Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

It’s raining here so I get some temporary allergy relief, and the Feed

Yay, the rain is washing the pollen out of the air and I can breathe again! I know that this is only a temporary situation but it sure is nice to be able to see and breathe again without sleep-inducing medication.

Up first a reported salmon cyclist is killed in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. FHP: Bicyclist struck, killed by SUV on Philips Highway Riding salmon is a big part of what went wrong here mainly because it drastically reduced the reaction time for both parties in this wreck. So don’t ride salmon, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right and “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Update on a NE fatal wreck. Elderly driver pleads guilty to motor vehicle homicide in crash that killed Nebraska cyclist You may notice I left a comment on this article a few months ago, because the URL to this wreck has stayed the same while the article has changed to reflect the new situations. The driver will now most likely get probation for the actions that led to killing this cyclist, and only a maximum of 2 years probation can be levied against her. TANJ!

A MS cyclist hits a patrol car and the driver doesn’t even know it? Cyclist injured after striking Hattiesburg patrol car Excuse me if I find this improbable. Not the cyclist looking down and not knowing the car was in front of him, the driver not knowing that an injury wreck had happened to his car. Anyway, this can be avoided by cyclists getting their bikes fitted so they can look at what’s in front of them when they are riding all the time instead of just during the periods they can endure holding their heads back that far. and prevented by getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”. More HPD probes incident between bicyclist, cruiser

A cyclist in GA is left-crossed. Cyclist injured in wreck on Turner McCall Cyclist seriously injured, driver not even given a ticket for a blatantly at-fault wreck. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And for [$DEITY] sake, issue tickets when a driver causes a wreck with injuries.

Wreck in DC shows drivers still don’t care. On Bike to School Day, car-bike wreck demonstrates risks of city biking Nothing on the mode, but it was a hit and run in an area of poor infrastructure, so prevention is well-understood. Well-understood by cyclists that is, LEO and Politicians not so much. Get the infrastructure up to Dutch and these things will stop happening.

More on that Upstate NY wreck with the salmon cyclist. Cortlandt Cyclist, 61, Hospitalized After Being Hit By SUV In Tarrytown Driver still not looking where he was going and cyclist still in the wrong location on the road.

Cyclist using a cell phone for something other than talking has a wreck in MA. Newton cyclist flown to Boston hospital They’re not saying what the cyclist was doing with his cell, just that he was looking not talking when he wrecked. Since so many smart phones have GPS and turn-by-turn navigation and some even have “bicycle modes” I’m taking a wild guess and saying he might have been using the phone to navigate. At any rate he hit hard enough to possibly fracture his skull and the impact was heard inside a nearby trailer park, so “don’t do that”. And a reminder that wayfinding without need for maps (or GPS) is a normal feature of bicycle infrastructure that is “up to Dutch”.

Why has it taken so long to “investigate” why a cyclist was hit from behind in a bike lane by a Sheriff’s Department cruiser? Cyclist death investigation slow in coming The tin-foil hat people are crawling out of the woodwork over this one. There is some suspicion cast on the “investigation” from people not afraid of black helicopters or the Illuminati because it’s not like this hasn’t taken 3 times as long to investigate as a wreck not involving a member of the 1% and LEO even when fault is so easy to determine (I mean come on, the cyclist was hit from behind in a bike lane where cars were not supposed to be driving!) Seriously, even for “plain folks”, this would have taken maybe a month to release the report and file charges.

Our Daily Ted reaches the same conclusion, whodathunkit? Morning Links: Still no end to Milton Olin investigation, US House committee goes after bike/ped funding

More on that cyclist injured in the Great White North, Cyclist seriously injured after crash near Shakespeare Nothing new here, just a different link to the same information.

Still nothing on the mode of this wreck from last week, but we know the victim’s name. RCMP identify cyclist killed on Jubilee

A wreck in Canuckistan with no mode given. Cyclist killed after collision near Brentwood Town Centre Since they aren’t blaming the cyclist right off the bat there is a very good chance the driver was at fault in this wreck, but I can’t say for sure until LEO releases more information.

Another link that came late from BikingInLA. An open letter to CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo on improving safety and livability on North Figueroa

And while I was posting this missive I had to grab the cat and hide in the bathroom while a tornado went by, fortunately without touching down near us. As I post this I don’t have any reports of damage aside from what appears to be a microburst over in Johnson County which is a ways away from The Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. There was a funnel spotted south of here, but it did not touch down. We dodged another one!

And those are all the links that gave me fits and giggles today, mostly fits again.

Billed @€0.02, Opus