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Last day in TN and we ate some more, and the Feed

We had a visit with the kids’ old baby sitters, which was nice. We went to lunch, which was filling. Mrs. the Poet and I shared a plate called a Rusty Bucket at a seafood place up the street after we got to our intended eating establishment and found them closed on Mondays. I also had what will probably be my last local beer, this one a dark beer with floral overtones and a slightly bitter finish called a Turtle Anarchy. So far I have not hit any clinkers in my local beer safari across NY and TN. Programming note, I will be off-air for travel tomorrow and Wednesday. This will mean that I will be up to my expectations in links on Thursday :D

Cyclists have highly sensitive danger senses, but this guy’s is just beyond anything I have ever encountered. Dutch cyclist cheats death twice, never boards MH17 and MH370 Somebody needs to see how this guy rides in traffic and see if there is some kind of sixth sense thing going on or something.

A few miles east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell is an update on that buzz job that was nearly fatal caught on video. Cyclist clipped by truck: ‘I remember riding up the overpass and I don’t remember anything after that’ I think a video camera would be a very good addition to Francis/es in the near future.

The article next closest is an update on an LA hit-and-run. Driver arrested in death of cyclist Lon Lomas The cyclist was hit from behind and left for dead earlier this year.

More on that NOLA right hook by a semi on a cyclist, that was at least partially caused by poor infrastructure design. Victim in Marigny fatal bicycle crash with 18-wheeler identified

Another blind driver runs over a cyclist in FL. Tampa police: Driver ran over bicyclist lying in road and Bicyclist dies on N 50th Street in southeast Tampa Ignoring for the moment the question of what caused the cyclist to be horizontal instead of vertical in the road, why was the driver unable to avoid an adult human male and a bicycle in the road on a bright sunny day? The point has been made in comments to the first link that there was nothing obstructing the vision of the driver to cause him to hit the body in the road. Second question is why the cyclist was in the road in the first place, was he hit by another vehicle or was there some kind of medical situation that caused him to fall? And yes, being drunk is a medical situation.

More on a really strange wreck in CA. Bicyclist Dies In Macabre Accident, Run Down By a Car on the Sidewalk I have been reading in BicyclingInLA that the victim was just waiting for a bus and not a cyclist, that the bicycle on the scene was just additional debris from the wreck, possibly locked to one of the light stanchions mowed down by the vehicle as it transited the sidewalk on its ballistic trajectory after the initial impact with the other vehicle involved. This information does not make this person any less dead or the situation any less tragic.

Another CA bike wreck. Chino Hills driver arrested after bicyclist fatally struck in Pomona Hit-from-behind protocols might have helped avoid or reduced injury, but keeping drunk drivers off the roads and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this wreck. Getting rid of drunk drivers more than other aspects of infrastructure, but still it takes a complete package.

A NH child cyclist is injured in collision with a pickup truck. Keene boy hit on bicycle, flown to hospital From looking at the Street View of the intersection intersection protocols might have been a total waste of time because of the geometry of the impact. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” has a very high probability of preventing a similar wreck given the age of the victim. Seriously, this intersection is a total mess of 5 intersecting streets and no traffic controls aside from a stop sign on one street, and a flashing amber light. There are bike lanes on one of the arterial streets and copious markings about yielding to pedestrians, so they are working on it.

A cyclist is hit-and-run in MT. Bicyclist in critical condition after hit-and-run crash in Missoula Hit from behind and the LEO report made no mention of missing lights or reflectors so it can be safely assumed the cyclist was legally lighted and reflectorized. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Hit and run death in the 49th State. Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified; teenage driver detained and another link Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified; teenage driver detained Nothing on the mode of the wreck in either link, just that the teen driver left the scene and parked the truck a few blocks away from the wreck. So, INFRASTRUCTURE!

A right hook in the Great White North, Female cyclist receives minor injuries after being struck in Oakville Nothing on what kind of punishment was dealt to the driver in this wreck, but intersection wreck, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages from the wreck, and infrastructure to prevent.

A deadly wreck in Canuckistan. Cyclist struck and killed north of Selkirk also Winnipeg Cyclist Killed Near Selkirk Hit from behind on a cyclist riding where he should have been highly visible to drivers actually looking at the road, no mention of anything missing from the cyclist’s equipment except the helmet which seems to get mentioned in every wreck even if the cyclist had only massive blunt force trauma to the torso and untouched head. Protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

Moving on to Jolly Olde we see the resolution of a drunk driving fatality. Woman whose sister was killed by drunk-driver is jailed for mowing down cyclist after alcohol-fuelled row with boyfriend and Four years’ jail for drunk driver who killed cyclist as she chased boyfriend’s car Four years with likely release in 2 is hardly the appropriate sentence for killing someone at nearly twice the legal posted speed and blood alcohol limits both.

And at that this driver got more than 66% of drivers convicted of killing cyclists in the UK. Cycling deaths: Fewer than half of drivers face jail

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The battle over Santa Paula cop’s anti-bike video is over, but we may have lost the war

Infrastructure! news from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists are not a menace on the roads

Lifestyle from IN. Cyclists remember their partners killed during 2006 ride

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today, still more fits, but there were some giggles hidden in there.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Long day, and the Feed

Starting with good news, the bus company found my carry-on bag with my BP meds and gave it back when I proved my identity as the same person named on the meds. I’m not going to explode like a spear-carrier from the movie Scanners. Second bit of good news is I have found a different local beer to drink every day since I got to TN. I had Coldsprings Dumb Blonde today with lunch, Yazoo Dos Perros watching the movies last night, and Blackstone Nut Brown Ale with my calzone the night we got to Nashvegas. All of them were good and all were of a low hops signature. By that I mean the flavor of the yeast and malts was predominant with the hops being mostly a preservative to extend the shelf life a bit over the straight fermented malts. No more IPA for this beer drinker, unless it’s a gift. And by that I mean I don’t seek out highly hopped brews, but I will still drink them if offered. I have had more beers on this trip than I normally get in an entire year, and I mean that both in terms of volume and types. I still like Bocks, especially the Shiner Bock, but I drink a lot of varieties since I drink for the taste and not to get drunk. I’m still trying to work with pairing beers and meals, but so far I haven’t disliked any of the beer/food pairings I have had (except Dos Perros and popcorn, it made the beer taste too sweet after eating the salty buttered popcorn).

And that good news is part of the reason this post is late, because we went out and did things today and didn’t stay shut in a house sitting in front of a computer. We went to lunch, talked to people, dropped off packages at the UPS store, picked up my bag from the bus station, and saw things and did stuff. I’m supposed to be on vacation, so I’m going to do vacation things over sitting with this laptop and getting a stiff neck. I have enough of a stiff neck just with my Irish heritage ;)

Up first is an update on a non-fatal hit and run in Houston. Crime Stoppers offers reward in hit-and-run that injured cyclist I think covered this one pretty thoroughly back when it happened, but protocols t avoid or reduce injury and “up to Dutch” infrastructure to prevent. What little evidence they have suggests protocols were being followed which only leaves infrastructure to prevent if possible. The video only shows a compact SUV with a huge dent in the passenger side rear door and possible front end damage.

A little to the east of that wreck a cyclist is right-hooked in NOLA. Cyclist run over, killed by large truck in Marigny Marigny is a NOLA neighborhood, the truck passed the cyclist and turned right with both having the green light. I’m going to place a lot of blame on the infrastructure here because the commenters with local knowledge point out there is a right turn lane for cars to the right of the bike lane and signs advising the cars yield to bicycles as they cross the bike lane (mixing zone style intersection), but then they left the truck turn lane to the left of the bike lane leaving cyclists especially vulnerable to right hooks from the deadliest vehicles on the road, large trucks. This style of intersection should not exist in any level of “world”, first through third. It was an accident waiting to happen, and it happened, and it killed an innocent cyclist in the process. The only way to prevent this wreck is INFRASTRUCTURE!

An AZ wreck awaits prosecution. Cyclist’s death still pending review The driver buzzed the cyclists and hit and killed one, why hasn’t there been prosecution? There were warning signs and chase vehicles all over the place. Once again cyclists’ lives come cheap.

A KS intersection wreck involving a juvenile cyclist. Bicyclist to be cited after collision with car Cyclist failed to stop at the sign or stopped but did not get back up to speed in time to clear the intersection before the weapon vehicle got there. So intersection protocols including stopping for stop signs to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A driver that should not be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle hits three cyclists in FL. Elderly driver hit three cyclists on way to bridge class Hit from behind protocols to avoid, and infrastructure to prevent, including testing of older drivers to catch the ones that drive like this one. Also I’m not entirely sure this was an “accident” with the driver moving away from and back into the group three times.

Another hit-and-run wreck in FL killed a cyclist. Cyclist killed in suburban Boca Raton Intersection wreck, so maybe the protocols would help avoid or mitigate damages, and infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent the wreck.

A SWSS wreck in NY. NYC teen bicyclist killed by SUV in Town of Rockland SWSS means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on the Milton Olin wreck in CA. Family sues over Calabasas death of cyclist Milton Olin after sheriff’s patrol car struck him About time!

A cyclist is hit riding on the sidewalk in SD. Update: Bicyclist Killed In Sioux Falls Crash Every driveway is an intersection, so intersection protocols every time you cross one or in front of one, and arrest and fine drivers that hit people while driving on a sidewalk, even if they are driving across one. This would be part of getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

Update on the OH wreck the drunk driver was sentenced to 9½ years, as others partially responsible for the wreck are charged. Bar cited, bartender charged in Union Township hit-and-run crash that killed teacher In OH as in TX and several other states the server and bar that sold alcohol to a drunk driver that kills can be charged.

A cyclist is hit in Central Canuckistan. Cyclist struck by vehicle, injured in city’s southwest And once again a stupid person places far too much faith and credit in the magic properties of a foam hat…

Final outcome to a UK wreck. Cyclist injured in Milford crash grateful to receive payout Hit-from-behind by a really bad driver who should not have been driving if he couldn’t pay any better attention to the road than that, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And wishing the cyclist good luck in the future…

Our Daily Ted covers the Olin case and a lot more. Morning Links: Olin lawsuit filed; deputy was texting on private phone in apparent violation of LASD policy

Are you riding at the right cadence? Cadence, power, and muscle activation in cycle ergometry tl;dr: You might want to ride at a lower cadence when riding at a lower power level…

A bit of infrastructure that has been too long in coming given that it benefits pedestrians and drivers much more than it benefits cyclists, and it does the world for cyclists. Gov. Rick Scott signs bill aimed at protecting cyclists on the road This bill makes the penalty for hit-and-run in a fatal wreck the same as DUI Homicide.

Interesting information about one communities bike wrecks. Sanibel bikers prone to injury are mostly middle aged Most of the wrecks seem to be caused by lack of riding experience…

Lifestyle in FL. Memorial bike ride to honor cyclist killed in hit-run crash

Lifestyle in LA. Romacelli hosting benefit for family of fallen cyclist

A small town in MA engage in restraint of interstate trade. Edgartown selectmen put brakes on electric bike rentals E-assist bikes are legally classified as bicycles by a US Federal law signed by G. W. Bush in 2003… And as some of the tourists renting the bikes are from out of state preventing them from being rented is restraint of interstate trade and that can only be done by Congress…

Last link is hope for cheap E-assist batteries as production gets ramped up to meet automotive needs. China’s Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel And by “alternative” they mean “not fossil fuel”. So solar hydrogen, Sewage-fed algae creating alcohol, electric…

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Back to the grind, and the Feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle from KS. Ghost ride for fallen cyclist

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

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

And those were all the links that I could survive.

Billed @€0.02 Opus

Well, this is interesting, and the Feed

I had a second beer with dinner last night for the first time in years. They had Yuengling Lager on tap, and I found it to be a delightfully drinkable beer, just to my liking with lots of malty and yeasty flavors and just enough hops to keep it interesting and not too sweet. Pity it isn’t available in TX, or at least my part of TX. As I understand it the beer is brewed in PA. And I had another beer earlier that was good, something called a Berkshire I think, but it didn’t really have a character that made it stand out, except to be better than your average American Pilsner. And as that is not a very high bar to clear it doesn’t make my list of beers to have more than one of ever. It is not a very long list, the Yuengling Lager, a few Shiner varieties, a couple Sam Adams, the Heileman’s Special Export, and a couple of local to Dallas craft beers. I drank a lot of IPA because I bought a 12 pack on sale and I wasn’t going to throw them out and they do grow on you after a few bottles. That doesn’t mean I’m going to pursue more unless I get in the mood for one. And I was really disappointed to read the Heileman’s brewery was bought out by Pabst and most of the line was dropped, except for Heileman’s Special Export. I’m assuming they are still bringing the beer inspectors over from Germany to certify it meets their beer purity laws, or should I say hoping rather than assuming.

Up first is another blind driver, this time in MN. State Patrol: Cyclist Hit, Killed While Pulling Children In Rock County The video showed a 2 lane road with no paved shoulder and excellent sight lines at the wreck scene, but stated the driver was “distracted by a cell phone” when he hit the mother from behind. At speed that would mean that even if the victim had a rear view mirror and was looking through it she might have had about a second to identify the fact that the weapon vehicle was on an intercept course with her and her children. That is barely time to begin changing course to avoid a wreck like this. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another WY fatality. Authorities identify bicyclist killed Monday on Highway 220 OK I have to blame this one on the cyclist assuming the narrative is accurate, otherwise it reads like just another SWSS. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and INFRASTRUCTURE!

Another dead cyclist in Ted Rogers’ back yard. 79-year old bike rider killed in Chino; SoCal cycling fatalities up slightly over last year At the time of posting there is no information on the cyclist’s direction of travel or lane position. So that leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” as the only preventative measure.

Over on “the Continent” a UK cyclist is hit head on by a UK driver while riding Alp d’Huez. British cyclist dies in Alps crash after colliding head-on with motorist as he descended notorious mountain road AFAICT the driver drifted to the cyclist’s side of the road to reduce the amount of steering input needed to make the hairpin corner, leaving the cyclist absolutely no time to react before getting hit. Since this is a piece of iconic bicycle infrastructure that must be shared with motor vehicles, about the only thing I can suggest is “Y’all be careful out there.”

Our Daily Ted has some overlap on the wreck links, and has some good writing. Morning Links: Welcome new LADOT GM, and German police ticket one-armed man for having just one brake

Infrastructure! news from Canuckistan and the rest of the Great White North. Cyclist thinks Trans Canada Trail won’t be finished by 2017 Yep, when you leave national infrastructure (Trans Canada pretty much defines it as “national”) up to local funding to create you can almost guarantee the situation will end up late and over budget. And most likely below standards to boot.

And the situation is none the better in the UK, despite stringent laws. Cyclist urges Surrey County Council to repair road defect “before someone gets killed” The defect is almost invisible until you hit it, shortly before you hit the deck.

And still in Jolly Olde a woman’s smile gets repaired after a near-fatal wreck. Cyclist injured in near-fatal crash finally smiles again thanks to dentist who replaced six front teeth for free after NHS refused to fund op

And I seem to have run clean out of links to post. Perhaps I will conclude this post and enjoy the Sam Adams Summer Ale Mrs. the Poet has brought for my consumption.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Busy as the proverbial one-armed wallpaper hanger, and the Feed

We’re leaving tonight for NY taking a 2 day ride on the Dawgbus. As a result I expect to be out of communications until I hit a bus station, and I don’t expect to see the inside one of those long enough to establish communications with the blog and still get the things I need to get done at the station for life support done. We here at Casa de El Poeta have been taking the Dawgbus on long trips since before there was a Casa de El Poeta, so we are experienced in the ins and outs of dealing with transfers and tracking luggage and whatnot. One of the hardest things about long trips with few or no layovers is life support. They have toilets on the bus, but no food or drink you didn’t carry on with you. So one of the things that has to be done when you hit the station is hydration, buying a cold drink (at 3 times the going rate at a C-store or vending machine away from a bus station) is usually a must.

Anyway, we are packing clothes for the trip, electronics are being sorted into the go bag, and last-minute preparations (getting a haircut for one) are being taken care of. Which is making Mrs. the Poet and me run around like the proverbial chickens.

Up first is a UK wreck, where the driver in a hit-and-run tried to eliminate the witnesses. Gee, you would think hitting the cyclist might have been on purpose. Man who went to check on injured cyclist is hurt as police seek aggressive driver following Ilminster incident The deliberate assault with a motor vehicle on the witness/person giving comfort after the initial hit-and-run make me strongly suspect the driver hitting the cyclist was no more an “accident” than the assault on the witness. Take it from me when someone targets you with their vehicle it is very hard to avoid getting hit. What makes me angry about this one is that the initial assault will be treated like “an accident” and little to no punishment will be levied, but the second assault will be treated as an assault with a deadly weapon because there can be no doubt about the deliberateness of the second attack.

Update on the GA cyclist assaulted with an SUV earlier this month. Injured cyclist’s family, girlfriend remain hopeful The red Nitro should still be damaged, or there would have been a report from a body shop by now. BOLO to my readers who are local to the wreck in suburban Atlanta.

Speaking of assault with a motor vehicle, this double hit-from-behind is either an assault or a driver that has zero competence behind the wheel. Onawa, Iowa, cyclist killed in collision with vehicle; another injured I mean how do you “pass” 2 cyclists so closely that one os dead and the other is critically injured in a ditch?

And what is up with ABQ lately? Two more cyclists hurt in accidents It almost looks like someone was trying to get all the cyclists off the streets, this makes 6 dead or injured since the beginning of June. The wreck with the drunk driver reads like another deliberate assault fueled by alcohol, the garbage truck incident was not covered well enough to allow analysis to avoid. Both wrecks could be prevented by getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”. Of course part of that is getting the local LEO extremely competent and knowledgable…

Since we are bouncing all over the place, here’s a wreck in MO. Cyclist killed in St. Louis hit-and-run is ID’d; police find car suspected in case and Victim identified in fatal hit and run in north St. Louis also Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run Hit from behind by street racers, and the bike was utterly destroyed. I could not see a single component of the bike that was undamaged. This is another one of those wrecks that the closing speed of the weapon vehicle makes avoiding the wreck impossible, and segregated infrastructure the only way to prevent the wreck. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any way of getting stoopid people out from behind the wheel with the current licensing system.

Speaking of Stoopid Drivers, here is an AL wreck where a driver makes a right turn directly into a cyclist crossing with the light. Cyclist injured in Monday accident in Gulf Shores identified I have never seen a wreck that better illustrated “looking but not seeing” than this one. There were 2 cyclists riding single file and crossing with the green and the driver went right into the trailing cyclist. Completely and utterly blind to the existence of the cyclist in front of the car. I would say intersection protocols but nope, not going to help in a wreck like this. I have to say the only way to prevent a wreck like this even with infrastructure “up to Dutch” would be somehow preventing this particular driver from getting access to a motor vehicle, much less a license to drive one. Even a segregated cycle track with separate signal phases for bicycles are helpless in the face of a blind driver making a right on red.

OK this wreck is just bizarre. Bicyclist killed in crash at 15th, Market OK I’m going to go with the “child’s bike” on this one as a BMX style bike, but the rest of the report of the middle-aged man riding against traffic and pulling into the intersection against a red light he couldn’t see because there was no signal for wrong-way traffic…

Another strange wreck report, this time from GA. Cyclist hit, killed on Peach Orchard Road SWSS by a cyclist riding against traffic? I would really have to see the wreckage of the bike to make a call on this one. First I would have to say that if the salmon accusation was accurate then ride with traffic and apply hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A buzz job in IN. 1 injured in Elkhart truck, bicycle crash The truck passed the bicycle and the cyclist wrecked after hitting the curb, yeah that’s pretty much one of the definitions of a buzz job. The only reason the cyclist wasn’t run off the road was because he wrecked on the curb first. The curb made hit-from-behind protocols unusable (or maybe that was why he wrecked against the curb, trying to go off the road as his escape route), so that only leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” as the viable method to prevent the wreck.

A limited-information wreck in MA. Cyclist injured in Provincetown crash Cyclist wearing a helmet seriously injured in a wreck no involving a motor vehicle? And that’s it?

Another CA cyclist is killed in a wreck. Man hit on bicycle in Monterey dies Other than the ages of the operators involved there ain’t a whole bunch of information on this wreck.

Moving to Canuckistan, this driver is about to get hosed after the cyclist he hit dies a lingering death in hospital. Hit and run charges upgraded after victim succumbs to injuries And there was so much Stoopid being spread in the comments that the comments were closed… Wow!

And the town that saw 5 cyclists nearly killed in a single wreck/assault with a deadly weapon 4 years ago sees another cyclist hurt. Cyclist injured when struck by a car in Kanata Saturday morning And we get another person who believes in the power of the majik foam hat in preventing injury to things not even covered by the hat…

Update on the wreck where the driver was let off because the speed limit sign was in the wrong place when the cyclist was hit waking the bike through the crosswalk. I miss Jaye every day: Partner of cyclist killed in crash plans to sue driver Her wife is suing the driver that was almost double the speed limit when he killed the cyclist. And the infrastructure hasn’t been corrected either as the wife was nearly hit while placing flowers at the site.

The wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow in Enn Zed. Truckie who hit cyclist in court The cyclist was plainly visible with lights and reflective garments which kind of puts the earlier coroner’s recommendations that all cyclists wear hi-viz in proper perspective. (It only works in court to get more money out of the driver that hits you, not to actually prevent a wreck.)

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The risks of biking in the Valley, Pippa makes it all the way, and a road rager attacks rescuer

Lifestyle as the relatives of a cyclist killed back when this blog was still young transfer the reward money for the arrest of the killer driver to a dog park memorial for the cyclist. Family of cyclist killed in hit-and-run donates reward fund for Capitola dog park This is poetic, because the cyclist’s dog survived the wreck and waited with the body until it was discovered when people went to investigate the barking dog.

And those were all the links that gave me fits today. No giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Are we having fun yet? and the Feed

Things are getting interesting at my church while I have been sidelined by either exhaustion or allergies. I’m not going to get specific, but “things” are going on. One thing I can post about is I was elected as the contact person for the church in dealing with the state on tax matters, primarily because I own my home and have lived at the same address for nearly 20 years, making it likely that I will still be around and with the church when we have to deal with the state again. All I need to do is let the church use my address as a point of contact not at the church. I’m the contact for CUUPS as well so I’m copacetic with this. We are one of the few churches that is entirely Pagan in format, although we are not as Wiccan as “official” UU Pagans. The fact that we were the first UU church to “go Pagan” in TX and still the only one for hundreds of miles around leads to some interesting statistics. For example we have more registered Republicans than nearly any other church in TX, and certainly the most by percentage of congregation. That’s because we have a large contingent of people following the North Gods (Asatru, Odinist, Heathens, and other traditions) and they tend to conservative political views (although mostly liberal social views). When the Heathens consider your views as whackadoodle…

Up first is another bicycle v car wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck, critically injured on U.S. 98 The narrative is confusing, but if I’m interpreting it correctly the cyclist was getting over to the left in preparation for entering the left turn lane to make the turn, heard the driver lean on the horn behind him and decided to get out of the way to the right, not knowing the driver had already made the lane change to pass to the right. About the only thing that would have enabled the cyclist to avoid this wreck would be having dual mirrors like I have on my helmet to know which side of the road the noise is coming from and that the right lane was no longer clear. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, because the CROW manual would not allow cyclists to share this road with vehicles moving at those speeds. Also, this is why you don’t honk at cyclists unless there is immediate danger of hitting one.

A NE cyclist is hit-and-run on the sidewalk. Cyclist reports hit-and-run Ok there are two ways to interpret this narrative, the first is the driver ran the stop sign and then went on the sidewalk avoiding someone in the street, the second one is the cyclist was crossing the street from the sidewalk when the car ran the stop sign and hit him in the crosswalk. Either way there’s not a lot the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck as he was already committed to his action before the driver ran the stop sign. Since not enough information was given about the location I can’t pull up a Google Maps or Street View image to determine if infrastructure would have prevented this wreck, but from the narrative it doesn’t look like it would have as the driver was already ignoring the built environment.

A cyclist is hit in MD. Bicyclist hit, killed Saturday night in Essex They don’t say the wreck was in an intersection but “near” one, but intersection protocols encompass hit-from-behind so using the one implies the other, so intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist in Canuckistan gets flattened. Male Cyclist Stable After Accident On Pembina Hwy Near Bishop Grandin Since there was so little information given out I can’t say if there was anything the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck besides not be there to get hit. And I also can’t say if infrastructure would have prevented the wreck, but there is a 95% chance that it would.

This wreck in the Great White North had the charges changed seriously after the cyclist died. New charges laid from death of North Grenville cyclist Since nothing is said about the wreck except the weapon vehicle was grey in color there’s nothing I can say about avoiding or if infrastructure changes could prevent the wreck.

OK this has to be the strangest thing I have ever seen coming from the UK. Motorist arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm after ‘autistic’ cyclist is knocked off bike in ‘road rage’ crash I’m sure the charge will be upgraded to attempted murder soon enough, seeing as the vehicle nearly destroyed a building in the process of trying to hit the cyclist I wonder what the folks over on road.cc thought about it? Kingston driver ‘aimed car at cyclist,’ missed – and crashed into hair salon with the update.

Another link to that cyclist killed by pedestrian story. Cyclist killed in crash with pedestrian This happens more often than you’d think.

Another case of Stockholm Syndrome with mandatory bike helmets. Injured cyclist Wade Matheson praises helmet for saving his life in accident at Glenelg That helmet didn’t do anything to “save” the victim as it shattered instead of crushing.

Ted’s post was very good today. Morning Links: LA bike rider is deliberately buzzed by Metro bus driver for legally riding in the traffic lane

Infrastructure! news from AK. Questions remain about how Anchorage cyclists died on city streets This is the quagmire of legal infrastructure that cyclists or their survivors have to face when a wreck happens.

WTF is this mess doing in the road in GA? Commuter Dude: Cyclist injured due to road issue left by utility work As the video showed this mess could not be safely navigated by cars or light trucks, hitting it on a bicycle would be an instant crash, which is exactly what happened.

And a mix of really good changes to the legal infrastructure with some really bad ones all in the same WV law. New bicycle law goes into effect in West Virginia Three feet to pass = good, honking horn when passing = very bad. :P

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Except this one!

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Bean Day with Mrs. the Poet, and the Feed

This is an unusual day, a Bean Day with the person held responsible for removing the flavor from the food for an entire Junior High looking over my shoulder as I cook. One thing in my favor is the “salt” I’m using is low-sodium and replaces the sodium with a mineral we in the US don’t normally get enough of, potassium. So I can use as much as I think the dish needs. Add to that my beans recipe is naturally low in fat and that the spices I’m using are naturally high in essential trace nutrients and I’m golden. Throw in the other side-benefits from the fact that this dish is a complete protein and meat-free (most of the time) as well as being an excellent source of fiber and low-glycemic carbs (the long-distance kind of carbs that keep you going and going synergistically with your fat storage) and even the assistant manager of a Jr. High cafeteria is happy. And Mrs. the Poet has reminded me that she doesn’t take the flavor out of the food herself any more, that’s minion work. ;) She just tells them what food to take the flavor out of these days. :evil:

There was just so much weird “stuff” out there today that I had a hard time concentrating on “just bike” stories. But I think this report from the UK deserves top billing. Cyclist dies after collision with pedestrian in St Andrews I keep trying to tell people that cyclists are just as vulnerable in collisions with pedestrians as the pedestrians are, and I keep getting told I’m either nuts or lying. Well Aunty Beebe doesn’t tell fibs (other than on 4/1), and this rider died after hitting a pedestrian. As the pedestrian left the scene there isn’t a great deal to go on about this story, a version I can’t link to because of a paywall restriction says local LEO think the collision was in the street meaning the pedestrian was walking in the street at the time of the wreck. But really, this is another reason to “Don’t hit the pedestrians!”

A possibility of real justice in a TN wreck. Charges pending in cyclist’s death Since the 3-foot passing law went into effect in TN there have been many more prosecutions in cases where a cyclist has been killed or injured in a wreck with a motor vehicle. The wreck was a hit-from-behind that happened because the cyclist was on the fog line and the driver tried to pass in the same lane. Since there is a law stating that if you don’t pass with at least 3 feet of clearance you are wrong, hitting the cyclist is now seen as more serious than it had been in the past. Protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck literally in my old stomping grounds as a teenager. Bicyclist struck by car in SLC The wreck was near an intersection, not sure if intersection protocols apply or something else, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that since intersection protocols cover everything else plus what can go wrong in the intersection use them to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Also WTF is with running away from the wreck on foot and abandoning the car?

An AZ wreck that doesn’t make much sense. Bicycle rider killed in collision with semitruck The cyclist was dodging a telephone pole when he was hit by the truck?! Seriously if the route is so uncomfortable that cyclists are that far off the main lane of travel that telephone poles are an impediment and moving over enough to clear the pole places you in traffic, that is some seriously screwed infrastructure. Protocols will avail you not in these circumstances, the only thing that will keep cyclists moving and also safe is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

A CA cyclist is hit-and-run. Cyclist critically injured in Oakland hit-and-run and Bicyclist Critically Injured In Oakland Hills Crash; Driver Flees Nothing on the mode, but the wreck was at low speed because the cyclist was not seriously injured according to the reports as I read them now. Since intersection protocols pretty much cover everything (again) I’m going to go with that to avoid or reduce damages and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in MA that is just, Keystonian in grandeur. Cyclist struck by convertible in Cohasset, ends up in backseat Again a magic foam hat is given far more credit than it could possibly deserve. Left cross and likely at very low speed given the limited damage to both the car and the bike (not to mention the cyclist), so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. One thing I suggest immediate adoption for is the Dutch law that makes violating a cyclist’s right of way a crime with degree of severity of the crime proportional to the degree of cyclist injury… And they can get pretty harsh about a driver that does something stupid and kills a cyclist.

Something to make you mad from NYC. Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver In Queens Hit from behind wreck, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as (almost) always get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Might I suggest crushing all vehicles used to commit hit-and-run as a deterrent? Ideally crushing and shredding so as to remove any hope of recovering the vehicle.

And while this does not directly involve a cyclist it does demonstrate one of the many hazards we face while trying to get from A to B. UPDATE: Truck Driver That Hit Tracy Morgan’s Limo Hadn’t Slept In 24 Hours Note that the “limo” was a small bus in excess of 10K pounds GVW and that there were 5 casualties inside the vehicle, one fatality and 4 seriously injured. That was while they were surrounded by literally tons of steel, and we ain’t got zip surrounding us. So sleeping drivers are even more of a hazard to us. And aside from segregated infrastructure I have no clue what to do about this, because obviously getting hit by a semi while riding a bike has a low survival probability no matter what you do so most of the protocols are pretty much useless.

A cyclist on the eastern side of the Great White North survived getting hit by a pickup truck. P.E.I. cyclist injured after being hit by pickup truck First of all let me extend a welcome to the newest member of the “I survived getting hit with a truck” club. No mode or accurate location given so I can’t say how to avoid this kind of wreck, but preventing it is as simple as buying the CROW manual for €90 and following it to the letter…

Moving a “little” west we find this wreck in East Canuckistan. Hamilton cyclist killed in St. George crash Obvious hit-from-behind wreck, the impact site on the weapon vehicle show classic buzz job signatures, but I would have to see the remains of the passenger side mirror to be certain. Protocols to avoid or reduce injuries, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted has damning evidence that something was not entirely kosher about the cancellation of a road diet and bike lane installation. Morning Links: Is this the smoking gun? Leaked email behind Koretz’ 2013 veto of Westwood Blvd bike lanes Just one quibble on this, the email was a public document obtained by a FOIA request, not a “leak”.

Infrastructure! news from the Delmarva region. Hints for keeping bicycles out in highway traffic Notice that’s “in” traffic, not out of it. The article then goes on to describe what is commonly pawned of on cyclists as “infrastructure” fit for the purpose. If the “purpose” is wasting money so they can then complain about how cyclists are not using the “infrastructure” provided then they have succeeded, but if “purpose” is getting safely and smoothly by bicycle from A to B then they have fallen light years short of the goal.

More infrastructure news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Florida is a hazardous place for cyclists and pedestrians Didn’t I just write that? FL kills cyclists and pedestrians because their infrastructure has been designed entirely for and about motor vehicles for more than 5 decades, their drivers have a collective IQ not much higher than their European shoe size, and the victims just can’t figure out how to use the existing environment without getting hit. Even when pedestrians and cyclists are doing everything exactly the way they are supposed to, the other two factors lead to massive casualties and deaths relative to the number of people in the state. Just look at the number of cyclists killed riding in the “bike lanes” that look like shoulders on the roads (because that’s what they really are, they just have stencils painted in them every so often to make them “bike lanes”).

And back to Canada as an injured cyclist agrees to participate in experiments to find what happens to people’s memory when they get brain damaged. Brain injured Ottawa cyclist investigates memory You might remember this wreck, as there was considerable discussion over the sobriety of the driver at the time of the wreck because of the evidence that drinking had been taking place in the vehicle prior to the wreck, and more discussion over how much was “accident” and how much was deliberate. But anyway, good for the victim to be putting the injury to use to extend the reach of science.

Well those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. Fortunately I no longer feel like digging up the buried light cannon in the back yard so local drivers are safe for now. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with my current allergy situation anyway.

Billed @€0.02, Opus