Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

“Another day older and deeper in debt”, and the Feed

I forgot who wrote that line in “16 Tons”, but it certainly applies today as I spend money to satisfy a city that thinks their esthetics are superior to mine for my property. I just had the fence removed because the city here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell decided they didn’t like the way it looked, which has the side effect of also destroying our grape vine. Granted we never got many grapes before the birds got them all (or as in this summer we never had any grow), but now we won’t get any, ever.

A horrific wreck in NH. Two cyclists killed in annual group bike ride in New Hampshire and Two die during bike ride also Bay State cyclists killed on N.H. ride this, too Essex cyclist among injured in N.H. crash not done yet Two local women killed in bike ride Head on into a group of cyclists and then off the road, driver was either drunk or on the phone if it wasn’t deliberate. No way to avoid and I doubt that anything short of a barrier protected bike path would have prevented this wreck, and given the collateral physical damage I doubt even that would help.

A wreck in MD. Sunday Update: Bicyclist Killed on Quaker Neck Road Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages. Looking at the Street View of the closest intersection the sight lines were pretty good for the driver to see a cyclist even at that time of night assuming legal lighting on the part of the cyclist if they were any distance away from that intersection. However if the cyclist was hit close to that intersection then the driver would have had fractions of a second to see and react to the cyclist. I have no idea what the Dutch model for infrastructure would be for that isolated hamlet.

An eyewitness report on that double homicide by motor vehicle in NC. Des Ark, late Thursday The riders both had blinking lights and reflective vests on at the time of the wreck. More Man killed, woman injured while riding bicycles on Thursday night and 2nd Bicyclist Injured In Chapel Hill Hit-And-Run Dies

Another cyclist is injured in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. Charity bike rider from Annapolis injured in Florida crash Buzz job with lots of witnesses. I hope they catch and crucify the driver who violated the FL 3 foot passing law.

Update on an OH wreck. Leads sought in hit-skip that killed high school coach About all they know about the weapon vehicle is it was a dark grey, and it’s missing chunks from the front end.

A SWSS in OH. Teen Hit by Truck While Riding Bicycle Hit-from-behind wreck, protocols to avoid, get the infrastructure right to prevent.

A MN cyclist is hit. Boy struck while riding bike across street SWCC wreck, intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. The location is a quiet residential area which should have low (15 MPH) speed limits and there was a kids’ playground in the park on the corner. I place at least 50% of the blame for this wreck on the infrastructure.

A left-crossed cyclist dies in UT not far from where I lived. SANDY POLICE RELEASE NAME OF BICYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH I used to ride on that street back in the early ’70s. It wasn’t bad back then, a quiet 2 lane in an almost-rural setting. Now it’s this nightmare for cyclists . Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. More Man killed after bicycle collides with van The wreckage showed the remains of the headlight in little pieces near the broken frame of the bike, indicating the cyclist was both lighted and moving out at the time of impact. And I was under the impression that getting hit while making a left turn was always the fault of the turning vehicle for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

Update on a KS wreck. Charges won’t be filed in fatal bike-truck collision at South Lawrence Trafficway

A fatal wreck in CA takes the life of a young cyclist. Byron: Boy, 12, fatally hit by SUV in front of school The cyclist was right-crossed entering the school by a driver leaving the school looking only at motor vehicle traffic. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent. Part of that infrastructure needs to be a ban on motor vehicles within 1000 feet of the school during the entrance and dismissal times of the day.

I initially read the location as “nerd avenue” for this CA wreck. Bicyclist in critical condition following Nord Avenue hit-and-run Hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid, but as this wreck was in the bike lane that doesn’t leave many options for avoiding the wreck. Get the infrastructure right including keeping drunk drivers off the roads to prevent.

If only we could get this kind of prosecution against drivers in the US… Norwegian pavement cyclist faces jail for killing another pavement rider UK link, “pavement” is British English for a sidewalk.

A blind driver kills a little boy riding with his family in Oz. Young boy on bike killed by truck The driver saw the rider at the back of the group but the front of the group was already in his blind spot and he just barged right in to make his turn in front of the cyclist he saw. Intersection wreck that would be the equivalent of a right cross for countries that drive on the right side of the road, but intersection protocols would have been useless here as the cyclist was already in front of the weapon vehicle and unable to avoid the wreck. Infrastructure might have been able to prevent a wreck like this if turns on red are made illegal to go with it. Also Boy killed while riding bike (00:25)

DIY Infrastructure! from the site of a near deadly wreck with massive collateral damages in NYC. Unauthorized Bike Lanes Created in Midtown

Infrastructure from CA. Cal Poly Pomona moves to restrict on-campus traffic

Infrastructure news from the UK, where it is legal to sue local government for harm caused by faulty infrastructure. Undisclosed Damages Awarded To Cyclist Injured By Oldham Potholes Cyclist dodged one pothole only to be taken out by the one behind it.

Lifestyle from CA. Barbecue fundraiser Sunday for injured cyclist I hope the collection was good. The victim will need the money.

Lifestyle from SC. Cyclists remember those killed and promote safety at first “Respect Ride”

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus