It’s a good thing I had a small Feed two days in a row, because I am fighting this fender install tooth and nail. The problem is that this is not the way this new fender was meant to be installed, I am cutting down a rear fender and mounting it on the front to get less spray off the top of the tire and a little more coverage on the back of the tire to catch the gunk that gets thrown up on the bike. I like Blue to stay clean and shiny, even after a trip on a wet street or even in the rain. Yes I’m one of those people that ride bikes even when there is water falling from the sky. I have a rain jacket, rain pants, and eye protection, why shouldn’t I ride in the rain? IN TX summers I don’t even bother with the rain pants and half the time I ride in the summer rain I don’t bother with the jacket either, I get just as wet with the jacket as without it, so why bother?
Up first is a report from CA about a hit-and-run bike wreck that has locals a bit nervous. Second Hit-And-Run This Month The sub-head on this one is “Third Fatal Accident Has Local Cyclists On Edge“. So, to avoid, looks like your run-of-the-mill hit from behind wreck, use the hit-from-behind protocols. The scary thing is this matches the worst year ever for this city, and this is just halfway through their heavy cycling season, even though they have large numbers of cyclists year round.
LEO are still trying to decide appropriate charges in a cyclist’s death in MI. No charges yet in teen cyclist’s death As of the posting of the article in this link the investigation and number-crunching of the data had not been completed. The driver looks to have been right at the edge of legal DUI among other things that are hampering this case’s quick conclusion.
Plenty of blame to go around in this NJ wreck. Driver, two injured bicyclists charged in Harrison Township accident So we have salmon cyclists and a driver not paying attention to what was on the road in front of her. Everybody was wrong! To avoid, ride in the same direction with traffic, and use a rear view mirror because that driver won’t pay any more attention to your backside than she did to those cyclist’s front sides.
A local campaign in lower NY state targets distracted driving, in part because it can kill cyclists. “Be Alert, Distraction Kills”: New Campaign Aims to Reduce Number of Accidents One of the wrecks mentioned caused by a distracted driver was a child cyclist that the driver missed seeing but didn’t miss hitting. As cyclists we need to keep all our senses available and on alert for drivers that might hit us… Don’t ride distracted.
Still in NY state we have a LifeStyle article. Cyclists ride 30 miles in memory of fallen rider Spelling nazi alert: the driver was reckless, not wreckless. Had he been “wreckless” there would have been no victim to have a memorial ride for.
And that’s all I have today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
A light Feed, then working on the bike
Fortunately there wasn’t much in the Feed this morning, because I need to install those tires I got yesterday and while the wheels are off Blue I need to get some work done on fenders and such. Also the front wheel needs to be trued, I’ll take care of that while I have the old tire off and before I put the new tire on.
Up first there may be justice in the MS cyclist assault case. Prosecutor to review case of injury to Miss. bicyclist, says Highway Patrol decides charges As more news about what happened comes forth the DA’s decision not to prosecute becomes less and less tenable. Despite being on the phone when she got out of the vehicle the driver never called 911, when she got back in the vehicle after seeing the cyclist on the road she drove over the cyclist’s head and left her vehicle there for about 45 seconds, then attempted to flee but was prevented by bystanders who were talking to 911 at the time. All of this was recorded on the 911 tapes and verifies the need to charge this vermin with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.
They got it right in a CA courtroom. Drunk Driver Sentenced To 26 To Life For Killing Cyclist This was the guy that hit cyclists head on driving on the wrong side of the road back in 2009. The sentence means that the driver will be off the roads until at least 2037, maybe longer.
On the other side of the country an cyclist is nearly killed by a driver with marijuana in his car. [UPDATE] Cyclist Critically Injured By Pot-Possessing Jaguar Driver, No Arrests I’m seeing shades of the MS case, except this driver didn’t leave the scene of the wreck. Latest word on the victim is facial injuries and a possible skull fracture, no word on brain damage yet. LEO have not yet reviewed vide evidence to determine which vehicle was running the red light at the intersection.
Two wrecks in an Infrastructure! article from the City of Brotherly Love. Bikes, Cars Battle for Philly Street Space This is a very unequal battle between one side that is completely unarmed versus the other side equipped with WMD. For both wrecks all I can say is just be aware of your surroundings and obey traffic controls, but I really can’t help much in avoiding a door prize.
A cyclist is hit in NB Canada. Truck strikes cyclist on Woodstock Road At the time the article was posted the investigation was not complete, and because I’m in TX and the wreck was in NB I can’t read the police report to find out what happened. I can’t tell from the picture if the cyclist was fitted with some kind of head and neck restraint in preparation for transport or if he was wearing a helmet that was still on his head as they transported him, but I would say probably a neck restraint.
And that’s all I have today, now I get to buy some hardware and work on Blue.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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