Slight exaggeration in the headline, the cat is safely ensconced inside Casa de El Poeta riding out the high winds. The chairs on the back porch are somewhere down the block, or maybe in the next county. According to Weather Bug we have a steady wind of 15-20 MPH and the highest gust in the last 24 hours was 40 MPH sometime between 8 and 9 AM. The temperature is nice, about 45 or so and climbing. I’m not looking forward to grocery shopping this afternoon because of the wind. If one of those 40 MPH gusts hits while I’m rolling the shopping cart to the car we could see the groceries taking a trip without us.
This link has only slight significance for cyclists, but for the Significant Other of a cyclist this could be critical information. Pizza Perfume Is Here To Seduce That Mutant Turtle Jailbait You Long For For those who don’t understand the headline, the Mutant Turtles of the comic book, TV show, movie, and video game are teenage, therefore underage, therefore jailbait. Also they really, really liked pizza. I didn’t think it was very funny either. Cyclists like pizza (or just about anything that could be considered food and available in large quantities) so smelling like dinner could get your cyclist SO “in the mood”. Or it could put you on the menu as the entre. You might want to save the pizza perfume for the night before the double metric century ride rather than after.
Up first is a drunk cyclist running into a pole (bollard?) in the bike lane. UPDATED: Man injured in bicycle crash in critical condition If I’m reading correctly the cyclist either did not have any headlight or the headlight in use was strictly a “Seen By” rather than a “See By” light. This did not help matters any towards avoiding the pole. The description of the object did not jibe with the location of the object, why would there be a “fence post” in the shoulder of the road? Also, drunk. To avoid, don’t drink and ride, and use a bright headlight on the front of your bike to go with the bright pair of taillights on the back. Pair? Yes, one steady and one blinking and preferably stacked one above the other to avoid the appearance of a blinking turn signal. As far as infrastructure is concerned for this wreck I’m still of the opinion that a “fence post” should have been much further back from the road than the shoulder…
An OH killer driver throws the Universal Get Out Of Jail Free card and is absolved of running over a cyclist riding in front of her. Central Ohio woman acquitted in death of drunken bicycle rider in rear-end crash and Judge acquits driver in bicyclist’s death on East Side The cyclist did himself no favors by riding drunk, but still driving at a speed where you cannot avoid other vehicles on the road in front of you, lighted or not, places a driver at blame for a wreck. TANJ!
I don’t see how this driver can avoid being found guilty as he was already found guilty of the violation that caused the wreck. Dump truck driver due back in court in death of cyclist Left cross wreck, intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and infrastructure to prevent.
A FL wreck is paywalled so I can’t tell you how to avoid or prevent the wreck. Bicyclist severely injured Wednesday in crash on Crayton Road I know it was a group ride and the victim was hit by a pickup truck, which implies there may have been some degree of aggression by the driver, but honestly I don’t know anything.
Moving on to Jolly Olde, a driver is found guilty of running over and crushing a cyclist and gets… a minor fine. Driver fined after collision with ‘Boris Bike’ cyclist The driver was fined a total of £620 for multiple offenses or $1022 US, and £200 of that was for having a defective vehicle.
And you might want to be extra careful around pedestrians on your bike in Japan. Court awards ¥47 million to family of fatal bicycling accident victim That’s about $458,000 in US money. And the cyclist is currently on probation for the criminal charges in the wreck.
Infrastructure! news from DC. BIKE EQUITY BILL INTRODUCED Since bike infrastructure projects are so cost-efficient they have a problem of not being “big enough” to qualify for Federal funding where a motor-vehicle-centric project of the same impact would. With the previous floor for this funding source being $50 Million and few projects even topping $5 Million well you can see the problem.
Moving on to OR we get this infrastructure news. Bike Lanes and Their Transformative Potential It is a known fact that making an area attractive to cyclists results in a gain to the bottom line as cyclists are a reliable source of return customers who buy smaller quantities but come back more often to spend more money than drivers do. My personal hypothesis on this is that since cyclist have an extra $10K/year for each car they replace with a bicycle they can spend more money locally.
Lots of infrastructure news from CA. First is from BikingInLA. City Council PLUM committee punts on My Figueroa; major sub-human scum steal an autistic girl’s e-bike
And more from CA. Sorry, L.A. Times, Bikes Are Not to Blame for Santa Monica Traffic
An “Are you kidding me?” moment from Jolly Olde. Pulling ad for showing cyclist without a helmet is daft
Even “advanced” countries sometimes drop the infrastructure ball. Trying to Take the Bicycle Seriously. Ish.
Last link, is this work meaningful? The #1 Feature of a Meaningless Job I have my opinion, but I would be interested in reading yours.
And those were all the links I found “interesting” today.
Billed @€0.02, Opus
I need to take a break from reading webcomics, and the Feed
Getting a late start on this one because I started an archive binge over on Questionable Content last night that only ended when my face met the keyboard. I really needed that chuckle break badly, not just because of the bike links I have been reading, but because I don’t just read the bike links, I read entire online newspapers full of terrible things I can’t do anything about. Check that I can do something about them and it’s stuff I have been trained to do, but blowing things up isn’t legal outside of a declared war zone (and to be perfectly honest wasn’t entirely legal when and where I was doing it on the government’s dime). So you see the need for “outlets” that allow excess violence to be safely drained away. Seriously it’s either funny pages or the funny farm or worse. Laughing at drawings is much better.
A non-paywalled link to the cyclist hit by a truck on a group ride in FL is worse and weirder than I expected. SWFL bicyclist seriously injured after hit by a truck This was a buzz job from the opposite side of the street, and they don’t even give the driver a ticket for violating the 3-foot passing law? OK not a wreck the cyclist can avoid, and what is needed to prevent a similar wreck is LEO doing their (expletive, deleted) JOBS! This was a deliberate assault on the cyclist with a deadly weapon and “(p)olice cited the driver for improper passing“. Links like this are a big part of the reason I did the all-night webcomic archive binge.
A DE hit-and-run becomes a fatal hit-and-run 3 months after the fact. Cyclist injured in October Del. crash has died Apparently the truck was running a red light because the next hit was a vehicle going the same direction as the cyclist. This vehicle returned to the scene as soon as it could get turned around. No way to avoid this wreck by normal human cyclists, and changing the infrastructure won’t work since the driver ignored the built infrastructure.
One state over from the previous paragraph a cyclist is blamed for getting in a wreck while using a bike path as it was intended and signed to be used (no I am NOT fooling with you). Defying Evidence, Baltimore PD Wrongly Fault Bicyclist in Collision This was a terrible intersection design, but the cyclist was riding where the signs directed him to ride. In every instance I can think of official signage directing traffic movements overrides traffic laws to the contrary.
A cyclist speaks out against the assault of a cyclist in TN. Jacobi : Cycling is important to Chattanooga’s future
How to escape a dysfunctional relationship with a bicycle. I Love Bikes
What looked like a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run turns out to be a staged crime scene to disguise a murder. Manhunt launched after ‘murder’ at Cornish tin mine Apparently the killer changed the victim’s clothing after death. LEO became suspicious when none of the victim’s bikes was missing.
Also in the UK an all-driver jury led by a driver judge finds a driver not-guilty of running a cyclist over from behind. Minibus driver found not guilty after death crash and Minibus driver cleared of killing cyclist Actually I’m quoting from one of the comments in the second link.
My daily link to BikingInLA. It’s getting scary out there — dogs attack Pasadena bike rider; driver flees police with bike dangling from car Yep, I just decided that instead of picking through the article for links I should just link the whole article and let you pick the links. Some links are duplicated because they are in the Feed from other sources.
Last link is from BikeyFace. FINDING MY VOICE Sometimes here in TX after a couple of miles in the heat the best you can do is a squeak, I’m strongly considering an Air Zound horn for the bike I ride everyday, after I build it of course.
And those were all the links about bicycles that gave me fits. If I didn’t limit myself to links about bicycles the blog post would never get done and would be gigabytes long.
Billed @€0.02, Opus
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