refused to allow any part of that report to be released to the public. The facts of the case are quire damning to the driver, the cyclist was hit from behind while riding in the marked bike lane by a cruiser going over the speed limit without lights and siren. The pictures I have seen from the crime scene show the one skid mark left by the victim’s back tire at impact and skid marks after the impact (unless the picture was somehow reversed, but then the question would have to be why did the driver stop using the brakes right before impact?), and the impact was several feet from the lane marker.

A buzz job in OR. Cyclist injured in vehicle accident near Sandy and Man injured after being clipped by rear-view mirror on Highway 26 The crime scene pictures show one of those awful rumble stripped shoulders that turn what could be a nice place to ride when it’s clean into something that can kill you with a second’s inattention. This means the rider was forced to ride in the traffic lane but he did not take the lane to make himself more visible. This is (or should be, I haven’t read the protocols page in a while) the first thing to avoiding getting hit from behind, riding where you can be seen in the lane. This also gives you more room to move to the right to dodge wayward motor vehicles that are getting too close.

A wreck in AZ that LEO are wrongly blaming on the cyclist not crossing the street in the crosswalk. Peoria accident leaves teen cyclist injured Since the basic report is so flawed other than noting that this was an intersection wreck so intersection protocols should apply I got nothing, except INFRASTRUCTURE! Oh, and trained LEO.

Still in AZ another cyclist is squished. UPDATE X2:CYCLIST KILLED ON SPEEDWAY; DRIVER ARRESTED ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER When I first filtered this report the driver hadn’t even been caught yet, much less charged with murder. Hit from behind in the bike lane seems to be popular today, use the protocols to avoid, particularly the “have an escape route” part. And if that bike lane had been built to Dutch standards the weapon vehicle would never have gotten near him in the first place.

A PA blotter report on a left cross. Sentinel police log for June 19 I think I actually had this wreck in the blog last week sometime. Intersection wreck so protocols and infrastructure. Kudos to LEO for immediately handing out tickets to the driver for violating the right of way and failing to signal.

Another report on that CA hit-and-run I had a skimpy link to yesterday. Cyclist killed in Sacramento hit and run Nothing new, just another link.

OK this is just not right, with two links. P.E.I. man granted day parole two years after killing Alberta cyclist and Drunk driver who killed Edmonton woman gets day parole Apparently “day parole” is like “work release” in the US. Get out, go to work, and be back in your cell by a certain time every day.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CABO opposes protected bikeway bill; Brit driver kills 5-year old, then says shit happens

Someone else noticed a major change to the legal infrastructure. Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist With the added information I am also wondering how they figured the cyclist was 21% at fault for getting hit by the car door when she was getting physically forced into the door zone. Maybe because she was there to get hit?

Actual on-the-ground testing of that pseudo-Dutch intersection treatment. Portlander’s ‘protected intersection’ concept gets first on-street demo (in Minneapolis) The reports that 8 YO were able to use the infrastructure properly first time without instructions to move as they desired on their bikes is really good news.

The good kind of infrastructure article. Buying a bike? Now you can use Twitter to find out if it’s stolen property

Busting up and preventing bike theft in NY. Bicyclist follows accused bike thieves, leads to arrest of three Syracuse teenagers

If you live in Chuck this is an even better kind of lifestyle link. Chucktown BikeDown Cheap alcohol, but don’t over do it because if you get to all of the venues you have a chance at winning a pretty cool bike.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

A busy day with a Full Moon Circle, and the Feed

We went to get our bus tickets for our vacation (well my wife’s vacation, my work travels with me now), and it happened again. For the umpteenth time since I was 37 YO, I was the recipient of an unrequested senior discount. And a companion discount, but we were kinda expecting that. The senior citizen discount, totally not expecting that. So we took the money we saved and blew about 10% on dinner and left a big tip for the waiter. And got a discount at dinner, too, but not a senior discount thankfully. I mean seriously, I know I can look rough some times, but it is a huge sucker punch to the ego when the white-haired gentleman at the counter doesn’t even ask if you qualify for the senior citizen discount and just gives it to you because you look like you qualified a long time ago…

Up first less than a week after announcing the removal of a good bike lane a really bad one gets someone killed. Cyclist struck, killed while riding in bike lane And on closer look at the report, this was from early May, and the report is just now getting released? Way to stay on top of things SAPD. Hit-from-behind in the bike lane, so even in what America laughingly calls “bike infrastructure” the protocols still apply when there is nothing between you and motor vehicle traffic but a paint stripe, and if they had built the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to begin with, this wreck would never have happened.

Once again the life of a cyclist is cheap. Man gets probation in 2012 wreck that killed bicyclist on Loop 360 They gave the man deffered judication, which means that if he keeps his nose clean for 5 years or just avoids getting caught for that long, he charges will be dismissed…TANJ! Of course he will be 93 YO by then, but still there are principles involved.

This KY wreck appears to be caused by a breakdown in a place where it was impossible to get off the road. Cross Country Bicyclist Hit And Killed In Scott County From the picture there were cliffs on both sides of the road with maybe a foot of ditch with bad footing so something would be hanging out into the travel lane no matter what you did.

On of the reasons I do not like the standard “safety bicycle” design that has been around with minor tweaks for over 100 years. Cyclist injured after brakes lock up in Madison I would say using brakes in moderation to avoid, but we don’t know what he was trying to avoid.

That NM hit-and-run may have been intentional according to two other cyclists the driver tried to run off the road within sight of the near-fatal collision. ONLY ON 4: Cyclist says hit-and-run crash appeared to be ‘intentional’ Sheriff’s deputies just think it was speeding and losing control for the hit-and-run, and the other two incidents just minutes or seconds before the wreck are “coincidences”.

Further west from that a jury of mostly drivers decides the fate of a driver that “didn’t see” a cyclist even after she killed him, she went back to the intersection because she thought she hit a deer. Jury debates fate of motorist involved in collision that killed cyclist And even if the jury finds her guilty, the judge is likely a driver who hasn’t ridden a bicycle since he was a child. And yes I’m being cynical, it’s either that or homicidal, and I can do better behind a keyboard than behind a cell door.

Another hit-and-run in MI. Driver flees after hitting bicyclist I don’t think I want to know how the weapon vehicle was damaged front and rear in this wreck.

A PA cyclist will live much easier after this judgement. $2.4 million award in Philly bicyclist’s injuries ‘sends message’ to drivers Door prize followed by pinballing into the vehicle that was following too close and forced the rider into the door zone. Ouch…

Nothing much on what caused this UK wreck, but plenty on what happened after it. Seriously injured cyclist pulled out from under car by five locals Good show dudes.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: 55 years to life for drunken hit-and-run, arrest in Eastdale hit-and-run, Fig4All drags on… and on

Infrastructure! news from CA. the really good kind. Stealing a bicycle in Sacramento can now get someone prosecuted for felony grand theft

Infrastructure news from the Great White North. Police, MPI stress cycling safety in demonstration “See this vehicle? The driver can’t see out of this vehicle no matter how hard he looks, so stay away from this vehicle.” But why allow vehicles that the driver can’t see out of sufficiently to avoid killing people allowed on the roads?

UK infrastructure article. How can the justice system be rebalanced in favour of cyclists?

Stupid is as stupid does. Frenchman Dead, Another Injured in Facebook Dare Note to people attempting to duplicate this stunt: use flat pedals without toe clips, this guy drowned because his foot was attached to the bike after he went under.

Textbook example of expecting a certain result and finding it. Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out Since they didn’t separate the bike share cyclists from cyclists riding other bicycles the study is useless. Also with increased number of cyclists comes increased head injuries.

Ivanova from Babylon 5 is a cycling fan, who knew? THOR DE FRANCE

What is the fastest way to get to the South Pole from the coast under human power? Looks to be recumbent tricycle according to Guinness. Guinness confirms polar trike world record That’s a fast ride even without driving to the South Pole.

A sad Lifestyle story from FL. Ghost bike marks spot where dancer was killed

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Having sleeping problems, and the Feed

Last night was terrible. I just could not get the creative part of my mind to SHUT UP. I went to bed shortly after midnight because I was tired having been woken early yesterday morning by some commotion outside my bedroom windows after working late filtering the early feed. And by “early” I mean “dawn streaming in Oh Gawds why am I awake?” early. So here I am lying in my bed and I can’t stop thinking about building things. Just bang, bang, bang one thing after another and where does this go and what will happen if I do this and how about I make one of these and next thing I know the alarm is going off to wake Mrs. the Poet to walk to the bus stop and take the flavor out of the kids’ food at school and I’m still building things in my mind. I did a general layout for 4 cars and 3 bicycles and that is not including the iterations of any of the vehicles. I mean I even did a quick calculation of the weight and watt-hours of the battery pack of the EV (205 pounds with BMS and 2900 w-h with the only quibble was did I remember the cell weight and the BMS weight correctly). I think I finally collapsed mentally sometime between 0630 and 0700 only to be awakened by the phone about 1000. And I can still feel those cars and bikes churning around in the back of my mind. If I had money and a workshop I would be dangerous. Well not dangerous as in possible losses of life and limb (maybe, one of those cars would have been wicked fast) but dangerous as in pushing the boundaries of what can be done with current technology and a little mixing of parts. I mean I have catalogs full of parts for midget racecars, and also EVs and battery stuff and stock car racecars… And if it wasn’t for having this blog as an outlet for my writing I think I would be insane by now.

Up first, cyclists are getting regularly killed down south of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Officials seek help to solve hit-and-run cycling accidents and promote bike safety Most of these wrecks are because Houston has poor to non-existent bicycle infrastructure. Combine that with drivers who have been told for generations that they literally “own the road” and you get the one-in-a-million sociopath who thinks that riding a bicycle in the street should be grounds for summary execution because “you slowed me down!” With transportation costs taking as much as a third of Texan’s budgets and shelter taking half that doesn’t leave much for the things that help keep people sane. It is a problem that I readily admit I have no cure for aside from time to allow people to adapt to the changes from the changed economy.

A MT cyclist is critically injured by a suspected impaired driver. Cyclist injured by SUV; police suspect alcohol Another “It was the car that did it!” headline, with the narrative suggesting the cyclist was hit because the driver failed to obey a traffic control that the cyclist was obeying. Intersection protocols kinda depend on the driver mostly following the rules, and the driver was already ignoring the built infrastructure built to accommodate his vehicle so changing the environment would simply move the wreck a few feet one way or the other. Yep, this is one of those few wrecks that because of driver behavior even getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would not prevent or probably even reduce the injuries all that much. Way to go drunk driver! The only way to prevent this wreck would be an interlock on the ignition that requires a sober driver to start the car.

A cyclist is killed in IL. Cyclist, 59, killed in Bridgeport hit-and-run Not a lot of information from this article, basically only the escape direction of the weapon vehicle. Direction and lane position of the victim are not known at this time. All I can say is infrastructure that was “up to Dutch” more than likely would have prevented this wreck.

Moving to CA, a driver could be getting prison for the road-rage hit and run of an uninvolved cyclist. Driver faces prison for seriously injuring cyclist The cyclist was not even involved in the initial act of road rage and was just riding in the shoulder when the driver made a break for it right through where the cyclist was riding. As I pointed out when the wreck was first reported there ain’t much you can do about people that behave like anal sphincters when there’s no room to get away from them. I hope this particular sphincter gets a nice long rest at the expense of the state of CA. And even with infrastructure “up to Dutch” unless there was no way for the driver to get to the cyclist it wouldn’t help.

Still in CA, closure to a fatal wreck. Pleasanton teen sentenced to prison for cyclist’s death Charges downgraded from murder for going more than twice the posted limit and running off the road to hit a cyclist after losing control. As I posted when this wreck was first reported on there was nothing either of the cyclists could have done to dodge this wreck by a guy going sideways doing 83 in a 40. Infrastructure that segregated the cyclists away from motor vehicle traffic would have prevented the wreck as the weapon vehicle did not get very far from the road when it hit the two cyclists.

A driver involved in a cyclist wreck is identified. In brief: Officer who hit cyclist ID’d If the narrative is accurate then obeying traffic controls is how this wreck could be avoided. And even getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” won’t prevent that 100%, but studies have shown that when infrastructure makes allowances for cyclists cyclist compliance with traffic controls improves substantially. But otherwise this wreck was 99% on the cyclist.

Ted Rogers finds another report on the cyclist who died from a right hook weeks after the wreck. Whittier rider dies of injuries suffered in Downey collision last month Same rider I reported on yesterday, just different links inside his post.

Moving to the Great White North, a killer driver is found guilty. Driver found guilty in crash that killed elderly cyclist The cyclist in this wreck had no place to go to escape the deadly driver, the only way to prevent a similar wreck would be getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”. And putting killer drivers in prison with no hope of getting their cars or driver’s license back in this lifetime. And if there was a way to punish killer drivers when they come back for the next go-round… would it be ethical to do so? Hmm, something else to write about.

A Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot moment in Jolly Olde. Preston cyclist deliberately knocked off bike and robbed – another nearby suffers a broken collar bone in a hit and run Yes someone used their motor vehicle as a weapon to allow them to rob a cyclist. And a few streets over someone else used their motor vehicle to injure a cyclist becauuuse? No word on if the two wrecks are related other than proximity.

Closure on a wreck in Jolly Olde caused by a driver who should have been taken from the roads long before she finally was. New inquiry into death of cyclist The driver had a medical condition that should have taken her off the roads but because nobody knew she had it she continued to drive.

Two links to a door prize in London. Cyclist knocked off bike by open lorry door near Twickenham Green and Cyclist knocked off bike by open lorry door near Twickenham Green The cyclist was hit in the head when the door opened, ouch!

A UK cyclist is hit head-on “on the Continent”. British father-of-three knocked down and killed by hit-and-run driver while cycling near holiday home in France OK zero chance for the cyclist to avoid that one, and from the description the area was shared space and the driver should have been driving much slower. So basically that puts this one entirely on the driver of the weapon vehicle, which I guess is a big reason why he didn’t stick around.

In Oz they complain because not all the cyclists and jaywalkers were arrested during a crackdown. Cyclist, jaywalker crackdown Operation Pedro was hit and miss as police fail to fine all transgressors And I’m sure they’ll complain equally when a crackdown on speeding and failing to yield in the CBD fails to catch all the speeders and people who drive through crowded crosswalks.

Major victim blaming in Enn Zed. Cyclist death prompts high-vis warning Hasn’t his particular idiot blamed cyclists for not being visible enough before? Nope, this is a different idiot from the same school apparently, because the other idiot was also named in the article.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: A slightly less sucky Westside intersection, victory for cyclists on PCH, and spreading ciclovias

And more Lifestyle from the eastern part of the Great White North. Hundreds ride at memorial for Dartmouth cyclist killed in crash

And sorry it’s late but I wanted to wait until the afternoon reports came in so Monday would be a little lighter, a little more work now saves more later.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Still struggling with power and Internet outages, and the Feed

Apparently the internet was up the entire time I was at the lab rat keeper, because it was on when I left and on when I got home. After I got back I had a little up time and then we went up and down all afternoon. Obviously this is an up time for me, but it might quit before I get done and I’ll have to finish this in the morning. Also Friday I have this to do Bike to Work Day Poster So I will be late getting started Friday.

Up first is a familiar mode of wreck as an IL cyclist making a legal crossing at a crosswalk is hit by the car that he couldn’t see around the car that stopped to let him cross. Bike rider injured at Ogden crossing in Western Springs Nothing the cyclist could have done to prevent this, the crossing was signalized and the signals were indicating for traffic to stop but the weapon vehicle didn’t stop until after the cyclist was hit. I really want to say that getting the infrastructure right will fix this, but I can’t.

A SWCC in IN. Teen cyclist pulled into traffic, deputy says Why am I not surprised that LEO couldn’t find any wrong doing on the part of the weapon vehicle driver ,a “ nurse employed by the sheriff’s department“? Every driveway in an intersection, intersection protocols to avoid or to reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Salmoning CT riders get hit by a right-turning driver. Bicyclists vs. SUV update: Trapped cyclist injured hip; SUV driver likely not at fault Actually there is equal blame here, the cyclists for salmoning, and the driver for not watching where she was going when turning. Ride with traffic because they will never blame the driver for not watching in front of the vehicle to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Actually there would not be much to change in this wreck except to lower the speed limit to 12 MPH (20 km/hr) and make all wrecks the fault of motor vehicle operators.

Here is a rare situation from NJ. North Bergen woman charged with vehicular homicide after injured cyclist dies Hit-from behind wreck with a drunk driver and the victim hung on for a couple of days before dying. Protocols maybe would have helped a little, but only grade separated infrastructure will keep drunk drivers away from cyclists. Make any wreck that injures or kills a pedestrian or cyclist a felony if chemical impairment of any kind is involved, as the risk posed to the driver by cyclists is nil or close to it, while the risks to pedestrians and cyclists is demonstrated here.

Drunk driver gets a cyclist in OH. Cyclist Critically Injured in Crash Other than the driver was drunk and the wreck was in an intersection I know nothing about this wreck, last I read the cyclist was expected to survive.

Right hook and a hit-and-run in ID. Police seek hit-and-run driver who struck cyclist The events in the narrative pretty much left the cyclist no time to react to the turning vehicle as it sounds like there was a buzz job before the right hook. This wreck also illustrates why when you make contact with a vehicle hard enough to put you on the ground you need to see medical attention immediately, as the victim had a broken neck.

More on the left cross wreck that killed a CO cyclist as the killer driver goes to trial. Boulder trial opens in Valmont Road crash that killed cyclist last summer Lead rider gets hit, trailing rider stops inches away from the truck, and the driver claims they were at least 100 yards away when he started to turn but admits he was blinded by the setting sun. Also the weapon vehicle never came to a complete stop until after the cyclist was hit.

A blind driver hits a cyclist in Oz. Wrights Road crash: cyclist injured The driver pulled right into a cyclist on the roundabout in front of the vehicle. The bike was trashed if that debris picture is accurate. Roundabouts are the worst of hit from behind and intersection wrecks for cyclists, and are terrible infrastructure for cycling. The Dutch model has grade separated paths for cyclists with over or underpasses where the highways cross the bike infrastructure.

Our Daily Ted, where we get a mention. Morning Links: LA bike riders get blessed, an idiotic Irish selfie, and a salmon-riding Baldwin meltdown I had a Gothamist link to the Baldwin meltdown, but as I considered that a Hollywood tantrum with a bike at the periphery I didn’t put the link in yesterday’s post.

Infrastructure news and commentary from Bike Portland. Something has gone wrong in Portland Good read.

Something that still makes me mad. Memorial concert follows DA’s decision not to charge driver who killed cyclist

Our first Ride of Silence links. Ride of Silence honors cyclists who have been killed or injured

Another RoS link. For Better Safety, Treat Bikes as Vehicles, Memorial Rider Says

Last link is something that could have come from Cute Overload. Little girl on balance bike leading the Giro peloton = best #FamilyBiking pic of the year: Dawwwww!

And those were all the links I could find while my internet access was up.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Hail hail, it didn’t happen here, and the Feed

Fortunately for us the baseball sized hail that hit north Texas bypassed Casa de El Poeta in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. All we got was a big breeze and a few more branches lost from the trees in the neighborhood, than have not fared well this winter/spring. We have some people who are just now finishing up clearing the debris from the December ice storm, and now we have further storm debris to clean up. And as you may have read we had another shooting at Ft. Hood, a long bike ride down the road in Killeen. I feel for my brothers in green, and wonder what can be realistically done about the situation. I mean we spend months teaching people how to kill, and knowingly send them into situations where a significant number of people are going to be psychologically damaged, then bring them back home and toss them back into the rest of society with no treatment until they snap. The shooter in this case had already had a minor break and was getting treatment, but it was a case of too little, too late.

Up first is more on that brutal hit-and-run in Boston. Cyclist Involved in Serious Hit & Run Accident in Charlestown More in it does appear to be a right hook, and where an earlier report said they had the driver and weapon vehicle it now says they are still looking. Still they know at least that it was a garbage truck and they don’t have many to look through to find it.

Just a few miles west (Texas “few”) we get another MA hit-and-run. 17-year-old bicyclist injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton Location and debris suggest a hit-from-behind wreck, hopefully LEO will have enough debris to use micro tags in the paint to identify at least the make and year of manufacture of the vehicle if the part had factory paint on it.

A CA report on a driver charged with murder after leaving a social media message that he was going on a “death ride”. Pleasanton teen accused of murder in fatal crash was tailgating, witness testifies I hope the driver never gets out of prison. If he does I hope that he is never allowed to use any motorized transport for the rest of his life, unless he’s being transported to a hospital by an ambulance. Since this is in CA I suspect he’ll get 20 years, serve 10 and be eligible to apply for a new license as soon as he gets out of the prison gate.

A poorly-worded wreck report from the state that is once again most deadliest place to walk or ride a bike in the US. Driver apprehended after fleeing hit-and-run scene The Street View Shows a very bicycle-unfriendly route that is the only crossing of the freeway for over a mile to the south and 3/4 of a mile to the north. If the cyclist was a gutter bunny or sidewalk rider then he would have been in the actual offramp while crossing.

Also from FL comes a suggestion of why not being inside a building or car is so dangerous for people living in or visiting that state. Doreen Landstra, Elderly Woman Who Killed 3 In Car, Gets Suspended License That’s right, no prison time, she gets to keep the car and in a few months she can drive again after killing 3 people in the second time she “mistook” the gas for the brake pedal.

More on the drunk driver getting 8 years for killing a cyclist in Jolly Olde. Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail and Drunken van driver jailed for eight years after killing Folkingham cyclist I think the sweetest thing about this is the 10 year driving ban doesn’t start until he completes all of his period of incarceration, and can not be reduced via “good behaviour”.

Also in the UK a cyclist “wins” a door prize. Cyclist injured in crash It isn’t often we get a report on a wreck like this from the UK because of their media laws. Since this wreck happened very close to the intersection I suspect the cyclist was trying to avoid getting hooked and rode in the door zone to escape.

And a speeding police car with lights and sirens going must still wait until it is safe to pass a cyclist in Jolly Olde. Injured cyclist wins his damages action and Injured cyclist wins damages action From what I’m reading the cyclist was hit at a pinch point where the cyclist would have had to get on the sidewalk to avoid getting hit because the actual road surface was too narrow to fit a car and a cyclist together without overlap, and the cyclist was hit as far over (to the left because they drive on the wrong side of the roads there) as he could get. Had the driver been going the speed limit or slightly faster than the limit the cyclist would have been able to get to safety but at the speed the weapon vehicle was travelling the cyclist did not have time to clear the pinch point.

That video of a cyclist getting hit from behind at a traffic light that went viral from Oz has resulted in quick retribution from the legal system. Woman fined over cyclist crash I’m just disappointed I had to find this in the comments section of another link instead of the day after it as put up in the Feed folder.

Today’s link from BikingInLA. Morning Links: It’s bike video Friday, Fig4All finally gets a hearing, and meet the real star of Breaking Away

I am still praying for the day when the last of these goes up because that was the last cyclist to ever get hit with a car. ‘Ghost bike’ reminder of cyclists’ danger As I recall the cyclist was hit because the vehicle driver failed to pass with enough room while trying to pass a line of bicycles.

Infrastructure! news from the next town over from WoaB World HQ. Richardson Gets Safe Routes To School Every school should have safe routes as the default condition, because every route would be safe for kids to travel. I still don’t know why this has not been in the “plan” until now.

Article on why cycling feels so unsafe in Oz. Australian journalists wage war on cycling and as an example of that “war” A plea to all cyclists and drivers The driver in the second link is blaming the cyclist for his changing lanes into a lane he could not see clearly was empty or occupied.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

A nice easy day, and the Feed

I have another easy day with little to nothing to do except write the blog post and maintain life support (gotta remember to pay the air and gravity bills…) :twisted: Tomorrow will be a bit busier as I need to get some bike parts from the store that I bought a while back, and I have been invited to join another RPG group and either bring back the original Sparrow, or roll up another character at 7th level. And then on Sunday I get to have my head shaved so that everyone will know that it is Spring (which usually only lasts 3 or 4 weeks here in TX).

Up first is a cyclist injured in an infrastructure related wreck. Cyclist injured in county bike path fall Slimy mud can be more dangerous than ice to a cyclist, and the problem is you can’t tell what the traction will be like until you are already rolling the hazard. And even if you are wearing a helmet there are other things that can be injured in a fall that are not protected by a helmet. Oh and for the technical wonks out there the traction of a mud-covered pavement will be a complex relation of the surface roughness of the pavement, the grain size of the dirt portion of the mud, and the water content of the mud…

You can get away with murder in CA, as long as you use a car as the weapon. Friends of killed cyclist say hit-and-run driver getting off easy This was the same person that Ted Rogers reported on yesterday…

The daily link to BikingInLA: Santa Monica police blame the victim in a new bike safety video, two better videos and your Morning Links I will have to ask Ted about his search strings to see why he gets things my Feed does not.

Amalgamated data from bicycle and motorcycle wrecks in one GA county where LEO doesn’t particularly like either group shows that cars are the problem. Drivers more likely to be primary factors in causes of bike-car accidents About 1/3 of the wrecks were caused by the cyclists when judged by a LEO that has a significant degree of “windshield bias” which means that in many of the cases the cyclists’ “fault” could have been “riding in the road”. I can’t state that was the case in all the wrecks, but still the fact that 2/3 of the wrecks were the fault of the driver as judged by a group that has a significant bias towards drivers and against cyclists.

A bike thief is caught in NE. UNL Police Bring Down Bicycle Thief Bike thieves should be shot, hanged, drawn, and quartered. Not that anyone has ever stolen any of MY bikes (just 3 in the last 13 years).

More on the UK cyclist who sued the local government when he hit a road surface defect that caused his bike to go down. Cyclist badly injured in pothole crash wins £70,000 payout from council and County council ‘disappointed’ with High Court judgement I wish that we could do this in the US without the “sovereign immunity” dodge. Roads are (part of) the business of local governments and failing to keep them maintained for use is a failure of the government to do its job.

Infrastructure! news from MN that is applicable most places in the US. Who Pays for “Free” Park-and-Ride Parking?

More infrastructure news from Portland OR, America’s Copenhagen. New fire bureau policy could allow speed bumps on more commercial streets

And one of the counties that Portland occupies. New Washington County bike map worth a look This bike map has symbols that show the relative traffic density, road surface conditions in the area of the road where bikes travel, and bike lanes. Until we get a nationwide network of bike paths like the Netherlands this is about the best alternative.

And those are all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. I just do this for fits and giggles anyway ;)

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Time to get the groceries, and the Feed

Today is a light day for groceries as all we really need to get is some TP, a loaf of bread, milk and replenish the yogurt supply (eating 4-6 oz. of yogurt a day makes my tummy work betterer). And of course I need to get my salty snacks refilled. The only thing I wish is that the salty snacks were not also the crunchy snacks, because those are a bear to eat when you don’t have any molars left.

Today’s Feed folder was infrastructure-heavy and (fortunately) wreck-light.

Before the bicycle stuff I often get asked why I describe my location as the suburbs of Hell. At Least Austin Traffic Doesn’t Look Like This Any other questions?

Up first they caught the driver that left a cyclist to die outside Houston. League City police arrest, charge woman in hit-and-run that killed cyclist The cyclist managed to stay alive long enough to get to hospital, but died in the ER. I’m still not getting anything on the mode of the wreck directly, but what little I have gotten seems to indicate a hit-from-behind wreck so use those protocols to avoid, and of course get the infrastructure right so that (possibly drunk) drivers are kept away from fragile cyclists.

And this has to be the most often e-mailed story I have ever gotten, there were about 5 different links to the same video, this was just the last one. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THIS: CYCLIST HIT BY PICKUP TRUCK, MATTRESS CUSHIONS HIS FALL I wonder if this cyclist was Irish, because he certainly was lucky on St.Patrick’s Day. The mattress appears to have come off the back of the truck just as the truck passed the cyclist, reducing the force of the impact considerably and also providing something soft to protect him while sliding across the road surface. If you want to get a good look go to YouTube, set the replay speed to 0.25, and start the video at 0:20.

A CA cyclist gets clobbered by the road (only) in this wreck. Moraga cyclist critically injured after crash in Oakland hills Something made the rider go over the handlebars and as witnesses said there were no other vehicles involved that leaves rider error, bicycle malfunction, or road surface defect. Unless one of the “witnesses” actually did something to cause the rider to flip over the handlebars…

Some slightly good news via Ted Rogers in BikingInLA. Breaking news: Wendy Villegas accepts plea in September hit-and-run death of cyclist Andy Garcia The plea gets her about 20% of the sentence she deserves which means about half of that actually as a guest at the Greybar Hilton. Still better than nothing.

A cyclist is killed by a truck in PA. Bicyclist struck, killed in Monroe Township The cyclist was riding the through street on a 2-way stop when the truck violated his right of way. Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, and infrastructure that doesn’t mix bicycles and semi trucks towing tanker trailers to prevent. Looking at the street view it seems very obvious that the truck driver is at fault in this wreck for failure to yield.

An act of road terror in Bermuda? Fishing line road hazards warning There was some public speculation this was set specifically to rob cyclists as there are a large proportion of the population that use cycling as their primary mode of transportation.

Oz has been dealing with a lot of road mayhem directed at cyclists. VIDEO: Riding on after an ugly week for cyclists Lots of wrecks in there.

Be careful of this link, there is an auto-playing video in it. Sydney cyclist loses function in hand after collision with car Her problems with her arm are strikingly similar to what I have with my leg, except she’s getting nerve surgery to repair the damage and I just get to suffer with mine :evil:

What appears to be an entirely infrastructure caused bike wreck. Byron Bay cyclists injured in crash If that was the road they were riding in that picture it appears to have a surface similar to the “baby-head” chip seal we get around here to discourage bicycling on quiet roads. I don’t know what to do about wrecks caused by roads not fit for the purpose, but I see that as becoming more common in the US as state DOTs divert more and more of their budgets from maintenance to construction, leaving existing streets and roads to turn into rubble.

Good luck getting prosecution when you get hit on your bike in Oz, unless you have a camera recording it. Bike riders told to buy cameras to help enforce new laws and protect themselves on the road Yeah, people who get hit by cars should not be the ones that have to prove their innocence when they are the victims.

First of a bunch of lifestyle and infrastructure links as we go back to BikingInLA. LA-style cyclist anti-harassment laws continue to spread, but there’s a catch; plus your Morning Links Some of the links are the same as I put up near the top of the post because we have similar searches going to find them.

Good news from America’s Copenhagen, Portland OR. The Orange Line might secretly be Portland’s biggest bike project ever Sneak a few million $ of bicycle and pedestrian improvements into the “mitigation” portion of a transit project? BRILLIANT!

Big bike projects are cheaper than big car projects for the same capacity, but “cheaper” =/= “cheap”. $60 mil Federally Funded Bike Bridge to Break Ground in Rahm’s Chicago This project has been in the planning stages since the last Daley was in office, Rahm just gets to preside over the ground-breaking.

This is not new, but people are still amazed it exists. This “ski lift for cyclists” helps you get up hills As I understand it this is the only route to what’s on top of the hill and the slope is such that only the most fit cyclists riding the lightest bikes could surmount it consistently.

Historical infrastructure. How did bicycling take over the Netherlands? Their reaction to cars killing large numbers of children in and out of the cars was to make cities and towns suitable for children. Our solution was to make cars into battering rams and add additional armored pods inside to further protect the kids in the cars, and then blame the parents of the kids killed and injured outside the cars for not putting their kids in cars where they were “safe”.

And as the victim of bike theft myself this story just makes me angry. Thieves steal vintage bikes collected for Houston Bicycle Museum

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

A quiet day, and the Feed

Not too bad today. I don’t have to go anywhere or do anything aside from posting to the blog and the usual day-to-day stuff. I don’t even have anything to do tonight, except read comics and watch the tube. I wonder what’s on TV on Wednesday night?

Up first from a rather sparse listing is this hit-and-run in FL. Police ID bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash on the Westside Nothing on the mode has been released yet, but the witness description of the sounds of the wreck indicate that the driver probably knew he hit someone as the victim would have been unable to make any contributions to the shouting heard after the wreck as he was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the other side of the country at about the same latitude we get a similar wreck as the driver again leaves the cyclist to die in the street. Bicyclist Injured in Midway Hit-and-Run Crash Hit-from-behind wreck, so maybe the protocols would have been useful in avoiding or reducing the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. They should give the driver a ticket for failing to pass 3 or more feet away from the cyclist… along with all the other “stuff” that goes with hitting a cyclist in the road and leaving him or her there.

From Oz we get a rather blatant door prize caught on camera and denied by the perps. Police urged to charge passenger after cyclist car-doored in CBD What those cab riders did was hit-and-run, and it was caught on camera.

A cyclist in Jolly Olde files suit after hitting a pothole and sustaining life-altering injury. Cyclist sues council for £100,000 after pothole crash The follow-up in the comments section reports the suit was settled for £70,000.

SF decides to put in some Faahbyuluhs! infrastructure. San Francisco’s Castro district is putting in rainbow crosswalks At least drivers will know there’s something there and hopefully be a little more careful about barging through.

A little acerbic infrastructure news from CA. Avid cyclist to newbies: It’s your fault we can’t have nice things

Even Ted Rogers gets a little testy about bad infrastructure. Hermosa Beach allows LA County’s first cycle track to dangerously deteriorate; and a fresh batch of Morning Links What have they been doing to that bicycle infrastructure to cause it to deteriorate like that? Bicycles didn’t do that amount of damage.

And the ones I didn’t get to yesterday. Morning links: Your Tuesday morning bike reading list

Legal infrastructure from the Great White North. Will Ontario’s tougher measures against distracted driving, ‘dooring’ and passing bikes too closely make us safer? Whether this works will depend on the last “E” of Enforcement. You can pass all the laws you want but unless and until they are enforced they are meaningless.

Even in Jolly Olde they get it wrong frequently about infrastructure. Do we ban all pedestrians or just all men? Not the article, the report to which the article is referring.

Don’t let a little thing like it being almost 5 years since the last pedestrian was killed in NYC by a cyclist stop you from blaming them for creating mayhem… Oscar Health Insurance: “Bike Messengers Can Blindside You”

A new e-assist bike hits the streets. The New High Tech Stromer ST2 Electric Bike! [VIDEO]

Last link is infrastructure news from Springfield, home of the Simpsons. Inside The Simpsons’ Springfield Subway System It ain’t about bikes all the time, sometimes it’s about having a little fun.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. I must say I much prefer giggles. ;)

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Going off-air again tomorrow, and the Feed

As you can see in the headline I will be away from the computer again tomorrow on church business, pretty much all day. I won’t be in any mood to do a post when I get back, either, because it will be after 2000 and I will need to consume food and also get up early to ride the bus to Sunday services. That, and I think cutting back to a 6-day schedule is better for my head. Get all the death and destruction out of my head for 2 days, and stay off the keyboard for at least 24 hours and I should look at the world with a less-jaundiced eye. I’ll still be the same grouchy curmudgeon at the keys I previously was, just (slightly) more sane and better able to hang onto that level of sanity. I’m still toying with the idea of dropping the wreck reports (and I recalculated the number of wreck reports I read over the 8 years this blog has been on various services, it’s more than 12K not the previous guess of 6K) to get a better toehold on sanity, but dropping back from 6 days of mayhem to 5 with one complete day away from the blog should do it for now. Saturdays are my slow day, click-wise. Apparently y’all have other things to do on weekends, whodathunkit?

Up first Houston is in media paroxysms over the drunk driver arrested for hit-and-run against a cyclist. Houston woman arrested in cyclist’s hit-and-run death and Woman accused in fatal hit-and-run of Houston cyclist appears in court also this commentary on the situation Can we just agree we are terrible at operating all vehicles? Apparently being an above-average driver in Houston is not jumping a high hurdle… as is true in most of TX from watching the news the last couple of days.

More on the cyclist hit wearing clothes on his bike (instead of the glow-in-the-dark clown suit) in CA. Killed Cyclist Identified At least in this article they did not mention the regular clothes instead of the GITDCS. And since nobody ever claimed the bike itself did not have at least rear-facing reflectors I think it’s safe to assume the bike was legally lighted and reflectored.

Also in CA more information about the wreck between a cyclist and a Tesla luxury car driving on the wrong side of the road. Tesla Motors named in fatal bike crash suit in Santa Cruz My opinion is this is a tactic to prevent the driver from using the “new car smell put me to sleep” defense in the criminal trial.

More on the MN cyclist run through a snowbank by a drunk driver in a van. He is dead: it doesn’t matter that he was a “careful” bicyclist and Organs of Bicyclist Killed in Mpls. Donated to Girl in Need What hasn’t been pointed out by all the people complaining about the cyclist not using the Greenway just a “few blocks” away, the driver was also not using I94 which was just a “few blocks” away…

In Jolly Olde someone finally got dinged for using the universal get-out-of-jail-free card. Jail for South Wales driver “blinded by sun” who killed cyclist The driver had a list of priors as long as my arm, and also left the scene without waiting for LEO or leaving proper contact data, but was not punished for either of those offenses. Also only a £120 fine? WTF the driver killed a man and then left the scene!

A bit of UK infrastructure that doesn’t get enough credit for reducing the death toll in London. London hospital that saved 668 cyclists: ‘Do more to prevent crashes’ That’s right, without quick transport to this level of care there would be another 7 deaths per year on average. But preventing wrecks is so much less expensive than treating the injured, so…

Speaking of infrastructure, it doesn’t do much good under lines of stationary cars. Gridlock

I love it when people reject bicycle infrastructure because there are no bicycles already using the non-existent infrastructure. City collects feedback on proposed cycle track system

A bit of Lifestyle from America’s Copenhagen. Freak Snow Can’t Stop Cycling in Portland and ‘Worst Day of the Year Ride’ cancels 45-mile route; 15-mile route still on So, snow can’t stop people who have to get to their destinations by bike, but it will deter people from riding for “fun”.

It seems like every day I need to link to something Ted Rogers puts out. Today is no exception. An open letter to cyclists from the Rock Store photographer, and a warning about a dangerous NELA bike lane

And those were all the links that gave me fits, or not, today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Just about the time we warm back up it gets cold and precipitative, and the Feed

The back yard here at Casa de El Poeta does not drain well and has been a swamp since last week’s Icepocalypse here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell (does that mean Hell froze over? I’ll leave that discussion to y’all) and had just about dried out enough that I could get enough traction to actually start on the remains of the live oak. But today I awoke to the lovely visage of freezing fog and drizzle, meaning the drying out process in the back yard was halted and most likely reversed. So I still have a back yard full of downed tree limbs that I can’t move enough to get the chainsaw to them to haul them away… Oh, and during the week when it finally warmed up a bit the ice didn’t just melt away and run off as water, it separated from the trees and buildings and bridge superstructures in large chunks. Some of those chunks were big enough to crush cars and cause casualties among pedestrians on sidewalks. Fortunately because nobody walks here pedestrian casualties were minimal, and because our LEO were actually on the ball streets and highways that were under areas of falling ice were closed until the ice cleared. So, except for the first few people who were in the line of fire when the falling ice began civilian casualties were minimal among the automotive group as well.

On the personal front this weather has been playing hell with my injuries. Specifically the cold has triggered “phantom pains” in my injured leg. I’m talking 8 on a scale of 10 pains in my foot that nothing I did made them go away except suffer through them. I have hydrocodone pills to deal with actual residual pains from the wreck, but opiates are useless against this kind of pain. Things like this are one reason why I was so upset to not get on the study of medication that specifically treated this kind of pain. What they had been giving me before I couldn’t wait until the onset of the pains to start taking the meds and the side effects of the meds we awful, from strange and disturbing dreams to altered senses of taste and smell. I couldn’t live with the side effects so I have to live with the pain.

Up first is a disturbing update about the Milt Olin wreck. Sheriff handling own investigation into cyclist’s Mulholland Highway death No way this could ever be a cover-up. These guys have no reason to hide any information from the public, like how the cruiser that hit Olin “just happened” to not have a dashcam even installed, much less functioning at the time of impact. Like how there are no skid marks at the scene aside from the one in the bike lane where Olin was hit. Like how the cruiser was at high speed in a residential area without the lights and siren going. Like exactly how fast the cruiser was going (I have seen pictures from the scene, and some show roof damage to the weapon vehicle and some don’t). And an editorial on the subject from the same media outlet. Cyclist’s death renews controversial debate

Update on a door prize in L.A. CA. Cyclist Critically Injured After Clipping Opened Vehicle Door in Brentwood Clarifying that presenting a door prize to a cyclist is a against the law, with possible fines and loss of license.

A blotter report on a bicycle wreck in PA. Sentinel police log for Dec. 12 The report is the second one after the “Middlesex Township Police (249-7191)” headline. Nothing on the mode, but since the driver was given a ticket we know who was at fault here. Infrastructure to prevent.

A hit-and-run in NC has a quick resolution. Woman charged in hit and run that injured cyclist They found the weapon vehicle and arrested the driver before the first media report could come out. Hit-from-behind wreck by a driver that left the road to hit the cyclist, reasons for leaving the road not yet published. Since the driver left the road protocols are mooted as the driver was using the cyclist’s escape route. Not sure if infrastructure without some kind of barrier would have helped here either. One thing that would have helped is making sure drivers are capable of driving in all conditions and that vehicles are capable of responding to emergency changes of speed and direction to avoid obstacles i.e. legal infrastructure changes.

Sort of infrastructure-ish news from NYC. Citi Bike Still Popular In The Cold Go CITIbike.

Lifestyle from CA. Mourners pack service for San Jose teen killed while riding bike

And another helmet article (that looks like a copy and paste from last year’s article) from west of the WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Planning to give a bicycle for Christmas? Don’t forget the helmet for goodness sake! >sigh<

And those were all the links that gave me fits, or not, about bicycles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus