Between all the running around I did and taking care of other things yesterday’s post actually came out early this morning, or waaaayyyyyyy late last night depending on how you look at it. Because I was just trying to get the post done I missed one of the important things I wanted to say, so I will say that now.
Yesterday we remembered the 12th year since the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, where just over 3000 people died from terrorist attacks. That is terrible and what I am about to say in no way is meant to diminish how wrong those deaths were, in any sense of the word. But every month for the last 12 years we have had the equivalent number of people killed on our roads
by with motor vehicles, that’s 144 9/11s for the math-impaired among my readers. One Hundred Forty Four Twin Tower collapses with nearly nothing done to stop them. That’s nearly a half-million people dead because we insist on treating driving as a right rather than a privilege, while treating the body count as just another cost of doing business. An average every year of 4000 of those dead were pedestrians, with a yearly average of about 650 cyclists, or more than 4500 people killed who were not in motor vehicles at the time of their demise by a motor vehicle (sometimes more than one, but that’s rare) for a total of more than 60,000 people killed outside of motor vehicles in the years since 9/11/2001, or about 20 Twin Towers. But because the vast majority of these people were killed in single or rarely double amounts, and the victims mostly the poor and the “eccentric”, the numbers have been “swept under the carpet” and for the most part ignored. Well, not by me and not by this blog.
A low-information wreck report from KS. Bicyclist injured in accident And other than the location and time the total information in the report is contained in the headline. The comments make me believe this was a hit-from-behind by a blind driver proceeding into space he could not see into. Protocols for all the good they can do (not much) to avoid or to mitigate the damage, and get the infrastructure right to prevent, including making driving while blind a criminal offense until segregated infrastructure can protect vulnerable users (and after as the act is incredibly dangerous and stupid).
Update on a wreck in IN. Goshen bicylist dies after collision with SUV last week Intersection wreck, protocols and infrastructure always apply.
Another cyclist is killed in a wreck in IL. Rockford Bicyclist Killed After Being Hit By Truck At this point all I know is hit-from-behind so use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and maybe infrastructure? The location Shows the cyclist was on a minor highway with 2 lanes in each direction so the driver should have been able to move over if he was paying attention to the road and not something inside his car or other than in front of the car. Late night so alcohol is suspected in both the “participants” in the wreck.
An unlikely but possible wreck in MO. Joplin teen on bicycle injured after police say he ran into a pickup truck As the link reads now it appears the cyclist deliberately rammed the other vehicle, I’m hoping that is just a matter of unfortunate writing.
A wreck in MI that is getting taken seriously because the boss was involved. Dundee Councilman Seriously Injured In Bicycle-Car Accident Wreck, not “accident”… 😛 Cyclist was riding in the crosswalk so protections for pedestrians apply including right-of-way, and it also appears the cyclist was crossing with the traffic signal in his favor. Nothing about if the weapon vehicle was making a right or a left turn. Intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
A wreck that leaves me staggered with the callousness of the outcome. Man drops off injured child after hit-and-run Run over a kid and leave him in an office? TANJ! The comments show that people in CO expect kids to be able to ride their bikes as transportation, not one person blamed the cyclist for being in the street when he was hit. Remember, every driveway and parking lot entrance is an intersection and intersection protocols will always apply. I don’t know that infrastructure would have helped much except to move the wreck to a different spot in the street.
Lifestyle and update on a CA wreck. Benefit barbecue planned for cyclist injured on Labor Day This is for the cyclist that wasn’t killed in the DUI homicide of a cyclist on Labor Day by the driver that plead guilty earlier this week.
Update on a wreck in far West Canuckistan. Cyclist critically injured in in Vancouver-to-Whistler race The victim is still in hospital, and as of this posting they still don’t know what caused the wreck or even how many were involved in that wreck.
Update on the wreck in Enn Zed that took out 5 riders at once. Injured girl cyclists keen to get back on bikes
Good news about Dale Stetina as he recovers from wrecking after getting run off the road by an SUV going the wrong way in his lane. Family describes recovery of injured cyclist Dale Stetina as an ’emotional roller coaster’ Go, Dale, go!
Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Cyclist’s death may prompt tougher hit-and-run laws There is a Petition to get more legislators on board with this law. Opponents say, “Any injury would result in someone going to prison for three years. I can tell you, there are a lot of cases where someone is charged with leaving the scene and a couple of days later, someone may claim they are injured. Now, someone is looking at three years if the state attorney up-files that charge. That’s a very slippery slope,” said Haenel. Actually if the driver stays at the scene then they don’t have to worry about going to prison, as FL LEO seldom find the driver at fault if they are sober and have a valid driver’s license…
Programming note, I am retiring the tag “Waste of Human Skin” from my active tag list, because too many people were qualified for it and I seemed to be using it in every post. So even if you don’t see the “waste of human skin” tag, you can rest assured there will be at least one story in every post that qualifies for that tag, outside of Sunday posts.
And those are all the bicycle links that gave me fits, my Facebook friends already know about the non-bicycle links.
Billed @€0.02, Opus