A quiet day so far, and the Feed

Now that the primary runoff elections are over it’s almost like we don’t have a land line any more. I think the phone rang once all morning, from someone asking for a clothing donation. I just hope someone managed to get a recording of all the ads about the Lt. Governor candidate run by the guy that lost, because I’m pretty sure those will work better with the electorate at large than they did with the whack-a-doodles from the Tea Party. I seriously wonder about the rest of the state’s voters, the guy that won the primary for Governor brings an admitted pedophile to endorse him at rallies and calls his opponent “Abortion Barbie” and pays for very offensive posters to be placed, and one candidate says Obama thinks he’s Gawd. I mean the Democrats aren’t doing all that great either aside from the two women running at the top of the ticket, but compared to the GOTP ticket it looks like a Mensa convention. I’m embarrassed for my state.

Speaking of being embarrassed for my state, about a half day ride to the west road conditions and a hit-and-run driver take out two participants in a charity ride. Injured cyclists will make full recoveries One injured when he slid in oil (?!) and the other hit-and-run assault with a pickup truck that hit him from behind. Protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Education as well as physical infrastructure needs drastic updating.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle, update on another fatality. 82-year-old cyclist struck, killed Now that I can see better where the wreck happened and more importantly see the weapon vehicle and bicycle damages, the cyclist almost made it across the street when he was hit from the side at a speed that looks to be close to the posted speed limit. I still say that poor infrastructure is a major cause for this wreck but intersection protocols until they get the infrastructure fixed.

More on the gigantic F.U. from NY state to cyclists (and pretty much everybody else). Unlicensed Driver Faces Wrist Slap After Killing Queens Cyclist William Faison Yep, killing a cyclist while driving unlicensed is just “collateral damages” from an automobile-centric transportation policy.

Moving west to CA we get a cyclist hit from behind by a blind driver. Visalia bicyclist dies after collision with car and Visalia bicyclist fatally struck by car near Ivanhoe Seriously this guy needs to permanently lose his license if he’s that blind that he can’t see an adult human being directly in front of his vehicle. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Still in CA we get another hit-from-behind wreck with a survivor this time. Jail worker injured in Saugus bike-car collision The good thing about the article is that all the comments blamed either the driver or the infrastructure as the cause of the wreck. Nobody blamed the cyclist for getting hit from behind. Once again I’m gonna say protocols to deal with the built environment until they get that infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

Still in CA Ted Rogers reports on another elderly cyclist killed apparently by bad infrastructure. 80-year old Long Beach bike rider killed in collision with medical van and Bicyclist killed in Long Beach collision There are two theories on this one that I will present without comment. The one proffered by LEO is that an 80 YO cyclist riding on the sidewalk just “didn’t stop” at the intersection and went blindly into traffic without checking the traffic signal, the one offered by cyclists that use that intersection is that the light phases for the cross street did not allow enough time for the cyclist to clear the intersection before it changed to green for the weapon vehicle, and the operator failed to see the cyclist legally completing the crossing until too late to avoid impact. I’m going to say intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

On the other side of the country again as we nearly lose another one to a hit-from-behind hit-and-run. Cyclist injured in hit-and-run crash in Rehoboth Driver drifts to the shoulder and hits the cyclist from behind, it looks like the cyclist will survive. Infrastructure to the Dutch CROW standard is the only thing that can prevent a wreck like this.

Hit and run in the Great White North. Cyclist injured in North York hit-and-run The wreck looks to be another hit-from-behind wreck on a street with little access for bicycles. Protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Infrastructure! news from Jolly Olde as the number one factor in bicycle fatalities is confronted in the city of London. As Operation Safeway Bites Road Haulage and Freight Groups Should Welcome Cyclist Safety Campaigns and Boris announces indefinite Police road-side operations in bid to cut bike deaths Two thirds of fatal bike wrecks in London involve an HGV or LGV, mostly in left turns across the blind side of the vehicle (the driver sits to the right in the UK making the left side the blind side). The two classes of trucks combine for about 12% of the traffic in the city, making them far over-represented in fatal bicycle wrecks.

Legal and moral infrastructure from the Great White North. Opinion: We are all part of the traffic mix (II) The bit about the driver berating the cyclist for riding in the bike lane after he had just presented the injured cyclist with the door prize? Yeah, me too.

Our daily Ted, part 2. Morning Links: A massive list of post-holiday bike news; San Marion dreads outsiders on bikes

E-assist via DIY. Want an e-bike? Build your own! I’m a big fan of DIY, in fact all of my e-assist bikes have been beyond simple DIY projects, they were closer to research programs than DIY stuff.

Another take on that Bike League report. Here’s how and where you’re most likely to die on a bike

And those are all the links that gave me fits or giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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