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What’s that bright thing in the sky? And the Feed

In case you can’t tell from my sarcastic headline it has stopped raining here at Casa de El Poeta and the sun is shining. As I type this the “feels like” temperature is a delightful 74°F with almost no wind. If I had a bike I could ride and someplace to go I would be riding it, instead of sitting here pounding on this keyboard. Believe me if I could be out there instead of in here on this day I would be. But, alas, I don’t have a bike I can ride right now.

Up first because I have ridden that intersection in the last decade… 74-year-old bicyclist injured in Allen hit-and-run The cyclist was hit because the weapon vehicle failed to clear the entire line of cyclists when trying to pass. Nothing the cyclist could have done about the driver not driving to conditions.

Next up, a PA cyclist is killed in a pinball wreck as she waited in line at a red light. Cyclist Killed In Oakland Crash and Man whose SUV was involved in fatal Oakland bike crash says he tried to help victim also Memorial Held To Honor Cyclist Killed In Oakland As with any pinball wreck there was nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this one except to not be there. The actual wreck was with the car behind the cyclist, everything else was just bad luck.

More on the CA cyclist killed by a vehicle pulling out from a parking lot. Family of Boy Killed While Riding Bike to School Needs Help and Paddle out held in memory of 12-year-old Oceanside boy What little I know about this wreck indicates the driver was not looking when he pulled across the bike lane. I have one (and only one) report that the cyclist was caught in the driver’s side rear wheel, none of the other reports say which side of the vehicle the cyclist was killed.

Since we are in CA why not check out the Daily Ted? Morning Links: Ask for your $1,100 road rebate, and SGV Bicycle Education Center officially opens

Still in CA. Bicyclist killed in Redding identified LEO can’t figure out why a driver would hit a cyclist from behind, and the cyclist isn’t alive to give his half of the story. And the wreck has to be the cyclist’s fault somehow because he wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Portland OR infrastructure. ODOT faces ‘incompetence or dishonesty at the highest levels,’ former Metro president says

More PDX infrastructure. New Orange Line crosswalk raises concerns in SE Portland The biggest problem with this intersection? Cars have priority and cyclists have to use inconveniently placed beg buttons to get a signal to cross. After that drivers in one direction literally can’t see what might be in the intersection until they are almost on top of it, particularly in the lane next to the retaining wall.

From the city where my kids’ first babysitter moved after reaching retirement and where I worked for a while. Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash Nothing about mode, but there was a mention that the cyclist’s death might be related to another wreck nearby.

Another cyclist is killed by gunfire in OH. Man shot and killed while riding bicycle in Akron and Authorities identify man shot Saturday while riding bicycle in Akron At this point LEO have no idea why someone would shoot a man riding a bicycle and then drive away.

Apparently killing a cyclist in WI while driving drunk “doesn’t count” if the cyclist was drunk, too. Alleged drunken driver won’t be charged in bicyclist’s death Umm, the drunk driving part isn’t “alleged”, that part is established.

More on a NJ hit-and-run. UPDATE: Authorities Seeking Vehicle That Struck Bicyclist in Morris County Friday

Cyclist on a cross-country tour for neuromuscular diseases has a wreck in AZ. Spooner injured in fall during bike ride Maybe riding a bike with ALS for extended distances every day is not such a good idea?

Small-time jock is killed riding a bike in Chuck SC. A.C. Flora graduate killed in Charleston wreck His major achievement was backup catcher on the local HS baseball team that won State in 2012. That and quitting a state school’s baseball team to return to the local 4-year college to concentrate on his degree. The wreck report doesn’t make sense mainly because it’s another variation of the SWSS. Instead of “swerving” this cyclist “fell over”.

The most deadliest state in the US killed another one. Belle Glade man killed in hit-and-run accident The detailed description of the driver tells me the driver stopped and got out before leaving the scene. Local cyclists should keep an eye peeled for this murderer before you become his next victim.

Wreck in Cape Cod MA. Police identify bicyclist killed in Eastham Another SWCC wreck, as indicated by the damage to the weapon vehicle. I could verify she wasn’t “crossing” if I could get a picture of the wrecked bike. Or conversely I could validate the driver’s story.

