Good news/bad news, and the Feed

Let’s start with the good news parts of the report first. 1) It is possible to go from Garland to Lewisville to visit a doctor entirely by public transit, if you’re willing to spend the time and the $$ for a Regional day pass. I left home @0945 and returned @1805 for a 1345 doctor appointment and the day pass was $10. I was going to ride my bike for part of that and cut my transit time, but it turns out that all I would have saved would have been 45 minutes off the front of the trip. Also since my eyes were dilated, for several hours after I left the office all I could see was blurs, the worst time I have ever had as a result of getting an eye exam. The other good news is that I’m not going blind, yet. The qualifier is that because of a previous condition and my advancing years (my eyes apparently aging much more rapidly than the rest of me) I am now subject to getting retinal tears and/or detachments much more easily than before or compared to other people.

After reading that you might wonder what the bad news part of the story could be. I mentioned the $10 day pass required to get from Garland to Lewisville. Well because this event was not related to the study, I will have to cover the cost of the examination. Because of the situation it was thought that I might be at risk of going blind at any moment, but because “we be P’ ” I got a break and was only charged the Medicare reimbursement of $125. Since this is about twice the monthly food budget we will have to figure something out. The concept of “disposable income” being mostly a fantasy at this house there is nothing that can be cut back to be used to pay a medical bill without incurring significant discomfort. Basically there are 2 things that can be “cut back”, food and water. Even if we turn off every light in the place and all the other electrical appliances, life support functions like AC and refrigerating the food will still consume electricity, phone and internet access are paid for by someone else for their use and the rest of the people in the house also get to use it. The things that most people would be able to cut back on, the “luxuries” as it were, we already don’t pay for or stopped using years ago, or in other terms we can’t cut back because we already did cut back.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, a cyclist gets buzzed. Tarpon Springs cyclist, 60, injured in crash Universal get-out-of-jail-free card invoked, the blind driver will get no repercussions for hitting the cyclist. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, get the infrastructure right to prevent, including making driving while blind a crime and not just a ZZ Top song.

On the other side of the country from the blind driver a cyclist is hit in CA. Truck Hits, Kills Cyclist at Coast Highway and Bayside Drive OK the cyclist was still alive when I filtered this link. Cyclist was right hooked, intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent, including severe penalties for right-hooking a cyclist or other vulnerable user.

Still in CA, a driver under the influence of prescription drugs with a “do not drive” warning is convicted for running into a pack of cyclists and injuring 2 of them. Woman to serve time for hitting cyclists The child endangerment charges were dropped because hitting even a large group of cyclists with a truck posed no danger to the baby inside the truck…

A MA cyclist is injured when 2 car drivers break the law. Quincy cyclist injured in collision with car The first driver to break the law was the one that stopped to allow a driver to exit a parking lot, the second one was the one that entered the street without making sure there was no traffic coming (and hit the cyclist). Every driveway is an intersection so intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Because they get hit by cars cyclists are heavily ticketed in a small CA town, Bike Riders Get 59 Citations in Police Crack Down And the cyclist riding on the sidewalk against traffic was not violating the law, there is no direction of traffic on a sidewalk. There is a mandate for cyclists to yield to pedestrians on the sidewalks, but that wasn’t the ticket issued.

Still in CA, a cyclist is hurt every 9 days in a different small CA town. Over 200 bike-related injuries in five years Part wreck report and part infrastructure report, this article is chilling to people like me that have barely survived a wreck.

Not out of CA yet, another church leader is injured on a bicycle. Pastor Hurt in Bike Crash Basically the cyclist didn’t realize how fast he was going and went off the road and wrapped his body around a tree. Moderating his speed would have prevented this wreck.

Most of the links from CA today as a physician is killed on a bike. Physician dies after bike collides with semi-truck near SLO and SLO Doctor Killed In Bicycle Accident This is the cyclist that ran a stop sign Wednesday. Don’t do that. More Dangers of Cycling on the Central Coast Ummm, I think the source they cited wasn’t exactly local to their area.

Another CA cyclist is left-crossed. Cyclist Sent to Hospital After Crash at Masonic, Marin Intersection wreck, intersection protocols to avoid, get the infrastructure right including arresting drivers that kill or injure cyclists with deadly kinetic weapons to prevent.

Finally getting away from CA to update that hit-and-run in AZ from earlier this week. Manslaughter charge in NAU student cyclist death This is the wreck that the neighbors of the deceased cyclist blocked the streets allowing exit from the area, trapping the truck and driver until LEO arrived to arrest her.

A GA cyclist waiting to make a left turn in the left turn lane is hit by an SUV. UPDATED: Cyclist struck by vehicle on Shorter Avenue Not much the cyclist could have done to avoid this one sitting there in the left turn lane waiting to make a left turn when he got hit by a vehicle making a left turn from the opposite direction.

A WI bike wreck. Fish Creek Man Critically Injured In Bicycle Accident Anther left cross on a cyclist wearing a glow-in-the-dark clown costume. Intersection protocols to avoid, get the infrastructure right to prevent. Other than the stale stuff I keep saying over and over and over, I really don’t know what a cyclist could do to avoid a wreck like this, he was literally wearing a glow-in-the-dark clown costume and the driver still claimed to not have seen him…

A cyclist is hit-from-behind in the Great White North. Cyclist critically injured in Courtice collision Hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent, other than that I can’t say much about this one.

A cyclist is injured and arrested in Canuckistan. Injured cyclist nabbed Salmon cyclist with a drink in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, with 2 outstanding warrants, tell me this isn’t Instant Karma…

Infrastructure! from NYC. Blind Man Hit By Central Park Cyclist Sues NYC For Violating Americans with Disabilities Act OK a bunch of questions about this wreck, which lane was the cyclist using, which lane was the jogger using and was the jogger hit during “car time” or “car-free time”? The last question is important because the lane use changes between the two but the lane markings are for “car time”, what was the bike lane in “car time” becomes the jogging lane in “car-free time”. More Bernstein sues NYC after being hit by bike in Central Park

Infrastructure from LA. Bike lane culture pokes along Notice the frequent mention of cyclists as the problem, not drivers? OK there are a few times that drivers are mentioned as the problem, but only because “cyclists enrage them”.

And finally those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

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