Yep, not in a good mood here today, what with all the crap that’s been going down in DC and on the campaign trail, and then a local charity comes out against one of their major partners in their mission, the foot soldiers that actually do the work with the people they claim they are trying to serve. It makes me want to grab people by the neck and shake them and say, “Where has your mind gone?” I think it’s pretty much official, the far right that has a great deal of control in this country is beyond just batshit crazy, they are actively trying to destroy everything that doesn’t fit their Ward and June Cleaver house with a picket fence mentality, where everybody has a car and only kids ride bikes. I know that this is my PTSD kicking in after my run-in last week, a little bit, but daaaaannnnnggggg! Are you still paranoid if they really are out to get you?
Most of the US links I got today are repeats about the couple hit on a tandem bike in SC while waiting to make a left turn, You already saw those yesterday so I’m not going to post them again today. Up first by virtue of proximity is this update on a hit-from-behind wreck last week. Bike vs. Truck Accident Update I have actually been to the scene of this wreck, but so long ago I have no recollection of the scene. That was a long car trip that day, starting too damn early and ending too damn late. It is good to hear the cyclist is recovering.
A little to the east and north of that wreck is another bike v truck wreck in MO. Woman on Bicycle Struck by Truck, Injured The wreck mode was a left cross, intersection protocols apply. Other than that I don’t have anything substantive on this wreck.
The written description of the wreck and the pictures of the bike don’t match in this wreck in NY. Bicyclist On Highway – Killed In Crash “State Police say Abdul Wahid, 42, of Endicott, was riding a bicycle on Route 17 and was traveling westbound in the eastbound driving lane of the highway.” But the pictures show a bike that was clearly hit from behind at a high rate of speed, with a nearly pristine front wheel and a cheap, fragile suspension fork that is almost perfectly straight. With the distortion of the frame I would say the cyclist was hit from his left rear quarter as if a vehicle made a sudden swerve into the shoulder to hit a cyclist. Interesting that there was no windshield damage on the weapon vehicle in spite of the extensive front end damage, also not consistent with a cyclist hit head on. Interesting that there was more right fender damage than hood damage, also consistent with the cyclist being hit from his left rear quarter while travelling in the same direction as the vehicle that hit him.
And from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike (grammar error intentional to lend emphasis), another rider “fell off his bike” to get run over. FHP releases name of bicyclist killed in Lake County You’ll have to excuse me if I find the story far-fetched, I just read a story about a cyclist hit head on with all the major damage confined to the rear of his bike. I also find it convenient that so many FL cyclists fall from loose gravel shoulders into traffic lanes to get run over just as a car passes. In other words I ain’t buying what they’re selling.
Still in FL a hazard that is really hard to avoid. Man on bicycle shot, killed in Jacksonville neighborhood The shooters in this case are dumber than a box of rocks, I mean they live in a state where the LEO go out of their way to invent reasons why they can’t do anything about people getting hit by cars while riding bikes, and they shoot this guy from their car. Talk about taking the short bus to school, these guys just aren’t thinking.
Final link is from just a bit south of WoaB World HQ in the suburbs of Hell. Another reason why Houston is a hard city to bike in: Bicyclists harassed by man in black Honda As for why HPD is following up on any of this, in TX if the cop didn’t see it, it can’t be prosecuted, unless video recorded with a time/date stamp encoded in the picture. So get those GoPro and Flip cameras mounted front and rear to catch this guy.
And that’s all the links I have today,
Billed @$0.02, Opus