Remembering a cyclist killed in PA. Cyclists ride in honor of man killed in Kensington hit-run

Don’t hit the pedestrians! Pedestrian hit by bicycle, suffers serious head injury Nothing about the cyclist except that he or she hit the pedestrian. Nothing about the mode, except the pedestrian was hit by a cyclist. Looking at the other articles on the site makes me think this media outlet is not cyclist-friendly.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around a driver cutting off a cyclist riding where the law tells her to ride is not at fault in her death. Apparently I’m not the only one. Memorial ride for Halifax cyclist killed in crash calls for changes to infrastructure, education I think the first round of “education” needs to be about bicycle law with the people charged with enforcing it. You can’t turn right and run over a cyclist without the driver being at fault.

They almost missed hitting the cyclist. Cyclist injured in near-miss collision with car near Queenstown Almost but not quite missed the cyclist, as the Black Knight said [Monty Python]”It’s just a scratch[/Monty Python]

Next time someone tries to give you grief about how cyclists don’t pay for the roads, give them this link. The True Costs of Driving Because of declining gas tax revenues combined with inflating materials costs and labor, the share paid by drivers has declined precipitously over the last decade. The last year that drivers paid for “their” streets and roads was 2 years before I was born. I was born in 1958, and drivers last paid their weight in 1956.

And I’m outta links, finally.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet.

It’s hot in Texas and water is wet, and the Feed

Looking at my phone the temp just went to 103°F with the heat index “only” 102 because there is almost no humidity. Seriously the air in Phoenix is more humid than the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, 22% in TX to 26% in AZ. And I actually go out and ride a bike in weather like this, wearing a full-face helmet. Well nobody has accused me of being “normal” lately. Speaking of that there are only 20 more shopping days to get me a Death Day present. I’m looking for RPG dice this year, especially d6 and d8. And I’m a vain geek, I want pretty dice that kinda match. And seriously about this, I’m playing a game now where I sometimes need as many as 10 d6 for damage rolls because my Warlock is heavily buffed with stacking magic items that both increase his “to hit” as well as his damage. I mean my to hit is now +13 against the touch AC of my opponent meaning against most non-monsters I hit every time, and I have better than even odds against pretty much all of the monsters. Currently it takes me longer to roll damage than most people take to play a turn because of my lack of d6. 😦

Right now it appears the Big Story is the woman hit by a semi in Boston on Friday morning. Cyclist Killed by Tractor Trailer Identified and Cyclist’s death spotlights Mass. Ave. peril also Recent fatal bike encounters with trucks, buses this too Police search for flatbed truck after bicyclist hit and killed at Boston more like this Bicycle rider killed in Back Bay crash in the previous link you can see the cyclist just before she was hit under the passenger side mirror of the picture of the weapon vehicle. Police Identify Bicyclist Killed In Back Bay Accident I’m going to make a 100% absolutely serious recommendation here: Ban large trucks like this from urban areas unless accompanied by bicyclist outriders front and rear to make sure that no pedestrians or cyclists get run over because drivers can’t see out of the right side or directly in front of the vehicle. The outriders’ responsibility would be to ensure that there was nothing and nobody in the way of the truck before allowing it to make a turning movement and hold the truck until the way had been cleared with the front outrider keeping people from turning across the truck and the back outrider making sure nobody comes from behind, and both making sure that the people who got there first have time to get out of the way, then the truck can make a turn. Obviously this is much more important when making a right turn because such large vehicles have to fade far to the left to clear such things as light poles and sidewalks, but there is still some issues with the left turns from a one-way street that require fading right for clearance. Using bicyclists as outriders means the forward speed is more or less limited to a safe speed. Late addition Surgeon Remembered After Being Struck and Killed on Bike

From a few hours ride east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Calls for road safety after Longview cyclist crashes “It’s not if I’m going to get hit, it’s when,” which sounds pretty pessimistic, but this is TX, the state where the 2 biggest-selling vehicles are pickup trucks in spite of most of the population living in one of 6 urban areas.

A memorial ride south of WoaB about a day and a half ride. Memorial to honor teen killed in auto vs. bike crash(H)e swerved and hit the side of a vehicle” tells me that he got buzzed and hit. Remember this victim of motor violence.

Ted had a good day. We interrupt this website for a view from Sunday’s successful CicLAvia

Well it was good for a little while, anyway. Bicyclist killed riding on I-15 in North San Diego County hit-and-run; victim may have been struck multiple times

Same area, slightly earlier. Mission Beach Cyclist Severely Injured in Hit-and-Run Area readers are encouraged to BOLO for the weapon vehicle, have SDPD non-emergency number on speed dial. And PD need to have the ability to get texts and attachments from cell phones so that vital information can be sent from people on the scene instead of trying to describe the situation verbally. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike catches a killer. FHP: Hit-and-run driver distracted by e-cig before killing teen cyclist and Arrest made in hit-and-run crash that killed 17-year-old He dropped his vaper on the floor and instead of pulling over and stopping while he searched for it, he just ducked down and drove blind.

NYC, you suck. 18-Year-Old Queens Cyclist Who Was Struck By Driver In Bike Lane Has Died The drunk driver has not yet been charged with anything, including not charged with drunk driving.

Upstate NY is only slightly better. Bike accident during Great Race sends two cyclists to Upstate University Hospital No motor vehicles involved, but it was a race/ride. Some people were just out to have a nice ride somewhat protected from motor vehicles.

More upstate NY hassles. No easy answers for rider-driver friction in Piermont Part of the problem is NY culture leads to confrontations (remember Pacino’s “Hey! I’m WALKING here!”?), and part of the problem is we cyclists get a trifle excited when some putz comes within inches of terminating our lives which does little to reduce tensions.

Meanwhile in Joisey. Charges filed in Mine Hill crash that left cyclist injured The driver has been charged with driving like a putz and failing to yield.

A bill in PA that deserves to get thrown under the bus. Pa. bill to demand cyclists wear reflective vests at night getting thrown under bus Seriously, instead of demanding that cyclists do all the work here, how about just enforcing the Basic Speed Law?

Are you Too Old To Drive? Mother of bicyclist killed in car accident helps educate elderly drivers I remember covering this wreck back then, the cyclist was hit with the front of the right front fender. The driver just did not even consider that there was a lane of traffic to the right of the vehicle before starting the turn.

Someone in MN has a serious hate on for cyclists. Answers Tough To Find After Cyclist Hit By Chunk Of Concrete and People are ruthlessly attacking Minneapolis cyclists, for some reason Seriously, this was a planned attack, as the driver was riding in some cyclist-heavy parts of the city and wearing PPE so as to not get hurt by the objects he was throwing at cyclists. If you see the weapon vehicle deploy spike strips and shoot to kill. The car that is, kill the car. We want the driver to be publicly humiliated for at least a decade or so and corpses don’t get humiliated easily.

Still in MN a left cross wreck injures a young girl. Minnesota Girl Injured On Bicycle After Car Struck Her This story is just so bizarre. The driver was the victim of random mob violence a few years ago that left him brain damaged and was just now starting to get something resembling a normal life back when he turned left into the cyclist. As a member of both groups, brain damaged and cyclist, I don’t know which I should feel more sorry for. But as a member of both groups I also need to say they should test the driver for his degree of perception to his left, as well as can he physically turn his head to see that direction. He may have undiscovered defects on that side of his body, that he may not even know about.

Another hit-from-behind wreck in WI. Bicyclist hurt in Sunday crash named Other than the fact the driver stayed at the scene and rendered aid to the cyclist until medical help arrived it was a common hit-from-behind wreck.

Another cyclist is killed in another hit-and-run, this time in MI. Bicyclist on trek across Michigan dies in hit-and-run crash and Woman cycling across Michigan killed in hit-and-run The driver of the pickup truck hit the last rider in a group and sped away because he was a person of low moral content. When they find the truck it should be crushed as soon as they finish processing it, possibly with the driver still in it.

A little girl is hurt in SD. Five-Year-Old Girl Injured In Car Vs. Bicycle Accident If a 5YO can’t play safely here then there isn’t a safe place to play in SD.

Our first international links come from the Great White North, as age is no defense against criminally bad driving. Charges pending against 83-year-old driver after cyclist hit And neither is “sun glare”. It’s not like you don’t know the sun is going to be there…

The father of a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run wants a mandatory minimum sentence for killing someone in a hit-and-run to deter DUIs from leaving the scene. Dead cyclist’s father wants jail time for hit-and-run drivers and Dead cyclist’s father wants jail time for hit-and-run drivers I suggest the minimum for a fatal hit-and-run be twice the minimum for death by DUI, whatever they call it in the statute. If leaving the guy to die is not worse than killing him outright, well…

Gawddammit! Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by a lorry in central London OK I know the drivers have at least some degree of driving ability to pass the test for the license, and the majority of the cyclists hit have been experienced and careful cyclists, which narrows it down to infrastructure and vehicle blind spots…

Road.cc is sorta like Gothamist except all bike and in England. They have two links in today’s Feed. The first one is the driver who had his pathetically weak sentence reduced further because victims’ impact statements don’t actually count, they’re just for show. Lorry driver who caused death of Denbighshire cyclist has driving ban reduced FFS.

Second link is the bus driver that hit a cyclist in plain view and dragging his body until there was no hope of survival and getting away with it. Bus driver who dragged cyclist to his death and failed to stop avoids jail That distance in American (formerly Imperial English) is almost 80 feet. And WTF?!? “Death by Dangerous Driving” is the most serious driving offense in the book, and he got probation?

I think the coppers are still looking for the murder weapon. 70 year-old man questioned over death of cyclist Yep, I’ almost positive that’s what they’re doing.

Last link. Sips For Cyclists Event To Benefit Injured Riders Go out there and benefit somebody.

And I’m tired and done composing, now comes proofing, editing, and tagging.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Unkillable Badass Poet

Good news for and about Blue, and the Feed

I was out running errands today, dropping the shoe at the shoe-repair place, getting money out to pay for the parts I need to repair Blue, transferring money to Mrs. the Poet’s account, going to Plano Cycling to pay for those parts with the money I took out… And while we were going through the order for the parts the parts guy noticed that there was a shifter set offered that was more than $20 cheaper than buying front and rear shifters separately, same parts in one box instead of two boxes. And it turns out that for one item I will have to pay shipping because it isn’t a part that’s stocked by their warehouse, it has to be bought directly from RANSbikes in KS.

Up first is some semi-local news from the next town over from the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. 2015 City Council Candidate Survey

I’m trying to figure out whose ox is being gored in this one. Virginia Beach says no to Boardwalk bicycle ads

I suggested doing this to freeways as a means of reducing the need for AC in the summer and running fossil fueled powerplants year around. This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels For a bike lane this “solution” has 2 problems: 1) It is running right down the median of a freeway, which means nasty, smelly pollution generated just feet away, and 2) getting on or off the bike path requires getting over that freeway and the barriers on both sides. I can see some cyclists using the facility, so either they are trapped there since it was opened, or there is some way on and off that is not visible in the video.

Speaking of bike lanes, this person enthusiastically supports them. Cyclist badly injured by truck: Bike-only lanes a must Yeah, me too.

I was unaware that Buzz Feed used machine translated text, the other question is what language did they translate it from. Auto Vs. Bicycle: Duking It Out In L.A. Targeted visitorsFrom visitors jams, to pushy motorists, to purple lights and some close phone calls” Red, stop; amber, proceed with caution; green, go when clear; which one is purple again?

And since we are already in L.A., let’s drop in on Ted Rogers and see what he’s up to. Morning Links: Bike the vote in Pasadena election; cyclists urged to defend Mt. Hollywood Wednesday

Vision Zero meets Zero Vision in NYC. Cy Vance: $580 Fine for Driver Who Killed 9-Year-Old Cooper Stock If this name sounds familiar this is the Cooper that “Cooper’s law” was named after.

How not to implement a road diet. The road diet is history, Paw Paw to go back to 5 lanes of traffic, no more angle parking First of all never tell them that this is an experiment, even if it is. You tell them “This has worked well in other places with similar levels of traffic, so we should end up safer and still getting to where we want to go.” Second, you have to give it at least a year to work, not a couple of months.

A Canadian tragedy results in renaming a charity ride. Ride the Rideau cycling event to be renamed, rerouted after last year’s tragedy The fatality has tarnished the reputation of the event, none of the organizers wishes to cease the fund-raiser, so change the name and never mention the wreck again except in a separate setting.

A UK bike retail association asks how do you grow cycling? OPINION: How do you grow cycling? Start with proper infrastructure and instruction on how to use it, then add layers of legal protections. It’s all spelled out in the CROW manual for only €90.

Well, I’m glad they clarified that the drivers were equally or more useless in the article, but the headline is still excessively provocative. ‘Useless’ WA cyclists need lessons This is from Oz, by-the-by.

And now I need a lie down, because I need to get up early for the new RPG group to have an all-day gore fest. There will probably be a short report on my new Warlock5’s adventures, now that he has been gender swapped and is a girl in magical armor, and a cursed armored belt. You may recall my character put on a cursed belt of gender swap thinking it was a Belt of Giant Strength. It might be a Belt of Giant Strength under the curse, my character hasn’t had the chance to test that part yet, he was too busy being seduced by 2/3 of the female members of the party… He’s “real purdy” now. 😉

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

I’m working sick, and the Feed

Yep, after a slight recovery yesterday I had a slight relapse today, but I got nagged out of bed and consumed calories so I’m able to filter links and do the blog. And yes, that was Mrs. the Poet doing the nagging. I still feel like crap, but I feel like I have enough functioning brain cells to compose a post without looking too stupid, or as Gigi puts it in her blog critiques, “Stoopid”. The timeline so far is that I slept until 1600 or so yesterday, was wiped out and back asleep by 0200 and did not wake back up until around 1330 today and still felt like cold crap even then. I had the breakfast that was left over from yesterday, re-heated, then about an hour later (1500) Mrs. the Poet fixed soup and sandwiches for lunch that I finally finished about 1600, and it is now 1745 as I type this and aside from having to wrap my legs in a blanket I’m mostly alert and active. I’m just getting ready to filter the Feed for relevant links, but I REALLY need to take a shower…

Up first is another bit of Schadenfreude about a killer driver. Bishop charged in cyclist death to remain in Baltimore jail Drunk driver blows 3 times the legal limit with a previous DUI and FINALLY gets some serious bail imposed after she kills someone. And while I feel some righteous indignation that the victim was a cyclist, I would feel almost the same had she killed a pedestrian, not quite the same had she killed another driver because there would be a strong possibility that killing another driver would result in serious injury for her. But yes, I’m having lots of schadenfreude about her having to stay in jail until trial, which might be in another 2 or 3 years.

And while we are in the legal infrastructure side of things, another driver gets a caress on the wrist for hitting 3 people and killing the one riding the bicycle. Distracted Driver Gets 1 Year In Minn. Crash That Killed Cyclist Mom Actually 360 days in local jail with time out for attending drill with his National Guard unit, so it’s an “interrupted” year.

This bill could potentially provide us with an endless stream of physical infrastructure, or be used to prevent federal funds from ever being used to build bicycle infrastructure. All Bill Information (Except Text) for H.R.199 – To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure credit assistance pilot program, and for other purposes.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: New hope for North Fig and Santa Monica Blvd; bike rider attacked on San Gabriel River trail

Another link from Oz that conflates wearing a bicycle helmet with avoiding injury on a bike. Cyclists’ injuries getting worse The article is about being dragged under a large vehicle like a semi, something that is so far out of the envelope of a bicycle helmet’s protection that it might as well be circling the rings of Saturn… but yet they still manage to mention wearing helmets while also talking about massive internal injuries that require weeks if not months of bed rest to recover from. Last I checked helmets only covered the top part of the head and did nothing to prevent internal injuries.

I don’t know why this article on passing cyclists safely includes a picture of the 2014 TdF peloton riding in the rain. RSA urges passing drivers to stay clear of cyclists The people in charge of suggesting rules have the right idea, but what are the editors of the media outlet trying to do?

Cyclists generally have big hearts, and not (just) because we are endurance athletes. Cyclists get on their bikes in support of injured rugby player Owen Williams

Another link about that useless “safety” app from Volvo. Volvo’s Next Safety Frontier: Tech To Help Drivers Share The Road With Cyclists As I pointed out before, this thing only works if you have a compatible cell phone with you as you ride, and for the foreseeable future only applies to Volvos driven with the app activated by the driver. Every other vehicle is still just as blind to you as before. Which is pretty much everybody.

And last link, bicycles and handcycles are a vehicle to recovery for physically and mentally damaged veterans. Wounded Warriors Interact With Dolphins, Bike Across Keys Bridge

And those were all the links I could find.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

The Sams Club Bike MS Ride, and the Witch on a Bicycle

What does one have to do with the other? Well, my church has decided that we are going to participate in this ride, which is basically Frisco TX to Ft. Worth TX over 2 days.

I was invited to participate in the Plano Cycling team but as a poverty-stricken bike blogger I’m going to need some assistance from people that have money, i.e. Not Me.

One of the things that has been discussed is creating a way to use the church’s PayPal account to collect online donations for this. Another thing that was discussed was my using this venue to promote both my doing this and my church, which I think is a great idea. Sacred Journey Fellowship does a lot for the community, but most of what gets done happens behind the scenes away from the glare of publicity and we have gotten a reputation of not doing a lot of charity work, when actually we have several ongoing charity projects pumping steady cash and goods to our partner organizations. This time we want to let people know about it. Everyone thinks I’m going to be doing the “hard job” of riding the bike and posting about it in my blog. HA! The hard part for me will be the getting in front of people to raise money, the 150 mile bike ride is my reward for surviving the fund raising. As a minimum I have to get $325 to cover my registration and bare-bones fundraising for MS, naturally I would prefer to get substantially more than that.

My long-term goal for this is to start a Witch on a Bicycle team, with jerseys and everything, maybe in a couple of years. We could do a picture of Gigi on the jersey… or maybe not. While part of that would be about promoting the blog, part of it is a sincere desire to help people. That’s what this whole dang shooting match is about, helping people. I help by telling about wrecks, and what you can do to avoid getting hit in the same situation. I help by pointing out infrastructure projects that will work, and also when they are a colossal waste of time and money. And if this goes through I will help by raising money for deadly diseases by riding bicycles. I can see eventually doing the MS 150 in the spring, and the Livestrong Challenge in the fall without impacting the regular work of this blog too much, or messing with what passes for my “normal” life.

So, training for the ride. I do a bunch of short rides on Blue, just about every day, but I don’t do any kind of extended long rides very often. When I do long rides my ability to withstand the pain in my backside from the seat on Blue is more the limit on my endurance than my aerobic or physical endurance. maybe if I could install the same kind of seat I had on Gigi my butt would stop being the limiting factor of my bike rides. “Butt” for the time being I have to live with the seat I have. In the meantime I really need to work on my ability to make long rides in the 50-75 mile range, in any kind of weather. The best way I can think of to do that would be to ride up TX 78 to Farmersville, which is about 65 miles round trip, until I can do it regularly with minimal stopping. There are several turn-around points on that ride that allow me to tailor the ride from 16 miles to more than 70 if I decide to go as far as the TX 121 junction, to more than 120 if I decide to go through Whitewright and Tom Bean to Sherman. This will be a major departure for me because I usually don’t ride just to ride, I ride to get someplace and it usually doesn’t matter how far I ride to get there if the only way there for me is by bike. As I have posted in this blog before I don’t do that “e” word very much, I just ride my bike and that’s pretty much all the workout I get. Riding to not get somewhere is coming perilously close to that “e” word, “exercise”.

I haven’t decided yet if I will do the ride with or without the commuting gear on the bike. Part of me wants to do the ride with those kitty-litter buckets hanging on the bike with the cut-down license plates and the mailbox reflectors on the back, while part of me is thinking about keeping up my average speed with all that junk on Blue slowing me down.

That’s a lot to ponder, so leave a comment about doing the ride, keeping my butt from giving out on me, and on riding continuously instead of in 3-10 mile shots.

PSA, Opus