Daily Archives: March 1, 2009

From around the world, and right next door

Lots of stuff in the feed today, so let’s get to slogging.

First up is a multiple report story from EnnZed. Cyclist flown to hospital after charity ride crash and Cyclist injured in Canterbury charity bike ride also Cyclist injured Wow, all that and all she did was touch wheels in a large peloton.

Back in the US there is something about cyclists that Sheriff’s Deputies in SoCal just don’t like. You might remember all the hate and discontent that went down last year when the Deputy fell asleep at the wheel and killed 2 cyclists in Santa Clara county, my blog at the time had as many as 500 hits in one day and more than 1000 hits for the week. Bike Accident With Cop This one was very strange, with the flashing lights going and the cop all of a sudden making a U turn directly into the cyclist, just missing killing or permanently injuring him by fractions of an inch. The bike was trapped under the cruiser’s left front corner.

From America’s paradise in the Pacific comes another report of a cyclist struck on a bike path. Car hits cyclist, 2 kids head-on I’m still wondering how anyone could put a bidirectional bike path next to a major highway without some kind of barrier to prevent cars from wandering off the road and head on into the bike path, but the driver in this case should have been on the road not the bike path.

And finally from India comes a report of instant Karma. Mob torches bus after it hits cyclist I hate that the state of the roads in India is such that this happens with frightening regularity, but you gotta love a place where they torch the other vehicle if there is a death involved. Kill a cyclist, watch your investment in your vehicle go up in smoke. I’m pretty sure that insurance won’t cover mob action after a wreck…And even if it does you’re out the use of the vehicle until insurance pays it off and you can get another.

And that’s the whole bloody mess, no pun intended.

Billed @$.02, Opus

Finally a Feed

I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get a Feed today, when I went to dinner there still wasn’t anything usable. But eventually the news caught up with me and lay stinking in my Inbox.

Up first is an update on an earlier wreck near Chicago. Cyclist Dies Days After Accident In Suburb From the description it looks like the LEO are blaming the driver of the motor vehicle that struck the cyclist. Beyond that I don’t know what happened so I can’t help you avoid the same fate.

A calendar of events has a fund raiser for injured cyclists, last item on the list. Sidelines: Strongest man competition set Until Obama can get some kind of national health car system set up this will have to become more common, as there are many wrecks where the responsible party can’t be found to pay for the damages, and the cyclist lacks the resources to pay for the repairs and recovery.

A fireman and cyclist (same person) was injured while riding down a hill with traffic in the UK. Firefighter injured in accident in Devizes The fact that they mentioned the cyclist was hit from behind gives me enough to let you know how to avoid this kind of wreck. First be aware of where you will go to escape, and second keep an eye on your six. Remember the visualization of being a fighter pilot completely out of bullets and missiles behind enemy lines and not having full engine power. You are helpless if seen by the enemy, unless you can see them first and avoid them. By using this visualization you can enhance your situational awareness and avoid becoming a hood ornament, in this particular situation where you are on a limited access road you need to be looking almost as much behind you as in front, to prevent being caught without an escape route from getting hit from behind.

Finally a report on the funeral of a cyclist hit in Wales several days ago. Tributes paid at funeral of cyclist Kate Auchterlonie I have been following this in my blog since the day after it happened, and I still don’t know what or how, but I do know it was senseless.

And that’s the whole stinking mess.

Billed @$.02, Opus