Well there are lots of news outlets doing retrospects of 2008 which keep showing up in my Feed but that don’t have anything to do with bicycles, and some of them don’t have anything to do with anything in any of my search strings I use for the Feed reports.(?) So the Feed tonight was huge, but the signal to noise ratio was near zero, and took ages to filter through. When I started reading the reports it was well before midnight (0600 on the blog clock). Now my computer says it’s just after midnight. (yawn)
First up is a updated report on the Hemet CA crash where the rider was killed in a crosswalk by a drunk running the red light. Bicyclist killed in traffic collision by suspected drunk driver The article goes on at length about new technology about to be installed to catch red light runners and help prevent crashes caused by red light runners, and then goes on to say the technology probably wouldn’t have prevented this wreck because the driver was sooooo drunk. Regular readers from my blog in its earlier host know my opinion of drunk drivers that kill, but for you newbies, they should put drunk drivers that kill under the jail, and when (if) they dig their way out cut off their thumbs, and bury them again. Usually I’m a live and let live kinda guy, but drunk drivers, that kill people, just do something to me. I have been told that the guy that hit me was drunk, but I’ll never know for sure. The statute of limitations is up if he was drunk, but if he was sober then I still have another 12 years to catch him. How to avoid, well with the drunk running a red light that’s a problem, this may have been one that the only way to not be involved would be to not be there, which really isn’t an option, because that would mean not riding. I read in another report the cyclist may have been going home from work, which means he didn’t have a lot of choice about time of travel, either.
A report on traffic fatalities in DE reports that there were 5 more bicyclists killed in 2008 than in 2007, because there were 5 cyclists killed in ’08 and none in ’07. OHS shows slight increase in traffic fatalities in ’08 Interesting to note that of the 5 fatalities there were 4 SWSS, which was brought out in the article except they have no concept of the SWSS.
A retrospect on the Ghost Bike memorial movement in Philadelphia. Ghost Bikes memorialize dead cyclists The comments section is alternately sane people and bike haters. I don’t understand bike haters, I really don’t. The comments from Hulk are especially insensitive.
And the rest of the Feed was international in nature, as in from all over the world. Lots of cyclists getting killed over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
From Jolly Olde a driver is arrested for hit-and-run. Land Rover driver arrested over fatal collision with cyclist And that is the gist of the situation except for time, place, and color of vehicle, which are exhaustively covered by the article.
From Jamaica where everything is usually “no problem” they are having a problem with a hit-and-run driver. Cyclist killed One was killed and the other is still in the hospital, but there wasn’t enough information in the article to tell you hoe to avoid the same kind of wreck.
And finally there was a double hit-and-run that was shockingly like the Richmond CA hit-and-run a few days ago, only this time it was in the Philippines. Biker killed in double hit-and-run The only differences were the types of motor vehicles involved, and the second vehicle was coming from another direction not following the first vehicle as in the Richmond crash.
And that’s the whole bloody (literally and figuratively) mess. More later, and I don’t know if that’s a warning or a lament.
Billed @$.02, Opus