First up I want to thank the hundreds of you who read my blog. You have no idea how it makes me feel to have an audience like that again, I thought that after my wreck reaching that many people at a single time would be out of my life forever. Now I have that back, and I thank you for it. I also appreciate your support during my dental issues, and promise to keep the news flowing to the best of my ability.
People have been making a mess out there for cyclists, and of cyclists, too. I don’t know what the issues are besides more bicycle and motor vehicle traffic in the good weather, but y’all gotta stop getting hit. I don’t know for sure that any of my readers were injured lately, but I sure hope not.
A cyclist is hit in GA. Bicyclist Injured in Gray Accident There was no grey area in the wreck, the name of the town was Gray. From the comments it appears the cyclist was riding on the sidewalk and was hit by a motor vehicle pulling out of a driveway and directly into the cyclist. This is why you should never ride on the sidewalk, drivers can’t see you until after they hit you and by then it’s a little too late.
Another hit-and-run in the Deep South. Cyclist killed in Rankin County “We are looking for a silver or gray Dodge Dakota with damage to the front left,” Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol spokesman Sgt. James Walker said. “The passenger window will be broken out and the side-view mirror is missing.” Sounds like the driver may have been drunk when he hit the cyclist, and the patrol officer doesn’t know left from right, as in the US the passenger sits on the right side of the vehicle. But still with that much damage to the vehicle there is now way the driver didn’t know he had hit something and should stop. Usual hit-and-run rant applies, make sure he has cat allergies then put him in a locked room with a couple dozen cute kittens, let him die of cute overload. Better than me stomping his body to lifelessness. Not that I would do such a thing, just using that as an example of worse ways to die than anaphylactic shock caused by a cute kitten. And even that’s too good for the vermin that hits cyclists and leaves them to die. And it looks like commenter “cyclist55” rides a Bachetta.
There are web sites for everyone, including bottom-feeder lawyer types. Missouri S&T professor killed in bicycling accident! I feel slimed from the ads on that site, and I run Linux. 😉 Even bottom-feeder lawyers have to make a living somehow.
A fender-bender involving a bike in the UK. Cyclist injured in Burnham-On-Sea road accident Treated at the scene means the cyclist was only grazed and maybe knocked down, but not seriously hurt, Thank (the deity of your choice).
Two reports on a wreck in th4e Mediterranean Isle of Malta. UPDATED: Cyclist killed in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq was training for LifeCycle and also UPDATED: Lifecycle cyclist killed in hit-and-run The found the driver, who is answering questions in custody.
My ABQ colleague from examiner.com has a two part helmet article. Bicycle helmet safety, avoid an afternoon helicopter ride. and the second part Continuation of yesterday’s post, bicycle helmet safety The writer uses some out of date and discredited studies, but the message is this: when you ride off road the only PPE you have is your helmet and gloves which you should wear all the time when you ride. For some riders there is also some body armor, but it can’t be worn on every ride because of heat buildup.
Another helmet-centric “safety” article. Free ice cream for responsible bicycle riders “It takes one incident to change a community, one child with a traumatic brain injury,” he said. “We want to be proactive.” Then try getting rid of the #1 killer of people under the age of 18 in the US, the motor vehicle. Yes cars kill more kids than anything else, by a wide margin at some ages. Under 5 YO cars kill more kids than all other causes. “If it saves just one child’s life” is BS when getting rid of cars around kids will save many thousands of lives directly through preventing crashes, and hundreds of thousands more by preventing car-related diseases, like obesity. At least they are trying to promote cycling, in spite of making it more difficult.
Infrastructure article from Seattle, they are trying to re-do a car-only intersection into one that can be shared by bicycles. Bike lane changes proposed for Ballard Bridge Personally I don’t like any of the choices offered, all are killers just some less so than others. That’s the problem with trying to retrofit car-only infrastructure into a complete street.
MA riders are trying to beat cancer into submission by riding the long way across their state. Riding down a killer I support this worthy cause by telling you to give them money, because I ain’t got none.
And final report for the day, fundraising for the injured cyclits in that Ottawa wreck has begun. Ottawa man organizing fundraiser for 5 injured cyclists For my readers from the Great White North this is another worthy cause to which I direct your money because I ain’t got none.
I have another church function to attend tonight, first time out since the operation, and I intend to enjoy myself. That means not only will there not be an evening update, I won’t even be thinking about tomorrow’s update until I get up tomorrow morning.
Billed @$.02, Opus