Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

Really nasty weather again, and the Feed

The good thing is it’s warmer outside. It’s also much wetter with more wind and mud everywhere that isn’t covered in asphalt or concrete. And all that moisture in the air makes it feel even colder than it really is. Plus I really don’t like being wet unless I’m swimming or taking a bath or shower, and Mrs. the Poet says I take those too hot. I grew up around people who took very hot baths, plus a few Japanese folks who thought 105°F was just right for a cool off pool. This mess of wet and in the 40s just makes my everything hurt. Later in the day when things are above 60 it’s not so bad but still wet and cold. BLEAGH!!

Up first because of sheer stupidity, the driver that hit 3 kids walking on a sidewalk and pinned one to a building says the wreck was the kids’ fault, not his. Sidewalk-Jumping Driver Claims Children He Hurt Were “Reckless” I have been trying to think of what the kids did in this wreck to cause the SUV to jump the sidewalk and hit them and… I got nothing. The kids were exactly where they were supposed to be in the middle of the block walking on the sidewalk where the driver was not supposed to be. There wasn’t even a driveway next to the wreck site that the kids may have been crossing when they were hit, this guy just jumped the curb and pinned 2 kids to a building with a couple of tons of steel because he couldn’t drive.

A GA hit-and-run. Vehicle hits cyclist, then drives off Salmon cyclist is hit by a turning vehicle, one of the biggest reasons to not salmon. Intersection protocols and ride with the flow of traffic not against it to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. The narrative suggests the cyclist may have been riding on the sidewalk which makes this even more an infrastructure issue. Cyclists that are afraid to ride in the street need better infrastructure. And interestingly enough in spite of riding salmon being listed as a cause for the wreck there was still a person making a comment about cyclists should ride facing traffic.

A strange wreck in North Chuck. Bicycle rider killed after being struck by North Charleston fire truck Lights and siren but the bike was still there to get hit, did the fire truck try to squeeze by the cyclist? Too many questions, not enough answers.

A KS cyclist is hit from behind in a hit-and-run. Traffic crash in south Wichita kills bicyclist This one is straight-forward compared to the last two. Since there were two cyclists on the scene riding together and it wasn’t mentioned that either was riding ninja it can be safely assumed that both were lighted in excess of legal minimums. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure to Dutch standards to prevent.

Interesting how this SD assault with a deadly weapon against a cyclist is termed a “spat”. New video emerges in driver-cyclist spat When the driver “bumped” the cyclist this went from a “spat” to an assault with a deadly. I don’t know what to do when a driver acts like this and there’s no place to pull over safely.

More on that CA cyclist hit by a train. Metrolink train fatally strikes bicyclist who rode around gate Still don’t understand why people do this, and as a person in the comments section pointed out this is a 45 second delay at worst when dealing with a commuter train. Less than a minute and the cyclist would have been on his way.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike could get less dangerous. Drunk Drivers Could Lose Incentive To Flee Crash Scenes If this passes and gets signed the only incentive drivers will have to flee the scene is the high likelihood of not getting caught.

An Irish cyclist is killed, but the driver was uninjured, yay! Cyclist dies in hospital following collision with a car Been doing this blog since 2006 on various sites seen tens of thousands of bike wreck reports, and I can recall exactly 3 where the driver was hurt solely as a result of hitting the cyclist and 2 of those were fatal for the driver. All were high-speed collisions where the dead cyclist came through the windshield. This was nothing like that. The location of the wreck in a roundabout strongly indicates a failure to yield on the driver

When the cyclist you abuse in Oz is a cop the head cop for the state, things get done. Vic police chief abused while cycling I would like to think this will alter the driver’s future behavior, but I think it will just make him only abuse cyclists he knows are not cops.

A hit-and-run in Enn Zed with a difference. Hit-and-run cyclist ‘deplorable’ Yep, this is a case of cyclist-on-cyclist crime. Seriously people, don’t be like this. I’m reasonably sure my readers won’t act like this, but still…

Infrastructure! news from NE. Bike club, other groups protest proposal to ban cyclists from Bellevue Bridge The person proposing the ban objects to cyclists slowing drivers over the bridge because the drivers make unsafe passes. This is not a bicycle problem this is a driver problem.

Two looks at the same Infrastructure problem in CA. Letter:Making it better for bikes and Curious City: What goes ‘round I’ll let the articles speak for themselves.

Part of the problem with the issues listed in this article is that they are so rare. Are Crashes Involving Only Cyclists Accidents? Bike/car wrecks get almost no attention from LEO, bike/bike wrecks even less. Was this unavoidable?

Does the world really need a bike that buzzes the handlebars when you get close to an intersection? Smart bike pedals toward accident prevention

Like the concept of the go-anywhere fat-tire bike but find them a bit difficult to pedal? Guide to “Fat” Electric Bikes [VIDEOS] Add a little battery power to your legs.

And last link, the world’s first hot burrito vending machine is accessible by bike. Burrito Box: A hot and melty burrito from a gas station vending machine And thanks to Ted Rogers from BikingInLA for the link to the bike lane outside the store with the vending machine.

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus