Join me in welcoming infrastructure news magazine Next City to the Feed today. I got several “back issues” sent when I signed up so there will be many links from them in today’s post. I think this will be a good resource for the future for this blog. On a less happy note the spring equinox ritual for tomorrow afternoon at my church has been rescheduled because of forecast bad weather.
Up first Friend of WoaB Carlton Reid has another article on the fact that paved roads in the US and UK owe their existence to cyclists. “Roads were not built for cars”: how cyclists, not drivers, first fought to pave US roads That’s right, we paid for the first paved streets and highways between cities to get paved, not the motor vehicles that did not exist at the time. I know that, you probably knew that, too, we just have to get the news to about 100 million other people in the US who still think roads did not exist prior to the invention of the motor vehicle.
News from Our Daily Ted. Weekend Links: Witnesses wanted in El Segundo death, Westwood votes for bike lanes, and more Valley CicLAvia
And Bikeyface has got this infrastructure thing nailed down. A ZOO That’s kinda what I feel like out there on the roads some days.
And David Hembrow weighs in on the Sydney Rd. door prize in Oz, placing the blame squarely on crappy Oz infrastructure designs. Eliminating the risk of “Dooring”: Good cycle infrastructure design keeps cyclists out of the door zone and saves lives
Making a coroplast honeycomb material may be the next phase of bicycle helmets. The New Materials That Are Revolutionizing Helmet Safety Right Now More expensive than the current EPS material that is standard for bike helmets, but potentially this could make helmets work almost as well as people think they do now.
The first of the Next City links is about the best bike lanes in the US. Cycling Advocates Pick 10 Best New Bike Lanes in the U.S. The “Best” bike lane in the US would still fail to meet the minimum standards set forth in the CROW manual.
Memphis is feeling the loss of their streetcar revival. Memphis Streetcars Will Come Back, But When? And if you are wondering what this has to do with bikes, the increase in cars caused by the shutdown of the streetcars makes use of the parallel bike lane just that much more dangerous…
Does anyone recall how many times I wrote in this blog that stale greens and short amber phases were getting cyclists killed? Investigation Says Mayor Emanuel’s Office Is Ignoring Traffic Safety Numbers Seems like some other people had the same idea…
Surface level highways without grade separation do not belong in neighborhoods, period, full stop, end of story. Vision Zero Activists Target New York Arterials, Including “The Boulevard of Death” You can’t mix fast cars with cyclists and pedestrians without getting dead and broken bodies, they just are not compatible. And if you can’t get the cars away from the people, you have to slow them down to the point that they can mix with people. Recent studies have shown that the maximum safe speed for motor vehicles on streets with pedestrians is 25 MPH. Any faster than that and the survival rate for the inevitable collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists just get’s unacceptably low. I mean people are rightfully appalled at a 91% survival rate for gunshots when motor vehicle collisions survivability rate goes under that at 23 MPH (90%).
Gee, why encourage people to make your downtown a desirable destination when you can turn it into a free parking wasteland. Parking Wars Play Out Differently in Two N.J. Cities One way gets sales and property tax money back to the city and the other lets car thieves have a choice of an open-air or covered market to select a vehicle from, assuming that anyone actually uses them for parking, because why stop and park when there’s nothing to see or do?
I wonder if this is because they don’t like bikes, or because they don’t like people spending money and generating sales tax dollars? Utah Appears Set to Ban Bicycles From Drive-Thru Lanes
Well this is interesting, a deputy threatening arrest for trespassing for riding a mountain bike on a posted mountain bike trail. Dust up over trail access in Oro Valley’s Honeybee trails
Gee, how DO you get people to ride bikes other than providing them with safe infrastructure that gets them from where they are to where they want or need to go? Four Ways to Inspire Bike Riders in Your Small Community
OK this is just as appalling as people getting shot. Mansfield Woodhouse car crash man walked away after injuring a cyclist He wrecked his car hitting parked cars and knocked a man down causing some injury when he pushed one of the parked cars into the man’s bicycle, then he wandered off because he “lost his passenger”? what was he on at the time? drugs, booze, massive amounts of beer?
Gee, why are huge vehicles with poor outward visibility that take up massive amounts of space when they turn killing people with no protection when they are forced to share the roads? TRL to study London’s HGV operations
Before and after court articles from the same Feed. Before New Milford man to be sentenced in cyclist death and after Lee gets eight years in cyclist’s death That’s 30 years of state supervision in all, with the first 8 in prison of he doesn’t mess things up, otherwise he gets to spend the full 25 in prison, then the 5 years of probation.
OK I an absolutely gobsmacked at this verdict. Van driver cleared of killing teenage cyclist in Kent also Texting van driver cleared of responsibility for death of 18-year-old cyclist He admitted he was trying to text but ran out of battery before he completed the text right before hitting the cyclist, and he was still found “not guilty”? And another view. SOMETHING’S NOT QUITE RIGHT HERE A detailed review of the wreck taken from the published testimony and court record.
At least there was a trial for that one even if the jury was composed of wannabe F1 drivers… One year on, ‘justice’ plea for cyclist dad who died in collision with car That’s right the plods won’t even send the case on to prosecutors.
This Irish cyclist may have missed seeing a pothole at night, but she didn’t miss the pothole! Pothole leaves cyclist with head injuries Interesting that the pothole was filled after the time of the wreck and before the cyclist was released from the hospital. 😛
No rush at all to build this memorial to a dead cyclist killed riding to ball practice, he died in 1983. Board OKs Stoughton pavilion for youngster killed riding bike That’s right he was killed by a motor vehicle while riding his bike July 21, 1983! Almost 32 years ago!
A LEO in AK wants to see how big a difference bike lights really make in drivers seeing cyclists do they really pay that much attention? JPD starts bike safety project
It turns out it is very hard to get people to change their commute once they have a set pattern they follow. The Problem With Paying People to Bike to Work Even when you pay people to bike, if they have already established the pattern of driving to work they will probably continue to drive unless besides paying to ride you also do something that strongly disincentives driving at the same time, like charging hourly rates for parking or putting in meters that need to be fed coins regularly.
This link is a bit out of position because it came in after midnight and I was not in the mood to scroll back up 1200 words and put it over by the rest of the CA stuff. YUCAIPA: Driver jailed in cyclist’s death That is one of if not THE harshest sentence I have ever seen anyone get for killing a cyclist, that I can remember. And they did not even have to prove BAC%. I have seen cyclist killer drivers with proven BAC% in the “you’re gonna die” range get lower maximum sentences than this guy’s minimum sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
And I’m done, no more links and I don’ wanna do this anymore today. 😦
Billed @€0.03, Opus the Poet
Between errands and meetings, the Feed
I just got home from Qigong class and Quill Questers meeting, and in a few hours I need to go take a class on using and maintaining the Nook for Mrs. the Poet, because while it was bought for her, I’m the one that’s going to get to do all the downloading and other maintenance on it. After that we have the regular game for the RPG group, where my warlock is now up to 3rd level and finally starting to kick some butt.
Up first is an important helmet recall, as there are a bunch of Chinese helmets that don’t even meet the pathetic CPSC standards. Product recall: Bicycle helmets Check to make sure your helmet or your kids’ helmets aren’t part of this recall because these are really, really, ineffective helmets.
Our first wreck links today are 2 links from the Great White North. This is their slow period for cycling, what with the roads being covered in snow and ice (not impossible to ride in but experience and special equipment are needed to do so safely). The first of those links is a report on a man who downed 4 oz. of straight rum and then went driving and hit a cyclist back in 2008 finally getting sentenced for the crime. Impaired driver gets 2 years for injuring cyclist The cyclist is deaf and vision impaired and has been unable to work since the wreck, basically making him retired prematurely (boy do I know how that feels) and because of Canada’s social safety networks will not be uncomfortable, but he would really rather be working and doing the things he used to love, like riding his bike.
Second link is to the second trial to sentence the guy that ran over 5 cyclists riding in the bike lane back in 2009 (AKA the Kanata 5). Crown wants 4-year sentence for driver All of the victims have had diminished quality of life since the wreck, with one having to use a walker to get around and an eyepatch to combat his double vision when he reads. Fortunately for the guilty driver, I am not on the jury that decides his sentence, because I would stick his butt in prison until all of his victims recover from their injuries.
Timeline of a hit-and-run bike wreck in L.A. CA. Scanner Report: Hit-and-Run Incident Reveals Personal Angle [PHOTOS] This was an article Joe Friday would have loved, as it was “just the facts” as they appeared on the street.
As 2012 starts there was a wreck in TX out in the Panhandle (which is about as close to WoaB World HQ as Memphis is). Cycle fatalities uncommon, officials say If you look at the crime scene pictures they have a thin strip of good, non-chip sealed pavement where the bikes were hit as a “bike accommodation” with gnarly, “babyhead” chip seal on either side, plus another lane that cars can use to pass (one way on either side of the freeway) and this was a hit-from-behind wreck. LEO is excusing the driver by claiming the sun was in his eyes.
Another wreck in TX, a solo crash in Ft. Worth. Cardiologist killed in bike crash left a worldwide legacy The coroner’s report indicates the cyclist died of a broken neck sustained in a solo wreck. There is no safety equipment in the world you can wear riding a bicycle that will prevent this kind of injury. There are such devices for motorcycle riders, but they would cause severe overheating if you tried to wear one while riding a bicycle, and they are only minimally effective against cervical injury caused by rotation of the skull in relation to the rest of the neck, so while it might have kept the cyclist alive in this wreck it still would not have prevented either the wreck or the broken neck, it just would have made the broken neck survivable. That is if he didn’t die from heat stroke first.
And there are more links to the lawsuit against NYPD for botching the investigation, and then trying to hide the results, of a hit-and-run bicyclist death. Bike-mowdown kin vs. police and from the WSJ Lawsuit against NYPD in bicycle fatal Umm, yeah. I think the general consensus is as far as bicycles are concerned anything the NYPD does is scuzzy. At best. As was proved in the Dershowitz case, even when they get it right they do so only at the point of a gun, sometimes literally.
And this link from Oz. Injured Dixie cyclist flown to Alfred Another hit-from-behind wreck, use the protocols to avoid.
And that’s about it. I will have news about the Sam’s Club MS ride in tomorrow’s post, drop in for that.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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