Out and back early today, and the Feed

I had a trip to my massage therapist today to work out some of the kinks and soreness of the last two days, and she commented that I felt dehydrated to her hands, so that was probably a big part of the soreness and lethargy I have been feeling. She gave me 2 20 oz. bottles of water and refilled the bottle on Blue so a total of 64 oz. of water for the trip back to the house. I managed to almost finish the big bottle on Blue on the way home by having a drink at every stop sign and red light, but I’m still a bit off my game…

Way down the road about 3 day’s ride from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell a cyclist can’t even go shopping without being in mortal peril. Bicyclist critically injured after being hit by SUV in Walmart parking lot I will say that it’s possible the cyclist did cut the driver off, but having been in Walmart parking lots I also know that people in TX treat parking lots a lot like they treat streets “I’m going to get there as fast as I can”.

Update on a SC bike wreck involving a DUI. Man Charged With DWI After Deadly Bike Stationed At Cherry Point That’s right, the killer was allowed to check himself out of the drunk tank and go home with nothing more than a promise to return for his court date, after killing a cyclist. The guy that killed a dog on the other hand is still in jail…

A really strange NC wreck. Cyclist begins road to recovery after being struck by tree Note that, the cyclist didn’t hit the tree, the tree hit the cyclist. Literally the tree hit the cyclist, as in fell in such a way that the cyclist was impacted… If you can figure out how a cyclist is supposed to dodge falling trees than you’re better at this than I am.

From CA a cyclist is hit by a delivery truck turning on to the street she was riding on. FedEx Truck Hits, Kills Female Bicyclist in Fullerton From the position of the bicycle after the wreck and accounting for some movement caused by the impact it appears the cyclist was hit inside her own lane of travel as the truck cut the corner, incidentally running the stop sign while the cyclist was riding a through street. More Bicyclist Killed After Collision With FedEx Truck In Fullerton also Fullerton bicyclist struck, killed by FedEx truck

Still in CA we have a cyclist suddenly deciding to cross a busy street mid-block in front of several witnesses and getting hit. Boy, 12, struck and killed on bike Since this account is based on several witness accounts including the cyclist’s riding companions I’ll accept it as true. IOW this is very much not a SWSS. Unfortunately the root cause of this wreck appears to be that the cyclist was a 12YO boy with poor impulse control…

A wreck in NM as a cyclist stops short and falls into oncoming traffic. Police investigate 3 overnight crashes From the Street View of the scene it looks like the intersection is light controlled with the initial report having the cyclist stopped behind the stop bar but then falling into the cross traffic for some reason. This report does not pass the smell test right now, there is information missing as to how the cyclist got all the way past the crosswalk and into the crossing traffic. There is also the issue of how and why she fell. Anyway, intersection wreck, intersection protocols to avoid or mitigate and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A wreck in MA. Bicyclist seriously injured in Hopkinton accident Not much in the original link but a comment from someone claiming to be a witness said the driver was exceeding the speed limit by a substantial margin based on the length of the skid marks left at the scene and that several other drivers had managed to pass the cyclist safely immediately prior to the wreck. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this was a hit-from-behind wreck and using the protocols would mitigate the effects of the wreck, and that getting the infrastructure right would prevent it. And try not to read too many of the early comments from stupid people. It reminds me of a “Sixth Sense” parody I saw many years ago: “I see stupid people, and most of them don’t even know they’re stupid.”

A cyclist outside NYC is seriously injured. Boy, 16, on Bike in Serious Condition After Colliding With Car on Long Island: Police Something is missing from this report as they say the cyclist hit the car, then they say the car is impounded for a safety check. The wreck was reported as being near an intersection and the narrative is consistent with a right hook as reported by someone that hates bikes. If that’s true (the right hook, not the “hates bikes”) then intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Something else that is glaringly absent is the nearly ubiquitous “no criminality suspected” quote.

A serious wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, nine years running. Bicyclist Injured After Collision With Car in Coral Springs There is nothing I can glean from this report that even gives me a glimmer as to what happened and how to not let it happen again.

A right-hook wreck in MS. Bicyclist runs into truck in Biloxi The usual idiot comments about riding on the sidewalk at the top of the queue. Use the intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right (in MS?) to prevent.

Hit-and-run in IL. Boy Riding Bike Seriously Injured In Aurora Hit-And-Run If I am reading this report correctly the driver targeted the victim including increasing speed when the victim was in front of her. Since this was an intersection wreck intersection protocols might be used to mitigate the results, but I don’t think even great bike infrastructure would have prevented this wreck if at-grade crossings were in use. That driver be crazy.

An OK cyclist is hit head-on. P.M. UPDATE: Boy injured while riding bike on highway in Tahlequah This is a strange report that admits the two vehicles were going in opposite directions but does not immediately blame he cyclist for riding salmon. Usually that’s the first thing in the report in wrecks like this. From the report either one is a likely candidate for wrong side of the road-ism, one a kid and the driver being 70. I don’t know how the cyclist could have avoided this wreck until I know which one was on the wrong side of the road, but I can say that infrastructure that gets the cyclist on a separated bike path (rural location) would have prevented the wreck no matter which one as at fault.

Here’s a listing and review of panniers that work with the battery racks on most e-assist bikes. Guide to Rear Rack Bags (Panniers) for Electric Bikes Some of the bags are not so good, but most will serve well for a long time.

And those are all the links that gave me fits (or not) today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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