Since we have Thanksgiving on Thursday, Mule duties are being moved up a day so that the food for the feast can be cooked. The budget has been enlarged, and Mrs. the Poet and I are both bringing the army surplus rucks, along with the kitty-litter bucket panniers that will carry as much of the really heavy stuff as they can hold. With any kind of luck I will be able to get all the really heavy stuff except the turkey on the panniers, I already know the turkey won’t fit through the opening in the lid of the kitty-litter buckets.
Up first is a report on a man on a bicycle who was shot during a robbery attempt. Phoenix PD: Man shot, killed while riding bike to work The man was shot and was still able to ride to police before he collapsed from his bike, thereby proving the superiority of cyclists over drivers. Of course had he gotten medical attention right away instead of riding another mile or so from the crime scene he would have survived…
A cyclist riding with beer on his bike on the way home from the store was hit from behind by a speeding cop. Bicyclist Struck And Killed By Pembroke Pines Cop in Davie and Pines detective hits, kills cyclist and Bicyclist struck, killed in police-involved crash also Pembroke Pines cop strikes, kills bicyclist in Davie, police say still more Cops: South Fla. officer strikes, kills bicyclist I could never get an article to pull up that had pictures of the bike or the weapon vehicle, but the description of the cargo carried by the bicyclist varied from 2 cases of beer to 2 4-packs of beer, the direction of the bike was over a 180 degree arc from crossing one way to hit-from-behind to crossing the other way. Neither was it explained why an on-duty cop was driving around outside his jurisdiction, and exceeding the speed limit without flashing lights or a siren. Some of the comments are already screaming “cover-up”.
Still in FL, another SWCC or SWSS wreck. Police: Boynton Beach woman, 55, dies after riding bike into traffic If the report is accurate (remember this is a FL bike wreck) then don’t cross against the red to avoid a wreck like this.
Both the driver and his drunk-driving victim were from the same school in this wreck in OR. Driver, dead cyclist both UO students Hit-from-behind by a drunk driver in the bike lane, not much chance to avoid this wreck.
Finally a halfway appropriate sentence for killing a cyclist. Herschel Roberts found guilty in crash that killed Cleveland bicyclist The driver gets 3 years in prison and a lifetime ban from driving for a fatal right-hook of a cyclist while driving under the influence of pot. he will also be under 3 years of probation after his sentence which should keep him from driving for at least the next 6 years. More Truck driver headed to prison in vehicular homicide of cyclist, local bicyclist reacts
More on the road-raging driver that killed a cyclist during a left-cross incident. Christopher Loven to face careless driving count in truck/bike death that killed Eugene Howrey This was the minimum charge that could be brought, but the maximum one that the DA thinks he can get a conviction on.
A NYC cyclist is hit while riding home from his job. Queens Student Killed in Hit-and-Run While Cycling Home from Work Hit-from-behind by an (allegedly) stoned driver with no real escape route except the narrow shoulder. Not much the cyclist could do to avoid this wreck.
Apparently it is not against the law in that part of CA to go off the road and hit a cyclist from behind. Investigation ongoing in death of cyclist near Fort Bragg Well maybe it is against the law some of the time but maybe not this time?
A wreck in NC that just defies explanation as a man is tasered off his moving bicycle by a cop. Halifax County man dies after being shot with stun gun The cop never tried to pull in front of the cyclist or even along side the cyclist until he was already committed to using the taser on the operator of a moving vehicle. The comments on the article are mostly that the cop was either stupid or psycho for tazing a developmentally challenged individual with bad hearing and subject to seizures while he was riding a bike, when he could have just driven in front of him, gotten out of the car and stopped the cyclist. More links Cause of death ruling could take three months also SBI Now Investigating Halifax County Stun Gun Death lots of comments comparing the LEO with Barney Fife and SBI probing use of stun gun on NC man who died and also Family: Police Should Never Have Tased Him Some of those links had pictures of the dead cyclist, and to be honest he looks very dangerous, to a good meal. I would estimate his weight at maybe 100 pounds (45 kilos) if you hosed him down in heavy clothes first. One article said he might have weighed as much as 130 pounds (55 kilos).
A candlelight vigil for a cyclist killed in PA. Candlelight vigil tonight for cyclist killed in Kensington This was the cyclist killed by a driver who was bouncing off the parked cars on the other side of the bike lane the cyclist was riding in.
Another cyclist is killed in a hit-and-run in the Great White North. Hit and run kills Quebec teen I don’t care where the cyclist was riding, hit-and-run makes it the fault of the driver for not staying there to render aid. At this time the direction of travel for the victim has not been released, but the fact that bits of the weapon vehicle are being analysed to determine the make of the vehicle tells me this was not just a brush-by hit-and-run, the driver had to know he hit something substantial. Since there were no pictures of the bike I can’t say how another cyclist could have avoided this wreck.
A women in Enn Zed confesses to being guilty in the death of a cyclist, judge overlooks because of windshield perspective. Woman didn’t see cyclist she hit and killed If you don’t see a cyclist you are by definition driving carelessly and have confessed to the crime this driver is charged with. The cyclist’s blinky light was embedded in the windshield of the weapon vehicle with good batteries found at the scene that were the proper size for the blinky light, plus the cyclist had a light on the back and front of his helmet. If the driver couldn’t see him she was by definition driving carelessly.
Infrastructure! from GA. Broadnax Mill Road to Get Warning Signs After the Death of Cyclist Not increased enforcement against dangerous drivers, but a few signs that they have targets to hit. Thanks oodles, GA…
Infrastructure in Canuckistan. Ladysmith sidewalk’s are for pedestrians only Apostrophe abuse in the headline. I don’t like sidewalk cycling, but if there are a lot of sidewalk cyclists that mean the streets are crap for cycling, fix the streets.
More infrastructure news from the UK as things are getting worse for TfL. Bow Roundabout: Bike deaths prompt HGV review Now they are trying to deflect inquiry away from the terrible road design to the HGV that killed 7 of the 8 cyclists killed in London so far this year. Deck chairs on the Titanic.
And that’s all the news that gives me fits today.
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What a ride this month has been, and the Feed
Well, I must say that this has been a very interesting month for me personally, and also in the news. There has been the Occupy movement, Tasha Borland’s appeal of her sentence, and a number of drivers that hurt or killed cyclists actually being found guilty of being really bad drivers that should never get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle again in their lives. Not to mention that I might be getting a job that is related to this blog. The job isn’t funded yet, so I’m not going to release specifics yet, but if the job gets funded I’ll be talking to engineers about road projects from the view of someone that rides a bike for transportation under a new state law that requires all new roads make accommodations for all modes of transportation including walking or riding a bike. Since none of the people designing the roads around here use a bike as transportation they have little (as in no) idea what a person riding a bicycle really needs to go from A to B. I will be used to fill in that knowledge gap. Given that here in the suburbs of Hell we still have a majority of our streets with no sidewalks or shoulders, I see a rather daunting task ahead of me.
Up first is another amusing link to someone being stupid on a bicycle, drug paraphernalia edition. Police: Crack cocaine found on Carlisle bicyclist I suggest putting your crack pipe away and not having it on your person when riding your bike while drunk. It should be noted though that even in his mentally muddled state the cyclist was never a danger to other road users except himself. I hope the dash cam video of this arrest makes it to YouTube soon…
Another TX cyclist is messed up while in the intersection when the light is red. Bicyclist critically injured in West Side crash I don’t know if this cyclist ran a red or entered under a stale green that turned red after he entered, but he might have had his SA impaired by wearing headphones. Anyway, intersection protocols and watch for stale greens (if the intersection has countdown pedestrian crossings look to see that there is at least 3 seconds per lane left on the counter (you can figure 4 seconds of yellow on top of that, so for a simple one lane in each direction you need 3 seconds of time on the countdown, 2 lanes each way 6-9 seconds and so on). Of course there are some intersections you can’t cross on a bike even if you’re at speed at the stop bar when the light changes to green because of a too-short green phase. Report lights like that as unsafe.
Update on the condition of a cyclist that was left-crossed in VA. Injured cyclist out of ICU Ignore the comments section.
I mentioned drivers getting way harder sentences than they used to get for hitting cyclists this month, here’s an example of that. John David Hines, Drunk-Ass Fire Capt. Who Mowed Down Cyclist, Gets Jail, Probation and $102k Restitution Bill I would still like to see drunks that kill or injure banned from driving for life if not longer (you killed someone while DUI in a previous life, shoe leather and a bicycle are your only legal transportation in this life 😉 )
A woman in CA gets Jerry Browned. Bicyclist injured in College Area accident There was another vehicle in the oncoming lane and the SUV tried to pass anyway and hit the cyclist, making the driver guilty of DWS (Driving While Stupid).
More on the homeless man in CA that was killed in a hit-and-run wreck early this week. Police seek witnesses to crash that killed bicyclist in Santa Rosa Because of the second impact they don’t know what way the cyclist was going when he was hit the first time so I can’t tell you how to avoid a similar wreck other than making yourself visible as possible and watching out for idiots. The watching out for idiots should go as a given but I’ll say it anyway, as many times as necessary.
News from the UK as they crack down on homicidal bus drivers after a group of 5 cyclists was “nudged” by a bus. Spies sent on Leeds buses in ‘bad driver’ cycle probe I keep mentioning that driving a motor vehicle deliberately into civilians or unarmed soldiers in a time of war is a war crime (mis-use of a WMD) so why isn’t the same thing even criminally charged during a time of peace? I love the ever-present comment about cyclists not paying the “road tax” that has been abolished since 1937. Vehicle owners in the UK pay an excise tax based on the amount of pollution made by the vehicle, if bicycles were subject to this they would get the £0.00 charge that all non-polluting vehicles get plus a free tax disc that would cost the government about £1.50. Given the current best guess of 23,000,000 bicycles in the UK “taxing” bicycles so they can properly display their “road tax” sticker would cost the government about $46 million per year. That would fill a lot of potholes and build a lot of real bike lanes.
Infrastructure! from Indiana. Don’t forget walkers, cyclists in street design Imagine that, actually letting people have a choice about how they get from A to B in this country.
More on the movement in the Great White North to make trucks safer to be around human beings. Cities move independently to put safety barriers on trucks I don’t know how legal it is in Canada to have different equipment standards from one city to the next, but obviously if the upper 2 layers of government won’t help than it devolves to the lowest level of government to protect its citizens.
A Montana jurisdiction loses a suit over poorly maintained bicycle infrastructure that caused a serious injury wreck. Motorized bike rider wins $100K settlement after crashing on ice in Ravalli County Someone deliberately left an ice patch in the bike path, that caused a serious injury wreck and they are surprized to get sued?
And that’s all the news that gives me fits today.
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