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Mrs. the Poet is gone to a hen party, and the Feed

My sister-in-law is having a little hen party (no husbands allowed) so I’m banging around the house and on the computer all by myself today after lunch. Since I’m mostly in the cave-like confines of the computer room of my Mother-in-law’s house anyway, it won’t be that big a thing. And the Feed was nice and quiet today, so no tearing of hair or facedesk today…

Up first is an update on a Houston hit-and-run. Driver sought after cyclist left for dead on Houston streets I can’t believe that HPD is still looking for this driver. In TX the usual situation is if they haven’t caught the driver in 24 hours they never will because they stop looking. I think I wrote that hit-from-behind protocols might have helped the cyclist survive this wreck, but I don’t know and he doesn’t remember. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A weak sentence for the deliberate killing of a cyclist in OH. Prison sentence for drunk driver who killed cyclist Only a little over 9 years with multiple previous DUIs? What does a driver have to do to get taken out of circulation permanently when driving drunk with multiple previous DUIs and killing a person only gets 9 years?

And just up the road a bit from the OH wreck, we get another DUI Homicide in MI. Police ID bicyclist killed in suspected DUI crash Nothing on the mode, just that the driver was drunk and they wouldn’t know how drunk until the tox tests came back.

First of two OR wrecks today with a suspected drunk cyclist. Cyclist hit by pickup critically injured near Molalla The wreckage backs up he driver’s claim the cyclist was moving from the edge of the road to the center, which is highly unusual for the SWSS kind of wreck we have here. They are waiting for the tox screen to come back on the cyclist.

Second OR wreck is a left cross in Portland. Driver cited in serious injury collision on SE Ankeny and 7th Intersection wreck with a blind driver who got a ticket over the wreck making it his fault for the insurance settlements… XD Sorry it is just so rare that drivers get tickets for hitting cyclists that I can’t help XD Intersection protocols negated by the driver’s last-second darting across the cyclist’s path, so the only thing that can be done is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A really annoying wreck in Oz. Man arrested over alleged hit-and-run death of university lecturer and cyclist Martin Pearson The good part is they used good police work to find the weapon vehicle and then track down the killer, the bad part is the cyclist should not have been hit in the first place if the driver had slowed down a few seconds until it was safe to pass and not tried to squeeze through a space that was smaller than his truck and the cyclist.

Infrastructure! news from West Canuckistan. Court ruling suggests cyclists passing on the right could be responsible in a crash Well, this tosses the AFRAP law right on its kiester. Can’t pass on the right, then they will have to take the full lane or be found liable if they get hit riding AFRAP.

When stupid writer writes stupid column blaming all the world’s ills on the existence of cyclists, the cyclists get a little peeved at the writer. Cyclists’ tempers rage after criticism Tip from an Internet veteran, don’t feed the trolls.

Lifestyle as a community mourns. Community mourns cyclist killed by suspected DUI driver I’m waiting for sadness to be replaced with righteous anger that the driver was allowed to be free while the victim died…

And this just came in as I was wrapping up the post. Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth added 3 new photos. I really hope that works for the people not on Facebook.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Mostly fits but there were a few giggles in there.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Take one day off and people start looking for things for you to do, and the Feed

This post is very late getting started because I was Shanghaied into several hours worth of shopping trips and going to a softball game, and making dinner. While nothing was real bad, except maybe the softball game ;) it all took time away from the computer and doing the blog post. So later than I usually complete the post. I start with the links.

Up first some good news on a cyclist believed deliberately hit by a Dodge Nitro in GA. ‘Hello’ – Injured cyclist speaks LEO think they have the weapon vehicle, but haven’t charged a driver yet, although pending charges are attempted murder. They are still trying to determine if the victim has permanent brain damage or just the kind that eventually gets better or undetectably bad.

Over in LA a cyclist is killed in a hit-and-run, with two links. Acadiana police blotter for July 8, 2014 The wreck is the top article on the blotter. And Cyclists focus on road safety The cyclist was hit from behind on a road that everyone agrees was too narrow to safely share a lane between a cyclist and a motor vehicle. So protocols to prevent, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

An IL cyclist is hit from behind. UPDATE: Peru woman dies after van-bike crash The cyclist was riding an e-assist bike when hit from behind, and LEO are trying to use that to blame the cyclist for the wreck. TANJ! Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, including telling LEO that the overtaking vehicle is required by law to pass safely without hitting the passed vehicle even when the passed vehicle has a tiny electric motor temporarily supplying motive power (Federal regs declare a bicycle with 750 or fewer watts rated power that is governed to not travel faster than 20 MPH on level ground with no wind is a bicycle for legal definitions, this has been law for more than 12 years now).

A wreck in far West Canuckistan leaves the cyclist posting to social media to catch the driver of the weapon vehicle. Injured B.C. cyclist posts photo on Facebook of SUV and driver that hit him Left cross left the cyclist injured and slightly in shock but got “with it” enough to photograph the driver and the back of the weapon vehicle as he was leaving the scene.

A UK wreck caught on frightening video. Shocking moment a cyclist was catapulted through the air by a hit-and-run driver in head-on crash – but escaped without serious injury The license plate was blocked out in the video because it was determined the plate was cloned off a legally registered vehicle of the same make and color. This is the UK equivalent of a left cross and you see how quickly these wrecks develop. There was no time to use any protocols aside from “roll with the impact”. That’s not one of mine by the way, that one comes from a Hollywood stuntman from the 1930s or ’40s. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a similar wreck in the future.

This is a combination wreck and infrastructure link because the wreck was caused by defective UK infrastructure. Cyclists injured after hitting ‘stealth hole’ in road Yep, that depression has claimed another victim, sharp enough to knock a cyclist off the bike and on the deck, but subtle enough that cyclists don’t see it until too late to avoid it or not at all if there is other traffic diverting attention from the road surface to such mundane matters as not running into other vehicles.

A tire-touch wreck on a group ride in Oz leaves two injured cyclists. Two cyclists injured in crash on Cope Road This is one of the constant dangers of group rides that just anyone can join, and there’s nothing that can be done about it except not go on group rides that anyone can join.

Update on a wreck in Enn Zed. Cyclist killed in Hamilton named The narrative now reads the cyclist turned in front of the bright yellow delivery van, that was going fast enough to leve a 30 foot long debris field from the point of impact to where the cyclist disengaged from the truck. Intersection protocols still apply, just that now the cyclist should have yielded to the van. And infrastructure “up to Dutch” would still prevent the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is a shade bitter today. Morning Links: Biking backlash to misguided WaPo bikelash, and a fund for injured Manhattan Beach racer

Infrastructure! news from ID. Injured cyclist wants Boise bike lanes improved I have a hint for you, there’s a manual available from the Dutch government that lays out how to build safe bicycle infrastructure that will attract cyclists while keeping them safe and happy that only costs about $110 US or so…

Another infrastructure/wreck article from Jolly Olde. Crash could cost cyclist dream career This is another road defect that was brought to the attention of the powers that be long before the wreck it caused.

More on “More cyclists means fewer wrecks for everyone” meme that seems to be developing. INSIDE TRACK: More cyclists will make our roads safer for everyone As pointed out here before, If everyone gets out of private motor vehicles and walks, rides a bike, or takes transit, then deaths from private motor vehicles will drop to zero and drivers of transit and delivery vehicles will identify with cyclists and pedestrians because most likely they will use one of those modes to get to work themselves.

Are ugly bikes Lifestyle for cyclists? MAD MAX MEETS RAT ROD CULTURE AT MCFLY CUSTOMS The bike appears to be perfectly ridable… And I think that is about the best I can say about it.

Do you speak Car Horn? Translators are needed now in many major cities. TALKING TO MACHINES Apply via Bikeyface.

And I think I broke my brain trying to get this done at a reasonable hour and with decent writing. Ima go read a book. :P

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I need to take a real vacation, and the Feed

I am beginning to doubt the wisdom of bringing the laptop with me on my “vacation” to keep making blog posts. Aside from the difficulty, physical and psychic, of finding and maintaining Internet access here, there is the time sink of filtering and then posting the links that keeps me from participating in activities. I mean I’m here, but my mind and body are still at work, making this less of a vacation and more of a remote job location. I guess I will take some time off when we go to TN to visit with friends. The Mental Hygiene days on Saturday help some.

Up first is this wreck in MO, I think. Hit and run: Ozark teen cyclist killed in crash ID’d and Ozark police: Cyclist critically injured in crash The narrative suggests the wreck was a hit-from-behind at speed which makes the protocols pretty much useless, leaving only infrastructure that keeps cyclists away from maniacs behind the wheel.

Another bike wreck in NYC. Cyclist Struck Near Manhattan Bridge Bike Ramp The report at the moment is the cyclist was riding salmon, but locals cast doubts on that story. I withhold judgment until I can see the wrecked bike, because it’s not like the NYPD have never botched a report on a bike wreck. As reported though I would say don’t ride salmon and use intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Also in NYC who knew a child’s bike could be so deadly? Bike Thrown At Cops Was A Children’s Barbie Bike One child’s bike injured four officers? That’s bad tactical deployment. I don’t think changing the infrastructure would have done anything for this incident except changing the address.

A really sad wreck in Canickistan. ‘As soon as the truck hit him he was gone’: three-year-old cyclist killed after collision with trailer and Three-year-old boy killed in bike, trailer collision OK this was a kid playing in the driveway and yard who went just a few feet into the street while wearing bright clothing on a brightly lit evening. Since the wreck was in a cul-de-sac the question that overrides everything else is why was the driver going that fast the kid died before first responders arrived?

Another link to the cyclist hit by an ATV in the Great White North. Cyclist killed in collision with off-road vehicle No we know it was a hit-from-behind wreck, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as the weapon vehicle should never have been on the road in the first place I don’t think that infrastructure would have done anything except move the wreck scene to a different location.

Update on an Enn Zed wreck. Another cycling death tragedy Remembering that they drive on the wrong side of the roads in NZ, the wreck was head on on the driver’s side of the vehicle. I would really like a good look at the road surface of the wreck scene, because someone drifted over the centerline of the road just prior to this wreck. The wreck was in the intersection so there is a very good chance the cyclist was moved over to avoid a pile of debris in the intersection, but the bad thing about that hypothesis is the pile of crap usually forms in the center of the intersection from people turning across the lanes and the normal reaction is to veer slightly away from the center to avoid it. The description of the debris field suggests a fairly high rate of speed at impact.

More on another NZ wreck from quite a while ago as the driver faces justice at the hands of the court. Driver ‘within arm’s reach’ before cyclist killed So the driver initiated the pass with not enough room to complete the pass and not enough clearance at the start of the pass and hit one of the group before completing the pass.

Our Daily Ted. LA Sheriff’s deputies ticket PCH cyclists in clear violation of the law; LACBC demands fair and legal treatment I wonder what the CA “Official Oppression” law reads like? Because this is a clear-cut violation of the TX statute.

Lifestyle in Canuckistan as support for an injured cyclist grows. Community helps cyclist injured in collision

Umm, yeah… Tour de France Physics OK I’m a bit of a physics geek, having passed Freshman Physics for college in my Junior year in HS… What can I say, my talent for engineering came out designing experiments, I always got top grades for experimental design.

And a bit of Infrastructure! news from the city that the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell are an actual suburb of. Dallas without a car: Local son takes on month-long transit experiment I did it for 18 years in middle age, I’m sure a healthy post-grad student can handle a Summer…

Last link is something to calm your nerves after a long day of reading about bike wrecks and crazy LEO. KittenWar My pancreas! ;)

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Back to the grind, and the Feed

I didn’t see the TdF broadcast, but I did read on the web that Cav was withdrawn from the Tour because of that shoulder injury. In other bicycle news I’m still trying to learn how to draw with the CAD program, but I’m getting better. The last attempt almost looked like a bicycle. ;)

Staying at my wife’s mother’s house does bad things for my diet and work habits. I normally get up about 1000 or so and have coffee and BP meds for breakfast, and then something substantial for lunch around 1500 to 1530 or so, then a late dinner. Here I’m an hour earlier because of the different time zone meaning my 1200CDT updates come in at 1300EDT so I have to wait longer for the Feed folder to update, and I’m also up between 0800 and 0900 so even longer. Also I’m not very social until lunch, which happens much earlier than what I have become accustomed to 1230 to 1300 and tending very hard to the 1230 time.

Since the number of links I’m trying to keep open is causing my computer to run slow and crash, this might get a bit disjointed as I skip back and forth around the post to get things in the right order instead of skipping around the links to get the links posted in the correct order.

Up first is a right hook in Houston. Bicyclist hit, killed by truck in NE Houston Cyclist proceeding with the right of way in the crosswalk gets flattened by a driver turning blindly into him. Since this was an intersection wreck protocols might have helped avoid the wreck or reduced the consequences. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a future wreck.

And something we cyclists have been getting for years has become “mainstream” in that it is happening to others as well. Rolling Coal: Conservatives ‘screw’ Obama by modifying trucks to spew toxic black smoke I have been the recipient of this several times, and there are articles documenting that it happens to LEO as well, who sometimes arrest the drivers for assault and impound the vehicles. There was a case in OR… Truck driver does ‘rollin’ coal’ on riders, and one of them is a bike cop Schadenfreude at its finest.

Good news from an OH wreck. Kettering doctor improves after bike crash SWSS wreck with the cyclist one of 1000 on a charity ride with posted warnings for drivers about bicycles in the road. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. But stopping to think for a moment, do they even have charity rides like this in the Netherlands? I guess I’m going to have to send an e-mail over to the British ex-pat over there reporting on Dutch infrastructure to find out.

Serious bike v car wreck in IL. Cyclist, 28, struck and killed Thursday on Northwest Side “Near” the intersection, not definitively “in” the intersection, so nothing to hang a recommendation on for the built environment, but I’m pretty sure that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a similar wreck.

Moving a little west to IA, we get another hit-from-behind wreck. Charles City cyclist killed Thursday night Well, aside from the barest facts on direction of travel and age of parties involved there ain’t much to go on here. And because I can’t even get Google Maps to open up I can’t get a street view of the intersection. So that leaves hit-from-behind protocols that might avoid or reduce damages from the wreck with the built environment and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck from happening.

A PA wreck in blotter form, the last paragraph in the blotter. Sentinel police log for July 5 Left cross, then took the kid home without ever leaving a name or number. Nothing on the actual mode or location, but it was obviously the driver’s fault.

A hit-from-behind wreck in CA. Dutch Flat cyclist dies in crash near Foresthill Bridge Lots of information about the driver’s state of intoxication (massive), and later updates have possession of meth to go with the drunk off his … Protocols might have been useful at a lower speed, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. More CHP: Cyclist, 52, hit and killed by suspected DUI driver

Solo wreck in CA (hey, it happens!) Update: Mountain biker dies from solo fall at Ski Summit While statistically you have a much higher chance of a fatality with a motor vehicle involved than in a solo fall, that still leaves a non-zero chance of dying in a solo fall, and those odds go way up when there is no pavement available.

Then again, the quickest way to get killed on a bike is at a poorly-designed intersection between a trail and a major arterial. Update: Bike rider killed at deadly Fullerton intersection; second cyclist killed at same location since 2012 Two wrecks at the same intersection are not definitive, but highly indicative of an infrastructure problem. That the wrecks were so similar also is highly indicative. More Bicyclist killed in Fullerton crash with car

Another cyclist killed in a crosswalk, this time in CA. Salinas cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash early Saturday Intersection wreck by a speeding car with no word on which direction either the cyclist or the weapon vehicle were going, but the reported speed of the weapon vehicle negates any hope to use the protocols and renders “up to Dutch” infrastructure useless without a barrier.

A wreck in MA where the cyclist failed to stop at a trail crossing. Cyclist injured in Brewster collision Still can’t get Google maps up to check the intersection, so I’m going to have to go with standard intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Two wrecks in short order in the Great White North. Two cyclists seriously injured in separate accidents in Halton One mountain bike wreck on technical obstacles so nothing to do with this blog, and the other was with an illegal vehicle on the roads but nothing about the mode. If the off-road vehicles respect Dutch style bicycle infrastructure then that would do the trick to prevent a future wreck, otherwise this is not a preventable wreck. More on the technical obstacles wreck. Cyclist seriously injured at Kelso

A serious wreck in far West Canuckistan. Australian cyclist in recovery after suffering serious injuries in head-on collision OK the cyclist was JRA when the weapon vehicle turned onto the street and hit him head on. Nothing on which side of the street he was riding when he was hit, but since they didn’t immediately blame the cyclist for the wreck I have to assume the cyclist was hit riding on the correct side of the road. But still nothing on any charges for the driver of the weapon vehicle. As for avoiding the wreck with built infrastructure, good luck on that. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. More Update: Cyclist injured in collision

A wreck in the UK where a cyclist was center-punched crossing an intersection. Cyclist suffers broken hip in crash, Magherafelt Court told This is the UK equivalent of a left cross, and everyone knows the vehicle making the turning movement has to yield to through vehicles, including bicycles. Still this is hardly enough punishment for nearly killing someone.

A Bike v ped wreck in Oz. Elderly pedestrian struck by cyclist on Bassendean bike path dies Cyclist also injured, and nobody knows what happened.

A bad wreck in Enn Zed but LEO have not finished their investigation. Cyclist killed in collision with courier van At this point I know the wreck was in an intersection, and the wrecked bike shows signs of this being a centerpunch wreck, so intersection protocols are mostly mooted by lack of reaction time. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent delivery trucks from hitting cyclists.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Santa Monica cracks down on cyclists again; OCSD drags its feet charging threatening driver

Infrastructure! news from the next town over from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Buried Under A Trail

A little infrastructure news from the UK. Turning off street lights to save money blamed for six deaths: Five pedestrians and a cyclist killed in past five years I take this as further proof that drivers in the UK are only slightly better than drivers in the US about overdriving their headlights at night. Only drive as fast as you can stop in the distance you can see clearly.

And some serious(ly bad) infrastructure news from Oz. Killer NSW roads leaving little room for cyclists as almost three riders knocked down every day Yeah, three wrecks a day is serious infrastructure problems.

Lifestyle from KS. Ghost ride for fallen cyclist

SC lifestyle. Cyclist honors vets with Clemson-to-Juneau ride

Lifestyle news from NM as an activist widow thinks she’s the reason her husband’s ghost bike is repeatedly vandalized. Widow says she’s why bike memorial was vandalized This was the guy that had a speeding car run off the road and hit him riding on the bike path. The driver in this case got 90 days less time served. TANJ!

And those were all the links that I could survive.

Billed @€0.02 Opus

Back in the saddle, and the Feed

That’s a figurative saddle, not a bike saddle. Not much bike riding going on in this burg. I mean sure it’s physically small and flat, but there is also not a whole heck of a lot here. You literally have one grocery store, one coffeehouse, one gas station/C-store, but TWO restaurants. And better bring a credit card or lots of cash at the restaurants because neither one is cheap. I haven’t been by the coffeehouse when they are open so I don’t know what their prices look like, but the C-store is typical NY prices (high).

Up first is the story with the most links, a 13 YO killed in a practice ride wreck. Teen cyclist killed while riding in Story County and Ames student killed in bicycle and SUV collision also 13-YEAR OLD TIMOTHY JENKS, MEMBER OF AMES CYCLONES AQUATIC CLUB, KILLED IN BICYCLING COLLISION As I post this all the reports are consistent that the cyclist touched wheels and lost control while riding a double paceline just as the weapon vehicle was passing the peloton. If only there was a safe place for young cyclists to learn the art of riding in pacelines without the danger of getting run over by a light armored vehicle if you make a mistake. Or IOW this is mostly an infrastructure problem, not a cyclist or motorist problem.

Next up sorta close to where I am now, with two links. Police identify cyclist who was injured in Syracuse crash and Cyclist injured in downtown Syracuse crash remains in critical condition OK the way this reads now the driver of the truck just pulled away from the construction site while the cyclist was crossing legally in front of him, destroying the tricycle and nearly the cyclist riding it. The truck and truck driver were both undamaged [sarcasm]thank [$DEITY][/sarcasm]. This is mostly an infrastructure wreck, as the cyclist at this point appears to have been in the intersection legally, not violating any traffic controls and the truck driver just could not see him there under the nose of the truck when he pulled into the intersection. Intersection protocols generally only work when you aren’t getting hit from the side by the front of the vehicle.

Another train v cyclist wreck. Cyclist injured after running into MAX train Another cyclist hits the side of the train, so it’s not like he didn’t see it. Perhaps another brake failure? Otherwise the usual methods for avoiding getting hit by trains apply.

Possible buzz job in CA. Cyclist Injured on Highway 116 near Sebastopol Not a whole lot of information from LEO on this wreck… And since I can’t see any pictures of the wrecked bike I can’t say anything solid from that, either.

Another train v bike wreck in CA this time. Downey bike rider killed in collision with Metro Blue Line Once again, trains are easy to see and hear, particularly the type of trains that hit this cyclist. Other than that I really don’t know how to avoid getting hit with a train. I mean, they are big and colorful and extremely noisy and they can only be found where there are existing train tracks and there are usually crossing guards, or at least warning lights.

A MO cyclist is killed but LEO think they have the killer. Suspect surrenders in hit-and-run death of cyclist in St. Louis Nothing on the mode so no way to say if any of the protocols would have helped or if this was an infrastructure problem, or if the guy was just an idiot that hit a cyclist and left him to die sorta on purpose. And moving to the comments we find that this was the cyclist killed last week by street racers running a 4 way stop at high speed while the cyclist rolled through the stop at a very slow speed.

I am seriously having problems understanding this narrative from the UK. Cyclist injured in tractor overtaking incident Parsing it as best I can the driver was going to pass both the cyclist and the tractor the cyclist was following in a single maneuver, but failed to clear either one before there was oncoming traffic on the other side of the road and pulled back in on top of the cyclist, then left the scene.

Another one of those things you just can’t avoid as a cyclist. Swindon cyclist stabbed to death in ‘vicious’ attack A cyclist-hater (or more than one) waited in the dark on this cycle path to waylay a cyclist. Not known at this time if the attack was on a particular cyclist or if this cyclist was chosen at random.

Now this is just too much. Cyclist Verbally Abused Following Accident You get hit by a car, are not at fault for the wreck and random people feel the need and the right to berate you for causing traffic delays? Where does this fool get off?

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Streetsblog scores at the LA press awards; West Hill’s bike shop gutted in weekend fire Ted is much too modest as he contributed to the report that won the award, and you can see his name at the bottom of the list of shared winners.

Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Hit-and-run drivers can no longer slide The law is going into effect finally, that makes hit-and-run functionally equivalent to DUI manslaughter or homicide. So the only thing running does is make LEO look for you, which can cause them to get angry because you made them do actual police work. This is not usually conducive to a calm and peaceful arrest and initial detainment.

Infrastructure from the Great White North. Ottawa is still not safe enough for cyclists Nothing I can add to this.

With statistics like these you would think someone would be on the case to improve conditions. A cyclist hit every 3 days Not as bad as NYC, but still considering the size of the city way higher than it should be.

Sports medicine leads to quicker recovery from motor vehicle wrecks. Geometry helps injured Palmer Township cyclist get back on the road This should be a standard approach, not the exception.

And those were all the fresh links I could find today. Get ‘em while they are fresh!

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Busy as the proverbial one-armed wallpaper hanger, and the Feed

We’re leaving tonight for NY taking a 2 day ride on the Dawgbus. As a result I expect to be out of communications until I hit a bus station, and I don’t expect to see the inside one of those long enough to establish communications with the blog and still get the things I need to get done at the station for life support done. We here at Casa de El Poeta have been taking the Dawgbus on long trips since before there was a Casa de El Poeta, so we are experienced in the ins and outs of dealing with transfers and tracking luggage and whatnot. One of the hardest things about long trips with few or no layovers is life support. They have toilets on the bus, but no food or drink you didn’t carry on with you. So one of the things that has to be done when you hit the station is hydration, buying a cold drink (at 3 times the going rate at a C-store or vending machine away from a bus station) is usually a must.

Anyway, we are packing clothes for the trip, electronics are being sorted into the go bag, and last-minute preparations (getting a haircut for one) are being taken care of. Which is making Mrs. the Poet and me run around like the proverbial chickens.

Up first is a UK wreck, where the driver in a hit-and-run tried to eliminate the witnesses. Gee, you would think hitting the cyclist might have been on purpose. Man who went to check on injured cyclist is hurt as police seek aggressive driver following Ilminster incident The deliberate assault with a motor vehicle on the witness/person giving comfort after the initial hit-and-run make me strongly suspect the driver hitting the cyclist was no more an “accident” than the assault on the witness. Take it from me when someone targets you with their vehicle it is very hard to avoid getting hit. What makes me angry about this one is that the initial assault will be treated like “an accident” and little to no punishment will be levied, but the second assault will be treated as an assault with a deadly weapon because there can be no doubt about the deliberateness of the second attack.

Update on the GA cyclist assaulted with an SUV earlier this month. Injured cyclist’s family, girlfriend remain hopeful The red Nitro should still be damaged, or there would have been a report from a body shop by now. BOLO to my readers who are local to the wreck in suburban Atlanta.

Speaking of assault with a motor vehicle, this double hit-from-behind is either an assault or a driver that has zero competence behind the wheel. Onawa, Iowa, cyclist killed in collision with vehicle; another injured I mean how do you “pass” 2 cyclists so closely that one os dead and the other is critically injured in a ditch?

And what is up with ABQ lately? Two more cyclists hurt in accidents It almost looks like someone was trying to get all the cyclists off the streets, this makes 6 dead or injured since the beginning of June. The wreck with the drunk driver reads like another deliberate assault fueled by alcohol, the garbage truck incident was not covered well enough to allow analysis to avoid. Both wrecks could be prevented by getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”. Of course part of that is getting the local LEO extremely competent and knowledgable…

Since we are bouncing all over the place, here’s a wreck in MO. Cyclist killed in St. Louis hit-and-run is ID’d; police find car suspected in case and Victim identified in fatal hit and run in north St. Louis also Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run Hit from behind by street racers, and the bike was utterly destroyed. I could not see a single component of the bike that was undamaged. This is another one of those wrecks that the closing speed of the weapon vehicle makes avoiding the wreck impossible, and segregated infrastructure the only way to prevent the wreck. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any way of getting stoopid people out from behind the wheel with the current licensing system.

Speaking of Stoopid Drivers, here is an AL wreck where a driver makes a right turn directly into a cyclist crossing with the light. Cyclist injured in Monday accident in Gulf Shores identified I have never seen a wreck that better illustrated “looking but not seeing” than this one. There were 2 cyclists riding single file and crossing with the green and the driver went right into the trailing cyclist. Completely and utterly blind to the existence of the cyclist in front of the car. I would say intersection protocols but nope, not going to help in a wreck like this. I have to say the only way to prevent a wreck like this even with infrastructure “up to Dutch” would be somehow preventing this particular driver from getting access to a motor vehicle, much less a license to drive one. Even a segregated cycle track with separate signal phases for bicycles are helpless in the face of a blind driver making a right on red.

OK this wreck is just bizarre. Bicyclist killed in crash at 15th, Market OK I’m going to go with the “child’s bike” on this one as a BMX style bike, but the rest of the report of the middle-aged man riding against traffic and pulling into the intersection against a red light he couldn’t see because there was no signal for wrong-way traffic…

Another strange wreck report, this time from GA. Cyclist hit, killed on Peach Orchard Road SWSS by a cyclist riding against traffic? I would really have to see the wreckage of the bike to make a call on this one. First I would have to say that if the salmon accusation was accurate then ride with traffic and apply hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A buzz job in IN. 1 injured in Elkhart truck, bicycle crash The truck passed the bicycle and the cyclist wrecked after hitting the curb, yeah that’s pretty much one of the definitions of a buzz job. The only reason the cyclist wasn’t run off the road was because he wrecked on the curb first. The curb made hit-from-behind protocols unusable (or maybe that was why he wrecked against the curb, trying to go off the road as his escape route), so that only leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” as the viable method to prevent the wreck.

A limited-information wreck in MA. Cyclist injured in Provincetown crash Cyclist wearing a helmet seriously injured in a wreck no involving a motor vehicle? And that’s it?

Another CA cyclist is killed in a wreck. Man hit on bicycle in Monterey dies Other than the ages of the operators involved there ain’t a whole bunch of information on this wreck.

Moving to Canuckistan, this driver is about to get hosed after the cyclist he hit dies a lingering death in hospital. Hit and run charges upgraded after victim succumbs to injuries And there was so much Stoopid being spread in the comments that the comments were closed… Wow!

And the town that saw 5 cyclists nearly killed in a single wreck/assault with a deadly weapon 4 years ago sees another cyclist hurt. Cyclist injured when struck by a car in Kanata Saturday morning And we get another person who believes in the power of the majik foam hat in preventing injury to things not even covered by the hat…

Update on the wreck where the driver was let off because the speed limit sign was in the wrong place when the cyclist was hit waking the bike through the crosswalk. I miss Jaye every day: Partner of cyclist killed in crash plans to sue driver Her wife is suing the driver that was almost double the speed limit when he killed the cyclist. And the infrastructure hasn’t been corrected either as the wife was nearly hit while placing flowers at the site.

The wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow in Enn Zed. Truckie who hit cyclist in court The cyclist was plainly visible with lights and reflective garments which kind of puts the earlier coroner’s recommendations that all cyclists wear hi-viz in proper perspective. (It only works in court to get more money out of the driver that hits you, not to actually prevent a wreck.)

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The risks of biking in the Valley, Pippa makes it all the way, and a road rager attacks rescuer

Lifestyle as the relatives of a cyclist killed back when this blog was still young transfer the reward money for the arrest of the killer driver to a dog park memorial for the cyclist. Family of cyclist killed in hit-and-run donates reward fund for Capitola dog park This is poetic, because the cyclist’s dog survived the wreck and waited with the body until it was discovered when people went to investigate the barking dog.

And those were all the links that gave me fits today. No giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Surrounded by mayhem, gore, and death, and then I opened the Feed

Now that I have your attention, things have been a “little rough” lately outside the world of bicycle blogging. As in more than 2/3 of my news feed outside my bike news Feed was filled with pictures and verbal descriptions of atrocities in Africa and the Middle East. I also got a cat video of a kitten being cute, but that one cute video just doesn’t compensate for death and destruction in several pages of links. The problem is I am not an island and I can’t just get the news about bicycles, I have to accept the “other stuff” as well in order to get access to the bike links. Also this is part of the cost of being a good “citizen of the world” these days. You can’t do anything about evils you don’t know about, but I have not the slightest clue of what I’m supposed to do about some of this stuff where and who I am at the moment. Superman, or Green Lantern, or maybe Iron Man would have the abilities and resources to do something about it, but being Opus the Poet, Bicycle Blogger is only slightly north of squat when it comes to “doing something” about wars, and rape gangs terrorizing school girls.

Up first, a cute kitten. Kitten discovers mirror Ahh, much better.

First wreck, a cyclist runs into the side of a train crossing the bike path? Bicyclist dead after being struck by Rail Runner and Cyclist hit, killed by Railrunner train Crossing was not signalized and I don’t know which side of the street the cyclist was riding on to know if he could see the crossing lights and guards on the street. The street has a reputation for being “too dangerous” to ride on (heavy traffic moving at high speeds, the typical “ten over the limit” thing and nowhere to escape for the hit-from-behind protocols) so almost all cyclists are on the sparsely used sidewalks here. There has been speculation in a forum I can’t link to that there was some kind of brake failure on the bike right when it got to the crossing and that was why it went into the side of the second car of the train when the train was so obviously crossing the sidewalk. Speculation of mechanical failure aside most of the time avoiding getting hit by trains is easy, the trains don’t deviate from the tracks (during normal operation), are generally quite noisy even when the operator is not trying to alert you of their presence, and are large and usually colorful to boot. The “secret” is to not be on the tracks at the same time as the train, and generally that is easy to do. Why that did not happen here with the level of experience this cyclist is credited with I have no idea beyond the previously noted speculation.

Update on an old story. Driver who killed Richmond cyclist transferred to state prison I don’t see why the killer first of all got such a light sentence, and second of all why he was allowed to spend so much of what was supposed to be a state prison sentence at a county jail. And the bit about having to use a CPAP so he couldn’t go to prison is just so much… I can’t say that and keep the PG-13 rating of this blog. (I’m treading perilously close to losing that for a couple of F-bombs last month.)

Things have been busy over in Boise this week. Boise man pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed cyclist Likely sentence is “not much” but the guilty plea will result in a felony record, so that’s something at least.

And one wreck almost taken care of, so I guess time for another? Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by truck in Boise Intersection wreck as the cyclist was t-boned, the driver says the cyclist was running a red light. I don’t know what the cyclist said, but he was reported to be conscious at the scene and deteriorated on the way to hospital. Intersection protocols to avoid including being aware of stale greens and staying out of intersections when you can’t clear them before the light goes red in your direction. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, just like 95% of the rest of the wrecks I link to in my blog.

The scourge of the cycling world falls upon CA. Cyclist Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash In Sacramento Another hit-from-behind in the bike lane and the driver left the scene, again. The cyclist was already doing everything possible to avoid this wreck, but the sub-standard infrastructure failed her. The only thing that can be done is to get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” ASAP.

They caught the “bad guy” in this wreck just outside NYC. Suspect Arrested In Hit-And-Run That Injured Cyclist In Medford, L.I. Cyclist was hit from behind riding on the shoulder, I strongly suspect that this was the only through route to his destination. Not much if any place for the cyclist to go to execute the hit-from-behind protocols, which leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” as the only alternative to avoid or prevent this wreck.

This wreck in NC is yet to be solved as I compose this post. Cyclist struck, killed in hit-and-run on Barry Oak Road Nothing directly on the mode, but the narrative strongly suggests a hit-from-behind on the shoulder. Regardless, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent another wreck like this one.

Update on an OH wreck with an outcome that was about as good as could be expected. 3 years prison for East Dundee DUI hit-and-run that injured cyclist This was a very low-end sentence for a combined DUI and hit-and-run. The cyclist escaped death by fractions of an inch or a few degrees of angle, and the driver essentially skates. Well aside from the $11k fine and $2k court costs that have to be paid after leaving prison.

Not sure if this was “skitching” or if the cyclist was buzzed by the vehicle and then couldn’t let go after preventing the collision. Brockton bicyclist injured after grabbing onto back of tractor trailer, police said Either way the trick is to aim the bike away from the motor vehicle and let go as soon as there is room to get away safely. And need I say that with Dutch-style infrastructure the cyclist and the truck would never have had this kind of confrontation?

Why has the name of the driver of the weapon vehicle in this wreck been made a state secret? Vasquez: Why no charges in cyclist’s death?

A cyclist in Oz runs out of sidewalk and into traffic. Cyclist critically injured in crash at Tempe Intersection wreck, so use intersection protocols to avoid or to reduce injuries. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And really sidewalks are very poor bicycle infrastructure even after they are designated as such. Unless rebuilt specifically as bike infrastructure they are not safe for riding at typical commuting speeds (even “Dutch typical” of 12 MPH) and have poor sight lines especially at intersections.

Still in Oz, a report on a right cross (Aussie and UK version of the left cross because they drive and ride on the “wrong” side of the street). Lucky to be alive: Cyclist trapped under garbage truck in Surry Hills The cyclist was caught by a truck turning right across his direction of travel, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injuries and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Today is the day for bike/train wrecks. Major delays on Frankston line after train hits and kills cyclist Again, still in Oz, and nothing specific about the wreck aside from the kinds of vehicles involved, so standard advice about trains and how to avoid meeting with one unexpectedly applies.

A really low-information report from Enn Zed. Cyclist injured in accident I got more information about the traffic delays than I did the wreck, but it was in an intersection so those protocols would probably have been helpful in avoiding or reducing injury, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have probably prevented the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is extremely good today. Morning Links: Cyclist critically injured in Laguna Beach; lawsuit filed against LA County, LASD in Milt Olin case I was wondering what the delay in the Olin wreck was after he was hit from behind while riding in the bike lane.

Infrastructure! news from VA after that SUV/bike wreck on a MUP crossing a Freeway. After crash, VDOT makes changes on bridge walkway As someone pointed out in the comments, it’s a pedestrian crossing, if the employee needed to be there that badly why couldn’t he walk?

More infrastructure from NYC. NYPD: 1,160 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, Nine Killed in Traffic in April When motor vehicles collide there is usually only property damage, when motor vehicles hit pedestrians or cyclists there is usually a trip in an ambulance or a coroner’s car Note the disparity in the statistics, in more than 16K wrecks, there were more than 33K drivers and passengers involved, but only 2847 were injured and only 12 died, for a fatality rate of 0.04% when rounded. Pedestrians died at a rate of 1% while cyclists died at a rate of 0.3%. Or to look at it another way in a city hat has a vehicle ownership rate around 45% there were almost as many pedestrians killed as everybody in motor vehicles, not counting cyclists, and NYC still devotes most of its public space to moving and stored vehicles. A tiny fraction of that space is devoted to moving pedestrians, but an even tinier fraction is set aside for cyclists who must fight for space with both pedestrians and motor vehicles to get around the city. The fact that so few cyclists are killed or injured is more a testament to the skill and road sense of cyclists as well as their pathetically small mode share than it is to the quality of the infrastructure.

Lifestyle article for the MD cyclist killed in KY after having a mechanical incident. Friends To Finish Miles For Cyclist Killed During Charity Journey

And after all that I need another kitty video. Most Hilarious Videos Of Cats 2014 – Best Funny Kitten Compilation

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Running late on purpose, and the Feed

I’m trying to get a many link as possible cleared out today so I have less work to do on Monday. Hence the delay to get as many links from the Feed as possible before taking Saturday off. And speaking of Saturday, I have some good news. I had a gig last year that they were supposed to pay me on the sale of the project when completed, and the check came in yesterday. I had completely forgotten I had even done the gig. So I have a bit of fundage that can be used for frivolous things First thing I did was go to the nail spa and get my toes done before I ruined any pairs of socks. I can’t get the last three toes on my left foot because of the nerve damage and the scar tissue in the muscle. I bend over and those toes can’t pull up enough to get a clear shot at cutting the nails. I can fudge around the problem by placing a book or piece of lumber under my foot so the toes hang off and if I get the right piece of lumber or book I have enough room to cut the nails. This requires over an hour to do the foot and can be quite exhausting. Or I can go to the nail spa and get a pedi and for $25 I get my toes done, calluses buffed off, cuticles trimmed back (really saves on snagged and ruined socks), a massage, and a mini peel, and be back home faster than it would take to do both feet myself and just cut the nails.

The other thing I’m doing is attending A-Kon 25 for Saturday. Somewhere I have a badge that says I survived A-Kon 7, the one with the blackout and the nearby tornadoes (one was less than a mile from the convention hotel). And I still have stock in the closet from the Urusei Yatsura videos we didn’t sell. Anyone want topless teenage alien demons on VHS? ;) I have the first 60 episodes on 12 cassettes.

Up first is a SWCC in San Antonio. Cyclist critically injured after hitting SUV One thing I almost always ask, did anyone not in the weapon vehicle see the cyclist run the light? Because looking at the wreckage of the bike and the Google Maps of the scene, umm yeah he probably ran the light. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in VA involves an uninjured cyclist. Two injured in crash with Va. Beach school bus Multi-vehicle wreck triggered when the lead vehicle had to brake short to keep from running over a cyclist from behind on a road with no bike infrastructure. Then the rest of the wreck is compounded by all the people driving too close to react to the vehicle in front of them. Fortunately as related earlier the cyclist was unharmed. There’s a nice Google Maps app on the article that lets you zoom in on the wreck scene (taken prior to the wreck unfortunately) and you can see quite easily that a cyclist would have had to make a tricky move to the left to avoid the right turn lane at that intersection. This motor vehicle wreck could have been avoided had the infrastructure been “up to Dutch”, preventing the cyclist maneuver that triggered the wreck. All of the other bad driving would not have amounted to anything without the bad infrastructure.

Another VA cyclist was not so lucky. Cyclist down in hit-and-run Buzz job gone horribly bad, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And I can’t imagine what the witnesses went through. According to the comments the driver has done this before.

Moving to Enn Zed we get another cyclist hit. Teen cyclist critically injured in Hastings crash Nothing on the mode of the wreck but other bits in the narrative indicate it was a mid-block hit-from-behind. And apparently caused by the cyclist not wearing a magic foam hat that repels motor vehicles from hitting cyclists.

I’m not sure what to make of this report from Oz. Rodney Clavell’s ex-girlfriend Samantha Farrer denies killing cyclist near Victor Harbor If I’m reading this right her ex went on a shooting rampage in the Sydney CBD this week. What that has to do with the GF running over a cyclist from behind I have no idea. The only thing I can gather is she has a history of displaying bad judgement in many things.

One of those reports that straddles the boundary between wreck and infrastructure. And makes me sad. There Have Now Been 100 Traffic Fatalities In NYC In 2014 And the numbers keep on growing. the counter on the article went up by one as I was filtering other links…

LifeStyle from WA. Candlelight vigil for 15-year-old Spokane boy on bicycle killed by sheriff’s deputy’s car Sorry to see the kid killed.

A few states to the east sees a similar vigil. Casper cyclists ride to remember Matthew Harker

The good kind of lifestyle article… Wounded Rider Program gives first crash kit to cyclist I think this is a great idea, and other cities should emulate it. It gets cyclists back on their feet faster to know that someone has their figurative back while they recover.

And the Windy City normalizes city laws and state laws allowing e-assist bikes in the bike lanes and bike paths. Electric bikes could zoom through bike lanes Some inflammatory language used (“zoom” through bike lanes, etc).

Some silly Infrastructure. Just look at these banana safety-cones If you see a line of these on the road be very carefull about making sudden stops or sharp turns.

Our daily Ted. Morning Links: Vote for bikeways in South OC, how to deal with road rage, and punched out for not running a red I have been yelled at many times for stopping at stop signs, but never any physical violence.

And those were all the links that even remotely fit in with the blog today. I hope you got some giggles to go with your fits.

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

How the Ride of Silence and this blog are part and parcel today on my 2000th blog post

Yeah, I know. Wow! I have as of this date sat down and sorta collected my thoughts mostly at this desk (there were some posts made from exotic locations like bus stations and small town libraries after I got the laptop with wi-fi capability) two thousand times. Actually a few more than that as there were some posts that never actually made it to the front page, and the separate pages (Gay Marriage, Gigi’s Story, etc.) don’t count towards the post count and some of them have been updated several times. So I posted a bit more than the official count, not that it really matters. Today is the 2000th “official” blog post since 11/23/2008, the date I started posting from this service provider. Prior to that I was posting from MySpace, but had to move because all the external links caused them to think I was a phishing site (and shortly after they shut down my blog MySpace quietly imploded, imagine that). I worked for Examiner.com for a while (and they still consider me an employee, they sent me a nice e-badge that would show on any articles I would write stating that I was a 5-year employee) based on the contents of this blog, but since I was more national and they wanted hyper local we drifted apart.

In the meantime I have been consulted by several lawyers concerning bicycle wrecks since I have been exposed to more wreck reports than just about any person on the planet. I’m still trying to decide if that part is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. I know that combined with the brain damage it does not help me maintain my grasp of sanity, but I have learned a lot from reading those thousands of reports on what happened to people. I have developed an instinctual feel for approximate speed and direction of impact on a bike from looking at the end results since mostly the bike gets hit once and then bounces away from the wreck, and my bullshit detector gets a frequent workout when physical impossibilities are entered as fact. And there is the vanishingly rare case where the perp driver of the weapon vehicle is going so fast that the corpse of his (invariably the driver in these cases is male) victim comes through the windshield and kills or seriously injures the driver. I can recall about 3 of those world-wide since I started this blog on MySpace…

But getting back to the headline, how does this blog connect to the Ride of Silence? Well every year they remember those killed or injured while riding their bikes, and every day I remember those killed or injured while riding their bikes. Every year they say they hope this will be the last time they need to do the Ride, and every day I hope that this will be the last time I need to post about wrecks and bad infrastructure and I can just start posting cat videos, or links to bands I like, or pictures of the bikes I could build if I had the time and the money to buy materials. I mean seriously, I have been redesigning the same three bikes since 2010 for building into “show” bikes. But the RoS, and I are both devoted to the ideal of a world where regardless of your mode of transportation, you can get from A to B safely and calmly, with your life and all your limbs intact and attached. Until that day my work is unfinished and I fear I will go to my grave with work yet to do.

Up first today in this truncated list (I waited as late as I could yesterday so that I wouldn’t have many links today) is this from KY. Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Vehicle Weapon vehicle went off the road, left unstated was where the cyclist was riding. Hit-from-behind wreck but the weapon vehicle going off the road moots almost all of the protocols for avoiding or reducing damages. Unravelled routing or barrier protection would be the only way that infrastructure could prevent a similar wreck.

A low-information report from the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck in Mirabel One witness dead and the only other witness is too traumatized to talk to LEO, I guess they’ll have to examine the evidence to determine what happened. Or they could just ignore it…

Moving halfway around the world to Enn Zed we get another seriously injured cyclist unable to talk to LEO. Cyclist injured at intersection Other than it was an intersection wreck LEO have not released any information about the mode of the wreck. Thus I have no information about avoiding the wreck or if changing the infrastructure could have prevented the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is pretty good today. Morning Links: New Santa Clarita bike safety campaign; Beverly Hills official calls you an organ donor wannabe Ted, if you live long enough you will have any number of conditions that merit their own bike ride, just be glad you have that kind of support.

This video from DC shows a driver trying to intimidate a cyclist on a marked bike route. TRIGGER WARNING! Motorist Road Rage on DC Bicycle Route

This is so rare that I thought it deserved setting it apart from the “normal” links we get from FL. Bicycle Safety: Care For Cyclists Egads, someone in the media in FL that actually cares if cyclists live or die and prefers we live! Be still my beating heart…

And at least one country is so serious about what cycling can do in a positive way for their country, they are willing to handhold new cyclists until they are confident in their journeys. Sweden Is So Serious About Reducing Pollution, It’s Giving People Bike Coaches

Standard smart e-bike not distinctive enough for you? Try one of these. SMART EBIKE – ORANGE EDITION, COMFORT EDITION AND BLACK EDITION

And a little Krautrock to lighten your day. Kraftwerk Autobahn full I use the term “little” ironically in this link, this is the full 22 minute version of the piece. Get comfy first because this is a trip of a piece of music.

Billed @€0.02, Opus