OK so I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to the secular celebration of Christmas, so sue me (or buy my silence with products). Anyway, the drunk (and otherwise intoxicated) drivers have exacted their toll on the cycling public this year (with the totals still not complete). As I type this out I haven’t even opened the folder for the Feed, but my witchy senses (and half a century of experience) tells me there will be drunks killing working stiffs riding their bikes home from menial jobs late at night. I really hope I’m wrong.
Up first is a report on why some (many?) people believe we need separate infrastructure from cars for bicycles, as a rider looking not to get hit by cars runs over road debris and gets injured in CA. Cyclist Injured After Hitting Debris On Road I love the final sentence in the article “Police said even though the cyclist was wearing a helmet at the time, the impact was strong enough to inflict head injuries that required a trip to the hospital.” The Magic Plastic Hat failed to save this man from harm, he must be a non-believer in the power of the Magic Plastic Hat. Or maybe, the Magic Plastic Hat was designed to protect when you stop and fall over, not when you fall at speed or get hit by a vehicle.
Hit-and-run with a possible drunk in NJ. Police seek information in Millburn hit-and-run Not much to go on with this one, black vehicle, possibly a Lexus, with debris left at the scene. Hit-from-behind protocols would have been appropriate in this case.
Another story on the female cyclist hit by the left side of a right turning truck that was passing on the right in the same lane. Cyclist’s Family Sues Truck Driver for Mom’s Death The more I read about this wreck the less I believe the CHP’s version of the story, because their physics just don’t match the real world to explain how the cyclist ended under the wheels of the truck. And I still don’t see how the truck driver passing on the right in the same lane was not found to be at least partially at fault, when passing a bicycle in the same lane the motor vehicle must be to the left of the bicycle, not the right. To pass a bicycle on the right the motor vehicle must be in a separate lane.
A rather large chunk of the rest of the post is from Jolly Olde. First from there is a report on a cyclist’s killer getting 4 years after being found high on pot at the scene of the crime. Driver locked up after he killed a cyclist while high on cannabis and Driver who killed cyclist while under influence of cannabis gets four years While the fact that the driver got any prison time for killing a cyclist is heartening, the driver would have gotten a higher sentence had he killed a dog with a chain. There was a story a few weeks back about a UK citizen that had abused a dog getting a 10 year sentence…
Still in the UK, the killer of a cyclist hit from behind on a straight stretch of road is sentenced. Cost of cyclist’s life – just £110 Yes, you read that right, less than $200 in costs and 200 hours of community service for homicide, because the victim was a cyclist…
A UK cyclist is injured by a hit-and-run driver in Spain, caution gory details. Cyclist Alan’s Spanish nightmare Not much information even when the wreck happened in another jurisdiction, it’s hard to do things differently in the UK even when the UK media laws don’t apply. Habits and all that.
Aftermath of a UK cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver. Chris’ death will be hard to bear for family I am filled with such anger at people that do things like this. Hit-and-run should be treated like any other assault with a deadly weapon, not just swept under the rug.
Another report on the teenager that was left-hooked by a garbage truck in Oz. Christmas tragedy: teen cyclist killed Again this is a sad story that was entirely the fault of the driver of the truck that was passing the cyclist and turned left (mirror image of a right hook in the US) without clearing his left side for traffic.
Updates on the story from 2009 where a cycling lawyer was hit by another lawyer driving a car. The Explainer: The doctor, the lawyer and the forgiving soul
And that’s all I have for you this Christmas Day. Have a cup of cheer but don’t drive after it, and be as merry as is possible in these harsh economic times.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
The last post of 2010, the Feed
If you haven’t read the Year In Review post yet, you should, I’ll wait… OK done? Good. This will be the last post for 2010 after which I will prepare for attending the NYE party at my church which will let out sometime after sunrise. The sunrise release is on purpose, to allow the drunk drivers a chance to finish wrecking before our people hit the roads (and also to allow our drunks time to sober up before driving). I’m going to be doing a very dangerous thing, I’m going to be riding a bicycle in the street after dark on NYE to get to the party at the church. I’m only going to be armed with a blinky vest that is on its last days, and warm clothing. I still haven’t gotten the MX helmet to use as a winter helmet yet, delivery will be Jan 3 or 4, so I will be depending on the Bellistic to keep my noggin intact should I have an encounter with a drunk driver.
Up first today is what appears to be a hit-and-run in Carlsbad CA. CARLSBAD: Police seeking information about injured cyclist The thing about a wreck like this is the cyclist can be hit and killed without anything ever touching the bike because the cyclist hangs out farther than the sides of the bike, or a passing truck or bus could hit the cyclist’s head with a mirror and never touch the bike or even get very close to it, so all injured cyclists in the road should be treated as hit-and-run until proven to be otherwise.
A wreck in CO with almost as much information as a UK report. Cyclist Injured After Car Hits Him No mention if the driver of the car stopped to render assistance, no mention of the mode of the wreck, whether hit from behind or some kind of intersection contretemps, nothing except the bare facts that the guy was riding his bike and was hit by a motor vehicle. Typical car-head comments in the comments section…
Moving much further east another Pakistani cyclist is killed by an incompetent driver as reported in this blotter story. 4 killed in accidents The bad thing about blotter reports is they don’t have much detail. This one basically says the driver was at fault for driving like a jerk and moves on to the next item…
A report from the enemy camp ( 😉 ) on what they’re doing to reduce distracted driving while loading up cars with video screens and GPS and sound systems with up to 4 choices of source material (AM-FM radio, CD, and MP3 players), and Bluetooth connection with your cell phone… Videos, technology try to mitigate distracted driving, but it’s still up to you Yes, don’t use all this technology we have convinced you is absolutely vital in our product advertising, here’s a YouTube video to watch to counteract the hours of advertising we pay for every day in 30-second bites just to convince you to buy the junk.
And that’s it for today. If you don’t see a new post here tomorrow evening then they got me on the roads tonight. Not likely, but possible.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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