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Oh my Gawd it HURTS! and the Feed

Remember that throwaway bit in yesterday’s post about the blood in my underwear? I can barely get from the office to the coffeepot now because of the pain “down there”. A wise man learns from other people’s mistakes, and I’m offering the chance for you to be a wise person. Don’t make the mistake I made about riding a bike that doesn’t fit properly. The handlebars would have been fine with a different saddle and wearing bike shorts, but not for a cruiser saddle and regular clothes. Seriously, this is painful, and I’m telling you as a guy that has pulled more than one of his own teeth without anesthesia. I don’t have any infection yet, but this is not good. So, yeah, friends don’t let friends ride a bike that doesn’t fit without bike shorts. Seriously, don’t do it.

And also don’t expect to see any pictures of this. Number one I can’t get a camera pointed at the spot without someone else doing the pointing, and two you guys can’t afford my fees for that kind of service. That would involve a picture of all the goods…

Up first is another CO hit-and-run. Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash near Windsor Narrative points to hit-from-behind, so protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And if you can’t squeeze Dutch-style infrastructure in and this has to be shared space, then make fatal hit-and-run similar to a drive-by shooting.

I thought this wreck was in the UK when I first filtered it. Police: Aberdeen cyclist dies of injuries suffered in crash with SUV; man hit from behind Well, with an 84 YO driver I can’t say for sure if we are dealing with an actual blind driver or just a driver that could not physically react to the sight of a cyclist in front of them until too late to avoid the collision. Anyway, protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another link local to BikingInLA. Another drunken hit-and-run, another bike rider left to die in the street One the one hand this is why I’m glad there isn’t a more robust cycling culture here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, because I don’t have to report from local knowledge as often. On the other hand I don’t get to report on local infrastructure news all that often, either. But yeah, another drunk driver runs another cyclist over from behind, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right so the drunks are nowhere near the cyclists in the first place.

A low-information wreck report from Jamaica. Pedal cyclist killed on Hellshire main road The driver of the weapon vehicle transported the injured cyclist to hospital, which I’m not sure is a good or a bad thing. The good part is he didn’t hit-and-run, the bad thing is he destroyed most of the evidence in the wreck by not contacting authorities and letting them handle the situation and maintaining the geometry of the wreck. Hit-from-behind wreck so protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A wreck in Oz. Cyclist, 20, injured in collision with station wagonPreliminary indications are that the mountain bike drove through the intersection into the path of an oncoming vehicle and that is where they have collided.” Notice it’s never the car that violated the cyclist’s ROW, it’s always the cyclist that crossed the path of the oncoming vehicle. Anyway, intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or survive, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And that pain is starting to make me cranky.

Another wreck in Oz, hidden among the other deaths. Police urge drivers to take care after five killed in horror 24 hours on Victoria’s roads Nothing on the wreck other than the cyclist was hit riding on a “tourist road” so nothing on how to avoid or reduce injury. I strongly suspect that getting the infrastructure right would have prevented the wreck however.

A bike on bike wreck in Enn Zed. Injured cyclist flown to hospital Touched wheels and went tail over teakettle and head-first into the road. Wrecks like this can’t be prevented with better infrastructure, only with better cyclists.

Lifestyle as a Ghost Bike is placed in SoCal. REGION: Memorial ride honors cyclist killed in crash

Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde. Number of serious injuries to cyclists falls

Notice that as late as 1927 private motor vehicles were still not the dominant mode of traffic on London. Viral Video: Rare color video of London circa 1927 Notice that traffic seems to be busses (practically an endless stream of them), horse-drawn carts, bicycles, and pedestrians. Very few private motor vehicles are visible among the street scenes.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Full Moon tonight, crazy to follow, and the Feed

There is a reason there is the word “lunatic”. People get a little crazy at night when they can walk under the full moon. Not so much now because of all the artificial lighting we have, especially in cities, but the effect is still noticeable. And tonight we are having a Full Moon circle with no script beyond welcoming in a new lunation deity. And on Sunday we will have our final evening service until Summer as the people awake during the day outnumber the people that can only come to church at night. We don’t have the support staff to do two services, but it is thought that perhaps we will keep Adult Religious Education classes going for the Night People. The person we started the evening services for because she worked during the day on Sunday had her Sunday hours extended so she can’t even make a 1930 start time, her store closes at 2000 on Sunday now. Also much of the rest of the congregation has changed their work hours as well with many no longer having Sundays free for either service. So now Mrs. the Poet will get to go to Sunday services again. And I will probably have to drop Wreck-Free Sunday posts because of attending Sunday morning services and teaching Adult R.E. at night.

Another link to a hit-and-run in Houston. [$Deity] I’m getting so tired of links to hit-and-runs. Cyclist killed in hit and run crash It appears the cyclist was either riding to or from a nearby bike path along a bayou, but because the cyclist and bike were found so far away from the scene direction of travel and point of impact are impossible to determine.

A little closer, learning to use new infrastructure is sometimes hard. Who’s Legal In Austin Bike Lanes? Part of the problem is a lack of paved pedestrian spaces where you don’t have to walk through the mud and an antiquated law that requires walking through the mud if that’s all there is. Yep TX laws still say that strip of dirt between the edge of the road and the edge of the right of way is a “sidewalk” and you have to walk in it.

And speaking of people using the wrong infrastructure, a drunk in MI tried the bike path in his car. Drunken motorist busted driving on bike path Some people think if it’s paved then it’s car territory. Especially when they are drunk.

Moving to the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, when they can’t get you on the road they go after you on the bike path, part 2. Riders encounter carpet tacks along Tampa bike trails This would be an act of terrorism had it been on anything but a bike path.

Still in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Fabiola Santiago: Banning bikes not the road to a solution in Key Biscayne A wise person indeed to recognize the elephant in the room, people on bicycles are getting injured and dying because of other people driving irresponsibly, not because they are riding on bicycles which makes it “their fault”.

Still in the most deadly state in the US to walk or ride a bike a texting driver takes out a tree. Texting and Driving Crash Caught on Camera Think about the bike lane and sidewalk the driver crossed before hitting the tree. Just sayin’.

Still more on the death of a socially-promenant cyclist under the wheels of a SoCal LEO. Probe into former Napster exec fatally hit by sheriff’s car continues Things continue to percolate along but the pace of the investigation and the lack of dash camera footage is really getting the conspiracy theory crowd worked up hard. And I’m somewhat doubtful about the cruiser not having a dash cam myself…

Because infrastructure seems to be the theme of the Feed today, still in CA we have a major city giving at least some lip service to the idea that cars can be used without killing people. Imagine No Deaths: Supes, Safe Streets Advocates Call for “Vision Zero” I will reserve judgement on this one until I see plans of action for implementation.

Still in CA this one gave me giggles. Thief Sells Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Original Owner Enacts Revenge Instead of going to get the guy himself he sent an undercover cop to bust the guy.

NY cyclists ask for a pittance to make roads safer for everyone. Bicyclists to Cuomo: $20 million for pedestrian and bicycling projects Unless that $20 M is a recurring annual item not much will get built, again just sayin’.

A NYC traffic victim takes an awfully long time to die from his injuries. East Village Flower Stand Employee Killed By Driver On PCP & Meth The wreck was last June, the death was this month.

This one is really hard for me. For One Reckless Driving Survivor, “Life Looks a Lot Different Than Before” That could have been my life had things gone just a tiny bit worse. And I mean just a tiny bit worse, as in fractions of a millimeter worse.

A UK television “star” illegally takes a picture of a cyclist riding legally and complains about the cyclist. HooRaw ensues. “Point-making” rider hits back at Jeremy Clarkson

And still in Jolly Olde a cyclist feels… unappreciated. Cyclist: Drivers are out to kill me! There is a statement about never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity, but I’m not sure it can be applied to this case.

More mayhem from Jolly Olde. Driver accused of causing the death of cyclist The driver t-boned the cyclist while one of them was crossing a street on a roundabout. Still trying to figure this one out. It appears the cyclist was on the side street when he was hit which meant he had the ROW.

From the Emerald Isle comes a report of prosecution not just dropping the ball but forgetting to even bring a ball to the court. Lorry driver ‘not guilty’ of causing death of cyclist in south Belfast How the Hell do you prosecute someone without even bringing any evidence to the court? This is beyond an outrage, this requires a head on a pike if not several heads.

A cyclist is killed in Oz. NSW cyclist dies following crash Unless the cyclist was hit on a one lane road somebody was on the wrong side of the road here. Since they’re not blaming the cyclist that only leaves one other party in the wreck.

I keep saying drivers are blind, here’s more proof. Serafin Dillon: There’s a reason we really do not see cyclists I’m 5’8″ and normally about 200 pounds and even with hi-viz on I still get people almost hitting me because they “can’t see” me. I should also mention that I get up to a 48″ chest measurement in winter, so I’m no tiny thing. Peruse the archives to see me in my hi-viz at a bike-to-work day in Garland last year.

Last link, next time you want to talk about your “epic ride” think about this really epic ride. Adventurer tells of bitter conditions to claim record for cycling across the South Pole Yep this woman rode from the coast to the Pole, on a tadpole trike, in -40° temperatures with 100 mph winds. Unless you were riding in Death Valley or across the Sahara you have nothing to say. And I will shut up about riding in 145°F temperatures over fresh blacktop from several years ago.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Scary stuff, and the Feed

As if this blog did not have enough scary things linked, I found something truly terrifying while I was just wandering around my usual haunts on the Net about the place I live. Someone Has Died on Texas Roads Every Day for 13 Years and 13-plus years since day with no Texas road deaths That’s right the last day that nobody died on a Texas street or road was before I got hit by the insane homicidal maniac drunk and stupid truck driver.

Up first is a salmon ninja cyclist severely injured in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Cyclist seriously injured in Pinellas Park crash Everyone knows I bend over backwards to give a cyclist the benefit of the doubt about the narrative, but really there was so much wrong in this one that even I have to call the victim stupid on this one. None of my regular readers would have any problems avoiding this wreck as I’m sure all of you have lights and ride with the flow of traffic either in bike lanes where available or taking primary where you need to. Even so infrastructure would have prevented this wreck.

Lifestyle from CA. Claremont Mourns and Honors Cyclist Killed in Crash

Continuing on the theme from the opening paragraph… Overall traffic deaths are down in Oz, but people not protected by light armored vehicles are dying at an increased pace. Almost 10,000 NSW drivers caught speeding And buried in all that verbiage is the news that the number of people killed riding bicycles doubled last year, with significant increases in pedestrian and motorcycle deaths. Once again as in the UK we see that cars are getting safer while drivers are getting worse (fewer killed inside cars with more getting killed outside them).

And if you’re in CO and want to watch someone build a bike while you have tacos and a cervesa you now have a place to go do that. Jason Rogers, the man behind the food at Oskar Blues, talks tacos and Cyclhops I’m wondering if both sides are expected to be profitable or if one is supposed to subsidize the other. But food and bikes is a natural pairing, because one definition of a cyclist is an eating machine with/on wheels. ;)

And those are all the links about bicycles I could find today, forget giving me fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Thinking about making slippers, and the Feed

The headline needs explaining, which is the point of this opening paragraph. I have a sandal that was given to me years ago by a woman who died in 2007 (this was the woman who I used to ride my bicycle for 120 miles in a day so I could have lunch with her (and make all the other residents of the nursing home angry at their children)). So I have had this sandal for a very long time that I was using as a lifted slipper so I didn’t get back pains on the days I stayed at home. Well the sole of that sandal has crumbled and now the toe is hanging by a scrap of leather that used to be the insole. This makes the sandal painful to walk in and eventually it will fall completely apart.

So, I will need to replace this sandal with “something else”. The problem is “something else” has to be 17mm thicker on the bottom of the left one than the right one, and I have never seen a slipper that had that as an option. That leaves me with two choices, pay someone else to make me a pair of slippers with the left sole 17mm thicker than the right sole, or make my own pair of slippers. Now the thing is for a pair of shoes I don’t walk very much in the thickness difference doesn’t need to be exactly 17mm, anything from 12 to 20 would work just fine.

Something I have been wearing on the right foot has been a pair of slipper socks (well, half a pair) that was very comfortable at all the normal temperatures for my house. So the idea is to build some slipper socks with the left one having the extra thickness I need to get my pelvis level. The local craft store to the rescue! Slipper socks like the one I was using are nothing more than a thin rubber sole bonded to a knit sock so that the sole is held more or less in place under the foot. I have lots of socks, and also glue that will bond the socks to a rubber sole, but until I saw this one item in the local craft store I didn’t have a sole that I could use and also have significant differences in thickness between the two. The item in question is the decorate a shower shoe refill kit, which consisted of two pairs of white flip flops at a reasonable price and is sold year-round as a gift suggestion. The idea I had is to use both pairs of flip flops without the toe thong-thingy that makes flip flops flip flop when you walk in them, take one pair and glue them together with the wear face out and then glue that to the bottom of the left flip flop and then glue the whole mess to a pair of socks sitting in my sock drawer. Add some straps and velcro strips to the left foot (OK the right one too to make it symmetrical) so I don’t roll the sole over and end up turning an ankle and call it done.

Up first is a wreck that shows nobody is “safe” in the bike lane no matter what non-car mode of transport they are using. 1 injured as car hits wheelchair in Shoreline bike lane The problem is not the cyclists if anyone gets hit in the bike lane, it’s the crappy drivers who seem unable to keep their killing machines away from fragile skin and bones.

More on that El Tour de Tucson wreck. Driver in deadly El Tour crash says it’s all a blur OK as I read it the driver’s blood sugar crashed after the game, and then he did the same. Also Driver ID’d in El Tour de Tucson collision that killed a cyclist.

A CA driver talking on a cell phone could be facing charges in the death of a cyclist. PD: Woman may face charges after hitting, killing bicyclist As this wreck took place in September and this is late November I hope you’ll forgive me for not remembering exactly how this wreck happened…

Update on a more recent wreck in CA. Santa Barbara Woman Jailed in Cyclist Hit-and-Run This was a hit-from-behind wreck that could have been much worse. The weapon vehicle just grazed the cyclist at highway speed rather than the full impact that a few more inches would have brought. Kudos on the LEO for tracking and arresting the driver. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Moving to the Emerald Isle of Ireland we find a totally clueless driver behind 3 cyclists. Three cyclists struck by car in Co Clare Not one, not two, but all 3 cyclists hit by the same car in the same wreck. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the stupid blind driver off the roads to prevent… I mean infrastructure, get the infrastructure right to prevent (after they get rid of the stupid, blind, driver).

News from the cycling scientist that brought us the news that drivers pass closer to cyclists when they wear helmets comes another study with a bit more depth to it. University of Bath research shows that cyclists’ outfits do not stop dangerous overtaking Notice that two of the outfits are patterned off of local constabulary bike cops uniforms and that had no effect on the passing distances of drivers.

Infrastructure! news from the UK. RE-Tech launches cyclist detection system for vehicles Additional “eyes” for drivers who can’t see out of their trucks.

More infrastructure news. Britain failing to protect cyclist but should they share the blame for accidents? Well the UK statistics show that even with a police force that has demonstrated a strong anti-cyclist bias their own reporting system determined that motor vehicle operators are at least partly to blame in 93% of all bike wrecks. That says that the cyclists are not the problem, they are already mostly doing whatever it takes to not get hit. The real culprits are bad infrastructure and bad drivers.

A Ghost Bike for a MO cyclist. ‘Ghost bike’ memoralizes killed cyclist Now we know the driver of the weapon vehicle was being chased by her ex, and both are in jail on unrelated charges but not charged in the cyclist’s death because it’s OK to kill a cyclist…

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Another mule day that I don’t need to haul groceries, and the Feed

Well it’s grocery shopping day again, or what used to be known around Casa de El Poeta as Mule Day as I packed the week’s comestibles home from the store on my back or bike. Sadly, that is a thing of the past as I don’t have the bike or safety gear to do that any more. Instead we depend on our son to take us to and from the store in his hybrid. And it’s not even a plug-in hybrid, just one that uses a tiny ICE for cruising supplemented with an electric motor and KERS for short bursts of acceleration. But it meets Mrs. the Poet’s criteria for a “good car” i.e. a windshield, roof, and doors with roll up windows and climate control.

Up first is a “breaking” NJ report that never got updated. Accident with car and cyclist leaves one injured in Hackettstown Other than a rather broad location there wasn’t anything about the mode or geometry of this wreck.

Update on a hit-and-run in NYC. Report: Cyclist Killed In Williamsburg Hit-And-Run Was Popular Record Store Staffer LEO are now positively calling this a hit and run.

Update on a NY cyclist death that caused me great anger. Family of Cyclist Killed on Sound Avenue Reacts After Driver Arrested Again That’s right they couldn’t prove impairment so he got off scot-free to kill again, only this time he did something else illegal. For those whose google-fu is weak, this was the guy that crossed a major highway in a van full of children and hit the cyclist head-on on the cyclist’s side of the road. And in spite of two drugs in his system the DA could not press any charges because NY has an impossibly high hurdle to prove impairment by drugs other than alcohol.

A cyclist in MA is hit-from-behind. Cyclist injured when hit by car in East Falmouth Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

The last word on a VA bike wreck. Lawyer: $100,000 settlement following bicycle death ‘woefully inadequate’ At fault wreck with criminal charges conviction and the most they can get is the limit on his insurance policy. TANJ!

A drunk cyclist is lucky to be alive in MT. Bicyclist cited for crash with pickup truck in Great Falls Intersection wreck that likely would not have happened if the cyclist was sober, but protocols anyway, and infrastructure that protects drunk and sober cyclists alike from interactions with killing machines to prevent.

CO is still looking for the goombah that left a kid at an insurance office and stole his bike after a wreck. Search continues for hit-run suspect If you see the guy, slash his tires so he can’t get away and call the cops.

Update on a MO hit-and-run. Cyclist killed in hit and run ID’d They found the weapon vehicle as well, driver soon to be in jail. Still an intersection wreck in a residential area that needs traffic calming (not stop signs).

Hit-and-run “door prize” in WA. Seattle cyclist injured in crash asking driver to come forward I’m still trying to work out the geometry of this wreck, as this is the only “door prize” wreck I have heard of that the cyclist hit the same car twice.

A cyclist is killed JRA in the Great White North. Cyclist killed in northwest Toronto Intersection “near” the wreck but they still don’t know anything about the mode. Until I get more information I can’t say what would avoid this wreck with the built environment, or what changes in infrastructure need to be installed to prevent it. More Cyclist struck, killed near Sheppard and Allen

Another cyclist hit in Oz. Man charged after hitting Pinjarra cyclist Nothing on the mode, just that the cyclist was hit and severely injured and the driver left but was caught later.

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Boris Johnson considers rush-hour lorry ban to save London cyclists and Outcry over 6 cyclists killed in London also Police promise ‘zero tolerance’ for dangerous drivers as 6th cyclist dies in 14 days

Good infrastructure news from Austin. IN AUSTIN, A BUS-BIKE ALLIANCE PAYS OFF

Ghost bikes. ‘Ghost Bike’ memorial erected in remembrance of cyclist Cyclist killed in Austin, TX. And Ghost bike memorial emphasizes bicycle safety for riders, drivers Cyclist killed in CO.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Excited about the new bike, and the Feed

I’m about to run to the bank to get the check for the new bike. Tomorrow I exchange the check and the soulless BSO in the garage for the chance at putting the bike on the jig for delivery on 2014/01/15 or thereabouts. I’m practically giddy with excitement. What’s the emoticon for almost sorta kinda jumping up and down? ;) Because I’m jumping up and down on the inside but diligently typing on the outside… :D And in a few minutes I’m going to stop typing and get on the bus to the bank to get the check for the bike.

Up first the annual statistics are out on people killed in traffic for 2012 and we cyclists came out on the short end of the stick again. 2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview More people died overall, with most of the increase coming from cyclists and pedestrians. And this in spite of VMT holding steady during the economic “recovery”. Drivers are getting complacent again since they discovered that somebody really has to screw up royally for someone to die in a motor vehicle wreck inside the car, for cars made from 2008 on. Also Traffic deaths rise for first time since 2005

More on the “Is it OK to kill cyclists?” meme from the LA Times. Killed or injured cyclists had it coming? Get a grip, motorists. and from the UK If We Talked About All Road Users The Way We Talk About Cyclists

The “big story” today is the filing of charges and naming the suspect in an OH hit-and-run. Charges Filed In Fatal Hit-And-Run Involving DeSales Teacher and Woman charged in hit-skip crash that killed DeSales teacher also Woman Charged In Hit-Skip Accident That Killed DeSales Teacher this too UPDATE: Delaware Co. Prosecutors File Charges in Fatal Hit-and-Run not done yet Charges Filed Against Woman In Delaware County Hit-Skip That Killed Teacher last one Ohio driver charged in cyclist’s hit-and-run death Some links indicated the driver will be pleading guilty to the charges which carry a 6 year prison sentence.

A MN cyclist is hit in an intersection. Cyclist Struck, Injured By Vehicle In St. Cloud There is a traffic control there but no word on which vehicle had the right of way. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate injury, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another MN cyclist is hit in an intersection, but I can’t find the wreck scene in Google Maps. Bicyclist killed near Parkers Prairie The narrative indicates the cyclist ran a traffic control, but as I can’t find the intersection I can’t say for sure. Intersection wreck implies that intersection protocols to avoid, the rural area suggests that a segregated bicycle highway would be needed to prevent a similar wreck.

More on that PA cyclist killed by a freight train. Pa. cyclist struck, killed by freight train The interesting thing is the cyclist was not trying to cross the tracks in front of the train but rather somehow got caught in the works and sucked under the train. The problem is the bicycle was shredded by the train and the cyclist didn’t fare much better…

A GA cyclist gets hit from behind, commentors blame the cyclist for being in front of the motor vehicle. Cyclist hit by car on West Broad St. Since the cyclist’s lights and reflectors went unmentioned it can be assumed that both were at or above legal requirements, so hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

An SC cyclist is hit from behind. Updated: Orangeburg bicyclist dies after crash Nothing on the cyclist’s state of lighting which probably means the cyclist had legal lights and reflectors and the driver just was not looking for a cyclist on the road. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A CA cyclist and a pickup truck had a head-on collision on a foggy road. Cyclist injured in Aptos crash CHP does not know who was on the wrong side of the road in this wreck (yet). This is one of those wrecks that I can’t say how to avoid, but it seems pretty obvious that had the cyclist been riding on segregated infrastructure that was appropriate for the area the wreck never would have happened.

A CA cyclist hits a car in the bike lane. Bicyclist hurt after crashing into parked car Even though the bike lane was plainly marked “No Parking” that doesn’t mean you can barrel down it without looking…

A cyclist is assaulted with a deadly weapon in S.F. CA. S.F. driver arrested for attack on bicyclist Not a good thing to try to run over a cyclist you’re having an argument with in front of witnesses and cameras…

A driver looking at the brown leaves and bare branches of a Utah late fall runs into a cyclist. UPD: Teen distracted by autumn colors when she hit bicyclist For everyone that believes this story I have a bridge I would like to unload, cheap. This wreck is very much like the previous wreck in that there is little to nothing a cyclist can do when confronted with a vehicle at any speed in your lane, there’s just no reaction time. Infrastructure to prevent.

A CA newspaper gets it all wrong. Editorial: Everyone can make roads safer All of the wrecks cited in the article had cyclists following the law and wearing helmets and with bright colors and lights and reflectors in the dark for those hit in the dark, so what do they suggest? Wearing helmets and bright colors and using lights and reflectors or IOW exactly what the deceased cyclists were doing when they got killed.

Lots of links to stuff outside North America today. Like this from Enn Zed. Cyclist lost consciousness in road rage attack The driver admitted to deliberately attacking the cyclist then tried to invoke a fictitious “other” pickup truck driver when he went to trial… Can we add “not a Mensa candidate” to his CV?

The Infrastructure! problem from the UK. London cyclist deaths: Met warning over HGV ‘killing machines’ When one kind of vehicle is responsible for 8 out of a total of 13 fatal wrecks, there is something wrong with that type of vehicle in that environment.

Another of the kind of infrastructure articles you hate to read. Death spike: why cyclists are dying twice as fast on our roads Oz hasn’t been “bicycle friendly” lately. The quality of driver hasn’t been helping, especially with the never-ending drumbeat from Media that cyclists don’t belong on the roads. More Uneasy riders as cyclists rattled by steep rise in deaths

Infrastructure from Copenhagen. SNAP-ON TILES LET CITIES TEST OUT BIKE LANES [PICS] Bike lanes that can be assembled by a kid (actually a crew of kids) at the rate of a km a day.

More infrastructure in this death report from Enn Zed. Coroner cites road layout in cyclist’s death That road was changed to eliminate that pinch point within 6 months of the fatality.

Lifestyle from WI. Silent ride honors killed bicyclist and Silent tribute: Bicyclists remember colleague killed in hit-and-run crash

Lifestyle from S.F. CA> Public memorial this evening for Cheng Jin Lai, bicyclist killed in SoMa

And those are all the links about bicycles that gave me fits today. You wanna see something that didn’t give me fits? Go over to SFist and read the BatKid coverage. I just dare you to not like what they did for that 5YO.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Still a mess, and the Feed

Winter finally dipped a toe into the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell this morning with a sub-freezing low temperature. I’m sure that for many a morning low temperature of 28°F on 11/13 would be a balmy break from the cold, but we just had a daytime high near 80 on Monday and 28 on Wednesday just doesn’t allow time to acclimate to the change in temperature. My fingers (and toes) are still hurting from the temperature change and I’m wearing a sweatshirt to go with my wool socks. Hell, we just shut down the AC less than 2 weeks ago because it finally stayed under 78 in the house without it. In the [Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth]“Good News Everybody”[/Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth] category, the cargo bike is scheduled to be complete about 1/15/2014. Baby name suggestions still being accepted, so far the front-runners are “Woody” and “Thistle”. Other nominations include “Box”, “Bike”, and “Hey You”. And one lone suggestion of “Cat” because like a cat it will be very unlikely for this one to come when its name is called. The donor bike is a BSO from the 80s that has zero personality, none, zilch, nada, so no help there.

Up first why is there a controversy about not killing cyclists? When a cyclist is killed, why does the driver get the benefit of the doubt? and Death Of Paul Lin, Orange County Bicyclist, Latest Rider Killed By Driver Who Faces No Charges also No criminal charges for driver who killed Everett cyclist but $10,287 ticket Cyclists get killed, but aside from the occasional ticket (OK sometimes HUGE ticket) nothing seems to happen to the killers. I have been complaining about this in this blog pretty much from day one, certainly since I started on WordPress. Just FYI Day One was late 2006 and I have been here on WP since November 23 2008. So I have been doing this for a long time, and complaining for a long time, and now someone else seems to have noticed the same things I have been complaining about.

Someone is trying to do something about the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. Bicycle safety takes center stage in St. Johns County meeting Unfortunately the comments show why infrastructure is needed, badly.

More on an OH hit-and-run. Prosecutor To Present Charges To Family Of DeSales Teacher Killed Something is seriously screwy with this case. More Suspect In Deadly Hit And Run Struck Cyclist Two Years Ago

Still in OH. Cyclist Seriously Injured in Chillicothe Hit-Skip This is like the 4th OH hit-and-run in a month, is there something in the water or something?

Speaking of OH hit-and-run… Former Intell reporter hurt in serious hit-run accident Good to hear the cyclist is in rehab for his injuries. My rehab was delayed because of all the road rash I had and the skin graft that had to completely heal before I could start any intensive rehab.

A NJ cyclist gets arrested on outstanding warrants after getting scraped off the road. Report: Injured man charged with escape after trying to leave hospital Nothing on the actual wreck or on what the warrant was for. Generally just bad journalism all the way around. More, but still nothing about the wreck or the nature of the warrants. New Brunswick man charged with trying to escape hospital

A cyclist is injured in Canuckistan. Injured cyclist recovering This is another wreck that does not pass the “smell test”. I guess if the bicycle went into shimmy then the narrative makes sense, but that’s not something the cyclist has much control over. And shimmy can cause parts to fall off of a bike, I had a bike go into shimmy and shake off the kickstand that was welded to the frame. If similar happened to this cyclist he could have lost control very easily. But how to prevent? I dunno.

Another cyclist hit in Canuckistan. Man riding bike hit by car near Casino Regina the cyclist left-crossed oncoming traffic, not much room for blaming drivers there. To avoid yield right-of-way when turning, to prevent see previous statement on avoiding.

More on that anti-cyclist terrorism in the UK. Cyclist hurt after hitting rope tied across Edinburgh path “I am completely horrified at how it was premeditated and so well designed.” Yes, acts of terrorism usually are premeditated.

Links to a bad wreck in Oz. Cyclist killed after being hit by truck in Sydney and Cyclist killed in Sydney truck collision Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And leading from this wreck into the next paragraph Cyclist killed in Sydney as 40% rise in death toll prompts call for action

Sort of infrastructure-ish. Number of cyclists killed on NSW roads doubles in two years So this year was a 40% increase over last year and a 100% increase over 2011? Or last year was 40% more than 2011 and 100% increase over 2010? Either way is going the wrong direction.

Lifestyle in CO. ‘Ghost Bike’ memorial planned Sunday for cyclist killed in Fort Collins

Infrastructure! news from SC. The City should pick a Charleston company to run bike sharing program Pay the national company to do what it does best, then let the local company take over the day-to-day stuff.

Last link is humor. 11 Signs You’re Definitely a Cyclist Hmm, I guess I’m not a “cyclist”, just a guy that rides a bicycle.

And those are all the links to bicycle articles that gave me fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Happy Veteran’s Day to my fellow Vets, and the Feed

I spent today the same way I spend just about every day I don’t spend at home, on the bus for several hours to spend a few minutes getting something done. I left home about 1145 to go to the storage center to pay the rent on the storage unit, then got on the first bus of the day to go meet my wife at the school she works to go with her to a doctor’s appointment we had made consecutive so we could get it all done at once and me pay for it. I returned to Casa de El Poeta at 1945. Time spent riding on a bus or train or waiting on a bus or train 6:50, time actually doing something :50, time eating that caused us to not catch the next train :20. Number of meals eaten while on the road: 2 for me and 1 for Mrs. the Poet. Number of trains not caught 1 for an extra 10 minutes of waiting that would have been canceled out anyway by waiting on the bus we caught anyway even after we stopped to eat. The biggest problem with this was the time spent standing around waiting for the next bus, which was literally over half the total transit time. The DART system does not mesh well with transfers sometimes taking almost an hour depending on the desired direction at the transfer point. The frequency of the bus routes during mid-day travel makes what would be a 1 hour bike trip a 3 hour bus ride after transfers and routing out of the way. Our doctor’s appointment was a block off Walnut Hill Lane, but to get there we had to take a bus from the school to Walnut Hill Station, then a train about 7 miles south and more than halfway to downtown Dallas to catch a bus that meandered back to Walnut Hill Lane and to Walnut Hill/Denton Rd station after waiting a few minutes to catch the bus. Time to go most of the way downtown on the train and back on the bus was just under an hour, but even taking the faster train ride to the Walnut Hill/Denton Rd Station would have netted only waiting for the same bus we would have been riding from the other train station nearly downtown. The problem is frequency of connecting routes and the circuitous routing required to get from one side of town to the other. Unless you get lucky and your starting point and all destinations lie on the same bus or train route most of your transit time is going to be eaten up by transfers and out-of-the-way routing.

Now had I not needed to pay the storage unit rent I could have saved some time and left at 1245 instead of 1145, so the walk and catching the other buses only added an hour to my day, or I should say subtracted about :45 from Doing Something Else.

Up first isn’t a wreck but 2 lots of links asking the same question, one that I keep asking over and over again in this blog. Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists? and No, it’s never Ok First one from the well-respected NYT, the second from some guy in Oz in response. And this from BikeSnobNYC Shafted Again. And the Economist in the UK The American right-of-way and Treehugger says Is it OK to kill cyclists? You would think so, from the number of drivers who get charged for it.

Cyclists in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike want that changed. Cyclist group pushes for change after deadly hit and run If hit-and-run was treated like the real crime it is, then there might be fewer of them.

Cyclists in CO are working to the same ends as FL cyclists. Fort Collins Looks To Reduce Hit & Run Bike Accidents

A drunk driver runs down one cyclist of a pair, leading to the driver’s arrest. 12-year-old Wagoner boy killed by suspected drunk driver and 12-year-old boy riding bike killed in Wagoner Seriously, the only thing keeping WoaB from being on an archipelago in the Gulf of Mexico is how much OK sucks. Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck in this case, maybe infrastructure could prevent a similar wreck. Like placing breathalyzer interlocks on ignition switches to keep drunks from becoming drunk drivers, thereby preventing drunk drivers from becoming killers. Chain the driver to the steering wheel of his vehicle as it gets fed to a car shredder.

A CA cyclist gets squished by a multi-ton weapon of mass destruction and all cyclists are blamed for it (go back and read the first paragraph of links again). Bike safety emphasized by Chico police after recent accidents

A cyclist is hit while riding wearing clothes in the Great White North. Cyclist hit by pickup truck in Woodstock Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. The narrative makes me angry for blaming the cyclist for wearing clothing and arriving on the scene before the pickup truck. Was the truck not equipped with headlights?

Another wreck in the GWN. Cyclist injured after collision with police car The cyclist “lost control”? Well it is already winter up there so there may have been a temperature-related loss of traction incident. Or the cyclist got buzzed by the police vehicle and the driver was looking for a way to deflect blame. Hit from behind wreck so protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A UK driver is blamed for hitting a cyclist from behind. Lorry driver in court accused of killing cyclist on A19 near Hartlepool Go back to that first paragraph of links again…

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Fresh calls for HGV safety measures as cyclist death toll rises – but are stickers and lenses enough?

And those were all the bicycle-related links that gave me fits after I finally got home this evening.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

A rushed post before I let my Warlock6 loose against the monsters, and the Feed

Yep, it’s RPG day again, when I set my crafty and smart Warlock6 against hordes of monsters with the rest of my party. I’m useful because I have a weapon that can be used at all ranges from melee up to 250 feet and that can be used at least once per round of combat (more with special bonuses) and is effective as a touch weapon that bypasses any armor the victim is wearing (not natural armor like the scales of a dragon). In short I can deal damage at will against any enemy facing the party at a far enough distance to keep the party safe against the majority of monsters. Other humanoids, well that’s a different story, but my character can still get in some licks at everything from hand-to-hand distances on up, it’s just that humanoids can also have ranged attacks to return fire. And shortly I will be leveling up to get even more attack bonuses and more damage dice…

Up first is another one from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike since before I started doing this blog. St. Augustine bicyclist critically injured in hit-and-run Hit-from-behind in the bike lane and left for dead by a driver mistaking the bike lane for a turn lane, got to be either a drunk or stoned driver. Use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Good news from CO. Cyclist Injured By Hit & Run Driver Near CSU Expected To Recover

More coverage about the drunk driver that hit 3 cyclists, a parked car and knocked a building off its foundation in ME. Maine man indicted in bicyclist’s death and Biddeford Man Indicted in Bicyclist’s Death

South (way south) of the border hit-from-behind wreck. Cyclist Killed On Northern Highway Protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and even this country could afford to get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Unusual ped-on-bike wreck in the UK. Eastbourne cyclist injured in bike rage incident I don’t know the area but I do know that there are sidewalks (pavements) that are shared as MUP in the area, that are poorly marked as such. If the pedestrian did not know the pavement was shared then it appears the local press has incited violence against cyclists again.

And we get Infrastructure! news from GA. Bicyclists vs cars: Who’s at fault? Uhh, isn’t that usually determined by trained investigators at every wreck? (not really)

And from CA. Karen Kefauver, Spin City: Bicycling shouldn’t be a death sentence Too many drivers not paying attention to the road, too many cyclists not visible to drivers no matter how many blinky lights they use or how many acres of stomach-churning neon vomit green they wear because drivers aren’t paying attention to the roads.

And those are all the links about bicycles that gave me fits today. Time to go play and take my mind off of bicycles and infrastructure.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Election day, and the Feed

Things are being decided today in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, and after I finish the post I’m going to try to vote. I say “try” because my voter registration card was in the wallet I lost back in June (along with nearly $500 in cash and gift cards), and I don’t know if being on the rolls for that precinct and having valid photo ID would be enough to let me vote.

Lots of non-wreck links today which is fortunate for my sanity. Too much death and CARnage makes me edgy and prone to violent outbursts.

Update on the CA cyclist hit head on in the bike lane. CHP: Dozing driver struck, killed bicyclist north of Santa Cruz And Officials ID bicyclist killed in Highway 1 crash north of Santa Cruz So he fell asleep with his cell phone in his hand? Because there are several published reports that have him clutching the cell phone as he emerged from the wreckage.

Update on the fatal wreck of a cyclist in NH. Driver had been in relationship with bicyclist in Keene fatal “Just happened” to hit your ex? I’m sorry but that is too much of a coincidence for me, charges should be upgraded to murder.

Another report on the cyclist killed by an 80YO woman driving an SUV in AZ. Bicyclist killed in Sun City West I’m seriously confused by this wreck as the pictures from the crime scene show the cyclist in the center lane of 3 with the weapon vehicle parked crossways to traffic and away from the intersection. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get access to the precise location of the wreck to be able to construct a geometry of the wreck and figure out what happened.

A child cycling in NY is killed. 11-year-old dies after being hit by minivan while riding bike and Bridgewater boy, 11, dies after being struck while riding bike Cyclist left the driveway and hit the side of a minivan in the highway, which makes this at least partially an infrastructure-related wreck as high-speed highways and residences do not go well together. Particularly if there is some king of vision obstructing vegetation on the side of the roads.

Blind driver hits ninja cyclist in NC. Bicyclist hit by car in west Charlotte Nothing on the bike lights, just the clothing color. I smell a cover up.

Good news from NYC. No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of New York City Bike-Share Program

Significant Infrastructure! news from Delaware. Delaware Drops “Share the Road” The “Share the Road” signs are interpreted significantly differently by cyclists and drivers. Cyclists see them as “allow bicycles safe passage” and drivers see them as “bicycles get off the road”. Of course the latter interpretation is the exact opposite of “sharing” a road.

Infrastructure news from IA. Do Bicycle Lanes Help Prevent Serious Injuries? The answer is “maybe”. If you consider the CA wreck posted near the top of this post, then the answer is “not so much”.

A bike plan with no funding source is not a bike plan, it’s a wish list. 64-Million Dollar Bike Plan in the Works for SLO

A problem that is not common for bike paths, fortunately. Chew on this: The bike path beaver is back

Infrastructure news from Oz. Safer cycling in the spotlight as roundtable meets at Campbell Town

And just general bad news from the UK. Bath lawyer warns that cyclists who don’t wear helmets could have crash compensation cut

A Dia de los Muertos altar for cyclists in L.A.

Along those same lines, a Ghost Bike in OH. All-white two-wheeler honors bicycle accident victim

A really cool kid on a bicycle. Berkeley 12-year-old bikes entire West Coast to combat climate change

Some days I feel sorry for cyclists in the Great White North. Crack-Smoking Aside — Does Rob Ford Have a Drunk Driving Problem? Toronto has a crack-smoking, drunk-driving mayor that hates bike lanes. And Toronto cyclists have my pity, for what it’s worth. And that’s coming from a guy living in a city with less than a mile and a half of bike lanes if you count both directions.

Last link. How to use bike share to evade zombies in a post-apocalyptic world

And those are all the bicycle links that gave me fits today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus