Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

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I’m back to blogging from the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell again. Also known as I’m working from my home. We had another lovely bus ride, with a 2 hour delay less than 50 miles outside of Nashville for a wreck with serious injuries that had traffic completely stopped. Our bus had it lucky because we were behind the exit they were using as a detour to move traffic around the wreck on I40 westbound, the bus that left 2 minutes in front of us was 50 feet too far to get off where we did and spent another 2 1/2 hours waiting for the mess to be cleared out of the way, and hasn’t arrived in Dallas yet as I compose this. So remember, things can always be worse as long as you still draw breath. Isn’t that an encouraging thought? 😉

Up first is something that is becoming more and more common and something a cyclist can do nothing to avoid. Man Riding Bicycle Shot, Killed In North Philly Really without knowing where the crazies with the guns are waiting, how can you avoid getting shot?

Update on the CO cyclist killed riding a recumbent trike. Cyclist killed in crash worked on moon project What I thought was a RANS Stratus from the pictures yesterday I can now see the whole vehicle and see that it is a Sun X-3 delta trike, about 1/3 the size of a modern compact car. So still no excuse for running one over from behind. And when I tried to post that the trike being low was no excuse for running it over from behind while turning through the bike lane I found the comments for the article were closed.

A CA cyclist discovers that roads under construction are not the best places to ride when the construction site is active. Bakersfield man injured after riding in closed Westside Parkway area Simple enough to avoid, just don’t ride in a closed construction area, and if this construction left the cyclist land-locked then separate infrastructure to get cyclists around the construction to prevent.

More on the hit-and-run after the San Jose Bike Party. Driver Sought In Hit & Run That Injured 2 Cyclists In Campbell I have been hearing through back channels that the driver is facing 2 criminal charges in addition to the leaving the scene charge, assault with a deadly weapon for the cyclist that was not badly injured, and attempted murder for the cyclist that was severely injured and still in the hospital.

More on the IL cyclist hit from behind earlier this week. Bicyclist killed near Wallace This would normally be when I suggest riding further out into the lane to make yourself visible but the narrative as I post this has the cyclist hit just after the brow of a hill, AKA as the driver was going too fast to avoid the wreck and would have hit him no matter what his lane position.

An OH cyclist is killed in a hit-from-behind wreck. Port Clinton bicyclist killed when struck by car Hit from behind protocols apply in this wreck, but I’m not sure how much good they would have done. Infrastructure done right to prevent.

A PA cyclist is killed when a driver fails to remain on the road. Bicyclist fatally injured in Richmond Twp. The driver drifted off the road an into the back of the cyclist, so maybe hit-from-behind protocols would have avoided this wreck or made it survivable, but preventing the driver from running off the road and into the cyclist with infrastructure would be the preferred way to prevent this wreck. And they needed to test the driver for chemical impairment as well as possibly being asleep at the wheel, because that is what this wreck strongly suggests to me.

A wreck in Upstate NY has serious consequences for a cyclist. Auburn accident seriously injures boy on bicycle Well, somebody failed to yield at the light, not 100% sure it was the cyclist but given the age and gender it is somewhat likely. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or mitigate results, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A MA cyclist is left-crossed by a garbage truck. Injured Cyclist Transported to Mainland Hospital Following Collision With Truck Interesting how many people in the comments blamed the cyclist for not yielding to the truck that suddenly blocked the bike path. Intersection wreck, protocols to avoid and as this took place on segregated infrastructure education for drivers would be the best change that could be made to the infrastructure as drivers will have to cross segregated infrastructure at some point, and vice versa, so education all around to prevent.

A NJ cyclist is right-hooked. Man Injured When Car Strikes Bike Along Colonial Drive The driver should have seen the cyclist as he passed him on the approach to the intersection, but apparently didn’t. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A wreck in far West Canuckistan. Cyclist injured in crash Intersection wreck use the protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. If what I suspect happened did happen I don’t know what a cyclist could do to avoid the wreck, as the geometry of this wreck and the narrative suggest the cyclist entered the intersection just as the amber phase of the signal began (if you go to the Street View of the intersection the stop bar is about 20 feet behind the curb making the intersection effectively 2 lanes wider) and the driver wasn’t watching the road but rather the traffic signal and left with the green while the cyclist was still in the intersection.

A wreck on the same street as the previous paragraph’s report with a slightly better outcome. Injured cyclist urges caution Intersection wreck that human cyclists can do nothing about unless the driver stops at the road edge to take a look and allow those in the street to see what is about to happen. Infrastructure is equally helpless to prevent wrecks like this without the driver pausing before crossing the bicycle lane(s). Also the reflective vest is only effective when in the beam of a car’s headlights.

Lifestyle as the DA in San Francisco has a 100% conviction rate against cyclists that kill pedestrians vs the approximately 2% rate for drivers that kill. Family of bicyclist’s victim didn’t want jail time If you swapped “blacks” for “cyclists” and “whites” for “drivers” you would have a civil rights case that would have heads rolling six ways from Sunday. Not saying that cyclists are over-prosecuted, just that with numbers like that it just doesn’t pass the smell test.

And BikingInLA shows that LEOs ignorant of the law is not jut a TX phenomenon. Embarrassing video shows Sheriff’s deputy doesn’t know what a sharrow is or what it means

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus