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This is going to be a long night, and the Feed

I normally stay up late Friday night to get the 2400 post to the Feed folder filtered and on the blog so it isn’t so old come Monday, and so I have one fewer report to filter then. Well I just finished going through the 1800 post, and if that is any indication, tonight is going to be a very long night indeed. But first, I’m having difficulty getting the brain shaped jello mold for my Death Day party. For new readers, I celebrate the day I almost died, because I did die, but [Monty Python] I got better[/Monty Python]. I know I mention it way too much for my regular readers, but 08/31/2001 at 0119 I died. I was dead until approximately 0121 when I spontaneously “rebooted” and came back complaining that the upper end of my femur was broken. I was completely oblivious to the fact that from the knee down my left leg was a bloody gaping wound and I was bleeding to death. You see that’s the upside to being dead for about 2 minutes at the beginning of this mess, I had an extra 2 minutes where I wasn’t spurting blood everywhere instead of keeping it inside my body. I have mentioned my experiences with being dead elsewhere (archive crawl!) so I’ll spare those who don’t wish to know (spoiler, it was boring). Since I don’t have the mold tonight, I can’t do the blue jello and yogurt “brains” for the Saturday party, but I might have the time to get a batch set up in time for the Sunday party. That’s right, I get 2 parties to celebrate not being dead, one with the people in the RPG group, and another on the actual date of the wreck with the people at my church. I don’t know if there will be alcohol at either party, but I would very much like there to be a good dark beer…

Up first today is a bunch of links to a wreck that was mainly caused by incomplete infrastructure in Seattle, WA. Cyclist Killed on 2nd Avenue and Cyclist killed on Seattle’s notorious 2nd Avenue bike lane also Cyclist killed in downtown Seattle and even August 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM The breaking-news account of the 2nd Avenue bike fatality This wreck was caused by a non-standard bike lane to the left of traffic and the delay for political reasons of installing the remainder of the equipment and signage needed to make that installation safe. Certain members of the City Council took it upon themselves to delay installation of signals that would give cyclists a different signal phase from traffic turning left across the bike lane, and as a result the driver of the large weapon vehicle (and because the type of vehicle is not the issue here, this is an infrastructure wreck, I’m not mentioning what kind of vehicle here) was making a left turn as the cyclist was riding straight and the cyclist hit the vehicle a glancing blow just behind the front wheels and then fell under the rear wheels. But as I said the real issue is that the signals that would have prevented this wreck were delayed a year by a single person on the Seattle City Council. From my point of view, that council member murdered this cyclist. And yes, I’m Pissed Off about it.

From just east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a cyclist hit by an SUV. Friend of cyclist hit by SUV: ‘She’s not going to quit’ This seems to be entirely the fault of the driver for just driving over the cyclist in the road in front of him as he was using his cell phone while driving. This makes using the hit-from-behind protocols iffy at best because of reaction time, leaving only getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. But as this is East Texas the best we will ever get is a stripe of paint and dirty pavement covered in debris, unless an outside agency forces otherwise. And watching the video was just so … UGH!

Moving out west to L.A. CA and something else I am none too happy about. LASD to internally investigate fatal cyclist crash involving distracted deputy As sad as it may sound this is the last chance for any punishment at all for driving distracted and killing someone who wasn’t even technically in the road. The next judicial step is the civil trial where the legal fees and any payout assessed against the deputy will be picked up by the taxpayers of L.A. County with no chance of subrogating the money back out of the deputy. If the Olins are smart they will state up front they want the damages to be assessed against the deputy, not borne by the taxpayers, because that is the only way to protect the taxpayers. More No charges for LASD deputy who fatally struck cyclist while typing on computer

A WI cyclist is hit-and-run. Cyclist injured in hit and run crash in rural Dodge County AFAIK this was a buzz job gone bad as the cyclist’s injuries were not severe and there was no intersecting road listed in the narrative, and the description of the debris and damages inflicted on the weapon vehicle are consistent with a buzz job. So that would be hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Also all you Madison-area Cheeseheads keep that proverbial eyeball peeled for that weapon vehicle. As of this posting they hadn’t found it yet.

Another WI wreck that is a little better. Bike crash leaves cyclist with minor injuries No mention of mode of wreck, but as there was no intersection mentioned (or a description of the other vehicle) I’m going to go with hit from behind so protocols to avoid (and maybe the victim was one of my readers, there seemed to be light injuries), and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

This CO wreck brought back unpleasant memories. Hit-and-run driver seriously injures cyclist Mid-block wreck in a bike lane? Sounds like attempted murder to me Mr. DA. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages. Get the infrastructure right to prevent. And shred the cars used to commit hit-and-run. They melt down guns used to commit crimes, same thing should happen to motor vehicles.

Not a wreck, but not very good either. Police identify bicyclist struck in head by lightning in Maryland Heights If you’re not already out in it just stay home, for those storms that blow in unexpectedly find shelter away from stands of trees, and if you’re on the road when the lightning starts lay the bike down at the edge of the road and lay alongside. It’s better to be dirty than dead.

An OR cyclist is hit while trying to buy groceries. 91-year-old Eugene cyclist hit by car plans to keep riding OK, to avoid use the hit-from-behind protocols, to prevent goes back to Dutch quality infrastructure with bidirectional bike lanes on both sides of the streets to prevent mid-block crossing.

Update on a wreck in the Great White North. Police: Teen cyclist killed by street racers High speeds on the part of the weapon vehicle makes all of the protocols moot for reaction time, and as the drivers of the weapon vehicles were idiots I’m not sure infrastructure would have done anything either.

Also from the GWN, with a slightly better outcome. Cyclist gets away with minor injuries after being hit by truck The time would have been right about sunset local time, the driver may have been blinded by the setting sun, or maybe not as they haven’t released any information about the mode of the wreck.

Another GWN wreck, it’s a bad day for Bob and Doug. Cyclist injured on Culloden Road, OPP investigating ‘fail to remain’ collision Hit from behind, protocols and infrastructure, can you tell this is the last link I filtered?

Another Montreal right hook. Cyclist injured after colliding with truck in Plateau-Mont-Royal Obviously intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on a UK driver who killed a cyclist while distracted by pictures on his cell phone. Minibus driver jailed for five years for cyclist’s death

An “ugh!” wreck from Oz. Cyclist injured by car at South Brighton, pedestrian hit by trailer at Glynde Strictly a hit-from-behind of the Lanterne Rouge for a group ride, which means he was quite visible at the back of the group. Protocols would not have helped much so that only leaves infrastructure to prevent.

Moving back to the states, someone stole bicycles from a place that has no bicycles to sell. Police: Man wanted in bicycle theft from Silver Spring Township store Sure they sell things that look like bicycles, but they are not really bicycles.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: More on misguided Olin decision; protected bikeways and hit-and-run bills pass legislature

I’m not sure how to classify this except as Karma, maybe? Why General Motors wants to put 19,000 tech employees on bicycles

A SoCal letter writer has the right numbers, but still gets the wrong answers. Letters, Aug. 28, 2014: The real statistics behind cycling-related injuries

And still in SoCal, a police chief only gets it half right. From the Chief- Kids, bikes and school People in cars are driving potential murder weapons around with the destructive power of anything from a 20mm to a 155mm cannon shell. A 20mm is barely bigger than a machine gun (there are 20mm rifles, but they are heavy as hell to carry, more than a mortar tube and aiming platform but they fire an effective AP round so they used to be used against armor at medium ranges… TMI) but a 155 or the naval equivalent are capable of taking out large buildings with a single shot.

I guess this is Infrastructure! SF Weekly Tests New State Law Requiring Cars to Give Cyclists More Room on the Roads Using a reflector to show how far 3 feet away from a cyclist really is has the deleterious side effect of making said bicycle almost as wide as a car.

And I finally ran out of links.

Billed @€0.02, Opus “Unkillable Badass” (I love getting called that)

Things are approaching “normal” for values of “normal” that are right angles to reality, and the Feed

I’m actually feeling pretty chipper today. It’s grocery day, which means I get out of the house for a bit. Also I got the most awesomest reply to a comment I put on a web comic about dealing with depression (I know some of you think I never get depressed dealing with this “stuff” but really I came into this gig dealing with depression, this is how I deal) and related how I got depressed in the first place. The artist left me a reply that I shall quote in its entirety here:

David M Willis
August 28, 2014 at 2:08 am | Reply
confidentially i’m not in this webcomics thing to tell stories, i’m actually just assembling an army of unkillable badasses one by one, who i will eventually march across the face of the earth and install a new world order

I think I will add that to my resume. “Unkillable badass” has a nice ring to it wouldn’t you say? I hope I get placed high enough in the new DoT to fix some of the mistakes made with all these damned highways running through residential neighborhoods.

Up first is something that came through after I put yesterday’s post to bed. Deputy Who Hit Biking Napster Exec While Driving Distracted Won’t Face Charges and Update: DA refuses to file charges in Milt Olin case I’m totally unsurprised at this turn of events, merely disappointed. There will be a civil trial in the case, but even if the Olins “win” the taxpayers will be the real losers as they are picking up the tab for defending the deputy and also covering the eventual payout. I have long advocated that when LEO are sued the payout comes from the pension fund of the accused, and when there’s no money left there it comes from the payroll of the organization. So long as LEO misconduct is left unpunished it will continue to flourish.

An unknown person shot and killed a drunk driver in TX. Texas dad acquitted of fatally shooting suspected drunken driver who struck, killed sons The prosecution was unable to place the murder weapon in the hands of the father of the victims of the drunk driver. Personally I prefer just to chain the driver to the steering wheel of the car while it gets crushed and shredded, or if I’m in a really bad mood just leave the car in impound with the driver chained to the steering wheel until the trial, how ever many months that takes. Feeding would be optional, bathroom breaks not so much, and no AC. And if that sounds like I do not like drunk drivers very much, you’re right.

A driver hits a cyclist in OR then leaves the scene when first responders arrive. Police: Man hit cyclist, drove away when he heard sirens Right hook as the cyclist rode across the front of the gas station that the driver of the weapon vehicle was trying to enter, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And the article seems to have updated while I was creating the link, because the driver is no longer being described as “drunk”, his sobriety or lack of has no mention in the updated link. His attempt to hide the evidence and deceive LEO has not been changed…

A GA cyclist is killed because a driver should not have been driving proved he should not have been driving. Cyclist Killed In Athens Crash OK I can’t tell if this is a SWSS or what, the narrative just says the driver “couldn’t avoid” hitting the cyclist… However they did arrest the driver for not having a valid license, so there is at least that. Assuming the wreck was not at an intersection that wasn’t named, use hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Include in that some means of preventing driving without a valid license…

Horrors, a cyclist not wearing proper cycling gear… Waterville cyclist seriously injured after being struck by van This wreck was in ME BTW. The driver claimed the cyclist was riding salmon when the weapon vehicle turned left and hit the cyclist. Assuming the cyclist was riding salmon that only allows for 2 possible locations and directions of travel for the cyclist. One is parallel to the original direction of travel and crossing the intersection to the left of the turning vehicle, the other is riding in the lane the weapon vehicle was turning towards. The third alternative is the cyclist was left-crossed in the traditional sense and the driver failed to see him until contact with the front of the weapon vehicle. The description of the cyclist’s garb indicates he was riding for transportation somewhere, not on a recreational or training ride. So, either don’t ride salmon, or intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Just south of the ME wreck a NYC driver manages to hit 3 people walking in the crosswalk. Driver Seriously Injures Three Elderly Pedestrians In LES Crosswalk I’m still trying to figure out how you manage to hit 3 adults using the crosswalk… I think the fact that it was a woman driving a Volvo might have had something to do with it. I mention this wreck because for all intents and purposes it was a right hook, the victims just were not riding bicycles at the time of the wreck, but they were using the built infrastructure as intended and as safely as possible.

A MA cyclist causes a left cross by jumping the light. Arlington police log: Spitting workers, injured cyclist and more What more can I say about this one? Even the famous Idaho stop law requires yielding to traffic after the stop at a red light, which requires actually looking for traffic before leaving the safety of the stop bar.

Final say on a UK wreck leaves me feeling nauseous. Suspended sentence for lorry driver who hit and killed Darlington cyclist That’s right, run over a plainly visible cyclist on the side of the road and get a suspended sentence and 160 hours of community service. TANJ!

Update on a wreck in Oz. Teenager hit by truck in Oakford on Tuesday dies in hospital At this time LEO have been unable to determine which vehicle had the right of way at the intersection where the wreck happened. So, intersection wreck implies that the protocols might have been of some use in avoiding damages, and that infrastructure “up to Dutch” could have prevented the wreck.

It looks like there was a wreck in Enn Zed that was extremely similar to the wreck on I 84 in OR last week. Cyclist injured on SH2 at Petone, long delays for northbound traffic The report as I read it while composing the post is the cyclist was hit where the bike lane crossed the exit ramp, making the geometry a left hook (they drive on the wrong side of the road in Enn Zed). There is very little a cyclist can do in this circumstance…

Speaking of the OR wreck on I 84, there is a FB page devoted to fixing the situation. Ellen Memorial Connector – Complete the Historic Columbia Gorge HWY My first Infrastructure! article of the day.

Our Daily Ted article. BOLO Alert: Custom Davidson bike stolen in South Pasadena

LifeStyle in NJ. Greater Morristown mourns cyclist, killed in accident The cyclist crashed when he hit or tried to avoid an uncovered access hole for some kind of infrastructure, either water or gas. The report doesn’t know if he hit the hole, or lost traction off the front wheel trying to avoid it, but it all amounts to the same thing.

Just what we need, a folding e-assist bike that can lock itself to trees and posts and becomes unridable if you break the lock. ncycle e-bike features integrated locking, folding and pocket systems Oh did I forget to mention the integrated carrier hidden in the frame? I think I forgot.

And either I have finished losing my mind, or I have run out of links. Some days it’s hard to tell.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet, Unkillable Badass (I like that…)

Relief arrived in the mail, and the Feed

The trust fund has come through for Casa de El Poeta in the form of a large $$ check that we will use to pay off the mortgage, getting that particular monkey off our backs for good. I think I mentioned my BP going down because of a reduction in stress? Part of that reduction was the negotiations involved doing this. Now we have to deposit the check, wait for the DHS and DEA to clear it as a legitimate transaction, and then cut the certified check to the mortgage company to pay off the mortgage and get our home free and clear. Then we can start using what had been the mortgage payment to cover deferred maintenance, the house needs paint on the outside, and the bath to the master bedroom needs to be remodeled and the holes in the walls repaired ASAP. I really don’t like listening to frogs and crickets while I’m taking a shower inside my house! And I have never seen such a large check in my life, all those zeroes :o !

Update on a disgusting story is even more disgusting. Affluenza’ teen’s father busted for impersonating a police officer Remember this one? Sixteen YO kid was drunk on stolen beer and ran over a group of people helping a stranded motorist, killing I think 2(?), and crippling at least one more, and the judge said he was too rich to understand what he did? This shows just how far from the tree the apple fell. Not very far.

Another cyclist/train “incident”. Cyclist killed by train in Detroit and Cyclist hit by train on Detroit’s west side OK there is something going on here, this makes more bicycle/train wrecks in less than 8 months than I normally see in a year. I don’t know if this is a statistical glitch, or if there are people using trains as suicide weapons, or a combination of the two, or someone has developed a mind control ray and is testing it out on cyclists first. OK that last one was going into tin foil hat territory, but seriously, given how easy it is to not get hit by a train having almost twice the normal annual average in less than 8 months is flaky in the extreme. In the meantime the easiest way to not get hit by a train is to not be on the tracks when one is coming, paying attention to crossing guards and signals and looking and listening for one of the large and noisy things so you’re “not there” with the train.

Moving a bit west from that wreck we get a right hook in CO. Boulder police: Cyclist hit by car on Arapahoe Avenue seriously injured Straight-forward right hook wreck caused by improper intersection design with a separated bike path several feet to the right of the street, this can only be solved with separate signal phases for the bike path and the rest of the intersection. Or in other words get the infrastructure “up to Dutch”, because this situation can’t be solved by cyclists and drivers “being careful”. Because of the geometry of this intersection the protocols are of little help.

Kill a cyclist, get a ticket? Lincoln man charged with misdemeanors in death of bicyclist Oh, sorry, ticket and a small fine. Misdemeanors for killing a human being. If it wasn’t for the sidebar article proclaiming that selling drugs got a man 15 years without actually killing anyone I might be more philosophical about this, but putting one man getting 15 years for making and selling something people want while another gets misdemeanor charges for killing someone because “OOhh, drugs are BAD!” and hitting someone not even on the road is an “accident”.

Update on that NYC left hook by an unlicensed cab driver. Livery Driver Charged in Cyclist’s Death Still way undercharged for the seriousness of the outcome. Should not have been driving because unable to prove competency for driving and kills someone proving how incompetent he is, and they can’t charge him with anything that corresponds to the seriousness of the effect.

I think NYPD is more concerned that a bullet “almost” hit one of theirs than the fact that a cyclist was the one being targeted. NYPD: This Gunman Aimed At Bicyclist And Nearly Shot A Cop gasp! a bullet came within several feet of an officer! This miscreant must be brought to justice!

And while we are in NYC, they are trying to add an illegal $88 surcharge to the bicycle tickets they are handing out. DMV Charging Cyclists An Extra $88 For “Operation Safe Cycle” Tickets Any disparaging remark I could make now would just be redundant.

Someone wins the door prize. Bicyclist dies after crashing into car door As they showed in the video the bike lane was more than halfway into the door zone, and I believe NH is a mandatory sidepath state (I know someone will correct me if I’m wrong, they always do). That means that the cyclist was forced to ride in the door zone by law… making this wreck unavoidable by a human cyclist and only preventable by changing the infrastructure that caused it.

A hit and run from the Great White North. Teen cyclist tossed a ‘considerable distance’ in hit-and-run near Marineland Since the cyclist was with a group and there is no mention of lights or reflectors it has to be assumed the cyclist was visible, or something would have been mentioned. Hit from behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

“Good” to know that the Blue Wall extends all the way to Canada. Teen cyclist struck dead by cop’s wife, family’s questions ‘not answered’ The woman had been drinking but was never tested for her BAC%, she was allowed to drive the weapon vehicle away from the wreck… TANJ!

This UK report goes way beyond the pale, even for an Anglophone country. Blackwood driver took photo of fatally injured cyclist after crash, court hears

This trial report from the UK is? Trialish? Bath man pleads guilty to hit-and-run incident which killed cyclist Jake Gilmore and Man pleads guilty to causing the death of Chard teenage cyclist Jake Gilmore The ironic thing is the driver will probably get more time for the pot than for killing and leaving a young man on the side of the road.

Infrastructure causes a bike wreck, and what are the media concerned about? Queues after cyclist injured in street fall Man falls off his bike because the street is crap and gets badly injured, but more importantly, traffic got backed up and Important People in Cars had to wait.

Get in a wreck that destroys your clothes so they give you a hospital gown to stay covered up, and wind up getting chased by police as an escaped patient! Police helicopter pursues injured cyclist mistaken for escaped hospital patient

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Details come out in death of randonneur Matthew O’Neill; new Chinese bike doesn’t need you

Lifestyle in San Diego CA. Hundreds to ride in support of severely injured cyclist and a picture from FB.
SD PD on ride for injured cyclist

And not directly related to bikes but uber-cool. Magical algae turns sewage into biofuel and Dasani Not sure if the “Dasani” bit is product placement or a dig at the product, but this is a variation of the sewage lagoons method of treating sewage, with the same sterilized high-quality fertilizer as an end product but with the added bonus of diesel fuel as a byproduct.

And those were all the links I have for today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

A post about minority relations, and the Feed

I will freely admit I am old. Not as old as some people think, but still “up there” in years. I’m 55 about to be 56 in a few weeks, and I have Seen Things. I saw That Other Armstrong walk on the moon with Buzz Aldrin. I saw Robert Kennedy shot on the TV news by Sirhan Sirhan. I saw JFK laid to rest in Arlington. And I saw protests against racial discrimination and institutional poverty in the Deep South disrupted by goons wearing cop badges. It has frequently been said that for a middle-class white dude to understand what it feels like to be a minority all you need to do is throw him on a bicycle and give him a destination across town, which I understand viscerally (hey, in just a couple of weeks I’m going to celebrate surviving someone trying to kill me for my mode of transport, so I deeply understand). But I have never seen cyclists get the kind of treatment the people in Ferguson are getting on a daily basis from people they pay to “protect” them. Seriously if I was living in Ferguson MO right now I would be suing for return of taxes on the grounds of not getting what I paid for. The “riots” I have seen on the videos coming out of there seem to be mostly the PD or people dressed like the PD except in camo and wearing masks running amok in residential areas, shooting up property and setting fires with burning tear gas grenades. What little PD violence I have seen against group rides like Critical Mass pales in comparison. I mean people are getting shot in Ferguson.

This is what normally happens when cyclists protest, from a half-day ride to the east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Riders Up: 200-plus cyclists show support for riders injured on roadways and Hundreds gather for Vigilance ride to remember injured, killed cyclists I wonder how they got the precise number of riders for the first link (213).

A cyclist was killed in SC and the criminal case drags on. 2 years later, family still waiting for trial to begin in cyclist’s death It seems quite cut-and-dried to me, but then I have been hit several times on my bike and have not been at fault yet. I wonder what could be “more important” than putting someone on trial for killing another human being? Bounced checks?

More on the cyclist left-hooked in NYC. Livery Cab Driver Arrested After Bicyclist Killed In East Harlem and Bicycle rider killed in East Harlem by cab whose driver allegedly had suspended license: police sources Driver still unlicensed, still uninsured, still breathing, all of which are no longer applicable in the case of the victim. This report has made it plain that there was nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck as the driver pulled alongside and turned (left) right over him.

Still in NYC here’s an update with a little more information about a deadly wreck last week. Cyclist struck and killed by ambulette in Flushing Wednesday He either left-crossed himself, or the car passed him right after the turn and did not leave enough room. I’m still not getting good information about the geometry of this wreck.

More about the SF cyclist killed by a driver running from police who weren’t chasing him. Zachary Watson: Cyclist Hit by Driver Fleeing Cops Dies and Cyclist And Exploratorium Employee Zach Watson, Struck By Driver Of Stolen Minivan, Has Died The victim was not riding his bike when hit but was in the process of locking it up. So a completely unavoidable wreck for the cyclist and one that no kind of infrastructure upgrade could reasonably prevent.

Another CA bike wreck that as I compose this is low-information. Cyclist seriously injured in collision in Chula Vista As I read the report at the moment all I really know is the cyclist was seriously injured in an intersection wreck. So intersection protocols apply at the moment, and infrastructure would probably (95% confidence factor) prevent this wreck.

A young (6YO) cyclist is killed in MN. UPDATE: Authorities Continue to Investigate Fatal Van Versus Bike Crash The driver is invoking the Drivers Get Out Of Jail Free card (I didn’t see him) but it is unknown what factor that will play in this wreck. The location is in a residential area of single-family houses so the driver should have been looking for kids coming from driveways as there is no other place to ride a bike except driveways and the street. Notice the complete lack of accommodation for anything other than motor vehicles in what should be a street for kids to run wild, with no through traffic.

Another link to that wreck in Enn Zed, but no more information (yet). A cyclist was seriously injured when her bicycle was hit by a truck near Napier The narrative now reads as a hit-from-behind wreck so I’m assuming applying the protocols could at least minimize the damages. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent the conflict that resulted in the wreck from ever happening.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: What DTLA can learn from NYC, guilty plea in Fallbrook hit-and-run, new distracted driving app

Infrastructure! news from Bicycling Magazine. Roundabouts Versus Stop Signs

How to get bike parking at your local store. The Story of the ShurSave Bike Racks This assumes that management actually has fucks to give about customers who arrive by bike, unlike my local store who still haven’t installed a bike rack in spite of another customer’s bike besides mine getting stolen because there is literally nothing solid that bikes are allowed to lock up to. We have trees and the handicapped parking signs that are physically available, with one off-limits because it is bad form in TX to lock to a tree and invite someone to cut down the tree to steal the bike, and the other off-limits because locking to the handicapped parking sign blocks access to the handicapped spaces.

Lifestyle from the NYT. My Life in Bicycles

More e-assist bike news. E-bikes face uphill climb As one wag pointed out in the comments, climbing is the play to strength for an assist bike.

And those were all the links I could find pertaining to the subject matter of this blog, today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I have to take a different route but I have my old compose page back, and the Feed

Well I have to use a new button on the dashboard instead of being able to use the WP banner tool, but I’m back at what looks like my previous compose page. The “preview” and “proofread” buttons are both back in their familiar locations. I hope the rest of the composing tools are also functional. One thing that seems to be permanently gone is the share button, which means Gigi won’t be able to log in from where ever she’s logging in from to leave links back from her page. And snarky comments, she was really good at leaving snarky comments. I never saw anybody that clicked on those links to read the post, but it felt better when she would come over and leave the snarky comment on her page, yannow?

Up first another scourge of modern times, the sleepy driver. Police: Driver hit and killed cyclist after falling asleep at the wheel There is not much a cyclist can do in a situation like this, even if they had been riding where they could be seen and avoided by the driver, the driver’s eyes would have to be open for that to happen. Infrastructure to Dutch standards would prevent wreck like this. For one thing there would be some serious rumble strips capable of stopping the car between the motorway and the cycle highway.

Closer to home in OK a cyclist is hit in a more urban environment. Car hits bicyclist near OCU campus The wreckage of the bike is so torn up I can’t tell which direction the cyclist was hit first. I mean the seat post is laying alongside the handlebars and you can plainly see the rear reflector jauntily next to what appears to be the top tube of the frame with one pedal visible from a crank that starts from somewhere out of frame… Drunk driver so nothing the cyclist could have done, infrastructure to Dutch CROW standards would probably have kept the cyclist away from the drunk driver and might even have convinced the drunk to not drive a car that night.

A needless wreck in KS as a driver passing another car hits a cyclist head on. Cyclist killed in Douglas County crash Umm, nope. Not a wreck that human reflexes and reactions could avoid. Get infrastructure that’s “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A driver assaults several IL cyclists on a group ride, in different groups around town. Police investigating motorist, cyclist incident Anyone seen the mayor of Sunset Hills MO lately? Being serious now, there is very little more than what the cyclists did that could be done to avoid a homicidal maniac like this dude. Segregated infrastructure paid for by crazy drivers like him would be the only way to prevent it. Still serious, you want to be crazy, you can be crazy, but it will cost you dearly.

The geometry of this IN wreck seriously troubles me. Lafayette doctor killed in cycling crash involving truck Seriously, they really think the cyclist right-hooked the truck?

Update on an Aussie killed in IN. Aust cyclist killed during ‘dream’ US trip I believe when I covered this back in July I pegged this as a hit-from-behind wreck, so protocols to avoid, infrastructure to prevent.

From CA more about the (drunk and high on meth) driver that went the wrong way on a one way loop road commonly used by cyclists to train. Wrong-Way Driver Hits Group of Cyclists on Fiesta Island This again shows why sometimes having access to motor vehicles is a Bad Thing for bicycle infrastructure. This was not bicycle infrastructure, just a nice road with no oncoming traffic and a speed limit that serious athletes had no problem maintaining or exceeding (within the 10 MPH+10% “tolerance” given to motor vehicles), but it does show what can happen when you make really good bike infra. Second thing to point out, that car is most likely totaled. Both A-pillars are bent and the windshield frame is buckled in the middle. The only way to repair it would be to cut the roof from an identical model and weld it to the unibody of that car, and I don’t think that car is worth the effort not to mention the costs involved.

Another wreck in CA, this one appears to be a cyclist that ran a stop sign or misjudged the closing speed of the weapon vehicle. Bicycle rider injured near downtown Woodland and Cyclist badly injured in minivan vs. bike crash in Woodland The driver was on a through street and the cyclist had a stop sign which leaves only the two possibilities I laid out. Infrastructure might have helped but I’m going to be honest on this one, I don’t think so if the bike path doesn’t have the priority at the intersection.

A SWCC from CA. 10-year old bike rider killed in Hesperia There is a possibility the cyclist was riding on the sidewalk which only adds to the information that confirms what a bad idea this is. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the kids off sidewalks and on to “Dutch quality” bike paths to prevent.

A fatal buzz job from CA. Recumbent Cyclist Killed Was UCSB Grad Student Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to reduce damages, and get the infrastructure up to Dutch CROW standards to prevent.

This has not been a good day for CA cyclists as one carrying a passenger is cut off by a FedEx truck. Serious Injuries After FedEx Driver Strikes Cyclist And Passenger On Handlebars The way the narrative reads now the truck pulled out of a parking space directly into the side of the bike, and as you know the thing that sticks out the farthest on a bike are the handlebars. And what happens when the handlebars get hit? Yep the bike goes down, hard. Not sure if riding further out in the lane will prevent a similar wreck, but the area is already a mixed transport area quite similar to the Dutch Urban model, so about the only thing that could be changed would be the presumed liability law, motor vehicles are automatically at fault when hitting a pedestrian or cyclist in the street.

Another one of those limited information wrecks from GA. Bicyclist hit by car on Cobb Parkway Now the report reads the cyclist was “crossing” the highway when hit making this a SWCC wreck. There is an extremely low-res picture of the bike but I can’t get the “zoom in” feature to let me see the higher resolution picture so I can’t say anything for sure except that it is a bike in the road, or at least part of a bike. Since so many SWCC bike wrecks turn out to be hit-from-behind I’m going to go with those protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Get drunk and kill a cyclist and the worst that can happen is a 5 year prison term. Georgia man sentenced in fatal DUI crash that killed deaf cyclist The driver deliberately drove drunk in spite of being told twice he was too drunk to drive, commits hit-and-run leaving another human to die in the streets, and they only give him 5 years in prison and a $9K fine? It sucks to be a cyclist in GA, but it’s great to be a driver.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike an apparent medical emergency causes a cyclist to ride across 2 lanes of traffic and into the side of a car. Weston Cyclist Killed After Being Hit by a Car The narrative is derived from several of the people riding with the victim, that he suddenly veered to the left and across an empty lane from the bicycle lane and hit a car in an inside lane. IOW this is the exact opposite of a SWSS, this may be the last act of a dying man.

One of the hazards of riding a group ride, from MA. Bicycle crash results in head trauma This is another one of those wrecks where bike infrastructure would not have done much except change the location of the wreck.

Another SWCC wreck (seems to be a theme today) in MI. Cyclist, 16, struck by vehicle, seriously injured Cyclist not able to tell LEO what happened from his point of view, and the only other witness was the driver of the weapon vehicle. Hit from behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on a hit-and-run in the Great White North. Man, 25, turns himself in after cyclist struck and killed: police The weapon vehicle was one that was not licensed for use on the streets…

Another Great White North wreck of unknown cause as of this posting. Elderly male cyclist struck and killed in Mississauga The picture shows a bike hit from the left front. At this point the only thing LEO are releasing are the vehicle types (bike and cube van) and the intersection where the wreck took place. So intersection means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and update infrastructure using the CROW manual to prevent.

And another update on a hit-and-run from West Canuckistan. Pickup driver in hit-and-run that injured Coquitlam cyclist turns himself in

This wreck report from Oz has been sanitized from the original which was quoted in the Feed. Doctors battle to save injured cyclist’s legHe was so badly injured that a portion of his thigh bone was found at the…” and the less gory second sentence were both missing from the link that existed this morning. The geometry of the wreck is totally the cause from the first driver failing to wait until it was clear to pass, as the weapon vehicle came over the brow of the hill and dodged right to avoid the car in his lane and did not see the cyclists already in that lane (looking for where other cars were not there). No way for a cyclist to avoid something like this without superhuman reaction times. Infrastructure that was “up to Dutch” would not have required the first vehicle (the one that caused the wreck) to have to change lanes to pass the cyclists because they would have been on a separate road, thereby eliminating the cause of the wreck.

Another report from Oz. Teen fined over crash which left cyclist injured The driver right crossed (remember they drive on the wrong side of the road in Oz) the cyclist and left him permanently injured, but because she hadn’t been driving very long and had a “clean record” the violation will be struck from her record if she completes her probation successfully.

Our Daily Ted. A big bike weekend, with the Grand Opening of Timbuk2 and Aika Trading, and Amoeba’s Hot August Bikes

Infrastructure! news from VT. Video raises bike law questions Yep, when the law is so complex that the people paid to enforce it don’t understand it, that law needs to be scrapped.

And crappy Infrastructure in the UK. Cycle path still not finished on 10th anniversary of cyclist’s death that secured council promise This was another example of “check-box” infrastructure, barely meeting minimums in width and going nowhere, basically just paint, and it still took 10 years and a lot of arm-twisting to get it done.

I keep mentioning “up to Dutch” as the standard for bicycle infrastructure and this link shows once again why that is. Pragmatism. When campaigners and planners should use it. How such things as car parking and beer delivery in the Netherlands are made to coexist with excellent cycling infrastructure Sometimes you have to get stuff to places that you can’t use a cargo bike, or you need to get cars put away in their garages, or tractors to and from their fields. It can be done! and without endangering anyone when bicycles are given first priority during the planning and design phases of the project.

And another e-assist bike hits the market. Riide plans to make D.C. a hub for electric bikes, so we gave one a spin Fast, but not much range, and an unknown on hills. The secret for building hub motor e-bikes is to adjust the motor winds and voltage so that it develops peak power just below the speed limit for that jurisdiction, then use a controller that limits the RPM of the motor to the maximum allowable speed. That way you don’t have to slow down as much going up hills and you are in the motor’s sweet spot for most cruising. And I’m giving away the secret for free. You’re welcome. :)

And I’m closing tonight with something I don’t normally do. I’m asking you to sign a petition. Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera. We cyclists know the value of an unbiased observer on our sides, the unblinking eye of the video camera. I hear tell of one UK cyclist that has no less than 7 video cameras going at once every time he throws a leg over a bicycle. I figure if it’s good enough to protect cyclists against driver (most of the time, I’m not forgetting that VT video linked up above) then it should protect civilians against police violence and LEO against false accusations of police violence.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I’m having a case of the Mondays, and the Feed

Mrs. the Poet being home throws my mental calendar all off. I make my beans and rice every Monday (except the weeks when I have to make it on Tuesday) and normally start right after breakfast, but because she was home I was not thinking “make beans” I was more like “we are having roast veggies tonight with dinner”. So having Mrs. the Poet around is like “Mrs. the Poet =/= Bean Night” in my head even though I know it is still Monday. And I have to say having my MP3 player hooked to my sound system is something of a revelation for me. I have been browsing by albums lately and for some artists I have as many as 6 separate albums loaded. The depth of my music collection even surprises me on occasion. I just wish I could have gotten my Pink Floyd converted and loaded before I ran out of space, I really want to be able to hear “Ummagumma”.

Amazingly enough I don’t have many links this morning as most of what populated my Feed Folder was motorcycle wrecks, and almost all the wrecks were from North of the (Canadian) Border.

Speaking of that, first wreck is a SWCC two links from East Canuckistan. Cyclist killed in morning crash and Cyclist Dies After Burning Red Light And that’s a bit of slang I haven’t heard before for going through a red light. OK, intersection protocols to avoid with emphasis on not running red lights to avoid or reduce damages, assuming it was the cyclist that ran the red and not the sole surviving witness and operator of the weapon vehicle, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Next up another demonstration of the destructive power of motor vehicles as NJ shows NY how it’s supposed to be done. Woman Fatally Struck By Driver At NJ Farmer’s Market Victim was dragged 3 blocks by the weapon vehicle after it went through barricades denoting a pedestrian-only space (motor vehicles allowed for deliveries and trash pickup outside of pedestrian time). Yep when idiots drive light armored vehicles they do idiotic things. Still, the fact that a sober driver killing a pedestrian can be charged under NJ statute and caselaw that would have only gotten a ticket in NY because of their statute and caselaw, just goes to show how seriously warped out of normal NY statute and caselaw has become.

Road rage on the bike path in the UK. Witness appeal after cyclist assaults man who was on bike ride with daughter I’m going to file this in the folder labeled “Cyclists are human beings”. And then try to forget it.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Unlocked bike recovered in SaMo, PCH bike lane in the ‘Bu, major Riverside hit-and-run

Infrastructure! news via Facebook, link is supposed to be visible even for people not on FB. A Bicyclist in a travel lane is not an emergency! Advice to drivers to not call 911 if someone is riding a bicycle.

From the cops-getting-it-wrong-again department. Montreal police warn cyclists to stay off road at St-Denis underpass For those not clicking, this is the underpass where a female cyclist died after getting a ticket for riding on the very same sidewalk cyclists are getting ticketed for not riding in now. This is one of the few sidewalks that is legal for riding on in Canada.

And Lifestyle from Canuckistan. Two years after cyclist’s death, Edmontonians plan to honour him with unique memorial A tiny parklet made from a converted parking place to honor a cyclist? Brilliant!

Proving that bike bigots are no easier to change than race bigots. Washington Post columnist takes bike ride through D.C.

And those are all the links about bikes that I could find today that were not hopelessly out of date.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

That moment when it all becomes worthwhile, and the Feed

Did you ever start to think that you are wasting your time and sanity, and should chuck the whole thing and take up fishing instead? I did, earlier this week. But thanks to the comments left on this article my sense of purpose has been renewed. I may not be making a huge difference, but I am making a difference and doing good in the world. And that is sometimes the best you can hope for.

It looks almost as if the Feed is in feedback mode for today as there are very few recent wrecks and lots of updates with positive results. Like this report from St.Louis on the Mad Mayor attacking a cyclist with his car. LISTEN: 911 Callers Tell Dispatcher Sunset Hills Mayor Ran Cyclist Off the Road Sweet sweet schadenfreud!

Update on a hit-and-run in the Great White North. Cyclist still in hospital after hit-and-run in Port Coquitlam Here’s hoping the cyclist gets well as soon as humanly possible from one hit-and-run victim to another.

A driver ignores a pedestrian crossing shared with cyclists in Jolly Olde. Hull cyclist dies in pedestrian crossing collision This would only be fixed with laws making hitting a cyclist or pedestrian using bike/ped infrastructure like this the automatic fault of the driver, because this was already in segregated infrastructure with a separate signal phase.

Have you been riding with this man and wondered where he has been lately? Police Release EVO-fit Of Cyclist Killed In Collision On A61 Please contact LEO at the number in the article.

And how many cyclists get any kind of visits from LEO after a wreck, much less one with pizza? Anne Arundel Bicycle Police Visit Injured Cyclist and Bring Pizza

A bit of the old Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde. Cyclist detectors to be trialled on London buses Do an actual road trial in the real world to see what works and what is a waste of money? Brilliant! [/Guinness commercial]

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: KABC talks with Laura Weintraub; great video and photos from Brentwood Grand Prix

A little American Infrastructure news. Intersection dishes up new bike ‘shish kebab’ symbol This is the new MUTCD pavement marking that shows where the “sweet spot” is for detecting a bicycle on the road to trigger a traffic signal.

So apparently it’s news that some drivers in NYC are douchebags. Hamptons Residents Sick Of Buzzkill Memorial For Nun Who Got Run Over

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today, with a high ratio of giggles to fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus