Daily Archives: December 28, 2015

The post-Christmas CARnage hasn’t shown up this year in the Feed

I can’t claim to be disappointed in the development, indeed just the opposite, but the complete absence of kids-on-new-bikes-getting-hit stories does bother me on another level. I haven’t seen the sales reports for this Xmas but I suspect that there were fewer bikes sold this year. Or the generally rotten weather we have had this year after Christmas has kept the kids off the roads on their new bikes. I like that idea a lot better than kids not getting new bikes to ride.

Up first is Ted taking a break and thanking his supporters. Merry Christmas. And thank you. That means no Daily Ted this week. And Happy New Year to you, Ted.

Staying in CA, we get another wreck in the SF area. Another Cyclist Killed In San Jose

From America’s most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike. Palmetto bicycle rider in critical condition after accident in Sarasota on Saturday I have a question, when does falling down become “overturned”?

From America’s Amsterdam even there they are having problems with “engineers” who don’t understand bicycle infrastructure. Despite objections, TriMet installs swing-gates at 11th Avenue rail crossing The claim is that automatic bike/ped gates would be vandalized where motor vehicle gates last for years. But as I said in the comments section I have an easily man-portable welding unit that could fuse the hinge on the gate in the open position permanently, such that the only way to make the gates swing again would be to cut the hinge off and replace it, in just a few minutes of late-night vandalism. And as I also pointed out I have a rock-solid alibi of being stuck here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell should that actually happen.

Also from Portland and also infrastructure-related. Metro edits ‘Bike There’ map after man’s death in bike lane gap Again the point is not that the map was not accurate, the point was that cyclists need a map to avoid deadly infrastructure that forces cyclists to merge into 60 MPH traffic without warning to either cyclists or drivers, with the secondary point that there was deadly infrastructure that bicycles needed to avoid in the first place.

Bikes are good for the economy even in red states like WI. BICYCLING IS MOVING WISCONSIN FORWARD Billions of $ in revenues from bicycle sales and manufacturing, billions more in savings on health costs, all in a state that doesn’t “believe” in the environmental benefits of bicycles, but apparently can believe in the $ coming in.

Over in Jolly Olde a man saved his life with cycling. Cyclist puts type 2 diabetes into reverse following 7 stone weight loss For those who aren’t familiar with medieval English weights, 7 stone is 98 pounds. Or a useful amount of weight loss.

Still in the UK a cyclist gets hit trying to cross a railroad crossing. Cyclist injured in crash with van at Wool level crossing This is a location that presents a worst case scenario of having to have eyes in the back of your head while you watch to make sure you don’t get stuck or slide on the rails. Realistically you don’t have the ability to watch for impatient drivers and watch your tires so you don’t fall at the same time, leaving waiting until overtaking traffic is gone, risking falling, or risking getting hit as your alternatives, none of which are palatable.

Supposedly this deadly crash in Enn Zed did not involve a motor vehicle. Cyclist injured in Christmas Day fall dies I’m still unconvinced the severity of the injuries could be caused by anything except impact with a motor vehicle except in the most ridiculous circumstances.

Last link, do you feel a need to ride more? 40 Reasons to Ride More in 2016

And this was the thing I got for Christmas that I’m most proud of.

And I’m out of links and I can’t find any more.

Billed @$0.02, Opus