Daily Archives: November 28, 2008

Nice quiet day today

Well except for one small item today’s Feed was a low level. I’ll get that one item out of the way first, my elder daughter was proposed to and accepted yesterday. This is the daughter that has been studying in Scotland for the last 3 1/2 years and was scheduled to graduate this July which appears to be on track to happen. So congratulations to Rachel in Scotland where nothing is crap.

First up is an article on dangerous infrastructure in Seattle. Bridge dangerous for bike riders To give you an idea of just how poorly thought out this was, look at the picture of the bike lane exit at the end of the bridge. To get off the bridge and back on the road a cyclist has to come to a stop and make 2 right angle turns or wait with the bike sitting crossways to oncoming bike traffic trying to get on the bridge. And after you get out of the bike lane your are dumped into a lane that has a high speed limit. And get on on the bridge requires crossing 4 lanes of traffic just to get to the bike lane. Whoever designed this bike lane never actually rode on a bike in traffic, I can say that with utter assurance.

We have another cyclist killed with “more conventional” weapons. Bike rider dead in shooting in Palmetto and Officials seek aid in death of cyclist This comes down to riding where you can be seen vs riding where the cars aren’t. Personally I don’t ride in alleys except as part of the initial ride (from my garage out to the street) or if the place I’m going has their bike parking in the alley. I have never been shot, but I have been hit by a maniac with a truck, so you pays your money and you takes your chances.

Another report on that CA rider who was hit-and-run. Reward Offered For Info On Fatal Cyclist Hit-And-Run As I posted yesterday it is becoming increasingly unlikely that they will find this driver unless somebody turns him in or he turns himself in.

And that’s all I have for you today.

Billed @$.02, Opus

Happy Thanksgiving, here are your dead and injured cyclists

For all my overseas and non-USofAian readers out there today is one of the most holy of the US secular holidays, Thanksgiving. On this day we are to gather with our families in a big feast to remember all that we have to be thankful for, thanking whatever deity you follow or none if that is your belief. The feast is to remind us of all that we have here in the US, and is a throwback to ancient pagan ways before we had modern methods of food storage when the last Fall harvest was followed by eating oneself into a food coma so as to store up as much fat as possible to live off of during the Winter. Since we don’t have to survive off our body fat anymore in the US reasonable people just eat about twice their normal daily intake, or bicyclists go for a couple hundred mile trips (two 100 mile trips or one 200 mile trip) so they have “pre-burned” the calories from the feast with the trip. I didn’t do that either as I walked to the grocery store and carried the ingredients for the feast home on my back, what fit in my backpack. I let my wife carry the eggs and the rolls in her pack as one, I didn’t have room and two, they would have gotten squished and three, they didn’t weigh much. I have so much to be thankful for especially in these times when the economy is in such bad shape. The bare fact that I’m typing this and posting it to the Internet makes me already richer than 80% of the world’s population, so I’ll just leave the thankfulness there and get to what you really come to my blogs for.

We had a pretty large Feed today with some very bizarre reports on some very disturbing behavior. Fruit attacks in the UK, felonious assault with a motor vehicle in Ireland, and massive stupidity behind both the wheel and the handlebars in the US.

From Jolly Olde we have two reports on that fruit attack on a cyclist, fortunately with minimal damage to the cyclist. Cyclist seriously injured after flying orange hits him in eye and from the Beeb Cyclist injured in fruit attack Like the constable said, this could have been much worse, and like one commenter said, how did they know it was a tangerine and not some other citrus fruit? This is another one of those situations that is impossible to avoid unless you give up cycling. More from the UK later in my blog post.

A cyclist is killed by a train in SoCal. Bicyclist killed by train in the Florin area Sometimes I wonder about the emotional state of cyclists hit by trains, as trains are generally large, colorful, and noisy which should make them easy to avoid (not to mention that trains are confined to run only on train tracks). When they perfect the blood test for depression that works post-mortem I guess we will know, until then we will only guess.

A list of driver we cyclists won’t have to deal with in FL. Convictions I don’t know why it takes so long to get dangerous people off the roads, one of these people had six convictions of driving without or on a suspended license within seven years.

And another one from SoCal, this time a man getting right hooked by a garbage truck. Bicyclist killed in accident identified as Hawthorne man The author of the article wrote the man rode into the side of the truck for an unknown reason, hey try the other way around the truck rode over the cyclist to the right for an unknown reason. That’s why the wreck is described as a right hook To avoid this stay away from the right sides of vehicles at intersections unless you are occupying a lane as a vehicle, and don’t filter up the right side of the lane.

Still in CA a reward has been offered for the arrest of the hit-and-run driver that killed a newspaper employee who happened to have been riding a bicycle when he was killed. Reward offered in hit-run that killed bicyclist Usually if a hit-and-run is not solved in the first 24 hours they generally never get solved unless the perp turns him or herself in, but a reward sometimes gets results.

More from SoCal is another right hook by another big rig. Cyclist seriously injured The part that sets me to a high simmer was the comment that the truck driver was at fault but would not be charged or ticketed, because “he felt really really bad”. How about the cyclist? He was just sitting in front of a truck and suddenly he was sitting under said truck with 2 broken legs and no warning. I’m sure he feels a lot worse than the driver, and the driver doesn’t even get a ticket? TANJ! How to avoid? Stay away from trucks. I have said this many times that big rigs and other large trucks have blind spots you could hide a peloton in, but it appears in this instance that the cyclist was hit while stationary and the truck had pulled up behind him. This situation left the cyclist with no place to go except under the right front tire of the semi.

We have two reports on this wreck, an early one and then a later one from the same newspaper. 10-year-old girl seriously injured in south Fort Collins car crash and later Police identify girl critically injured by SUV She was hit head on in the bike lane and no charges have been filed. And they are trying to lay blame who may or may not have been wearing a helmet (near useless styrofoam hat, not a magic amulet to prevent getting hit by cars). The driver “may have been distracted”. Y’ think? I should hope to all deity that the driver was distracted, because otherwise she just drove into the bike lane and ran over a kid on a bike for no damn reason. How to avoid? The usual; keep your head on a swivel, ride with one eye on your rear view mirror, and always leave yourself an escape route in case of homicidal or stupid drivers.

From DE a report that almost tells what happened. Bicyclist injured in crash with van in Salem OK the bike was going north, the van was going east, and the cyclist has a sore left knee. Unknown is who got to the intersection first, or if anybody ran the 4 way stop. To avoid this assume the driver of the van doesn’t see you, proceed accordingly.. The commenters appeared to have reached a judgment on who was at fault, though…

In the same part of the country (near DC) another cyclist is hit-and-run murdered. Bicyclist Killed in Tysons Corner Hit-and-Run Identified From the picture of the bike it appears the cyclist was struck from behind at a high rate of speed. At this point I don’t know enough about this wreck to give more than the standard advice to keep your head on a swivel and an eye peeled on your six.

And another one in FL. Cyclist critically injured in Coconut Creek Again hit from behind, not much else. Comments are worthless.

And last US report is an ID lawyer’s eye view of bicycle law. Bicycle Safety from a Personal Injury Lawyer’s Point of View You know, for a lawyer he doesn’t seem to know much about the law or about the way humans think and operate. Even when he quotes the law first he mis-interprets “may” as meaning “must” and says not to, on the ID red light and stop sign laws. Use some sense, just because the law says you don’t have to come to a complete stop at a stop sign doesn’t mean blast through it means treat it as a yield, and red lights are to be treated as stop signs would be treated by motor vehicles, stop and see that the way is clear. Saves ID from having to install better sensors at all their traffic lights, and also removes cyclists from being hassled over stop signs installed as traffic calming devices.

Getting back to the UK we have a report from Scotland about a senior citizen hit crossing a road with her bike. OAP hit by car severely injured Still trying to figure out where the bike came in on this one.

And a celebration as a memorial is installed for a fallen cyclist in Islington. Tribute to killed cyclist Yes that appears to be a Spiral Dance being performed at the Ghost Bike installation, no joy in her death but joy in her life as she lived it.

And a 10 YO is hit by a van. Cyclist, 10, injured in van collision By the comments left with this report it seems the locals think this is an infrastructure problem.

And from the Emerald Isle is a report on a hit-and-run that witnesses are determined to see solved.. Witnesses help gardai in cyclist hit-and-run case I hope they catch the low life.

And our final report is from Oz, on an injured cyclist recovering from his injuries. Injured cyclist optimistic for full recovery This is another example of why riders shouldn’t pack up and draft except in controlled environments that have removed the danger of motor vehicles.

And that’s the Feed for the day, drop back in later for updates.

Billed @$.02, Opus