Daily Archives: June 17, 2013

Running way late again, and the Feed

At least this time I have a really good excuse for being late even though I was at my house. We changed our internet/cable bundle and we lost all outside communications at Casa de El Poeta except the cell phones. No TV, internet, or telephone service for all morning and half the afternoon. I could have gotten the internet up sooner except that the internet provider’s interface did not like the browser on my laptop. I’m sure that will change in the future as Chromebooks become more common (or Google starts downgrading this ISP’s search standings). We got a lot more channels on our TV, and increased our download speed by a factor of five (which means my webcomics will load in 1/5 a blink of an eye as opposed to the whole blink it takes now). And I do notice a difference in the speed the articles I link to load and open, not to mention the videos.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike 9 years running, another cyclist is killed by an idiot at the controls of a WMD. Bicyclist killed in Arlington crash The driver appears to have been exceeding the speed limit, not to mention the limits of common sense, when he lost control of the vehicle and hit the cyclist on the sidewalk and crushed him against a building before continuing to crash against another building and ending up in someone’s front yard. From the description of the wreck nothing short of a firing squad at the DMV when this guy applied for his license would have prevented this wreck. The cyclist was riding on the sidewalk away from the traffic lane and was crushed against a building and then the van continued on to crash into another building and a wall. There is no known bicycle infrastructure that will prevent this from happening and is still suitable for the area where the wreck happened.

A cyclist left-crosses himself in PA. Cyclist killed in Adams County crash Saturday Not much I can say about this, except that intersection protocols still apply even when you’re making the turn on your bike. Infrastructure could have prevented this wreck by physically separating motor vehicle and bicycle traffic.

A super SWSS wreck in GA. Unidentified cyclist seriously injured in Gillsville I find the driver’s story highly doubtful, moving completely over to the oncoming lane and still hitting the cyclist. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get rid of stupid drivers to prevent.

Train/bicycle wreck in CA. Bicyclist killed by passing train This is entirely an avoidable wreck, just don’t cross the tracks when a train is coming.

Update on another wreck in CA. Investigation continues into death of bicyclist struck by car in Pasadena Hit from behind, use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Another CA update. Cyclist hospitalized after SUV collision I have been informed that with difficulty and some counter-intuitive maneuvers it is safe to cross an on-ramp. More Bicyclist hit by car seriously injured

The charges in a CO hit-and-run get upgraded after the cyclist involved dies. Westminster cyclist David Hernandez dies 1 week after being struck by hit-and-run driver I’m still calling this a hit-from-behind wreck. More Man hit by vehicle in Westminster while riding bicycle home from work dies

From the Great White North (thank you SCTV) comes a wreck that was 100% the fault of the driver not following directions provided by a traffic cop. Cyclist hit by car in Quebec triathlon If the cyclist hadn’t been hit the LEO would have because he was next in line. The driver failed to stop for the LEO. Intersection protocols would not have helped, and existing separation of the cyclist from motor vehicles by human directed traffic didn’t work either. I guess a stricter license exam would be the only way to prevent drivers from ignoring directions from a LEO… or immediate execution on the spot for ignoring a traffic cop.

From Western WA via far West Canuckistan many links on a cyclist hit during a charity ride. Teen cyclist killed in collision with car during Ride to Conquer Cancer and Teen cyclist from Victoria killed in collision with car during Ride to Conquer Cancer also Teenage cyclist killed in Ride to Conquer Cancer not done yet Teen cyclist from Victoria killed in cancer ride mishap at Arlington, Wash. I had a link to this wreck for the Saturday post, but the picture of what was supposed to be the debris of the wreck was of a Suzuki sports bike, so I ignored the link. Turns out the picture was wrong. I don’t know why the rider fell off the bike, but there are wildly different stories that range from his getting buzzed in one link to crossing the road and hitting the weapon vehicle head on, and to be honest either or both of those stories could be true the buzz job could have caused the cyclist to cross the centerline trying to regain control over the bike. Without a reliable cause for the wreck I can’t say how to avoid, but getting the infrastructure right would have prevented this wreck.

Another sidewalk cyclist is killed this time in Oz. Schoolboy cyclist, 11, killed in morning crash in Nollamara apparently the driver was not paying any attention to the existence of the sidewalk or anyone on it. The only thing that could prevent a similar wreck would be smarter drivers paying attention as they cross sidewalks and bicycle paths. More Child on bike killed in Nollamara

Another wreck in Oz creates calls for tougher licensing standards. Husband of cyclist killed by epileptic nun calls for tougher licensing of older drivers

More CARnage from Oz. Cyclist fighting for life after crash Yet another hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid, get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A sort of infrastructure article from Oz. Surge in cyclists’ injuries, deaths on Adelaide roads The “safety in numbers” hypothesis rests upon the ability of licensed drivers to learn that cyclists are sharing the roads and that drivers need to be careful. There must be something in Oz that prevents this from taking place as drivers are increasingly at fault for an increasing number of wrecks.

Last link, one of the many advantages of riding over driving from Bikeyface. THE REAL WORLD Yes, there is a real world out there, and riding a bike puts you right in the middle of it.

And those are all the links that gave me fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus