This is my first attempt at creating a post with links with this blog software, so I hope it works. For my new readers what I’m doing here is linking to reports on the Web of bicycle wrecks or issues pertaining to bicycle safety. After I show the link I make comments about the report, and if there was any way to avoid the incident I hindsight it for you, so that in a similar situation you can do whatever is needed to keep you safe or not do what creates or puts you into a dangerous situation. I usually hand code links, because when I used the MySpace linkerator I still had to hand code it to open in a new tab or window, depending on your browser. Since I was already hand coding part of the link I just went ahead and did the whole thing by hand. edit 14:13 I tried to use the linkerator here, but I couldn’t get it to work, so I just went back to hand coding the links.
Up first from Canadia is a double report on an assault with a deadly weapon against a cyclist with blunt trauma amputation. Injured cyclist focuses on survival and a dryer less sensational report Driver facing charges after cyclist seriously injured Notice that in the Star report they were mostly basing their report on interviewing the victim in the hospital, where the CP24 report was based on what was at the scene of the crime. Notice the picture of the remaining portion of the amputated leg in the Star report, and the picture of the blood stained concrete pole the cyclist was crushed against in the CP24 report. Now, how can you avoid becoming like the cyclist in this story? Carry an Uzi in open carry? Don’t argue with armed idiots? Immediately call police when struck by a vehicle? I really don’t know how to protect yourself from someone like the cabbie in this story, except to not be where he is, which when you get right down to it is not an option either. If we avoid having to deal with people like the cabbie we end up ceding the streets to armed thugs with cars. I won’t have the streets I paid for with my taxes being overrun with idiots, so that is not an option for me.
From Jolly Olde is a report on the “other” problem faced by bicyclists, that of sidewalk riding. Pensioner injured by cyclist backs campaign to stop people riding on the pavements Can’t ride on the sidewalks, get killed on the roads, Hobsen had a plethora of choices compared to this situation. My take is not to ride on the sidewalks, then charge the governing authority with negligence if you get hit riding in the roads. Actually I’m on the don’t ride your bike on the sidewalks (or pavements as they are called in the UK) side of the story, bikes belong on the roads.
And that’s the Feed for this cool and blustery Sunday.
Billed @$.02, Opus