Daily Archives: May 28, 2012

Things have changed again, and the Feed

Things at my dad’s house have changed yet again. Last night Dad decided he wasn’t quite ready to die yet, so this morning we took him back to the VA. This time the plan is to get him stable at the hospital and on the way to recovery, then transfer him to assisted living where he will either recover all the way, or not. Either way it’s out of my hands and in the hands of trained professionals, and 99% up to him. He won’t have to listen to me trying to get him to eat, or to have something to drink, or to get out of bed and go for a walk to the kitchen (one room over). Yes, my Dad was complaining about my always wanting him to do something. Live, breathe, etc. &tc.

I have a metric buttload (2.2 SAE buttloads) of links to filter today because I spent most of the day at the hospital getting Dad taken care of, about 9 pages of unfiltered links, so get settled. This could be a long ride.

Up first by a coin toss is the story with multiple links about a hit-and-run of a cyclist in Eugene OR. UPDATE: Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Incident also Hit & run driver kills cyclist in Eugene more Cyclist dies after getting hit by two vehicles and Cyclist killed in Eugene hit-and-run last link Eugene, Ore. cyclist struck by 2 cars, killed I don’t know what a cyclist could do about vehicles 2 and 3 in this chain of events, but hit-from-behind protocols might have avoided the first impact, get the infrastructure right to prevent fast moving motor vehicles from being in the same place as bicycles. I hope they find the white Ford and the driver.

Up the coast a bit, another multiple link story from Seattle. Man struck and killed riding a bike in Benton County also Bicyclist killed in Benton County The driver saw the skunk, but not the cyclist? Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid if avoidance was possible, and infrastructure that separates cyclists from drivers that can’t see a cyclist that’s like 20 times larger than a skunk. Also, check the driver’s computer to see if they left any remarks about running over cyclists in internet comments sections, because I have seen comments that some people would swerve to dodge an animal but hit a cyclist…

Several links to a woman losing control and sliding the front tire, then going under a truck. Highway Patrol: Fatal crash involving bicycle, truck and Highway Patrol investigate death of woman thrown from bicycle another link Clyde woman dead after falling off bike, run over Gravel road, and a bike with tires not made for riding on gravel with piles of loose gravel to make things as bad as they can get. Even if the cyclist wasn’t drunk (which hasn’t been determined yet) it’s a bad situation.

Another story with two links. Bicyclist, 62, injured in motor vehicle accident in Westport and Bicyclist injured in Green’s Farms collision with car Intersection wreck, so intersection protocols to avoid. Get the infrastructure right with separation from faster-moving cars and trucks and really slow speed limits in shared residential spaces to prevent.

From Upstate NY, a cyclist loses control after getting a blowout. Bicyclist seriously injured in accident To avoid always do the ABC pre-flight and give tires a frequent going-over for embedded objects in the tread. To prevent take a look at closed-cell foam inserts instead of tubes in your tires.

A MA boy in injured in a wreck with a car driver. 12-year-old boy critically hurt in Southampton bike accident I can’t say for sure which vehicle was doing what in this wreck as the direction of travel was only given for the weapon vehicle.

A single bike wreck of unknown cause in CA. Teenage bicyclist injured in Glendora crash Umm, watch for angry squirrels?

Another wreck with little explanation. Police find family of boy hurt in accident Intersection wreck, other than that I know nothing more about the wreck. Get the infrastructure right to prevent bikes and cars from coming in conflict.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running, they got another one. Sarasota bicycle rider hit by car in critical condition Hit-from-behind but for some reason the media outlet is more concerned about the cyclist’s helmet than the fact that the driver put almost a ton and a half of compact pickup truck square through the location of a fellow human being. hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get bikes away from conflicts with motor vehicles to prevent. I refreshed the page and now the driver has been cited for careless driving (but not violating the 3-feet-to-pass law?).

Infrastructure! from TX (Austin). What do cyclists deserve from the rest of us? Cyclists don’t need to cough up extra for infrastructure they don’t get, if the roads are not safe for cyclists because people in cars won’t share, why should cyclists have to pay to get away from criminal drivers?

And more infrastructure from Canuckistan. Column: Are bicycle helmets doing more harm than good? My opinion on helmet laws is well-documented in this blog, head trauma kills more drivers and pedestrians than cyclists, so why not make helmets mandatory everywhere?

And a bit late, those are all the links that gave me fits this Memorial Day (Monday for those living outside the US).

Billed @$0.02, Opus