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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.

BIlled @€0.02, Opus

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.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Contemplating “things” and the Feed

I’m still in the “not happy” state of mind about the city coming into my yard and destroying part of my lawn furniture, then sending me a bill for the “service”. I don’t know what I can do about that besides dispute the bill. I guess I can demand that they replace the log bench that I spent so much time and effort on, but to be honest part of what made the one that was destroyed so good was that it was from the tree that it was sitting near. It was a part of the environment that was supposed to be there. It was also a really nice place to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning after everyone else had gone to work or school or daycare… I live in what is almost a ghost town between the hours of 0800 and 1430 Monday through Friday 9 months out of the year. That bench let me enjoy a feeling almost like being alone in a forest.

Up first is an update on a NM wreck. Bicyclist dies 8 days after hit-and-run crash Other reports that I can no longer link to say the bits of turn signal/marker light found at the scene are common to many makes of truck and are also sold in autoparts stores as generic replacement lights, I used to have the same kind of light on my old recumbent bike as they make very visible taillights. So good luck on finding that truck, they are going to need it.

Hit-and-run with a city bus in OR. After alleged bike-bus collision, TriMet driver tells man ‘You’re fine’ and drives off First, if you get hit and the driver leaves the scene, do not use Twitter until after you call 911 and state you had an “incident” and you need medical attention. Even if you do not hurt right at the moment, there might be injuries you just have not calmed down enough to feel yet. Since this was a right hook, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on the wreck between a tandem and a single bike in Jolly Olde. Woman cyclist injured in tandem crash So, the wreck now appears to be the result of an unintentional buzz job by the male captain of the tandem, with the female stoker taking the brunt of the impact.

Our Daily Ted for Tuesday. Morning Links: Too many LA memorial rides, Fig4All is up for more debate, and Buzzfeed wants to scare you That Buzzfeed video is alternately scary stupid and just plain scary.

Infrastructure! news from right here in TX. Texas Police Now Ticketing Kids for “Cool Moves” Doing the right thing can be rewarding.

Infrastructure from NYC. DOT To Add Five More Miles Of Flushing Avenue Bike Lanes I have the sneaking feeling that they are using soft, fragile cyclists as traffic calming on a street that has a reputation for attracting speeders.

New infrastructure in America’s Copenhagen. New buffered bike lanes for Boones Ferry Road

Someone please, PLEASE! make this bill a law without watering it down. Lawmakers Consider Hit-and-Run Alerts Amber alerts I get once or sometimes twice a month, but the constant stream of these alerts would galvanize people into action to stop hit-and-run.

A bike that anyone can ride “no hands”. Jyrobike self-balances to keep kids on the straight and narrow Also teaches kids just to ride normally, but I would like to have one for my recumbent that I was never able to ride without at least one hand on the bars at all times because it would crash in a fraction of a second otherwise.

Lifestyle in the UK. Cyclists saddle up to raise £1m for heroes

A plethora of e-assist bicycles of varying levels of assist and styles of assist. In pictures: Charged Up e-bike show Some really neat and cool bikes there.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Fortunately for my mood I found more giggles than fits.

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Are we having fun yet? and the Feed

Things are getting interesting at my church while I have been sidelined by either exhaustion or allergies. I’m not going to get specific, but “things” are going on. One thing I can post about is I was elected as the contact person for the church in dealing with the state on tax matters, primarily because I own my home and have lived at the same address for nearly 20 years, making it likely that I will still be around and with the church when we have to deal with the state again. All I need to do is let the church use my address as a point of contact not at the church. I’m the contact for CUUPS as well so I’m copacetic with this. We are one of the few churches that is entirely Pagan in format, although we are not as Wiccan as “official” UU Pagans. The fact that we were the first UU church to “go Pagan” in TX and still the only one for hundreds of miles around leads to some interesting statistics. For example we have more registered Republicans than nearly any other church in TX, and certainly the most by percentage of congregation. That’s because we have a large contingent of people following the North Gods (Asatru, Odinist, Heathens, and other traditions) and they tend to conservative political views (although mostly liberal social views). When the Heathens consider your views as whackadoodle…

Up first is another bicycle v car wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck, critically injured on U.S. 98 The narrative is confusing, but if I’m interpreting it correctly the cyclist was getting over to the left in preparation for entering the left turn lane to make the turn, heard the driver lean on the horn behind him and decided to get out of the way to the right, not knowing the driver had already made the lane change to pass to the right. About the only thing that would have enabled the cyclist to avoid this wreck would be having dual mirrors like I have on my helmet to know which side of the road the noise is coming from and that the right lane was no longer clear. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, because the CROW manual would not allow cyclists to share this road with vehicles moving at those speeds. Also, this is why you don’t honk at cyclists unless there is immediate danger of hitting one.

A NE cyclist is hit-and-run on the sidewalk. Cyclist reports hit-and-run Ok there are two ways to interpret this narrative, the first is the driver ran the stop sign and then went on the sidewalk avoiding someone in the street, the second one is the cyclist was crossing the street from the sidewalk when the car ran the stop sign and hit him in the crosswalk. Either way there’s not a lot the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck as he was already committed to his action before the driver ran the stop sign. Since not enough information was given about the location I can’t pull up a Google Maps or Street View image to determine if infrastructure would have prevented this wreck, but from the narrative it doesn’t look like it would have as the driver was already ignoring the built environment.

A cyclist is hit in MD. Bicyclist hit, killed Saturday night in Essex They don’t say the wreck was in an intersection but “near” one, but intersection protocols encompass hit-from-behind so using the one implies the other, so intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist in Canuckistan gets flattened. Male Cyclist Stable After Accident On Pembina Hwy Near Bishop Grandin Since there was so little information given out I can’t say if there was anything the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck besides not be there to get hit. And I also can’t say if infrastructure would have prevented the wreck, but there is a 95% chance that it would.

This wreck in the Great White North had the charges changed seriously after the cyclist died. New charges laid from death of North Grenville cyclist Since nothing is said about the wreck except the weapon vehicle was grey in color there’s nothing I can say about avoiding or if infrastructure changes could prevent the wreck.

OK this has to be the strangest thing I have ever seen coming from the UK. Motorist arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm after ‘autistic’ cyclist is knocked off bike in ‘road rage’ crash I’m sure the charge will be upgraded to attempted murder soon enough, seeing as the vehicle nearly destroyed a building in the process of trying to hit the cyclist I wonder what the folks over on road.cc thought about it? Kingston driver ‘aimed car at cyclist,’ missed – and crashed into hair salon with the update.

Another link to that cyclist killed by pedestrian story. Cyclist killed in crash with pedestrian This happens more often than you’d think.

Another case of Stockholm Syndrome with mandatory bike helmets. Injured cyclist Wade Matheson praises helmet for saving his life in accident at Glenelg That helmet didn’t do anything to “save” the victim as it shattered instead of crushing.

Ted’s post was very good today. Morning Links: LA bike rider is deliberately buzzed by Metro bus driver for legally riding in the traffic lane

Infrastructure! news from AK. Questions remain about how Anchorage cyclists died on city streets This is the quagmire of legal infrastructure that cyclists or their survivors have to face when a wreck happens.

WTF is this mess doing in the road in GA? Commuter Dude: Cyclist injured due to road issue left by utility work As the video showed this mess could not be safely navigated by cars or light trucks, hitting it on a bicycle would be an instant crash, which is exactly what happened.

And a mix of really good changes to the legal infrastructure with some really bad ones all in the same WV law. New bicycle law goes into effect in West Virginia Three feet to pass = good, honking horn when passing = very bad. :P

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Except this one!

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