Bonjour to my Francophone readers as we celebrate the destruction of the prison at the Bastille. I look forward to “celebrating” re-enacting the “fun” parts of the French Revolution, the parts where they round up the nobles who have been living off the labors of the peasants while the peasants starved and “feeding” them to Mdme. Guillotine. We have a similar situation in the US brewing, and I make artisanal bicycle-drawn tumbrels with erratic shaking rhythms to make that final ride as uncomfortable and undignified as possible. Combine that with officiating gay marriages and I’ll have pretty stable streams of income 😀 Or just have a baguette and strong coffee.
The Big Story today is the NYC cyclist hit by a driver having a seizure. Cyclist Killed, 6 Hurt in Crash Near Barclays Center: FDNY and Cyclist Killed in Gruesome, Bike-Shattering Accident Outside Barclays also Bicyclist killed in three-car collision in Brooklyn, NYPD says and tangentially Brooklyn BP Bikes Down “Hairy” Flatbush Ave Following Cyclist Death This is the kind of thing that can’t be controlled by anything short of a jersey barrier between the bike lanes and he motor vehicle lanes. But definitely the infrastructure needs some improvement on those streets. A curb or parking protected cycle track would be a good start. Actually I think some jersey barriers and tire shredders on the edges of the lanes might keep the NYPD from parking in them.
And Part Two. Breaking News: 58-year old bike rider killed in Garden Grove, reportedly ran red light Again they assume red light running based on the driver’s report.
Remember the guy who went down after hitting alligator guts from a previously dead gator? Cyclist felled by alligator carcass: ‘I have no memory at all of what happened’ Yep, this is familiar.
A Windy City cyclist sues the driver who nearly killed her. Cyclist sues motorist she accuses of injuring her in car crash Just a note, the cyclist is not accusing anyone, that has already been determined in criminal proceedings.
NOLA PD has the suspected perp of killing a cyclist and leaving the scene in custody. Manslaughter arrest made in cyclist Ben Gregory’s hit-and-run death I hope they find a very large book to throw at him… Previous posts cover what I think of hit-and-run drivers.
This is something there is nothing you can do about as a cyclist. Erie Police: 14-Year Old Killed Teen For Bicycle Seriously, what can you do about a 14 YO with a gun except keep riding?
And I guess this link is supposed to be funny if you live in Oz. James Hird has been injured in a road accident while riding his bicycle home From the comments, he was eqully loved and reviled.
Last link, have you heard of he latest weight loss plan? Have You Heard About That Awesome New Bike-Share Diet? It works, but it might cost you a lot in the long run.
And I’m outta links and there is a ShadowRun game getting started in the living room.
Billed @€0.02, Opus the (not) French Poet