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Well my phone works again, and the Feed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riding politely at night? All Lit Up Redux

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Back in the saddle, and the Feed

That’s a figurative saddle, not a bike saddle. Not much bike riding going on in this burg. I mean sure it’s physically small and flat, but there is also not a whole heck of a lot here. You literally have one grocery store, one coffeehouse, one gas station/C-store, but TWO restaurants. And better bring a credit card or lots of cash at the restaurants because neither one is cheap. I haven’t been by the coffeehouse when they are open so I don’t know what their prices look like, but the C-store is typical NY prices (high).

Up first is the story with the most links, a 13 YO killed in a practice ride wreck. Teen cyclist killed while riding in Story County and Ames student killed in bicycle and SUV collision also 13-YEAR OLD TIMOTHY JENKS, MEMBER OF AMES CYCLONES AQUATIC CLUB, KILLED IN BICYCLING COLLISION As I post this all the reports are consistent that the cyclist touched wheels and lost control while riding a double paceline just as the weapon vehicle was passing the peloton. If only there was a safe place for young cyclists to learn the art of riding in pacelines without the danger of getting run over by a light armored vehicle if you make a mistake. Or IOW this is mostly an infrastructure problem, not a cyclist or motorist problem.

Next up sorta close to where I am now, with two links. Police identify cyclist who was injured in Syracuse crash and Cyclist injured in downtown Syracuse crash remains in critical condition OK the way this reads now the driver of the truck just pulled away from the construction site while the cyclist was crossing legally in front of him, destroying the tricycle and nearly the cyclist riding it. The truck and truck driver were both undamaged [sarcasm]thank [$DEITY][/sarcasm]. This is mostly an infrastructure wreck, as the cyclist at this point appears to have been in the intersection legally, not violating any traffic controls and the truck driver just could not see him there under the nose of the truck when he pulled into the intersection. Intersection protocols generally only work when you aren’t getting hit from the side by the front of the vehicle.

Another train v cyclist wreck. Cyclist injured after running into MAX train Another cyclist hits the side of the train, so it’s not like he didn’t see it. Perhaps another brake failure? Otherwise the usual methods for avoiding getting hit by trains apply.

Possible buzz job in CA. Cyclist Injured on Highway 116 near Sebastopol Not a whole lot of information from LEO on this wreck… And since I can’t see any pictures of the wrecked bike I can’t say anything solid from that, either.

Another train v bike wreck in CA this time. Downey bike rider killed in collision with Metro Blue Line Once again, trains are easy to see and hear, particularly the type of trains that hit this cyclist. Other than that I really don’t know how to avoid getting hit with a train. I mean, they are big and colorful and extremely noisy and they can only be found where there are existing train tracks and there are usually crossing guards, or at least warning lights.

A MO cyclist is killed but LEO think they have the killer. Suspect surrenders in hit-and-run death of cyclist in St. Louis Nothing on the mode so no way to say if any of the protocols would have helped or if this was an infrastructure problem, or if the guy was just an idiot that hit a cyclist and left him to die sorta on purpose. And moving to the comments we find that this was the cyclist killed last week by street racers running a 4 way stop at high speed while the cyclist rolled through the stop at a very slow speed.

I am seriously having problems understanding this narrative from the UK. Cyclist injured in tractor overtaking incident Parsing it as best I can the driver was going to pass both the cyclist and the tractor the cyclist was following in a single maneuver, but failed to clear either one before there was oncoming traffic on the other side of the road and pulled back in on top of the cyclist, then left the scene.

Another one of those things you just can’t avoid as a cyclist. Swindon cyclist stabbed to death in ‘vicious’ attack A cyclist-hater (or more than one) waited in the dark on this cycle path to waylay a cyclist. Not known at this time if the attack was on a particular cyclist or if this cyclist was chosen at random.

Now this is just too much. Cyclist Verbally Abused Following Accident You get hit by a car, are not at fault for the wreck and random people feel the need and the right to berate you for causing traffic delays? Where does this fool get off?

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Streetsblog scores at the LA press awards; West Hill’s bike shop gutted in weekend fire Ted is much too modest as he contributed to the report that won the award, and you can see his name at the bottom of the list of shared winners.

Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Hit-and-run drivers can no longer slide The law is going into effect finally, that makes hit-and-run functionally equivalent to DUI manslaughter or homicide. So the only thing running does is make LEO look for you, which can cause them to get angry because you made them do actual police work. This is not usually conducive to a calm and peaceful arrest and initial detainment.

Infrastructure from the Great White North. Ottawa is still not safe enough for cyclists Nothing I can add to this.

With statistics like these you would think someone would be on the case to improve conditions. A cyclist hit every 3 days Not as bad as NYC, but still considering the size of the city way higher than it should be.

Sports medicine leads to quicker recovery from motor vehicle wrecks. Geometry helps injured Palmer Township cyclist get back on the road This should be a standard approach, not the exception.

And those were all the fresh links I could find today. Get ‘em while they are fresh!

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Grocery day will be very light, and the Feed

Since Mrs. the Poet and I will be leaving Monday night we only have to get about half the groceries we normally do, because they won’t stay good until we get back. So, no produce except maybe a small bag of lettuce, only a single loaf of bread if any, no dairy at all. And lots of snacks we can put in our carry-on luggage so we don’t have to buy the over-priced “food” they sell in the bus stations. It’s bad enough we will be buying drinks priced 3 times what they cost at the local C-store on the corner, especially when our caloric needs will be so low.

Up first is an update on the Milt Olin wreck in CA. Family of cyclist fatally struck by sheriff’s car files claim against Los Angeles County This story has stunk to high heaven ever since it first broke, and the stench has just been getting worse every day, first with the refusal to hand the investigation over to the CHP to at least give the appearance of impartiality, second when an investigation that should have been wrapped in a week took more than 5 months to be delivered to the DA, and third when the DA refused to allow any part of that report to be released to the public. The facts of the case are quire damning to the driver, the cyclist was hit from behind while riding in the marked bike lane by a cruiser going over the speed limit without lights and siren. The pictures I have seen from the crime scene show the one skid mark left by the victim’s back tire at impact and skid marks after the impact (unless the picture was somehow reversed, but then the question would have to be why did the driver stop using the brakes right before impact?), and the impact was several feet from the lane marker.

A buzz job in OR. Cyclist injured in vehicle accident near Sandy and Man injured after being clipped by rear-view mirror on Highway 26 The crime scene pictures show one of those awful rumble stripped shoulders that turn what could be a nice place to ride when it’s clean into something that can kill you with a second’s inattention. This means the rider was forced to ride in the traffic lane but he did not take the lane to make himself more visible. This is (or should be, I haven’t read the protocols page in a while) the first thing to avoiding getting hit from behind, riding where you can be seen in the lane. This also gives you more room to move to the right to dodge wayward motor vehicles that are getting too close.

A wreck in AZ that LEO are wrongly blaming on the cyclist not crossing the street in the crosswalk. Peoria accident leaves teen cyclist injured Since the basic report is so flawed other than noting that this was an intersection wreck so intersection protocols should apply I got nothing, except INFRASTRUCTURE! Oh, and trained LEO.

Still in AZ another cyclist is squished. UPDATE X2:CYCLIST KILLED ON SPEEDWAY; DRIVER ARRESTED ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER When I first filtered this report the driver hadn’t even been caught yet, much less charged with murder. Hit from behind in the bike lane seems to be popular today, use the protocols to avoid, particularly the “have an escape route” part. And if that bike lane had been built to Dutch standards the weapon vehicle would never have gotten near him in the first place.

A PA blotter report on a left cross. Sentinel police log for June 19 I think I actually had this wreck in the blog last week sometime. Intersection wreck so protocols and infrastructure. Kudos to LEO for immediately handing out tickets to the driver for violating the right of way and failing to signal.

Another report on that CA hit-and-run I had a skimpy link to yesterday. Cyclist killed in Sacramento hit and run Nothing new, just another link.

OK this is just not right, with two links. P.E.I. man granted day parole two years after killing Alberta cyclist and Drunk driver who killed Edmonton woman gets day parole Apparently “day parole” is like “work release” in the US. Get out, go to work, and be back in your cell by a certain time every day.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CABO opposes protected bikeway bill; Brit driver kills 5-year old, then says shit happens

Someone else noticed a major change to the legal infrastructure. Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist With the added information I am also wondering how they figured the cyclist was 21% at fault for getting hit by the car door when she was getting physically forced into the door zone. Maybe because she was there to get hit?

Actual on-the-ground testing of that pseudo-Dutch intersection treatment. Portlander’s ‘protected intersection’ concept gets first on-street demo (in Minneapolis) The reports that 8 YO were able to use the infrastructure properly first time without instructions to move as they desired on their bikes is really good news.

The good kind of infrastructure article. Buying a bike? Now you can use Twitter to find out if it’s stolen property

Busting up and preventing bike theft in NY. Bicyclist follows accused bike thieves, leads to arrest of three Syracuse teenagers

If you live in Chuck this is an even better kind of lifestyle link. Chucktown BikeDown Cheap alcohol, but don’t over do it because if you get to all of the venues you have a chance at winning a pretty cool bike.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Contemplating “things” and the Feed

I’m still in the “not happy” state of mind about the city coming into my yard and destroying part of my lawn furniture, then sending me a bill for the “service”. I don’t know what I can do about that besides dispute the bill. I guess I can demand that they replace the log bench that I spent so much time and effort on, but to be honest part of what made the one that was destroyed so good was that it was from the tree that it was sitting near. It was a part of the environment that was supposed to be there. It was also a really nice place to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning after everyone else had gone to work or school or daycare… I live in what is almost a ghost town between the hours of 0800 and 1430 Monday through Friday 9 months out of the year. That bench let me enjoy a feeling almost like being alone in a forest.

Up first is an update on a NM wreck. Bicyclist dies 8 days after hit-and-run crash Other reports that I can no longer link to say the bits of turn signal/marker light found at the scene are common to many makes of truck and are also sold in autoparts stores as generic replacement lights, I used to have the same kind of light on my old recumbent bike as they make very visible taillights. So good luck on finding that truck, they are going to need it.

Hit-and-run with a city bus in OR. After alleged bike-bus collision, TriMet driver tells man ‘You’re fine’ and drives off First, if you get hit and the driver leaves the scene, do not use Twitter until after you call 911 and state you had an “incident” and you need medical attention. Even if you do not hurt right at the moment, there might be injuries you just have not calmed down enough to feel yet. Since this was a right hook, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on the wreck between a tandem and a single bike in Jolly Olde. Woman cyclist injured in tandem crash So, the wreck now appears to be the result of an unintentional buzz job by the male captain of the tandem, with the female stoker taking the brunt of the impact.

Our Daily Ted for Tuesday. Morning Links: Too many LA memorial rides, Fig4All is up for more debate, and Buzzfeed wants to scare you That Buzzfeed video is alternately scary stupid and just plain scary.

Infrastructure! news from right here in TX. Texas Police Now Ticketing Kids for “Cool Moves” Doing the right thing can be rewarding.

Infrastructure from NYC. DOT To Add Five More Miles Of Flushing Avenue Bike Lanes I have the sneaking feeling that they are using soft, fragile cyclists as traffic calming on a street that has a reputation for attracting speeders.

New infrastructure in America’s Copenhagen. New buffered bike lanes for Boones Ferry Road

Someone please, PLEASE! make this bill a law without watering it down. Lawmakers Consider Hit-and-Run Alerts Amber alerts I get once or sometimes twice a month, but the constant stream of these alerts would galvanize people into action to stop hit-and-run.

A bike that anyone can ride “no hands”. Jyrobike self-balances to keep kids on the straight and narrow Also teaches kids just to ride normally, but I would like to have one for my recumbent that I was never able to ride without at least one hand on the bars at all times because it would crash in a fraction of a second otherwise.

Lifestyle in the UK. Cyclists saddle up to raise £1m for heroes

A plethora of e-assist bicycles of varying levels of assist and styles of assist. In pictures: Charged Up e-bike show Some really neat and cool bikes there.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Fortunately for my mood I found more giggles than fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

As the spider said time’s fun when you’re having flies, and the Feed

Nothing is going on related to either spiders or flies today, I have just been waiting for the chance to use that quote for several months. Some time this week we will be going to buy the bus tickets for our vacation, and also trying to find someone to mow the lawn when we are gone. The crazy lady we rent a room to will still be here and our eldest will be dropping by the house to make sure the cat eats and gets some loving, so the house will not be unguarded while we are gone. I’m still trying to find a local source for that fershluginer (old Mad Magazine expletive there) hunk of mild steel to use for the crank forward bike’s seat tube, and Hephaestus is still pounding me about building something because I have the gift and it shouldn’t be wasted. Even drawing designs out on paper hasn’t been enough to shut that down, I’m going to have to build something soon. And right now the only thing stopping me is finding the raw stock to cut and weld into the bike frame…

Up first, someone tried to kill a cyclist with a light armored vehicle in GA. (UPDATED) Witnesses – SUV chased down cyclist OK having been on the receiving end of this kind of deal myself, if the driver is serious about trying to kill you there isn’t much a cyclist can do about it except try to roll away from the impact to someplace where you can’t get hit a second time.

A critical hit-and-run in NM. Cyclist critically injured in hit-and-run crash The narrative describes a hit-from-behind but does not state so explicitly, but I would use those protocols to avoid the wreck anyway. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent the wreck. And finding the perp and crushing his truck will keep him from doing it again…

A “grr…” angry moment in NYC. Police: Bicyclist Killed In Crash With Minivan Near Citi Field And as usual for the entire state of NY, “no criminality suspected” of the sober driver who remained at the scene of the hit-from-behind wreck. Protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, including Dutch traffic laws to make hitting someone with a motor vehicle an assumed crime unless proven not to be. IOW start all wreck investigations as criminal investigations unless the evidence proves otherwise, especially the ones involving a fatality.

Another fatal wreck in NYC just makes me want to scratch my head. NYPD Has No Info On Brooklyn DJ Killed While Cycling In Bushwick The wreck narrative is hit-from-behind with possible assault by the driver of the first vehicle that hit him, and pure pinball for the second vehicle. I would place this in the “not avoidable by human cyclists” category, but getting the infrastructure right would prevent it, including LEO who give a flying…

What’s interesting about this PA wreck is the fact that nobody has been blaming the cyclist for running the light. Bicyclist injured in collision with car on Erie’s east side Intersection wreck between two vehicles on intersecting streets and nobody says the cyclist was running the red. The car was there a couple of thousandths of a second earlier than the bike as the damages to the car prove, but nothing about who was there running the red. The Street View says the cyclist was going the wrong way on a one-way street, but that wasn’t mentioned either. Intersection protocols are moot in a situation like this, so the only thing would be getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”. This is a very strange wreck.

A WI cyclist is injured by a seriously distracted driver. Oostburg Cyclist Seriously Injured “I didn’t mean to do it! It’s the bee’s fault!” Hit-from-behind so use the protocols to try to avoid this idiot (who may be allergic to bee stings, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt), and get cyclists away from crazy drivers with infrastructure that’s “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck.

A serious “Ahhgghh!” moment after a cyclist was taken from the scene by ambulance in CA. Paramedics find 3-foot snake in bag of bicyclist struck by car Naturally the snake takes precedence over the narrative of the wreck for this article.

How to get locked up for killing a cyclist in the UK. Three locked up for killing of Pontypool cyclist Yes, if you kill a cyclist with anything other than a car, then you get locked up.

A cyclist didn’t kill a pedestrian after all. Pensioner died of natural causes two and a half weeks after collision with cyclist When the death was reported there was some confusion in the UK cycling press about the length of time between her release from hospital and her death with many saying if she was that fragile she wouldn’t have been released from medical care. And as it turns out the proximity of the death with the wreck is just happenstance.

Ted is in fine form today. Morning Links: Phillip O’Neill memorial ride and walk, cyclist’s rights on PCH, and a new bike video from LACBC

Infrastructure! news from NYC. DOT Targets 20 Of The Deadliest Intersections For Pedestrians

And a bit of Lifestyle from WWII. Maine woman resisted the Nazis on beat-up old bicycle

Last link is a Facebook picture of a really awesome way of exercising lane control in an urban setting. Lane control Note the high aerodynamic drag makes this impractical for long trips, but for those under five mile urban jaunts it should be fine. Mount white blinky lights on the front and red blinky lights on the back, or amber blinkies all around if you can find them to increase your visual footprint.

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

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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Plants are having unprotected sex and I’m the one suffering for it, and the Feed

OK this is getting really annoying now. Today was the third day in a row I woke up blind because of all the gunk in my eyes with the pollen triggering my allergies. Use a condom you dang trees! Getting serious for a moment, this is really getting on my last nerves. Beyond the fact that I can barely see well enough to type and get around the house, and my allergy meds are making me want to constantly take a nap, I have things to do that require me to leave the house, further than from the front door to the mailbox. Because the mailbox is about as far as I can get by myself in these conditions. I need to get a BMX stem and get it ready for installing on Francis/es so that I can sit up and not have my knees hit the handlebars when I’m riding and so I don’t sit on the wrong part of my butt and saddle, and cause blood stains in my underwear.

On another note, I have been enjoying Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale lately. I got a 12 pack that was marked down to under $7 which makes it taste better (good beer for cheap tastes better than the same beer expensive). There is the malty bottom flavor that has some slightly bitter but not overwhelming hops notes on top of that. This is an ale that I genuinely enjoy drinking, in moderation. One of these days I’m going to ride from that campground I was at when I wasn’t posting, the 33 miles to the Shiner brewery in Spoetzl TX. We have to ride by a sausage factory so we might have a mini-Oktoberfest ride that week.

Up first was a hard decision today. But I think this display of unmitigated Stoopid in the state that has once again taken “top” honors for killing the most cyclists has to take that “honor”. Father Of Driver In Fatal Hit & Run Of Bicyclist Speaks Out and Bicyclist Struck and Killed in Fort Lauderdale Sorry Daddy, but the evidence states otherwise than your scion. I’m sure that what you related was what he believes because the brain does some pretty strange things when trying to process missing information, but the physical evidence says your son hit the cyclist square from behind in the bike lane, not in the travel lane where that big ugly truck was supposed to be. Protocols might have helped avoid or prevent injury, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this wreck. Dutch infrastructure would have never placed an unprotected bike lane adjacent to such a fast and heavily-traveled road as that.

Moving completely across the country on the longest diagonal of CONUS, we get a cyclist running into a police van. Cyclist injured after riding bike into parked Seattle police van and Woman without helmet injured after slamming bike into prisoner van 27-year-old bicyclist hits parked police van There was a report (since removed) that the cyclist had been run off the road by a vehicle making an illegal U-turn. Otherwise this wreck is completely unexplained. And while I was trying to find a cached copy I found some really bad stuff from the UK.

Closer to home, be looking for this depraved individual if you ride in Austin. Aggressive driver reportedly aimed for cyclists, runners on Great Northern Seriously, this dude needs to be taken out before someone else get seriously injured or killed. Seriously, this idiot tried to hit a mom pushing a stroller, that’s sociopathic if not psychopathic.

Another cyclist hit in AL. Bicyclist ‘fair’ after injured in Vestavia Hills crash Not much information on this one as “cyclist struck the vehicle” could mean the driver cut the cyclist off and the cyclist had no choice about hitting the vehicle, as in right hooks left crosses or a swoop and squat. There are some possibilities that include a cyclist running a stop sign where the cyclist is at fault, too. Just not enough information to process the report. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A car cuts a cyclist off in ID. Bicyclist hit by car in Eagle, driver cited The wreck was the result of a vehicle leaving a main road entering a side road and hitting the cyclist on the main road, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A dead cyclist is identified in CA, finally. First S.F. Cyclist Death Of The Year Finally Identified The cyclist was salmon in the bike lane when he was hit, and died about a week later without regaining consciousness. To avoid don’t ride salmon, and get the infrastructure to the point that riding salmon is an annoyance rather than a fatal mistake, like it is in the Netherlands.

More on the cyclist beating down a driver in CA. Bike vs car: The rest of the story So, cyclist gets hit with a truck, drunk jumps out of the truck because the cyclist damaged mirror on truck when he hit the cyclist with the truck, drunk driver’s drunk buddy also jumps out, and the cyclist beats the driver senseless in self-defense, then the cyclist is the “bad guy”? TANJ!

Another “Are you kidding me?” moment from America’s Paradise. Hawaii Driver Allegedly Hits Bikers On Purpose At Bike Safety Event No words, I have no words for this. More 5 cyclists hurt, 2 motorists held in dust-up on Century Ride

A really bad wreck caused by really bad infrastructure in the Great White North. Cyclist, 33, killed while riding bike through St. Denis underpass and Cyclist killed by truck under Des Carrières viaduct This is an abysmal place to ride but unfortunately one of the few places to cross this urban wall highway. Since there is no place to go except to sideswipe a concrete wall protocols are mooted here. There is nothing a cyclist can do except hold line and ride as fast as they can to get away from that death trap. Get the infrastructure right to prevent another death, or just be ready to bury another cyclist and accept the blood on your hands.

Scary-looking wreck in Jolly Olde. Watch: Shocking CCTV shows cyclist being rammed from his bike by a car Nothing the cyclist could have done as the driver swerved into the bike lane and sucker-punched the cyclist with the car. Even the normally car-centric and non-committed UK LEO say this was a deliberate assault.

Perhaps it’s not a good idea to be listening to loud music and high on pot when you ride? Killed cyclist ‘distracted’ by music Not quite sure how the cyclist was “distracted” by “loud music” when headphones were not mentioned in the report… Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Remember that pot is legal in the Netherlands and they have a very low cyclist injury and fatality rate because even stoned drivers and cyclist are as separated as possible.

More news from Ted in LA. Morning Links: A disgustingly auto-centric driver, and the rest of the story on that biking tech exec beating

Lifestyle in CA. Bicyclist Able to “Finish the Ride” That Nearly Killed Him

Infrastructure! news in IN after a cyclist died from bad infrastructure. Cyclists call for safer bike lanes; tougher penalties This was not far from where the cyclist was hit in the bike lane by a driver who failed to yield when making a left turn.

And last link is infrastructure news from Jolly Olde. Town council want lights back on after cyclist injured in Harwich Standard (BS approved and legal) bike lights are only effective as “be seen” lights so more light is needed in town.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Taxes done, and the Feed

Well the waiting for the documents was longer than the time it took to file this year, but we did it. We finally got our tax return in this afternoon. Once again we didn’t make enough money to pay any taxes and all the withholding will be refunded. Even with what I made from the blog and the money I got from Dad’s estate we still did not make more than the standard deduction for a married couple. Which is kinda sad when you stop to think about it, that two people working to the maximum of their ability don’t even make enough to come close to paying taxes. I don’t think we cleared the standard deduction for a single person living alone, either. If we did it wasn’t by very much.

On a more cheerful note I’m getting the dosing schedule worked out so that I have enough allergy meds in my system to be effective, but not so much that my brain shuts down and I just want to find a place to lie down. This is important as I don’t get much done from bed. Of course there are times when all I want to do is waste time.

Up first is the only actual 04/01 joke link I could find that stayed up long enough to create a link to it. Metro Announces 405 Widening Really About Creating First Freeway Separated Bike Lanes Actually this is logical, people on bikes want to go to the same places as people in cars. They deserve the same accommodation as people in cars.

From the “It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer More Deserving Person” department, Texas division. 20 New Assault Charges Brought Against SXSW Crash Suspect OK this dude is now facing felony charges for every person he hit while running from the cops in a stolen car while DUI. It’s the Stoopid Trifecta! times 24. He now has 20 charges of felony assault to go with the 4 Capital Murder charges and the Felony DUI and evading arrest.

More on the NE wreck where the old woman went over the centerline and into the shoulder of a road to hit a cyclist head on. Driver will face motor vehicle homicide charge in connection to crash that killed Neb. cyclist The driver has turned in her driver’s license, which is a small victory in and of itself. More Nebraska State News

Another link to the news of a cyclist killer facing charges in CA. 18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Cyclist I though meth made you more alert and attentive to your surroundings, not less. I guess she was “special”.

Give us this day our daily Ted ;) Morning Links: CicLAvia is coming, Calbike legislative agenda and the best of yesterday’s foolishness

And that article yesterday about the drunk driver being banned from driving for a total of 18 years turned out to not be an April Fools’ joke after all. Van driver jailed for eight years over cyclist’s death and Drunk beer pump engineer jailed for killing cyclist in Lincolnshire hit and run /Happy dance?/ The Dance of Joy

Update on the recovery of a cyclist in Oz. VIDEO: Cyclist’s world shattered by truck collision Nothing new about the mode of the wreck and I can’t remember that far back to be able to pull anything up about it. good luck and quick healing to the victim, nerve pain in your feet is no joke.

A young cyclist gets left hooked in Enn Zed. Car collides with young cyclist The nearly unscathed helmet was given credit for “saving” the cyclist’s life. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And stop treating helmets like some kind of magic talisman to prevent head trauma in motor vehicle wrecks with cyclists.

Infrastructure! news from GA on wrecks. Transportation officials note drop in traffic deaths and rise in cyclist, pedestrian deaths I said this before when a similar article was published last year about London road deaths, drivers and roads are not getting any better, just survivability for vehicle occupants.

Infrastructure from Enn Zed, as truckers try to shift blame from them for not seeing cyclists and avoiding collisions when the cyclists have the right of way. Cyclist death: Urgent call for cycleways They can’t blame themselves, they can’t blame the cyclist for riding straight ahead with the right of way, so blame the infrastructure!

Last link is an unusual pair supporting pet adoption. Cyclist, dog promoting pet adoption WoaB is in full accord with this promotion.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus