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Working late on my birthday, and the Feed

I normally work late on Monday to catch up from the weekend of not posting links, but I will be working even later today because I was “doing stuff” this afternoon. I did a wire transfer from my bank to Wells Fargo in San Francisco so that I would have a paper trail in case they tried to claim we “stopped paying” on our paid-off mortgage and foreclose on us like they did to several people in FL who paid off their mortgages early. I also went to my local Whataburger to have a “Green Chile Double”, one of Whataburger’s seasonal specials. That’s half a pound of ground beef, two slices of cheese, and a thick coating of diced green chili peppers over the top. I’m indeed fortunate that my cholesterol is naturally low so that I can eat meals like this safely. I then picked up the makings for a double batch of “Bacon Jalapeño Poppers” and walked home from the grocery store. For the curious the makings for a double batch of “Bacon Jalapeño Poppers” consists of a dozen large jalapeño peppers, 2 6oz. packages of cream cheese, and a pound of bacon. Soften the cheese, halve and seed the peppers, fill the half peppers with the cheese, wrap a slice of bacon around each half pepper, and either broil or grill until the bacon is crispy.

BTW It’s my birthday and You say it’s your birthday? and with moar creepy babies and dancing kittens

Up first is another fatal bike-ped wreck, that wreck in Central Park last week just turned fatal for the pedestrian. Pedestrian Dies Days After Collision With Central Park Cyclist I hate this, because I have done the work and the cyclist had very little chance of avoiding this wreck after avoiding the pedestrians in the bike lane. Sure, if he trained at making the second move for a few weeks and then practiced at it once a week or so he might have been able to make that second move, but then again maybe not. I keep looking at this wreck and I keep coming up with the same answer, that mixing pedestrians and cyclists in the only area to train as a cyclist for more than 8 million people without providing segregated infrastructure and this will happen again and again. The Dutch solution is to make everyday bicycle infrastructure that is “training worthy”, where cyclists can maintain >20 MPH for miles without having to worry about hitting any pedestrians. Build bicycle infrastructure with sight lines and curves that will support riding at race speed, and cyclists will train away from pedestrians and cars. More Bicycle rider not charged in Central Park collision that put pedestrian on ventilator

Moving to just south of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Female cyclist seriously injured in Friday collision AFAIK it’s another hit-from-behind wreck but this time near an intersection. It was also very near a bike trail which the cyclist may have either been coming from or going to.

A wreck in LA that I don’t have the slightest clue how to avoid. Crash leaves cyclist dead, offier injured I mean there was a cop there and presumably a cop car with the lights going, the cop was pushing a car that was hit as well as the cop and the cyclist. The driver was suspected of being “chemically impaired” by synthetic marijuana.

A CA wreck in Ted Rogers’ ballpark. Update: Cyclist found dead following apparent hit-and-run in Oceanside and Dead bicyclist found in Oceanside Cyclist was hit riding in a cul-de-sac meaning the driver had to really work at it to get up to lethal speed in the limited amount of space. ordinarily I would say hit-from-behind protocols but I’m thinking this is way too much like my wreck for a human cyclist to get away from it. Segregated infrastructure would prevent it, but I’m thinking that this would be shared space in the Dutch model.

Moving north to OR we get another hit-from-behind wreck. Serious injury bicycle-involved crash on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook Protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A DC wreck that I’m not sure of the mode of the wreck. D.C. police seek driver who killed bicyclist in hit-and-run The damage description suggests hit-from-behind, but the location suggests straightforward intersection protocols. The actions of the driver suggest a lynch mob…

Back in NYC a cyclist runs a red light on video and gets hit by a bus. NYPD: NICE bus that crashed into Queens pizza store swerved to avoid cyclist Intersection protocols to avoid, especially the part about not running the red light if there’s traffic, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Up in the Great White North a cyclist is hit in an intersection. Cyclist struck, seriously injured in west end See how the bike shows the directionality of the impact from the right? That’s how I know it was an intersection wreck before I even read the article. The video stated the cyclist’s head went through the rear window of the weapon vehicle. Nothing on which one had the right of way. Intersection protocols maybe would be of use in avoiding or reducing damages in this wreck. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would most likely prevent a repeat of this wreck.

I want to make copies of this wreck report and shove them in the faces of all those people who keep telling me that I should get off my bike and walk it through intersections. Man wheeling bike killed after collision with car and van at Tapleys Hill Rd, Seaton and a different URL Man wheeling bike killed after collision with car and van at Tapleys Hill Rd, Seaton This wreck was in Oz, BTW.

LifeStyle in NH. Bicyclists remember women killed in crash and Cyclists Killed in Crash Remembered

From the City of Broad Shoulders. North Shore Century Ride for a Great Cause

Another Wounded Warrior ride. Wounded Warrior riders bike 164 miles to Fort Campbell

I has a birthday Google Doodle.
My Google Doodle

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

Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Back to the old composing page, and the Feed

As much as I like the streamlined look of the new composing page there is just too much missing from it for me to continue to use it. Automatic if you guys are paying attention we need to make getting to the classic composing page as easy as getting to the stripped-down new page. I don’t mind the missing tools as much as I mind that the new page strips out components of the site when I use it, or at least strips out components of the site when I access the site since I don’t know what other people’s experience is like. When I use the classic compose I get access to the share button so that I can send this to all the FB pages I have admin status for (not something I do every day, but something I do sometimes to specific pages that the post would be welcome at), but when I use the new page the share button is gone. This is not acceptable.

Also I spent an exciting hour watching Jens Voigt ride a bicycle in circles. #Shutuplegs indeed.

Up first, while I love being able to look at a crime scene picture and establish a narrative of the events leading up to that crime scene picture, I hate being right in this case. Cops: Audi on wrong side as bicycle hit The fact that the cyclist was hit on the passenger side of a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road (and sources I can’t link to tell me he was riding in the right hand side of the lane) point to the fact that the cyclist literally had no place to go to avoid the wreck.

I REALLY want to see how CA LEO go about not giving any kind of ticket or anything to the driver in this report. Bicyclist dies after being struck on Freeport Boulevard Two cyclists, one killed in the bike lane, and less than 24 hours after a new law making hitting a cyclist from behind a mandatory fine of nearly $1K went into effect with great hoopla. I mean c’mon, he was hit in the bike lane, if that is not “unsafe pass” personified I don’t know what would be. Hit-from behind protocols to avoid, and enforce the legal infrastructure to prevent. Or install physical infrastructure that’s “up to Dutch”.

A wreck in NV. Cyclist killed in North Las Vegas crash identified and NLV Cyclist killed in intersection was at fault The thing that always bothers me about these wrecks is was the cyclist caught by a stale green? Or in other words did the cyclist enter an intersection with the green light and just not have enough time to clear it before cross traffic started moving, but with the pictures of the weapon vehicle and the bike I think that’s not the case with this wreck. The bike is so badly mangled that determining of the bike had working brakes at the time of the wreck is pretty much impossible unless the brake cables have heavy corrosion indicating they had been disconnected for some time. So I’m going to have to go with NLV LEO on this wreck because there is no doubt the cyclist ran the red into traffic. Why he ran the red is another question entirely, not in my pay grade.

More on the “great guy” that was drinking and stoned when he killed a cyclist in NM. Suspect in cyclist’s death appears in court Interesting that the driver has two previous assault charges in the past 3 years. Also interesting is the second charge has not been adjudicated yet when he was arraigned for this charge.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike tries to take out another cyclist. Cyclist critically injured in crash with Jeep in DeLand Another SWSS wreck with LEO accepting every word from the driver as absolute gospel. Protocols and Dutch quality infrastructure, and less gullible LEO, to prevent.

A PA cyclist collides with a stationary construction vehicle. Cyclist injured after crashing into truck in Murrysville No I can’t figure it out either. I have no pictures of the bike, and the picture I had yesterday of the truck is 404 now. I can tell you it was a Really Big Truck, about as large a vehicle as can be driven on the roads without permits and pilot vehicles, so I have no idea why the cyclist could not avoid it. Just pure speculation is that he might have been run off the road and into the truck but without some kind of witness to say one way or another I can’t say. I wish the cyclist a speedy recovery.

A deadly wreck in MA. Authorities Investigating Fatal Bike Accident in Malden, Massachusetts The cyclist was apparently having a medical emergency when he fell off the sidewalk under the garbage truck. This is a wreck that could be prevented with infrastructure, but in reality without universal medical care this would just result in the man dying someplace else from whatever medical emergency he was having when the truck ran him over. More Man struck, killed in Malden garbage truck accident

A spectacular wreck in the Great White North results in no injury for the cyclist. Cyclist not injured in supper-hour crash Intersection wreck that apparently the cyclist used the intersection protocols in to completely escape harm while scaring the driver half to death. Get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Note to the cyclist, if you’re a reader could you post a comment and tell us how you managed to avoid getting hurt.

Apparently the right hook is not illegal in Canada, just be aware of that. No charges laid in collision that killed cyclist in Dartmouth

From the UK a taxi hit a cyclist and a pedestrian and I feel bad for the taxi driver, and if that doesn’t get you to click the link I don’t know what will. Taxi driver critically ill in hospital after crashing into cyclist and pedestrian outside Old Bailey

A cyclist in Oz wins a minor “door prize” Trigger Warning! Bike rider says she could’ve been killed when doored on Brisbane road

Interesting Infrastructure! news from CA. Dick Spotswood: Bike path accident leads to calls for bikes to slow down I keep asking if the MUP speed limit is faster or slower than the CA school zone speed limit but I never get an answer.

More infrastructure news from CA. Olympic cyclist sues over the death of his wife, Debra Deem This is about the free right turn lane that allows drivers to make right turns without slowing down.

More on the CA enacting of the 3-feet-to-pass law. Three-foot buffer law for cyclists now in effect

Until we can get every state and city to adopt the CROW manual (still only €90!) We will need lots of these guys. Bike Scholarship Winner Saw Cyclist Fatally Injured Not that every bike lawyer needs to watch someone die, just that we need lawyers who have skin in the game to stand up for us.

Infrastructure news from the Great White North. Sister of woman killed in bike accident wants more protection for cyclists Hey I didn’t say it was good news, just news. This is a response to that other article about the woman right hooked in Dartmouth.

I don’t find these “jokes” funny, do you? Why do we still hear people joke about hitting cyclists?

Lifestyle in NC. Des Ark’s Aimée Argote plans memorial bike ride Friday night Seeing someone killed riding a bike changes you. Especially if that someone is you, but don’t tell anyone I said that. And Cyclists ask motorists to share the roadways

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The impact of CA’s new three-foot passing law; bike-friendly Brentwood poet passes away

And those were all the links I could find yesterday (this has been a Very Long Day).

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Overloaded with links and covered up in other obligations, and the Feed

Things have been a bit busy this week, and this is only Monday. Among things I can talk about I have a consultation with a surgeon this Thursday for removing the thing on the back of my neck that is making drinking soda from the can a painful and difficult proposition lately, and I had a discussion of volunteering for the Wendy Davis campaign this afternoon as well as a trip to the bank to pay for the new hat I’m giving myself for my birthday. The new hat is being custom-made by an Etsy vendor called “Steezy Workz” and hopefully will be ready by year’s end. And my spell checker thought “Steezy” was spelled right but not the “Workz” part of the name? WTF?!? Anywho, I’m having to order the hat over the Internet because there are no local vendors still making the hat I want. Also I am up to my eyeballs in the NDA project that is burning up tons of time as well. For a guy who doesn’t have a steady job I sure seem to have a lot to do…

Up first, despite all the predictions of mass carnage when bike share went into effect just about everywhere in North America it has been tried, those predictions have all come up negative. Why? Ideas why 0 bikers have been killed on bike-sharing bikes The hypothesis have been as many and as varied as the color schemes of the shared bikes, more so even. But as it stands now it’s all guesswork.

A NM cyclist is killed making a left turn. Cyclist killed in hit-and-run near NM 528 and Coors Bypass Apparent drunk driver runs over a cyclist moving to the turn lane as required by NM law to make that left turn, then left for dead. Modify the hit-from-behind protocols to take moving to the left into account to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Two links to a DE hit-and-run. Police ID bicyclist killed in Hockessin hit-and-run and Bicyclist killed less than mile from home Cyclist was hit head-on apparently riding on his side of the road, and from user descriptions of the road may have had less than a second to react to the oncoming vehicle. There are no protocols that will help you avoid a wreck like this and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would only have helped if the cyclist was struck away from a residential area so that he would not be sharing the roads with a suspected DUI.

Wasting the court’s time in ID. Trial set for man accused of killing cyclist Changing your plea at the sentencing hearing is a serious “no class” move.

A drunk cyclist in PA. Sentinel police log for Sept. 12 Not a good idea but still better than driving while falling-down drunk.

Aftermath of a drunk driver hitting 4 cyclists head on driving on their side of the road. Cyclists stress awareness to stay safe I’m still at a loss how watching what’s going on where there is no escape route and a drunk driver is driving on your side of the road is going to do anything but leave you all tensed up when you get killed, like for those guys who died.

A hit-and-run in the Great White North leaves an injured cyclist in its wake. Police seeking driver after Dartmouth hit-and-run The driver just drove right through the cyclist leaving the stop sign. That’s not a wreck a human cyclist can avoid, and as the location appears to be the boundary between shared space and where cyclists would head to segregated infrastructure, so getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” is kind of a tossup depending on where the segregated infrastructure began.

Infrastructure! news from CA. Give cyclists 3 feet: It’s the law now The comments section is a war zone.

Infrastructure worries after a wreck on a group ride in the Great White North. Laurie Strano’s death sparks caution at Gatineau cycling event

Infrastructure worries in the UK. Shocking road stats warn of dangers for cyclists in Sevenoaks I think people are starting to get the message that recent reductions in overall KSI are the result of changes to cars and advancements in medical care and drivers are still as bad as they ever were.

Infrastructure news from Oz, as a driver comes to the shocking revelation that they are guiding tons of killing machine around fragile human beings. Peace offer in cycle war

Infrastructure news from Enn Zed. Cyclists, drivers urged to share the road and Cyclists get the helmet message The “message” received is that unless you exceed all legal requirements to make yourself visible and protected, even if those requirements don’t actually provide any protection aside from the placebo effect (for drivers). So every square inch covered in HiViz and a silly styrofoam hat, and maybe you won’t get blamed for the drunk driver that slams into you and crushes your fragile internal organs with 2-3 tons of speeding projectile.

Lifestyle news from the RGV of TX. Son of cyclist will ride in his honor

Lifestyle from GA. Atlanta police officers join charity night bike ride

Last link, the bike to have in the garage when the zombie apocalypse hits. Bug Out Bike – Apocalypse Bicycle Maybe painting the chain isn’t such a bright idea… but having a MTB with reliable components and lots of cargo capacity with medical supplies, food, and water pre-loaded along with shelter is a good idea for anything short of a kaiju invasion, and if you’re lucky enough to know which way the kaiju is headed then even for that. Good XC tires with airless tubes gives you the lowest possible rolling resistance with no flats. I need to get Francis/es sorted out (we are down to getting the fit right now) and then all I would need would be having all those things in one area with tiedowns to secure the load ready to go.

And those were all the links I got before 1800, those I’m saving for tomorrow.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Well, this is just wonnderfullll, and the Feed

One of the nice things about owning a laptop computer is the ability to work anyplace you can create a lap. So I’m starting this post off-line while sitting on the DART bus to go to the Lab Rat Keeper for a medication adjustment. Today will be a long one as I need to refill one of my meds they can’t keep at the LRK office, so I have to go to the pharmacy that is a 3 hour bus ride each way. I’m hoping I can find a massage therapist out in that neck of the woods because my neck and shoulders are killing me because of the lipoma on my neck. I had a pain riding Francis/es to the RPG Saturday that has abated but never quite left ever since. the lump on the back of my neck has gotten so big that it interferes with holding my head back while riding in a normal bike-riding posture even without a helmet. And as Mrs. the Poet was saying the other day, for me to ride without my helmet there has to be something seriously wrong.

On another front, I am about to have to replace my beloved tie-dye army sun hat, that I wear as a celebration of not getting permanently killed by the hit-and-run. You can see what that hat looks like if you go back earlier in the year to my post about the St, Patty’s Day parade on Greenville Avenue and look at the “selfie” I took. I have been searching for a replacement for several months now and have been unable to locate anything that would be suitable. None of my local stores that sells tie-dye carry hats of any description, much less the style I’m looking for. I still have several versions of military sun hat (boonie hat) in various kinds of camo that are in good shape, so I may have to abandon my beloved tie-dye for more conventional sun protection. I would really hate to have to do that, but sun protection is more important than metaphoric thumbing my nose at a dead guy (now that I know he’s dead).

And now that I have completed the trip to the Lab Rat Keeper I have such good news [/sarcasm]. That lump on my neck has been re-diagnosed as a sebaceous cyst instead of the lipoma we thought it was for the last 9 years. Turns out they can do this, pop up someplace and just hang out for a few years, then start growing quickly and becoming a nuisance like what has happened with mine. The sore spot on the bottom of my foot is a minor infection that healed over and built up a callus. I must have gotten it when I was walking to the mailbox barefoot. And yes, there was that much nerve damage that such a thing could happen and I not notice it until it turned into something like what I have now.

Up first is a bunch of different links from the southern part of TX. Cyclist struck, killed in NE Houston and Local man, 79, killed in northeast Harris County truck-bicycle accident Cyclist was killed when a turning vehicle went through his lane and into the ditch, hitting the cyclist from behind. The cyclist was following TX VC 551.103 and riding in the middle of the lane that was too narrow for a cyclist and a motor vehicle to safely share, other reports have the cyclist being hit from behind as the weapon vehicle completed its turn, meaning the cyclist was plainly visible crossing in front of the driver of the weapon vehicle before making the turn. I don’t know where the cyclist could have gone to not get hit in this wreck as the weapon vehicle went completely off the road and into the ditch after using the entire lane to make its turn. I’m not even all that sure that getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have helped either as the weapon vehicle went off the road after hitting the cyclist, making it entirely possible that the cyclist would have been hit riding in the segregated bike lane that Dutch infrastructure would install here.

A very short distance (Texas “short”) from that wreck is another wreck. Woman, 68, charged in cyclist’s death According to this report the driver was pulled off the road looking for an address while moving and not watching in front of her vehicle when she hit the cyclist directly from behind. Again if the cyclist was hit hard enough to get killed then the driver was driving too fast for conditions, making this charge appropriate for the crime. I read the comments because I’m already crazy and can’t get any worse. I advise against any of you doing it.

More on the cyclist killed while riding in a bike lane in Harlingen. Friends remember Harlingen cyclist killed along roadway and Car versus cyclist: Drivers need to share the road And that second link sums it up nicely, cars are deadly weapons that need control constantly, and cyclists have no protection against getting hit by cars. Also there is a possibility that the driver may have been either sleep-deprived or DUI when he hit the cyclist IN THE BIKE LANE…

Getting out of TX, or at least reporting from someplace else, a cyclist is hit-and-run in CA. MAN ON BIKE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HIT AND RUN The narrative is the cyclist was hit just past the intersection in hit-from-behind wreck, but intersection protocols would still apply here because of the proximity to that intersection, to avoid or reduce damages, and most likely infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent a similar wreck in the future.

Still in CA. Bicyclist killed in collision with car in El Camino Village This is another link to the cyclist killed walking his bike in the crosswalk with the light. This is a wreck that no amount of infrastructure will prevent so long as idiots are allowed to drive weapons of mass destruction around as transportation.

Another reason why FL leads the US in dead and maimed cyclists and pedestrians. Trial likely in death of Lakewood Ranch cyclist killed in April car accidentDamery was cleared of criminal wrongdoing following a three-month traffic homicide investigation by Florida Highway Patrol, which stated she suffered from attention deficit disorder and lack of sleep the day the accident occurred. The report indicated Damery told troopers she had not slept the previous night nor taken her prescribed medication.” OK am I the only person that does not see “Impaired driver” in that statement? No sleep and NOT on her meds. Even with infrastructure “up to Dutch” there is the very real possibility that this wreck would have happened anyway as the driver ran a red light when she hit the cyclist.

This multi-bike pileup during a race leaves one dead and one maimed. RF man injured in biking accident; Eau Claire woman’s injuries fatal This is why I dislike riding in pelotons. I don’t mind drafting when I’m in my car because I have lots of protection around me, but on a bike one touch of the wheels can be fatal to someone riding 3 bikes back.

A WY wreck turns tragic as the cyclist dies in hospital. Cyclist dies following Friday truck accident The current narrative reads like the semi was too close to the cyclist and something caused the cyclist to bobble and wind up under the trailer tires. Since there was no mention of any turning movements on the part of the semi I will discount the rear tires tracking inside of the tractor being a factor in the wreck, which makes the initial close pass even more puzzling. This is one I have no idea how to avoid in the built environment, but I know that in Dutch infrastructure there are many meters of separation between those two vehicle types to prevent anything like this wreck.

Far West Canuckistan has a cyclist “running” a red light. Victoria-area cyclist, pedestrian hit in morning commute OK I’m not going to say I don’t think a cyclist would run a red light, I have done it by accident myself looking for cross traffic and missing the light changing. Because of this I’m going to place this wreck in the category of “not preventable by physical infrastructure changes” even though I would bet money I don’t have that given infrastructure that works for cyclists would prevent most red light jumpers and runners.

Another cyclist tries to beat a train with predictable results. Cyclist struck, killed by AMT train in St-Jérôme I’m not even going to explain this one, it has become too repetitious even for my OCD.

A UK report of a cyclist “meeting” a pedestrian. Pedestrian hurt in collision with cyclist in Barnsley Since they never mentioned hitting the pedestrian on the “pavement” as they refer to sidewalks in the UK, this has to be a wreck in the road, one the cyclist was able to tumble away from and the pedestrian was not. I think that means a distracted pedestrian but because of UK media laws this will probably be the first and last time we read about it.

Still in Jolly Olde a cyclist runs into the chain between two bollards blocking the bike path from motor vehicles. Caernarfon cyclist dies after crashing into bollard chain I suppose that if drivers can get a pass for “not seeing” cyclists, a cyclist could get a pass for “not seeing” a thin chain stretched across his path except he died from the wreck where drivers who “don’t see” cyclists are uninjured as a rule.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CHP motorcycle cop demonstrates his ignorance of the law; meet LADOT’s Seleta Reynolds I have to say I got pretty steamed at that video. I loathe LEO who are ignorant of the law they are supposed to be enforcing.

Infrastructure! news. When adding bike lanes actually reduces traffic delays

I know these things make people feel better, but do they think this would have prevented a driver both drunk and high on meth from driving the wrong way? New Road Signs, Arrows Coming to Fiesta Island

“Infra” from PA. Q&A with Bike Pittsburgh This is one of the 5 “e”s of infrastructure, Education.

Not to be outdone from the Great White North. Drivers, cyclists both need to show respect on the roads, cycling officials say Drivers need to show respect because they are controlling light armored vehicles that can kill with the mis-timed flick of a finger, cyclists need to show respect because it is polite. [sarcasm]Yeah this is a totally balanced equation here… [/sarcasm]

Lifestyle from the East Coast by way of the UK. Nephew vows to finish uncle’s romantic journey after he was killed by a homeless man while cycling to propose to his girlfriend

And those were all the links that I normally would have found had I not started at 1700 after the trip to the LRK today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Boy are my legs bad, and the Feed

I went for a ride last night after putting the blog to bed, and my legs are terrible. I mean seriously I can NOT believe these are the same appendages that carried me 200 km round trip to have lunch with my GF as recently as 2007. I know I have been spending more time in the garage building and at the computer posting blogs than riding a bike, especially since Blue was stolen August of last year, but STILL! Cycling used to be an escape where my body carried me away from mundane cares and concerns, not provided me with additional cares and concerns… I really need to ride more. I will start that with riding to the RPG get-together this Saturday. I know that’s a trace over 12 miles round trip, but I need the miles and the challenge. I seriously think the challenge is more important than the miles at this point.

Up first is what appears to be a police murder of a cyclist in Quebec. Cyclist run over by police car fighting for life and Guy Blouin ID’d as cyclist run over by Quebec City police car also this Quebec City Police Under Investigation After Cruiser Runs Over Cyclist This one started out bad and just got worse and worse as the day went on and more links came in. Here’s what we know at this moment: The cyclist was riding salmon on a one way street when he passed the LEO, LEO throws the car into reverse and begins pursuit backwards going the wrong way on a one way street and according to one witness appeared to deliberately knock the cyclist from the bike. The cyclist ended up under the rear tires of the car, but instead of waiting for trained responders to extract the cyclist from under the car without doing any further damage the cop that hit him drives the car back over the cyclist, further injuring him (remember one witness testifies the initial impact appeared to be deliberate, we know the second was). Then the cyclist was handcuffed and forced to sit down on the sidewalk before being walked over and put in the back of an ambulance (apparently the EMT did not know the victim had been run over twice before they got to the scene). The victim died shortly after arriving at the hospital. While the victim was being transported the initial LEO at the scene was “tidying up” and put the victim’s bicycle in his trunk and moved his car (away from the scene? not confirmed) before accident investigators could arrive and measure the scene of the now crime. This would be the Big Story even if it didn’t have lots of links. Either this is the stupidest cop in Canada, or one of the most evil cops in Canada. There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of room for any other interpretations.

Back in the US a hit-and-run weapon has been found while LEO continue to search for the driver of the weapon vehicle. Troopers have ‘person of interest’ in Metro East hit-and-run that killed cyclist Hit-from-behind wreck that is being blamed on the cyclist for not wearing a glow-in-the-dark clown suit and not having lights that can survive a fatal hit-from-behind wreck so that LEO can glance at the bike and tell they are operable (most bicycle taillights do not survive the impact of getting hit from behind because their brackets do not remain attached to the bike). Anyway getting back to the answers to the question, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and obviously getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And make vehicle owners responsible for hit-and-runs unless they can prove they were in a different location or had already reported the vehicle stolen before the hit-and-run. I think publically crushing vehicles used to commit hit-and-run would do a lot to prevent another one as well.

At last! Someone in LEO understands keeping evidence intact. Car impounded after hit-and-run kills bicyclist in Spokane Valley Another cyclist said the wreck was a hit-from-behind and the victim had no chance to avoid the wreck. Again it seems that Dutch infrastructure (not just “Dutch-style” but built to the latest CROW standards) is the only way to do anything about this wreck.

Another update on that MO wreck that the victim was also a MS victim who was training for the MS 150. Updated: Kansas Highway Patrol releases crash details Well excuse MEEE! wasn’t a MO wreck or even a MO victim, just someone who wanted to ride in the MO MS 150 [facepalm]…

A NC cyclist is left crossed. Veteran bicyclist dies after being hit during ride Left cross means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A KY hit-and-run. Teen cyclist seriously injured in Laurel County crash Hit from behind, so protocols and infrastructure to avoid or prevent respectively.

