Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

Warming with a chance of rain, and the Feed

I realize that the bitching about the weather constant weather reports on a bike blog are …boring?… but I figure since I harp all summer about living in the suburbs of Hell, I should get to complain a bit about when it gets cold, too. Right?

I now have one of those pre-paid cards to buy stuff on the internet with. Now somehow there is supposed to be a way for people to go to a web site and load money to this card with my permission, but I still haven’t got that figured out yet. When I do I’ll let you know I know and if you desire to help me keep body and soul together, or just help me go on a trip or something, leave a message and I’ll e-mail you how it works. I just got the card and from reading the brochure I have to approve transfers to my account that I don’t initiate on my own. There is s small fee involved, and a $10K limit on the account balance. That means that if the amount someone sends me causes my balance to go $10,000.01 or higher my account gets frozen until I figure out how to get the excess out. Of course getting money out of my account when it is frozen… can you say rock and hard place? I do not foresee this ever becoming a problem for me.

Up first is a link that was sent to me by a reader via e-mail. As U.S. road deaths drop, more pedestrians getting struck Pedestrians are an indicator when cyclist statistics aren’t available because while people have a choice about riding bikes, everybody walks. If people aren’t riding bicycles but are getting wiped out in droves while walking that area is very infrastructure-sick, with no accommodations for modes of travel that don’t use a motor at high speeds. Notice that Florida tops the charts again this year, with the top three metropolitan areas in the country for killing pedestrians… I noticed that this was just a press release, the FARS web site still hasn’t been updated with the 2010 data and here it is almost 2012.

Our first link from the Feed is a CA man hit in a crosswalk. Cyclist seriously injured on Jefferson Street I thought it was funny that they couldn’t decide if the guy was walking or riding his bike in the crosswalk. This is a pretty large legal consideration in CA as there are significant legal differences between a pedestrian with a bike and a cyclist riding in the crosswalk. Until I can find out more about this I can’t say how to avoid a similar wreck, but from what I know right now this was not a wreck a cyclist could have avoided, particularly if the cyclist had become a pedestrian pushing a bike in the crosswalk.

More links to that story about the hyper-safe and -vigilant cyclist hit on a bridge in PA. Tragic, ironic accident in Bethlehem and Injured Bethlehem architect and avid cyclist dies early this morning I don’t know what more to add that I didn’t already say before.

A cyclist is killed outside Seattle on his way home from work. Bicyclist struck and killed in Kirkland and UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed in Crash Identified as Kirkland Resident Now the story is the driver that hit the cyclist was DUI, a detail that was missing when I filtered this earlier. Reports are that the rider was dressed in a glow-in-the dark clown costume (only a slight exaggeration) and covered in blinking lights.More Bicyclist struck and killed in Kirkland and That Word Does Not Mean What You Think It Means and also SUV driver was impaired in crash that killed cyclist, Kirkland police say I have to side with the PubliCola writer that fumes at the use of the word “accident” when referring to a wreck caused by a DUI. Once you decide to drive drunk, whatever happens next is a direct consequence of that decision and is no longer an “accident”. Also in that last Seattle Times link there were a greater number of people who blamed the drunk driver for his multiple DUIs than people that blamed the cyclist for being there to get hit, I think like a 5:1 ratio. Now can we please do something to get drunk drivers off the roads BEFORE they kill someone? This driver had “multiple” (which I guess means 4 or more) DUI convictions plus drug and other traffic convictions. There is no way he should have ever been driving something as large and dangerous as a Ford Exploder, or anything larger than a moped.

In Jolly Olde the father of a cyclist killed because the infrastructure was not designed to do anything but make motor vehicles go faster rails against the political body that refused to consider making changes to prevent future deaths. Ellie Carey cycle death: Father attacks London Assembly You may remember that the conservative party left en masse when the question of making changes to the streets to make cycling less dangerous was brought up, preventing debate by removing quorum. There is a parliamentary rule that would have allowed debate and decisions to stand, that quorum is established at the beginning of the meeting and assumed to remain until the meeting is adjourned. Obviously this rule was not invoked at this particular meeting of the London Assembly…

In other infrastructure news from the UK someone thought some kind of cycling license would be a good idea so they know who they are writing tickets for. “You’re nicked!” Lord Sugar sparks debate on whether cyclists should carry compulsory ID The guy that propose this is the UK equivalent of Donald Trump and has a similar show on UK TV, with a similar level of self-importance.

And that’s all I have today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus