Mrs. the Poet has been feeling a bit under the weather this week so I’m giving her a slight break by doing the shopping by myself this week. I have a cheap calculator I can use to keep track of how much I’m spending, a grocery list and a few bucks. I also have 2 40 pound capacity kitty litter buckets and a surplus army ruck that can carry another 80 pounds. And after that I have the ability to lash one large item to the top of the rack and drape over the tops of the kitty litter buckets. My recent weight loss has allowed an increase in payload without overloading the back wheel. So, haw mule! haw me! 😀
Up first, Ted Rogers over at BikingInLA needs our emotional support. Insurance is handling most of the costs but he could use some messages of good will and positive energy sent his way.
Interesting piece from PA about the truck driver that assaulted a cyclist, with his truck. The Swerving Red Solo Truck Jagoff I LIKE the suggestion the driver be used as a bike rack for a week. Might be a little rough on the junk after a few days sitting outside in the nude. More Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can take the high road to safety
A bike wreck in CA. Police Patrol Car Strikes Bicyclist SWCC on a ninja cyclist. Plenty of blame to go around, but one has to wonder just how observant the LEO is to “not see” the cyclist behaving illegally. Infrastructure to prevent, as is the case more than 90% of the time.
Update on a WA fatality. No arrest following fatal truck-bicycle accident in Marysville To remind you this was the buzz job wreck by a pickup truck that never stopped.
From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for the last 8 years running, another dead cyclist. Bicyclist killed in hit-run collision on Oakland Park Boulevard This was another one of those cases that had bad infrastructure as a factor in the wreck as the cyclist was riding parallel to a major obstruction to cycling in the area, an Interstate highway. The wreck appears to be a hit-from-behind, apply those protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Also make Hit-and-run a capital crime when the victim dies.
A lawsuit was required to get justice for a woman killed by a bus while she was taking her bike from the front mounted bus rack. CTA settles suit over bike rack death Just think of how much time and money could have been saved had the driver been looking out the front of the bus at the woman standing in front of him, because the settlement is just the tip of the iceberg on this one, usually about twice the settlement is spent on legal fees for both sides which the loser in this case will have to pay.
Infrastructure! news from MO. “Share the Road” sign put up at location where man was killed on bicycle I would prefer a “(bicycle symbol) may use full lane” sign rather than a “share the road” because many drivers view of “sharing” is “get the hell out of my way”.
And more infrastructure from the Great White North. Provincial News: NDP urges Liberal government to release long delayed bike strategy As more people are killed funds are just sitting for bicycle infrastructure that needs to be built.
More on the Ghost Bike that was removed in MA. Wellesley police ordered Ghost Bike removal
Last link, if you saw a warning sign about a wandering gorilla somewhere in NoCal last week you can breathe a sigh of relief. Weird News: Loose gorilla alert? Electronic road sign hacked
And those are all the links that gave me fits today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus