I’m sure many of you are asking “The blog is broken? It just loaded fine for me.” but I’m not talking that kind of “fix”, I’m talking the kind of “fix” that brings in eyeballs to advertisers. I did notice a slight uptick when I did that product review on the tires, and another when I reviewed my helmet, and a big uptick when I mentioned zombies yesterday. But these are correlations without specific causation. as none of the search results noted in my stats mentioned product reviews or zombies and I certainly didn’t tag the post with “zombies” (although maybe I should tag this one, since I have used the word several times now). I know I could get more eyeballs if I was a better writer, but I don’t think F. Scott Fitzgerald could do much better with this subject matter, and I’m not “plugged in” to the national bike scene enough to get the kinds of Life Style articles that bring in the eyeballs. The only national bike event I’m close to is the Hotter ‘n’ Hell Hundred that I’m going to miss this year because of lack of $$ even though it is a hard day’s ride away. And before you ask yes I have ridden a bike from the DFW area to Wichita Falls, ridden the HHH the next day, and then rode the bike home (actually I rode the bike 6 miles toward home when the tire valve separated from the tube on the only 451 tube in a 90 mile range and loaded the bike on the sag wagon for the rest of the trip, but that is another story). So, loyal readers, as an adjunct to yesterdays request for making the blog pay out, what should I do to get more readers? Contests? Better writing? P0rn (not really)?
Before I get into the wrecks I have to note that there were a larger than usual number of them from Canada today, more than half of the links I got were from the Great White North or Canuckistan. But up first is a hit-and-run from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for
6 7 8 years running (the stats from 2010 and 2011 were released within days of each other). Police: Mom jailed after killing man on bike in hit-and-run crash Nothing on the mode of wreck but from other facts laid out we can deduce it was a hit-from-behind, so use those protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure tight to prevent. Also since the driver sold car insurance she should know the laws about driving without a license and all that other stuff since it determines how much you pay (and how big a commission she gets). So no excuse for the driver to leave the scene of the wreck or wait until her car stunk of rotting flesh to admit she hit somebody.
From the other side of the country the driver of a Cadillac Escalade that was speeding and went over a fire hydrant and onto a sidewalk killing adult and child cyclists and injuring a second child will not be tried as an adult. Juvenile charges in Concord auto deaths I reported on this wreck ages ago, and they’re just now getting around to filing charges. This waste of human skin needs to be curbstomped repeatedly, not tried as a juvenile and his record expunged when he turns 21.
Still in CA a cyclist is right-hooked. Cyclist hit, killed by big rig in Ukiah The way the report reads now the big-rig was making a right turn while passing the cyclist and just flat ran him over. Intersection wreck, but from the report the cyclist never had the opportunity to use intersection protocols to avoid this wreck, getting the infrastructure right would prevent big rigs from being close enough to cyclists to injure them.
A wrecked cyclist in MA. Cyclist killed in Wellesley hit and run Apparently a hit from behind, the picture that came with the article showed only a pair of wheels and part of a rear triangle (I think). this is the kind of wreck that could only be avoided or prevented by fixing the infrastructure to keep idiots in cars (and pickup trucks) away from people on bicycles.
Multiple links from the Great White North about an ICE-assist bike rider getting killed. Police seek public’s help in identifying cyclist killed in crash and Cyclist dies after being hit by car also Cyclist dies after collision in Toronto’s west end Well there were multiple links when I filtered them but they turned into just the three. The two links from the broadcast media were overwritten by the later stories so five links turned into three. Anyway intersection wreck that LEO are as of yet unwilling to blame on the cyclist (so far), so intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. With the front suspension and fenders on the bike this looks like it was built as a serious commuting machine, I hope they can find out who the cyclist was.
Another wreck in the GWN. Cyclist injured by hit-and-run driver Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid. Get the infrastructure right to prevent including making hit-and-run a major felony with serious penalties that are equal to what you would get if the wreck was DUI or without a license.
From Oz a cyclist waiting out winter weather before continuing his round the world trip is killed in a hit and run. Chinese tourist killed in hit and run Hit-from-behind and knocked so far off the road that his body wasn’t discovered until 10 AM, maybe hit-from-behind protocols would have helped, but getting the infrastructure fixed so this could not happen would definitely have “helped”. I really found the bit about the cyclist’s helmet being damaged in the wreck ironic.
A bit of Infrastructure! news from Canuckistan. Police point speed gun at cyclists From one point of view this is a good thing. They don’t know what is a safe speed to ride on a MUP so instead of pulling a number out of a convenient bodily orifice they are taking measurements of what cyclists not running into pedestrians are actually doing. From another point of view this is terrible. Nobody has been seriously hurt or killed on the MUP so instead of spending precious resources getting dangerous drivers off the roads they spent all day clocking bicycles on what is essentially a big sidewalk without a road that is as safe as most living rooms.
And while there were more links that gave me fits than this I have tired of trying to post to this blog when the browser keeps crashing every half hour or less…
Billed @$0.02, Opus
Hope to get done early today, and the Feed
Yesterday was a nightmare as the links I was trying to open from the Feed almost all had some kind of ads that were bolluxing up my browser. Actually I think it is the crippled version of Flash I have to run because I have a trashed sound “card” integrated with the MB and I can’t bypass it or turn it off and when I have any kind of Flash that uses sound it crashes the browser eventually. Yesterday there were a lot of those and other things in the links that caused a crash an average of 45 minutes, with several that happened in an interval of 25 minutes each. I need a new computer, along with a bunch of other things I need replaced.
Opening up is another reason why we hate the Dutch here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Spectacular New Floating Cycle Roundabout We can’t even get a plan to put paint on the streets and make residential areas 20 MPH, and they get a circular suspension bridge to keep bicycles separated from motor vehicles in time and space that costs more than our entire bike/ped program. As a result they have a 33% bike mode share and 45% commute share, we have a 0.5% mode and commute share.
A hit-and-run in OH. Troopers searching for Grand Am after teenager injured in hit-skip Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid and fix the infrastructure to prevent. Crush the cars of hit-and-run drivers and that will stop in a big hurry.
A MA cyclist is killed in a somewhat strange wreck. Bicyclist killed in Wellesley and Cyclist killed in Wellesley crash Friday is identified At this point it hasn’t been released if this wreck was hit-from-behind or a right hook or a hybrid between the two. Since the Intersection protocols cover all three cases those protocols might have helped the cyclist avoid the wreck if the driver would allow it. This was a wreck I reported on yesterday that I didn’t understand because all I could see was the wheels with a part of the rear triangle attached to one, well I still don’t understand this wreck.
A MD cyclist is hit by a bus. Cyclist dies after being hit by bus in OC As the wreck was near an intersection intersection protocols might have helped, or the bus could have run over the cyclist while pulling in to a stop. I can’t tell you how to avoid it until LEO releases their report on the geometry of the wreck.
In the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike 8 years in a row a working cyclist is killed in a hit and run as he was working. Cyclist struck, killed by hit-and-run driver Yep he was riding one of those upright tadpole trikes that are used to sell food on the street and he was hit and run. It’s not like the driver a) didn’t see the cyclist on a vehicle the size of a small car or b) know he had hit a vehicle the size of a small car. This is another one of those cases that I thinks merits the death penalty for the driver.
Update on the CO cyclist hit-and-run by a drunk in a Subaru. Cyclist In Lakewood Hit-And-Run Dies This was the cyclist hit in an intersection earlier this week.
Update on the CA kid in a
tankEscalade that killed two cyclists on the sidewalk. Concord teen pleads not guilty for crash that killed bike-riding father, daughter in April The charges were reduced and he still pleads not guilty…This is the perp I wast curbstomped outside the courtroom.
A cycling priest in WI is laid to rest after a fatal wreck. Funeral services scheduled for priest killed in bicycle crash and Holy Family priest killed in bicycle crash Apparently the good father failed to yield to traffic as he crossed the highway. That makes this an intersection wreck use the intersection protocols to prevent. fix the infrastructure to prevent, because in this case you have bicycles crossing that are not separated by either time or space from motor vehicle traffic.
A cyclist is assaulted in the UK. Morons! South Yorkshire cyclist badly injured after push from car yob Buzz job by the driver compounded with a physical assault by the passenger. Unavoidable for the cyclist. Get the infrastructure right to prevent, plus charge both the passenger and the driver with assault with a deadly weapon.
Also from Jolly Olde a really blind driver killed a cyclist. Chirk driver who killed cyclist in crash had degenerative sight condition I have nothing I can add to the story. A person driving while fracking blind. Since 2004.
And those are all the links that gave me fits today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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