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I finally got the errand I tried to run on Monday and Tuesday finished, and the Feed

Things did not look good this morning when I went to run the errand I have been trying to get done all week long. I was watching the bus stop as soon as I could see it and saw the bus go by 11 minutes early, somewhat destroying the 5 minute leeway that DART suggests to riders who don’t want to miss the bus. I wouldn’t even have seen the bus except I left a few minutes early because of missing the bus Tuesday. Fortunately I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be tonight unlike Tuesday so I waited for the next schedule and got my transfer an hour later than planned. I stopped for an Angry Whopper meal at the BK next to the bus stop where I caught my next bus (did I mention this was an Epic Bus Ride?) and got my business done in record time and caught the same bus on the return trip. The routing for the return trip was not the same as I came but reversed, I was supposed to take the train instead of the bus as the train would have switched to rush hour frequency and gotten me home sooner. Unfortunately the bus was delayed by a greater than normal number of people that needed to use the lift to get on and off the bus, so I was watching the train pull out from the station as the bus was pulling in. Because of that I missed my connection Downtown and missed again when I got back to the Beautiful suburbs of Hell, so I ended up getting home a little before 1800 tonight. So 5 bus rides, 2 trains, and a lot of waiting later I got home with the stuff I was supposed to get Monday. Epic.

More on that Houston hit-and-run. Another hit-and-run death has cyclists wondering if they’re safe on Houston streets The body was discovered by guys fishing the next day after he was hit the night before.

A new wreck in NM. Bicyclist struck by truck in Alamogordo This appears to be a hit-from-behind wreck on a frontage road. I have a serious dislike for frontage roads as they are frequently the only access for anything that can’t use the adjoining highway, and they get treated like an extension of the highway by people driving on them no matter what the posted speed limit is. I have watched people do 60 MPH in a posted 30 zone while I was riding with them in the car, as an example. The second problem is that usually in order to get around the highway the frontage road is fronting you have to use the frontage road for at least part of the trip, which means riding with people who think the frontage road is part of the high-speed highway… Anyway, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A deliberately blind driver who was watching the soybeans grow instead of watching the toad in front of him gets a ticket for killing the cyclist he ran over. Man ticketed for killing bicyclist 3 months ago The report is so suffused with windshield bias and car-head entitlement I could barely keep my dinner down with lines like “(the cyclist) was in (the driver’s) lane.” No the cyclist was in her lane and the driver ran her over, because he was more interested in soybeans than he was in what was in the road in front of him. TANJ!

I keep saying that just because you don’t have lights and a glow-in-the-dark clown suit on that doesn’t mean drivers should get a free pass to hit you on your bike, and someone else agrees. Bicycle Fatality: Cyclist Not To Blame This was the FL hit-from-behind where I asked if the weapon vehicle had headlights. So at least one other person in the world knows about the basic speed law. “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances then existing or under the conditions and having regard to actual and potential hazards. Tran. Code §545.351(a) & (b)” That’s the law here in TX complete with VC citation.

An injured IL cyclist gets some civil justice when the person initially accused of hitting her brings video to the case. Video Identifies Cause of Crash That Injured Bicyclist On Milwaukee Avenue It seems that someone could also be charged with interfering with a police investigation as well, which is a serious felony.

Same city is much hand-wringing about people riding bicycles in the street without helmets! >swoon< Divvy Bike Accidents A Growing Threat I’m not sure what a bike share bike is a threat to, but it MUST be a threat to something. People are having fun and getting cheap transportation, quick, do something…

Moving out west to CA a woman on a bicycle and a person on a motorcycle had a meeting of the minds when they misjudged speeds. FRENCH VALLEY: Bicyclist injured in collision with motorcycle (UPDATED) The cyclist was getting ready for a left turn and did not allow the motorcycle enough space. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

Still in CA a 70 YO cyclist ran a red light? Really? Vehicle Fatally Strikes 70-Year-Old Cyclist IF this is as reported then intersection protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent. Since there were no pictures of the wrecked bicycle posted to the web I have no idea if this is accurate, but it didn’t pass the smell test the first time I read it and it still stinks.

Another driver gets a gentle caress to the wrist from Jolly Olde. Suspended sentence for driver after cyclist killed TANJ!

He probably won’t. Lorry driver could be jailed after admitting causing cyclist’s death

A little Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Cyclists want Miami-Dade mayor to see dangers on Bear Cut Bridge Two words about drivers driving in the bike lanes Solid Bollards. Install 4″ dia 0.5″ wall steel tubing filled with concrete about 5 feet apart set a couple of feet into the road surface and welded to the rebar in Portland concrete surfaced roads, and cars will stop driving in the bike lane. I admit picking up the pieces from cars that try driving in the bike lane will be time consuming at first, but if the messes are sufficiently publicized on the news and in internet videos (“Wrecked car swept into small garbage bags after crossing into bike lane” would be a good headline) the problem will eventually go away.

National infrastructure news. Secretary Foxx Pledges to Make Bike/Ped Safety a Priority I think the traditional response to statements like this is “I’m from Missouri,” or “show me.”

A big problem with bike/ped infrastructure and safety is antipathy from the car-heads. Park Slope Woman Decides Family Of Slain Boy Has “Mourned Enough,” Tries To Take Down Memorial

PSA on motor vehicle danger. Cars don’t kill people, irresponsible drivers do

And last link sometimes you need to get off that bike. Wheels of Truth

And those were all the links that gave me fits after I got home.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Out running errands on a warm bright day, and the Feed

Yep we went from a subfreezing high on Monday to a mid-60s high on Saturday. I was out running errands today wearing jeans and a t-shirt (and my hi-viz road worker’s vest) and not even the slightest bit chilly. This is what climate change has brought to us here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, winters that you need a closet full of clothes for because what was appropriate one day is dangerously warm/cold 3 days later. We had similar temperatures as today at the beginning of last week as well. Is it any wonder I’m surrounded by people with coughs and sneezes?

Before I start, this was an exceptionally difficult Feed for me to filter on the emotional side of the equation, because of some of the final judicial outcomes recorded. Mrs. the Poet even threatened to throw me out of the house if I didn’t calm down and stop pacing up and down the hall from my office to the living room and back, grunting and sighing. I thought I was being rather restrained about things, really. There are no bodies in the house, and no structural damage to the house, nor even a broken window nor mirror…

I’m starting in SC with updates to a previous story. Cyclist fatally struck by fire truck identified and earlier reports that were too late to make yesterday’s Feed Bicyclist hit and killed by North Charleston fire truck and Cyclist hit and killed by North Charleston fire truck OK the cyclist was hit from behind. Still no word on the how and why of the cyclist getting hit from behind. When dealing with emergency vehicles moving over as far as you can is pretty much the only protocol in the book, especially when they are running “hot” with lights and siren.

One of the articles that resulted in pacing and grunting comes from CA. Probe into Santa Cruz cyclist’s death likely to take months This was the Tesla that ran head on into a cyclist riding in the bike lane on the correct side of the road.

Another article that resulted in pacing and grunting, with the frequent use of muttered profanity. Drunken driver gets prison for killing cyclist near Prosser The driver was 19 at the time of the wreck, and had a prior DUI. How in the names of all the deities of death and destruction did this guy get off with only a 2½ year sentence and not life? The cyclist was wearing an LED blinky reflective vest like I used to own and had multiple tail lights on the back of his bike, and he wasn’t even on the road! The cyclist, Jared Carr, was changing a flat tire with the back of the bike lighted up and facing traffic while stopped in the ditch. All the driver had to do to avoid this death was to stay on the road, at which he failed miserably. And people wonder why I’m so “cranky” about bicycle safety, I mean besides the fact that I ride and have been hit several times on my bike.

Back to CA for a SWCC wreck. School Board Member Involved in Injury Collision Since this was a mid-block “crossing” I can’t say for sure what happened, especially since there were no pictures of the wrecked bike. Intersection protocols if the bike was really crossing the road, or hit-from-behind if the cyclist wasn’t crossing the road.

Continuing the hopscotching across the country a driver in OH faces serious charges for killing a cyclist. Man charged in October death of cyclist appears in court This is a first for me, I believe. I do not recall ever seeing a driver charged with manslaughter for left-crossing a cyclist without a record of previous run-ins with cyclists.

Back to the other side of the country. Cyclist hit by car in Milwaukie identified, upgraded to serious condition Still no word on how many “witnesses” were not inside the weapon vehicle, nor any pictures of the wrecked bicycle. So, assuming the narrative is somewhat related to actual events, intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Stating a truth in the UK. Reader’s letter: Very few people are injured by cyclists

Good people in the Jolly Olde. Torquay fall cyclist Ron Keegan, 75, wants to thank Good Samaritans Lots of good people doing the right things came together to save this man’s life.

Moving down south a long ways, we get this head on wreck in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured in car crash at Waterfall Someone was on the wrong side of the road, kinda a given in Oz, but really since this was a head on wreck one vehicle had to be on the wrong side of the road for the location. Since the article doesn’t say who was salmoning all I can say is riding with traffic if it was the cyclist, to avoid. If the driver was on the wrong side then a cyclist is up the proverbial unsanitary tributary without visible means of locomotion. Infrastructure to prevent.

More from Oz. Skimming cyclists a dangerous practice Here in the US this is a “buzz job” or a “Jerry Brown”.

Infrastructure! news in the US from Al Jazeera? The truth about bike lanes

The same thing from a different perspective, where do the kids ride? A PLACE TO RIDE

Infrastructure in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Fabiola Santiago: Gimenez absent on Rickenbacker cyclist safety

Same song with a different tune from”Down Undah”. Richie Porte joins campaign for greater protection of cyclists on public roads

Really want to ride a fat bike, but don’t want to fight those tires? Part two. Felt – Bosch Concept Fat-bike

How do you grow eyes in the back of your head? Students invent ‘Bike Radar’ to help prevent cyclists getting knocked down It needs some work, but that’s a good start.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

It’s cold and wet again, and the Feed

Well it’s Yule, and that means the annual Poet family bitchfest about setting up the fake tree even though we don’t have anything to put under it (everybody is getting gift cards this year except for the people I made home-made gifts for). Add to that the fact that this year we have 2 trees, a potted live tree that is already decorated that Mrs. the Poet won at her school district Christmas party and I think is perfect for us (think the tiny tree in “A Charley Brown Christmas” post “love”). I don’t want to fight with setting up the fake tree when we already have a perfectly good live tree that was sitting where we set up the tree anyway.

And because of the weather conditions reported in the headline the tree removal has been postponed because Mrs. the Poet doesn’t want me to drag the extension cord through the swamp that is our back yard after a rain. The extension cord is needed because the chainsaw is electric rather than gas powered. So I would be holding an electric appliance in the rain with the power cord getting dragged through a swamp, what could go wrong with that? ;)

Up first is the final word on a DUI homicide in west TX. Jury chooses probation for Capellan for striking cyclist in July 2012 There was a substantial fine, and a potential 10 year prison sentence that has to be served in its entirety should the driver violate probation.

Closer to home both physically and emotionally. Update: It took Dallas police one day to find Mary Suhm’s stolen custom-made Dallas-themed bicycle Might I remind people that Blue was stolen in August and LEO refused to even accept a picture of me with the bike so they would recognize the bike if recovered.

After a spate of dead cyclists who were hit from behind Austin PD did a sting. APD Cracks Down To Help Bicyclists I could use a law like that to protect me here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. And LEO willing to enforce it.

An unusual report from OH. Grand jury indicts man in bike crash Apparently even hitting a cyclist makes people angry if you do it while drunk. I don’t know that hit-from-behind protocols would be of much use in this one as the second rider was sent over a guard rail, meaning no escape route to make the protocol work. Infrastructure to prevent, like putting the guard rail on the left of the cyclists with clean pavement to the right of the guard rail.

The most deadliest state to walk or ride a bicycle in the US puts another notch in the steering wheel. Cyclist dies in Putnam County crash Thursday evening Apparently the weapon vehicle has deficient headlights so they blamed the cyclist. And since the direction of travel was not given for the weapon vehicle I can’t say what would be the best thing to do to avoid this wreck, but more than likely infrastructure done to the Dutch standard would have prevented it.

A MO wreck that killed a cyclist is called “no criminality suspected”. Police find no wrongdoing in Mo. cyclist’s death

A report on an entitled driver in far West Canuckistan. Hit and run driver asks victim to help free bike from under car The cyclist was hit by a car violating the right of way of the sidewalk as the driver crossed in a driveway, also the injured cyclist was young enough to be legally riding on the sidewalk in Canada. Remember every driveway and parking lot entrance is an intersection and be ready to use intersection protocols at every one. This would be the case even with Dutch style infrastructure.

Umm, I know how angry you get after a hit and run with injury, but taking an axe to the weapon vehicle after the fact is generally frowned upon. Use the axe on the driver ;) Gold Coast cyclist pushed off his bike strikes back with axe attack on car at Isle of Capri I mean seriously, the guy had been assaulted with a deadly weapon and was still bleeding from the attack and yet he’s the one that got the worse penalties.

An Aussie gets shot in the face in Enn Zed for riding a bike. Australian cyclist injured by paintball Yep, attempted murder, it is.

A IL lawyer says the hooraw over wearing plastic hats could be damaging the cases of injured cyclists. Hysteria Over Bicycle Helmets Could Subvert Justice

Infrastructure in MA. Boston Cyclist vs. Cranky Driver: Who’s To Blame?

SFFD claims pedestrians are a “special interest group”. SFFD Responds to “Special Interest Group Allegations” on Street Safety Also bicyclists, and everyone not in a fire department vehicle.

Infrastructure from Jolly Olde. Boyfriend of cyclist Deep Lee & driver of lorry that killed her criticise TfL & road layout at inquest

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Mrs. the Poet wants the tree sawed up, and the Feed

Mrs. the Poet wants the tree parts out of the back yard by Monday, which means I need to get the bar oil and the chainsaw back together today so that I can saw all day tomorrow. That means I have to get this post done quickly. And having to backspace and correct typos caused by fingers that are wider than the keys on the keyboard is driving me bonkers, so let’s get this over with.

Up first is a ride to remember a fallen TX cyclist. Memorial ride to remember cyclist killed in crash And another media outlet spreads the lie that helmets prevent wrecks… Helmets don’t prevent wrecks, they slightly lessen the effects of wrecks to a small part of the head. I wear a helmet every time I ride but I don’t engage in the kind of magical thinking that wearing one will keep cars from hitting me (that’s what my talisman of shielding is for ;) ).

More on the victim of that horrendous 2 mile long hit-and-run in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. Bicyclist carried two miles on hit-run car: ‘hard-working, easy-going guy’ Latest word is the cyclist will probably not survive the weekend. And that his future killer is already back on the streets still able to drive. I mentioned this case to Mrs. the Poet and her reaction is that the driver should never see the sky as a free man again, and that she’s sorry for the taxpayers of the state of Florida for having to keep his sorry butt alive for the next 40-50 years. Her take is that this was attempted murder when the driver dumped the cyclist behind the dumpsters, if the cyclist manages to survive, and straight up murder if the cyclist doesn’t survive.

In MS a cyclist is hit from behind by a driver paying more attention to his lunch than to where the deadly weapon that is a motor vehicle was going. Pascagoula cyclist injured in Thursday morning accident with vehicle The driver really “got into” that sandwich, because he never noticed the cyclist in front of him until the actual wreck. Since the wreck was on a bridge there was no place for the cyclist to go (well over the side of the bridge, but is falling from a bridge any better than getting hit at 40+ MPH?) so the protocols are moot, and the infrastructure is what it would be in the Dutch model except for the barrier to keep the motor vehicles out of the bike lane. Fortunately the cyclist only had broken bones and a little road rash. Painful but not fatal or even likely to cause much in the way of long-term problems.

An OR wreck that has me slightly puzzled. Bike rider struck by car in Northeast Portland Did you catch it? The rider was on a street with a stop sign, but LEO did not state immediately that the cyclist ran that stop sign. I read that as there may have been a wreck before the cyclist was hit by the car. More from a news outlet closer to the scene. Bicycle rider hospitalized after northeast Portland collision

Lifestyle from the Windy City. More than $10,000 raised to help family of cyclist hit and killed They went way past their fundraising goals for this cyclist. He’s going to have a fine funeral.

And last link from Jolly Olde on the drunk driver that had already been banned from driving when he killed a cyclist. 6 years in jail for drunk & banned driver who killed Sussex cyclist

Also from Jolly Olde comes a heartwarming story of forgiveness. Boyfriend comes face-to-face with driver of tipper truck that killed his girlfriend…and they hug!

And those were all the links that gave me fits today, now I get to go traipsing about the town getting the chainsaw back together.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Postus interruptus, and the Feed

This post will be written in two parts because I’m going to another doctor today. This is a continuation of the treatment for my back pains caused by having one leg shorter than the other since my wreck. I will be leaving after 1400 and back about 1900 or so. I will add a travel story after I get back.

Up first is a report from CA on a cyclist hit from behind in the bike lane by a Sheriff’s cruiser travelling at a high rate of speed. Breaking news — bike rider killed in wreck with Sheriff’s patrol car and Bicyclist killed in crash with sheriff’s patrol car in Calabasas also Bicyclist Killed in Collision With Sheriff’s Radio Car and this too Bicyclist Struck And Killed By Sheriff’s Patrol Car In Calabasas still more Former Napster COO Killed in Crash With Patrol Car yet another link Former Napster exec killed on bike by patrol car OK I have read several thousand wreck reports and know that it takes an impact of 50 to 60 MPH or higher to cause laminated safety glass to shatter so that flying glass intrudes on the passenger compartment so as to cause facial injuries to the driver, which is the case here. So we can deduce the cruiser was moving at 70 MPH or higher (much higher) on a surface street while on “regular patrol”. Protocols in this case would have had no effect because of the high closing speed of the weapon vehicle, and the cyclist was already using appropriate infrastructure for the location. So the only way to avoid or prevent a wreck like this in the future is training and screening of people with deadly weapons. You would think the training and screening of people assigned with the responsibility of having firearms should be enough to prevent incidents like this, but evidence suggests otherwise.

The other “big story” today is a restaurant worker killed in Chicago. Bicyclist killed on West Side and Charges filed in bicyclist’s death: ‘Tragedy of epic proportions’ also Cyclist Killed in Crash Was Marine, Dreamed of Being a Chef As in the previous paragraph the cyclist was hit from behind with little to no chance to avoid the wreck. A parking-protected cycle track would have been the appropriate infrastructure for the site, but not implemented yet. I don’t know what infrastructure was in place or planned but the cycle track would have been the only thing that would have stopped the drunk from hitting a cyclist. If I read the articles correctly, the reason he stayed at the scene was the weapon vehicle was disabled by the wreck and unable to drive away. As in the previous paragraph that requires travelling at more than the posted limit by a large margin.

Also with more than one link is this wreck in Las Vegas NV. Bicyclist Killed in Accident At 0:45 in the video there is a light reflected from the seat-post reflector the cyclist “didn’t have” Coroner: Bicyclist killed in Eastern Avenue crash ID’d SWCC wreck so intersection protocols apply to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A GA cyclist is killed by a drunk driver. Police: One dead, biker seriously injured in drunk driving incident Sorry, but when I was filtering this link I saw the driver was doing 86 MPH when he hit the cyclist and saw there was a death and assumed the cyclist was the one that was killed, but it turns out the passenger was the one that died, so far. Hit from behind wreck, but because of the speed involved there would have been nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck with the built environment. Get the infrastructure right to prevent a future wreck, but to be honest I’m not sure what that should be. The location speed limit of 45 MPH suggests a parking-buffered cycle track would be the thing to do as far as physical infrastructure is concerned, and recycling vehicles used by drivers with multiple DUIs as part of the legal infrastructure changes to prevent a similar wreck.

An Aussie cyclist struggles to remain on this side of the veil. Young boy fighting for life after being hit by car while riding bike And that is the entirety of what I know about this wreck.

Is Australia about to be the first Anglophone country to actually place a blind driver on trial for killing a cyclist? Driver to face trial over cyclist death Apparently so. The combination of a lowered sun visor, shades, and still hitting a cyclist because the driver was “dazzled” was just pushing it too far for the prosecution.

Infrastructure! news from FL. More bicyclists getting hurt in Broward, Palm Beach counties The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike gets worse, and they still wonder why.

Similar news from CA. High rate of cycling injuries in San Luis Obispo may be a “call to action for decision-makers” It took them three tries to pass a 3-foot passing law and get their Governor to sign it and they wonder why so many get hurt?

A plea for IL drivers to have sense. Drivers, give teen bike riders like me a break This is from what would be classed as a “strong and fearless” cyclist.

Infrastructure news from the UK. Boris Johnson: ‘Death protests’ risk scaring cyclists off the road No Boris, 6 cyclists killed in 9 days does that quite well enough all by itself.

Also from the UK. HGV mag: ‘Our driver killed a cyclist! Read our tragic story.’

With the recent ice storm a set of these on the erstwhile Snow Bike would have been nice. Good friend of my installed 450 screws in his tyres to ride in winter !!!

Last link makes you think. DEAR MOTORIST

And those were all the links about bicycles that gave me fits today/tonight. I should add that it was terrible trying to get to the clinic today as the quick routing required taking the train at least part of the way and the trains were at a standstill here in Garland because of ice on the catenary, meaning no power to the trains.

Billed 2€0.02, Opus

OOhhhhh, the shineys, and the Feed

Well, we got precipitated upon while the temperature was below freezing last night. That means I awoke to the sounds of chainsaws removing fallen tree limbs from the streets and people’s roofs. I wore my usual attire when I checked the mail which sparked some disbelief from my neighbors especially the first two times I went out wearing a pair of soccer shorts and my new slippers, I decided to add an event t-shirt for the third and fourth trips because I was also surveying the damages to and from our trees and would have to spend longer outside than just a trip to the mail box (actually I didn’t check the trees etc. on the third trip, I used a hammer to break the ice from the mail box and that took a few minutes to manage without damaging the mail box). As I began typing the outside temperature was 25°F but because the ground is so warm we are getting some melting as heat trapped in the ground works its way to the surface. The roofs and trees aren’t getting any benefit from this, but it looks like the walks will be clear by sundown. Our trees fared pretty well, the live oak in back that took so much damage from that EF0 tornado a few years back seems to have survived the ice without further damage,(ETA as I finished up the post I had to go take out the trash and the whole back of the live oak is shredded from limbs that were ripped off in the afternoon, I don’t think we will have a tree there this spring) and the pecan out front also seems undamaged. But the ash has at least one limb on the ground and another on the roof, fortunately without damage to the roof. There also appears to be at least one other branch that is just dangling but is broken from the rest of the tree. We may have to cut the ash way back to get anything resembling a healthy tree shape. And the shineys mentioned in the headline? The ice looks like jewels on the trees and structures. And yes I know how to spell “shineies” but that didn’t look as good as the other spelling.

Also interesting is I did a Google image search for a witch riding a bicycle. That in and of itself wasn’t interesting, but finding every single image I have ever loaded or hot linked in this blog since I started in 2008 was… Basically if you saw it in these pages, I found it in the search. And I also found other images of witches on bicycles.

Up first is a fatal wreck about 3 day’s ride from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Houston police searching for hit-and-run driver who killed young cyclist Intersection wreck but with the reported levels of destruction I have doubts that intersection protocols would have done anything to mitigate the damage, much less avoid the wreck. Infrastructure might have prevented the wreck by moving the cyclist away from the homicidal maniac driving a killing machine.

One killed and another injured as the most deadliest state in the US adds another notch to its steering wheel. 1 killed, 1 injured in Orlando hit-and-run and Owner of Mercedes in fatal hit-and-run goes to FHP headquarters And that second link has changes twice since I filtered links last night. Originally last night FHP was searching for the Merc, this morning the Merc had been found, and this afternoon the owner has been speaking with the FHP. As of this posting LEO are sitting on the details of the wreck so I can’t advise on avoiding or if infrastructure would have made any difference in the wreck. They aren’t even saying if they were two-up on a standard bike or riding a tandem or some kind of cargo bike with a passenger seat. The only detail I have is they were riding the same bicycle when they were hit. Which is about as useful as stating two victims of a hit and run wreck not involving a bicycle were in the same car.

Also in FL someone is leaving booby traps (tacks) in the roads and bike paths, and vandalizing memorials to fallen cyclists. Cyclist haters on the loose in Lake? BOLO for more road terrorism.

Another SWSS in GA. Bicyclist hit, killed on Wednesday The narrative has the cyclist leaving the sidewalk directly in front of the weapon vehicle. Can I see a show of hands for those that believe this? Hello, anyone? Buehler? Anyway, hit-from-behind wreck, protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Include in that infrastructure training LEO to take the single surviving witness of a fatal encounter, who also happens to be the person in control of the deadly weapon responsible for the death, with a grain of salt as big as the weapon vehicle.

Update on a SC hit-and-run. Man charged in Bluffton hit-and-run The narrative for the wreck is that of a deliberate assault as the cyclist was crossing the intersection with a 4-way stop.

A NM cyclist is killed riding on an AF base. Bicycle crash kills Lockheed worker Once again, LEO are sitting on most of the details on this wreck including which street the cyclist was using, or if the cyclist was actually in any street. When LEO don’t say what street the wreck happened on, that’s sitting on a story reallllllly tight.

Moving to CA we get the first of a few wrecks from the Golden State. South San Francisco: Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run crash Intersection wreck and since this media outlet did not blame the cyclist for running the stop sign at the intersection it can be safely assumed the cyclist did not run the stop sign. Intersection protocols to deal with the built environment, and since this is mostly residential and services (there is a private school across from a senior citizen’s center in the Street View) the only change to the infrastructure would be a reduction in the speed limit of 10 MPH to a new limit of 15.

Another CA wreck continues the theme for today of LEO sitting on the details of the story as I post. Teenage Bicyclist Injured in Traffic Collision Once again the only “detail” we get is a location “near” an intersection.

A young male cyclist is hit in Oz. Boy dies while riding bike and Sarina boy, 7, killed when his bike and a car collided Intersection wreck, so protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right so a kid can get around the neighborhood without getting killed.

Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde that’s none too jolly. Two-Thirds of London Cyclists Have Increased Safety Concerns Combine that headline with an earlier report of 1 in 5 London cyclists temporarily (!) giving up cycling because of the danger of getting killed even when doing everything right (as the cyclist killed last year while waiting in the ASB in front of an HGV)… The unmitigated gall in putting a substandard bicycle lane down with some blue paint and then allowing people to park over it whilst calling it a “superhighway” and “world-class infrastructure”… the phrase “snake oil” comes to mind.

Lifestyle in AZ. Hand Cyclist inspires young man injured in trampoline accident You can do a lot of things without legs, including riding a bike.

And I don’t know how to classify this report except that it make me very angry. NYPD: 1,499 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 17 Killed in Traffic in October IIRC about half of those pedestrians were killed by cars driving on the sidewalk, or more in the month of October 2013 than killed by cyclists since 2000 everywhere in the 5 boroughs. And yet they still managed to give out more tickets to cyclists for running red lights during car-free times in Central Park than they gave speeding tickets in some precincts. TANJ!

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

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Slippers are built but problems are found, and the Feed

Gluing socks to flip flops to make slippers works without further modifications, but making the resulting combination lifted to accommodate my short leg requires additions. To wit while the right side flexes as I walk and stays comfortably in place the left side tries to pull my foot out of the sock because it does not flex much when I walk. So I have to cobble up (shoe making pun!) a strap from the heel to the front of the ankle to keep the slipper from wandering away from my foot. Can I tell you that this is the part of making things that I love? Because it is, I love facing problems and finding solutions to those problems. To be totally honest I was slightly disappointed that the right slipper worked so well right out of the box. I mean what fun is that having the initial design working with no modifications needed? So anyway I think I will need to find some Velcro straps to glue to the left slipper to keep the heel in place, the arch and toe areas are not having any problems with the lift or the lack of flexibility in the lifted sole. And I just went to the mailbox to check if the mail had run and I need to place one strap around the back to keep the slipper from sliding off the front, and a second strap over the front of the ankle to keep from pulling away from the back of the slipper when I flex my foot and lift my heel as I stride. I will have to research where I can get these locally, I might just salvage them from the sandals I was using before their soles crumbled…

Up first is more on the cyclist killed on I35 in OK. Bicyclist struck and killed on Interstate 35 Looking at the Street View of the scene reveals a rest area between mile markers 46 and 45 which could explain where the cyclist started from, with a possible disabled vehicle as the reason why someone would be riding a bicycle on an Interstate highway. Anywho, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, if you ever find yourself having to ride on an Interstate highway. From the street view it does not look like there is a rideable shoulder there either.

Moving to CA a cyclist is hurt in a SWCC wreck. Cyclist seriously injured in collision If the report is accurate then intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, or hit-from-behind protocols if the cyclist wasn’t really “crossing”, but either way get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Still in CA but a little south is another link to the kid that got hit in Long Beach. Teen cyclist critically injured by hit-and-run driver in Long Beach Same thing as it was yesterday, limited sight lines create a condition that only by severely restricting the speed limit (20 km/hr or 10 MPH for the US) could this be made safe for people not encased in light armored vehicles.

Another cyclist is killed in the most deadliest (grammatical error on purpose to emphasize how deadly it is) state in the US to walk or ride a bike since before I started writing this blog. Deputies looking for suspect involved in fatal hit and run on 21st Avenue Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Keep the crazies away from the cyclists and this won’t happen.

Still in that most deadliest state, another notch in the steering wheel… Bicyclist killed in crash on US Hwy 301 near Florida State Fairgrounds OK slightly confusing here, the cyclist was in the right turn lane when hit while crossing the road? That sounds like there may have been some deliberate action on the part of the driver of the weapon vehicle to “not avoid” the cyclist. Anyway, intersection protocols to avoid and get the freaking infrastructure right to prevent.

Another cyclist is shot, this time outside NYC. Man Killed While Riding Bike Home… I honestly can’t say how to avoid something like this, I can’t even say for sure the cyclist was shot because he was riding a bicycle, it might have been something else entirely.

An update on a cyclist killed in OH. Lost in a tragedy, Route 101 needs a bicycle lane

Mass protest in the UK for better infrastructure. More than 1,000 cyclists stage a mass ‘die-in’ safety protest after six riders are killed in London in the space of just a month

Lifestyle in NM. Park now honors girl killed in 2012

And those were all the links about bicycles that gave me fits.

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Only getting what I have to on Black Friday, and the Feed

Well I had to go out shopping today, but I didn’t go consumer-crazy like you may have seen on TV. I bought a tube of glue and groceries, that’s all. I didn’t hit any of the big box stores, but I did go by a few on the way to and from getting what I needed and the ones in my neck of the woods looked a trifle empty for Black Friday, I mean there were actual parking spaces to be found all over the place.

Up first is a cyclist killed on an Interstate outside OKC. Cyclist killed on I-35 As for why the cyclist was riding on the Interstate, the highway sliced a lot of formerly connecting routes in two with dead ends at the highway so getting from A to B sometimes requires going through G,H, and I. Hit from behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A CA wreck leaves a teen cyclist in bad shape. Long Beach Teen Critically Injured In Bicycle Hit-And-Run From looking at the Street View of the scene, there wasn’t a whole lost of time to see either party in this wreck. Intersection protocols to avoid, and as this was in the middle of what passes for a dense residential area in CA this would be almost exactly the kind of infrastructure already in existence as bicycle infrastructure in the Netherlands, except with a much lower speed limit and more liability for motor vehicle drivers.

Update on a cyclist’s murder with a motor vehicle in the Great White North. Still no answers in disabled cyclist slaying They have the weapon vehicle (literally in this case, not just the designation of the vehicle that struck a vulnerable road user) but because the vehicle had been sold at least twice in “off the books” transfers who actually owned the vehicle is unknown.

A cogent analysis of the current state of bicycling in London. Wheels but no way

Should bicycle detection systems like the one in this link be required for all heavy vehicles with large blind spots (semi trucks, gravel haulers, large delivery vehicles)? Should every truck should have this cyclist/ pedestrian detection system?/a> As the article points out authorities can’t even make side guards that pay for themselves in reduced fuel usage within a year mandatory, making a $1300 detection system mandatory is going to be pushing it hard.

Infrastructure news from MD. Bel Air Cyclist Hit by Car: ‘You Have to Have Stricter Laws’ This came real close to being the “DOY!” article of the month, but they saved all the real obvious article premises for the end of the month and this one was beaten out.

Infrastructure news from Oz. Mind the gap Queensland cyclists could be dobbing in drivers Looking up the term “dobbing” in an online Ozzy slang dictionary reveals it to mean similar to “snitching” in the US, i.e. informing on wrongdoing to authorities. They will be looking to cyclists wearing helmet cameras to provide evidence of violations of their new passing clearance law.

Lawyer blatherings about bicycle safety from the Great White North. <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1613479 " target="_blank"<Rotondo Law Firm, a Leading Toronto Personal Injury Law Firm, Warns Cyclists to Be Careful After Fatalities Hit Four-Year High Really, after one cyclist was outright murdered, and other cyclists were hit by red-light-runners, it’s the cyclists that need to be careful? (and I made 3 tries to get the link posted correctly, if it looks funny to you I’m SOORRyy)

The “DOY!” article of the month. Distracted-Driving Deaths of Pedestrians, Cyclists Up in U.S., Study Finds I’m sure that they could radically alter that number upwards if they could find out what was happening inside all the hit-and-run weapon vehicles that kill cyclists and pedestrians.

Last link is a TV ad for a tilting cargo trike, made like a car ad. MK1 – Tilt-action cargobike from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen

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

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[Banging head against wall] and the Feed

There are days when writing this blog feels like banging my head against a wall in solitary confinement, it hurts and almost nobody notices it. I’m seriously looking forward to riding my new bakfiets down the street with my blog logo painted on the side thanks to the anonymous benefactor that sent the money to build it, which is physical proof that at least one person reading my blog thinks I’m doing a good job. But I read the Feed and keep seeing the SOS day after day with SSDD and nothing changing but the names of the victims and the places. And it causes me anguish.

And I’m not the only one, either. Thirteen fallen cyclists in the City of Angels, and no one even seems to notice — or care Sorry Ted.

A left cross in CA and the driver claims blindness as a defense. Bicyclist injured in Santa Cruz crash Once again a blind driver proceeds into a space he can’t confirm as clear at unabated speed and a cyclist pays the price for a driver’s stupidity.

Still in CA a cyclist runs into a car in S.F. Cyclist Injured In SoMa Wednesday Night I used the link posted in the article and there are two right turn lanes with through bicycle traffic in the left-hand right turn lane. This looks like the perfect place to do a swoop and squat (AKA Dr. Thompson maneuver) on a cyclist. Until I learn more about the wreck I’m placing equal blame on all 3 parties (driver, cyclist, and infrastructure).

Moving a bit east to PA. Bicyclist injured after being hit by car in Upper Allen SWSS wreck, so that would be a hit-from-behind protocol to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

From the Great White North a world-class athlete in an unfortunately named sport is killed. Elite squash player killed riding bicycle and Cyclist killed in North York crash a top squash player also Elite Canadian squash player killed cycling to training facility As of this posting the narrative is the weapon vehicle ran the red light and broadsided the cyclist, for which I have no protocols. Infrastructure changes would have been of little import here as the driver ignored the built infrastructure that prohibited his being in the intersection so why would changing the traffic signals and putting some paint on the pavement make any difference to that?

Update on another wreck in the Great White North. Man charged in cyclist’s death to appear in court Thursday LEO in Canada take their jobs seriously… Unless a former member of the DA’s office is involved.

The scourge of hit-and-run almost kills a cyclist in Oz. Cyclist lucky to avoid serious injury after collision with hit-run driver I couldn’t decipher the mode of the wreck from the narrative, so … Infrastructure!

From the Department of DUUHH! Pt. 1. Distracted Drivers Killing More Pedestrians, Bicyclists

Department of DUUHH! Pt. 2. Biking continues to have bipartisan appeal, baffling D.C. media Outside of the Tea Party who see “takeover by the One World Government” cycling is seen as “progressive” by liberals, and “exercising choice” by libertarians, and “morally conservative” by real conservatives, or basically in line with the core values of every major party (and quite a few of the minor and “fringe” parties).

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

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Bean day so I get to cook, and the Feed

One of the joys in my life is when I get to cook I get to pick the menu. I like beans and rice cooked together, so that’s what I fix. I make 2 cups of beans mixed with a cup of brown rice (uncooked measures) with a mix of 3 different kinds of beans, For nutrition I use lentils and black beans, then add small red beans for more flavor, 2/3 of a cup of each. I put them in the slow cooker with 10 cups of hot water for about 4 hours, then add cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder and salt and allow to work for about another half hour then remove a portion for the person that doesn’t like rice in her beans and add the cup of brown rice to cook for 2 hours (sometimes a little longer so we don’t get crunchy rice).

Another cyclist is shot in what is developing into a national trend. New information released on 13-year-old shot while riding bike I have no idea how a person is supposed to avoid getting shot whir riding around the neighborhood. The good thing is that bullets are much less fatal than cars. This was in FL but that really doesn’t make any difference in what happened as FL does not appear to have any more cyclist shootings than any other state with lots of cyclists.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike bolsters that reputation. Motorcyclist and Bicyclist Killed In Melbourne Crash and Owner of Suspected Melbourne Hit & Run Vehicle Contacts FHP I’m wondering about how they decided the cyclist was “crossing” the street instead of riding on it with one witness dead from a secondary hit-and-run and the cyclist unconscious…

Just one state up from the previous link. Griffin bicyclist on fundraising ride struck by van, killed in Glynn County Another blind driver hits a cyclist that was plainly visible from behind. The cyclist’s escape route was blocked by other cyclists in this case rendering the hit-from-behind protocols pretty much useless. Infrastructure to prevent, including making drivers at fault and criminally liable in hit-from-behind wrecks during good visibility conditions like in this wreck.

Another cyclist is killed in NYC. Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver In Williamsburg There were pictures of the wreck scene and victim posted in the comments section, click that link advisedly. From the crime scene pictures it looks like a buzz job, so hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Among other things requiring LEO to search for all related video (see this link) and prosecuting all hit-and-run as homicides if the victim dies.

A MO cyclist is hit-and-run. Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash and Springfield cyclist killed in hit-and-run Intersection wreck so protocols might have helped depending on the speed of the weapon vehicle> Get the infrastructure right to prevent. Looking at the crime scene the infrastructure changes would be primarily a lower speed limit and legal changes to make drivers more leery of hitting a cyclist.

A PA cyclist is hit in a very similar wreck to the MO cyclist. Bicyclist injured in crash in State College In this intersection wreck the driver was running a red light in the initial narrative, so intersection protocols would be moot to avoid damages. Getting the infrastructure right might help prevent the wreck.

More on the driver arrested for a CO hit-and-run. Police arrest woman suspected in hit-run crash that seriously injured cyclist in Fort Collins and Woman arrested in Nov. 6 hit-and-run bike crash near CSU The callousness of this woman getting out of the car and talking to the bleeding victim unable to move from where he lay in the street is mind-boggling. And the fact that had she stayed at the scene there was no fault on her, and until she left the wreck was the cyclist’s fault…

A kid is hit in Las Vegas at an intersection. Police: Vegas boy, 12, hurt in car-bicycle crash Looking at the Street View of the intersection reveals that in order to be able to see oncoming traffic from the direction of the weapon vehicle the cyclist would have had the be almost in the lane of traffic where he was hit. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A hit-and-run in CA. Police: Bicyclist dies after hit and run in Ontario Hit-from-behind wreck, so protocols might have been helpful, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Ghost bike for a CO cyclist. Fort Collins cyclist, killed in October accident, remembered with ghost bike The cyclist was killed by a blind driver in a left cross wreck, why are they asking cyclists to be more careful? The deceased cyclist was one of the most careful cyclists there was and he still got killed because a driver went into an area he couldn’t see…

A VA town places more bike cops on the street and sees a drastic reduction in street crime. Police officers on bicycles can provide more aid Also the bike cops have a greatly reduced response time to traffic wrecks.

Lifestyle in CA. Memorial Bike Race Held for North County Cycling Victim

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Let’s make our cities a haven for cyclists I got some sad news for them if they think NYC is any paragon of cycling infrastructure…

Infrastructure in Oz. Uneasy riders as cyclists rattled by steep rise in deaths and Cyclist deaths hit nine-year high on Australian roads

Infrastructure in Enn Zed. Spotlight on cyclists’ deaths

Last links. This Photo Of A Cop Ticketing A Brooklyn Cyclist Has It All The picture says volumes, but this link screams. NYPD Ticketing People for Riding Bikes on the Willis Avenue Bridge Bike Path No that’s not a typo nor a mistake, NYPD was giving cyclists tickets for riding a bicycle on the bike path. The plainly marked bike path at that.

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

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