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Well my phone works again, and the Feed

One of the reasons yesterday’s post turned into this morning’s post was I had to walk to the store and buy a top off card for my phone. If I didn’t need my phone so much for getting about my life I would just chuck the thing and save myself $33.07 a month (including taxes). But as I have lost count of the times having a phone on my person has been mission-critical (for varying values of “mission”) so divesting myself of this expense is no longer an option. And while I was out a strange thing happened, someone driving a silver 4-door sedan honked at me on the sidewalk and the passenger rolled down the window, waved, and shouted “Hi, Opus!” I guess that even walking on the sidewalk I’m still conspicuous and identifiable. Or I am still a minor local celebrity. I don’t care, but it does kinda put a crimp on my bank-robbing career before it even gets started. :D

Up first is some decent Infrastructure! news from The Particular Hell WoaB is a suburb of. Dallas’ new bike czar is ready to roll; her thoughts on hot-button issues What happens in the Big D eventually percolates over to The Beautiful Suburbs of Hell next to it.

From NYC we get a bike on ped wreck. Salmoning Cyclist Sends Pedestrian To Hospital With Serious Head Injury Don’t hit the pedestrians. Don’t get killed but DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS!

Update on a CA wreck from the early part of the month. Salinas Police Seeking Public’s Help in Bike Rider’s Death Still can’t find the weapon vehicle, raising the probability of the driver being from out of town and the weapon vehicle long gone.

A MT cyclist wrecks after getting crossed or hooked by a turning vehicle. Whitefish man killed in bike crash ID’d The victim died from a head injury despite wearing a bicycle helmet. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist gets hit in the Great White North. Cyclist struck by van, suffered head injuries Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, as the driver pulled almost directly in front of him as he passed the intersection. And unless Dutch quality infrastructure increases the common sense of drivers driving across it infrastructure would have made little difference either.

Over in Oz a driver on trial for hit-and-run has a tummyache. Helensburgh hit-and-run accused ‘too sick’ to attend court: Doctor This was a driver that left the cyclist victim in hospital with spinal injuries, and now can’t be at her hearing because she’s puking? I wonder if the cyclist was out of hospital to attend the hearing?

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LA sheriff’s agree PCH cyclists belong in the lane; women could race in 2015 Pro Challenge

Can I get a resounding “No Duh!”? Separation Enhances Bike Lane Success People don’t like riding bicycles next to multi-ton killing machines, and even on provably safe bike lanes they feel better if there is distance and some kind of physical barrier between bicycles and “Certain Death”. It would be like driving near an active artillery range where the targets were behind a barrier but a bad shot could still land on the highway.

And a huge “Hurrah!” for this one. FHWA to Engineers: Go Ahead and Use City-Friendly Street Designs This is a huge win for people without motor vehicles.

More Infrastructure news from DE. DelDOT Contractor Makes 2nd Try at Fixing Bad Rumble Strips First try just turned the holes into bumps, second try was reasonably smooth, good show! Of course not putting rumble strips in the bike lane at all would have been a much better idea, don’t you think? More Cyclists Report That Second Try’s the Charm for Rumble Strip Patch

And looking at somewhat better than nothing infrastructure from the vantage point of the best bicycle infrastructure in the world and they still keep trying to improve it. New British infrastructure. A real improvement or making stop-start cycling even slower?

Riding politely at night? All Lit Up Redux

Something I hope percolates over to Garland from Dallas. Grab a seat, Dallas’ first beer bike is on the move It runs on alternative fuels, all derived from biomass. ;)

Speaking from experience, maybe they can given good infrastructure. Can Cargo Bikes Help Us to Replace Trucks and Minivans? Francis/es works well in places that restrict motor vehicle operation, I know this from direct experience. Paved roads help, too. XD

WoaB endorses this ride. Bicycle ride honors fallen Marine, raises money for charity

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, and I got done before midnight whaddaya know?

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Back to the grind or once more into the breach, and the Feed

Well Francis/es is still in the shop awaiting pickup after the repair, and I’m trying to find a truck and driver so I don’t have to spend the $27 on commercial delivery (including tax). The report on the hub was “stuff fell out” when it was disassembled after removal from the bike, as whatever broke to cause the initial problem went through the rest of the hub and created havok. It sounds to me like a cascade failure mode, one failure causing another and then another after that until I had 4 gears missing from an 8 speed hub, and no rear brake.

Up first is from the state that seems to be coming down the hardest on killer drivers, CO. Woman who struck, killed cross-country Jesuit cyclist gets 10 years The narrative of the court proceedings remind me of myself after the wreck, I’m wondering if the driver has some kind of brain damage from previous head trauma or drug overdose. And I’m not sure how long her driving ban after prison will last, but by that time they may have good enough bike infrastructure that it won’t matter because she won’t need to drive and just “forgets” to buy a car and get a license…

Hey, I said this looked bad back when it happened, and I was right, sorta. Keene woman pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed cyclist The most disturbing part of the story is she killed him driving his own car. The best part is because of the way the sentence was handed down she will spend at least 3 years in prison and won’t even start the clock on her license until after she gets out of prison.

The survivors of a CA victim sue the driver. Family of SLO cyclist killed in collision with truck sues driver I’m not sure who did what in this wreck, so I will leave that up to the courts to decide.

An actual current wreck in OR has a tri-geek hitting a parked car. Cyclist hits pickup, injured in SW Bend AFAIK the cyclist was riding the aerobars when he ran into the back of the truck because of restricted vision. Not a big fan of aerobars on the road, but how else can you get used to riding in the aerobars?

Judicial foot-dragging angers local cyclists in fatal wreck. Cyclists Demand Action from Circuit Attorney Weeks After Hit-And-Run Driver Killed Biker The cyclist recorded the wreck, including the driver leaving the scene, and there has been no movement on the case in spite of the suspect turning himself in to LEO.

The champion cyclist killing state in the US gets another one. Police: Boca woman had drugs in system when truck hit, killed cyclist They thought the truck had hit a curb and destroyed the windshield? How big are the curbs on that stretch of road?

