The Feed was definitely “interesting” today with further updates on wrecks from earlier in the week, some new reports and a few lifestyles of the 2-wheeled famous articles just for good measure. Be sure to read my own “lifestyle” blog post from today.
More on that right hook in Baltimore, as the local media just doesn’t want to let this one go. Bicyclist killed in accident identified That site just keeps using the same picture and changing the text. Cyclist Struck And Killed In Baltimore and also Plea For Your Help Following Cyclist’s Death At least now LEO are treating this as a hit-and-run finally, have learned from somebody that knowing you had a wreck is not a requirement for charging hit-and-run, the requirement is to be in a wreck and then leave the scene. I have already thoroughly explained how not to be involved in this kind of wreck in the previous 3 days of reports.
Another wreck in FL with no fatalities. Bike rider injured in St. Pete hit-and-run The 2 drivers that drove around the injured cyclist in the street need to be charged as well, in TX failure to stop and render aid when being the first to encounter a wreck is the same as if you caused the wreck in the first place. Basically the TX statute requires you to stop and render aid unless there are already responders at the wreck. Every state needs to have such a statute, with a clause that unless deliberate attempts to cause further harm were made the person that stopped is immune from liability from lawsuit for quality of care.
Another PA hit-and-run fatality. Bicyclist Dies In Oakland Hit & Run Accident I think the only thing that will stop this is the mandatory seizure and destruction of any vehicle used in hit-and-run. If people might lose their cars because they don’t stop at a wreck, they will be more likely to actually stop if they hit something, or are first on the scene after someone else has hit something.
Another left cross in Seattle. Cyclist injured in collision with SUV Seriously, why haven’t license restriction been placed on driving these behemoths? If I want to fly a different type of plane than the one I learned to fly in I have to get “checked out” by an instructor familiar with the type, but anyone with a driver’s license is allowed to drive anything with a motor and 4 or more wheels as long as they don’t do it for money. What’s wrong with this picture? Now to avoid the left cross you do pretty much the same thing as you do in a right hook, turn right so that at least the collision is changed from a side-on impact to a grazing one. Of course this assumes that you have time to react to such a situation. To that means be aware of turn signals and cars stopped in the left turn lanes to increase your available reaction time.
Aftermath of a hit-and-run in SF. Bicyclist Injured in Hit-and-Run ‘Grateful’ Following Suspect’s Arrest I still don’t see how the cyclist should be “grateful” that SFPD finally did their jobs and investigated a hit-and-run against a cyclist, but I suppose that doing their jobs and actually accomplishing something is something to be grateful for.
San Jose CA riders relate their experiences to a reporter for the Murky. Karen Kefauver, Spin City: Cyclists tell of bumps, bruises and a love of their sport
Another helmet-centric “safety” article. Program stresses need for use of bike helmets Why won’t these people look up information on web sites other than the helmet manufacturer’s pet lobby? That almost 90% reduction in head injury study has been refuted so many times I can’t believe anybody still quotes it any more. And I’m still trying to figure out how a helmet is supposed to prevent “most” injuries, when the vast majority sold in the US don’t even cover the entire head leaving the face and everything below the ears vulnerable. 😛
A man completes a quest, old school. New Smyrna man completes cross-country bicycle trek Anyone familiar with fantasy fiction or classical mythology is familiar with the “hero’s quest” story, which has numerous parallels with this report. As they say Down Undah “Good on ya, mate!”
Not bike wrecks, but an example of what hazards are out there. State police at Carlisle reports July incidents I draw your attention to the DUI incidents and wrecks, 39 DUI arrests with 8 crashes.
A violation that is near and dear to my heart, the rolling red on right turn. Va. Beach police issue 73 citations during red light enforcement One day, at just a few intersections and they get 73 violations and I’m sure missed several hundred while writing the tickets for the 73 that they caught.
That’s all I have today, more tomorrow. Tonight I have obligations at my church to attend to.
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