Daily Archives: May 25, 2012

Another rough night, and a too early morning, and the Feed

Dad was very much like his old self of not wanting to be told what to do last night after he had a little to eat. He still isn’t eating enough, but at this point getting anything nutritious or even with calories inside him is a minor victory. And I consider what happened last night another minor victory. Then we had the battle to get him to get up and use the toilet instead of his hand-held urinal in the bed so he stays dry at night and we don’t have to change the sheets every morning. This will also help with the pressure sores on his backside. His body is recovering in spite of the fact he’s not eating, now we just have to get him mentally on board with getting better, because like it or not he’s getting better. I just don’t want to spend another hour tonight getting him to go pee in the potty before we all go to sleep. I tossed and turned after that for more than an hour trying to get to sleep because of the adrenaline it raised. Doubleplus unfun.

Up first because I liked it, the person that hit a US Senate candidate on her bike and then dragged the bike for more than 3 miles trailing sparks from under the SUV, has been found guilty of a crime and will be punished. Maryland driver guilty in crash that killed bicyclist I don’t know what kind of punishment she will get, but she has a criminal record now, that’s at least something.

Next a kid on a tricycle is hit a few towns over from WoaB World HQ in the suburbs of Hell. Child on three-wheeler killed in Arlington traffic accident The child was playing, and the driver was driving too fast to react to children playing in a residential area. This was caused by infrastructure, and can only be prevented by changing the infrastructure so that motor vehicles are not moving at lethal speeds in areas where children are playing. Assuming the area had the lowest speed limit allowed in TX, 30 MPH, then for every 4 wrecks between a child walking or on a cycle of some kind and a motor vehicle doing the speed limit we can expect 3 dead children. The lowest speed limit allowed in Texas will kill 3 out of 4 children hit during normal outdoor childhood activities. TX needs to change their laws so that people are not rushing through residential areas like they are going to a fire. Thirty miles per hour is too fast for safe travel through a residential area, and the laws have to recognise that situation, Just slowing down 10 MPH will raise the survival rate to 9 out of 10 wrecks, slowing by 15 MPH will get that up to 19 out of 20 hit will survive and most of those will be able to get up and walk away from the wreck. So, what is more important, a few seconds or minutes on your daily trip to and from work or the store, or the lives of your neighbors’ children? Ask the candidates in this year’s election what their stance is on lowering the speed limit in residential areas, are they for or against saving children’s lives?

In the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running now, a cyclist’s injuries results in charges filed. Early-morning collision with cyclist brings charges There is some strong indication that the driver was drunk at the time of the wreck, but because of the hit-and-run the testing was too late to use as evidence in the case. Standard punishment for drunks and hit-and-run drivers, chain them to the steering wheel of their precious car and then run the freaking car through a shredder and recycle it. FHP is indicating that with all the recent cyclist and pedestrian fatalities in the area there may be a need to change the local infrastructure… YA THINK?!?! Hit-from-behind wreck use the protocols to avoid until they fix the infrastructure through there and make it safe for people who aren’t driving to use it.

A CA cyclist that died when he hit a bollard on a bike path is remembered. Ed McLaughlin remembered for cycling, community devotion This was another death caused by a bollard that was hidden from view by traffic in front of the cyclist until just before he hit it. This was another wreck that was primarily if not entirely the fault of bad infrastructure, as the bollard was placed for “traffic calming” of cyclists. If that was such a good idea then why are there not more concrete dividers used to mark the center of streets? Because they can get people killed, just like this guy was, that’s why. There were two different links when I filtered this but by the time I got to creating the post, both links were identical except for the URL.

News from this town always confuses me about what state they’re in. Boy injured when bike, vehicle collide The cyclist was hit in an intersection and apparently failed to wait until crossing traffic had cleared before starting across the intersection. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent, including training kids on how to get across the street and slowing cars enough that it is not dangerous to cross the street.

I don’t know if this is another report on 2 kids that got hit riding 2-uo on the same BMX bike or a new wreck of the same kind in the same state. 2 boys riding a bicycle struck by car This is why “they” say it’s dangerous to ride 2 on the same bike, but I seldom hear anyone talking about how dangerous it is to have more than one person in a car (not that that happens very often). The wreck was some kind of turning movement of the car that violated the cyclists’ right of way and hit them while the cyclists had the right of way. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent a similar wreck. I was checking the ages on the other wreck and that one was a 6YO riding with a 12YO, this wreck was an 11YO riding with a 13YO…

A bad wreck in CA. Cyclist killed in Highway 1 crash near Bodega Bay identified and Bicyclist, 85, killed in collision with car in Bodega Bay also Coroner’s office identifies bicyclist killed in Bodega Bay accident The people responding to the wreck indicated there were 30-40 MPH gusts when the wreck took place that may have blown the cyclist more than a lane over and in front of oncoming traffic. If that was the case then there was no way for the cyclist to be able to see those winds coming and avoid the wreck. However had the infrastructure been such that bicycles were on a physically separated route for riding from city to city…

Another report on the cyclist that was hit in the bike lane last week in CA. Calistoga driver involved in fatal bike crash Same same as I said last week.

A drunk cyclist in PA. North Middleton Township Police (243-7910) There was no actual wreck in this report unless you count the cyclist falling off his bike repeatedly. To avoid don’t drink and ride, drive, walk or otherwise go out in public intoxicated.

More on the cyclist killed in AZ last week. Officials ID cyclist killed in weekend crash near Tucson This was the wreck where the cyclist was hit by a motor vehicle that had gone off the road, so no way to avoid, and the infrastructure in this case was almost identical to the Dutch model, so that would not have prevented the wreck either. About the only thing that would have done it would be an interlock on the vehicle ignition switch.

A cyclist in LA is hit-from-behind and blamed for the wreck because he was a cyclist… Bicyclist critically injured in crash in Bossier City Notice the driver was absolved of driving too fast for conditions because he hit a cyclist. I noticed that Gigi left a similar comment on the article.

More on the cyclist hit-from-behind in WI. Woman struck, killed while riding bicycle in Mosinee and Woman who died in bicycle crash was widow of 2008 bike-crash victim The cyclist had just remarried after recovering from the death of her first husband on the same road 2 years ago. Not ironic, but still, something is not right when 2 cyclists are killed on the same stretch of road in 2 years, especially when they were connected…

LifeStyle from the Great White North as a cyclist that was paralysed from the neck down in a swimming accident prepares for a fund-raising ride. Bike ride planned for Steven Dionne Foundation 2 years ago he couldn’t move below the neck, now he’s riding a bike hundreds of miles across the country. I salute him.

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

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