Lots of stuff in the Feed today, with boucoups of reports on aftermaths of wrecks and some notes of frustration at LEO who don’t enforce the laws. Well we have a metric buttload of reports and articles to get to so let’s get to it.
Another report on the hand-cyclist that died from a seizure while riding cross-country to promote acceptance of a new flag to honor dead soldiers. Marseilles-bound disabled vet dies on cross-country bike ride For those of you not keeping up this was a Gulf War I vet who suffered a brain injury during the war, rehabilitated himself somewhat and was going to ride his hand cycle from Norman OK to DC by way of FL and then loop back through the Midwest including a stop in Iowa (where this report originated).
From my colleague in DC comes a reasoned report on something I tried to make clear in my own column about bicycle helmets. 7 reasons there’s more to bicycle safety than helmets My article can be found here. Bicycle helmets, threat or menace? I’m big on wearing helmets, but I want people to know the facts when they wear one.
A MN student learns a painful lesson. 13-year-old cyclist struck, escapes serious injury near school Yes he learned you have to pay attention on the roads or drivers barely in control of WMDs will take you out without even meaning to .
Another report from IA has an angry blogger wondering what it takes to get drivers that hit cyclists ticketed? GPS shows where cyclist was hit; no charges filed against driver Yes that is outrageous when the driver admits to breaking the laws and causing injury because of it and doesn’t even get a ticket. We had a similar situation here in TX last year when a young driver was blinded by the rising sun and killed a cyclist who was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing and there were no charges filed.
And when you think that things can’t get any worse, you read reports like this one. Deputies looking for suspects in hit-and-run It reminds me of the El Tour de Tucson hit-and-run, where the driver got out and inspected his car for damage and then reportedly said “That sucks” to the cyclists laying in pain on the road and got back in his car and left. In this case I don’t know if there were any words exchanged, but they did get out of the car and then leave the scene. Of the 9 levels of Hell they are going to get level 12, 3 times more horrible than Dante could imagine.
And in the final outcome department, a cyclist wins a lawsuit for $1.25 Million dollars. Cyclist settles lawsuit for $1.25M Trying to be fair cost this cyclist almost a half million dollars, but if he got what he wanted then all’s good.
From Jolly Olde a cyclist falls and gets injured. Cyclist injured in road accident And now you know as much as I do about this one.
A cyclist makes abrupt contact with a logging truck Cyclist and motorcyclist seriously injured And even though this was from Oz rather than the UK, at this point nothing more is known, at least on the Web.
Also from Oz is another hue and cry for requireling cyclists to be licensed. Queensland bike lobby group wants cyclists to be licensed Again, a stupid idea is brought up by a car-head group.
And that’s all we have for this morning, as if this wasn’t enough. I have a church function to attend tonight, so there may not be a post this evening.
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