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Pollen count is high again, and the Feed

Another day of hitting the diphenhydramine for the sneezing and goopy eyes, but other than that I feel fine (cue REM singing “End of the World”). And I found a partial solution to getting my brain to shut off at night when I’m trying to sleep, a simple one really. I found some paper and pencils, and started to draw all the devices that needed to come out of my brain. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner. Stuff wants out, so give it a way to get out. Like pooping for the mind, better out than in. Now I can return to plans for world domination and con- whoops did I write that out loud? ;)

A cyclist is killed in a hit-from-behind wreck in IL. Bicyclist Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In Forest Park Driver was speeding which contributed to both the crash and the fatality caused by the crash. The estimated speed of the weapon vehicle at impact is fatal in 80 to 85% of wrecks with cyclists. Hit-from-behind protocols maybe could have kept the cyclist alive assuming he had the sight lines and reaction time to employ them. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” probably would have prevented the wreck.

WY just can’t get a break as another cyclist is killed. Sheridan cyclist killed, wife injured in crash Hit-from-behind wreck (again) but the driver may have been targeting the cyclists so protocols would have been moot. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have placed the cyclists away from the highway or separated by a wall if there was no room otherwise, so they would not have been hit. Even if this had been some kind of road rage incident placing the cyclists in their own infrastructure would have had a calming effect on the situation.

More on the NYC terror attack on cyclists that NYPD is totally ignoring. Brooklyn cyclist injured by rope trap in Prospect Park Same situation as before. A trap made to not be seen in the low light severely injures a cyclist and NYPD can’t even be bothered to file a report, much less investigate an act of domestic terrorism.

Another NYC wreck. Vehicle Hits Cyclist At Ninth Avenue, 57th Street Nothing on the mode and NYC “doesn’t have room” to get the infrastructure “up to Dutch”…

More on the UK cyclist killed in France by a hit-and (literally)-run driver. Council chief-executive who led Blackpool to become Cycling Town killed in hit-and-run

I know I have made jokes about NC being behind the times, but the Ride of Silence was 2 weeks ago. Boone Area Cyclists Observe Fourth Annual Ride of Silence

Our daily Ted is pretty interesting today. Morning Links: New study shows benefits of protected bike lanes; OC cyclist threatened and harassed on PCH

And those were all the links I could find that had stuff I could use here. I had a lot of links to UK wrecks that did not have anything except the names of cyclists and drivers, and the make/model of the cars that hit the cyclists. Since this blog is more about education that merely counting the losses I left those links out.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I have a backlog of links to filter, and the rest of the Feed

Yesterday’s busy day has left me with a massive backlog of links to filter before I can even begin to start writing the rest of the blog post, but I did find some interesting stuff from things I was sent in my regular e-mail. I think I have just about recovered from Wednesday and yesterday. And I’m watching the repeat of the qualifying from Charlotte for the World 600 Sprint Cup race on Sunday, with Jimmy Johnson getting the pole.

I’m going to start with Ride of Silence links for two reasons: I have a bunch of those links with tons of flash advertising in the pages I’m linking to that is really clogging my computer to the point that I can get most of a line typed out before it shows up on my screen, and this is the international Big Story. Cyclists remember others who have died on the road and ‘Ride of Silence’ to honor cyclists killed on SF streets and this SF BIKE COMMUNITY TO HONOR CYCLIST FATALITIES more Share the road: Cyclists hope silent ride raises awareness still more Annual bike ride honours injured, killed cyclists not done yet Cyclists honor victims killed on SC roads more links
‘Ride of Silence’ promotes awareness of safety for cyclists
another one Fort Myers Ride of Silence draws nearly 200 cyclists and they just go one and on Riding and remembering another one CYCLIST TRIBUTE: Ride Of Silence Held

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Coddling drunk drivers, analysis of the new Bike League study and a moving new hit-and-run video

This was just too easy as a driver videos himself assaulting cyclists and posted the video online. Piedmont man charged after viral video threatening cyclists The comments made in the video after one of the “punishment passes” about he should have run the cyclist into the ditch, combined with all the other ranting and raving he recorded, and thought would be acceptable to post to Facebook… More Truck-driving Alabama man arrested after videos of him threatening bicyclists goes viral

A cyclist is killed by a semi truck while riding on a shared lane. Cyclist killed in crash Notice the picture where they extracted the cyclist’s body from the wreck beside a “Share the Road” sign. The mode of wreck was a right hook and can be expected when the infrastructure is as demi-buttocked as it usually is in AR. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A “possible” hit and run in IL. Bike Rider Killed In Possible Hit-Run Accident In Mundeleinz Dead rider, smashed bicycle located well off the road, and they think “possible” hit-and-run? I wouldn’t drop it lower than “probable” unless there was a UFO sighting in the area about the time he failed to show after the ride… Since they couldn’t determine direction of travel prior to the wreck or much of anything else I can’t advise on dealing with the built infrastructure or if altering the built infrastructure would prevent the wreck, aside from barrier protected segregated infrastructure. If the cars can’t get to you whatever they do on the roads becomes moot.

And a fatal wreck is quickly approaching closure in VA. Motorist pleads guilty to DUI, killing cyclist in Roanoke Now we just have to wait until August to find out she will get probation for a few years at most…

Someone in illegal possession of a deadly weapon gets a ticket for killing a cyclist in NYC. NYPD says cyclist killed by unlicensed driver The driver got a ticket for driving without a license, but nothing for killing the cyclist…

A VT cyclist gets hit by a car running a traffic control while the cyclist was crossing the road. Van collides with cyclist OK you have a crossing signal flashing at you and there are 2 other vehicles stopped waiting, so naturally you just barge right on through… And the idiot admits to seeing the cyclist before hitting him. Nothing a cyclist could have done to prevent the wreck and as the driver was ignoring traffic controls only grade separated infrastructure would have prevented this wreck.

A MI cyclist is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Bicycle rider struck and killed on Gratiot in New Haven The biggest thing I took away from this article was that the driver was found hiding under a blanket after literally running away from the wreck on foot.

A wreck in WA leaves a cyclist clinging to life in hospital. Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run collision Because of the nature of the hit-and-run all they know is the likely direction of travel for the cyclist. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CA cyclist gets clobbered with bad infrastructure. Downey cyclist hit by vehicle trying to enter 105 Freeway I had to read deep into the article to be sure the cyclist was not trying to enter the freeway, and I’m still only about 90% convinced this was the case. Low angle intersection but I’m still confused as to where the cyclist was in relation to the motor vehicle. I can’t get any mapping programs to open up because of all the open tabs I still have up. This could have been a typical right hook only worse because the turn was taken at a higher than normal speed. Intersection wreck but protocols would require time for reaction that doesn’t look like the cyclist would have had, so mooted, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist on a parallel route with better access to local businesses and housing and prevented this wreck.

I don’t know why I let this anger me any more, I know cyclists are considered second class citizens by the courts. Powers sentenced for drunk driving crash that killed Helena cyclist The driver will be out of prison in a little over a year… for killing a human being while driving with a 0.25 BAC%. I have long known that MT treats drunk drivers with great deference but this is fracking ridiculous. There is no wiggle room on this one, the cyclist was wearing a helmet and the bike was lighted like a Christmas tree and had reflectors, and the driver never braked nor swerved to miss him.

More on a cyclist killed in the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck, driver treated for shock Since the article is mostly behind a paywall and I have exceeded my allotment of free pages I can’t say for sure there is no new material in this link… But as I wrote earlier because of the lack of witnesses at the scene (cyclist dead and driver in shock) there hasn’t been much forthcoming on this one.

Intersection wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist in hospital after collision in Burlington Nothing on the mode of the wreck, just the location at the exit of a high-speed freeway so intersection protocols might help avoid or mitigate the damages in the wreck, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that cyclists are not crossing freeway exits at grade level would prevent it.

A right hook wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist killed after being hit by vehicle in Dartmouth The initial narrative is for a typical right hook, so intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck. The thing that gets me the worst about this wreck is the cyclist is dead, but you could straighten out the saddle and ride away on the bike she was riding…

Lots of bike wrecks in a single link from the GWN. Five local cyclists hurt in two days after collisions with vehicles

A right hook wreck in Canuckistan has two links. Cyclist killed after downtown collision with garbage truck and Edmonton cyclist killed after being hit by a garbage truck typical right hook but the results were very similar to the wreck in the preceding paragraph half a continent away, the bike looks like it could be adjusted and ridden away from the wreck. Same advice as the previous wreck, intersection protocols and infrastructure.

Completely unsurprising news from Jolly Olde. Lorry driver will not face prosecution over death of cyclist in Dulwich TANJ!

Somewhat surprising news from Oz. Drink-driver jailed over Qld cyclist death The driver must have been completely plastered the night before because more than 5 hours after the party he was still at 0.076 BAC% when he hit the cyclist.

Infrastructure! news from the United States. Report: 88% Of Drivers Who Kill Cyclists Walk Free The headline does not surprise me, but the tidbit from later in the article that 40% of fatal wrecks are hit-from-behind in spite of those wrecks being a very small percentage of all bicycle v motor vehicle wrecks. The fact that Floriduh kills a very high percentage of its population on bikes is completely unsurprising. More 8 takeaways from the Bike League’s study of cyclist fatalities and How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind.

Infrastructure from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists should assert their power (respectfully)

Infrastructure news from Oz as cyclists protest their draconian helmet laws. SA cyclists and police face head-on clash over helmet law If bike helmets actually did something useful I could see the laws, but every study not carried out by the helmet industry has failed to find a distinct benefit from helmet laws. Unless you count cyclist suppression as a “benefit”.

And I think I have enough for today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I got dropped ot the Ride of Silence, and no Feed

I have been all over the eastern end of the Metromess today, with multiple trips to court and a trip to the northern parts of Richardson so Mrs. the Poet and I could attend her 25 work anniversary award dinner. The dinner was lovely with a hearty salad and rolls to start out, and some kind of chicken in a cream sauce and capers over linguine with yellow squash and zucchini on the side, with a choice of chocolate cake or raspberry cheesecake for dessert with water and unsweetened ice tea as beverages. As a person that experiments with breads from time to time I strongly approve of the rolls, they were superb. The squashes were a little bland, I think because they were pan-fried without breading, or quite enough salt. It’s possible that I needed more salt because of all the walking I did in the heat of the day.

Getting to the walking in the heat of the day I had to go to court this morning, then back to court this afternoon. I went to court this morning because the codes guy never actually told us what was the problem with the “fix-it” warnings for branches, landscaping, and trash until he wrote the ticket for the broken branch and sent a picture of the branch that we could not see from inside the property. There was a broken branch in the ash tree that could only be seen if you stood on the sidewalk across the street (or in the street close to the curb). Even the prosecutor thought we had trash in the yard from looking at the ticket until I showed the pictures that were sent to the house with the ticket. We spent months chasing trash off the fence line only to get a ticket for a broken branch we could not see from the property. Getting that taken care of was why I went to court in the morning. The reason I went again in the afternoon was Mrs. the Poet signed a check for me to fill out for whatever fines or costs we had to pay, and the clerk would not take the check because I was not the person that signed it, because even though the ticket was dismissed we still had to pay court costs (even if you win you lose). So I had to go back with Mrs. the Poet to show her ID and get everything paid for.

Now we get back to the headline of the day, I got dropped from the Mother Ride of the Ride of Silence. Francis/es it has already been established is somewhat less aerodynamic than a brick with its largest side facing the wind. I mean seriously it’s a truck, it’s not a racer. Combine that with strong headwinds for the backside of the loop around White Rock Lake and a balky IGH that did not want to stay in gear and not hydrating before the ride and having to wear a helmet I could not raise my head enough to see around and I was cosplaying Powdered Toast Man by the time we went past the Stone Tables area. Shortly before I got to the bridge before Garland Road the cramps set in but by that time even the cops doing sweep had dropped me. I walked a bit and rode a bit and walked a bit more then finally rode into the finish at least 15 minutes after the ride was over and everybody was socializing. I managed to get some water and started to feel more like a higher life form, but not quite human yet. I managed to get home about 2230 after leaving before 1800, and grabbed my dinner from the microwave, then checked to see what the 2000th post had done for clicks, and fell into bed exhausted with a throbbing neck. Now it’s over 24 hours later and my neck is still going between throbbing and twingeing a bit, so I think this is a good time to call it quits and end this post.

PSA, Opus

How the Ride of Silence and this blog are part and parcel today on my 2000th blog post

Yeah, I know. Wow! I have as of this date sat down and sorta collected my thoughts mostly at this desk (there were some posts made from exotic locations like bus stations and small town libraries after I got the laptop with wi-fi capability) two thousand times. Actually a few more than that as there were some posts that never actually made it to the front page, and the separate pages (Gay Marriage, Gigi’s Story, etc.) don’t count towards the post count and some of them have been updated several times. So I posted a bit more than the official count, not that it really matters. Today is the 2000th “official” blog post since 11/23/2008, the date I started posting from this service provider. Prior to that I was posting from MySpace, but had to move because all the external links caused them to think I was a phishing site (and shortly after they shut down my blog MySpace quietly imploded, imagine that). I worked for Examiner.com for a while (and they still consider me an employee, they sent me a nice e-badge that would show on any articles I would write stating that I was a 5-year employee) based on the contents of this blog, but since I was more national and they wanted hyper local we drifted apart.

In the meantime I have been consulted by several lawyers concerning bicycle wrecks since I have been exposed to more wreck reports than just about any person on the planet. I’m still trying to decide if that part is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. I know that combined with the brain damage it does not help me maintain my grasp of sanity, but I have learned a lot from reading those thousands of reports on what happened to people. I have developed an instinctual feel for approximate speed and direction of impact on a bike from looking at the end results since mostly the bike gets hit once and then bounces away from the wreck, and my bullshit detector gets a frequent workout when physical impossibilities are entered as fact. And there is the vanishingly rare case where the perp driver of the weapon vehicle is going so fast that the corpse of his (invariably the driver in these cases is male) victim comes through the windshield and kills or seriously injures the driver. I can recall about 3 of those world-wide since I started this blog on MySpace…

But getting back to the headline, how does this blog connect to the Ride of Silence? Well every year they remember those killed or injured while riding their bikes, and every day I remember those killed or injured while riding their bikes. Every year they say they hope this will be the last time they need to do the Ride, and every day I hope that this will be the last time I need to post about wrecks and bad infrastructure and I can just start posting cat videos, or links to bands I like, or pictures of the bikes I could build if I had the time and the money to buy materials. I mean seriously, I have been redesigning the same three bikes since 2010 for building into “show” bikes. But the RoS, and I are both devoted to the ideal of a world where regardless of your mode of transportation, you can get from A to B safely and calmly, with your life and all your limbs intact and attached. Until that day my work is unfinished and I fear I will go to my grave with work yet to do.

Up first today in this truncated list (I waited as late as I could yesterday so that I wouldn’t have many links today) is this from KY. Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Vehicle Weapon vehicle went off the road, left unstated was where the cyclist was riding. Hit-from-behind wreck but the weapon vehicle going off the road moots almost all of the protocols for avoiding or reducing damages. Unravelled routing or barrier protection would be the only way that infrastructure could prevent a similar wreck.

A low-information report from the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck in Mirabel One witness dead and the only other witness is too traumatized to talk to LEO, I guess they’ll have to examine the evidence to determine what happened. Or they could just ignore it…

Moving halfway around the world to Enn Zed we get another seriously injured cyclist unable to talk to LEO. Cyclist injured at intersection Other than it was an intersection wreck LEO have not released any information about the mode of the wreck. Thus I have no information about avoiding the wreck or if changing the infrastructure could have prevented the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is pretty good today. Morning Links: New Santa Clarita bike safety campaign; Beverly Hills official calls you an organ donor wannabe Ted, if you live long enough you will have any number of conditions that merit their own bike ride, just be glad you have that kind of support.

This video from DC shows a driver trying to intimidate a cyclist on a marked bike route. TRIGGER WARNING! Motorist Road Rage on DC Bicycle Route

This is so rare that I thought it deserved setting it apart from the “normal” links we get from FL. Bicycle Safety: Care For Cyclists Egads, someone in the media in FL that actually cares if cyclists live or die and prefers we live! Be still my beating heart…

And at least one country is so serious about what cycling can do in a positive way for their country, they are willing to handhold new cyclists until they are confident in their journeys. Sweden Is So Serious About Reducing Pollution, It’s Giving People Bike Coaches

Standard smart e-bike not distinctive enough for you? Try one of these. SMART EBIKE – ORANGE EDITION, COMFORT EDITION AND BLACK EDITION

And a little Krautrock to lighten your day. Kraftwerk Autobahn full I use the term “little” ironically in this link, this is the full 22 minute version of the piece. Get comfy first because this is a trip of a piece of music.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Hail hail, it didn’t happen here, and the Feed

Fortunately for us the baseball sized hail that hit north Texas bypassed Casa de El Poeta in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. All we got was a big breeze and a few more branches lost from the trees in the neighborhood, than have not fared well this winter/spring. We have some people who are just now finishing up clearing the debris from the December ice storm, and now we have further storm debris to clean up. And as you may have read we had another shooting at Ft. Hood, a long bike ride down the road in Killeen. I feel for my brothers in green, and wonder what can be realistically done about the situation. I mean we spend months teaching people how to kill, and knowingly send them into situations where a significant number of people are going to be psychologically damaged, then bring them back home and toss them back into the rest of society with no treatment until they snap. The shooter in this case had already had a minor break and was getting treatment, but it was a case of too little, too late.

Up first is more on that brutal hit-and-run in Boston. Cyclist Involved in Serious Hit & Run Accident in Charlestown More in it does appear to be a right hook, and where an earlier report said they had the driver and weapon vehicle it now says they are still looking. Still they know at least that it was a garbage truck and they don’t have many to look through to find it.

Just a few miles west (Texas “few”) we get another MA hit-and-run. 17-year-old bicyclist injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton Location and debris suggest a hit-from-behind wreck, hopefully LEO will have enough debris to use micro tags in the paint to identify at least the make and year of manufacture of the vehicle if the part had factory paint on it.

A CA report on a driver charged with murder after leaving a social media message that he was going on a “death ride”. Pleasanton teen accused of murder in fatal crash was tailgating, witness testifies I hope the driver never gets out of prison. If he does I hope that he is never allowed to use any motorized transport for the rest of his life, unless he’s being transported to a hospital by an ambulance. Since this is in CA I suspect he’ll get 20 years, serve 10 and be eligible to apply for a new license as soon as he gets out of the prison gate.

A poorly-worded wreck report from the state that is once again most deadliest place to walk or ride a bike in the US. Driver apprehended after fleeing hit-and-run scene The Street View Shows a very bicycle-unfriendly route that is the only crossing of the freeway for over a mile to the south and 3/4 of a mile to the north. If the cyclist was a gutter bunny or sidewalk rider then he would have been in the actual offramp while crossing.

Also from FL comes a suggestion of why not being inside a building or car is so dangerous for people living in or visiting that state. Doreen Landstra, Elderly Woman Who Killed 3 In Car, Gets Suspended License That’s right, no prison time, she gets to keep the car and in a few months she can drive again after killing 3 people in the second time she “mistook” the gas for the brake pedal.

More on the drunk driver getting 8 years for killing a cyclist in Jolly Olde. Drunk, speeding, hit and run van driver who killed cyclist sentenced to eight years in jail and Drunken van driver jailed for eight years after killing Folkingham cyclist I think the sweetest thing about this is the 10 year driving ban doesn’t start until he completes all of his period of incarceration, and can not be reduced via “good behaviour”.

Also in the UK a cyclist “wins” a door prize. Cyclist injured in crash It isn’t often we get a report on a wreck like this from the UK because of their media laws. Since this wreck happened very close to the intersection I suspect the cyclist was trying to avoid getting hooked and rode in the door zone to escape.

And a speeding police car with lights and sirens going must still wait until it is safe to pass a cyclist in Jolly Olde. Injured cyclist wins his damages action and Injured cyclist wins damages action From what I’m reading the cyclist was hit at a pinch point where the cyclist would have had to get on the sidewalk to avoid getting hit because the actual road surface was too narrow to fit a car and a cyclist together without overlap, and the cyclist was hit as far over (to the left because they drive on the wrong side of the roads there) as he could get. Had the driver been going the speed limit or slightly faster than the limit the cyclist would have been able to get to safety but at the speed the weapon vehicle was travelling the cyclist did not have time to clear the pinch point.

That video of a cyclist getting hit from behind at a traffic light that went viral from Oz has resulted in quick retribution from the legal system. Woman fined over cyclist crash I’m just disappointed I had to find this in the comments section of another link instead of the day after it as put up in the Feed folder.

Today’s link from BikingInLA. Morning Links: It’s bike video Friday, Fig4All finally gets a hearing, and meet the real star of Breaking Away

I am still praying for the day when the last of these goes up because that was the last cyclist to ever get hit with a car. ‘Ghost bike’ reminder of cyclists’ danger As I recall the cyclist was hit because the vehicle driver failed to pass with enough room while trying to pass a line of bicycles.

Infrastructure! news from the next town over from WoaB World HQ. Richardson Gets Safe Routes To School Every school should have safe routes as the default condition, because every route would be safe for kids to travel. I still don’t know why this has not been in the “plan” until now.

Article on why cycling feels so unsafe in Oz. Australian journalists wage war on cycling and as an example of that “war” A plea to all cyclists and drivers The driver in the second link is blaming the cyclist for his changing lanes into a lane he could not see clearly was empty or occupied.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Enter witty headline here, and the Feed

Just not feeling it today, what with the tornado watch and the trees bouncing around the house and the dull grey skies. I ain’t got no funny in me today. I don’t want funny today, I want a good malty dark beer with just enough hops to make it legally a beer. I spent the last month drinking IPAs and beers “inspired” by IPA, and I think I have about reached my limits on bitter hops. I’m looking for something with even less hops than a Shiner Bock, but with more flavor than a schwartzbier. I’m going to be open for suggestions over the weekend (I check the comments twice a day or more), and make my selection come Sunday. And the reason I spent so much time with IPA and similar beers is I bought a six-pack at the beginning of March and it took me most of the month to drink it, plus two singles of a different brand. I never will be an alcoholic at this rate. And that’s something I have always wondered about other poor people, if you don’t have enough to have a place to sleep or food to eat how do you have enough for beer and cigarettes? (wanders off muttering to himself)

Up first was a hard decision today, as we only had one late link to any North American wrecks. This appears to be a right hook from what little we know at this point. Bicyclist killed in Charlestown Right now nothing about this wreck is sure except that it was in an intersection and the cyclist was killed by a heavy vehicle, but it looks like the heavy vehicle was turning right when the cyclist was hit around the middle of the weapon vehicle. At this point they are not sure of the type of vehicle but are going on the assumption that the weapon vehicle was a garbage truck. Anyway, intersection wreck, maybe the protocols would avoid or reduce the amount of damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

The next closest link is from Bermuda, birthplace of grass and shorts that bear the same name. Cyclist accused of pedalling while drunk Note the (lack of) damage done by the drunken cyclist compared to what happens when a drunk drives an SUV into fixed objects. If you can’t get a ride home from someone else take a bike rather than drive a car, your insurance will thank you.

The rest of the wrecks and crashes come from the Antipodes. Cyclist seriously injured Ambulance crew finds injured cyclist near a badly crumpled bike and are not sure what happened? Did they think a Kaiju (giant monster) stepped on him? It was a hit-and-run. Since I could not see the damages to the bike I can’t say how to avoid a wreck like this because I don’t know what kind of wreck this is.

Infrastructure! news from the UK with a funny picture. Council branded ‘pathetic’ as cycling numbers drop in Sevenoaks If the “bike path” the man is riding a tricycle in is any indication of the quality of the local infrastructure, people in charge need to be in prison instead.

Is this what it takes to get better bike infrastructure? Or to just get bikes banned? One injured cyclist a week At that pace they will improve on last year’s figures for injured cyclists.

More from Enn Zed. Death puts spotlight on bicycle safety

Infrastructure through the lens of a Bikeyface. IF I OWNED THE ROAD

Lots of links from Ted today. Morning Links: Not guilty pleas in OC meth hit-and-run, BFF KINDness, and fundraiser for OC’s Matt Liechty

Update on a story we got earlier in the week from Oz. Community kindness eases pain of crash cyclist’s recovery

Lifestyle from CA. Has the ‘racing culture’ sucked the fun out of bicycling? I say nope.

Last link climate change has made bikes faster than dogsleds in the world’s most severe race. Biking the Iditarod? Climate change makes for faster times

And those are all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. While I was composing the post we got to watch the first severe storm of the season roar by to the north, with heavy hail damage but thankfully no tornadoes. That’s something else that will give you fits and giggles, but not in a good way.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Taxes done, and the Feed

Well the waiting for the documents was longer than the time it took to file this year, but we did it. We finally got our tax return in this afternoon. Once again we didn’t make enough money to pay any taxes and all the withholding will be refunded. Even with what I made from the blog and the money I got from Dad’s estate we still did not make more than the standard deduction for a married couple. Which is kinda sad when you stop to think about it, that two people working to the maximum of their ability don’t even make enough to come close to paying taxes. I don’t think we cleared the standard deduction for a single person living alone, either. If we did it wasn’t by very much.

On a more cheerful note I’m getting the dosing schedule worked out so that I have enough allergy meds in my system to be effective, but not so much that my brain shuts down and I just want to find a place to lie down. This is important as I don’t get much done from bed. Of course there are times when all I want to do is waste time.

Up first is the only actual 04/01 joke link I could find that stayed up long enough to create a link to it. Metro Announces 405 Widening Really About Creating First Freeway Separated Bike Lanes Actually this is logical, people on bikes want to go to the same places as people in cars. They deserve the same accommodation as people in cars.

From the “It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer More Deserving Person” department, Texas division. 20 New Assault Charges Brought Against SXSW Crash Suspect OK this dude is now facing felony charges for every person he hit while running from the cops in a stolen car while DUI. It’s the Stoopid Trifecta! times 24. He now has 20 charges of felony assault to go with the 4 Capital Murder charges and the Felony DUI and evading arrest.

More on the NE wreck where the old woman went over the centerline and into the shoulder of a road to hit a cyclist head on. Driver will face motor vehicle homicide charge in connection to crash that killed Neb. cyclist The driver has turned in her driver’s license, which is a small victory in and of itself. More Nebraska State News

Another link to the news of a cyclist killer facing charges in CA. 18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Cyclist I though meth made you more alert and attentive to your surroundings, not less. I guess she was “special”.

Give us this day our daily Ted ;) Morning Links: CicLAvia is coming, Calbike legislative agenda and the best of yesterday’s foolishness

And that article yesterday about the drunk driver being banned from driving for a total of 18 years turned out to not be an April Fools’ joke after all. Van driver jailed for eight years over cyclist’s death and Drunk beer pump engineer jailed for killing cyclist in Lincolnshire hit and run /Happy dance?/ The Dance of Joy

Update on the recovery of a cyclist in Oz. VIDEO: Cyclist’s world shattered by truck collision Nothing new about the mode of the wreck and I can’t remember that far back to be able to pull anything up about it. good luck and quick healing to the victim, nerve pain in your feet is no joke.

A young cyclist gets left hooked in Enn Zed. Car collides with young cyclist The nearly unscathed helmet was given credit for “saving” the cyclist’s life. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And stop treating helmets like some kind of magic talisman to prevent head trauma in motor vehicle wrecks with cyclists.

Infrastructure! news from GA on wrecks. Transportation officials note drop in traffic deaths and rise in cyclist, pedestrian deaths I said this before when a similar article was published last year about London road deaths, drivers and roads are not getting any better, just survivability for vehicle occupants.

Infrastructure from Enn Zed, as truckers try to shift blame from them for not seeing cyclists and avoiding collisions when the cyclists have the right of way. Cyclist death: Urgent call for cycleways They can’t blame themselves, they can’t blame the cyclist for riding straight ahead with the right of way, so blame the infrastructure!

Last link is an unusual pair supporting pet adoption. Cyclist, dog promoting pet adoption WoaB is in full accord with this promotion.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Another grocery day, another Feed

Yep, time to hit the neighborhood supermarket again to replenish the produce and bread. The milk we bought last week went bad before we could open it so we absolutely have to buy more today, those artificial creamers are just nasty IMHO. Also looking to get more salty snacks. I don’t know why but my cookie cravings went “Meh!” and my tortilla chip and pork skins cravings went through the roof over the winter. My BP is staying low so I’m not overloading on salt, and as frequently as I can I swap regular salt out in favor of a 50% Potassium Chloride blend to get my potassium levels up. It’s a mystery why my cravings change from sweet to salt and back again…

Our first wreck report is from Enn Zed. Cyclist seriously injured in crash The cause in this case appears to be the tourist not being used to driving on the wrong side of the road and looking in the wrong places. I don’t know what to tell you about avoiding that one except the damage looks like it was a broadside impact to the cyclist so probably intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Still in Enn Zed we get a victim blamer. Teen injured in collision The very first paragraph of the article blames the cyclist for not wearing hi-viz instead of the driver for not watching where he was going. “Police are pleading with cyclists to wear high visibility clothing after a teenage cyclist and a car collided on Courtney Road this morning.” The article goes on to say the cyclist was hit by a vehicle making a turning movement that hit the cyclist going straight. Intersection protocols to avoid or to minimize damages, and get the infrastructure right so what clothes a cyclist wears will have nothing to do with safety.

The civil suit goes on without the criminal conviction as that case has yet to be tried. Family of dead cyclist sues alleged drunken motorist Both parties to this wreck were in Marketing, the victim at Groupon, and the driver at AllYouCanDrink.com. Somehow I think that company name is going to be a big factor in this case.

A PA cyclist is laid to rest after he was killed on his bike. David Ray Wilson This was the wreck in question Bicyclist struck, killed in Monroe Township I find it interesting that the family picture at the top of the announcement had two ferrets featured prominently.

Our first Infrastructure! link is this humorous video on how not to use a bike lane (Spoiler Alert, most of the people in the video in the bike lane are not riding bicycles). Floating Parking – People Behaving Badly

The BESTEST infrastructure news all MONTH!!!1!!!one!! State Senate approves Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act This bill recognizes that leaving people to die on the roads might actually cause them to die, or to have a worse outcome with long-term disability than if the driver remains at the scene and calls 911. If this bill becomes law it eliminates most of the incentive for DUI drivers to flee the scene as the minimum sentences for both crimes would be the same and prosecutors would not have to prove DUI to put you away for a very long time. The possibility of the driver being drunk would never have to be brought up at the trial.

More on the Houston plan to eliminate all bicycle deaths inside the city. Houston Launching ‘Goal Zero’ Bike Safety Program Unless they are working from the Dutch CROW manual I don’t see any hope for reaching that zero fatalities per year goal.

Another link to the proposal to send text alerts for cars involved in hit-and-run. Catching Hit-and-Run Drivers With Amber Alerts This law has been in effect for just over a year now in CO and has resulted in the timely capture of several hit-and-run drivers in time to allow testing for DUI.

What is your riding style? Ray Keener: Take the Lane? Share the Road? I’m of the opinion that I share the road, not the lane unless there is at least 14 feet of clear pavement between the lane marker and the edge of the road. In that case it’s a matter of trash on the road and crumbling road patches that determines if I share the lane. If there are a lot of either then I take the lane to make avoiding the bad places easier.

An “informed” opinion about bicycle infrastructure. Bike lanes a really dumb idea I like the reply under the article…

Your daily dose of Ted. Morning Links: City Council may not be PLUM crazy when it comes to MyFigueroa after all

The cyclist killed when a driver passed another car making a left turn and went all the way into the bike lane on the wrong side of the road to hit the cyclist head on has been given a Ghost Bike. Ghost bike memorial reminds drivers of roadside safety

Some of these guys look as bad or worse than I do. Neil Grayshon’s new book Cycling Shouldn’t Hurt reveals gruesome images of injured London cyclists

Some gorgeous e-assist bicycles that are bicycles first and e-assist second, but designed to be e-assisted from the get-go. Custom Electric Bikes with Bosch Mid Drive, Gates Belt, & NuVinci Hub

Most people don’t get this kind of return on investment from their e-assist bikes. How an Electric Bike Paid for Itself in 3 Rides

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles. I much prefer fits of giggles to the other kind of fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Light on links despite the pause, and the Feed

Today is day 1.5 without hair, and while my ears are a bit cold without the hair that sometimes draped over the tops of them, my cheeks and chin are the body parts suffering the worst. My beard had gotten to the point that it was a very effective insulator, and losing it all at once was a bit of a shock especially when a chilly wind blows. Wearing a hat takes care of most of the problem with the rest of my head, but there just isn’t anything I have to cover my face that doesn’t look like I’m getting ready to rob someplace.

Even with 3 day’s accumulated links in the folder I just didn’t have much to work with today. I expect that to change when summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. But then I was expecting a spike in bike wrecks involving children right after Christmas that never materialized, so who am I to make predictions anymore?

Right now the Big Story is the cyclist hit head-on on his own side of the street last week in NE. Authorities say Neb. woman whose vehicle killed a cyclist was trying to avoid another car and Omaha officials give details of fatal cyclist crash How big a hurry could someone be in to pass a stopped vehicle at speed like that? Or not paying attention to the road in front of them? These links are updates to previous reports linked here.

The other Big Story is an OH man killed while taking part in a 200 mile brevet. Bicyclist fataly injured in Saturday morning crash and Dublin Cyclist Killed During Biking Trip In Miami County Another driver not paying attention to the road in front of him/her. Hit from behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. As part of that infrastructure they need to make hitting a vulnerable road user from behind a misdemeanor, and a felony if the person dies as a result of the wreck.

Update on another wreck in OH. Police: Cyclist Hit and Killed By Intoxicated Driver He must have been exceedingly drunk to be charged after a hit-and-run.

Just across the MI-OH border we get another hit-and-run. Monroe bicycle rider seriously injured in hit and run Hit-from-behind at night with nothing about the cyclist’s lighting or lack of indicates this cyclist was at or beyond the legal minimums of lighting. Use the rest of the protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent including that legal change noted above.

A wreck in CT. Two injured in New Milford bicycle crash It is possible to have a serious wreck without a motor vehicle. This is one of the hazards of riding in a peloton, but the only way to learn to ride in a peloton is to ride in a peloton. There is nothing that can simulate it in a safer environment.

Hit-and-run in the former most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist, 23, critically hurt in hit and run Why am I unsurprised the weapon vehicle is suspected to be a pickup truck? Hit from behind protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. A big intermediate step that can be done immediately until the physical infrastructure is fixed would be to require all vehicles used by hit-and-run drivers be confiscated and recycled. We don’t give back the guns used in robberies, they get melted down, we should do the same for crimes committed with motor vehicles.

On the other side of the country a driver turns himself in after a hit-and-run. Police: man turns himself in after killing cyclist My inner cynic says he had to wait until he sobered up before he allowed himself to be arrested.

A case of being in the right place at the right time and taking pictures shows a cyclist flying through the air after impact with a motor vehicle. Cyclist hit on the Snake This was on Mulholland in SoCal. The driver was reported as being on the wrong side of the road and the rider going downhill at the speed limit.

UK cyclists hope for a proper sentence in the death of one of their own. Jail term plea after death of Bristol cyclist in Avonmouth One would hope that killing a cyclist would merit a harsher sentence than littering…

A cyclist in Oz relates that he and his friends are assaulted regularly as they ride. Injured cyclist calls for awareness

Your daily dose of BikingInLA goodness. A year in jail for killer Moorpark driver, cyclist hit by Maserati on Rock Store climb, and your Morning Links

An AZ cyclist discovers that you have to use both halves of the bicycle equation. TUCSON WOMAN IN CRAIGSLIST POST: ‘EITHER THE BIKES GO OR I GO’ For those who don’t know the bicycle equation, it is the solution for N + 1 = S – 1, where N is the number of bikes you currently own and S is the number of bikes that will cause your significant other to leave you and take the dog/cat/kid with him/her. I try to stay well below S – 1.

Apparently nothing can be done about distracted drivers so we should all cower at home and only go out in light armored vehicles. Study: pedestrians and bicyclists should watch out for distracted drivers I firmly believe that treating distracted driving like drunk driving and crushing the vehicles of distracted drivers after a wreck (and widely publicizing it) will cause distracted driving to drop. I suggest putting it on one of those home shopping channels about every 20 minutes or so with a video of the discharge chute of a car shredder and the voice-over saying “Drive distracted and this may be the last time you see your car. Hit someone while driving distracted and this will definitely be the last time you see your car.”

Our first Infrastructure! article comes from north of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Tulsa’s first mile-long stretch of bike lanes ready to ride, but neighbors split on street design I have to apply the requisite Okie joke that every TX resident must use when reading about our neighbor to the north. “You know why Texas doesn’t drift into the Gulf? Because Oklahoma sucks.

This is what happens when single-mode infrastructure is forced to become multi-mode on the cheap. Road Runner: City must act for bikes, cars, streetcars to coexist, Kozachik says Throw a streetcar into the mix with bikes and motor vehicles when there isn’t enough room for bikes and cars together and you will get conflict.

More on the cyclist winning a settlement over a pothole. Pothole crash cyclist wins £70k pay-out from council

Last link is design details that some people would like to see restored to modern bicycles. Bicycle Design Archeology – Top Ten Details We Want Back I would like to see chainguards for IGH and singlespeed bikes.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

After yesterday’s massive linkfest I got Nuttin today, and the Feed

I didn’t finish up and get to bed yesterday until 0200 because of the number of links and having to do a little site maintenance that WP doesn’t do because it is blog-specific, keeping the place the way I like it. When I got up there was next to nothing in the feed folder. I have a few sites on the web I go to when this happens but the news there is usually older than what I get from the Feed.

Up first is more from/about the SXSW wreck/murder. Third victim of SXSW rampage dies This is exactly the same as if someone shot up the street, except he drove through a pedestrian area and got a lot more with the one bullet than mass shooters get with multiple high-capacity magazines. Also We’re Shamefully Bad at Protecting Pedestrians at Events Like SXSW

This person committed multiple “crimes” when she recorded a police action for her criminal justice class and was not driving a car. Backlash: Student alleges SAPD officers trashed bicycle to punish her

In CA police actually worked with the owner of a stolen bike to recover it. Woman Recovers Stolen Bike Via Sting With Help Of BART Police That would never happen in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Our local PD’s response to bike thefts begins and ends with the completion of the theft report.

Infrastructure of the legal kind to protect people in cars and out from people being zombies on their phones while driving. ‘Jake’s Law’ addresses penalties for distracted driving Until we realize that motor vehicles are weapons of mass destruction when misused and can make ourselves punish people accordingly this will go on. It isn’t the phone people, it’s the car.

First of a batch of bike stories about non-mainstream bicycles is about e-assist bikes. Event will highlight e-bike trends in Oregon

A reflector that doesn’t look dorky, and can’t be removed or stolen after the wreck. Brilliant Bike Glows Like the Sun When Headlights Hit It Maybe not quite as effective as the standard bike reflector, but visible from all angles unlike the CPSC reflectors.

I’m not sure if this is a lean steer trike or a unicycle with training wheels. Would you ride the Halfbike? Bizarre one-wheel invention claims to make city cycling more practical (even though you have to steer using a pole) What I do know is this is a very un-aerodynamic vehicle, and that your full weight is on your feet the entire time you are riding the vehicle. Also if the brakes are on the front wheel the high center of gravity of the vehicle is going to result in a faceplant, if they are on the back than the center of gravity means the brakes will be minimally effective without some major rider gymnastics to keep the back wheels planted.

Some race footage from the Australian International Pedal Prix, an endurance racing series and a proving ground for recumbent tricycle vehicles. Australian HPV Super Series – Pedal Prix 24 Hour I love to watch these vehicles in action because they are nearly perfect for road vehicles if cars had never been invented. The rules require multiple riders, many of differing heights and widths especially in the mixed teams where the female riders are usually several inches shorter than the males. Also there are effective headlights and taillights that run for as much as 12 hours straight out of the 24 hour race. About the only thing these vehicles lack is storage for cargo on the road, but that could be fitted behind the rider.

Last link is from Ted Rogers again with a life lesson. Today’s post, in which a terrified little dog reminds us what it means to be brave in the moment

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus