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I get a night off and the Feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Pollen count is high again, and the Feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And I think I have enough for today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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

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

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

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

PSA, Opus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Grabbing as many links as I can today because tomorrow is a Really Big Day, and the Feed

Tomorrow is the date for Ride of Silence and I will be making the longest ride I have ever made on Francis/es, almost 20 miles round trip, so that I can participate. But that is not why this will be a Really Big Day. This post marks the 1999th time I have sat down at a computer, this makes the 4th computer since I have started this blog, to create a post for publication. I’m sure you are capable of basic math to know what comes next. Although this blog exists mostly to count and remember those killed and injured while riding a bicycle, tomorrow’s post will not have links to people who died riding, the fact that they were killed riding a bike is not the important thing, the important thing is that they were alive riding their bikes. I will have more to say on the subject tomorrow.

Up first is an update on the attempted mass murder during the SXSW conference/festival in Austin that resulted in the deaths of a cyclist and 4 other people. Suspect in South By Southwest crash indicted One count of capital murder (Murder 1 in most other places) and 4 counts of simple murder (murder 2 or 3 elsewhere). When they execute him do so by making him ride a bike on a closed road full of idiots in light armored vehicles. Let them drive around with the vehicle damage for a month so all their neighbors will know they “only” killed a cyclist…

Also from Austin, another update on a different wreck. Bike group identifies cyclist killed over weekend Nothing new on the wreck, but a lot more information about the victim.

A particularly brutal wreck in OR. Bend driver arrested in DUII SUV-bicycle crash mode not given but it was an intersection wreck and they already stated the weapon vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed, with injuries that go with a collision at a high rate of speed. And the driver got out of jail before the cyclist got out of ICU.

Just down the coast from the OR wreck closure is in sight for a CA wreck. Ex-Con Pleads Guilty to Drunken Driving Crash that Killed Bicyclist The driver was drunk, driving a stolen car, and in possession of methamphetamine, after being convicted for all of these offenses previously, and then he tops it off by killing another human being, and still may only get 14 years? Tell me it ain’t so!

Moving around the globe to Enn Zed, a driver that fatally sideswiped a cyclist gets a trial. Truck driver, 75, charged over cyclist’s death Give him a fair trial and a decent hangin’. With a bicycle chain…

Ted does not appear to be any more happy than I am this morning. Morning Links: A nearly forgotten Ride of Silence, and a deadly OC intersection nearly claims another victim

Infrastructure! news from back in Austin. Cyclist safety a concern after latest death I’m with the comment that cyclist safety is always a concern, just at heightened intensity after a fatal or near-fatal wreck.

Infrastructure news from SC. Photographic evidence: People use bike corrals replacing one car space with 8 bike racks increases the number of customers that can use that space by 15. Savvy business owners can really get behind that math, especially if they have a business that does not require moving large bulky items after the sale, like a restaurant or coffee shop or even a bookstore. I can’t tell you how many trips to the book store I have made by bike, but I can tell you there would have been more if better bike parking was provided.

Infrastructure news of the legal kind from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike again. Exclusive: Widow Makes Big Changes In Tallahassee After Husband’s Death Finally hit-and-run will be treated as seriously as DUI with the exact same penalties if you stay or if you run, and bonuses if you injure or kill someone.

E-bikes as a solution to poor infrastructure in China. E-bikes: a solution to pollution, or just a public safety hazard? The problem is not e-bikes in and of themselves, it is a combination of too many cars and e-bikes that are essentially unregulated. The too many cars thing is starting to straighten itself out as there just isn’t enough room for any more cars in China (witness the weeks-long 60+ mile in duration traffic jams they have been having there) as their cities become even more overcrowded. If they can get a uniform standard for e-bikes, and find a way to get pre-standard bikes bought back from their owners so they can be redone as compliant bikes and resold cheaply, then things should work out for them.

There is more than one kind of female cyclist just as there is more than one kind of male cyclist. An Open Letter to the Cycling Industry

And on the day before we have more links to Ride of Silence stories. Smith: It’s time to end the silence about O.C. cyclist deaths and Cyclists Cheer on Sunday, Ride In Silence on Wednesday Still nothing from the paper of record for the birthplace of the RoS.

And those are all the links I feel like sharing. I found more but they are such that sharing them will only harm you, and me.

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I want to parody Marvin the Android here but I won’t, and the Feed

For those of you going “WTF?!?!??” there is a poem written by Douglas Adams that he credits to Marvin the Android, a character in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series also written by Adams, entitled “How I hate the night”. I’m not going to post it here but some people have set it to music. So why would I want to write a parody of this sad little poem? Because I woke up to partial whiteout conditions again this morning because of plant sex. I also spent a good part of my Sunday drifting in and out of consciousness thanks to my allergy meds but at least I could breathe and see when I was awake.

Because there are a lot of Flash ads in the links today I’m having to filter in shifts which means the blog post is going to be a bit disjointed. There is nothing I can do about it as I didn’t get to decide how much Flash was used (and my displeasure with Flash ads has been posted to this blog before). I’ll do my best to keep things understandable at least.

Up first is another wreck that hard day’s ride from the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Cyclist killed after being hit by car in West Travis County Another blind driver hits a cyclist who was not even riding on the road. Hit-from-behind protocols for what they are worth to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Wide shoulders are considered to be “bicycle infrastructure” by TxDOT, but as we see here they are basically only as good as the drivers on the road are about respecting them as “infrastructure” not meant for cars. Most drivers in this state think “pavement = for cars” and even treat sidewalks not protected by curbs as “car space”. And I have even talked to drivers that claim people doing “only” the speed limit should get out of the way and stop “endangering” other drivers by being “slow”. Yes there are people with that mentality in TX, and I’m not using the plural form as gender-neutral language as I have had the same conversation multiple times with different “people”.

Hi-and-run and assault with a deadly weapon goes lightly punished as long as the “deadly weapon” is “only” a car. Boise man who injured teen in hit-and-run gets suspended sentence The driver did not even make it to the street when he ran down the cyclist on the sidewalk, then got out of the vehicle and berated the victim and left the scene. For this he gets 10 days in jail with credit for time served before making bail making his actual time in jail only 8 days. TANJ!

Update on a fatal CO wreck. Driver who hit, killed cyclist with Spokane ties pleads guilty OK if your on your way to court for a DUI charge and you kit someone expect to get the book thrown at you over the DUI charge. Also if you routinely go without sleep for days at a time for psychological problems, do something about those problems or don’t drive a car until after you get some sleep. Mythbusters: Driving Tipsy-Sleep Deprived

An AZ wreck that’s just… Gilbert woman struck, killed by van while riding bike in Yavapai County There were 2 bikes and 3 cyclists all riding legally, and all that would have been required to prevent running over the cyclists would have been lifting the foot from the gas and placing it on the brakes for a second until it was safe to change lanes and pass.

Two links to the same wreck in the Emerald Isle. Fifth cyclist of 2014 dies following fatal accident in Mayo and Gardai appeal for information after cyclist killed in collision with car If that picture from the first link is the wreck scene the cyclist was hit from behind while riding on the shoulder of the road, notice the skid mark that starts almost at the edge of the paved area and goes back to the travel lane. And if that is the actual wreck scene remember that they drive on the wrong side of the road over there so that traffic would be coming at you in the closest lane where here in the US it would be going away from you. But to be honest that picture looks like a stock picture of a country road in the US, so who knows what really happened.

A UK wreck shows why recumbents are better for riding long distances. Bike girl killed after crashing into house ‘suffered cyclist’s palsy and couldn’t pull brakes’ That’s right, “cyclist’s palsy” is a real thing that can get you killed, but you don’t ride a ‘bent with pressure on your arms or hands so you don’t get this condition.

Two links to the same wreck in Oz. Cyclist killed in Qld collision and Cyclist killed after crash with truck at Norwell on Gold Coast Wow, this wreck has about as much information as a UK wreck report… Interesting injury report though, the cyclist had no reported head injury but died from a heart attack and a broken leg? How do you manage to get a heart attack from a broken leg unless that leg was crushed and broken in multiple places? Given the description of the weapon vehicle that’s probable, but anything I have at the moment is pure speculation based on prior experience.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LACBC Bikes the Vote in June’s county elections, and anti-bike San Marino NIMBYs attack Presented without further comment…

All the Infrastructure! news today is from Jolly Olde. Why Britain’s top cyclists are urging their councils to back cycling

And this example of UK “bicycle infrastructure” has me confused between raging and ROFLMAO. Cyclists and drivers left baffled by wonky bike lane which weaves onto pavement and the side article linked inside cyclistsinthecity

And this is just beyond appalling. Change death-trap roundabout, crash cyclist’s widow begs I looked at the Google Earth image of the current infrastructure since the 2010 “improvements” and while there is some bike infrastructure it is hopelessly inadequate and incomplete, dumping cyclists on the southeast sector with no connection to any additional infrastructure and coming from the wrong direction for drivers to be looking for them, and no way for cyclists to access the bike infrastructure from the opposite direction. Generally just poor planning of “There’s some room here, the cyclists will fit” without thinking connectedly of how they would get to and from the “cyclists’ bit”.

And a bit more UK infrastructure news if you aren’t already depressed enough. ‘Space for Cycling': Thousands of cyclists ride in British cities to protest for safer streets

As the day gets closer, the links to the Ride Of Silence grow more numerous. ‘Silent’ St. Paul ride reminds bikers, motorists to co-exist and Silent bike ride in Medford Wednesday honors cyclists killed, injured also Petzel: Local Ride of Silence for bicyclists is May 21 more New Milford man rides in silence for cyclist rights

And this was the video that introduced me to 2Cellos. 2CELLOS – Thunderstruck [OFFICIAL VIDEO] The virtuosity of their playing just blew me away. And the audacity of the concept of playing AC/DC on cellos…

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Getting ready for Bike to Work day, and the Feed

Two things today. First I’m hoping the garage door will open so I can get my bike out, and second the garage door will close so I can leave the house. There is too much junk under the track to be able to get to the manual garage door opener, so if the electric one quits working nothing gets in or out of the garage unless you can get to it from the door to the house. Of course the same situation would exist if there was a car instead of a big pile of Not My Stuff in the middle of the garage, but that’s not the point. The point is that I don’t know if I can get my bike out of the garage. Naturally this annoys me. What’s the point of having a bike if you can’t get to it to ride it? Like the show bike that is currently under a huge pile of Not My Stuff next to the other pile of Not My Stuff.

Up first today is an update on a CO hit-and-run. Hit-and-run driver who fatally injured cyclist pleads guilty The guilty plea? Great. The total lack of prison time? This makes it official, no matter who you are or what your social status, when you ride a bicycle in CO in the eyes of the law you are less than human. There is no nicer way to put it. After the Martin Erzinger case where a prominent doctor was permanently disabled by a drunk stockbroker the stockbroker (Erzinger) got away with no prison time and 45 days of community service. Despicable, what they do in CO. More Meyers: Plea deal in hit-and-run sends wrong message

Another link to the cyclist with a broken neck after an ID hit-and-run. Cops Search for Driver After Cyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run I wrote this yesterday and I reiterate the statement today, if you come in contact with a motor vehicle and it makes you come off the bike, seek medical attention. Do not get back on the bike and ride to work with a broken neck. Especially with a broken neck.

A MI sidewalk cyclist gets left-crossed. Bicyclist critically injured in pickup truck crash Monday identified as Timothy Stafford of Kalamazoo There seems to be some quality control problems with the victim’s BSO, notice the fork broke in the middle of the steer tube at a place that would be inside the head tube and protected from impact damage. As for the wreck itself when cyclists ride on the sidewalk it indicates the street does not feel safe to ride in, but drivers do not look for cyclists riding in the sidewalk. The cyclist in this case was crossing in the crosswalk legally, but the driver just didn’t see him in time to stop or change direction before the collision. So, intersection protocols to reduce the damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

BikePortland has an unfortunate update to a tragic wreck. Ryan Egge, injured in March bike-car crash in Cully, has died This was a wreck that did not make any sense to me when it was first reported, that the cyclist had ridden through a parking lot at a high rate of speed and into oncoming traffic and the side of a car. I reported at the time that I thought there was another vehicle involved that had not been recorded due to the fact that the victim was unconscious at the scene.

If your BAC% is more than 3 times the legal limit 3 hours after a wreck and you ask if you can drive home, you may have a drinking problem. Firefighter over 3x the limit hours after alleged drunken hit and run One test had the driver within 0.005% of 4 times the legal limit. Best quote from the trial:“Clarke said his wife thought he had a problem with booze.

As the day gets closer we get more Ride of Silence links, but not as many as last year and way less than a few years ago. Ride of Silence honors cyclists who have been killed or injured I will be wearing both the red and black arm bands next Wednesday.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Bike to Work Day, Rick Risemberg lets Cedillo have it with both barrels, and a new Sweet Ride

And those are all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. And just before I finished up today the electrician came to troubleshoot the problems we were having and the problem is an intermittent dropout on one leg of the 220 in side. The fact that it was not out when GP&L pinged our smart meter to test their side of the circuit tells me this is going to be a fun one to track down. We are also having some kind of breaker box problem but until the city can send us some stable power in it can’t be troubleshot. Whee!

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Still struggling with power and Internet outages, and the Feed

Apparently the internet was up the entire time I was at the lab rat keeper, because it was on when I left and on when I got home. After I got back I had a little up time and then we went up and down all afternoon. Obviously this is an up time for me, but it might quit before I get done and I’ll have to finish this in the morning. Also Friday I have this to do Bike to Work Day Poster So I will be late getting started Friday.

Up first is a familiar mode of wreck as an IL cyclist making a legal crossing at a crosswalk is hit by the car that he couldn’t see around the car that stopped to let him cross. Bike rider injured at Ogden crossing in Western Springs Nothing the cyclist could have done to prevent this, the crossing was signalized and the signals were indicating for traffic to stop but the weapon vehicle didn’t stop until after the cyclist was hit. I really want to say that getting the infrastructure right will fix this, but I can’t.

A SWCC in IN. Teen cyclist pulled into traffic, deputy says Why am I not surprised that LEO couldn’t find any wrong doing on the part of the weapon vehicle driver ,a “ nurse employed by the sheriff’s department“? Every driveway in an intersection, intersection protocols to avoid or to reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Salmoning CT riders get hit by a right-turning driver. Bicyclists vs. SUV update: Trapped cyclist injured hip; SUV driver likely not at fault Actually there is equal blame here, the cyclists for salmoning, and the driver for not watching where she was going when turning. Ride with traffic because they will never blame the driver for not watching in front of the vehicle to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Actually there would not be much to change in this wreck except to lower the speed limit to 12 MPH (20 km/hr) and make all wrecks the fault of motor vehicle operators.

Here is a rare situation from NJ. North Bergen woman charged with vehicular homicide after injured cyclist dies Hit-from behind wreck with a drunk driver and the victim hung on for a couple of days before dying. Protocols maybe would have helped a little, but only grade separated infrastructure will keep drunk drivers away from cyclists. Make any wreck that injures or kills a pedestrian or cyclist a felony if chemical impairment of any kind is involved, as the risk posed to the driver by cyclists is nil or close to it, while the risks to pedestrians and cyclists is demonstrated here.

Drunk driver gets a cyclist in OH. Cyclist Critically Injured in Crash Other than the driver was drunk and the wreck was in an intersection I know nothing about this wreck, last I read the cyclist was expected to survive.

Right hook and a hit-and-run in ID. Police seek hit-and-run driver who struck cyclist The events in the narrative pretty much left the cyclist no time to react to the turning vehicle as it sounds like there was a buzz job before the right hook. This wreck also illustrates why when you make contact with a vehicle hard enough to put you on the ground you need to see medical attention immediately, as the victim had a broken neck.

More on the left cross wreck that killed a CO cyclist as the killer driver goes to trial. Boulder trial opens in Valmont Road crash that killed cyclist last summer Lead rider gets hit, trailing rider stops inches away from the truck, and the driver claims they were at least 100 yards away when he started to turn but admits he was blinded by the setting sun. Also the weapon vehicle never came to a complete stop until after the cyclist was hit.

A blind driver hits a cyclist in Oz. Wrights Road crash: cyclist injured The driver pulled right into a cyclist on the roundabout in front of the vehicle. The bike was trashed if that debris picture is accurate. Roundabouts are the worst of hit from behind and intersection wrecks for cyclists, and are terrible infrastructure for cycling. The Dutch model has grade separated paths for cyclists with over or underpasses where the highways cross the bike infrastructure.

Our Daily Ted, where we get a mention. Morning Links: LA bike riders get blessed, an idiotic Irish selfie, and a salmon-riding Baldwin meltdown I had a Gothamist link to the Baldwin meltdown, but as I considered that a Hollywood tantrum with a bike at the periphery I didn’t put the link in yesterday’s post.

Infrastructure news and commentary from Bike Portland. Something has gone wrong in Portland Good read.

Something that still makes me mad. Memorial concert follows DA’s decision not to charge driver who killed cyclist

Our first Ride of Silence links. Ride of Silence honors cyclists who have been killed or injured

Another RoS link. For Better Safety, Treat Bikes as Vehicles, Memorial Rider Says

Last link is something that could have come from Cute Overload. Little girl on balance bike leading the Giro peloton = best #FamilyBiking pic of the year: Dawwwww!

And those were all the links I could find while my internet access was up.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Trying to figure it out, and the Feed

The Feed is still wonky in that what few actual bicycle reports I get are mostly from the UK, and the rest are not actually about bicycles but almost everything else, including a link to an article about women’s monthly cycles. I was getting too little a few months ago, now I’m getting too much, but I’m still not getting bicycles. Well, that’s why I put a human being in the loop to filter out the non-pertinent items.

Up first is a CA wreck that authorities are calling a single vehicle wreck. Cyclist Injured in Ralston Ave. Crash Given the evidence if there is a second vehicle involved it would be a Jerry Brown wreck, a car passing so close that it causes a cyclist to lose control without actually touching the cyclist. If the second vehicle managed to get that close without the cyclist knowing it was there (electric car or cyclist not exercising good situational awareness) then the startle reaction can cause a wreck all on its own. The other reasonable explanation is something on the road knocked the front tire out from under the cyclist, another good reason to exercise good situational awareness.

Also from CA a BMW makes a U-turn and cuts off a cyclist. Bicyclist injured after crashing into car Of course the person writing the article doesn’t subscribe to that hypothesis. Any way, about the only way to avoid a wreck like this is to use heightened situational awareness so that you are aware of the idiot turning in front of you and have time to react. Infrastructure that prevents idiots making U-turns from interfering with cyclists would be the only way to prevent this.

From NJ a sidewalk cyclist narrowly escapes serious injury or death. Bicycle rider escapes injury in Red Bank after brush with truck Truck driver is backing out blind over the sidewalk, sidewalk rider can’t see the truck. Truck driver leaves scene without leaving contact information. Every driveway is an intersection, use intersection protocols to avoid. Since this appears to be in a residential area the only infrastructure change to make would be making hitting a cyclist or pedestrian a crime, but hit-and-run is already a crime so I don’t know what making hitting a cyclist a crime would have done to prevent this wreck.

From West Canuckistan comes their annual warning that people will soon be changing from cars and buses to bicycles. Warming weather means more cyclists and a renewed focus on safety The sad part is people don’t notice that there are fewer cars on the roads, just more bicycles and they hate bicycles.

More about the idiot in the UK who hit a cyclist and then bragged about it on Twitter. Emma Way Arrested For Hit-And-Run After She Brags About It On Twitter Yep, stupidity can be painful, usually when stupid people are in cars around cyclists it’s painful for the cyclist, but this time the pain was shared. And with any luck the sharing can be more painful for the driver.

Also from the UK is a story about a wreck caused by the infrastructure. Injured cyclist’s warning over road pothole danger As I posted in the first paragraph road defects can cause wrecks which heightens the need to be totally aware of your surroundings.

A South African hit-and-run is solved. Hit-and-run driver held for cyclist’s death The cyclists were hit in an area of the road that cars were not supposed to be on, then the car left the scene. Not something a cyclist can prepare for except or that old standby situational awareness and hit-from-behind protocols.

A late RoS link. Local Cyclists Silently Commemorate A LIfe Lost on Rockland Roads

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

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