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It has been an exhausting day, and now I have to do a blog post

I have been walking about 5 miles today doing shopping getting ready for my semi-annual camping trip and I’m still not done, and I’m filtering the links to post for the blog tonight. My feet and legs are killing me… I had to buy a new tent for a couple of reasons. First and foremost is Mrs. the Poet wants to come happynakedpagan camping with me, and my little tent will not support sleeping 2 adults unless they can manage to spend the night in the same sleeping bag, and my surplus Dutch Army mummy bag can barely fit around me. The bag is late ’60s to early ’70s issue and while there is adequate length (the Dutch were tall even then) those bike-riding commies were on the skinny side. Anywho my air mattress completely fills the floor of the tent and usually the morning after the second night I’m trapped in my tent because I can’t sit up or roll over because there is just enough air left in the mattress to push down and have something other than what I was trying to push up go up. The usual thing is I try to push my upper body up and instead my feet get higher. I could just do a log roll out of the mattress except then I run into the sides of the tent. What usually ends up happening is I ask someone to pull the plug on the mattress so I can roll over and sit up and get out of the tent. The new tent has a bit more room than that, roughly 5 times more room. The new tent can put 2 queen-size air mattresses in and leave room to stand in the middle, and I do mean stand in the middle. My old tent is barely tall enough to sit up on the air mattress without hitting my head on the inside top.

Up first because it’s close and also the Big Story is an Austin report of a cyclist dying after getting punched in the head while riding. Man faces assault charge after punching cyclist also Man arrested after punching, killing bicyclist in northeast Austin and Man Charged With Assault On Austin Cyclist I’m not sure why this obvious murder under TX laws was so undercharged. In TX if someone dies in the commission of a felony (and strongarm robbery is most definitely a felony) it’s not just murder, it’s capital murder that qualifies for the death penalty. As for avoiding, the perp walked up to a cyclist riding slow and sucker punched him. I don’t know of any way to avoid that short of wearing a full-face helmet with a shield. Infrastructure doesn’t help against this kind of thing either.

Moving a bit further south a drunk driver gets 90% of a maximum sentence for killing a cyclist. Driver who killed bicyclist sentenced to 18 years and the UK reaction 18 years for Texas drunk driver who killed cyclist then tried to hide body They forgot to charge him with felony littering for dumping the body in a ditch after the cyclist died in the bed of the truck.

A CA cyclist gets hurt in a wreck. Castro Valley: Cyclist seriously injured in collision with car No mode given, LEO were still sitting on this one as of the posting of the link.

More on a SoCal wreck. Authorities ID cyclist killed in Midway District crash I really think the victim’s criminal history was not pertinent to the wreck.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike gets even deadliest-er. Bradenton cyclist Michael DiLandro succumbs to injuries from Sunday car collision I want everyone to know that the introductory sentence to this paragraph is meant to convey my disgust at the body count in FL, not because I forgot how to compose a sentence. Anyway, hit-from-behind wreck, and I’m not sure the driver should have even been on the road. There was a total of 4 minors in the car, 2 teens, a toddler and an infant. Protocols for what good they might have done, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on that NC wreck that seems to be caused as much by bad infrastructure as the driver crossing the bike path in reverse. Cyclist killed in accident lived active, friendly life Digging down deep in the article we find the sidewalk where the cyclist was hit was actually a designated extension of the MUP, but you would have to look it up on a map because it wasn’t signed or anything to notify drivers that cyclists could be riding on it at bike speeds. And what driver is going to look up where the bicycle facilities are? Definitely bad infrastructure.

Update on a NY hit-and-run. Police release photo of truck involved in hit-run of cyclist in Holbrook Hit-from-behind so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and fix the dang infrastructure so cyclists and big trucks don’t mix outside of low-speed residential areas.

Another truck-involved hit-and-run this time in IL. TRUCK DRIVER SOUGHT IN MCKINLEY PARK HIT-AND-RUN, CYCLIST IN CRITICAL CONDITION Nothing on the mode, but the fact that the cyclist was still alive after getting hit with a semi is nothing short of a miracle in and of itself.

Update on an AK wreck. Video a chilling reminder of multiple dangers facing pedestrians, cyclists The video shows the cyclist entering the intersection legally, getting delayed, and then getting killed.

OK, this is Sunday as I type this, there was a technical issue with my internet access Saturday after I ran out of sleep Friday night/Saturday morning and I just got back on line a little while ago. The lack of sleep issue pursued me all day and into the night Saturday and I didn’t get to sleep until early Sunday morning and I still haven’t recovered from the deficit. But recovered or not I still have to be upright (more or less) so I put the ending on this post. As you can probably tell from the construction of this paragraph, I need to get to bed early tonight to recover fully. Brain not work good.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

So how do you pronounce “Francis/es” anyway, and the Feed

Short answer to the question posed by the headline, two syllables with the second syllable vowel sound a schwa (ə) or fran’ səs. Since Francis/es has expressed no gender, or much of any personality traits aside from a tendency to go in a different direction than expected at startup, I will not assign gender to it. I mean I know it’s a truck, made for carrying loads, but I detect no masculine tendencies nor feminine ones either for that matter. Sure Gigi was like a 9YO girl who swore like a sailor, and Blue was like an eager puppy, and Stratus was like Eeyore except not as talkative, but each of those bikes was either old or abandoned or both. Francis/es is for all intents and purposes a brand new bike and hasn’t had the time to develop a personality yet. There’s no “magic” there yet aside from the stubborness.

On another front, I’m having a small problem with the interior diagonal for the passenger compartment of the Sprint T. To get maximum torsional stiffness I need to run the diagonal from the top of the rear hoop to the bottom of the front hoop or vice-versa. Since the front-to-back diagonal will have to run through the side of the body to get to the base of the rear hoop that only leaves the rear-to-front as a viable alternative. And even that has its difficulties, because that diagonal would have to meet the bottom of the front hoop just to the left of my left foot in this picture:
inside view with legs
And as you can see, it’s already pretty crowded there.

Up first, we finally have a clear picture of the jihadist squirrel that suicide attacked a CA cyclist. Cyclist recalls being ‘torpedoed’ by squirrel I would say that fork definitively passed the “squirrel test”.

Still in CA we get a Ted Rogers report on a red-light running cyclist. Alleged red light running cyclist killed in San Diego; first bicycling death in city this year and Cyclist killed in Midway District collision As Ted reported local cyclists say the signal does not detect the presence of a cyclist and does not change when one is there, which kind of conditions cyclists to run that particular light in particular and traffic signals in general. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Moving up the coast a tiny bit (by TX standards). Cyclist seriously injured in crash with car on PCH in Long Beach Not much to go on with this one, I think because that new passing law makes hitting a cyclist from behind an automatic ticket and if the ticket isn’t acknowledged publically there will be outrage from cyclists and drivers. But since there was no intersection given it is pretty much certain that this was a hit-from-behind wreck. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Still in CA but in the northern half of the state. Police: Napa cyclist hit by pickup, seriously injured Looking at the Street View of the scene we see a T intersection with 6½ lanes and no sensor in the bike lane to trigger the signal. This configuration all but demands that cyclists run the red when there is no motor vehicle traffic to trigger the signal unless that camera can detect a bike in the bike lane (if you move on step closer to the intersection than the link I picked you can see the camera). Depending on the cycle time for the light a cyclist could leave on the green and still be in the intersection when the light phase turned green for the other direction. Not knowing the timing of the light phases I can’t say precisely what happened here, but I do know that getting that infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent future wrecks.

Two guys riding one bike in GA are hit, one dead, one injured. Bicyclist hit and killed by car in DeKalb County Note that this is a secondary wreck induced by bad infrastructure after the actual cyclist lost control of the bike in limited visibility. The only way to avoid this wreck was to not have the first wreck that caused the cyclist to go onto the road in front of the weapon vehicle. The way to prevent a future wreck is to get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that a bicycle wreck doesn’t turn into a car wreck.

Breakthrough in a FL hit-and-run. Possible vehicle in cyclist hit-and-run recovered This was a hit-from-behind of a cyclist riding in the bike lane. I hope they throw the entire law library at this fool because what happened was in front of dozens of witnesses.

More on a MI wreck. Police identify bicyclist killed in early morning crash as Hudsonville man, 54 Cyclist now definitively was lighted beyond legal minimums when hit from behind by a literrally blind driver (oncoming headlights!). Not much the cyclist could have done to avoid this one as the wreck took place just before a merge from 3 lanes in each direction to 2 and a cyclist would need to be where he was hit to prevent motor vehicles from forcing him off the road. Still would require Dutch-quality infrastructure to prevent.

A wreck in far West Canuckistan. Cyclist injured in collision with car on Island Highway Still trying to figure this one out. They were both at fault? How does that happen?Get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on the bike/ped wreck in West Canuckistan. Cyclist’s speed not a factor in Stanley Park crash that killed Chinese tourist Outside witnesses have come forward with statements that the pedestrian stepped out right in front of the cyclist leaving no time to react or avoid the wreck.

This is a scary wreck in Oz. Dashcam video: Young girl cyclist in head-on holiday park crash with car (but gets up and walks away) This demonstrates what getting infrastructure “up to Dutch” looks like in a wreck. In the Netherlands this would be exactly the same as it is in the video, shared space with an extremely low motor vehicle speed limit, and you see the outcome. Nothing! the kid gets up and walks away from the wreck unharmed except for needing a change of pants and underwear.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Automakers build in deadly distractions; CD15’s Buscaino multi-modals his way to work

Infrastructure! news from CA. Injured midtown resident challenges Sacramento law allowing sidewalk cycling I actually see this as a positive for cycling if this suit is allowed to continue, as cyclists would then be allowed to sue for the state allowing cars to take over the streets and roads without designing the infrastructure for all users.

A little whimsical infrastructure from West Canuckistan. Vancouver to remove mysterious unicycle markings on bike lanes Turns out unicycles are already legal in Canuckstani bike lanes, no additional signage needed.

Are you still paranoid when they really are out to get you? Cyclists: Motorists See You as Moving Targets The scary thing is a cyclist will get passed by hundreds of cars during a long trip, if only 0.01% of them have socio- or psycopathic drivers that could mean you’re life is in peril 2 or 3 times a day.

And those were all the bicycle-related links I could find for today. I have some on-deck for tomorrow…

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

This post will be published late, and the Feed

I know this post will go up late because as soon as I finish the opening paragraph I’m headed to the laundromat with a dirty comforter that won’t fit in our washer or dryer. Mrs. the Poet said that because it was my glass of tea that spilled on the comforter I’m the one that gets to schlep it down to the laundromat and sit with it until it’s dry and ready to take home. I had to delay doing that for a bit because we had a literal frog-strangler of a rain this AM that left the roads flooded making riding a cargo bike with a comforter on the bed Not A Good Thing, and the roads are just now dry enough to ride on.

OK I’m back, and good News Everybody! The super secret job I work at that I would have to kill you before I told you about it has given me a promotion and a raise. This means I will be getting a few more $ per month than I was getting before.

Up first is a hit-and-run from the home of the Hotter’n’Hell Hundred. Cyclist critically injured in hit-and-run No mode given but with the levels of damage discussed in the article the speed was on the high side (right front, fender, windshield and roof). Since mode wasn’t given and I couldn’t pull up a Google Street View because of all the tabs I had open basically shutting my laptop down, I can’t even say if this is a wreck that could be prevented with changes to the physical infrastructure.

Cyclist in NYC runs into cop wandering in the bike lane, no criminality suspected (yay!). Cop injured on Brooklyn Bridge as cyclist hits officer on footpath and Cyclist Injures Cop On Brooklyn Bridge, No Criminality Suspected That “footpath” is technically shared use with a paint stripe separating pedestrians from cyclists. And for once it’s a good thing that they are treating the cyclist the same as they do a driver, because this is exactly what happens to drivers who don’t leave the scene and are not chemically impaired at the time of the wreck. Nothing, a big fat “no criminality suspected” with not so much as a ticket even in the case of a fatality. But for our purposes, moderate your speed in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic, and don’t hit the pedestrians! Final comment on the wreck from the first link: “this is a real tragedy. that’s his doughnut eating arm!

Upstate NY politician may have been drunk when he hit a cyclist… Police say BC legislator drunk when he hit cyclist Cyclist is fortunately not badly injured, politician is severely damaged politically. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CT cyclist is injured in a mystery wreck. Car Hops Main Street Sidewalk in Reverse Near William Raveis on Sunday The driver going up on the sidewalk had nothing to do with the cyclist wreck, which LEO had no clue about as of this posting. Assuming no medical emergency this sounds like a buzz job to me, which implies hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Moving to CA there has been an arrest in a hit-and-run. Woman arrested for alleged hit-and-run that killed cyclist This was a wreck I initially covered last week, so check out last week’s posts for the story because this report lacks enough detail to give accurate information on avoiding or prevention.

Another dead pedestrian, this time in far West Canuckistan. Stanley Park pedestrian, 71, dies after being hit by cyclist also STANLEY PARK PEDESTRIAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER BEING HIT BY CYCLIST I wish I knew how to prevent bike/ped wrecks. I’m not sure about this one other than the collision was in the road and not in a crosswalk. There may be an infrastructure solution, but I have serious doubts about that. The only group of road users less predictable than cyclists is pedestrians.

More on the sentencing of a UK killer. ‘Look at that nutter': witness to ‘fast and mad’ driver who killed cyclist – jailed for three years also Pick-up truck driver who hit and killed a cyclist moments after sending a text message is jailed for three years and nine months Not-quite-legally drunk, texting, speeding, and ending up killing a cyclist on another road entirely and he gets less than 4 years. TANJ!

And one that got away. Cyclist who almost lost life “let down” after lawyer’s error sees driver escape dangerous driving prosecution TANJ!

A terrorist attack on a major bike ride in Wales. Nantymoel drawing pin cycling saboteur hunted The only thing preventing this from being classified as a terror attack is the class of victims… TANJ! Again!

A secondary wreck injures a cyclist in Enn Zed. Masterton crash in hailstorm The driver had a wreck independent of hitting the cyclist, the cyclist was just “there”. And there is nothing you can do except not to be “there” when the wreck happens.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: A better Gran Fondo, why women really don’t ride, and the deadly dangers of distracted cops

Infrastructure! news from OR. Where TriMet riders and Portland bicyclists collide: Fix coming for hazardous Hawthorne Bridge bus stop (video)

A little education infrastructure from Scotland. Interactive course for road users seeks to reduce the number of cyclists injured And that URL was just huge…

Cyclists have been telling Australian transportation authorities for years that this was a bad design and implementation for cyclists. Independent engineer brought in to examine M2 expansion joints after spate of bicycle accidents Several serious injury wrecks later and they are starting to get the impression that riding across this expansion joint at an acute angle on a bicycle might be a little dangerous? I’m just glad it didn’t take a fatality to get it fixed like certain other places I can think of. {coughBowRoundaboutcough}

Lifestyle from MI. Speaking with Silence and Ride of Silence honors fallen bicyclist

And a little lifestyle from the next state over from WoaB. Zombie bike ride to raise bike safety awareness

And a little note about Ebola after the zombie ride link, while some of the kids exposed to the Dallas Ebola case went to the feeder schools for Mrs. the Poet’s school, none of them are old enough to be in her school, and at any rate just serving food is not enough contact to contract Ebola.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Bills paid, and the Feed

I was out riding Francis/es and paying bills that accept cash payments today. Woo! fun… About halfway through the trip my handlebars decided to come askew in heavy motor vehicle traffic. Woo! fun… not really.

This one was in yesterday’s Daily Ted and this morning’s Feed. Driver Accused Of Grabbing Cyclist, Dragging Him On The Road To avoid, don’t confront the bullies while they are still in their weapons of mass destruction, GoPro the incident and post it on YouTube with annotations of allllll the laws violated. To prevent get that infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

Another cyclist has a problem out on the trails, this one in NC. Tega Cay bicyclist dies after crash on Baxter trails Another thing I don’t know what to do about, way outside my pay grade.

Still in NC a cyclist trying to get to the correct side of the road for her journey is hit by a driver backing out of a driveway. CYCLIST KILLED IN CHAPEL HILL and Cyclist hit, killed in Chapel Hill also Chapel Hill Cyclist Hit by Car, Killed and the tl;dr version from the blotter Police log: Subway robbery arrest; cyclist killed; Carrboro shooting probed The cyclist was coming down the hill towards her destination from the end of the bike trail to a secure crossing point when the driver backed blindly out of the parking lot driveway and hit her dead on. I blame this one entirely on the wretched state of the infrastructure involved. Fix that and everything goes away. The problem is there is no network, just detached bits an pieces that have to be connected by riding the streets or sidewalks.

No big deal, the Lt. Gov. of NJ was in a bike wreck. N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie and immigration; Guadagno injured; Booker vs. Bell poll also Acting N.J. Gov. Kim Guadagno hospitalized following bicycle accident

Why can’t we get something out of LEO when this happens? Lincoln cyclist seriously injured in crash Hit from behind for another cyclist riding on the shoulder of the road, shoulders are NOT bicycle infrastructure even though (some) planners insist they are. Protocols might help reduce damages, and actual bicycle infrastructure to Dutch standards to prevent another wreck. And why is it so frequently either a pickup truck or an SUV?

Blotter report on a CA cyclist getting knocked out by… something? Cyclist injured when struck He was hit and went unconscious, but the kind of vehicle and the mode were both left off the report.

I’m going to classify this wreck in the Great White North as a hit by train wreck, because the weapon vehicle was running on steel tracks set in the street. Cyclist seriously injured after struck by streetcar near Queen & Spadina The big difference between a train and a streetcar is the lack of grade separation so no barriers or signals to alert you of the vehicle being there, but everything else still holds. If you aren’t in or near the tracks then you can’t get hurt. They are still noisy when compared to a car so you can hear them pretty well coming up behind you. Just be looking for one when you see the tracks.

Once again if you really want or need to kill someone in an Anglophone country, use a motor vehicle. ‘If there is a Hell, we are living it': Full statement of woman whose cyclist husband was killed by dangerous driver and Family of cyclist killed by dangerous driver ‘devastated’ by length of prison sentence This was from the UK, not that it makes a difference. Less than four years in the death of a cyclist…

From Enn Zed we may have a serial cyclist killer. Driver’s second time in fatal cyclist crash I’m reminded of what Alice said, “Curiouser and curiouser!” More Cyclist killed while on ‘great NZ adventure’

More on a South African hit-and-run. Cyclists stage protest after hit-and-run

Infrastructure! in action news from NYC. Video: Here’s What Happens When You Walk Into A Bike Lane Without Looking Fortunately the cyclist in this video has a very good SA and managed to not injure the pedestrian, just scare him a bit.

More infrastructure from NYC. Report: Pedestrian Injuries Caused by Cyclists Declining in NYC Very few pedestrians are getting hurt by cyclists, and despite more cyclists every year fewer pedestrians are getting hurt. That sounds like really good news to me.

Infrastructure news from LEO in CA and they even managed to get most of it right. Sheriff addresses bike safety I don’t suppose it would be asking too much for those enforcing the laws to actually know what the laws say and mean?

Infrastructure from Enn Zed. NZ: ‘Don’t go there, they kill you’ Well that is certainly a ringing endorsement of an entire country’s infrastructure and legal system. More Cyclist: I don’t trust Canterbury drivers

If you have one class of vehicles that is disproportionately represented in killing another class of vehicle user off, you might want to look for a design defect, like not being able to see what’s inside a 30 foot radius of the driver’s off side. Slow road to improve truck safety

A little lifestyle from CA. Injured vets all set for 465-mile bike ride from Palo Alto to LA

And those were all the links that fit the blog. Lots of motorcycle wrecks again all this week. And happy CB radio day (10/4).

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Another grocery day with thumder storms, and the Feed

Another day shopping for food and sundries, spiced this time by being inside the store while a violent thunderstorm raged outside, violent enough that people were calling my cell to make sure I wasn’t out in it. We weren’t but we did see evidence of a major downpour on the way home, like small branches everywhere, sections of fence blown down in the streets and alleys, and a sea of mud in the back yard.

Up first is a cyclist witnessed by pedestrians pulling out into traffic and getting hurt on the opposite side of her head from where witnesses claimed she impacted. Woman Injured in Bicycle-Motorcycle Accident Hit from behind wreck that could have been avoided by a little better SA on the part of the cyclist. Kudos to the motorcyclist trying to avoid the wreck and laying the bike down.

Excuse me while I engage in a little schadenfreude. Sunset Hills mayor charged with assault for allegedly hitting cyclist with car If it wasn’t for the fact that I already know the guy that said this right before (and as) he tried to kill me is dead and buried for several years now I would be sending the “good mayor” a subpoena for notice of where he was on the night of the crime… Heck I might do it anyway, just for giggles.

A cyclist is hit-and-run in AL. Fairhope cyclist hit, injured by SUV; driver sought The narrative of the wreck sounds like deliberate assault to me (weapon vehicle left the road after hitting the cyclist and hit an obstruction off the shoulder of the road then continued on). Hit from behind protocols would have been ineffective in this incident as the driver made sure he(?) went all the way off the road to get the cyclist, rendering escape routes moot. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a future wreck.

A CO cyclist is hit allegedly running a red light. 14-year-old boy riding bike hit by vehicle in Arapahoe County; teen has life-threatening injuries Intersection protocols to avoid particularly the one that says to not run red lights or stop signs with oncoming traffic. If the infrastructure was “up to Dutch” then the cyclist and the driver would have been on mostly parallel but segregated street networks with little to no interaction and this would not have happened.

Another salmon cyclist is hit and killed in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Orlando bicyclist killed on U.S. 1 That is a bad road to be riding a bike on particularly if you aren’t riding according to the rules. There are bike lanes on part of US 1 but drivers have a bad tendency to use them as passing lanes when traffic is backed up and turn lanes at intersections and to not pay any attention to if there is a person riding a bicycle in the lane. This was one of those stretches that had bike lanes and also had medians blocking the road making cyclists go out of their way to get to where they could ride both on the right side of the road and in the direction of their destination. So now we might know what caused the cyclist to ride salmon. To avoid don’t ride salmon, to prevent don’t make cyclists have to choose between crossing a busy highway without a traffic signal or riding salmon.

A cyclist in TN had a medical emergency out on the bike trail. Man dies after having medical emergency while biking in Maryville I got nothing on this one except sympathy for the cyclist’s survivors.

This VA wreck report had lots of information on what happened after the wreck. Suffolk cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck Not much on what happened before or during the wreck other than a location. LEO are sitting extremely tight on this one, which in VA usually means the driver done screwed up royally.

(Not) typical UK treatment of dangerous drivers that injure cyclists. Cheltenham cyclist Mark Schofield, who almost died when hit by a Ranger Rover, feels ‘let down’ as the driver will not be prosecuted after legal error What makes this not typical? the driver was considered for prosecution. Most drivers never see the inside of a UK court after hitting a cyclist and being found at fault.

If you really want to kill someone… Truck driver fined over cyclist’s death Do it with a motor vehicle and claim you “didn’t know” you did it. The worst you will get is a fine or maybe a few weekends in jail.

A two-part Daily Ted. Gov. Brown tacitly endorses hit-and-run; LA finally says enough is enough when it comes to traffic deaths

And part the second. Morning Links: Fundraiser for bike-friendly SaMo Mayor O’Conner, CicLAvia visits Boyle Heights on Sunday

Infrastructure! news from CT. New law to protect cyclists, pedestrians This is virtually identical to a law that was vetoed by Gov. Goodhair back in 2009 that would have protected vulnerable users in TX starting in 2010. Since then more than 100 cyclists and 2000 pedestrians have died in wrecks that fell under the purview of the law.

A little lifestyle from CA. Family of bicyclist killed in hit-run raising funds You would think that charges would be filed before they buried the victim.

Presented without comment. Cyclists v the rest of the world – can we please call a truce?

Advice from The Cannibal. A public service announcement

Getting the “Down Low Glow” on your pedal powered ride. Bicycle Trailer LED Lights This will work not just on trailers but also on the down tube and chain stays of a regular bike or the bed of a cargo bike like Francis/es.

And those were all the links I could find for today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Cyclist running red light t-bones family car and walks away from fiery wreck that leaves 5 dead, and the Feed

Everyone knows that “headline” is pure BS fantasy, right? Not even The Onion would post an article that stupid, but I get people searching for it who get sent to this blog… So I thought since they get sent here anyway, I would give them something to find and here it is: YOU’RE A BLOOMING IDIOT! The only mode of ground transport less deadly than riding a bicycle (to all other modes) is walking, and given the number of cyclists who die each year from getting knocked off their bikes by pedestrians it is almost tied. Cyclists kill very few pedestrians, and pedestrians kill very few cyclists. It’s the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about most of the time that is the big killer, motor vehicles. Of course around here we talk about it all the time… Anyway, that should draw a few clicks to the site, and spread the word about bicycle safety.

Another link to that semi hitting a cyclist riding on the shoulder of a NM highway. Cyclist dies in crash near Three Rivers on Saturday Same basic report, cyclist was riding in the shoulder when he “got tapped” by the semi and fell under the front wheel. Problem is there isn’t enough room between the front bumper and the front tire for that to happen. So, either there was some kind of spatial anomaly following the truck around, or the driver ran off the road and right over the cyclist. I still haven’t seen any crime scene pictures so I can’t even speculate what caused LEO to make such an outrageous statement.

A north GA cyclist is wondering “what happened” after going on a bike ride and waking up in a hospital with multiple broken bones. Bob Richards seeks answer to cycling mystery I’m in the “buzz job” camp myself, but all the cyclist’s injuries were to the right side of the body, the tell-tale bruise to the back of the left arm wasn’t found or if found was not reported.

Another salmon cyclist is killed in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. FHP: Cyclist hit by SUV dies in St. Johns County OK there is just so much “wrong” in this report I hardly know where to start… But yeah, don’t ride salmon for starters. Second drainage that leaves the bike lanes free of standing or moving water would be a help. Or just get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” in the first place.

A cyclist is seriously injured on the eastern side of the Great White North. Cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run collision in N.B. and Cyclist seriously injured in hit and run in Berry Mills OK another salmon. That’s the first mistake. Second is infrastructure that apparently created a barrier to bicycle navigation with the highway that the cyclist thought using the highway was the best way to get around the obstruction. So don’t ride salmon to begin with, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” at least as far as getting bicycles over, across, or around whatever the cyclist took to the highway to get over, across, or around.

Not quite blaming the driver of the truck for the death, but yeah the guy driving the truck killed the girl. Cyclist Mathilde Blais’s death was avoidable: Coroner Notice the coroner didn’t state outright that the truck driver was the problem or place all blame on the driver, but mentioned that not moving over to the empty lane on the left was the primary cause of death.

Drunken hit-and-run in South Africa. Cyclist crushed but driver speeds off Drunks that leave the scene of an injury wreck should never be allowed to drive again. Drunks that leave the scene of a fatal wreck should never be allowed to breathe again. I’m still fond of the idea of running them and their cars through a car shredder on live TV with a camera inside the car.

And more of the flood of press surrounding the second person to die after getting hit by a bicycle this decade in NYC. Wall Street Cyclists Reassess Need for Speed After Death The cyclist’s GPS recorded a speed of 28.9 MPH shortly before the wreck or more than 6 MPH slower than required to get a speeding ticket in NYC (or about anyplace else), and more pedestrians died from motor vehicle wrecks in NYC since the wreck than have been killed by cyclists in NYC since the turn of the century. Remember that elephant in the room I mentioned at the top of the post? The one nobody else will talk about? Here is another article ignoring the elephant while screaming at the mouse.

And those were all the links about bicycles I could find.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Changes made to Francis/es, and the Feed

Well I swapped out the seat that came on Francis/es for something that fits my butt a little better. The Planet Bike seat that came with Francis/es was not a bad seat, it was just the wrong seat for my butt. This is no more a criticism of the bike than saying the shoes they gave you with a uniform were the wrong size is a criticism of the shoes. The seat did not fit my butt, YMMV as your butt is not the same size/shape as my butt. Now the problem is my knees hit the handlebars and I have them as high up as they can go and the seat as far back as it can go, so now I have to build that extended stem so I can sit up straight and not hit my knees on the handlebars. :P

Murder by motor vehicle in Houston. DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN: PICKUP DRIVER SOUGHT AFTER CYCLIST KILLED IN NORTH HOUSTON Hit-and-run is a felony in TX, any death that happens during the course of a felony is murder in TX, therefore hit-and-run that kills a cyclist is murder by motor vehicle. QED. No mode given in the article or in the video, and I couldn’t see enough of the wrecked bike to even take a wild guess at the mode.

A semi kills a cyclist in NM. Cyclist killed by semi-trailer near Tularosa and Semi hits, kills bicyclist in Otero County The narrative on this one makes zero sense, they are claiming it was a sideswipe but also that the cyclist was hit by the front tire of the semi. The two statements are geometrically impossible. By the time the front bumper of a semi is even with the handlebars of a cyclist in drop bars the front of the tire is roughly even with his hip. There is not enough space for a cyclist to get hit by the tire if the trigger event is the bumper hitting the handlebars causing the cyclist to fall in front of the tire. I suspect distracted driving or deliberate assault. The cyclist was riding on the shoulder of a lightly-travelled US highway. Even the most paranoid of cyclists would slack off a bit riding there. Hot-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

And the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike claims another one. Hit and Run: Bicyclist found dead in Lakeland ditch Assumed hit-from-behind it’s the most common way to commit hit-and-run. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And crush any vehicle used to commit hit-and-run, with the driver inside if the victim dies. Yes, I’m a little “testy” after filtering the Feed today. I think the most disturbing thing in the link was the notice that killing a cyclist is a $164 ticket as long as you’re sober and remain at the scene, license not required.

And from one FL death we segue to the aftermath of another death. Friends, John Carroll classmates mourn Vero teen at Fort Pierce prayer service They’re killing them so fast they don’t even have time to bury the last one before the next one gets killed. The cyclist was hit from behind while riding in the bike lane and forced over the guard rail into the water below where he drowned. I place this one in the classification of “murder” because the driver had to leave the road to even get to the cyclist, and because of that guard rail that the cyclist was knocked over this becomes a wreck that was “unavoidable by human cyclists”. If they find the murdererdriver they need to throw him over the side of a tall bridge into deep water.

An injury wreck in L.A. CA. 2 bicyclists injured in Los Angeles collision The cyclist were hit by a vehicle that ran the red light, making the number of people on the one bike immaterial compared to the running the red light and nearly destroying two human beings. Not something that can be avoided by human cyclists and as the existing infrastructure was ignored by the driver of the weapon vehicle changing the physical infrastructure won’t help either unless the changes made hitting the cyclists physically impossible at any time. I’m thinking bollards that rise up out of the road in all directions completely blocking the intersection during a separate “scramble” phase for cyclists so that red light runners only destroy their own vehicles, not fragile human bodies.

Still in CA LEO publically identified the cyclist killed in a hit-and-run. POLICE IDENTIFY DRIVER, CYCLIST IN FATAL OCEANSIDE HIT-AND-RUN Now if they would just arrest that driver, or “discreetly” release name and address and normal time of driving to work…

Still rocking it in CA with “What good is a law with a mandatory penalty that isn’t enforced?” At least one Bay Area cyclist has died since the three-feet law went into effect Not only died, but died in exactly the kind of wreck the passing law was supposed to prevent, or punish if not prevented.

Yeah, all those scary “speeding cyclists” in Central Park would not even qualify for a ticket. Many Racing Cyclists Are Still Under Central Park’s Speed Limit Even the ones exceeding the limit are only going about 5 over and tickets don’t start until more than 10 over…

Still in NYC. Lower East Side Grease Spill Causes Trouble For Cyclists Nasty smelly mess that was bringing down cyclists by the bus loads until someone did something about it. As for what you can do in the same situation, you will fall down so try to stay tucked up so you don’t break an arm or hand.

Lots of links to this improbable report from MA. Cyclist killed after crashing into truck in Wrentham and Cyclist Struck And Killed By Dump Truck In Wrentham also Cyclist Dies After Getting Hit By Truck In Wrentham I’m going to classify this as a SWCC because the cyclist did not live through the impact, much less long enough to let anyone know his side of the story. The driver could have drifted into the cyclist’s lane and hit him before swerving off the road and into that tree or pole or whatever. Looking at the scene in Google Street View I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it is quite likely that the truck driver swerved when he hit the cyclist in his own lane because that utility pole is right at the corner meaning the truck would have had to start swerving well before getting to the intersection to wipe the pole and a tree. Even the excuse about “The cyclist may have been blinded by the sun” doesn’t seem to fit unless that was the world’s quietest dump truck. The geometry just doesn’t fit the narrative.

Drivers want to hit cyclists in the UK so bad they drive off the road to hit Ghost Bikes. Memorial to cyclist killed at Mancunian Way junction destroyed after car smashes into it Seriously, this is the third time in 13 months that something bad has happened at this intersection, first the cyclist was hit using the crosswalk, then someone coming to tidy the memorial was brushed back in the crosswalk, and now the memorial itself was smashed. Cars are driving too fast for this intersection and someone has already been killed, how big a body count do they need?

And even the best riders in the world are no match for an idiot with a motor vehicle. St Helens cycle-crash victim named as former international cyclist David Hitchin

Not much on this one from Oz. Cyclist left with serious injuries after crash south of Sydney

Another wreck in Oz. Tributes flow for stalwart killed in cycling crash The slight bit of information on the actual wreck sounds like a buzz job. Hit from behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Left hook in Enn Zed. Christchurch cyclist dies under a truck Even the cop that showed up incidentally knows this was just the driver driving into a space he couldn’t see was safe to drive into. I suppose if the cyclist was really good on the bike and had extraordinary levels of SA intersection protocols might have resulted in a survivable wreck. Dutch levels of infrastructure would have resulted in a semi truck never getting anywhere near a cyclist.

Our Daily Ted is not good news today. Morning Links: Victim and suspect identified in Oceanside hit-and-run, charges filed in PV road rampage It may be a few days until we get another Daily Ted.

Speaking of that infrastructure. Deaths Expose Chaos of Central Park’s Loop

A little bit of lifestyle from MA. Falmouth bike ride is a new mission for an injured vet

And I have managed to run out of links before I ran out of sanity, hurray!

Billed@€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet