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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Long day, and the Feed

Starting with good news, the bus company found my carry-on bag with my BP meds and gave it back when I proved my identity as the same person named on the meds. I’m not going to explode like a spear-carrier from the movie Scanners. Second bit of good news is I have found a different local beer to drink every day since I got to TN. I had Coldsprings Dumb Blonde today with lunch, Yazoo Dos Perros watching the movies last night, and Blackstone Nut Brown Ale with my calzone the night we got to Nashvegas. All of them were good and all were of a low hops signature. By that I mean the flavor of the yeast and malts was predominant with the hops being mostly a preservative to extend the shelf life a bit over the straight fermented malts. No more IPA for this beer drinker, unless it’s a gift. And by that I mean I don’t seek out highly hopped brews, but I will still drink them if offered. I have had more beers on this trip than I normally get in an entire year, and I mean that both in terms of volume and types. I still like Bocks, especially the Shiner Bock, but I drink a lot of varieties since I drink for the taste and not to get drunk. I’m still trying to work with pairing beers and meals, but so far I haven’t disliked any of the beer/food pairings I have had (except Dos Perros and popcorn, it made the beer taste too sweet after eating the salty buttered popcorn).

And that good news is part of the reason this post is late, because we went out and did things today and didn’t stay shut in a house sitting in front of a computer. We went to lunch, talked to people, dropped off packages at the UPS store, picked up my bag from the bus station, and saw things and did stuff. I’m supposed to be on vacation, so I’m going to do vacation things over sitting with this laptop and getting a stiff neck. I have enough of a stiff neck just with my Irish heritage ;)

Up first is an update on a non-fatal hit and run in Houston. Crime Stoppers offers reward in hit-and-run that injured cyclist I think covered this one pretty thoroughly back when it happened, but protocols t avoid or reduce injury and “up to Dutch” infrastructure to prevent. What little evidence they have suggests protocols were being followed which only leaves infrastructure to prevent if possible. The video only shows a compact SUV with a huge dent in the passenger side rear door and possible front end damage.

A little to the east of that wreck a cyclist is right-hooked in NOLA. Cyclist run over, killed by large truck in Marigny Marigny is a NOLA neighborhood, the truck passed the cyclist and turned right with both having the green light. I’m going to place a lot of blame on the infrastructure here because the commenters with local knowledge point out there is a right turn lane for cars to the right of the bike lane and signs advising the cars yield to bicycles as they cross the bike lane (mixing zone style intersection), but then they left the truck turn lane to the left of the bike lane leaving cyclists especially vulnerable to right hooks from the deadliest vehicles on the road, large trucks. This style of intersection should not exist in any level of “world”, first through third. It was an accident waiting to happen, and it happened, and it killed an innocent cyclist in the process. The only way to prevent this wreck is INFRASTRUCTURE!

An AZ wreck awaits prosecution. Cyclist’s death still pending review The driver buzzed the cyclists and hit and killed one, why hasn’t there been prosecution? There were warning signs and chase vehicles all over the place. Once again cyclists’ lives come cheap.

A KS intersection wreck involving a juvenile cyclist. Bicyclist to be cited after collision with car Cyclist failed to stop at the sign or stopped but did not get back up to speed in time to clear the intersection before the weapon vehicle got there. So intersection protocols including stopping for stop signs to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A driver that should not be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle hits three cyclists in FL. Elderly driver hit three cyclists on way to bridge class Hit from behind protocols to avoid, and infrastructure to prevent, including testing of older drivers to catch the ones that drive like this one. Also I’m not entirely sure this was an “accident” with the driver moving away from and back into the group three times.

Another hit-and-run wreck in FL killed a cyclist. Cyclist killed in suburban Boca Raton Intersection wreck, so maybe the protocols would help avoid or mitigate damages, and infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent the wreck.

A SWSS wreck in NY. NYC teen bicyclist killed by SUV in Town of Rockland SWSS means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on the Milton Olin wreck in CA. Family sues over Calabasas death of cyclist Milton Olin after sheriff’s patrol car struck him About time!

A cyclist is hit riding on the sidewalk in SD. Update: Bicyclist Killed In Sioux Falls Crash Every driveway is an intersection, so intersection protocols every time you cross one or in front of one, and arrest and fine drivers that hit people while driving on a sidewalk, even if they are driving across one. This would be part of getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

Update on the OH wreck the drunk driver was sentenced to 9½ years, as others partially responsible for the wreck are charged. Bar cited, bartender charged in Union Township hit-and-run crash that killed teacher In OH as in TX and several other states the server and bar that sold alcohol to a drunk driver that kills can be charged.

A cyclist is hit in Central Canuckistan. Cyclist struck by vehicle, injured in city’s southwest And once again a stupid person places far too much faith and credit in the magic properties of a foam hat…

Final outcome to a UK wreck. Cyclist injured in Milford crash grateful to receive payout Hit-from-behind by a really bad driver who should not have been driving if he couldn’t pay any better attention to the road than that, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And wishing the cyclist good luck in the future…

Our Daily Ted covers the Olin case and a lot more. Morning Links: Olin lawsuit filed; deputy was texting on private phone in apparent violation of LASD policy

Are you riding at the right cadence? Cadence, power, and muscle activation in cycle ergometry tl;dr: You might want to ride at a lower cadence when riding at a lower power level…

A bit of infrastructure that has been too long in coming given that it benefits pedestrians and drivers much more than it benefits cyclists, and it does the world for cyclists. Gov. Rick Scott signs bill aimed at protecting cyclists on the road This bill makes the penalty for hit-and-run in a fatal wreck the same as DUI Homicide.

Interesting information about one communities bike wrecks. Sanibel bikers prone to injury are mostly middle aged Most of the wrecks seem to be caused by lack of riding experience…

Lifestyle in FL. Memorial bike ride to honor cyclist killed in hit-run crash

Lifestyle in LA. Romacelli hosting benefit for family of fallen cyclist

A small town in MA engage in restraint of interstate trade. Edgartown selectmen put brakes on electric bike rentals E-assist bikes are legally classified as bicycles by a US Federal law signed by G. W. Bush in 2003… And as some of the tourists renting the bikes are from out of state preventing them from being rented is restraint of interstate trade and that can only be done by Congress…

Last link is hope for cheap E-assist batteries as production gets ramped up to meet automotive needs. China’s Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel And by “alternative” they mean “not fossil fuel”. So solar hydrogen, Sewage-fed algae creating alcohol, electric…

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I need to take a real vacation, and the Feed

I am beginning to doubt the wisdom of bringing the laptop with me on my “vacation” to keep making blog posts. Aside from the difficulty, physical and psychic, of finding and maintaining Internet access here, there is the time sink of filtering and then posting the links that keeps me from participating in activities. I mean I’m here, but my mind and body are still at work, making this less of a vacation and more of a remote job location. I guess I will take some time off when we go to TN to visit with friends. The Mental Hygiene days on Saturday help some.

Up first is this wreck in MO, I think. Hit and run: Ozark teen cyclist killed in crash ID’d and Ozark police: Cyclist critically injured in crash The narrative suggests the wreck was a hit-from-behind at speed which makes the protocols pretty much useless, leaving only infrastructure that keeps cyclists away from maniacs behind the wheel.

Another bike wreck in NYC. Cyclist Struck Near Manhattan Bridge Bike Ramp The report at the moment is the cyclist was riding salmon, but locals cast doubts on that story. I withhold judgment until I can see the wrecked bike, because it’s not like the NYPD have never botched a report on a bike wreck. As reported though I would say don’t ride salmon and use intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Also in NYC who knew a child’s bike could be so deadly? Bike Thrown At Cops Was A Children’s Barbie Bike One child’s bike injured four officers? That’s bad tactical deployment. I don’t think changing the infrastructure would have done anything for this incident except changing the address.

A really sad wreck in Canickistan. ‘As soon as the truck hit him he was gone': three-year-old cyclist killed after collision with trailer and Three-year-old boy killed in bike, trailer collision OK this was a kid playing in the driveway and yard who went just a few feet into the street while wearing bright clothing on a brightly lit evening. Since the wreck was in a cul-de-sac the question that overrides everything else is why was the driver going that fast the kid died before first responders arrived?

Another link to the cyclist hit by an ATV in the Great White North. Cyclist killed in collision with off-road vehicle No we know it was a hit-from-behind wreck, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as the weapon vehicle should never have been on the road in the first place I don’t think that infrastructure would have done anything except move the wreck scene to a different location.

Update on an Enn Zed wreck. Another cycling death tragedy Remembering that they drive on the wrong side of the roads in NZ, the wreck was head on on the driver’s side of the vehicle. I would really like a good look at the road surface of the wreck scene, because someone drifted over the centerline of the road just prior to this wreck. The wreck was in the intersection so there is a very good chance the cyclist was moved over to avoid a pile of debris in the intersection, but the bad thing about that hypothesis is the pile of crap usually forms in the center of the intersection from people turning across the lanes and the normal reaction is to veer slightly away from the center to avoid it. The description of the debris field suggests a fairly high rate of speed at impact.

More on another NZ wreck from quite a while ago as the driver faces justice at the hands of the court. Driver ‘within arm’s reach’ before cyclist killed So the driver initiated the pass with not enough room to complete the pass and not enough clearance at the start of the pass and hit one of the group before completing the pass.

Our Daily Ted. LA Sheriff’s deputies ticket PCH cyclists in clear violation of the law; LACBC demands fair and legal treatment I wonder what the CA “Official Oppression” law reads like? Because this is a clear-cut violation of the TX statute.

Lifestyle in Canuckistan as support for an injured cyclist grows. Community helps cyclist injured in collision

Umm, yeah… Tour de France Physics OK I’m a bit of a physics geek, having passed Freshman Physics for college in my Junior year in HS… What can I say, my talent for engineering came out designing experiments, I always got top grades for experimental design.

And a bit of Infrastructure! news from the city that the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell are an actual suburb of. Dallas without a car: Local son takes on month-long transit experiment I did it for 18 years in middle age, I’m sure a healthy post-grad student can handle a Summer…

Last link is something to calm your nerves after a long day of reading about bike wrecks and crazy LEO. KittenWar My pancreas! ;)

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Happy “We Kicked Out the British” Day, and the Feed

Yeah, not many people seem to remember that what we are celebrating on the Fourth of July is one of the first steps to kicking out the British from the original 13 colonies. Not that I object, seeing as how that led to my nativity in a circumlocutious way, but still, we began as a nation as the product of anti-government violence. Is it any wonder we have cuckoos of similar stripe trying to “run” the government now? Or did I leave an “i” out of that somewhere? ;) So anyway, enjoy your hot dogs (german), apple pie (dutch), and fireworks (chinese), today while you complain about all the “immigrants” and “illegals”. And while this might sound “cynical” I’m just basing this on what I have been reading coming out of Texas and Arizona in the news lately, and a particularly bad incident in California. Let’s just say that there are times that I’m not very proud of my fellow Americans. And that I have been very much in agreement with the bumper sticker that states “I love my country, it’s my government I fear”.

Up first is another link to the travesty in CO. Driver Sentenced In Deadly Hit & Run That Killed Cyclist I’m sorry but a year’s work release is not enough punishment for killing a human being and leaving the corpse like so much litter…

Hit-and-run in NC. Cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run The narrative is indicative of a hit-from-behind wreck with a law-abiding cyclist, because if there was anything the cyclist could have been found doing illegal it would have been reported by this media outlet. So lights and/or reflectors in use, riding with traffic in the correct lane position, the whole nine yards. Not enough evidence to say that the protocols would have helped, so that only leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a similar wreck.

Update on a CA wreck. Sad news, as 15-year old Canyon Lake bike rider declared brain dead; 50th SoCal cycling fatality this year I’m still trying to parse the wreck, as it appears the cyclist was blocked from entering a highway after he had reached a speed that he could safely do so, and hit the other vehicle hard enough to trigger the airbags. So, intersection? maybe the protocols would help. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that you don’t ride bicycles at highway speeds for motor vehicles to prevent.

Still in CA a wreck that could have happened to anybody, including a cyclist. Clovis driver admits to drinking, but says fatal collision was accident Driver with multiple DUI convictions kills someone while driving drunk (again). There is only one sure way to prevent repeat drunk drivers from killing, and that is to never allow them to own or operate a motor vehicle again. I favor doing this after the third DUI conviction lifetime. I do not think there should be a “shelf life” for DUI convictions that allows them to be discarded after a while. There are other convictions that stay with you for life, DUI must be on that list for people’s safety.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Have a great, safe 4th, looking for a bike riding stickup man, and LiLo crashes Citi Bike — literally

Stupid is as stupid does. Busted!

More about the guy killed riding Alp d’Huez. Daughter’s tribute after cyclist killed in French Alps crash

And this little thing looked like so much fun. Bicycle Therapy Yep, I could use a therapy ride myself. Ahh, the stress relief.

And that appears to be all the links I have today, fits or otherwise (although the “Busted” link was a lot of giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

So many things to do, and the Feed

Since we are in Mrs. the Poet’s old stomping grounds we are doing a lot of “catch up” visits with her HS and early college friends, and what previously had been hen parties are this year becoming couples meetings, I guess because somebody wants to show off a husband or new boyfriend (although at the ages of Mrs. the Poet’s HS and college friends, calling them “boyfriends” is kinda silly). So I have to get this done early so I can get into my “eating in public” clothes in time to drive to the restaurant. That means showering, shaving and the whole nine yards. :P I’m not a big fan of getting “dressed up”, as you may have noticed.

Opening with this because it makes me extremely perturbed. Woman gets 1-year jail sentence in Fort Collins hit-and-run that led to bicyclist’s death Kill a cyclist, run away for days while hiding the car, get one year of work release… TANJ!

A PA left cross wreck. Susquehanna Township crash Cyclists do not “go away” when you turn your head. This driver saw the cyclist coming, admits she saw the cyclist coming, and was surprised to find the cyclist bouncing off the passenger side of the car when she turned? I call BS on this one. It appears that the cyclist used the turn parallel to the direction of travel part of the protocols from the appearance of the bicycle wreckage and still got hit very hard on the head, so protocols not very effective in this wreck, probably due to available reaction time. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would be required to prevent a wreck like this in the future.

Another wreck in SoCal. Young boy killed in San Bernardino bicycling collision Another intersection wreck with no information forthcoming from LEO on what happened. Intersection protocols for the young cyclist might have helped, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would keep young people and multi-ton killing machines from making an acquaintance.

Don’t let the heading picture fool you, this wreck in the Great White North was on a sidewalk. Cyclist charged following collision in Kitchener Why was the weapon vehicle on the sidewalk, and why was the cyclist the only one charged in this wreck? Since sidewalk cyclists are evidence that whatever infrastructure is allocated to bicycles is perceived as “unsafe” by the cyclist I only see one option to prevent a similar wreck in the future, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

More on the UK cyclist killed riding the Alp d’Huez in France. British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d’Huez and British cyclist killed in head-on crash in French Alps

About the best that could come from a bad situation over in Jolly Olde. Cyclist injured in Bridgnorth crash given payout From the article it appears the driver was 100% at fault in this wreck, and was lucky to get away with such a low settlement.

Our Daily Ted is … interesting today. Morning Links: Making up the law on PCH, Olin ghost bike goes missing, and Canyon Lake cyclist critically injured

A bit of Infrastructure! news from across the pond in Jolly Olde. Road traffic laws too “lenient” say widows of cyclists killed on charity ride

A little bike porn for you that like that kind of thing. The bikes of the Tour de France

I don’t know if you can see this bit of LifeStyle via Facebook, but if you can this is funny. Nearly 19 MPH does help keep you cool, but it’s the law of diminishing returns in effect.

And what used to be Mrs. the Poet’s favorite song to tease me with back when I was driving. Queen – I’m In Love With My Car (Official Video)

And those were all the links that gave me fits today, now I have to get cleaned up to go out for dinner tonight.

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Grocery day will be very light, and the Feed

Since Mrs. the Poet and I will be leaving Monday night we only have to get about half the groceries we normally do, because they won’t stay good until we get back. So, no produce except maybe a small bag of lettuce, only a single loaf of bread if any, no dairy at all. And lots of snacks we can put in our carry-on luggage so we don’t have to buy the over-priced “food” they sell in the bus stations. It’s bad enough we will be buying drinks priced 3 times what they cost at the local C-store on the corner, especially when our caloric needs will be so low.

Up first is an update on the Milt Olin wreck in CA. Family of cyclist fatally struck by sheriff’s car files claim against Los Angeles County This story has stunk to high heaven ever since it first broke, and the stench has just been getting worse every day, first with the refusal to hand the investigation over to the CHP to at least give the appearance of impartiality, second when an investigation that should have been wrapped in a week took more than 5 months to be delivered to the DA, and third when the DA refused to allow any part of that report to be released to the public. The facts of the case are quire damning to the driver, the cyclist was hit from behind while riding in the marked bike lane by a cruiser going over the speed limit without lights and siren. The pictures I have seen from the crime scene show the one skid mark left by the victim’s back tire at impact and skid marks after the impact (unless the picture was somehow reversed, but then the question would have to be why did the driver stop using the brakes right before impact?), and the impact was several feet from the lane marker.

A buzz job in OR. Cyclist injured in vehicle accident near Sandy and Man injured after being clipped by rear-view mirror on Highway 26 The crime scene pictures show one of those awful rumble stripped shoulders that turn what could be a nice place to ride when it’s clean into something that can kill you with a second’s inattention. This means the rider was forced to ride in the traffic lane but he did not take the lane to make himself more visible. This is (or should be, I haven’t read the protocols page in a while) the first thing to avoiding getting hit from behind, riding where you can be seen in the lane. This also gives you more room to move to the right to dodge wayward motor vehicles that are getting too close.

A wreck in AZ that LEO are wrongly blaming on the cyclist not crossing the street in the crosswalk. Peoria accident leaves teen cyclist injured Since the basic report is so flawed other than noting that this was an intersection wreck so intersection protocols should apply I got nothing, except INFRASTRUCTURE! Oh, and trained LEO.

Still in AZ another cyclist is squished. UPDATE X2:CYCLIST KILLED ON SPEEDWAY; DRIVER ARRESTED ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER When I first filtered this report the driver hadn’t even been caught yet, much less charged with murder. Hit from behind in the bike lane seems to be popular today, use the protocols to avoid, particularly the “have an escape route” part. And if that bike lane had been built to Dutch standards the weapon vehicle would never have gotten near him in the first place.

A PA blotter report on a left cross. Sentinel police log for June 19 I think I actually had this wreck in the blog last week sometime. Intersection wreck so protocols and infrastructure. Kudos to LEO for immediately handing out tickets to the driver for violating the right of way and failing to signal.

Another report on that CA hit-and-run I had a skimpy link to yesterday. Cyclist killed in Sacramento hit and run Nothing new, just another link.

OK this is just not right, with two links. P.E.I. man granted day parole two years after killing Alberta cyclist and Drunk driver who killed Edmonton woman gets day parole Apparently “day parole” is like “work release” in the US. Get out, go to work, and be back in your cell by a certain time every day.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CABO opposes protected bikeway bill; Brit driver kills 5-year old, then says shit happens

Someone else noticed a major change to the legal infrastructure. Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist With the added information I am also wondering how they figured the cyclist was 21% at fault for getting hit by the car door when she was getting physically forced into the door zone. Maybe because she was there to get hit?

Actual on-the-ground testing of that pseudo-Dutch intersection treatment. Portlander’s ‘protected intersection’ concept gets first on-street demo (in Minneapolis) The reports that 8 YO were able to use the infrastructure properly first time without instructions to move as they desired on their bikes is really good news.

The good kind of infrastructure article. Buying a bike? Now you can use Twitter to find out if it’s stolen property

Busting up and preventing bike theft in NY. Bicyclist follows accused bike thieves, leads to arrest of three Syracuse teenagers

If you live in Chuck this is an even better kind of lifestyle link. Chucktown BikeDown Cheap alcohol, but don’t over do it because if you get to all of the venues you have a chance at winning a pretty cool bike.

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

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