A terrible wreck in far West Canuckistan. Mystery cyclist killed in collision with van on Pat Bay near McTavish and Cyclist struck and killed on Pat Bay Highway also Cyclist killed on Pat Bay Highway identified as English retiree SWSS wreck, that means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A very bad day in the Great White North. Windsor police investigate three collisions involving cyclists in one day Where to begin? Same as they did in the link. Left cross, intersection protocols. Second wreck appears to be the other kind of left cross, so again intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages. Third wreck is a little bit harder to figure out as the cyclist hit someone in a turning lane of an intersecting road and was cited for failure to yield. I’m going to be honest and say I can’t figure out the geometry of this wreck as the narrative makes no sense to me. There are only two ways this could happen, one is that the cyclist was riding at the very farthest right possible and hit a car waiting to turn, which would sort of explain the citation, the second is that the cyclist was still riding too far to the right and someone was trying to sneak in a right on red and got hit by the cyclist, but that would not jibe with the citation as the cyclist would be the one with the right of way and the citation was not for running the red but for failure to yield. !?! Anyway the solution to all of those wrecks is following the Dutch CROW manual like it was the New Standard Version of the Bible and you’re attending Liberty College of Engineering.

Not a bicycle wreck, but still… Elderly woman killed by driver checking Facebook on her phone at 85 mph

Let’s get some Infrastructure! going on, from CA. New law: Motorists must give cyclists 3 feet of space and Cyclists Eager For ‘3 Feet For Safety’ Law To Kick In and Cyclists urge DA to reconsider charges for sheriff’s deputy who struck, killed rider also Bike Ride A Call For Action After Deputy Not Charged In Cyclist’s Death In case you might be wondering this is the legal infrastructure that protects cyclists by making hitting one either financially too expensive or personally too expensive to sustain.

More on the infrastructure failure that killed a cyclist and who might be responsible for it in Seattle. Second Avenue cyclist and the tangled city streets

A “D’awwww!” moment from Enn Zed. Award for woman who rushed to help cyclist The main contribution this person made was controlling bleeding until trained responders could handle the situation. I still say “Good on ya!” for this and a well-deserved award.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Cyclists ride for justice; LACBC ED Jen Klausner resigns, Los Angeles is nation’s 28th Best Bike City

Lifestyle for reals. London Tweed Run: the most beautiful bike ride on the planet (photos)

One possible downside of an e-assist bike with LiPo batteries. Exploding battery on electric bicycle causes Bend house fire That’s why you need BMS with any LiPo battery pack.

And good news for e-assist cyclists as Tesla uses the 18650 form factor that makes very nice e-bike packs. Tesla CEO: ‘Nevada is it;’ $1.3B package offered I know some of you are saying “How can someone making a factory to build Tesla batteries be good news for e-assist cyclists?” Very simple. Tesla uses the 18650 form factor like I mentioned, and there will inevitably be cells that are still pretty good but don’t meet Tesla’s standards. I know they have a very complex BMS that shunts bad cells out of the pack or doesn’t run them as hard as better cells, but they want to start with the cells as good as they can and not with a bunch of cells not up to the need from the get-go. Well those cells will probably get dumped on the e-bike market as plainly marked “seconds” that will still be pretty good with a BMS made for use with that kind of cell.

A statement of indubitable truth. Cyclists ‘should learn first aid to save lives’ says City worker who went to rescue of crash victim I got combat first aid twice because the Army thought my training from my first Up was not recent enough, and I could probably be of assistance in a severe wreck so long as I could get to the victim. Last two wrecks I saw I could not get to the victims to help, one car resting on its side and the other was otherwise inaccessible for my crippled leg. I think it was down a hill or wedged or something. I can barely remember that one. The one after that I can remember quite well as that was the first amputation I have seen and also the first wreck that I saw taking place. Every other wreck I saw was already come to a rest when I showed up, even if only by seconds, but that one developed right before my eyes. Not fun. I described what I saw the day it happened in this blog, but I’m not doing the archive dive to find the link.

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

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[Monty Python] “I’m not dead (yet)” [/Monty Python], and the Feed

Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of my death, but to use another Python quote “I got better”, so hence the blog. Seriously I do this blog so that nobody else has to go through what I went and continue to go through. The small community that has sprung up around this blog is enough for me to keep going even when it’s obvious that I’m attempting to demolish a concrete wall by banging on it with my forehead. I regenerate (slowly) but any damage I can inflict on the wall remains. Like rain eventually made the Grand Canyon, if I keep persevering long enough that wall will come down. I will have a flat forehead and a terrible headache, but the wall will be no more. And I know that is a terrible metaphor for what I’m doing, but after all this time banging my head against that wall, I can’t think of anything better. Besides, do you know what kind of abs banging your head against a wall gives you? ;) Titanium Nitride abs (abs of steel is so 20th Century). Now we have a lot of links to cover, so let’s get busy.

But before “getting busy” a quick note about the U.S. holiday today. We celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September because there was “too much Communist involvement” with the rest of the world’s celebration on May 1st. As we go into this celebration of American Labor this year the median CEO wage is more than 52 times the median worker wage and more than 350 times the minimum wage. To place that in perspective there are a few hundred people in the US who make more in a week than half of the rest of the population makes in a year, and nearly as much in a day as the low rung on the totem pole make in a year. I’m not going to make any judgment on the morality of those ratios, but the ratio of the incomes of the French nobility to the median French income just before the French Revolution was somewhere around 40:1…

Up first by way of most links (barely) is more on the cyclist left-hooked in Seattle. Cyclist killed days before city to upgrade notorious bike lane and Bicyclist killed in collision in downtown Seattle also Dead cyclist was new mom, well-regarded attorney also this Memorial grows for cyclist killed in Seattle accident still more Woman hit and killed by truck was well-known attorney and not least but last link Cyclist killed in Seattle was ACLU lawyer I’m going to be honest here, I normally shed no tears when lawyers get killed, but this lady was one of the good ones. Maybe not “good” in terms of number of cases won, but definitely “good” in terms of the cases she worked on and won. And she didn’t have to die, the markings and signal lights that would have prevented the left hook were delayed by a sphincter of a city council member for over a year…

Down the road from that Seattle wreck an idiot takes the life of a cyclist in OR. Texting driver arrested, bicyclist killed on Highway 30 identified and Cyclist killed in reported hit-and-run on Highway 30 near Rainier also Driver in fatal hit and run with cyclist near Rainier identified by Oregon State Police The cyclist had no time to react when the driver went off the road and onto the shoulder at speed making protocols moot. That only leaves infrastructure with any chance at having any effect on this wreck. That and crushing the cars of people who have wrecks while texting, my opinion of drivers that text is only slightly higher than DUI because they are both about as deadly as the other…

UK reaction to the LACSD killing of Milt Olin. LA sheriff to face internal investigation after hitting and killing cyclist while typing on mobile computer Their reaction is similar to US cyclists. And even gear-heads are unhappy about this driver getting to text and kill. Outrage: Cop Who Killed Cyclist Not Facing Charges Granted they are a green gear-head blog, but still more tilted towards driving than to cycling.

A driver in VA that has killed behind the wheel once already finally gets some serious prison time. Woman convicted of reckless driving in incident that hurt cyclist Charges are still pending on the hit-and-run portion of the wreck. The narrative of the wreck is just so hard to read as the injuries were so very similar to my wreck 13 years ago…

Hit and run in the Great White North. Cyclist remains in critical condition after Saturday crash The wreckage of the bike shows the cyclist was hit from the right, indicating one of the vehicles was running the red light (or the cyclist was caught by a stale green and the driver failed to yield). So intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another hit and run in Canuckistan this time. Hit and run leaves cyclist seriously injured It is fortunate that the sidewalk cyclist was not seriously injured in this wreck, but aside from that there was just so much wrong with this wreck I scarcely know where to start. Cyclist position, riding the sidewalk, wrong. Since sidewalks are not bicycle infrastructure drivers are not expecting to see cyclists on the sidewalks (particularly in Canada where most sidewalks are prohibited to cyclists). Driver failing to yield to traffic on the sidewalk, wrong. Even when someone is technically in violation for being on the sidewalk that still does not relieve the driver of the obligation to yield to traffic on the sidewalk. Both operators leaving the scene, wrong. Even though the cyclist left the scene to seek medical attention he still should have hung around for LEO to report the wreck and make it official that he needed medical attention.

UK readers have you seen this low-life? E-fit released after road rage driver targets cyclists in Knockholt This driver has been identified as deliberately using his vehicle as a weapon against cyclists (and possibly pedestrians). He is considered armed and dangerous, as long as he is behind the wheel.

Final results in a UK wreck. Lorry driver who fell asleep at wheel and killed two cyclists on charity ride jailed The sentence is a little over 4 years per death, but by UK standards for killing a cyclist this is practically a life sentence. Given that there were sentences of 300 and 160 hours of community service handed down last week for killing while driving distracted (and one for 5 years in prison) 8½ years for killing two at once seems like forever. But also given that he did almost the exact same thing just a few weeks after the fatal wreck, minus the dead cyclists, prison seems the only way to stop him.

And even in the Holy Land, drivers seem to be unable to remain at the scene of a wreck. Be’er Sheva: Bike Rider Seriously Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver Nothing on the mode of the wreck, just noting that another victim had died shortly before this one was hurt…

Infrastructure! news from Enn Zed. The cycleway that hasn’t been built – how slow can they go? One fatality and multiple injury wrecks because of missing infrastructure and they still haven’t built it yet? Is there any mechanism in Enn Zed for prosecuting for deaths due to inaction?

Kinda sorta infrastructure (because the video has been removed leaving only a few lines from the transcript. Firefighter killed on I-84 prompting local cyclist group to take action I don’t know what the problem is, I can’t click on anything that shows the video, and only the first line of the transcript shows when I click that button…

CA infrastructure news. Central Coast Cyclists Ask For More Bike Lanes And I see that the first comment is a demand that taxes be raised on cyclists to pay for infrastructure they should have been getting all along.

These bike lanes would power up your e-assist bike and your iPhone at the same time. These “Power Lanes” Could Charge An E-Bike (And Phone) As You Ride The idea is distributed power would be cheaper than making everyone carry batteries (the suggested storage media is supercaps that weigh about 5 pounds and have virtually no cycle life).

Lifestyle in CA. Memorial for Chula Vista man killed while riding bicycle It might just be me but I think a suitable memorial would be the rotting corpse of the driver welded inside the car that killed the cyclist, but then I’m a bit biased from personal experience.

Lifestyle from Canuckistan. Whyte Avenue memorial honours life of cyclist, while urging people to share the road It really should be up for more than just the day or two…

Just plain fun. “You’re probably going to work and don’t have time to talk.”

And those were all the links I could find on this labor day. Turns out there were a lot of duplicates in the Feed.

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Things are approaching “normal” for values of “normal” that are right angles to reality, and the Feed

I’m actually feeling pretty chipper today. It’s grocery day, which means I get out of the house for a bit. Also I got the most awesomest reply to a comment I put on a web comic about dealing with depression (I know some of you think I never get depressed dealing with this “stuff” but really I came into this gig dealing with depression, this is how I deal) and related how I got depressed in the first place. The artist left me a reply that I shall quote in its entirety here:

David M Willis
August 28, 2014 at 2:08 am | Reply
confidentially i’m not in this webcomics thing to tell stories, i’m actually just assembling an army of unkillable badasses one by one, who i will eventually march across the face of the earth and install a new world order

I think I will add that to my resume. “Unkillable badass” has a nice ring to it wouldn’t you say? I hope I get placed high enough in the new DoT to fix some of the mistakes made with all these damned highways running through residential neighborhoods.

Up first is something that came through after I put yesterday’s post to bed. Deputy Who Hit Biking Napster Exec While Driving Distracted Won’t Face Charges and Update: DA refuses to file charges in Milt Olin case I’m totally unsurprised at this turn of events, merely disappointed. There will be a civil trial in the case, but even if the Olins “win” the taxpayers will be the real losers as they are picking up the tab for defending the deputy and also covering the eventual payout. I have long advocated that when LEO are sued the payout comes from the pension fund of the accused, and when there’s no money left there it comes from the payroll of the organization. So long as LEO misconduct is left unpunished it will continue to flourish.

An unknown person shot and killed a drunk driver in TX. Texas dad acquitted of fatally shooting suspected drunken driver who struck, killed sons The prosecution was unable to place the murder weapon in the hands of the father of the victims of the drunk driver. Personally I prefer just to chain the driver to the steering wheel of the car while it gets crushed and shredded, or if I’m in a really bad mood just leave the car in impound with the driver chained to the steering wheel until the trial, how ever many months that takes. Feeding would be optional, bathroom breaks not so much, and no AC. And if that sounds like I do not like drunk drivers very much, you’re right.

A driver hits a cyclist in OR then leaves the scene when first responders arrive. Police: Man hit cyclist, drove away when he heard sirens Right hook as the cyclist rode across the front of the gas station that the driver of the weapon vehicle was trying to enter, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And the article seems to have updated while I was creating the link, because the driver is no longer being described as “drunk”, his sobriety or lack of has no mention in the updated link. His attempt to hide the evidence and deceive LEO has not been changed…

A GA cyclist is killed because a driver should not have been driving proved he should not have been driving. Cyclist Killed In Athens Crash OK I can’t tell if this is a SWSS or what, the narrative just says the driver “couldn’t avoid” hitting the cyclist… However they did arrest the driver for not having a valid license, so there is at least that. Assuming the wreck was not at an intersection that wasn’t named, use hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Include in that some means of preventing driving without a valid license…

Horrors, a cyclist not wearing proper cycling gear… Waterville cyclist seriously injured after being struck by van This wreck was in ME BTW. The driver claimed the cyclist was riding salmon when the weapon vehicle turned left and hit the cyclist. Assuming the cyclist was riding salmon that only allows for 2 possible locations and directions of travel for the cyclist. One is parallel to the original direction of travel and crossing the intersection to the left of the turning vehicle, the other is riding in the lane the weapon vehicle was turning towards. The third alternative is the cyclist was left-crossed in the traditional sense and the driver failed to see him until contact with the front of the weapon vehicle. The description of the cyclist’s garb indicates he was riding for transportation somewhere, not on a recreational or training ride. So, either don’t ride salmon, or intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Just south of the ME wreck a NYC driver manages to hit 3 people walking in the crosswalk. Driver Seriously Injures Three Elderly Pedestrians In LES Crosswalk I’m still trying to figure out how you manage to hit 3 adults using the crosswalk… I think the fact that it was a woman driving a Volvo might have had something to do with it. I mention this wreck because for all intents and purposes it was a right hook, the victims just were not riding bicycles at the time of the wreck, but they were using the built infrastructure as intended and as safely as possible.

A MA cyclist causes a left cross by jumping the light. Arlington police log: Spitting workers, injured cyclist and more What more can I say about this one? Even the famous Idaho stop law requires yielding to traffic after the stop at a red light, which requires actually looking for traffic before leaving the safety of the stop bar.

Final say on a UK wreck leaves me feeling nauseous. Suspended sentence for lorry driver who hit and killed Darlington cyclist That’s right, run over a plainly visible cyclist on the side of the road and get a suspended sentence and 160 hours of community service. TANJ!

Update on a wreck in Oz. Teenager hit by truck in Oakford on Tuesday dies in hospital At this time LEO have been unable to determine which vehicle had the right of way at the intersection where the wreck happened. So, intersection wreck implies that the protocols might have been of some use in avoiding damages, and that infrastructure “up to Dutch” could have prevented the wreck.

It looks like there was a wreck in Enn Zed that was extremely similar to the wreck on I 84 in OR last week. Cyclist injured on SH2 at Petone, long delays for northbound traffic The report as I read it while composing the post is the cyclist was hit where the bike lane crossed the exit ramp, making the geometry a left hook (they drive on the wrong side of the road in Enn Zed). There is very little a cyclist can do in this circumstance…

Speaking of the OR wreck on I 84, there is a FB page devoted to fixing the situation. Ellen Memorial Connector – Complete the Historic Columbia Gorge HWY My first Infrastructure! article of the day.

Our Daily Ted article. BOLO Alert: Custom Davidson bike stolen in South Pasadena

LifeStyle in NJ. Greater Morristown mourns cyclist, killed in accident The cyclist crashed when he hit or tried to avoid an uncovered access hole for some kind of infrastructure, either water or gas. The report doesn’t know if he hit the hole, or lost traction off the front wheel trying to avoid it, but it all amounts to the same thing.

Just what we need, a folding e-assist bike that can lock itself to trees and posts and becomes unridable if you break the lock. ncycle e-bike features integrated locking, folding and pocket systems Oh did I forget to mention the integrated carrier hidden in the frame? I think I forgot.

And either I have finished losing my mind, or I have run out of links. Some days it’s hard to tell.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet, Unkillable Badass (I like that…)