I was not expecting to be here, and the Feed

I got the news last night after putting the blog to bed that my ride to the festival was going to be delayed by the driver having a doctor’s visit that was rescheduled and not something that could be rescheduled again. So, here I am. While I was waiting something interesting came in the mail: the bill for my new health insurance policy, showing how much I owed and how much my subsidy will be. I’m going to be walking to places that allow me to pay it in cash, because my premium after subsidy is pocket change, literally. I find more change in the roads and on the sidewalks every month than my insurance premium, which means I can pay for health insurance while I’m walking to pick up groceries and any number of other things.

Up first is a couple of links to what now looks like an assault with a motor vehicle on triathletes training prior to an event in NOLA. Athletes compete in New Orleans Ironman Triathlon the event and the updated wreck report Motorist accused of killing cyclist, injuring another before Ironman race says wreck not his fault Driver claiming a SWSS is thwarted by a witness and by LEO capable of interpreting the physical evidence that showed otherwise. I would state that things like this (driver claiming SWSS refuted by other evidence) would happen much more frequently if more cyclists had cameras recording their rides. The weapon vehicle in this case had two impact sites on the front as well as two impact sites on the windshield that showed the trajectory of both cyclists, and if I’m reading the report right (that I can’t link to my blog, sorry) the trajectory of the second cyclist hit, the one that survived, showed him moving to the right when he was hit, away from the car.

A cyclist is killed riding in the bike lane in America’s Paradise. LETTER: Hawaii Bicycling League Weighs in on Kihei Fatality Hit from behind in the bike lane, is there any better example of “entitled” driver than that?

Our first Infrastructure! link is from MIT via Austin TX. MIT maps Austin bike wrecks and includes worst streets for accidents The map looks pretty much like a street map of Austin, with some streets a little brighter lighted than others. Austin

A similar treatment for L.A. Interactive Map Shows Where Bike Crashes Happen The Most In L.A. There are significant blank areas in the L.A. map. Are they due to a lack of surface streets or a lack of cyclists willing to use them? And I noticed a lot fewer intersections are lit up compared to mid-block wrecks.

Is this a “breakthrough” in bicycle safety for cyclists in America’s Copenhagen? With grant application, PBOT finally acknowledges ‘safety issue’ with streetcar tracks Cyclists have been telling them for 7 years that they placed the tracks in such a manner that cyclists were at risk, and now they are paying attention and trying to determine just how bad it really is. First step in fixing a problem is seeing if you have a problem and what the problem is. Also apply that statement to the maps in the above links.

I can totally see these installed in areas with little electricity or street lighting. Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Are Finally Here What these have over retroreflective paints is not needing an external light source to work, making “seen by” bike lights more effective for cyclists. If the road shows you where to go, then all you really need is something that lights up things above the surface to get obstructions hanging over the road.

More infrastructure news from GA. Cyclists cautiously optimistic about bike path changes You can tell a lot about the problems riding a bike in Hotlanta is “Subjective Safety” to quote Hembrow .

I guess this is Lifestyle? Stolen bike spotted while woman reports it stolen My reaction to this is if someone tells me they have a gun in their bag while I’m trying to detain them with stolen property, beat them senseless to keep them from getting inside the bag. But then I beat up a truck that passed me on the right last year, and I’m 3-0-4 against pickup trucks lifetime (I totalled out 3, none have “totalled” me yet, and 4 others have withdrawn from battle after first strike).

And now a word from our Ted. Morning Links: BOLO for dangerous San Fernando Valley driver and disappearing Bike Plan bikeways I hate when planned-for things are dropped from bike plans, leaving gaping holes in the network.

And those were all the links I was not expecting to be home to share today. Enjoy!

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Clearing out some links before going away, and the Feed

Since I have a few hours to kill before I have to leave I’m composing a post. And that’s an interesting verb to use, “composing”. I would say writing, but in my mind that is putting words on paper, and this process normally never gets any closer to paper than the tissue I use to blow my nose during allergy season. And when a newspaper page is assembled with all the blocks of text and pictures that is called composing a page, so I amalgamated the placing blocks of text in a page and never getting on paper to make the process of creating a blog page also “composing”.

There really were not many links to choose from this morning even using the extended version of the Feed. Ironically this leads to making choosing the critical first links even harder. I think I’ll run with more on the two cyclists getting hit from behind in NOLA. Ironman triathlete killed in New Orleans East accident and Cyclist killed in N.O. East was Atlanta firefighter training for Ironman Broad daylight in a straight road with little traffic and more than one lane of travel in the direction the cyclists were hit from behind, or IOW absolutely no reason to not change lanes to not hit the cyclists. But for some reason NOLA LEO are not coming up with reasons to charge the driver. As I pointed out last week, protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

Another link to the NYC hit and literal run as in abandon disabled vehicle and depart on foot. BICYCLIST DIES IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT ON BROADWAY AND HALSEY Again not a wreck a human cyclist could avoid, and infrastructure would have been just another thing for the driver to ignore.

A wreck in PA. Police: Van drives off after hitting pedestrian in Silver Spring Intersection wreck, protocols to avoid and infrastructure to prevent.

A SoCal driver hits a cyclist with his car deliberately and I’m not complaining about it. Other news we had a freeze in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell… Man with Hatchet, Gun Attacks Clerk at Market To avoid a wreck like this don’t ride a bike to knock off a C-store or any other kind of store. For those who follow that particular deity that violates rules 8 and 9. Stealing and coveting others’ things.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: LA County candidate questionnaires, and insights and smiles from Cycling in the South Bay

Infrastructure! news from MO and this one ain’t good. Bicycle Ban Bill: Will Missouri Lawmakers Prohibit Cycling on Some State Roads? I could support a bill like this with a much lower limit of 100 yards and a concurrent ban of cars on roads without bike paths nearby and a freeway less than 2 miles away unless point of origin or destination are on that road or are part of the most direct route to origin and destination. As the bill is now it is much too vague to enforce, and would be used as an excuse to exclude bikes from all roads by LEO.

NYC DOT has studied the Prospect Park bike lanes and found that they do not cause rush hour congestion, they just slow traffic to non-lethal speeds. Data: Prospect Park West Bike Lane Doesn’t Impede Traffic Flow This will cause the people on continuous lawsuit mode over the bike lanes to claim “cooking the data”.

Infrastructure news from Oz. Bikes to squeeze out cars in $500 million tower on the IMAX theatre site at Darling Harbour I’m still trying to wrap my head around the logistics of this one. They are stating that this project will hire 4000 people, but they are providing parking for 332 bicycles, 86 cars and 5 motorcycles, and this will be a site that attracts thousands of people each day as customers who are served by 56 bike spots, and competing for the car and motorcycle spots with the employees. This location must have INCREDIBLE transit facilities access.

Last link is a CA lifestyle link. About 150 cyclists honor Chula Vista dad killed in crash

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Getting ready to go off-air for a week, and the Feed

OK, here is what is going down. I have a gig/vacation coming up next week with zero Internet access from Monday on to next Sunday. I’ll try to get a post out Monday before getting packed, and I’ll be loading up early Tuesday for an extended camping trip. While I’m at the camp out I will be helping man a vending booth that will pay for my trip there. I will also be using Francis/es to demonstrate how a fleet of cargo bikes can replace a fleet of aging golf carts for moving “stuff” around 100 acres of camp grounds. I would like to also have a passenger box bike/trike to show how they can move people and cargo, but since my intentions were strictly cargo when I bought Francis/es I bought the cargo-only bed.

Good News! Thanks to the ACA (AKA Obamacare) I now have a BCBS insurance card in my wallet, and Mrs. the Poet has a nearly identical one with her name added as co-insured in her wallet. The difference in costs and coverage between the policy she had through her job and what I got both of us via the ACA is astounding. First Mrs. the Poet’s insurance, which had a $2K deductible and OOP and moderate levels of coverage that cost her $70/month after the payment from her employer. Now the ACA policy, which has a deductible and OOP of $500 per person, has many more treatments covered, and will cost me $17/month after subsidy. This policy did not exist prior to March 1 (that they are telling me) and was created as a reaction to the number of people that Gov. Goodhair dumped in the ditch when he rejected expanding Medicaid for TX. The fact that so many people are qualified for the expanded Medicaid and didn’t get it says something about wages and employment in TX. As in both of them pretty much suck especially if you have a less-than-perfect job history.

Since the Sprint Cup race was on last night while my Warlock was wreaking havoc on nasty plant creatures in an overgrown temperate rain forest, I have been watching the Indy Car race from Long Beach, and the NHRA Four Wide Nationals from Charlotte NC. The Indy Car race was pretty much a case of follow the leader except for a rare pass in the turns that didn’t result in a wreck, but those wrecks determined the outcome of the race, except for Scott Dixon running out of E85 three laps from the finish. Congrats to Ed Carpenter racing for getting the win with their street race/road course ringer from the World Endurance Championship over in Europe.

In other news, here’s the mayor of Dallas examining Francis/es.Hello, mayor!

The weather for this event and photo shoot was great, today’s is not so great. I walked to church from the transit station in a light rain, and back from the store sprinkling and windy. All that means is it is spring in North Texas. We have been switching back and forth between heat and AC at least three times in the last 4 weeks, but now we are pretty much set on either AC or nothing. The big thing that causes the AC to come on is running the dryer after doing the laundry, because that makes the inside humidity go way up and get way uncomfortable for Mrs. the Poet.

The broadcast for the drag race is still going on, but I’m cutting the post here because I don’t have anything else to say.

PSA, Opus

I wrote this headline knowing people would not see it until after midnight, and the Feed

Here’s the sitch (to quote an old cartoon). I don’t wanna have so many links to post on Monday, it seriously harshes my vibe to use another old expression. I also have (had) something to do this evening, so I won’t be able to hang around and post the afternoon Feed links. But this also means I will be posting any links that come in the midnight Feed.

Up first we have more on that fatal NYC hit-and-run. Driver Fatally Strikes Bushwick Cyclist, Hits Cars, Leaves Scene [Updated] and Bicyclist Killed in Brooklyn Hit-and-Run Crash, NYPD Says Another one Neighbors Mourn ‘Good Father’ Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run More links by still no more information than there was in the second Gothamist link from yesterday. Nothing has changed on the advice side either, nothing the cyclist could have done and since the driver went salmon to escape infrastructure would have been just one more thing for the driver to ignore.

Maybe two days’ ride from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, we get a minor wreck. Bicyclist not seriously hurt after collision with truck Salmon cyclist hit by driver not watching where he was going. Lots of blame to go around, but I would put equal blame on both. I blame this mostly on physical infrastructure and a lack of education on how cyclists are supposed to use it.

Something happened to a NOLA cyclist. CYCLIST KILLED ON CHEF MENTEUR OK it changed while I was creating the link. As of right now the cyclists were hit from behind (!2! of them) while riding in the right lane. Apparently watching where you are going and not hitting slower vehicles is not a high priority for NOPD enforcement. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another deliberate assault on a cyclist by a driver, this time in IN. Police: Driver intentionally struck bicyclist Driver made a close, “punishment” pass, cyclist complained, driver decides to “upgrade” the punishment, and gets charged with assault.

Reaction to the cyclist getting hit by a red light runner in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, again (they got a whole year just barely in second place). Lakewood Ranch residents concerned over bicyclist safety Seriously, I don’t know what they could have done about this one. The driver was running a red light. Had the cyclists been using infrastructure that was “up to Dutch” the light would still have been red while they were crossing, they just would have been in a different part of the intersection when they got hit. Maybe confiscating and crushing the vehicles used in a fatal cyclist or pedestrian wreck will have some beneficial effect on lowering the number of pedestrians and cyclists who get hit?

A CA cyclist is released from the hospital after getting left crossed. Novato cyclist released from hospital following collision with SUV Funny, I don’t recall reading about the driver getting released from jail… Intersection protocols if they would do any good to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CA cyclist is passing stopped vehicles between lanes (legal in CA) when one driver decides to “not stop”. Bicyclist injured in Watsonville crash I put this one on the driver, completely. The cyclist was riding legally past stopped cars, so had the driver merely remained in the lane and not moved sideways (turned into the cyclist) there would have been no wreck. From the injuries it sounds like the driver moved pretty abruptly into the cyclist. Infrastructure to remove cyclists from proximity to entitled drivers.

Another link to the right hook concrete mixer bicycle wreck. BICYCLIST STRUCK AND KILLED BY CEMENT TRUCK IN SAN MARCOS As I suspected yesterday. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure right to keep cement trucks from trying to occupy the same space as cyclists.

A cyclist hits a stop sign running vehicle. Cyclist Hit Near Coronado Golf Course Entrance Because it was the cyclist’s speed and not the car’s that did the damages, the damages were fairly light. I still wouldn’t want to be in that kind of wreck. Intersection protocols mooted by lack of reaction time, and infrastructure mooted (partially) by the driver ignoring the traffic control and entering the bike infrastructure when the cyclist was present. Making drivers responsible for all costs when they are in an at-fault wreck with a cyclist, including lost wages and medical costs might cause people to look out for cyclists here like it does in the Netherlands.

Another day, another link from Ted. Help stop hit-and-runs, stop a Burbank equestrian bridge grab, and your Morning Links

I’m having a problem figuring this one out. Bicyclist crashes while riding on Highway 101 The wreck I’m not having any trouble figuring out, the cyclist was unable to look out of traffic and watch the road surface at the same time and hit an obstruction in the road, excuse me the shoulder of the road. It’s the part about bicycles not allowed on the freeways that I’m not understanding. 101 is a US highway, and as such is required to be available to all legal roads users. Then they were saying stuff about the freeway not being open to bicycles there. !?!

Today seems to be our day for salmon everything. Cyclist in ICU following vehicle crash on Kings Driver not looking at what is in front of him/her runs into salmon cyclist in front of the vehicle while pulling out of a parking lot, probably turning right. To avoid don’t salmon and use intersection protocols, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Final update to a WI hit-and-run. UPDATE: 5 Years in Prison for Deadly Chippewa Falls Bike Crash But she gets to keep her license to drive? I don’t see any mention of a driving ban so it looks like she can start driving as soon as she gets home from prison.

A MA wreck managed to merit a blotter report. Cyclist Struck, Injured on Federal Street Nothing on the mode so I’m at a loss for advice. Intersection wreck so probably intersection protocols, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would probably prevent it.

Moving on the Jolly Olde we get another joke sentence for hitting a cyclist. Teen driver killed Sheffield cyclist and Motorist locked up after city cyclist killed on Peak road also “Incredibly light” sentence for driver who killed Sheffield cyclist If I’m reading the reports right the driver swung wide and hit the cyclist on the wrong side of the road? And had “57 meters” (187 ft) of the cyclist being visible before hitting him. And the driver never showed any remorse about the killing of the cyclist? Then how the Bloody Hell did he get such a stupidly light sentence? TANJ!

Apparently logic is not a very stringent requirement for coroners in the UK, which seems strange. Woman killed by HGV at Bow roundabout had cycled through a red light, coroner rules Cyclist hit from behind running a red light that did not exist for the truck? How’s that again? I’m sorry but this is so stupidly biased I can’t even say how bad it is because it is so bad it defies description. The cyclist running the red light was hit from behind by the HGV that was NOT running the red light.

Obviously not the same coroner as the previous link. Coroner criticises lack of action over Holborn junction safety after cyclist was killed in coach collision Similar wreck to the one in the link above, a left hook of a cyclist proceeding straight in the bike lane to the left of turning traffic that did not yield. Did not help that the signal was for a right turn as the cyclist passed the back of the weapon vehicle, then for a left.

Cycling drunk is safer for other people than driving drunk, not so safe for the cyclist. Cyclist killed in spate of London road deaths was twice the drink-drive limit

Pro tour cyclist hit by a car while training. US cyclist Chris Horner hospitalized with punctured lung, broken ribs after training accident And Italian drivers have (had?) a reputation for not driving crazy around cyclists.

Moving to Oz for several links we get this ugly wreck first. PHOTOS: Cyclist, 78, injured after collision with car at Coalcliff Leo are sitting on the details but as this was not in an intersection and the debris field was so large I would say it was a hit-from-behind wreck. Protocols, and infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Intersection wreck. Cyclist killed in Rockingham named Well we were given the cyclist’s direction of travel and road, but nothing about the driver’s. Intersection protocols might help, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented the wreck pretty much no matter how it happened.

Another blind driver cuts two cyclists off. Two cyclists injured at Fishing Point The driver was making a u-turn directly in front of the cyclists who hit her car in the driver’s side, giving her a front-row seat to the carnage.

A little Lifestyle article. Cyclist remembered in Howard Beach

Moving west, we get the same thing in CA as the NYC link above. Memorial Ride Set for Bicyclist Killed by DUI Driver

And our only real Infrastructure! report of the day(s). Cyclist petition grows Need I say the comments section only points out the desperate need for the law?

And final link is to a contest (not mine). CALL FOR ENTRIES – PHOTO CONTEST If you are local and have some good pictures of cycling the DFW area, give this contest a try.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Ain’t life Grand, and the Feed

Got a letter today from the ACA people, partially explaining why Mrs. the Poet was shown on the policy they sent last week. Seems that since we file joint taxes they had her SS on file linked to mine, and also knew her insurance because it was from the same company as the policy I got and put Mrs. the Poet on my policy because it had better coverage at lower cost. If I’m reading this right we are both getting insured with more coverage at a lower cost than what Mrs. the Poet was paying for just her. Whoever negotiated the policy at the school district needs to get fired. I mean I saw the doc they gave Mrs. the Poet showing how much the school district was paying and how much she was paying and all the coverages, and her policy was almost twice as much as my policy with four times the deductible and total out-of-pocket and a smaller network and less covered treatments. So, Thank You Obamacare?

Up first is another cyclist who was collateral damage in a multi-vehicle wreck. Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run BMW Driver In Bushwick and Video: BMW Driver Who Killed Cyclist In Bushwick Still At Large Again there was nothing the cyclist could do to avoid this, and since the driver tried to get away by driving salmon on a one-way street infrastructure would not have prevented it either.

More on that FL cyclist hit from behind in the bike lane. Deputies identify West Boca cyclist killed Wednesday morning Cyclist still had only a limited choice of avoiding this wreck by having a different wreck from hitting the curb, and American-style bike infrastructure failed miserably. That leaves only getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to avoid or prevent this wreck. And I really have no idea what to do about the real cause of this wreck, a driver that could not see out of the right side of the vehicle because it was so big and she was so short. I mean seriously, the driver could barely peer over the bottom of the window of the small sedan that cam to take her away from the scene after the weapon vehicle was impounded. How could she possibly see out the passenger side of the “mini” van she was driving. The only difference between that “mini” van and a regular full sized “van” is the “mini” has FWD and unibody construction based on passenger car mechanicals, and a “van” is body-on-frame with truck-based mechanicals. Size wise they are nearly identical.

Still in the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike we get graphic illustration of the destructive power of motor vehicles. Authorities issue arrest warrant in deadly Florida day care center crash Note that there were no bicycles involved in this wreck and I still don’t know why it got put in the “cyclist killed” subfolder of my Feed folder. Still it does point out what I frequently say about motor vehicles being killing machines we use to get around. And I like cars! Used to hold an SCCA license, ISCA exhibitor card, and drive a stock car racer. Not all in the same year, but all in the same lifetime.

Similar story from NYC, a little later in the process. Drunk Driver Who Killed Brooklyn Pedestrian Gets No Jail Time, $500 Fine Even drunk drivers get a pass if there is any doubt about the ability of a sober driver to avoid the wreck. I would say since the sober driver in front of him managed to avoid the wreck he certainly could have, but then I’m a writer and trained as an engineer, I understand logic. Lawyers and people on juries not so much.

Sad news via Ted Rogers’ BikingInLA. Breaking news: San Marcos bike rider killed by cement truck Possible right hook based on location of weapon and victim vehicles, but really nothing at this point. Infrastructure that keeps concrete mixer trucks away from cyclists and pedestrians to prevent.

More on that hit-and-run in Canuckistan over the weekend. Cyclist injured in weekend hit and runA cyclist was transported to the hospital April 6 after getting smoked by a 4-door teal car.” Interesting choice of words for the opening sentence.

End of the process for getting justice for a UK cyclist. Coventry road race drivers jailed after one hit and seriously injured cyclist Nothing the cyclist could have done to get out of the way from these killer drivers, the bike was reduced to rubble without a single salvageable part. I have never seen a bike destroyed as thoroughly as that one. As the wreck was in an intersection and a red light was run I don’t see how even getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” could prevent this wreck unless it was an area that would permit a bicycle underpass to segregate cyclists in both time and space away from motor vehicles.

A wreck in Oz. Cyclist injured in crash involving car on roundabout Roundabouts are very bad infrastructure without a bicycle bypass system. They work great for cars and other larger motor vehicles, not so good for bicycles and motorcycles.

Infrastructure! in response to a wreck in Enn Zed. ‘Cyclists need more protection’ Actually in response to several wrecks where the cyclist was following the laws and had no other place to ride, many involving the tiny fraction of female cyclists in Enn Zed.

LifeStyle for cyclists from Ted again. SoCal cops to bike 300 miles in memory of fallen officers next month WoaB strongly suggests that you drop your coin on this cause.

Not quite all-Ted, all-the-time, but another link from that source (he’s been busy). Great video captures the magic of CicLAvia, and your Morning Links Great video makes me wish I was there.

Last link is back to WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, the commercial infrastructure required to keep bikes moving. Bike Friendly Garland, Bike Medics

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Mrs. the Poet was sent home from work, and the Feed

I’m sure some of you are expecting something really juicy and scandalous here, but the truth of the matter is Mrs. the Poet has some kind of upper respiratory bug and she got sent home so she didn’t give it to thousands of school kids with their lunches. So it’s a case of preventing “You wanna side of crud with your mystery meat, because you get one anyway.” I am immune of course, probably because I have upper respiratory allergies. Since my immune system is already fighting imaginary battles with live ammunition against pollen actual pathogens are destroyed long before they can cause damage. That’s the good part, the bad part being I feel almost as bad with allergies as I would getting sick except without the fever.

Before I get to the bike links I want to share from one of the online news outlets I sometimes get bike links from to show what I have to wade through to get you your bike news. ‘Star Trek’s Kate Mulgrew on geocentrist film: ‘I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one’ and Pat Robertson asks God to ‘deliver us from this president’ I can see something like that happening just from what little experience I had as a voice-over actor. They only give you your lines to read for these gigs and never let you see the rest of the script. Of course I was voicing funny animals on a cartoon, not reading for a “science” documentary. But back to the point, I wade through hundreds of pages with this kind of stuff on them in headline form to find maybe one or two links a year, because links from outlets like this don’t show in my Feed. And people wonder why I get a little crazy every now and then?

Up first in bike reporting is a hit-from-behind wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck and killed in suburban Boca Raton Uhh, what happened?… FL LEO: “We don’t know. It is a strange and perplexing thing that his man is dead and his bike is all trashed and that car has a huge dent in the right front corner. We just do not understand what could have taken place here.” Really?!?! The guy was hit from behind in the bike lane and they can’t figure out what happened? You can see the skid mark where the guy was hit in the video about 6″ to the left of the stripe, between the stripe and the garbage next to the curb. Don’t confuse that with the shadow from the overhead power lines in a similar location. Hit-from-behind protocols might have avoided death or serious injury (there would have been some injury from hitting the curb) and getting the infrastructure right (including keeping tiny old ladies out of very large vehicles) to prevent. And before anyone makes a comment, the driver was shown barely clearing the side windows of a small sedan, there’s no way she could see over the passenger side of the windshield of that full-size “mini” van.

LEO in a different part of the country see things a bit differently. Police: Driver who killed Seattle cyclist may have been chatting Driver hit cyclist at 73 MPH in a 45 zone passing on the right, why do they need to add “chatting on the phone” to the list of transgressions to make a homicide case out of it? The cyclist had no chance to avoid this wreck because his view of the weapon vehicle would have been blocked by the semi that was legally passing him, until the last second before he was hit. Infrastructure would not have helped because the driver of the weapon vehicle was not using the built environment as it was intended, so unless there was a big curb between the bike path and the motor lanes he would have been hit anyway.

A bit south video from the on-board camera was the key in breaking a bus wreck that hit 3 cyclists, and killed one of them. Cyclist Hit by North County Bus Reaches Settlement I saw the video from the front of the bus, and the cyclists were riding in a straight line right where they got hit, and the bus never deviated from its path either. The driver swore he was making a safe pass when the cyclists “swerved” in front of him, which I will say is probably the way he remembers it. But it just isn’t the way it happened. You can see there was a steel rail to the right of the cyclists that took away any option for using the hit-from-behind protocols to avoid any part of this wreck.

Ted Rogers got the same memo about the Camp Pendleton bike wreck settlement plus a few more today. Morning Links: Settlement in Camp Pendleton bus collision could have far reaching bike benefits

A cyclist in the Great White North was hit because he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Cyclist seriously injured after collision on Park Avenue Seriously, it’s in the sub-head. The narrative says the cyclist was hit by an eastbound vehicle as he was making a left turn but fails to give the initial direction of travel for the cyclist. It does show a collapsed windshield on the weapon vehicle which indicates a bit of speed from that vehicle. The Street View of the location shows a signal-controlled intersection, but the narrative fails to say which vehicle was violating the right of way and ignoring the traffic control. And seriously this one could go either way, cyclist making a left is hit after the light changes before he could clear the intersection, or the cyclist jumped the red to try to beat cross traffic. Anyway, intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate injury, and get the infrastructure up to Dutch to prevent.

I keep telling you guys, Don’t Hit The Pedestrians! Because cyclists hitting pedestrians get bigger fines than drivers that do the same thing in the same place. Cyclist fined over footpath collision This cyclist got essentially the same fine as a driver got for killing a cyclist last year, shameful.

MO cyclists defeat an amendment to a bill that would have cut all bicycle spending from the transportation budget. UPDATED: Missouri Pols Launch Sneak Attack on Bike Funding and Bicycle Ban Amendment Defeated: Cyclists Celebrate “Victory of the Decade” Note that there is still no money allocated for cycling, but we are celebrating not being completely excluded from the process.

We celebrate such tiny victories in this country. On The “Protected” M Street Cycletrack I posit this is because otherwise we have nothing to celebrate at all. See the previous paragraph for an example of celebrating “nothing at all”.

A much better writer than me nails the existential problem with cars in an urban environment. Miserable subway passengers, a grouchy runner – and a lesson from Bob Dylan There is the problem in a nutshell, drivers are emotionally cut off from the environment while still being physically a part of it. You have your sound-proofing, AC, tinted window glass, and stereo system with amplifier, that completely isolates you from interacting with anyone else in the environment, while you guide more than 2 tons of deadly force through that environment. Drivers have no empathy because they have nothing to empathise with or to.

How can we reduce the number of trips made by cars? Cutting Car Reliance, One Trip at a Time

Where to have your next Time Trial event. Bike fun to close runway If you happen to have a nearby airport that has to accommodate trans-ocean airliners but has little traffic otherwise for hours at a time, there’s your very flat out-and-back time trial course.

A less-happy kind of ride nearby. Hamilton Cycle Death Memorial Ride This is not part of the world-wide Ride of Silence movement but a local to Enn Zed action.

When the Big One hits, or even a local Little One, a bike can be your best choice for mobility. When the Big One Hits, We’ll Be Mobile Add to this the news that when the quake and tsunami that shut down the Fukushima nuclear plant the only thing moving in some places was the local bicycle fleet. There was no gas or fuel for busses, and the train tracks were too damaged to run the trains for from days to months depending on the location and how close it was to the epicenter. A few trucks could bring in food and a little fuel that was only used to get the trucks back out for more food, not for local transport. Many places were otherwise completely shut off until train service was restored up to a year later.

Could the solution to the hit-from-behind problem be letting drivers know that thing in front of them is not moving very fast and they should change lanes? Found … the solution to safer urban cycling – Behavioural science cracks problem of cyclist blind spots for drivers with Brainy Bike Lights I’m linking the article for your information but I think these lights are useful only as lights and will not cause drivers to magically develop a heart and brain.

When urban transportation designers use bad clip art to illustrate their infrastructure it makes it look bad and not get built. Why can’t we get visualisations right?

The progenitors of my current bike. A bakfiets compilation I must say I rather like the DHL bikes with their large, apparently lockable boxes. Also the woman in the video with the three kids in the box and another in a seat on the back… busy lady!

Last link, when you still want to get more exercise than using a cart but you don’t have the time to walk a round of golf there’s this thing. Vail Golf Club to offer third option for golfers — Golf Bike It looks like it has 20 X 3″ tires to reduce turf damage and a 6-speed freewheel for getting up those short, sharp hills on golf courses.

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. Less fits and more giggles today, that was nice.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

After my trip to the chiropractor I’m “Well adjusted”, and the Feed

Today was the bi-weekly trip to the chiropractor and we are finally starting to see some results as my neck and shoulder are less uncomfortable than they were previously. I can get through an entire day at the computer without having the lie down and stick my arm behind my back to relax the muscles in my shoulder, and my neck pain is down significantly. Here’s to being well-adjusted!

Up first another cyclist is killed in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist killed in Boca crash Looks like a hit-from-behind wreck in the bike lane. This is caused by putting bike lanes where barrier protected bike paths should be used instead. Hit-from-behind protocols might have avoided or reduced damages, but really they need to get the infrastructure up to Dutch on this one.

Moving to IL we get a driver hitting and running multiple vehicles and a cyclist. Wilmette driver could face charges after hitting vehicles, cyclist She took out a scooter rider and hit at least one car before mowing down the cyclist. I would hazard a guess that since they didn’t detect drugs or alcohol in the driver pending more sophisticated tests that this driver’s days behind the wheel are pretty much over no matter what else they find. Even if she didn’t do it deliberately she did tons of physical and medical damage, so she needs to be off the roads until whatever was her problem is solved. This is very similar to the wreck in WA just last week where the guy took out the cyclist as collateral damage to whatever medical emergency he was going through.

Hit-and-run in Ted Rogers’ stomping grounds. Police ID Cyclist Killed in Huntington Beach Hit-and-Run; Driver Sought Intersection wreck, assumed red light runner is the driver of the weapon vehicle. Intersection protocols maybe would have helped, getting the infrastructure up to Dutch might have helped. Making hit-and-run a major felony might help, but it’s all “might” and “maybe” right now. One thing that would have helped is the driver not running the red light.

Speaking of Ted… A double dose of Morning Links for your entertainment and edification. Ted covered a big event in LA over the weekend so his big post was this morning instead of yesterday.

They might be more polite in Canuckistan, but that doesn’t prevent “Road Stupid” from taking over after they get behind the wheel. Cyclist injured in hit and run in Airdrie The mode of wreck appears to be hit-from-behind, so protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure up to Dutch to prevent. And publicly execute hit-and-run drivers that kill, that would be a great deterrent to H&R. Maybe by slow torture?

Another Enn Zed cyclist is killed by being hit from behind by a semi on the open road in less than a week. Goodwin ‘good at everything she wanted to do’ They had to bring a boom truck to lift the semi off the cyclist and bike to get them out from under the truck. That says to me the truck driver just was not paying enough attention to the situation and flat ran the cyclist over. I don’t think the cyclist had any place to go or time to get there to avoid the wreck, which only leaves getting the infrastructure up to Dutch as the only way to not have this wreck.

Infrastructure! news from AZ. Local Cyclists Want City to Increase Safety on Roads They already have “American decent” bike infrastructure there, but we really want to bring it up to Dutch so that the maximum number of people can benefit from it.

Ghost Bike news. Ghost Bikes Remind of Cyclist Deaths

And those were all the links I had regardless of fits or giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus