I have been participating in the political process, and the Feed

I was attending a volunteer welcome and campaign HQ grand opening for the candidate in the next state rep district over from mine, the one that is actually inside Dallas County. The candidate is Victoria Neave (@Victoria4Texas on twitter). First thing I have to say is this was the BEST(!) feed for volunteers I have ever been to, with real food (MexMex) instead of rubber hot dogs and vulcanized hamburgers. I had a carnita, enchilada, taquito, spiced rice, and refrito frijoles, with a Dr. Pepper to help it down. Second the reason I’m supporting this candidate instead of the one running in my district is my district has gone tea party ever since the previous (R) candidate was sent to prison on fraud charges, and is so gerrymandered that it is more than a full day’s bike ride to get from my house to the eastern edge of the district wayyyyy out in the country and back. Parts of Paris TX are in the same representative’s district as me. And I have just about fuck all in common with the people in Paris, aside from Blue Bell Ice Cream and barbeque.

And as I was getting set up for today’s posting I put the 10 hour leekspin video on the phone for my monotonous background music, and in the suggested videos was the “Top 10 Movie Suicides”. That’s a ringing endorsement of my musical choice, isn’t it? 😛

Up first is a shooting in Houston. HPD: Bicyclist shot, killed while riding in N. Houston The victim was just in the area and caught by a stray bullet. There’s is literally nothing any cyclist can do to avoid a situation like this. Even moving to “the country” won’t prevent it because you still get meth heads fighting over cook labs and moonshiners fighting over turf. I understand this happens much less outside the US.

Ted is back from his mental hygiene break. Morning Links: Rough week for LA bike riders, Streetsie Award celebration, and more sexist bike marketing

Over in AZ lots of links about a hit-and-run. Gilbert police identify bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver and Update: Cyclist in Gilbert hit-and-run has died also Gilbert police identify bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver

Also in AZ. Survey finds support for reduced speed limits I find it fascinating that the number of people who want the speed limit reduced in front of their house is nearly identical to the number of people who want the speed limit reduced in other people’s neighborhoods, so this is definitely not a case of NIMBY.

Moving up to CO, update on the cyclist losing his arm in a training crash. Phil Zajicek, Boulder cyclist injured in Flagstaff crash, remains in medically induced coma

Also in CO. Teen who killed Fort Collins cyclist avoids jail time So instead of getting shredded in the car used to kill the cyclist, he gets to do “community service”, but at least this time his community service will be supervised by the peers of the cyclist who was killed. This was a driver who swerved right when he was trying to avoid a truck and trailer he almost hit because he was driving asleep, and there was a cyclist in the place he swerved into.

Also still in CO. Cyclist killed in crash ID’d The weapon vehicle was ID’ed as a private trash truck and found. They are still trying to find out who was driving the truck at the time.

Over in America’s Copenhagen… Suspect arrested after cyclist hit by truck, killed in SE Portland Gee this looks just like the article from Portland ME I linked to earlier. This was the wreck from Bike Portland. Arrest made in fatal crash on SE Center near Powell Butte – UPDATED

Speaking of cyclists getting shot. Plea deal results in 10-year sentence for bicyclist’s death The only thing that bothers me about this is this was another cyclist totally uninvolved with the shooting that killed him, so “accidentally” killed. The shooter was trying just as hard to kill this cyclist as the average driver does when they kill a cyclist, but the sentence was orders of magnitude longer for this death than it was for a cyclist killed with a motor vehicle that is a much more effective killing machine.

The cyclist hit from behind was guilty of his own death because “dark clothes”. No criminal charges to be filed in death of Phenix City cyclist Sean Rey

FloriDUH! Bell teen injured in bicycle accident I wonder who told LEO the cyclist turned left into the 1998 Mercury Marquis (deSade edition?), the driver of said Mercury? Have you read a more perfect SWSS report?

Meanwhile in the Great White North. ‘I just want justice’: grieving mother wants answers after death of cyclist Not even a trafficv ticket for at least 3 misdemeanors…

How long was this driver on the roads between the arrest and the conviction? HGV driver jailed after travelling on M11 and A14 in Cambridgeshire while three times drink limitHe said his client was the sole provider for his family who sent his wages home to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment and his daughters’ university education.” And I have a bridge I’m looking to unload, cheap, with a great view of London. This lout should never drive another mile for pay again. And I’m not really sure he should drive at all, period.

Maybe you should use a better wind screen on your lights? Candle-powered: the Dutch cyclist in trouble when the wind blew

This is another reason why cyclist should know advanced first aid. Cyclists save collapsed man’s life – with help of tyre lever I don’t know about using a tire lever for surgery, but it worked this time…

And this looks to be a great movie. Video: Battle Mountain – Graeme Obree’s Story One of the things this movie really brings out is the level of preparation and design work required to ride a bicycle more than 50 MPH on a level road powered only by human being(s).

A strange wreck in Oz. Cyclist critically injured after group crashes into kangaroo carcass Apparently this particular ‘roo blended in pretty well with the color of the road surface.

And last link, the buffoon who took money from the budget to build bike lanes to pull some out while smoking crack has died of cancer. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dies And I’m trying really hard not to do a Nelson on this one, but the trmptation is just so great. Seriously, I don’t see this as divine retribution from Lady Ghisallo, or any other deity.

And I’m done finally.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

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