I had some running around to do this morning before I got on the computer. and let me tell you the winds are fierce today. I had a mostly tailwind component for my crosswind outbound leg and I accelerated from 15 to 20 MPH without pedalling. Coming back was a different story as now the crosswind had a major headwind component, and I had a gust that stopped forward progress and moved me about 3 feet to the right. Fortunately I was on the left-hand side of the left turn lane when this happened and was not blown over a curb or into a lane of fast-moving traffic. I’m sure the cop behind me was also glad for that because he would have been the one I would have been blown into.
Our only new wreck and only North America wreck, is a blotter report on a hit-and-run in Philly. Cyclist Injured In Accident at Fairmount Park, Medical Marijuana Coming to New Jersey, and Sammy Hagar’s Alien Encounter When the bike wreck is in the same headline as medical pot and an alien abduction, you know this is serious news[/sarcasm]. Not much to say about the wreck, except it appears to be a random assault against a cyclist. When they start targeting cyclists there isn’t much you can do except ride in packs and ride armed so that someone can shoot back. The .45 ACP was designed to penetrate a car body and still retain enough energy to inflict a fatal wound, the .50 ACP was intended to go through the grill and radiator and still be capable of cracking an engine block of a 1920’s era car (when the round was developed). Just a suggestion, take it for what it’s worth. The original report had much that could have been improved upon. Cyclist Lands in Hospital After Being Run Down by an SUV ““He has a broken knee cap, a broken ankle, rib fractures, he has a large collection of blood in his abdomen,” said James’ girlfriend Kristie Nichols. The injuries could have been worse if James wasn’t wearing his helmet, doctors said.” And just how could that be since there was no mention of any head injury or helmet damage?
A request for legal infrastructure commensurate with the problem in MD. Stopping tragic ‘right hooks’ that kill and injure cyclists What do you do when the cops refuse to enforce laws that protect you when you’re obeying the law?
A court in Jolly Olde rules that a cyclist was on the wrong side of the road when he was hit. ONGAR: Veteran cyclist’s death deemed a tragic accident While I find the driver’s story far-fetched, the court didn’t and ruled accordingly. I doubt that a man that had been riding for more than 50 years would have been so reckless, but the court didn’t.
A complete and utter waste of Parliament’s time is proposed… New legislation would target cyclists who kill or injure pedestrians Apparently the danger of cyclists running over pedestrians is just so much greater than cars that it warrants much stricter enforcement, in spite of the fact that official statistics are that cyclists hit pedestrians at a rate of once for every 263 incidents with motor vehicles, and have only killed 3 pedestrians in the last 10 reporting years that have averaged more than 500 pedestrian deaths per year caused by motor vehicles.
And a Lifestyle event that WoaB suggests you do. Community to cycle with wounded service members in Soldier Ride I’m not just saying this because I’m a vet, or because I ride a bicycle everywhere, I’m saying this because it is a good thing, and it will be fun. For the most part these guys are much more upbeat than I am, much more positive about recovering as much as they can and finding a way to work around what they can’t recover from. Go there, do the ride. You’ll be glad you did.
And that’s all the news that gives me fits this morning.
Billed @$0.02, Opus