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Back on the air, and the Feed

It has been terrible here at Casa de El Poeta this weekend as our Internet, land line, and TV has been completely shut down (well except the TV was mostly off but did come on for a few minutes at a time) leaving me with no ability to make blog posts or read my “mind wipe” web comics. I did an off-line Sunday post that I will load up from the local drive after this gets posted.

Up first because of lots of links is an OR cyclist riding the bike lane on I 84 is hit and killed by a drowsy driver. Woman on bike killed in I-84 crash identified as Mosier firefighter and Police investigate crash that killed bicyclist on I-84 early Sunday also Police say driver fatigue contributed to collision that left Mosier cyclist dead As for why the cyclist was on the Interstate and why there are bike lanes there, when they built the Interstate they built it over the old US route through the same area leaving no alternative for parts of the ride but to use the Interstate. There are protected cycle tracks with concrete barriers separating bicycles and motor vehicles in other segments of the highway, but there was not enough room to install those where the wreck happened without taking out a large hunk of mountain. That only leaves using the hit-from-behind protocols as an avoidance maneuver. ODOT needs to decide how many cyclists need to get killed on this stretch before they can spend the money to fix it, and if there is a maximum time between deaths that resets the count, because the design will get more cyclists killed by 70+ MPH traffic drifting off the road and over the painted stripe marking the bike lane. More on that bike lane. Fatal collision spurs new calls to complete the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

An unknown mode of wreck after a hit-and-run in LA. Cyclist seriously injured by hit-and-run crash No pictures of the bicycle or anything else to let me know what happened, just pictures of crime scene tape hanging from a stop sign. So, Infrastructure is the answer, but we don’t know the question.

A speeding motorcycle ends one life and permanently alters another in OH. Motorcycle rider dies, teen loses leg in collision The teen cyclist was riding within the strictures of the law when the motorcyclist came speeding through a residential area and killed himself and nearly killed the kid. I don’t see anything that infrastructure could do to prevent this as the area is described as what would be partially shared space in the Dutch model where there should not be any motorcycles flying through at highway speeds.

A GA cyclist has his arm broken as he was buzzed while signalling for a left turn. Columbus cyclist injured in hit and run asking for public’s help to find suspect The motorcycle rider was lane splitting at speed and ran the stop sign where the bicyclist was preparing to turn. Again we get a motorcycle going too fast and running in to the cyclist. I really don’t know how a human cyclist could avoid a wreck like this because of the stop sign removing all maneuverability from the cyclist, and once again the motorcycle rider was not even using the existing infrastructure properly so changing it won’t have much effect either.

A serious bike wreck in CA with no witnesses and no evidence except the victim. CHP investigates bicycle crash that injured Hidden Valley Lake man OK how do they know the cyclist wrecked at 0145 when the call came in at 1045? That is a long time to lay in the road convulsing, and if the wreck was at 1045 the lack of a light had no bearing on the wreck. I think the report has serious holes in it. Anywho, depending on which time is accurate, the 0145 or the 1045 the light is either extremely important or a non-factor and I think the intersection had something to do with the wreck too. I hypothesize that a car making a right turn cut the cyclist off, causing him to fall and injure his head.

Also in CA is this wreck report via Ted Rogers of BikingInLA. Update: Experienced cyclist dies in Eagle Rock solo fall; 9th LA bicycling fatality this year The wreck is being blamed on bad pavement that caught the cyclist’s front tire and pulled the bike out from under him at speed, making his helmet not much good except for preventing some of the cosmetic damage.

Another cyclist rides around the crossing gates in CA, with predictable results. Police: Cyclist Ignored Crossing Arms Before Trolley Injury Seriously, folks, this is not rocket science. It barely rises to the intellectual challenge of 2+2=4. Don’t ride around the crossing guards and when crossing an unprotected grade crossing look both ways and listen for the train…

A NYC cyclist is accused of riding salmon and endangering her puppy (not kidding). Firefighters Save Adorable Puppy, Cyclist Struck By Truck Driver And it turns out the agency investigating the wreck is also responsible for the vehicle, which I’m sure had no bearing on them immediately blaming the injured cyclist instead of thir driver. If the report is accurate then don’t ride salmon, or it isn’t then use the hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

I strongly recommend against using this MI law firm if you get hit riding a bike. Cyclist Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver. DUI Law Firm The lawyers show more concern for the drunk driver than they do for the victim of the wreck/murder. Anyway, it was a hit-from-behind wreck so perhaps the protocols would have made the wreck survivable, and it’s possible that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a future wreck with a drunk driver.

This DE hit-from-behind wreck is also a hit-and-run. Bicyclist struck and killed by motorist The narrative reads that the driver “didn’t see” the cyclist and “didn’t know” he had hit anything. Protocols might help avoid injury and damages, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would get bicycles away from deadly motor vehicles and prevent another wreck.

And up in the Great White North a cyclist killed by a motor vehicle and finally identified after many days. Dead cyclist identified by friends I think this might have been a right hook (there is a tire track across a curb and the bicycle looks like it was hit from the side). If so then intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another low-information report on a bike wreck hotspot in Montreal. Cyclist dies after accident in St-Hubert That’s 3 this summer from one small neighborhood… That screams “bad infrastructure” to me.

Speaking of “bad infrastructure”, who puts stairs on a MUP without lots of warning signs for cyclists? Cyclist killed after fall in Rundle Park There is a picture of the stairs that killed the cyclist in the link and the “warning” signs that never mention stairs, just a steep hill. I wish I could say that was “Only in Canuckistan” but not really.

An intersection wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist injured in collision While I love that LEO in Canada assume that when you hit-and-run the wreck is automatically your fault, It would be nice to know who was where when to determine how to avoid a similar wreck or change the infrastructure to prevent a future wreck.

Final word on a UK wreck where the driver was paying more attention to his phone than to the cyclist on the road in front of him. No jail sentence for driver who caused death of cyclist near Kincardine Bridge The constable that did the preliminary crowd and traffic control said he could see the victim’s bike more than 200 yards before he reached the scene when the light was not in the best position to be seen on the back of the wrecked bike. I wonder how the driver missed seeing it then? And the sentence… There are no words for how pitiful that sentence was for running over a cyclist like that. And how many people think the driver is going to honor that driving ban if they let him keep his car? More Driver accused of killing a cyclist tells court he is ashamed of using his mobile phone moments before the crash

And another UK driver admits to killing a cyclist. Hit-and-run driver faces jail over Chard cyclist’s death As I said when this went to trial the driver would probably get more time for the pot charge than for killing the cyclist…

An apparent intersection wreck in Enn Zed. Christchurch cyclist injured in hit and run Protocols to avoid, assuming the driver allowed enough reaction time to employ protocols, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted, Pt.1. Morning Links: Biking to the Emmy awards, BOLO Alert for purloined Roubaix, Jens calls it a 17-year career

And Pt.2. Morning Links: New ROAD magazine from Chris K, more on biking to the Emmys, SaMoHi kids bike to school

An Infrastructure! question that is being improperly framed in CA. The Conversation feedback: On a mission to get bikes off sidewalks The issue is the only bicycle infrastructure they have are painted bike lanes in the street. The problem is most people think painted stripes “protect” cyclists about as well as a Hi-Viz vest protects against getting shot when someone is aiming for you.

An infrastructure problem is causing cyclists grief in the Great White North. Several cyclists hurt near dangerous part of road on Lakeshore Yep, when several cyclists wreck in the same location from the same cause then you have broken infrastructure.

A little “portable infrastructure” from the UK. Laserlight, the bright idea of a student behind a lifesaver for cyclists It projects a bicycle symbol on the road 5 meters (about 16′ 5″) in front of the bike using a bright green laser. I’m going to be brutally honest on this one, it might prevent a jaywalker from stepping into you, but 16 feet is not going to be far enough in front of a car for most drivers to be able to see it unless the cyclist was already almost in front of the vehicle, or in the case of a conventional cab semi you would have to be about 5-10 feet in front of the driver to get the bike symbol out of the passenger side front blind spot.

And those were all the links that accumulated while I was unable to access the Internet, whew! I spent 2 days going through the links and pasting them to this post. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go scream at something… I’m really glad I spent the extra time on Friday night to clean out all the links before posting, or I would have had even more links. BTW what happened was something blew out the inside of the box that converts the fiber optic signal to a phone and internet signal (my land line uses VOIP directly instead of converting at a remote location), and everything inside the box except the wiring had to be replaced.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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

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

Good news and bad news after visiting the Lab Rat Keeper, and the Feed

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

Hoping for an easy day, and the Feed

I haven’t even opened the Feed Folder in my email yet today, so I’m hoping for the bicycle equivalent of fluffy bunny and baby ducks stories (yeah, right) instead of the usual wall to wall gore and broken bodies. I have been listening to my MP3 player on shuffle for a few days now (8-12 hours a day and it was 4 days before I heard the first repeat) and I have discovered a problem with my music files, level control. Even for files I converted myself the volume level between sources is not consistent, and I have to continually fiddle with the volume control to either be able to hear the music or keep my eardrums intact, except for one song that always gets turned to 11 when it comes up. That would be the original version of “Won’t Be Fooled Again”. I think I’m going to take that down to my local polling place and put it on endless loop through a 300 watt sound system, just to try to pound some sense into people as they come to vote…

Since there were lots of cyclists injured without ID, or their ID was lost in the wreck, I’m putting those at the head of the line today.

A UK wreck with an unidentified body. Cyclist killed in crash in Derbyshire still unidentified

Another UK wreck with an unidentified body. Cyclist killed on London Bridge after falling into oncoming traffic

And an unidentified body in L.A. CA. Bike rider killed in Orange; OC bike deaths match total for all of last year Both of these wrecks are currently under investigation so LEO are sitting on details about direction of travel and lane position.

And another unidentified body in L.A. 40-something cyclist killed in DTLA; second rider to die on Alameda Street in the last six months

A spate of bike wrecks in western NC. Motorcycle, Bike Wrecks Cause Injuries The only thing reported about the first wreck was the rider was injured, other wrecks were caused by bad pavement or gravel in the road, others were motorcycle wrecks with animals or bad pavement. And one car that flipped when it ran over an emergency turnaround, bleh!

A cyclist somehow survived this horrendous wreck in Seattle. Cyclist injured in Seattle collision with truck The narrative sounds like the cyclist was either buzzed, or right hooked as the truck was passing. Either way the fact that he is still alive is nothing short of a miracle. Until I know exactly how this wreck happened I can’t say what to do with the built environment to avoid it, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist and the semi segregated with a barrier between them so the wreck would never have been possible.

Update on that MO assault with a deadly weapon (1991 Mercedes Convertible). County police take over investigation into Sunset Hills mayor accused of striking biker and Sunset Hills triathlon sponsor threatening to cancel over Mayor investigation

A totally blind driver hits a cyclist waiting to make a left turn in PA. Man on bike injured in Neshannock The driver admits he never saw the cyclist waiting to make his turn in the center turn lane. This is not an avoidable wreck with the built environment as the only thing the cyclist could have done would be to not make a left turn from the left turn lane. That only leaves infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a future wreck.

A bad wreck in West Canuckistan. Cyclist injured in accident on Sumas Prairie The skid marks on the road look like the driver was tracking the cyclist instead of trying to avoid him. From the directions of travel in the narrative the driver should have been turning the other way to avoid the cyclist. Could this be a case of target fixation on the part of the driver? The fact that the bicycle is on the same side of the road as the SUV says that also. Anyway, intersection wreck so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a future wreck.

Our Daily Ted. A new video — and change of heart — from the formerly bike-hating former reserve Santa Paula police officer Yep, on a good day it’s frightening, on a bad day it can be terrifying even when you don’t get hit.

A new kind of e-assist bike. Optibike Releases Pioneer Citi Electric Bicycle This bike is extremely stealth in appearance compared to hub motor bikes with large motors. Compared to bikes with smaller motors not so much, but there is still a lot less “stuff” to attract attention from e-assist unfriendly LEO.

Lifestyle from St. Louis in the aftermath of a high-profile driver assault on a cyclist. Cyclists rally for bike safety at St. Louis City Hall Monday

A light bit of Infrastructure news. The Perils of Biking in Manhattan… and L.A. Not light as in “funny” but rather “not in depth”. To say this link just skims the material a bit is granting too much gravitas to the writing.

And hey, I’m out of links again. I had some giggles, a few fits, and some sad head-shaking.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

OMG I just found the perfect web comic statement about my life, and the Feed

It ain’t often that you find the perfect statement about your life in a comic strip, but I think I did with today’s Ozy and Millie. Llewellyn just wrapped up my entire life to this point in a single sentence. And if that link does not take you to the right comic, leave me a message and I’ll put up a quote (or maybe the image) as part of my Wreck-Free Sunday post.

Up first is several links to a report from the far West Canuckistan about a cyclist killed doing something cyclist-haters claim cyclists never do, waiting on a red light. Accident claims cyclist’s life on Sea Island and Cyclist killed in Richmond also UPDATE: Friend mourns cyclist’s tragic death The cyclist was sitting at the head of the queue waiting on the light to change when the driver lost control for some reason and plowed right into her and across a field. As a cyclist there is nothing you can do except to not be there when the new driver loses control, and physical infrastructure can’t do anything to prevent a wreck like this, either. The driver had recently gotten her license, as was denoted by the “N” sticker on the back of the car, which might have had a bearing on the wreck, as might have that yellowish substance on the inside of the driver’s door visible in many of the pictures of the wreck. But seriously, hit while waiting at the light, watchugonna do? What can you do?

Good news from GA, they caught the bastard! Suspect accused of running down Atlanta cyclist denied bond Just in case you were unsure of just which bastard I’m referring to, this is the guy that intentionally ran down and left for dead a cyclist in an Atlanta suburb… And now he’s in jail without bond.

Another link to that disgusting story on the woman that ran down a cyclist with over a mile of visibility before the wreck. No Criminal Charges For Driver Accused Of Fatally Striking Annapolis Cyclist

Two more links from West Canuckistan about a hit-and-run. Cyclist hospitalized in hit-and-run day after another cyclist killed and Cyclist injured in hit-and-run on Mary Hill Bypass Hit-from-behind wreck so had the cyclist had sufficient warning he might have been able to avoid or reduce damages with the hit-from-behind protocols, and completely avoid the wreck with infrastructure that was “up to Dutch”. You can see the cyclist’s blinky lights flashing in the video that accompanied the second link.

A SWCC wreck in Boise. Cyclist injured, cited in crash Officer at the scene gave the driver a ticket that was later shifted to the cyclist? How about give me a break? Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

An IL wreck sent the cyclist to hospital but did not injure the driver. Bicyclist hurt in accident northwest of Cambridge Narrative does not conclusively state the mode but the implication is hit-from-behind, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And hire actual journalists capable of presenting the 5 “W”s (and one “H”) in an article to prevent confusion. And I’m just so amazed and comforted to learn that the driver of a multi-ton light armored vehicle was uninjured after running into a woman riding a bicycle. :P

Another IL wreck, this time with a train. Victim identified in bike-train crash I have made this point so many times, but apparently the people that really need to read my blog are not the people who actually read my blog because it just keeps happening. To reiterate, trains are terribly easy to avoid, just pay attention and stay off the tracks when there is a train, or about to be a train, using those tracks. Trains are big, mostly noisy (especially heavy rail passenger or freight) and generally there are signals where the tracks and bicycles interact. If I get any more specific I will be insulting your intelligences even worse than I already have.

A foreign worker hired to work cheap for the tourist season is killed riding home from work in MA. Cyclist dies in late night West Barnstable crash Hit from behind, no picture of the bike but a tragic picture of the wrecked car with bits of bicycle hanging off the front and a broken windshield. There is substantial question about lights and reflectors on the bicycle, along with what seems to be a total lack of cycling awareness education for the workers, kind of a “here’s a bike, use this to get to and from work” with nothing about local laws or even checking to see if the person understands any road rules for bicycles. Anyway, get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A left cross in TN. Car, bicycle crash severely injuries cyclist on Elizabethton Highway I strongly question the THP report of the situation, since the report stated there were no lights on the bike and zooming in on the picture of the wrecked shows what appears to be the remains of a smashed LED headlight on the handlebars…

Back to the Great White North a cyclist is hit in an intersection. Cyclist critically injured after hit by vehicle in Leaside It looks like the bike seat and post are missing, but there was a reflector on the back fender at some point (you can see the hole) so not sure how well lighted and reflectored this rider was from the rear and side, the bent wheel and fender indicate the cyclist was hit from the left rear. Intersection wreck means protocols might be of use in avoiding or reducing damages, and that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would probably prevent a similar wreck.

More from the GWN. Hit and run injures cylist Typo in original headline. Kid with a car full of kids says “watch me scare this guy on the bicycle…” and almost kills him. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right so sociopathic teenagers are prevented from using their motor vehicles to “scare” people.

Not sure if this is GWN or Canuckistan, my Canadian geography isn’t that good, after all it has been at least 40 years since the last time I lived there. Cyclist hit by car in Alliston Simcoe County of which province? Anyway, intersection wreck, so protocols and infrastructure, yadda yadda yadda…

A rare UK wreck report that I can say what to do before the verdict is issued in the trial. Cyclist aged 12 killed in road crash Hit from behind, so protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And I have to go put a band-aid on my chin where it hit the floor when I read this article. “The Nissan was travelling along Bosworth Road towards Market Bosworth when it was involved in a collision with the bicycle which was also travelling in the same direction.

Oh, joy. An idiot on FB is calling for murdering cyclists. Travis CookSo I’ve been accused of advocating vehicular manslaughter. I wouldn’t say I’ve advocated it–I’m just not sorry when it happens in some cases!” Yep, next time he hits a cyclist it’s attempted murder.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Judge rules police can’t search your bike without permission, and Timbuk2 opens on Abbot Kinney

Infrastructure “stuff” from the UK. Dangerous pothole that caused cyclist accident in Burton town centre has now been repaired by Staffordshire County Council Progress! This time it only took one injured cyclist, the previous article about potholes it took 3 cyclists injured in the same pothole to get it filled three months later.

Another link to that guy in Oz telling drivers to hang up and drive. Injured Perth cyclist urges road users to put phones down

Maybe this will work, but it seems like Hokum and snake oil to me. Patchnride 60-second puncture repair system – first look Repair a tube without removing the tire or pulling the tube out of the tire? Humph!

And those were the links that gave me fits or giggles today/night. Some day it will be all giggles, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Billed @€0.02, Opus