Monthly Archives: December 2011

Does this even still exist?

I’m a meticulous blogger, constantly checking my comments and spam traps to make sure both are working correctly. I have to share this particular spammed comment with you.

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Does Altavista even exist any more? I haven’t used them since the late ’90s. How long has this spam bot been around?

PSA, Opus

EDIT: I checked the URL and it does still exist as a web site, but it uses the Yahoo search engine now.

Trying to find a new helmet, and the Feed

Mrs. the Poet is concerned about my head and wants to either fix my old helmet or get me a new one, but she has the same problem as I do, lack of $$ for big-ticket items. So, I’m going to renew my request for a size M reline kit for the Bellistic helmet at a reasonable price, or a full-face bike helmet in the $50-80 range. I know there are a lot of NASCAR teams that got pallet-loads of helmet liners for the Bellistic, I don’t know if they are allowed to sell any of them. As for why I’m insisting on a full-face helmet, hey, I already died once, with a standard bike helmet, and I had to have my face sewn back on after I came back and that itches like all getout. I would rather have something between my face and the pavement if I wreck again. It’s as simple as that.

Up first because it’s weird is a cyclist running into the back of a stopped mail delivery vehicle with the flashers going. Man dies from injuries in bike-postal truck crash It wasn’t like the cyclist couldn’t see the truck he hit from behind, and the article suggests that he was having a medical emergency when he hit the delivery vehicle. Because of the severity of the injuries and the fact that the cyclist did not answer any questions about the wreck before he died we will never know what caused this wreck.

Another report on the cyclist hit-from-behind by a truck in the Harlem area of NYC. Teenage Cyclist Killed by Truck on 125th Street Truck hits cyclist from behind in NYC, NYPD blames the cyclist for being there to get hit. I’m really glad that I don’t live in NYC…Other reports on this wreck have quoted NYPD as there was nothing they could charge the truck driver with, as if cyclists don’t deserve the protections accorded other vehicle operators under the law. Bicycles are vehicles, too and are entitled to all the protections of the law. Pretending that because other cyclists run red lights or ride against traffic all cyclists are not deserving of the protections of the law is as silly as saying that because one cop tackled a cyclist off his bike for no reason that all cops deserve to get U-locked in the head, or because one cop raped a drunk woman that all cops should be castrated.

More on the NYPD’s “handling” of cyclist fatalities. NYPD Criticized for Handling of Investigation in Brooklyn Cyclist’s Death and Family: NYPD doesn’t care about dead cyclist

In the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for the 5th (6th?) year running (I have lost count) more on a cyclist who was hit-from-behind. COLUMN: Life, death and cell phones in paradise This was, if you forgot, the wreck where they said they couldn’t prosecute because they didn’t know if the cyclist was riding in the shoulder or in the lane.

From Jolly Olde, a driver that stalked a cyclist to run him down with his car is sentenced to 16 years in prison. Man jailed for Leicester cyclist murder What else can I say about this one? This was an impossible wreck to avoid. With any kind of luck this driver will die in prison.

From Oz, two cyclists “won” the door prize. Cyclists hurt in Dromana, Southbank The first cyclist never knew what happened, riding along one minute, then laying in the street with a broken collarbone the next. The other cyclist was apparently able to make some avoidance maneuver but not enough to prevent contact with the door. To avoid don’t ride in the door zone, but if you must by law then be looking for people moving in the windows of the cars before you pass them.

And in Infrastructure! from CA, Davis police are going to be gunning for cyclists to ticket after the New Year. Davis police to begin new year with push for bicycle safety Another “cyclists don’t stop at stop signs” pig-headed enforcement crackdown that goes after the symptoms rather than the cause, which is using stop signs as traffic calming on bike routes. I don’t have the link handy but a study that was actually done in Davis found that excessive stop signs on bike routes reduced a cyclist’s average speed by 30-50%, and decreased their range before exhaustion by 25-33%. IOW you get there slower and more tired with no real improvement in safety.

LifeStyle from CT as Ghost Bikes start to become common there. ‘Ghost Bikes’: Moving Memorials And A Warning To Drivers When a memorial starts to become common, as in more than one on a particular stretch of road, then things need to be fixed ASAP. In this case they have 4 on one road in 2 years.

And that’s all the bicycle stuff I found in the Feed today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Back to being in a rush, and the Feed

Today is Beans and Rice day here, which means that I have to go buy some because it was forgotten when we made out the shopping list last week. I also need to go to Harbor Freight to pick up some stocking stuffers for my guy relations (you’re probably going to be getting LED flashlights this year, guys). So, this will be another quickie post without looking for additional links.

Up first is a salmon cyclist hit in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck by vehicle, killed The cyclist was moving from the bike lane to the main lane of travel because of obstructions in the bike lane, which makes the wreck not because he was salmoning but rather because he was moving in and out of the lane. The salmoning made the wreck worse, but the obstructions in the bike lane caused it.

From CA the local news media has finally reported the death of a cyclist from weeks ago. Topanga woman dies from injuries suffered while bicycle riding More than 2 weeks it took to report on this wreck, with no mention that the victim was a writer and producer of children’s entertainment (I think that was what her specialty was). Also not mentioned was the driver was tailgating and speeding immediately prior to the wreck.

LifeStyle news from the place where I used to live when I was in high school. Family of bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident still seek closure The family of a cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver remembers her through acts of charity and giving.

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

Billed @$0.02, Opus

An excellent experience in massage

I had a really great massage last week. I have multiple issues in dealing with the physical aftermath of my wreck, with permanent muscle and nerve damage, and from time to time I need to get a massage to unwind the knots and dial back the pain a bit. Well I found a technique that really helped dial back the pain and stiffness, using heated pillows filled with buckwheat and herbs, kind of a combination of stone massage and aromatherapy. The heated pillows make chronically tight muscles relax a bit so that the masseuse doesn’t have to use extreme pressure to get deep into tight muscles to make them unkink. The herbs are pleasant and make the person getting the massage relax a little more then would be the case without them.

The therapist that gave me the massage is Stephanie Brinkman. Her e-mail is sabrinkman@yahoo.com. Tell her she was highly rated by the Witch on a Bicycle.

PSA, Opus

In recovery mode today, and a tsunami of a Feed

The weekend was hectic with much travelling from place to place involved, having to be in two places far removed at the same time or as near the same time as makes no difference. I need to unwind and find my center again, but I have all the feed for Saturday, yesterday, and today that still needs to be filtered and e-mails that need to be read and replied to, and I need to do this blog post. I know, first world “problems”, but still stressors that need to be dealt with, organised and taken care of to get on with the rest of my life. Of course the easiest thing to reduce my stress would be to stop posting to this blog, but that is only the surface approach. In reality I need this blog as something to anchor my day, something I have to do every day (with the occasional time off for good behavior) to keep me sane. This is my job for the moment, and I intend to do a good job to the best of my abilities. And did I mention I need to go shopping tomorrow? First world stress…

Lots of links, which took more than 5 hours to filter. I will not be looking for additional links like I usually do because I had 12 pages of links to wade through to find these nuggets. Up first is a wreck/infrastructure report as NYPD seems to have decided that pedestrian and cyclists need to leave the city to drivers and stop getting hit. Lost Evidence, “Biased” Investigation Cited In NYPD’s Probe Of Killed Cyclist Mathieu Lefevre The police reports just keep getting worse and worse. Now they are saying there was blood and paint transfer on the weapon vehicle that was not tested for connection with the wreck. Also the cyclist’s helmet was removed at the scene and allowed to wash down the storm drain with the blood from the wreck as part of the biohazard cleanup.

Still in NYC another cyclist is hit-from-behind. 17-Year-Old Cyclist Hit and Killed by Truck in Harlem and 17-Year-Old Cyclist Struck, Killed By Truck In Harlem There was a picture of the weapon vehicle in the first link, but after using the meager photo-enhancing tools at my disposal I can’t figure out which of the several impact sites visible on the front of the van was the one where the driver killed the cyclist. The one picture I can see of the bicycle doesn’t show the back of the bike so I can’t use that to match the damage to the impact site. The witness report makes it sound like the most probable impact site was the bend in the front bumper and grill slightly to the left of center but the injury report was talking about what sounded like chest trauma as he suddenly started bleeding out about 3 minuted after the impact. Had that been head trauma there would have been blood everywhere immediately.

A Tucson cyclist was plastered when he was hit. Cyclist killed in crash had ‘significant’ amount of alcohol and marijuana in system Yeah, that’s a major faux pas for cyclists, getting drunk and stoned then getting hit by multiple cars, especially when you have 3 times the legal limit for drivers in your system, plus pot.

A wreck that is all too easy to avoid. Man on Bicycle Killed by Train in Tucson and Cyclist killed by train in downtown Tucson had just left BICAS The second link points out that the cyclist’s natural path from his point of origin would have placed him in the middle of the street after the crossing arms came down, that his point of origin was already past the crossing arms for his direction of travel. This is an infrastructure defect that needs to be addressed as there must be no way for a driver or cyclist to leave a building almost directly in the path of a train. Still this is the easiest wreck to avoid of the ones I regularly report on, just look for the train when you’re near the tracks and get away from the tracks if one is coming. Particularly if the train is a freight train, those are very loud and easy to avoid,

The only link that survived after the filtering process of a man killed in Yonkers while riding a bicycle. Bicyclist killed in accident with car You would think this was reported in a UK news outlet from all the information in the article…

Another link to the SWSS wreck in AL. Cyclist injured in downtown Gadsden wreck in critical condition Assuming that the report is accurate as to the cyclist’s whereabouts immediately prior to the wreck, the take-away from this wreck is to look before entering the road from the sidewalk, just as you would from a driveway.

Two links to a wreck involving a college cycling racer from wildly different parts of the country. Lees-McRae cyclist killed in collision Where the wreck was and Hurst cycling enthusiast killed in North Carolina accident from down the road where she was raised. The driver fell asleep and crossed the centerline to hit the cyclist head-on, not a wreck that could be avoided by mere humans. Another link Must Reads: Collegiate cyclist killed in collision; USA Cycling names 2011 Clubs of Year

First of several links out of Oz, a child cyclist doesn’t even get all the way out of the driveway before he gets hit by a car. Child injured in reversal accident There’s no way for a child to avoid a wreck like this as both were preparing to leave and the child left first, but the driver left before the child cleared the driveway.

More from Oz. Cyclists at the mercy of a me, me culture It doesn’t matter how many bike lanes they paint on the street if drivers try to kill you when you have to cross the roads, or people punch you in the face at random places in the bike lane, or casually throw their car doors open in your path.

Another wreck where the cyclist was pretty much left to deal with all the problems. Cyclist recalls horror smash The cyclist was hit-from-behind while riding legally with a friend by a vehicle that was doing about the same speed as the guy that hit me. Only I fared a lot better than he did.

Infrastructure! from my old stomping grounds in the Intermountain region. New bike turn box introduced on Main Street in Salt Lake City Things certainly have changed since I moved away back in the late 1970s.

Infrastructure news from the UK as people are starting to wake up the roads designed to move as many cars as possible to the exclusion of all other modes of travel end up not serving anybody well. Greens blame Boris for rise in cycle casualties and Cycle crash victim’s brother criticises politicians and Guardian Focus podcast: are Britain’s roads safe for cyclists?

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

Billed @$0.02, Opus

On the Winter Solstice, Wreck-Free Sunday

The solstice has a special meaning for me. Solstice is a promise that the sun will return, even though it dies, it will come back.

Ten years ago I died when someone tried to kill me.

But I came back.

I was dead but now I’m writing a blog, isn’t that a let-down? Seriously, I came back from the dead to write a BLOG? I’m not writing the Great American Novel, I’m not doing Pulitzer quality articles for a newspaper, I’m writing a blog.

But the sun’s return after the darkest night of the Winter Solstice isn’t a promise of good times, just better than the darkness. So writing a blog is better than not being able to write at all. I could have ended up barely able to speak, or dead. I still have enough functioning brain cells with viable connections that I can work the keyboard and create a cogent sentence (well most of the time, anyway). That’s better, maybe not good, definitely not great, but better than being dead in the street, better than being blind in the back of that ambulance, better than urinating all over myself after I was jostled as the ambulance drove over some railroad tracks (did I mention that being bounced around with a broken hip hurts like a son-of-a-gun?), and far better than hanging around the emergency room with half my face hanging off and still blind and naked because they had to cut all my clothes off after I urinated in the ambulance.

Just remember that, the sun will come back, and things will get better eventually.

And I have to tell you about the Yule service at my church today, as today is also Mrs. the Poet’s birthday. So I baked a cake for her and put candles on it over the last 3 days. It was a project that burned up most of a $20 bill, but her reaction this morning was worth it. She knew I was baking a cake, but what she didn’t know was how many candles we were going to put on it. We had a discussion at church while we were planning the service and decided to give her age in “fun years” which we based on the saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” and put 116 candles on the cake. Well it takes a bit of time to light 116 birthday candles, so much time that by the time I got to about the 80th candle the lighter I was using was starting to smoke on the outside. How big a fire does 116 candles make? big enough to set of the fire alarm in the hall. Suffice it to say that while Mrs. the Poet was expecting a cake, she was not expecting a cake with enough candles to set off the fire alarm and she was not expecting it to come at the time it came, during the service rather than right after the service. That bit was totally unexpected on her part. The visual of the cake being brought in covered in flames was really great.

PSA, Opus

No time to make a real post

I have to be three places at once today, and as I am a couple bodies short of being able to do that I will not be able to do the Feed and make a regular post today.

PSA, Opus

Sorry about the rush, and the Feed

This one will have to be dashed off as I have many things to do today. I have lights to untangle and string on the tree, I have layers of cake to bake for Mrs. the Poet’s birthday cake, and I have to usher at the SolstiCelebration tonight, but the biggest thing eating up the time will be the transportation between all these things. I mentioned that the Metroplex was about the size of the eastern half of Massachusetts a few posts back, and it shows in the time it takes to get places in the sprawl. There is just no good way to get anywhere because of the distances involved. I can get around Garland pretty well on my bike, but when I need to go to a neighboring town like Richardson or Dallas then things get complicated even by car. And this being Texas things just aren’t placed in close proximity to anything else useful and nearly everything requires a special trip someplace other than where you are now. What is interesting is that for riding a bike it isn’t the distances that are the problem, it is the amount of time exposed to traffic. The Metroplex would be a cyclist’s paradise without the cars and with a few more trains with bike racks. But I’ll save the urban planning rant for Sunday’s post.

Up first is a SWSS in Gadsden AL. Cyclist seriously injured in downtown wreck The wreck description is almost the classic script for the SWSS, “Gadsden Police Capt. Regina May said the bicyclist was struck by a vehicle when he pedaled out into traffic on Fourth Street between Broad and Locust streets.” Note the mid-block location of the wreck, and the total blame placed on the cyclist for being in traffic. To avoid a similar wreck ride assertively in the lane and use the hit-from-behind protocols.

A left-cross in “Joisy”. Sparta manager injured in accident This report is rare in the media in that it placed total blame for the wreck on the motor vehicle violating the right of way of the cyclist. To avoid a similar wreck use intersection protocols.

An elderly person that was riding a moped in a very bicycle-like manner has partially emerged from a coma. Missionary injured in mo-ped wreck out of coma This was a hit-from-behind wreck that took place during a rash of bicycle wrecks in and around Augusta, GA. I’m glad to see he’s getting better.

In the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, two bikes had a “run-in”. Cyclist injured after colliding with rider Even a bicycle to bicycle collision can cause significant damage if the rider has a secondary collision with the ground. To avoid stay far enough back from your drafting partner that your wheels won’t touch and keep your SA high for other traffic.

And that’s all I have this time, Now I have to go do other things…

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Mule day again, and the Feed

Yep it’s time to haul the comestibles home from the store today after I get the post up. That’s one of the downsides of using active transportation, you have to keep putting fuel in the tank just like driving a car. The counter to that is my fuel tastes a heck of a lot better than gasoline or diesel fuel in spite of it’s lower energy density and higher cost. I’m glad I have the kitty-litter bucket panniers as it looks like I will have a dampish to soggy ride to and from the store today.

Up first is an oblivious driver who failed to see a cyclist and hit her from behind. Woman hit, hurt while riding bicycle on East First Avenue The driver that was in control of the weapon vehicle was drinking from a water bottle when she hit the cyclist riding in front of her. The cyclist maybe could have ridden further out into the lane to make herself more visible, but the driver that was in front of the weapon vehicle had no problem seeing and avoiding the cyclist, so maybe a little “time out” without a car would improve the weapon vehicle operator’s ability to pay attention. I’m to put this one in the “Unavoidable except to not be there” category as the cyclist appeared to be doing it right and the driver just failed to react. Also the amount of time the cyclist had to react to getting hit from behind would have been next to zero after the first vehicle moved over to pass as the cyclist’s attention would have needed to be on the closer vehicle to make sure it completed the pass before moving back over.

Still in CA, another link to the recent Orange County hit-and-run. Driver sought in fatal Lake Forest hit-run crash Nothing new here, just another link saying that they are looking for a white van with front end damage. Whoops, another one just popped up, same information. Police seek fatal Lake Forest hit-run driver Comments to the last link could be ignored as they seem to place most/all of the blame on the cyclist that died instead of the driver that killed him. There was some new information about the length of the cyclist’s trip as he was only going 3 blocks.

A teen-aged cyclist is hit by a truck in Boston. Teen cyclist killed in Brockton As of this posting the mode of the wreck was not given. More details about the victim but nothing about the wreck. VIDEO: Family, friends mourn Brockton teen killed in accident

A bicycle transportation advocate is hit while on the sidewalk in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Island Pedaler: Bike committee member hit by car The cyclist/advocate was just getting on her bike in front of the YMCA when she was hit by a car running a stop sign. The driver never saw the cyclist until she was hit. Interestingly enough there were no comments about this wreck at all, probably because the driver of the weapon vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, something the anti-bike crowd says only happens with bikes.

News from Oz as a driver is found guilty of killing a cyclist. Driver guilt over cyclist death I only wish that this would do something to bring the dead cyclist back. As of right now there has been no sentencing.

Infrastructure! in NC, as a popular cycling route sees near exponential traffic growth as population increases. Cyclists Want Safer Roads After Rider Hit, Injured The comments that cyclists shouldn’t be on those roads, when the cyclists were there first and the sprawl came after them, is just a gas. Also the bits about cyclists not paying taxes, funny I haven’t driven a car since 1995 and I still have to pay taxes…

And that’s all the news that gives me fits today. I’m going to put the rain gear on and hit the road for groceries.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

I’m going to resemble that one-armed wallpaper hanger this week, and the Feed

Yes, my normally quiet, contemplative existence is disrupted this week as I get ready for two major celebrations this weekend, winter solstice and my wife’s birthday. I already mentioned going to rehearsal for the major community solstice celebration. Well we are also putting on a surprise birthday party for my wife as part of the service this Sunday. Since we still don’t have the oven working yet (we have the money set aside, the guy just never seems to show up) I’ll have to borrow the church’s oven to make the cake on Friday before I usher at the solstice that night, then frost and decorate the cake Saturday before I usher the Saturday (the first time ever) SoltiCelebration performance. I’m very excited to be connected with all 3 of these events, but their proximity has things a trifle hectic around here.

Since I was mentioning the SoltiCelebration in the previous paragraph, I should also mention the crappy day I had for the rehearsal. First of all it was misting rain at about 60°F, and as it would have been dark and I didn’t know the way to Cathedral of Hope I exercised the better part of valor and took our local mass transit agency services to the location. Have I mentioned that TX drivers go batshit insane when things fall from the sky, like rain or snow? Well they do and DART bus drivers are not immune, nor are they immune from the backups caused by said batshit insane drivers. My first bus was over 10 minutes late, which made me miss the train that would have connected to my second bus. No problem, there would have been another bus that came a few minutes after the next train got there I could catch that and only be a few minutes late instead of early. Only that driver lost his/her mind because “things are falling from the sky!” and drove right by the bus stop in front of the train station leaving us (there were 5 people waiting for the same bus) standing in the rain, which was falling harder at that point. Twenty minutes after that the next scheduled bus got there and brought us to our destinations, which made me almost an hour late getting there. By this time I had been on the road more than 2 1/2 hours, I missed the dinner that we were supposed to eat (all that was left was cornbread and a couple dozen cookies with warm but not hot coffee). I had to leave early but not before getting my instructions about what needed to be done differently this year by the ushers. Then on the way back the train I was riding had something that was trying to fail in one of the wheels that sounded like someone beating on the side of the train with a 30 pound wrecking hammer, only really fast. I was concerned that the train would derail and kill us all, especially with all the standees who would be flying around unrestrained. but I survived the trip and here I am complaining about it. 😉

Up first is a hit-and-run in the UK caught on corner surveillance cameras. CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Hit-and-run crash Now I wonder if they will use this footage of a crime in progress to arrest and prosecute the driver? I can’t watch the video but the frame capture pictures don’t leave much doubt about the cause of the wreck being the UK equivalent of the right hook on an unsuspecting cyclist. I doubt the cyclist had time to do more than register the fact the car was there before he was hit, and the driver will claim to not have seen the cyclist before the impact. IOW the cyclist had no time to avoid this wreck. The only way this wreck could have been avoided would have been for the cyclist to take the primary position in the UK cycling jargon, in the US we would just call it taking the lane to be visible.

Hate attacks on cyclists in NYC. PSA: Teenagers Still Throwing Stuff At Cyclists On Navy Street In Brooklyn I seriously don’t know what a cyclist could do if their route took them by a place where people use you for target practice, except be capable of returning fire. Then I would be concerned with escalation. The other thing I’m concerned with is the repeated assaults being reported with zero enforcement from NYPD, in spite of record numbers of traffic tickets being issued, including things that are not against the law, against cyclists. If cyclists are subject to the penalties of law, then they are equally subject to the protections of laws.

A NY state doctor has a serious wreck in the BVI and requires the exact same care that he specializes in giving. South Nyack doctor, head of White Plains ER, hurt in bike crash From what I could pull from the article, this was an infrastructure related wreck caused partly by the doctor not being able to watch the road conditions because of having to watch other things. So to avoid a similar wreck, all you need to do is grow several extra sets of eyes and learn to use them all at once.

An allegedly drunk cyclist is killed in LA. Cyclist killed in Assumption crash The cyclist was supposedly crossing the highway, that the driver pulled out on and hit the cyclist. IOW the cyclist had the right of way over the truck that pulled onto the highway but they are claiming the cyclist “may” have been drunk to divert blame.

The killer of a GA cyclist riding in he most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike will not be charged because they can’t decide where the cyclist was hit. No charges will be filed against driver whose vehicle struck, killed cyclist I have read some silly excuses for not charging a driver, but this has to be the most egregious example in the history of motor vehicles. It is exactly the same charge no matter which location the cyclist was hit, but because they can’t find physical evidence of the location of the impact they won’t file any charges. TANJ!

More from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. Jacksonville bicyclist killed in collision with dump truck I’m trying to decide what even happened as the description does not make much sense. The street the cyclist and truck were on is an east-west street, the truck was travelling west on the north side of the street and turned onto the north-south street. That much makes sense. The cyclist was described as going north on the east-west street. He could have been going north on the street the truck turned on, but that should have resulted in the cyclist not getting hit at all as there was ample room for the truck to turn from the divided highway onto the residential surface street, unless the cyclist was waiting to turn west from the north-south street and the truck cut the corner over the left-turn lane on the north-south street. Or it could be a left-cross of the eastbound cyclist on the east-west street. It doesn’t matter because they will blame it on the cyclist for being there to get hit anyway.

Now for some relatively good news about a wreck. Redmond man who killed Kirkland bicyclist charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and Driver Charged With Killing Cyclist The quantity and alcoholic strength of the drinks consumed is just mind-boggling, and he only blew a .078%? That breathalyzer needs to be recalibrated. Either that or the guy must weigh something like 300 pounds… In which case all we need to do is make him run a marathon with lots of hills, he’ll be finished long before he finishes the course. He won’t suffer as much as his victim did.

More on the PA cyclist hit-from-behind in a shared lane on a bridge. The Cyclist and the Damage Done I keep posting this but none of the people that need to read it ever do, drivers need to learn how to pass a bicycle properly, and learn to wait until it is safe to pass.

I don’t understand how they can say a cyclist failed to yield when the driver never saw the cyclist until after the wreck. Bicyclist dies in collisionAccording to the police report, Elaine Niehaus Abernathy, of Emeline Avenue in Fayetteville, was northbound on N.C. 87. She told authorities that McLean entered the traffic way, failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic, the report states.” but later it also states, “The report also notes that the driver said she never saw McLean prior to the collision.” Does “failing to yield” really mean “failing to get out of the way of cars”?

Another cyclist death around L.A. Cyclist Killed in OC Hit-and-Run Not much to go on with this one as the cyclist was the only vehicle that had a direction and position specified at the time of the wreck.

Good news from the UK. Rob Jefferies case: 17 year old driver pleads guilty to causing death by careless driving He was banned from driving until after he is sentenced, I hope that he also gets banned from walking around as a free man for several years. Honestly, got his license in January, first speeding ticket in April, and kills a man in May. If that doesn’t show he does not have the smarts and responsibility to control a deadly weapon used as transportation I don’t know what will.

Another guilty driver from the UK. Driver admits causing death of cyclist McCall and from the Beebe Croome admits causing death of cyclist McCall by careless driving Having pled guilty to the lesser charge he now faces a severe slap on the wrist…

Infrastructure! from the UK. 13/12/2011 – Cyclist Injured After Theft of Manhole Cover – Grantham Yep, riding into holes that weren’t there a little while ago can totally ruin your day…

Having infrastructure designed only to move “traffic” defined as only motor vehicles creates bad infrastructure. Mayor’s prioritising of traffic flow over cyclists’ safety to come under fire at London’s City Hall tomorrow(P)ublic admission by a Transport for London (TfL) official that introducing a cycle lane at the site where a cyclist died in October would “cause considerable queues” for traffic.” That would be bad, cyclists would be safer but drivers would have to sit in their cars longer. Of course they could leave their cars at home and ride a bike and get there faster and get a little exercise at the same time saving even more time by not having to go to a gym to get some movement into their bodies. But that would mean giving people a choice of not using a car, which is heresy.

And that’s all I have today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus