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After ruining my “vacation” I’m back at work in TX, and the Feed

That was the last time I bring my laptop with me on vacation. I mean seriously the only time I didn’t work on the blog was when I was unable to find an Internet connection, and there was so much I missed out on by being stuck inside on the computer. Also I really needed a longer break from all the “lovely” death and gore that goes with this job. I realized that when I was watching a wreck video taken from the wrecked bicycle, and other people in the room had to leave because they had to throw up and I was just watching to see how far over into the cyclist’s lane the weapon vehicle was driven. This is a level of detachment I really don’t want to sustain. It’s not good for my long-term mental health to be that detached from death, dismemberment, and destruction. It leads to things like supporting the death penalty for reals, not just as a demonstration of how serious I believe an offense should be taken.

Up first is what appears to be a left cross that is blamed on the cyclist’s failure to wear a magic foam hat just a few miles from the WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Cyclist killed in Plano after being struck by vehicle Yeah, totally the fault of the cyclist riding through the intersection with the right of way over the turning vehicle but not wearing a helmet, not the guy driving blindly through the cyclist. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And fire any LEO who places more emphasis on wearing a helmet than in making a legal left turn that does not hit cyclists.

Update on a hit-and-run in LA. Cyclist died of drowning; driver out on bond The cyclist had survivable injuries but died because he couldn’t get out of the ditch after the wreck. He would have lived and recovered had the driver just stayed at the scene and helped him out of the ditch. It’s situations like this that make me want to chain the driver to the steering wheel and run the car through a car shredder. More Coroner: Bicyclist drowned following hit-and-run

Karma runs over a drunk driver in NM. Woman tied to 2010 cyclist death gets prison time in separate case She’s still awaiting trial on charges the killed a building while driving drunk (no that is neither a joke nor a typo, she destroyed a building with her car).

From the current US champion cyclist-killing state of FL, another notch on the infrastructure… Cyclist killed in crash near Beverly Beach Camptown This report makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, sure SWCC wreck, and without seeing the wrecked bicycle I can’t say what way the bike was pointed at time of impact, but the point of impact on the weapon vehicle would have been right in front of the driver if he had been looking where he was going. So I can’t say if this was an intersection wreck, hit from behind, or if the cyclist was riding across the street at mid-block. That kind restricts my advice to installing Dutch infrastructure to prevent a similar wreck. More Another highway fatality

For when you think there might be sane drivers in FL. Road-raging Florida man run over by his own truck after drunken crash Unfortunately he survived. Recounting, drunk driver hits car stopped for red light in the rain, gets out to bang on driver’s window and rant, light changes and driver that was hit from behind leaves, then the truck with the driver’s open beer on board runs over the driver trying to catch and stop it with his hands. Driver had a BAC% of 0.22 when tested in hospital… idiot.

An OH cyclist gets a lucky break. Cyclist Hit By Passing Truck The luck breaks were manifold in this wreck, the first being the cyclist was not hit fully by the truck that buzzed him, another being the spokesman for LEO was not person who investigated the wreck because the levels of understanding of the law from the investigator vastly exceeded the understanding displayed by the spokesperson. Buzz job means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, while infrastructure “up to Dutch” including education of LEO about laws and the limitations of PPE like bicycle helmets will prevent a similar wreck. Or if not prevent it, make sure everyone knows that passing motor vehicles are at fault when hitting bicycles being passed in the same direction.

An IA wreck with cyclist survivor. Cyclist in fair condition after Ireton, Iowa, crash Driver buzzed the cyclist and was ticketed for the offense. Hit from behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and I’m really sorry the cyclist’s RAGBRAI vacation was ruined by an idiot with a driver’s license and 2 brain cells to rub together. Oh yeah, get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A really annoying wreck in NYC that LEO seem to insist is the fault of the cyclist for being there to get hit. Cyclist’s Legs Crushed By Cement Truck In East Williamsburg Right hook, cyclist survival is still unknown.[UPDATE] Comment from User ID “JB” says the cyclist is recovering in hospital. and “Broke’N’Hungry” left the comment “(T)hats a friend of mine. Didn’t read through all the comments because there are so many of them but just updating for anyone that wants to know– she’s okay!!! will be in and out of surgeries for a little but blessed be the powers that only got her leg!! 1-2 weeks hospital time with like 6 months-ish of recovery (mostly wheelchair bound, but recovery!).” Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and if this was anyplace other than NYC I would say get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, but since this is from NYC I’m going to say ban motor vehicles without a pilot carrying a red flag walking in front and behind the vehicle is the way to go because they really can’t move the buildings to install more infrastructure, and they have the required public transit to replace any and all private motor vehicles in the city, except for trucks delivering goods which is where the pilots walking with red flags come in.

Another NYC wreck on a bike path. Bus Driver Seriously Injures Cyclist on Hudson River Greenway Right hook with the bus and the bike path both getting the green light at the same time, a move that is guaranteed to cause wrecks, deaths and destruction. As this is already a segregated bike path I place all blame on the infrastructure and the driver’s failure to yield to the cyclist who had the green light to proceed straight through the intersection. This is a direct violation of the CROW manual for building bike infrastructure in the Netherlands.

What it takes to get a murder conviction for killing someone with your motor vehicle in NY. Upstate NY driver convicted for fatally hitting bicyclist, fleeing with body wedged on truck OK seriously, just put his guy away for life without parole, he was out on drug charges when he killed the cyclist (using, not selling). Or just let me have him… I promise to put all the pieces in the same location, and in the right order. I even promise he will have a pulse and respiration and most of his blood.

A report from WI that has 2 vehicles in the intersection after a 4-way stop, so why are they assuming the guy riding the bicycle was the one that ran the stop sign? Green Lake Co. cyclist injured in crash with pickup I looked at the intersection in Google Maps, and I saw 4 way stop signs (well technically I saw shadows on the ground from where the stop signs should be). Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and infrastructure to prevent.

Another WI wreck with a DUI driver. Cyclist injured in Sparta collision Nothing on the mode or anything that would allow deducing the mode, just a drunk driver hitting an innocent cyclist… INFRASTRUCTURE! damnit.

I think this MI wreck is a prime example of the difference between getting infrastructure “up to Dutch” and just throwing pavement down and calling it “bicycle infrastructure”. Bicyclist slams into truck on crosswalk Looking at the intersection with Street View you can see traffic on the bike path did not have priority over motor vehicles in the street, 180 out from the Dutch standard. The intersection seemed to have good visibility and the driver stating he “always” slowed down coming to that spot may have sucked the cyclist into believing the driver was going to stop and let him proceed. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and turn those stop signs to face the street like “real” bicycle infrastructure to prevent. I mean they are more than 2/3 of the way there, why not make the simple change to get all the way there?

A cyclist is hit from behind in IL. Van hits 17-year-old cyclist on 45/52 Since the weapon vehicle was leaving the road as it hit the cyclist this negates any chance to employ the protocols to avoid the wreck or reduce the damages from it.

Some days I really feel for Ted, like today. Update: Bicyclist killed in Menifee collision; Riverside County bike fatalities twice as high as last year Hit from behind presumably in the bike lane, but the description of the weapon vehicle sounds like one of the micro cars from the Lane Museum. or one of these? protocols would not be useful if the description of the scene is accurate, so getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” is all that can be done to prevent a similar wreck.

Another CA wreck is a hit-from-behind. One teen killed, another injured in Modesto auto vs. cyclist collision Since it seems there were two up on a single bike and it wasn’t a cargo or tandem bike and at least one was drunk… There are things that have a high chance of a bad outcome in the US that are if not “normal” are at least not uncommon and fairly safe in places where the infrastructure is not heavily biased in preference to private motor vehicles as transportation…

Another CA cyclist is hit by a train? Cyclist killed by train Seriously, don’t do this. The cyclist rode around the crossing guards to try to beat the freight train and not have to wait for the several minutes required for the crossing. Your life is not worth taking the chance to save a few minutes.

Updates on multiple wrecks in AK. Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends Mourn Still aren’t saying what will happen with such egregious wrecks as getting hit from behind by a driver speeding in reverse… If any wreck called for serious prison time this one does. And for the record, I doubt any protocols or infrastructure changes would do anything for this wreck unless driver’s license standards were also tightened severely at the same time.

Yucky wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist badly injured in collision with dump truck Even when the cyclist survives a wreck with a dump truck, it ain’t pretty doesn’t even come close to describing it. From the picture it looks like the truck was swinging wide and cut the corner in a seriously bad right hook. The bike is under the front wheel, which tells me the cyclist never saw what hit him until he was under the truck. That makes employing any of the protocols impossible, leaving only infrastructure that didn’t leave cyclists running from dump trucks driven by Mr. Magoo as the only sane alternative.

At least they know not to blame the cyclist in this intersection wreck. Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by car Drier ran the red hitting the cyclist after she entered the intersection, and was caught doing so by witnesses, so it wasn’t the driver claiming legality with nobody to speak for the cyclist. Anyway, not much the cyclist could do, and unless this was rebuilt as an intersection that had flyovers for the cars with bikes riding through at grade level changing the infrastructure would not have helped either.

A fatal wreck in Canuckistan. Cyclist killed on Interlake highway Naturally they blame the cyclist for riding in the “middle” of the road instead of the driver not looking where his vehicle was going. Hit from behind protocols might have given the cyclist a chance, infrastructure would not have required him to take one.

If this doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy, you’re either deceased or have problems. Boy Carries His Younger Brother Through Triathlon, Wins At Life

Now this is riding with a purpose! This rogue bicycle pony express delivered mail in 1894 Cyclists rode in shifts over a set section of the route waiting at each end of the section for the rider coming their direction to hit the road with the mail for the next section.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Wolfpack Hustle debates bike lanes with John & Ken, and Calbike forms state’s 1st bike PAC

Horrible legal Infrastructure! news from New York. NY Court Just Made It Easier For Drivers To Get Away With Murder Seriously, I want to know what these guys are smoking… They just contracted the definition of “depraved” until you have to deliberately target everything on the road until your vehicle is too battered to continue to get a murder conviction for driving like a maniac. The driver in this case was doing over 70 MPH when he hit the victim throwing her body a NYC block, and the panel of “judges” declared this was NOT “depraved indifference” to the lives of others. Decisions like this make me want to require mandatory drug testing of judges before every case and at random times during the case…

Presented without comment… NYPD: 1,263 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 11 Killed in Traffic in May

Usually I make jokes about cousins marrying when discussing the infrastructure for bicycles in AR. Safety tips for cyclists and motorists sharing the road Basically just more on how to deal with infrastructure built with no regard for any mode besides motor vehicles…

Infrastructure from CA. Another cyclist death prompts call for more bike safety

Infrastructure commentary from IA. The cyclist on the street versus the cyclist in the road There’s a serious disconnect here about bicycle infrastructure, when you have that many sidewalk cyclists they are telling government that the infrastructure SUCKS!

When the judge says that the infrastructure is so bad that cyclists and trucks are going to hit each other and it isn’t the cyclists’ fault in the UK you got some seriously bolluxed infrastructure… Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist’s death

Lifestyle from NY. Ghost bike honors cyclist killed in Troy I no longer remember this wreck, how long ago was it again?

Lastly, I think this was my favorite picture from my visit to the Lane Museum.
Why be normal?
Why be normal?

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. More fits than giggles, but that’s normal these days.

Billd @€0.02, Opus

Last day in TN and we ate some more, and the Feed

We had a visit with the kids’ old baby sitters, which was nice. We went to lunch, which was filling. Mrs. the Poet and I shared a plate called a Rusty Bucket at a seafood place up the street after we got to our intended eating establishment and found them closed on Mondays. I also had what will probably be my last local beer, this one a dark beer with floral overtones and a slightly bitter finish called a Turtle Anarchy. So far I have not hit any clinkers in my local beer safari across NY and TN. Programming note, I will be off-air for travel tomorrow and Wednesday. This will mean that I will be up to my expectations in links on Thursday :D

Cyclists have highly sensitive danger senses, but this guy’s is just beyond anything I have ever encountered. Dutch cyclist cheats death twice, never boards MH17 and MH370 Somebody needs to see how this guy rides in traffic and see if there is some kind of sixth sense thing going on or something.

A few miles east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell is an update on that buzz job that was nearly fatal caught on video. Cyclist clipped by truck: ‘I remember riding up the overpass and I don’t remember anything after that’ I think a video camera would be a very good addition to Francis/es in the near future.

The article next closest is an update on an LA hit-and-run. Driver arrested in death of cyclist Lon Lomas The cyclist was hit from behind and left for dead earlier this year.

More on that NOLA right hook by a semi on a cyclist, that was at least partially caused by poor infrastructure design. Victim in Marigny fatal bicycle crash with 18-wheeler identified

Another blind driver runs over a cyclist in FL. Tampa police: Driver ran over bicyclist lying in road and Bicyclist dies on N 50th Street in southeast Tampa Ignoring for the moment the question of what caused the cyclist to be horizontal instead of vertical in the road, why was the driver unable to avoid an adult human male and a bicycle in the road on a bright sunny day? The point has been made in comments to the first link that there was nothing obstructing the vision of the driver to cause him to hit the body in the road. Second question is why the cyclist was in the road in the first place, was he hit by another vehicle or was there some kind of medical situation that caused him to fall? And yes, being drunk is a medical situation.

More on a really strange wreck in CA. Bicyclist Dies In Macabre Accident, Run Down By a Car on the Sidewalk I have been reading in BicyclingInLA that the victim was just waiting for a bus and not a cyclist, that the bicycle on the scene was just additional debris from the wreck, possibly locked to one of the light stanchions mowed down by the vehicle as it transited the sidewalk on its ballistic trajectory after the initial impact with the other vehicle involved. This information does not make this person any less dead or the situation any less tragic.

Another CA bike wreck. Chino Hills driver arrested after bicyclist fatally struck in Pomona Hit-from-behind protocols might have helped avoid or reduced injury, but keeping drunk drivers off the roads and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this wreck. Getting rid of drunk drivers more than other aspects of infrastructure, but still it takes a complete package.

A NH child cyclist is injured in collision with a pickup truck. Keene boy hit on bicycle, flown to hospital From looking at the Street View of the intersection intersection protocols might have been a total waste of time because of the geometry of the impact. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” has a very high probability of preventing a similar wreck given the age of the victim. Seriously, this intersection is a total mess of 5 intersecting streets and no traffic controls aside from a stop sign on one street, and a flashing amber light. There are bike lanes on one of the arterial streets and copious markings about yielding to pedestrians, so they are working on it.

A cyclist is hit-and-run in MT. Bicyclist in critical condition after hit-and-run crash in Missoula Hit from behind and the LEO report made no mention of missing lights or reflectors so it can be safely assumed the cyclist was legally lighted and reflectorized. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Hit and run death in the 49th State. Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified; teenage driver detained and another link Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified; teenage driver detained Nothing on the mode of the wreck in either link, just that the teen driver left the scene and parked the truck a few blocks away from the wreck. So, INFRASTRUCTURE!

A right hook in the Great White North, Female cyclist receives minor injuries after being struck in Oakville Nothing on what kind of punishment was dealt to the driver in this wreck, but intersection wreck, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages from the wreck, and infrastructure to prevent.

A deadly wreck in Canuckistan. Cyclist struck and killed north of Selkirk also Winnipeg Cyclist Killed Near Selkirk Hit from behind on a cyclist riding where he should have been highly visible to drivers actually looking at the road, no mention of anything missing from the cyclist’s equipment except the helmet which seems to get mentioned in every wreck even if the cyclist had only massive blunt force trauma to the torso and untouched head. Protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

Moving on to Jolly Olde we see the resolution of a drunk driving fatality. Woman whose sister was killed by drunk-driver is jailed for mowing down cyclist after alcohol-fuelled row with boyfriend and Four years’ jail for drunk driver who killed cyclist as she chased boyfriend’s car Four years with likely release in 2 is hardly the appropriate sentence for killing someone at nearly twice the legal posted speed and blood alcohol limits both.

And at that this driver got more than 66% of drivers convicted of killing cyclists in the UK. Cycling deaths: Fewer than half of drivers face jail

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The battle over Santa Paula cop’s anti-bike video is over, but we may have lost the war

Infrastructure! news from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists are not a menace on the roads

Lifestyle from IN. Cyclists remember their partners killed during 2006 ride

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, still more fits, but there were some giggles hidden in there.

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

I get a night off and the Feed

I have no social obligations today so I will be able to find and filter as many links as possible before my Mental Hygiene day tomorrow (you have no idea how mind-cleansing it feels to be someone else for a day, even just in a game). Either of the Sparrows (Jr. or Sr.) or my high-level Warmage Red Feather allow me to “leave myself” for a while and “solve problems” that are outside my usual life experience (particularly Red Feather, who is 13th level and employed as part of a team of trouble-shooters for a group that helps maintain order against the constant opening of portals to other worlds and planes, with monsters that sometimes wander through and cause disruption either intentional or otherwise). Red Feather is mainly an armored mage who can get up close to a battle and deliver massive firepower (with 39 spell slots available per day) from a spellbook of more than 200 spells (last session he went toe to toe with a Red Dragon and walked away untouched while the dragon beat a hasty retreat).

Up first is an update on a South TX hit-and-run. Man pleads not guilty in Edinburg cyclist’s fatal hit-and-run Wow, a $1 Million bond for killing a cyclist…

Either a buzz job or a drunk cyclist, or both, in OK. Rider injured near Roland It was speculated by LEO on the scene that a semi that was in front of the weapon vehicle may have sucked the cyclist off the bike lane and into the traffic lane in front of the weapon vehicle. Or he may have been drunk. Assuming the first part is true there is nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, getting sucked or blown out of your lane is way outside anything a cyclist can deal with by him or her self. Alcohol consumption on the other hand is something a cyclist can do something about.

Out in CA someone assaulted a cyclist and was charged with attempted murder. Three arrested in attack on cyclist in Santa Ana Um, I don’t think this is something most cyclists have anything to worry about, unless you are or were a member of a street gang and still live in your old ‘hood.

Seattle is highly pissed that killing a cyclist carries a lower fine than running a red light or littering. The Morning News: Did You Know You Can Hit and Kill a Cyclist and Get Off with a $175 Ticket? and Driver who hit, killed teenage cyclist fined just $175 The cyclist was crossing the street legally and waited for traffic in both directions to stop before crossing in the crosswalk, and the driver of the weapon vehicle didn’t stop despite there being a vehicle stopped at the marked crosswalk and hit the cyclist as he came from the front of the stopped vehicle into the lane of the weapon vehicle. Near as I can tell the cyclist was 101% in compliance with both the letter and spirit of the law and common sense. Even the intersection protocols would absolve the cyclist of any blame in this wreck, while the segregated infrastructure only helps as much as people driving in motor vehicles comply with the laws. A little more backup from the DA would help on this one, there is a WA law that is specific to wrecks like this that allows prison or jail terms for killing people walking or riding a bicycle. That $175 ticket is just lame and feeble.

Update on another WA wreck, now with make of weapon vehicle. New clues in bicyclist hit-run: Police know what kind of car they’re looking for Well, that’s good to know.

Schadenfreude in OR as a douche diesel driver is arrested for assault. Truck driver does ‘rollin’ coal’ on riders, and one of them is a bike cop This has happened to me several times, and I was tickled mauve to read this article…

Another OR driver violates the basic speed law. Bicyclist seriously injured in morning crash east of Philomath The cyclist was taking the lane because the shoulder was too narrow to fit his tadpole trike. The driver was just flat going too fast to be able to avoid hitting the cyclist. First and foremost the infrastructure was sub-standard if the trike couldn’t fit, second the driver breaking right instead of passing to the left negates the hit-from-behind protocols

Dang, they have been having a bad 2 weeks in ID…Cyclist hurt, driver ticketed in Emerald Street crash Left cross in the bike lane, and the driver given a ticket on the spot. Major kudos to the LEO responsible for issuing the ticket.

A very strange wreck in NYC. Bicyclist condition improving; injured in crash in Clove Lakes Park (with photos) The cyclist ran off the path and into a parked truck? And at the time of the report nothing from the cyclist. Reports from the comments section to the effect the park was off-limits to bicycles, and poorly signed to that effect such that the cyclist could have entered the park and never encountered any notice that he was violating the law. Which still doesn’t explain how he ran into the truck.

A GA wreck with two weapon vehicles and nobody to tell the bicycle side of the story. Teen cyclist struck, killed in two-car accident Given the high level of detail about the cyclist’s path prior to the wreck, it seems likely that he had just left either his home, or was returning to his home, at the time of the wreck. The second impact was pure pinball off the first and into the second vehicle. To avoid use ALL the intersection protocols, especially the bit about obeying traffic controls. Since this was a residential area with a 45 MPH highway running through it it would take massive changes to the infrastructure to prevent a wreck like this.

Update on another GA wreck. Atlanta cyclist still critical, Georgia bikers less safe than most I really hope he recovers at least somewhat, enough to engage in a meaningful life again. Police are still trying to find the driver that assaulted him.

More information from an AZ wreck earlier this week (previously linked to in Tucson Velo). Bicyclist killed in early morning crash; man arrested and charged This was a cyclist hit from behind in the bike lane in an area that did not allow for an escape route when the weapon vehicle entered the bike lane. The specifics are still the same, American style infrastructure works only as far as drivers respect it, and as the driver in this case did not respect even the motor vehicle infrastructure that dominates the landscape in Tucson respecting bicycle infrastructure is a bit outside the expectations.

More on the NM cyclist hit by a train report. Photos released of items worn by bicyclist killed by train I noticed that there was no music player or earbuds in the rider’s things, blowing “cyclist could not hear the train over his iPod” theory out of the water. Which now makes the “Why?” question all the harder to answer.

Another NM cyclist is hit-and-run by a drunk driver. Cyclist injured in hit-and-run crash Intersection wreck, but given the state of the driver it’s not known if protocols would have been of use in avoiding or mitigating injury. Also because of the inebriated state of the driver the only infrastructure that would have made a difference would be grade-separated and barrier protected.

Another NM cyclist is hit by/with a garbage truck. Cyclist seriously injured in crash with garbage truck The bike was too damaged to tell which direction the cyclist was hit, and the narrative didn’t provide any clues either. Also as many wrecks between pedestrians bicycles and motor vehicles as they reported infrastructure is a major consideration.

And we can’t seem to get away from NM today with all the wrecks this week. 4 metro bicyclists hurt or killed so far in June

A wreck in the RAAM. Race Across America cyclist injured in accident The cyclist was hit by her follow vehicle when the follow vehicle was hit from behind by a semi, not the combination that cyclists usually have to deal with. And really if the semi could not get slowed down for the follow vehicle, the cyclist would have taken the hit from the semi unprotected and at speed…

LEO hits a cyclist in WI, and aside from the word that the LEO hit the cyclist, it’s a blackout. Cyclist injured in wreck involving Madison police cruiser Nothing to see here, move along…

I apologize for the anti-immigrant tone of the article about this wreck in CT. Indian man who killed a cyclist in New York, was in the country illegally All that about the driver, and nothing about the wreck, and next to nothing about the victim, so INFRASTRUCTURE!

In ME another cyclist gets blown off the road by a semi. Cyclist badly injured in Fryeburg accident OK there is nothing a cyclist can do when the wake from the truck literally blows you off the road. Infrastructure that keeps fast semi trucks away from slow cyclists wold be the only thing that could prevent another wreck like this.

This article and the statistic in the headline just make my blood run cold. 100 cyclists injured in Vancouver every month during peak season That’s 3 a day on average during the summer.

In Oz another cyclist is hit by a bus, at the same corner that a different cyclist was hit with a truck. Cyclist killed in crash with bus at Mount Druitt The narrative is consistent with a left hook wreck, intersection protocols to avoid and for [$deity]‘s sake fix that infrastructure before anyone else is killed.

Our Daily Ted, yay! Morning Links: A shameful plea for money, bike corrals hit contested streets and the worst bike injury ever Uhh, that bike injury link? Don’t click if you’re a squeamish person, or a male…

A CO Ghost Bike link. Ghost Bike is memorial to bicyclist killed on RRC Rd.

And this NY media outlet must be a monthly, because that’s how late they are on this RoS article. A mutual respect on the road

More lifestyle from another country inside the US. REMEMBER THE REMOVAL CHEROKEE BIKE RIDERS COMPLETE 950-MILE JOURNEY

UT attempts to use a series of moving billboards on the sides of semi trailers to advertize the new passing law. ‘Moving billboards’ on Utah roads promote cyclist safety

L.A. CA is trying to figure out what is going to happen with the changing world, the transition to a post-fossil fuel future. Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

Oz is also dealing with a changing world, poorly. Surging Canberra cycling injuries twice the national average, new report reveals

And that’s it until Sunday’s non-bike post.

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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

Grabbing as many links as I can today because tomorrow is a Really Big Day, and the Feed

Tomorrow is the date for Ride of Silence and I will be making the longest ride I have ever made on Francis/es, almost 20 miles round trip, so that I can participate. But that is not why this will be a Really Big Day. This post marks the 1999th time I have sat down at a computer, this makes the 4th computer since I have started this blog, to create a post for publication. I’m sure you are capable of basic math to know what comes next. Although this blog exists mostly to count and remember those killed and injured while riding a bicycle, tomorrow’s post will not have links to people who died riding, the fact that they were killed riding a bike is not the important thing, the important thing is that they were alive riding their bikes. I will have more to say on the subject tomorrow.

Up first is an update on the attempted mass murder during the SXSW conference/festival in Austin that resulted in the deaths of a cyclist and 4 other people. Suspect in South By Southwest crash indicted One count of capital murder (Murder 1 in most other places) and 4 counts of simple murder (murder 2 or 3 elsewhere). When they execute him do so by making him ride a bike on a closed road full of idiots in light armored vehicles. Let them drive around with the vehicle damage for a month so all their neighbors will know they “only” killed a cyclist…

Also from Austin, another update on a different wreck. Bike group identifies cyclist killed over weekend Nothing new on the wreck, but a lot more information about the victim.

A particularly brutal wreck in OR. Bend driver arrested in DUII SUV-bicycle crash mode not given but it was an intersection wreck and they already stated the weapon vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed, with injuries that go with a collision at a high rate of speed. And the driver got out of jail before the cyclist got out of ICU.

Just down the coast from the OR wreck closure is in sight for a CA wreck. Ex-Con Pleads Guilty to Drunken Driving Crash that Killed Bicyclist The driver was drunk, driving a stolen car, and in possession of methamphetamine, after being convicted for all of these offenses previously, and then he tops it off by killing another human being, and still may only get 14 years? Tell me it ain’t so!

Moving around the globe to Enn Zed, a driver that fatally sideswiped a cyclist gets a trial. Truck driver, 75, charged over cyclist’s death Give him a fair trial and a decent hangin’. With a bicycle chain…

Ted does not appear to be any more happy than I am this morning. Morning Links: A nearly forgotten Ride of Silence, and a deadly OC intersection nearly claims another victim

Infrastructure! news from back in Austin. Cyclist safety a concern after latest death I’m with the comment that cyclist safety is always a concern, just at heightened intensity after a fatal or near-fatal wreck.

Infrastructure news from SC. Photographic evidence: People use bike corrals replacing one car space with 8 bike racks increases the number of customers that can use that space by 15. Savvy business owners can really get behind that math, especially if they have a business that does not require moving large bulky items after the sale, like a restaurant or coffee shop or even a bookstore. I can’t tell you how many trips to the book store I have made by bike, but I can tell you there would have been more if better bike parking was provided.

Infrastructure news of the legal kind from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike again. Exclusive: Widow Makes Big Changes In Tallahassee After Husband’s Death Finally hit-and-run will be treated as seriously as DUI with the exact same penalties if you stay or if you run, and bonuses if you injure or kill someone.

E-bikes as a solution to poor infrastructure in China. E-bikes: a solution to pollution, or just a public safety hazard? The problem is not e-bikes in and of themselves, it is a combination of too many cars and e-bikes that are essentially unregulated. The too many cars thing is starting to straighten itself out as there just isn’t enough room for any more cars in China (witness the weeks-long 60+ mile in duration traffic jams they have been having there) as their cities become even more overcrowded. If they can get a uniform standard for e-bikes, and find a way to get pre-standard bikes bought back from their owners so they can be redone as compliant bikes and resold cheaply, then things should work out for them.

There is more than one kind of female cyclist just as there is more than one kind of male cyclist. An Open Letter to the Cycling Industry

And on the day before we have more links to Ride of Silence stories. Smith: It’s time to end the silence about O.C. cyclist deaths and Cyclists Cheer on Sunday, Ride In Silence on Wednesday Still nothing from the paper of record for the birthplace of the RoS.

And those are all the links I feel like sharing. I found more but they are such that sharing them will only harm you, and me.

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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.

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After my trip to the chiropractor I’m “Well adjusted”, and the Feed

Today was the bi-weekly trip to the chiropractor and we are finally starting to see some results as my neck and shoulder are less uncomfortable than they were previously. I can get through an entire day at the computer without having the lie down and stick my arm behind my back to relax the muscles in my shoulder, and my neck pain is down significantly. Here’s to being well-adjusted!

Up first another cyclist is killed in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist killed in Boca crash Looks like a hit-from-behind wreck in the bike lane. This is caused by putting bike lanes where barrier protected bike paths should be used instead. Hit-from-behind protocols might have avoided or reduced damages, but really they need to get the infrastructure up to Dutch on this one.

Moving to IL we get a driver hitting and running multiple vehicles and a cyclist. Wilmette driver could face charges after hitting vehicles, cyclist She took out a scooter rider and hit at least one car before mowing down the cyclist. I would hazard a guess that since they didn’t detect drugs or alcohol in the driver pending more sophisticated tests that this driver’s days behind the wheel are pretty much over no matter what else they find. Even if she didn’t do it deliberately she did tons of physical and medical damage, so she needs to be off the roads until whatever was her problem is solved. This is very similar to the wreck in WA just last week where the guy took out the cyclist as collateral damage to whatever medical emergency he was going through.

Hit-and-run in Ted Rogers’ stomping grounds. Police ID Cyclist Killed in Huntington Beach Hit-and-Run; Driver Sought Intersection wreck, assumed red light runner is the driver of the weapon vehicle. Intersection protocols maybe would have helped, getting the infrastructure up to Dutch might have helped. Making hit-and-run a major felony might help, but it’s all “might” and “maybe” right now. One thing that would have helped is the driver not running the red light.

Speaking of Ted… A double dose of Morning Links for your entertainment and edification. Ted covered a big event in LA over the weekend so his big post was this morning instead of yesterday.

They might be more polite in Canuckistan, but that doesn’t prevent “Road Stupid” from taking over after they get behind the wheel. Cyclist injured in hit and run in Airdrie The mode of wreck appears to be hit-from-behind, so protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure up to Dutch to prevent. And publicly execute hit-and-run drivers that kill, that would be a great deterrent to H&R. Maybe by slow torture?

Another Enn Zed cyclist is killed by being hit from behind by a semi on the open road in less than a week. Goodwin ‘good at everything she wanted to do’ They had to bring a boom truck to lift the semi off the cyclist and bike to get them out from under the truck. That says to me the truck driver just was not paying enough attention to the situation and flat ran the cyclist over. I don’t think the cyclist had any place to go or time to get there to avoid the wreck, which only leaves getting the infrastructure up to Dutch as the only way to not have this wreck.

Infrastructure! news from AZ. Local Cyclists Want City to Increase Safety on Roads They already have “American decent” bike infrastructure there, but we really want to bring it up to Dutch so that the maximum number of people can benefit from it.

Ghost Bike news. Ghost Bikes Remind of Cyclist Deaths

And those were all the links I had regardless of fits or giggles.

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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

Another grocery day, another Feed

Yep, time to hit the neighborhood supermarket again to replenish the produce and bread. The milk we bought last week went bad before we could open it so we absolutely have to buy more today, those artificial creamers are just nasty IMHO. Also looking to get more salty snacks. I don’t know why but my cookie cravings went “Meh!” and my tortilla chip and pork skins cravings went through the roof over the winter. My BP is staying low so I’m not overloading on salt, and as frequently as I can I swap regular salt out in favor of a 50% Potassium Chloride blend to get my potassium levels up. It’s a mystery why my cravings change from sweet to salt and back again…

Our first wreck report is from Enn Zed. Cyclist seriously injured in crash The cause in this case appears to be the tourist not being used to driving on the wrong side of the road and looking in the wrong places. I don’t know what to tell you about avoiding that one except the damage looks like it was a broadside impact to the cyclist so probably intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Still in Enn Zed we get a victim blamer. Teen injured in collision The very first paragraph of the article blames the cyclist for not wearing hi-viz instead of the driver for not watching where he was going. “Police are pleading with cyclists to wear high visibility clothing after a teenage cyclist and a car collided on Courtney Road this morning.” The article goes on to say the cyclist was hit by a vehicle making a turning movement that hit the cyclist going straight. Intersection protocols to avoid or to minimize damages, and get the infrastructure right so what clothes a cyclist wears will have nothing to do with safety.

The civil suit goes on without the criminal conviction as that case has yet to be tried. Family of dead cyclist sues alleged drunken motorist Both parties to this wreck were in Marketing, the victim at Groupon, and the driver at AllYouCanDrink.com. Somehow I think that company name is going to be a big factor in this case.

A PA cyclist is laid to rest after he was killed on his bike. David Ray Wilson This was the wreck in question Bicyclist struck, killed in Monroe Township I find it interesting that the family picture at the top of the announcement had two ferrets featured prominently.

Our first Infrastructure! link is this humorous video on how not to use a bike lane (Spoiler Alert, most of the people in the video in the bike lane are not riding bicycles). Floating Parking – People Behaving Badly

The BESTEST infrastructure news all MONTH!!!1!!!one!! State Senate approves Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act This bill recognizes that leaving people to die on the roads might actually cause them to die, or to have a worse outcome with long-term disability than if the driver remains at the scene and calls 911. If this bill becomes law it eliminates most of the incentive for DUI drivers to flee the scene as the minimum sentences for both crimes would be the same and prosecutors would not have to prove DUI to put you away for a very long time. The possibility of the driver being drunk would never have to be brought up at the trial.

More on the Houston plan to eliminate all bicycle deaths inside the city. Houston Launching ‘Goal Zero’ Bike Safety Program Unless they are working from the Dutch CROW manual I don’t see any hope for reaching that zero fatalities per year goal.

Another link to the proposal to send text alerts for cars involved in hit-and-run. Catching Hit-and-Run Drivers With Amber Alerts This law has been in effect for just over a year now in CO and has resulted in the timely capture of several hit-and-run drivers in time to allow testing for DUI.

What is your riding style? Ray Keener: Take the Lane? Share the Road? I’m of the opinion that I share the road, not the lane unless there is at least 14 feet of clear pavement between the lane marker and the edge of the road. In that case it’s a matter of trash on the road and crumbling road patches that determines if I share the lane. If there are a lot of either then I take the lane to make avoiding the bad places easier.

An “informed” opinion about bicycle infrastructure. Bike lanes a really dumb idea I like the reply under the article…

Your daily dose of Ted. Morning Links: City Council may not be PLUM crazy when it comes to MyFigueroa after all

The cyclist killed when a driver passed another car making a left turn and went all the way into the bike lane on the wrong side of the road to hit the cyclist head on has been given a Ghost Bike. Ghost bike memorial reminds drivers of roadside safety

Some of these guys look as bad or worse than I do. Neil Grayshon’s new book Cycling Shouldn’t Hurt reveals gruesome images of injured London cyclists

Some gorgeous e-assist bicycles that are bicycles first and e-assist second, but designed to be e-assisted from the get-go. Custom Electric Bikes with Bosch Mid Drive, Gates Belt, & NuVinci Hub

Most people don’t get this kind of return on investment from their e-assist bikes. How an Electric Bike Paid for Itself in 3 Rides

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles. I much prefer fits of giggles to the other kind of fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus