Busier than the proverbial one-armed wallpaper hanger, and the Feed

Yep, now that Mrs. Opus is off work until the little bastardsangels are back from Winter Break my time at the computer is compromised by her need of a pack animaltravelling companion on shopping trips she couldn’t make because of either time, cargo capacity, or monetary constraints while she was working. Since time with my wife is so hard to come by I have no problem with doing this, except for the time pressure it puts me under for making blog posts.

Up first is a report from the CHP on the cyclist that was run over by a 26 wheel truck last month. CHP: Alpine Road fatal collision caused by cyclist’s ‘unsafe’ turn into big-rig Yes, I bruised my jaw reading that one, too, as my chin hit the floor. This is taking SWSS to its furthest and most illogical conclusion. The cyclist ran into a huge semi trailer that was passing on the right in her lane, really? Could I interest you in a bridge? Howabout some oceanfront property in Barstow? To avoid a wreck like this require accident reconstructionists to ride a bike once in a while in traffic, and see how they like sharing a lane with a 26 wheel (or even a 10 wheel) truck.

Another report on the wreck of a woman pushing her bike through a crosswalk in Portland, OR. Area woman killed riding bicycle in Oregon There was nothing the cyclist could have done any further to ensure her safety, she was walking her bike across the road in a crosswalk moving with the signal when she was hit by a driver that was impaired by multiple intoxicants. At some point as a cyclist you just have to trust that the people at the controls of the WMD being used as transportation are going to follow the rules and allow you your right-of-way when you are on the roads or street, and you follow the rules accordingly. To do otherwise is to descend into paranoid dementia…

Texas cyclists figuratively gird their loins for the battle to convince Gov. Goodhair that there is already a special class of road users out there, and enhancing penalties for them hitting the rest of us that don’t drive a car (or aren’t actively driving at the moment) can only result in fewer people getting hit. Cyclists Gear Up to Push Safe-Passage Laws I don’t see where Perry was making this a bicycle issue. Sure we started it, but the bill as passed covered anyone not in a car, not just people riding bicycles. It was a Vulnerable Road Users bill, not a bicyclists-only bill, and covered everyone that was on or immediately adjacent to the road and not in a car or truck, including road workers, landscapers, garbage mensanitation workers, cops, tow truck operators hooking up a vehicle, motorcycle riders…

A death in Paradise (well, Oahu, close enough) spurs a call for drivers to not act like idiots when they pass bicycles on the roads. Cyclist’s death spurs plea to drive safely For those that didn’t catch the wreck that this person was writing about, the lead rider in a group ride was hit from behind by a white SUV. As the entire group was reported to be lighted like X-mas trees front and back as well as covered in reflectors and reflective gear, it is strongly suspected the driver should have been able to see the cyclists, leading to one of 2 conclusions: the driver was impaired, or the driver hit the cyclists on purpose. Note the conclusions are not exclusive.

And that’s all the news that gives me fits, check in tomorrow after I get done hauling food back from the grocery store and other things back from other stores…

Billed @$0.02, Opus

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