Reaction to a MS wreck. Cyclist death is a reminder of the danger I’m still not convinced the wreck narrative is factually provable, I mean the guy rode all the way down from GTA in the Great White North, and he rides salmon and turns in front of oncoming traffic?

A possible hit-and-run in the Great White North. Cyclist struck near Ogilvie and Blair Road Almost no information about this wreck, not enough to tell what happened or how to avoid it, so INFRASTRUCTURE!

A rare UK wreck report gives details of what happened. CUMBRIAN CHARITY CYCLIST LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER HIT AND RUN Hit-from-behind means protocols to avoid or reduce damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another UK wreck report from after the trial and conviction, the “normal” way I get UK reports. Motorist who killed cyclist on early morning bike ride found guilty Hit-from-behind but the trial points out the cyclist did everything he could to avoid the wreck, leaving only infrastructure to Dutch standards to prevent a similar wreck.

Two links to a wreck in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured in hit and run and a later report Hunt for hit-run driver after cyclist knocked off bike in Frankston I don’t blame the cyclist a bit for wanting to get away from the hospital. I can’t stand to be in one any longer than absolutely necessary. Appears to be either a hook or crossing maneuver on the part of the driver. Remember every driveway or parking lot entrance is an intersection and a chance to get cut off by a driver not paying attention.

A guy riding a LWB bent with USS gets hit by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run after riding 3/4 of the way around the world. ‘Messenger of Peace’ killed by drunk driver in central Russia Nothing on the mode but a great deal about the man riding the bike. RIP.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: DUI drivers get well-deserved extended sentences, and a careful Menifee cyclist mourned

Lifestyle down the road a bit in Austin. Friends remember Austin cyclist killed on ride

Lifestyle from the Great White North. Foot path at Dufferin Grove Park honours cyclist Jenna Morrison and Pathway to healing: Dead cyclist’s family and friends cut ribbon to memorial footpath This was a cyclist killed because planners didn’t want to provide a painted bike lane to guide drivers away from cyclists and the truck cut the corner and ran her over killing her…

National Infrastructure! news via BikeDE. National Committee Votes for Bike Signals, Contraflow Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes Through Intersections, Bike Boxes and More

And getting the enforcement to comply with the laws in CA infrastructure news. We’re halfway there This is documenting a long-term effort to get LEO to actually enforce the laws as written instead of as their personal prejudices say they “should” be.

Infrastructure from the UK. Son of dead cyclist in plea to Boris Johnson and ‘Stop promoting cycling in an unsafe city,’ son of doctor killed in an accident with lorry tells Boris Johnson

And a bit north in Scotland. Motorists and cyclists should both live up to their responsibilities

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles, and damned few giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Hanging out and waiting for links, and the Feed

After that link-fest yesterday I’m a little sparse on links today, and I’m going off-air again tomorrow so I will be staying up late to catch the midnight delivery of links. We finally went to the grocery store today and replenished our food supplies, so no more ramen for dinner. I need to find someone with a truck to get my bike back from the shop since they replaced my rear hub (nothing between 1st and 6th gears, that jump is a leg-breaker going from over 130 RPM in 1st to whatever it is in 6th). If I can’t find a truck it will cost me another $27 and change for the delivery and tax…

I’m going to open with another “Florida driver” report. FL man distracts cops with fake 911 murder call to get out of speeding ticket: ‘It almost worked’ Never under-estimate the intelligence of drivers in Florida, they will fool you every time and be even dumber.

Update on a CO intersection wreck. Injured cyclist’s condition improves after crash Good luck to the injured cyclist, and do what the physical therapist tells you so you will recover faster.

I don’t think it qualifies as “releasing” the video when media has to request it to see it. Driver who killed cyclist in hit-and-run releases video I still don’t think the driver realizes how lucky she got on her sentence, if it had been up to me she would be walking for the few short days she had left after the expiration of her sentence before her expiration. As it is she will qualify for a new CO license in just a few short months. Also girly, you need to either get a teleprompter or learn your lines ahead of time, your performance was as wooden as Mortimer Snerd.

Another SWCC wreck in FL kills another cyclist… Cyclist killed in accident on Southwest 20th Avenue Like the one yesterday nobody is saying which direction the cyclist was going, and the cyclist is too dead to make a statement in his own defense. And the presence or lack of a crosswalk has about as much relevance to this wreck as knowing if the driver was wearing fire-proof coveralls.

The first wreck to qualify after the Aaron Cohen act was effective. Bicyclist Left For Dead in Hit-and-Run Crash in Pembroke Pines SUV hit and left the cyclist lying in the road. Nothing about the mode, so INFRASTRUCTURE! And wishing a quick recovery to the victim.

A WV wreck injures a NC mountain biker. Cyclist injured in accident This is why I don’t ride mountain bikes off road. Too big a chance of falling down and getting injured so bad you have to be airlifted to medical attention.

Closure on a CA drunk-driver cyclist fatality. Drunk driver sentenced to 15 years in prison in bicyclist’s death Combined with the ban on driving after he gets out of prison…

Another NYC wreck takes out a kid riding on the sidewalk. Video: SUV Leaps On To Bronx Sidewalk, Crashing Into 12-Year-Old Boy OK the video shows the cyclist had less than a half second to identify the threat and escape laterally, or basically zero reaction time. And as the cyclist was technically already on segregated infrastructure upgrading the infrastructure would have had zero effect on preventing the wreck, which takes us back to banning private motor vehicles in the city without a pilot carrying a red flag front and rear as the only practical way to keep motor vehicles in the city without killing or maiming the residents of NYC.

Two links to a report on a wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist hit by car, seriously injured and Cyclist injured in Highway 5 collision Hit-from-behind wreck, so possibility exists that the protocols might have done some good for avoiding or reducing damages, but as always getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this cyclist from having to share a highway with a driver that couldn’t stay on the road…

We don’t get too many wrecks from Luxembourg… Cyclist airlifted to hospital after serious accident No other vehicles involved, just a loss of control wreck.

Another hit-and-run wreck, this time in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured Vic hit and run Narrative could be either a right cross or a left hook (they drive on the “wrong” side of the street in Oz), so intersection protocols to avoid because every driveway is an intersection. Infrastructure would not help much because the driver would just ignore it like he/she did the bicycle in the road. And for some reason I’m getting a really strong female driver vibe off of this wreck.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Woman-less Tour de France is all but over, and way too much national bike news for one day

Va. Beach tries to put the ixnay on towed bicycle ads, but may be stymied by conflicting state laws. Va. Beach says: Don’t peddle wares with bike ads The state law in this case defines a billboard as something attached or applied to a stationary object, “The state says a billboard sign must be affixed to real property – land or things attached to land, such as buildings” which leaves out all trailers. Interestingly enough the city ordinance does allow trailers towed by trucks or cars, not sure why they are discriminating against bicycles on this one except that bicycles don’t use any fossil fuels or any fuels except tax-exempt food…

Stupid is as stupid does, and this is really stupid. [Update] NYPD Has A Message For Citi Bike Thieves Who Do Bad Paint Jobs He could have spared himself the work and left the bike as-is and never been caught, but nooo! he had to try to hide it.

And finally those were all the links that made sense for a bike blog that doesn’t talk about racing…

billed @€0.02, Opus

It’s raining again, and the Feed

Storm clouds seem to dog us on this trip, we left over 11″ of rain behind in NY when we left, and it rained last night and this morning here in TN. The plan is sometime today or tomorrow we are supposed to make a return trip to the Lane Museum to look at more old cars and also make a trip to one of the largest used book stores in the US.

Up first a TX cyclist demonstrates why you need two cameras when you ride a bike on a highway. Clipped Short Version and Bicyclist recovering from injuries suffered in Monday morning Bullard accident This is a major case of getting Ricked (as in Perry, the other governor that vetoed a safe passing law). Looking at the video the cyclist had less than a second from the pickup truck moving to the right to getting hit. No time to employ the protocols, leaving only improved infrastructure as the only way to prevent a wreck like this. American style infrastructure with the debris-strewn bike lanes next to high-speed traffic is proven not to be effective.

More on that NOLA right hook with diagrams showing the lane position of the weapon vehicle and victim. Cyclist run over, killed by large truck in Marigny I already covered this wreck yesterday, today’s link merely backs up what I said then. More NOPD: Cyclist killed by 18-wheeler near Marigny Also Marigny intersection where cyclist was killed was the scene of a nearly identical wreck in 2005

Update on a SD wreck concentrates mostly on the infrastructure. Sioux Falls cyclist advises using bike trails for bike safety

A wreck with unstated mode of transport for the victims in NYC. Tourist Struck By Tour Bus In Midtown: We Had The Right Of Way I know the mode, the victims were left crossed. but I can’t find if they were on foot or riding bikes.

Ted covers a wreck in CA. Bike rider killed in Canoga Park, apparently the innocent victim of a two-car collision This was a pinball wreck, nothing that a cyclist could do to avoid it, and precious little that even “up to Dutch” infrastructure could do to prevent another one. More Bicyclist Killed, 2 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash In West Hills

I’m not sure what happened, but I think it was hit-from-behind. Bike rider seriously injured in Wentworthville The weapon vehicle went through the cyclist off the road and into a pole beside the road. This moots the protocols for avoiding this wreck, leaving only building infrastructure that is “up to Dutch” to prevent another wreck like it.

A hit-from-behind wreck caught on dashcam from a following vehicle in Russia. Video: Russian cyclist walks away after being run over by skip lorry The cyclist was hit in the left 1/3 of the lane with a large curb and pedestrian fence cutting off any chance of having an escape route to the right. It would be nice if there had been some infrastructure to use instead of sharing the roads with garbage trucks.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LA Times catches up on Fig4All, Timbuk2 opening on Venice’s bike-friendly Abbot Kinney

Infrastructure! news from far West Canuckistan. No safety changes on Stanley Park causeway more than a year after cyclist killed (with video) This was the wreck where the cyclist got pushed or fell from a narrow shared use path directly in front of a bus.

Infrastructure news from Belgium. Steep rise in cyclists hurt on our roads The article does a nice bit of victim-blaming instead of pointing the finger at bad driving and infrastructure.

A wreck report and infrastructure analysis from South Africa. ‘Stander crash road dangerous’

More debate on e-assist from BikePortland. Infographic expands on local e-bike research, but the biggest puzzle remains

The Onion weighs in on the TdF. Breaking: Tour De France On Hold As Cyclists Ride Over To Creek To Check Out Bugs

Bikeyface has a nice article on how to avoid Bicycle Face. BICYCLE FACE

And those were all the links that gave me fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Mrs. the Poet is gone to a hen party, and the Feed

My sister-in-law is having a little hen party (no husbands allowed) so I’m banging around the house and on the computer all by myself today after lunch. Since I’m mostly in the cave-like confines of the computer room of my Mother-in-law’s house anyway, it won’t be that big a thing. And the Feed was nice and quiet today, so no tearing of hair or facedesk today…

Up first is an update on a Houston hit-and-run. Driver sought after cyclist left for dead on Houston streets I can’t believe that HPD is still looking for this driver. In TX the usual situation is if they haven’t caught the driver in 24 hours they never will because they stop looking. I think I wrote that hit-from-behind protocols might have helped the cyclist survive this wreck, but I don’t know and he doesn’t remember. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A weak sentence for the deliberate killing of a cyclist in OH. Prison sentence for drunk driver who killed cyclist Only a little over 9 years with multiple previous DUIs? What does a driver have to do to get taken out of circulation permanently when driving drunk with multiple previous DUIs and killing a person only gets 9 years?

And just up the road a bit from the OH wreck, we get another DUI Homicide in MI. Police ID bicyclist killed in suspected DUI crash Nothing on the mode, just that the driver was drunk and they wouldn’t know how drunk until the tox tests came back.

First of two OR wrecks today with a suspected drunk cyclist. Cyclist hit by pickup critically injured near Molalla The wreckage backs up he driver’s claim the cyclist was moving from the edge of the road to the center, which is highly unusual for the SWSS kind of wreck we have here. They are waiting for the tox screen to come back on the cyclist.

Second OR wreck is a left cross in Portland. Driver cited in serious injury collision on SE Ankeny and 7th Intersection wreck with a blind driver who got a ticket over the wreck making it his fault for the insurance settlements… XD Sorry it is just so rare that drivers get tickets for hitting cyclists that I can’t help XD Intersection protocols negated by the driver’s last-second darting across the cyclist’s path, so the only thing that can be done is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A really annoying wreck in Oz. Man arrested over alleged hit-and-run death of university lecturer and cyclist Martin Pearson The good part is they used good police work to find the weapon vehicle and then track down the killer, the bad part is the cyclist should not have been hit in the first place if the driver had slowed down a few seconds until it was safe to pass and not tried to squeeze through a space that was smaller than his truck and the cyclist.

Infrastructure! news from West Canuckistan. Court ruling suggests cyclists passing on the right could be responsible in a crash Well, this tosses the AFRAP law right on its kiester. Can’t pass on the right, then they will have to take the full lane or be found liable if they get hit riding AFRAP.

When stupid writer writes stupid column blaming all the world’s ills on the existence of cyclists, the cyclists get a little peeved at the writer. Cyclists’ tempers rage after criticism Tip from an Internet veteran, don’t feed the trolls.

Lifestyle as a community mourns. Community mourns cyclist killed by suspected DUI driver I’m waiting for sadness to be replaced with righteous anger that the driver was allowed to be free while the victim died…

And this just came in as I was wrapping up the post. Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth added 3 new photos. I really hope that works for the people not on Facebook.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Mostly fits but there were a few giggles in there.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Take one day off and people start looking for things for you to do, and the Feed

This post is very late getting started because I was Shanghaied into several hours worth of shopping trips and going to a softball game, and making dinner. While nothing was real bad, except maybe the softball game ;) it all took time away from the computer and doing the blog post. So later than I usually complete the post. I start with the links.

Up first some good news on a cyclist believed deliberately hit by a Dodge Nitro in GA. ‘Hello’ – Injured cyclist speaks LEO think they have the weapon vehicle, but haven’t charged a driver yet, although pending charges are attempted murder. They are still trying to determine if the victim has permanent brain damage or just the kind that eventually gets better or undetectably bad.

Over in LA a cyclist is killed in a hit-and-run, with two links. Acadiana police blotter for July 8, 2014 The wreck is the top article on the blotter. And Cyclists focus on road safety The cyclist was hit from behind on a road that everyone agrees was too narrow to safely share a lane between a cyclist and a motor vehicle. So protocols to prevent, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

An IL cyclist is hit from behind. UPDATE: Peru woman dies after van-bike crash The cyclist was riding an e-assist bike when hit from behind, and LEO are trying to use that to blame the cyclist for the wreck. TANJ! Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, including telling LEO that the overtaking vehicle is required by law to pass safely without hitting the passed vehicle even when the passed vehicle has a tiny electric motor temporarily supplying motive power (Federal regs declare a bicycle with 750 or fewer watts rated power that is governed to not travel faster than 20 MPH on level ground with no wind is a bicycle for legal definitions, this has been law for more than 12 years now).

A wreck in far West Canuckistan leaves the cyclist posting to social media to catch the driver of the weapon vehicle. Injured B.C. cyclist posts photo on Facebook of SUV and driver that hit him Left cross left the cyclist injured and slightly in shock but got “with it” enough to photograph the driver and the back of the weapon vehicle as he was leaving the scene.

A UK wreck caught on frightening video. Shocking moment a cyclist was catapulted through the air by a hit-and-run driver in head-on crash – but escaped without serious injury The license plate was blocked out in the video because it was determined the plate was cloned off a legally registered vehicle of the same make and color. This is the UK equivalent of a left cross and you see how quickly these wrecks develop. There was no time to use any protocols aside from “roll with the impact”. That’s not one of mine by the way, that one comes from a Hollywood stuntman from the 1930s or ’40s. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a similar wreck in the future.

This is a combination wreck and infrastructure link because the wreck was caused by defective UK infrastructure. Cyclists injured after hitting ‘stealth hole’ in road Yep, that depression has claimed another victim, sharp enough to knock a cyclist off the bike and on the deck, but subtle enough that cyclists don’t see it until too late to avoid it or not at all if there is other traffic diverting attention from the road surface to such mundane matters as not running into other vehicles.

A tire-touch wreck on a group ride in Oz leaves two injured cyclists. Two cyclists injured in crash on Cope Road This is one of the constant dangers of group rides that just anyone can join, and there’s nothing that can be done about it except not go on group rides that anyone can join.

Update on a wreck in Enn Zed. Cyclist killed in Hamilton named The narrative now reads the cyclist turned in front of the bright yellow delivery van, that was going fast enough to leve a 30 foot long debris field from the point of impact to where the cyclist disengaged from the truck. Intersection protocols still apply, just that now the cyclist should have yielded to the van. And infrastructure “up to Dutch” would still prevent the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is a shade bitter today. Morning Links: Biking backlash to misguided WaPo bikelash, and a fund for injured Manhattan Beach racer

Infrastructure! news from ID. Injured cyclist wants Boise bike lanes improved I have a hint for you, there’s a manual available from the Dutch government that lays out how to build safe bicycle infrastructure that will attract cyclists while keeping them safe and happy that only costs about $110 US or so…

Another infrastructure/wreck article from Jolly Olde. Crash could cost cyclist dream career This is another road defect that was brought to the attention of the powers that be long before the wreck it caused.

More on “More cyclists means fewer wrecks for everyone” meme that seems to be developing. INSIDE TRACK: More cyclists will make our roads safer for everyone As pointed out here before, If everyone gets out of private motor vehicles and walks, rides a bike, or takes transit, then deaths from private motor vehicles will drop to zero and drivers of transit and delivery vehicles will identify with cyclists and pedestrians because most likely they will use one of those modes to get to work themselves.

Are ugly bikes Lifestyle for cyclists? MAD MAX MEETS RAT ROD CULTURE AT MCFLY CUSTOMS The bike appears to be perfectly ridable… And I think that is about the best I can say about it.

Do you speak Car Horn? Translators are needed now in many major cities. TALKING TO MACHINES Apply via Bikeyface.

And I think I broke my brain trying to get this done at a reasonable hour and with decent writing. Ima go read a book. :P

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Back to the grind, and the Feed

I didn’t see the TdF broadcast, but I did read on the web that Cav was withdrawn from the Tour because of that shoulder injury. In other bicycle news I’m still trying to learn how to draw with the CAD program, but I’m getting better. The last attempt almost looked like a bicycle. ;)

Staying at my wife’s mother’s house does bad things for my diet and work habits. I normally get up about 1000 or so and have coffee and BP meds for breakfast, and then something substantial for lunch around 1500 to 1530 or so, then a late dinner. Here I’m an hour earlier because of the different time zone meaning my 1200CDT updates come in at 1300EDT so I have to wait longer for the Feed folder to update, and I’m also up between 0800 and 0900 so even longer. Also I’m not very social until lunch, which happens much earlier than what I have become accustomed to 1230 to 1300 and tending very hard to the 1230 time.

Since the number of links I’m trying to keep open is causing my computer to run slow and crash, this might get a bit disjointed as I skip back and forth around the post to get things in the right order instead of skipping around the links to get the links posted in the correct order.

Up first is a right hook in Houston. Bicyclist hit, killed by truck in NE Houston Cyclist proceeding with the right of way in the crosswalk gets flattened by a driver turning blindly into him. Since this was an intersection wreck protocols might have helped avoid the wreck or reduced the consequences. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a future wreck.

And something we cyclists have been getting for years has become “mainstream” in that it is happening to others as well. Rolling Coal: Conservatives ‘screw’ Obama by modifying trucks to spew toxic black smoke I have been the recipient of this several times, and there are articles documenting that it happens to LEO as well, who sometimes arrest the drivers for assault and impound the vehicles. There was a case in OR… Truck driver does ‘rollin’ coal’ on riders, and one of them is a bike cop Schadenfreude at its finest.

Good news from an OH wreck. Kettering doctor improves after bike crash SWSS wreck with the cyclist one of 1000 on a charity ride with posted warnings for drivers about bicycles in the road. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. But stopping to think for a moment, do they even have charity rides like this in the Netherlands? I guess I’m going to have to send an e-mail over to the British ex-pat over there reporting on Dutch infrastructure to find out.

Serious bike v car wreck in IL. Cyclist, 28, struck and killed Thursday on Northwest Side “Near” the intersection, not definitively “in” the intersection, so nothing to hang a recommendation on for the built environment, but I’m pretty sure that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a similar wreck.

Moving a little west to IA, we get another hit-from-behind wreck. Charles City cyclist killed Thursday night Well, aside from the barest facts on direction of travel and age of parties involved there ain’t much to go on here. And because I can’t even get Google Maps to open up I can’t get a street view of the intersection. So that leaves hit-from-behind protocols that might avoid or reduce damages from the wreck with the built environment and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck from happening.

A PA wreck in blotter form, the last paragraph in the blotter. Sentinel police log for July 5 Left cross, then took the kid home without ever leaving a name or number. Nothing on the actual mode or location, but it was obviously the driver’s fault.

A hit-from-behind wreck in CA. Dutch Flat cyclist dies in crash near Foresthill Bridge Lots of information about the driver’s state of intoxication (massive), and later updates have possession of meth to go with the drunk off his … Protocols might have been useful at a lower speed, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. More CHP: Cyclist, 52, hit and killed by suspected DUI driver

Solo wreck in CA (hey, it happens!) Update: Mountain biker dies from solo fall at Ski Summit While statistically you have a much higher chance of a fatality with a motor vehicle involved than in a solo fall, that still leaves a non-zero chance of dying in a solo fall, and those odds go way up when there is no pavement available.

Then again, the quickest way to get killed on a bike is at a poorly-designed intersection between a trail and a major arterial. Update: Bike rider killed at deadly Fullerton intersection; second cyclist killed at same location since 2012 Two wrecks at the same intersection are not definitive, but highly indicative of an infrastructure problem. That the wrecks were so similar also is highly indicative. More Bicyclist killed in Fullerton crash with car

Another cyclist killed in a crosswalk, this time in CA. Salinas cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash early Saturday Intersection wreck by a speeding car with no word on which direction either the cyclist or the weapon vehicle were going, but the reported speed of the weapon vehicle negates any hope to use the protocols and renders “up to Dutch” infrastructure useless without a barrier.

A wreck in MA where the cyclist failed to stop at a trail crossing. Cyclist injured in Brewster collision Still can’t get Google maps up to check the intersection, so I’m going to have to go with standard intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Two wrecks in short order in the Great White North. Two cyclists seriously injured in separate accidents in Halton One mountain bike wreck on technical obstacles so nothing to do with this blog, and the other was with an illegal vehicle on the roads but nothing about the mode. If the off-road vehicles respect Dutch style bicycle infrastructure then that would do the trick to prevent a future wreck, otherwise this is not a preventable wreck. More on the technical obstacles wreck. Cyclist seriously injured at Kelso

A serious wreck in far West Canuckistan. Australian cyclist in recovery after suffering serious injuries in head-on collision OK the cyclist was JRA when the weapon vehicle turned onto the street and hit him head on. Nothing on which side of the street he was riding when he was hit, but since they didn’t immediately blame the cyclist for the wreck I have to assume the cyclist was hit riding on the correct side of the road. But still nothing on any charges for the driver of the weapon vehicle. As for avoiding the wreck with built infrastructure, good luck on that. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. More Update: Cyclist injured in collision

A wreck in the UK where a cyclist was center-punched crossing an intersection. Cyclist suffers broken hip in crash, Magherafelt Court told This is the UK equivalent of a left cross, and everyone knows the vehicle making the turning movement has to yield to through vehicles, including bicycles. Still this is hardly enough punishment for nearly killing someone.

A Bike v ped wreck in Oz. Elderly pedestrian struck by cyclist on Bassendean bike path dies Cyclist also injured, and nobody knows what happened.

A bad wreck in Enn Zed but LEO have not finished their investigation. Cyclist killed in collision with courier van At this point I know the wreck was in an intersection, and the wrecked bike shows signs of this being a centerpunch wreck, so intersection protocols are mostly mooted by lack of reaction time. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent delivery trucks from hitting cyclists.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Santa Monica cracks down on cyclists again; OCSD drags its feet charging threatening driver

Infrastructure! news from the next town over from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Buried Under A Trail

A little infrastructure news from the UK. Turning off street lights to save money blamed for six deaths: Five pedestrians and a cyclist killed in past five years I take this as further proof that drivers in the UK are only slightly better than drivers in the US about overdriving their headlights at night. Only drive as fast as you can stop in the distance you can see clearly.

And some serious(ly bad) infrastructure news from Oz. Killer NSW roads leaving little room for cyclists as almost three riders knocked down every day Yeah, three wrecks a day is serious infrastructure problems.

Lifestyle from KS. Ghost ride for fallen cyclist

SC lifestyle. Cyclist honors vets with Clemson-to-Juneau ride

Lifestyle news from NM as an activist widow thinks she’s the reason her husband’s ghost bike is repeatedly vandalized. Widow says she’s why bike memorial was vandalized This was the guy that had a speeding car run off the road and hit him riding on the bike path. The driver in this case got 90 days less time served. TANJ!

And those were all the links that I could survive.

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I get a night off and the Feed

I have no social obligations today so I will be able to find and filter as many links as possible before my Mental Hygiene day tomorrow (you have no idea how mind-cleansing it feels to be someone else for a day, even just in a game). Either of the Sparrows (Jr. or Sr.) or my high-level Warmage Red Feather allow me to “leave myself” for a while and “solve problems” that are outside my usual life experience (particularly Red Feather, who is 13th level and employed as part of a team of trouble-shooters for a group that helps maintain order against the constant opening of portals to other worlds and planes, with monsters that sometimes wander through and cause disruption either intentional or otherwise). Red Feather is mainly an armored mage who can get up close to a battle and deliver massive firepower (with 39 spell slots available per day) from a spellbook of more than 200 spells (last session he went toe to toe with a Red Dragon and walked away untouched while the dragon beat a hasty retreat).

Up first is an update on a South TX hit-and-run. Man pleads not guilty in Edinburg cyclist’s fatal hit-and-run Wow, a $1 Million bond for killing a cyclist…

Either a buzz job or a drunk cyclist, or both, in OK. Rider injured near Roland It was speculated by LEO on the scene that a semi that was in front of the weapon vehicle may have sucked the cyclist off the bike lane and into the traffic lane in front of the weapon vehicle. Or he may have been drunk. Assuming the first part is true there is nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, getting sucked or blown out of your lane is way outside anything a cyclist can deal with by him or her self. Alcohol consumption on the other hand is something a cyclist can do something about.

Out in CA someone assaulted a cyclist and was charged with attempted murder. Three arrested in attack on cyclist in Santa Ana Um, I don’t think this is something most cyclists have anything to worry about, unless you are or were a member of a street gang and still live in your old ‘hood.

Seattle is highly pissed that killing a cyclist carries a lower fine than running a red light or littering. The Morning News: Did You Know You Can Hit and Kill a Cyclist and Get Off with a $175 Ticket? and Driver who hit, killed teenage cyclist fined just $175 The cyclist was crossing the street legally and waited for traffic in both directions to stop before crossing in the crosswalk, and the driver of the weapon vehicle didn’t stop despite there being a vehicle stopped at the marked crosswalk and hit the cyclist as he came from the front of the stopped vehicle into the lane of the weapon vehicle. Near as I can tell the cyclist was 101% in compliance with both the letter and spirit of the law and common sense. Even the intersection protocols would absolve the cyclist of any blame in this wreck, while the segregated infrastructure only helps as much as people driving in motor vehicles comply with the laws. A little more backup from the DA would help on this one, there is a WA law that is specific to wrecks like this that allows prison or jail terms for killing people walking or riding a bicycle. That $175 ticket is just lame and feeble.

Update on another WA wreck, now with make of weapon vehicle. New clues in bicyclist hit-run: Police know what kind of car they’re looking for Well, that’s good to know.

Schadenfreude in OR as a douche diesel driver is arrested for assault. Truck driver does ‘rollin’ coal’ on riders, and one of them is a bike cop This has happened to me several times, and I was tickled mauve to read this article…

Another OR driver violates the basic speed law. Bicyclist seriously injured in morning crash east of Philomath The cyclist was taking the lane because the shoulder was too narrow to fit his tadpole trike. The driver was just flat going too fast to be able to avoid hitting the cyclist. First and foremost the infrastructure was sub-standard if the trike couldn’t fit, second the driver breaking right instead of passing to the left negates the hit-from-behind protocols

Dang, they have been having a bad 2 weeks in ID…Cyclist hurt, driver ticketed in Emerald Street crash Left cross in the bike lane, and the driver given a ticket on the spot. Major kudos to the LEO responsible for issuing the ticket.

A very strange wreck in NYC. Bicyclist condition improving; injured in crash in Clove Lakes Park (with photos) The cyclist ran off the path and into a parked truck? And at the time of the report nothing from the cyclist. Reports from the comments section to the effect the park was off-limits to bicycles, and poorly signed to that effect such that the cyclist could have entered the park and never encountered any notice that he was violating the law. Which still doesn’t explain how he ran into the truck.

A GA wreck with two weapon vehicles and nobody to tell the bicycle side of the story. Teen cyclist struck, killed in two-car accident Given the high level of detail about the cyclist’s path prior to the wreck, it seems likely that he had just left either his home, or was returning to his home, at the time of the wreck. The second impact was pure pinball off the first and into the second vehicle. To avoid use ALL the intersection protocols, especially the bit about obeying traffic controls. Since this was a residential area with a 45 MPH highway running through it it would take massive changes to the infrastructure to prevent a wreck like this.

Update on another GA wreck. Atlanta cyclist still critical, Georgia bikers less safe than most I really hope he recovers at least somewhat, enough to engage in a meaningful life again. Police are still trying to find the driver that assaulted him.

More information from an AZ wreck earlier this week (previously linked to in Tucson Velo). Bicyclist killed in early morning crash; man arrested and charged This was a cyclist hit from behind in the bike lane in an area that did not allow for an escape route when the weapon vehicle entered the bike lane. The specifics are still the same, American style infrastructure works only as far as drivers respect it, and as the driver in this case did not respect even the motor vehicle infrastructure that dominates the landscape in Tucson respecting bicycle infrastructure is a bit outside the expectations.

More on the NM cyclist hit by a train report. Photos released of items worn by bicyclist killed by train I noticed that there was no music player or earbuds in the rider’s things, blowing “cyclist could not hear the train over his iPod” theory out of the water. Which now makes the “Why?” question all the harder to answer.

Another NM cyclist is hit-and-run by a drunk driver. Cyclist injured in hit-and-run crash Intersection wreck, but given the state of the driver it’s not known if protocols would have been of use in avoiding or mitigating injury. Also because of the inebriated state of the driver the only infrastructure that would have made a difference would be grade-separated and barrier protected.

Another NM cyclist is hit by/with a garbage truck. Cyclist seriously injured in crash with garbage truck The bike was too damaged to tell which direction the cyclist was hit, and the narrative didn’t provide any clues either. Also as many wrecks between pedestrians bicycles and motor vehicles as they reported infrastructure is a major consideration.

And we can’t seem to get away from NM today with all the wrecks this week. 4 metro bicyclists hurt or killed so far in June

A wreck in the RAAM. Race Across America cyclist injured in accident The cyclist was hit by her follow vehicle when the follow vehicle was hit from behind by a semi, not the combination that cyclists usually have to deal with. And really if the semi could not get slowed down for the follow vehicle, the cyclist would have taken the hit from the semi unprotected and at speed…

LEO hits a cyclist in WI, and aside from the word that the LEO hit the cyclist, it’s a blackout. Cyclist injured in wreck involving Madison police cruiser Nothing to see here, move along…

I apologize for the anti-immigrant tone of the article about this wreck in CT. Indian man who killed a cyclist in New York, was in the country illegally All that about the driver, and nothing about the wreck, and next to nothing about the victim, so INFRASTRUCTURE!

In ME another cyclist gets blown off the road by a semi. Cyclist badly injured in Fryeburg accident OK there is nothing a cyclist can do when the wake from the truck literally blows you off the road. Infrastructure that keeps fast semi trucks away from slow cyclists wold be the only thing that could prevent another wreck like this.

This article and the statistic in the headline just make my blood run cold. 100 cyclists injured in Vancouver every month during peak season That’s 3 a day on average during the summer.

In Oz another cyclist is hit by a bus, at the same corner that a different cyclist was hit with a truck. Cyclist killed in crash with bus at Mount Druitt The narrative is consistent with a left hook wreck, intersection protocols to avoid and for [$deity]‘s sake fix that infrastructure before anyone else is killed.

Our Daily Ted, yay! Morning Links: A shameful plea for money, bike corrals hit contested streets and the worst bike injury ever Uhh, that bike injury link? Don’t click if you’re a squeamish person, or a male…

A CO Ghost Bike link. Ghost Bike is memorial to bicyclist killed on RRC Rd.

And this NY media outlet must be a monthly, because that’s how late they are on this RoS article. A mutual respect on the road

More lifestyle from another country inside the US. REMEMBER THE REMOVAL CHEROKEE BIKE RIDERS COMPLETE 950-MILE JOURNEY

UT attempts to use a series of moving billboards on the sides of semi trailers to advertize the new passing law. ‘Moving billboards’ on Utah roads promote cyclist safety

L.A. CA is trying to figure out what is going to happen with the changing world, the transition to a post-fossil fuel future. Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

Oz is also dealing with a changing world, poorly. Surging Canberra cycling injuries twice the national average, new report reveals

And that’s it until Sunday’s non-bike post.

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Surrounded by mayhem, gore, and death, and then I opened the Feed

Now that I have your attention, things have been a “little rough” lately outside the world of bicycle blogging. As in more than 2/3 of my news feed outside my bike news Feed was filled with pictures and verbal descriptions of atrocities in Africa and the Middle East. I also got a cat video of a kitten being cute, but that one cute video just doesn’t compensate for death and destruction in several pages of links. The problem is I am not an island and I can’t just get the news about bicycles, I have to accept the “other stuff” as well in order to get access to the bike links. Also this is part of the cost of being a good “citizen of the world” these days. You can’t do anything about evils you don’t know about, but I have not the slightest clue of what I’m supposed to do about some of this stuff where and who I am at the moment. Superman, or Green Lantern, or maybe Iron Man would have the abilities and resources to do something about it, but being Opus the Poet, Bicycle Blogger is only slightly north of squat when it comes to “doing something” about wars, and rape gangs terrorizing school girls.

Up first, a cute kitten. Kitten discovers mirror Ahh, much better.

First wreck, a cyclist runs into the side of a train crossing the bike path? Bicyclist dead after being struck by Rail Runner and Cyclist hit, killed by Railrunner train Crossing was not signalized and I don’t know which side of the street the cyclist was riding on to know if he could see the crossing lights and guards on the street. The street has a reputation for being “too dangerous” to ride on (heavy traffic moving at high speeds, the typical “ten over the limit” thing and nowhere to escape for the hit-from-behind protocols) so almost all cyclists are on the sparsely used sidewalks here. There has been speculation in a forum I can’t link to that there was some kind of brake failure on the bike right when it got to the crossing and that was why it went into the side of the second car of the train when the train was so obviously crossing the sidewalk. Speculation of mechanical failure aside most of the time avoiding getting hit by trains is easy, the trains don’t deviate from the tracks (during normal operation), are generally quite noisy even when the operator is not trying to alert you of their presence, and are large and usually colorful to boot. The “secret” is to not be on the tracks at the same time as the train, and generally that is easy to do. Why that did not happen here with the level of experience this cyclist is credited with I have no idea beyond the previously noted speculation.

Update on an old story. Driver who killed Richmond cyclist transferred to state prison I don’t see why the killer first of all got such a light sentence, and second of all why he was allowed to spend so much of what was supposed to be a state prison sentence at a county jail. And the bit about having to use a CPAP so he couldn’t go to prison is just so much… I can’t say that and keep the PG-13 rating of this blog. (I’m treading perilously close to losing that for a couple of F-bombs last month.)

Things have been busy over in Boise this week. Boise man pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed cyclist Likely sentence is “not much” but the guilty plea will result in a felony record, so that’s something at least.

And one wreck almost taken care of, so I guess time for another? Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by truck in Boise Intersection wreck as the cyclist was t-boned, the driver says the cyclist was running a red light. I don’t know what the cyclist said, but he was reported to be conscious at the scene and deteriorated on the way to hospital. Intersection protocols to avoid including being aware of stale greens and staying out of intersections when you can’t clear them before the light goes red in your direction. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, just like 95% of the rest of the wrecks I link to in my blog.

The scourge of the cycling world falls upon CA. Cyclist Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash In Sacramento Another hit-from-behind in the bike lane and the driver left the scene, again. The cyclist was already doing everything possible to avoid this wreck, but the sub-standard infrastructure failed her. The only thing that can be done is to get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” ASAP.

They caught the “bad guy” in this wreck just outside NYC. Suspect Arrested In Hit-And-Run That Injured Cyclist In Medford, L.I. Cyclist was hit from behind riding on the shoulder, I strongly suspect that this was the only through route to his destination. Not much if any place for the cyclist to go to execute the hit-from-behind protocols, which leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” as the only alternative to avoid or prevent this wreck.

This wreck in NC is yet to be solved as I compose this post. Cyclist struck, killed in hit-and-run on Barry Oak Road Nothing directly on the mode, but the narrative strongly suggests a hit-from-behind on the shoulder. Regardless, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent another wreck like this one.

Update on an OH wreck with an outcome that was about as good as could be expected. 3 years prison for East Dundee DUI hit-and-run that injured cyclist This was a very low-end sentence for a combined DUI and hit-and-run. The cyclist escaped death by fractions of an inch or a few degrees of angle, and the driver essentially skates. Well aside from the $11k fine and $2k court costs that have to be paid after leaving prison.

Not sure if this was “skitching” or if the cyclist was buzzed by the vehicle and then couldn’t let go after preventing the collision. Brockton bicyclist injured after grabbing onto back of tractor trailer, police said Either way the trick is to aim the bike away from the motor vehicle and let go as soon as there is room to get away safely. And need I say that with Dutch-style infrastructure the cyclist and the truck would never have had this kind of confrontation?

Why has the name of the driver of the weapon vehicle in this wreck been made a state secret? Vasquez: Why no charges in cyclist’s death?

A cyclist in Oz runs out of sidewalk and into traffic. Cyclist critically injured in crash at Tempe Intersection wreck, so use intersection protocols to avoid or to reduce injuries. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And really sidewalks are very poor bicycle infrastructure even after they are designated as such. Unless rebuilt specifically as bike infrastructure they are not safe for riding at typical commuting speeds (even “Dutch typical” of 12 MPH) and have poor sight lines especially at intersections.

Still in Oz, a report on a right cross (Aussie and UK version of the left cross because they drive and ride on the “wrong” side of the street). Lucky to be alive: Cyclist trapped under garbage truck in Surry Hills The cyclist was caught by a truck turning right across his direction of travel, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injuries and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Today is the day for bike/train wrecks. Major delays on Frankston line after train hits and kills cyclist Again, still in Oz, and nothing specific about the wreck aside from the kinds of vehicles involved, so standard advice about trains and how to avoid meeting with one unexpectedly applies.

A really low-information report from Enn Zed. Cyclist injured in accident I got more information about the traffic delays than I did the wreck, but it was in an intersection so those protocols would probably have been helpful in avoiding or reducing injury, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have probably prevented the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is extremely good today. Morning Links: Cyclist critically injured in Laguna Beach; lawsuit filed against LA County, LASD in Milt Olin case I was wondering what the delay in the Olin wreck was after he was hit from behind while riding in the bike lane.

Infrastructure! news from VA after that SUV/bike wreck on a MUP crossing a Freeway. After crash, VDOT makes changes on bridge walkway As someone pointed out in the comments, it’s a pedestrian crossing, if the employee needed to be there that badly why couldn’t he walk?

More infrastructure from NYC. NYPD: 1,160 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, Nine Killed in Traffic in April When motor vehicles collide there is usually only property damage, when motor vehicles hit pedestrians or cyclists there is usually a trip in an ambulance or a coroner’s car Note the disparity in the statistics, in more than 16K wrecks, there were more than 33K drivers and passengers involved, but only 2847 were injured and only 12 died, for a fatality rate of 0.04% when rounded. Pedestrians died at a rate of 1% while cyclists died at a rate of 0.3%. Or to look at it another way in a city hat has a vehicle ownership rate around 45% there were almost as many pedestrians killed as everybody in motor vehicles, not counting cyclists, and NYC still devotes most of its public space to moving and stored vehicles. A tiny fraction of that space is devoted to moving pedestrians, but an even tinier fraction is set aside for cyclists who must fight for space with both pedestrians and motor vehicles to get around the city. The fact that so few cyclists are killed or injured is more a testament to the skill and road sense of cyclists as well as their pathetically small mode share than it is to the quality of the infrastructure.

Lifestyle article for the MD cyclist killed in KY after having a mechanical incident. Friends To Finish Miles For Cyclist Killed During Charity Journey

And after all that I need another kitty video. Most Hilarious Videos Of Cats 2014 – Best Funny Kitten Compilation

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

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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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