Daily Archives: April 16, 2011

Well, that wasn’t too bad, and the Feed

Howdy! As you can see I got the sermon done for the Full Moon service on Sunday night with input from the other ritualists that will be participating. Still working on the headlight, but I think I might have a cheap solution for that as well, involving a drafting triangle, and the bicycle designs are almost frozen, but I still can’t make up my mind over which one to make. The Crank Forward bike is looking very nice (and practical), but so is the Compact LWB recumbent with the rear suspension. The Crank Forward bike has the positive side that I have all the pieces to build it right now except the seat, and I have a seat that will make the bike rideable (but not Comfy) right now. The CLWB on the other hand would still require additional parts I don’t have, like a couple of 6′ lengths of tubing…

Up first by proximity to WoaB World HQ in the suburbs of Hell is this wreck noted in an Austin blotter article. Whittington case to go before Texas Supreme Court; bicyclist injured in crash That’s not the Whittingham that went 83 MPH riding a bicycle at Battle Mountain NV, this was the Whittington that VP Darth Cheney shot in the face a few years ago. No word on the direction of travel of either vehicle in this wreck, but also no word on helmet usage by either vehicle operator so you win some, you lose some.

More on the cyclist killed by a hit-and-run pickup truck driver in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. SC cyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Florida Not much new in this report that hasn’t been hashed and re-hashed in the preceding articles about the wreck, but there is more information about the victim. Much hate and stupidity in the comments section, you’re welcome.

Moving north to OH, another cyclist is injured in a hit-and-run. Vehicle strikes bicyclist; driver leaves crash scene Since there was no mention of dark clothing or missing lights on the bicycle and this outlet loves to blame the cyclist if there is anything the cyclist can be blamed for, we can assume the cyclist was properly lighted and reflectorized and was wearing a helmet. The wreck appears to be a hit-from-behind as well as hit-and-run, so hit-from-behind protocols might have helped. But then again given that cyclist visibility was not questioned, those protocols might have only served to reduce the severity of the cyclist’s injuries as it appears from the limited information from this article that he may have already been applying my advice. If the injured cyclist reads my blog, could you tell us if you were following my protocols?

And final article today is the arraignment of the scum that killed a cyclist in a hit-and-run wreck. Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Crash That Killed Cyclist She was 0.10%BAC 2 hours after the wreck, and was texting at the time of the wreck. Her BAC was still 20% over the limit 2 hours after the wreck which places her between 0.12 and 0.13% at the time of the wreck, between 40 and 50% over the limit. Plus TEXTING! I have been researching this wreck and there was no place for the cyclist to go when he was hit, not a wreck that he could have avoided.

And I have been thinking about the logo for the WoaB reflector vest. How does this strike you: the bicycle and rider graphic from the MUTCD, with a witch’s hat on the rider under “WoaB” and under that “Change Lanes to Pass” with a double headed arrow acting as an underline, all done in a reflective coating? This would be the rear facing logo.

And that’s all the news that gives me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus