Yep, errands to run today, things to do and more parts to get for the headlight project. And the temperature was never above 50 F while I did it. I have had worse, this year even, but I had fur on my head then. Riding in the cold without the fur is not fun. The Feed was the dog’s breakfast thematically as there were so many wildly different kinds of stories today.
Up first by reason of number of links is another delivery cyclist hit in NYC. SUV Driver Sends Brooklyn Delivery Cyclist to the ER Biased in the other direction Cyclist Blows Red Light, Causes Crash and a completely different bias Atlantic Yards Causes Bike-SUV Collision The only thing I have to say is all 3 reports noted the lack of visibility at the intersection, and the cyclist’s side of the story hasn’t been heard. To avoid a similar wreck, watch for stale yellows and use intersection protocols.
Another LEO is hit while riding. Bicyclist injured after being struck by vehicle in Columbia This one was hit in PA, and the description is a typical right hook except that the cyclist appears from the report to have only road rash, not the typical result. The driver actually got a ticket in this wreck. I would have thought they would have given him a “trip” down the back stairs as well, but that doesn’t seem to have happened. Why can’t we get police brutality for someone that really deserves it? 😛
An amazing story from CA about a driver that actually got charged with murder for hitting a cyclist while driving drunk. Elderly cyclist killed in hit and run Actually there were several things about this that are amazing beyond the charges filed: Other drivers chased and captured the driver and held him until LEO arrived, The driver is being held without bail after a hit-and-run. If you have read my blog for any length of time you will know that for any of those things to happen in a bike wreck is uncommon, for all of those things to happen in a single story is unheard-of!
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From far West Canuckistan comes a report of a different kind of bike wreck. Partially clad man gropes cyclist in Rutland I sometimes have that happen from passengers in cars, but I have never been groped by a half-naked human on foot. To avoid, ride fast.
Moving to Enn Zed a story on a road rider that went off-road, way off road… Cyclist badly injured in peninsula fall For the metric impaired, 6M is about 21 feet. That’s some wreck to not involve a car or other vehicle. To avoid a similar wreck ride slower than the guy that left the road.
In Jolly Olde cyclists are working to establish better legal infrastructure to prevent deaths from HGV, or BIG trucks. London Cycling Campaign calling for No More Lethal Lorries support Let’s see, on the one hand you have a huge truck that emits tons of pollution every year, tears up the roads, makes its operators overweight or obese, and kills people way in excess of its numbers on the roads. On the other hand you have a bicycle which does almost no damage to the roads, creates no pollution, makes the rider more healthy than without it, and so seldom kills another road user that most places don’t even bother keeping statistics of it. Which do you get rid of? Ponder, ponder, ponder… Hmmm…
Lifestyle of the cyclist and famous in IA. Siouxland cyclists gear up to share the road Good advice for IA cyclists in the article, which applies to cyclists in most other states, too.
And that’s all I can take for one day. I’m going to go read the funnies.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
Another late report before going off-line for a while, and the Feed
I have been doing things I get paid for (woo!) and getting ready to go to an off-site job where I will be without internet access for the next 4 days, so I won’t be able to update the blog for a while after tonight. On the plus side I wouldn’t be doing the off-site if I wasn’t making money from it, so yay me!
Up first is a report that the man that hit-and-run a cyclist in CA isn’t as crazy as he claimed he was and will have to stand trial. Saratoga man accused of hit-and-run found competent to stand trial This has gone on entirely too long, I just wish they would get around to sending this guy to prison as soon as possible. There is very little doubt about his guilt, why prolong the pain?
The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike has killed another one. Bike Florida cyclist hit by car, killed in Newberry and Bike Florida cyclist killed by motorist Wednesday is event’s first recorded fatality The cyclist was riding lawfully on the shoulder of the road and was hit from behind by a driver picking up a dropped cell phone? Not to mention that there were supposedly a number of signs alerting drivers along the route that there was going to be a large number of cyclists on the roads and to be careful to not hit them.
A rather large minority of people killed in DC are killed by motor vehicles while walking or riding a bike. Campaign to protect pedestrians, cyclists as number of crashes in the District rises It doesn’t surprise me at all that the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed continued to rise while drivers and passengers are getting killed less, cyclists and pedestrians don’t have tons of steel and multiple airbags to protect them in a wreck, just bare flesh with a little cloth to keep it warm.
A driver in the UK is sent to jail for running a red light and crippling a cyclist. Aughton driver Bradley Potter sentenced to 12 weeks detention I still don’t understand the thinking behind only 12 weeks for permanently altering another person’s life for the worse, but I’m not the judge in this case.
Still in the UK the furor over a bill to greatly increase the penalties for a cyclist killing a pedestrian while so many driver skate for killing cyclists is still at a high boil in spite of the bill being mooted. Furious cyclists The number of cyclists killed where the drivers get almost no penalty to no penalty at all, compared to the jail terms for both the cyclists found guilty of hitting a pedestrian has seriously cheesed off cyclists over the calls for stricter penalties against cyclists…
A change in the law in OK. New laws affect cyclists and motorists Most of the changes are restrictions on drivers, with some liberalizations for cyclists, so win-win!
And that’s all the news that gives me fits today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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