I haven’t heard anything from the VA hospital since we got Dad settled in yesterday, and they have contact information in case something happens. So at this point I’m going all Pollyanna and taking this as he at least hasn’t gotten any worse, and may be getting better. Is this a defense mechanism on my part to assume that no bad news is the same as good news? I don’t care, that is what I’m going to believe.
The Big Story today is from the Great White North, in what appears to be a cyclist struck from behind because the weapon vehicle driver couldn’t wait until it was safe to pass. Cyclist killed by pickup truck and Cyclist Struck And Killed Near Mount Brydges also Elderly cyclist killed From the totality of the reports I read, the driver was the kind that thinks he passes every cyclist when and where he gets to them, regardless of if it’s safe to do so. Because of that he has killed one person, injured at least one other person and destroyed 3 vehicles. I’m sure LEO will find some way of blaming the cyclist for being there as the cause of this multi-vehicle wreck.
From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running now, a cyclist waiting for a red light is killed in somebody else’s wreck. Bicycle rider killed at St. Petersburg intersection There is nothing you as a cyclist can do to avoid a wreck like this, and very little infrastructure can do to prevent it because bikes and cars have to share space at intersections. About the only thing that would prevent this wreck would be much higher standards to get a license, and much lower standards to lose one. Basically the driver that caused this wreck would never get to drive again, and even the driver that wasn’t at fault would get a suspension for failing to see the idiot before the idiot hit the car and reacting properly to prevent or mitigate the wreck, unless the idiot was so egregious that nobody could have avoided getting hit by him.
Update on the hit-and-run in OR that killed a cyclist who was hit by 2 cars. Accident victim’s relatives sought LEO are still looking for the damaged Ford that caused this mess.
Another OR wreck with little explanation. Man suffers serious head injury after crash in Clackamas County At this point all that is known is the cyclist was found with a head injury and without a helmet.
Another update, this one on the young cyclist injured in MA over the weekend. Boy hurt in Bloomington bicycle accident recovering from injuries Still in a coma so the head injury isn’t getting any better, but the rest of his body is recovering nicely since he isn’t trying to move it around. As I posted yesterday, get well fast little cyclist dude!
Cars can seriously injure you in secondary collisions even when you aren’t hurt in the first collision. Cyclist Badly Injured at 17th and M Whether the cyclist fell off or was knocked off, the serious injury is mostly the result of the secondary impact with the Range Rover. Since there was no report of how the cyclist fell over, I can’t say how to avoid a wreck like this, but if the infrastructure was right then the cyclist would have fallen down in an area that was free of motor vehicles that could have harmed him.
A cyclist dies in NC. Student killed while riding bicycle Tuesday morning in Charlotte At this point the mode of the wreck has not been released to the public by LEO, so no idea on how to avoid the wreck. But getting the infrastructure that keeps fragile cyclists away from heavy vehicles with blind spots large enough to hide the entire TdF peloton would have prevented this wreck. More Myers Park HS student killed in bike wreck and Myers Park community dealing with death of boy, 14, killed in bike accident and last link Friends remember Myers Park freshman Drew Wright Now the report is the cyclist was hit mid-block after running into garbage cans that had been placed on the sidewalk and made the path too narrow for his bike to get through… To avoid, don’t ride in the sidewalk, see above on how to prevent.
Update on a cyclist hit-from-behind in GA, near where I was stationed in 1983. Injured cyclist recovering at home Good luck on that recovery!
The family of a cyclist killed by a semi reaches a settlement with the company that owns the truck. Family reaches settlement in cyclist’s wrongful death suit This was a wreck that I found highly improbable as it was first reported, then more information came out that the driver had been involved in two other fatal bike wrecks in the 5 years prior to this one, and accident reconstruction showed the driver had drifted left as he prepared to turn right onto the freeway and hit the cyclist with the driver side of the truck. Now the employers of the driver have to pay for keeping him on the roads after he had killed twice before.
A map that will change drastically as the year progresses. 2012 Every Bicyclist Counts Map This is a graphic of what I try to do in text, mark every death and provide input on how to prevent future deaths.
Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike in the US for 6 years running. Rickenbacker Causeway Bike Lanes Improved Bike safe rumble strips between the bike lane and the motor vehicle lanes are a help, but probably would not have prevented the drunk driver from running off the road to hit the 2 cyclists that were hit this spring…
Another kind of infrastructure from CA, as they try to make compliance with the state helmet law more affordable. YOGOH Organization Promotes Bike Safety
First of several LifeStyle links, this one from the Cycle Twin Cities site. Twin Cities Cycling News From Around the Web It isn’t often that I link to movie premiers…
LifeStyle from across the pond. 270 Cyclists Storm the Beaches of Dunkirk for Finale of 350 Mile Help for Heroes Bike Ride An amphibious assault with bicycles? That would have been awesome to see if it had really happened. But 270 cyclists on the roads at the same time and place were quite awesome enough thank you.
And a pretty picture to wind things up courtesy of Cycle Twin Cities. Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 5.30.12 I think I mentioned how much I would like to get away from the suburbs of Hell, well this is one of the places that I would move to if I did.
And that is all the news that gave me fits today.
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Well I didn’t hear anything from the VA all day yesterday, so I’m going to take that as a sign that Dad is doing hunky-dory (I know, who says “hunky-dory” these days?). Mrs. the Poet will be making the arduous trek via DawgBus starting tonight and be here tomorrow afternoon. Saturday’s post may be a few hours late 😉
I’m not posting any links because it has nothing to do with bicycles, really, but the big story in the Feed this morning was there were a number of people seen riding bicycles in the video of the naked guy eating the man’s face in Miami. Not mentioned was there were an even larger number of people driving cars past the altercation, but I’m assuming they were excused because nothing that goes on outside a car is of any concern to the driver… which also explains why FL is the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike 6 years running now.
Up first, a ghost bike is installed for the teen cyclist killed after falling from an obstructed sidewalk in NC and being run over by a semi. Memorial in place to remember Myers Park student killed riding bike This is another reason why sidewalks =/= bicycle infrastructure. The cyclist bumped one of the garbage cans in the sidewalk with the end of his handlebars which tossed him into the street just as the semi was passing.
Next up a cyclist towing a child-carrying trailer is hit and the trailer run over in CA. Modesto woman riding in child’s bicycle trailer is hit by SUV, dies And doesn’t a driver that runs one of those trailers over pretty much say to the world that they don’t care about anything smaller than a compact car? Since the wreck happened in an intersection, use intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent a similar wreck.
A child cyclist is run over in a crosswalk according to initial reports from IL. Boy Killed Riding Bike In Round Lake Heights The report as it stands as I post this is the child was hit by the trailer being towed by the weapon vehicle, and that the weapon vehicle had the green. Intersection protocols to avoid, but this would be a place that would not be allowed to exist in the Dutch model of infrastructure as it is a high-speed arterial that directly connects to a residential street. In the Dutch model the arterial would be much slower if located that close to a residential area, or there would have been a connecting bike path that separated off from the arterial but went to the same places. But there would never be an intersection like the one that killed this child.
A cyclist’s life is permanently changed by a hit-and-run driver in LA. Bicyclist injured in hit & run, search continues for suspect No word on the mode of the wreck, but you know what I think of the driver and what he or she deserves.
A CA cyclist making a left on the green arrow is hit by a truck making a right on red from the opposite direction onto the same street. Cyclist Critically Injured By Right-Turning Truck This one is so easy to figure out I’m surprised no tickets have been issued to the truck driver yet. The cyclist had the clear right of way with the green light, the driver had to wait until the way was clear before turning with a right on red. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right including ticketing drivers (and cyclists) that run red lights and cause wrecks, to prevent. I see this wreck as no different than a driver running the red during a bike green with separated bike infrastructure.
In the Great White North another cyclist is injured. UPDATED: Cyclist transferred to London hospital Another left-cross wreck where the driver violated the cyclist’s right of way, intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right so bikes and motor vehicles are not trying to occupy the road at the same time (and space).
The rest of the links today are Infrastructure! of one kind or another, either physical or legal.First one up is about mountain bike infrastructure from the Twin Cities. River Bottoms Part II By: Chris Chavie Come the Zombie Apocalypse all cycling will be “off-road”, this is a good time to get in some practice.
The Bicycle Federation reviews the infrastructure where there were two people killed on the same road in 2 years. Bicycle Federation of WI in Wausau After Fatal Bike Accident This was in response to a second fatal wreck on KK.
Staten Island credits infrastructure changes in reducing the death toll on the streets. Deaths on Staten Island hit a record low: Traffic strategies saving lives Notice that improving bicycle infrastructure has a collateral effect of reducing the number of fatal wrecks for everyone. Bicycle infrastructure slows motor vehicle traffic while maintaining total vehicle throughput, and slowing motor vehicle speeds reduces both the number and severity of wrecks with all modes of transportation. It’s a win/win/win solution.
General legal infrastructure in VA. Some Biking Rules and Tips for the Road in Virginia Note that even the most restrictive FRAP rules in the US still allow cyclists to take the lane in many if not most situations. While IANAL, the person that wrote the linked article is a lawyer.
And Jolly Olde is decidedly not Jolly about killer drivers getting less than a slap on the wrist. British Cycling and Cycling Weekly call on government to make justice system fairer for road users People are getting tired of killers getting community service and suspended jail terms for killing people with cars or other motor vehicles. Had some other weapon, like a cricket bat (culturally congruent for the location, we would use a baseball bat) or lead pipe been used, the person that killed would have spent years behind bars, but because they killed with a motor vehicle it’s an “accident” and not to blame the driver for killing.
And those are all the links that gave me fits today.
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