The Feed looks like the dog’s breakfast again

Yes the Feed was a bit scattered again today, with more motorcycle wrecks than all the bicycle stories combined. There was one story in my feed of a skateboarder accident in the road that I guess made my Feed because the first responder on the scene was a bicycle cop…

A “cute” story has an unusual first “responder” to a bike wreck. Smart Hound Aids Injured Biker Yes the first “responder” on scene was a 7 month old Labrador puppy. I have to give the pup credit for being able to tell the cyclist was injured just by seeing him on the ground. Good dog!

Some are incredulous at how many cyclists are riding without helmets. Most adults ride without helmets As most of my regular readers know I advocate that everyone wear a helmet every time they ride. I also am adamantly opposed to mandatory helmet laws until the standard for bicycle helmets is raised to cover an impact with a motor vehicle at normal traffic speeds.

In one CA community they are considering bicycles in their transportation master plan. Bicycle master plan calls for cyclists, drivers to share the road The plan is for cyclists to ride on the roads with motor vehicle users without educating drivers that bicycles have the right to use those roads, while giving lip service to educating cyclists about their rights…

From Jolly Olde is another report on someone getting hurt by a motor vehicle, details in 8 months to a year. Cyclist injured [sarcasm]Yes, that was a deeply informative article with great detail on the actual wreck. [/sarcasm]

Another report from the UK is this report on a hit-and-run. Teen cyclist injured in hit and run The irony here is this would not have even merited a mention in US media, it wouldn’t have even gotten a police report in many jurisdictions. But in the UK we have the media report but they are legally prohibited from actual reporting the crime, they’re only allowed to report the existence of the crime.

And finishing up we have a rare English language report on bicycle and other roads user’s fatalities. Pedestrian deaths top fatalities among vehicle riders for first time since 1974 What is interesting was the number of bicyclist fatalities was so much higher than in the US when we killed 698 to their 717 when the populations are so much higher in the US. As another point of comparison we killed 30,401 inside motor vehicles compared to Japan killing 5,115 total on the roads for a ratio of 6.134:1 for Japan and 43.554 for the US, 7.100423866970981 times more bicycle fatalities per motor vehicle fatality for Japan.

And that’s all I have for today. More later as it comes in unless it comes in when I’m at church tonight at the Drum Jam in which case I won’t get to it until tomorrow morning.

Billed @$.02, Opus

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