OK, tomorrow is the Lab Rat Keeper, and the day after is the consult with the surgeon. There is no suspense about if I’m going to have surgery, only when. I will have a bit of time free tomorrow while I’m out on the road, and I’m contemplating getting a massage to release some of the tension I have been holding in. I haven’t had a massage in months, and you can pretty much tell by my gait and posture. I take my cane with me almost every time I leave the house now so I can try to straighten out and walk upright, but the lump on my neck has been making that difficult. Can’t walk upright when you can’t hold your head up. Anyway, moving on to things that are not me.
Up first is more about the possible murder of a cyclist in Oz. ‘He did not deserve this’: Family grieve cyclist killed in Anakie hit and run also Cyclists ‘stalked’ near Geelong, Victorian police say, as they investigate fatal hit-and-run So, there may be more than one driver targeting cyclists, or they may have caught the guy that did it and he still hasn’t cracked. I’m not sure which is worse.
It didn’t take long for a UK jury to convict and sentence a driver that claimed he thought he hit a garbage can when he hit-and-run a cyclist. Motorist Michael Rollason found guilty of causing cyclist’s death by dangerous driving and Motorist who killed cyclist in hit and run then claimed he hit wheelie bin jailed for seven years and Motorist who killed cyclist in hit and run then claimed he hit a wheelie bin jailed for seven years He got a “lifetime” ban, which in the UK means he can apply for a retest to get his license back 8 years after he gets completely clear of all his prison obligations. That means at least 15 years where we won’t have to worry about his being on the roads to kill another person. The hard part about the driving ban is while the penalty for driving while under the lifetime ban is severe, the likelihood of getting caught without another wreck is close to nil given the sad state of roads policing in the UK (and everywhere else for that matter).
The big US story continues to be the wreck that cost a cyclist’s leg in Portland. Update on SE Powell collision: Driver has 2 careless driving convictions and Mayor mentions protest and Protest on SE Powell slows traffic, draws big crowd also Anti-speeding bill nears vote in Salem as Powell Boulevard protests continue do’t forget this Community supports cyclist who lost leg in SE Portland crash and this Travel time and speed data shows impact of Powell protest last link Protesters call for safety improvements after cyclist seriously injured on SE Powell Boulevard This is as big a thing as I have ever seen coming out of America’s Amsterdam. I think the guy’s leg laying in the middle of the road was the final straw that broke the camel’s back, that and the number of people that saw that dismembered leg in the road. There comes a time when the limits of endurance are reached, then exceeded, and what will push people over the edge is impossible to predict.
From NYC, if you don’t like the way I drive, stay out of the bus shelter on the sidewalk? Cab Driver Crashes Into Midtown Bus Stop Shelter, One Injured So, what can you do to avoid something like this, other than stay the hell outta NYC?
Locally there will be a Bike to Work Day event nearby. BikeDFW and BFR Bike To Work Day Energizer Station – 2015 Because I don’t know what my status will be on Friday I won’t be working the Garland Station site this year. I hope somebody will…
And this makes me jealous about leaving Salt Lake City. 200 West to get bikeway in fall Sharp-eyed readers may recognize this from a link posted a couple of years ago about retrofitting in Dutch infrastructure in the US. That’s the exact same design fitted to the existing 200 West intersections.
Someone responds to an idiot in AZ. Letter, 5/11: Punish drivers, not cyclists
Still in AZ. Save a life: Share the road with cyclists Road, not lane.
Similar advice from PA with their laws. BIKE RIDING SAFETY LAWS FOR CYCLISTS AND DRIVERS I would like to see a change in laws that AFRAP is a law about which LANE to ride in, not which PART of the lane.
And one of the most obvious (to a cyclist) pieces I have ever linked to. When Bikes and Cars Collide, Cyclists Suffer Uh, duh? Person not surrounded by tons of armor more vulnerable than someone who is?
LEO ride to honor their fallen. Police Unity Tour
About the only thing I respect W for. 17 Servicemen and Women Bike 100K on President Bush’s Texas Ranch
And our first Ride of Silence link for the year. Silent rides to honor bicyclists who were injured or died in accidents
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