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Grocery Day again, and the Feed (now with more raisins)

Yeah, I have no idea what that means except I’m still loopy from posting after 0300 this morning. But today is the day I restock my comestibles. Which reminds me I need to check on my special card deals before I leave for grocery shopping. I had some very strange dreams after finishing the blog post last night… Let’s just say that if this was a prophetic dream like I sometimes have I have some relatives I didn’t know about. Which can be a good thing.

Up first is part 1 of Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Killer OC hit-and-run driver jailed, Westwood Blvd bike lanes threatened, and Beverly Hills lanes fail

And Part 2 of Our Daily Ted. San Diego-area bike rider killed when minivan driver drifts into bike lane [facepalm] Another one hit from behind in the bike lane.[/facepalm]

More Ghost Bikes in AZ. ‘Ghost Bikes’ placed on State Route 95 after deadly accident There was one comment that really needed the writer slapped because of that comment, the one about cyclists having to swerve around the Ghost Bike and into traffic when the bike was chained to a guardrail at least a foot off the shoulder of the road.

“Nice guys” can get you killed on the roads. Injured cyclist sues well-intentioned driver who waved, allowing truck’s driver to turn and hit her The “nice guy” in this case directed oncoming turning traffic directly into the cyclist going straight through the intersection with the right of way. Other “nice guys” direct cyclists to cross when they don’t have the right of way getting the cyclist hit by a car going through the intersection with the right of way. Fortunately the driver who directs traffic that causes a wreck is partially at fault in any wreck from that directed movement in the state of OR.

While we are in OR, here’s something from BikePortland. Talk of a disastrous earthquake got you down? Just keep on biking As was pointed out elsewhere, when the earthquake hit Fukushima for weeks and some places months after the quake the only ground vehicles moving were bicycles because those were the only things that did not depend on a perfect road or railbed, and also not dependent on fossil fuels which had to be shipped in from outside the country.

A witness to cop car/bike wreck says there were 2 cop cars. Motorist describes accident involving bicyclist, police cruiser All I know for sure on this one is the cyclist died.

Another reason to not ride on the shoulder of the road. Bicyclist killed in collision with garbage truck in Exeter identified I suspect the reason the cyclist “fell over” had to do with the construction project leaving dirt and trash in the shoulder. The subsequent secondary collision with the garbage hauler was just topping on the cake.

Moral of this link is even when you get right hooked by a truck violating your right of way, if you are over the limit on BAC%, it is your fault. Vacationing Woman Was Intoxicated When Killed In Bike-Truck Collision: Police

Earning to day’s “crap infrastructure” tag is this bike lane. Mayor says it’s time to scrap Central Parkway bike lane The biggest problem is they tried to do it on the cheap and also not reduce parking, which resulted in what would be double-parking in the traffic lane and people hitting parked cars. Simple solution for this is remove the parking from the areas where people are running into the parked cars. And cite all the drivers who hit the parked cars with violating the basic speed law that requires drivers to be able to stop in the distance they can see clearly.

A driver in West Canuckistan finally pleads guilty to killing a man back in 2012. Woman pleads guilty in impaired driving death of Maple Ridge cyclist Wow only 3 years after killing the guy, what’s the rush? 😛

Since when has a traffic death ever made any sense? Family calls cyclist’s death ‘senseless’ Seriously, stuff like this with children instead of adults is why the Dutch got their bike infrastructure. See “stop the Kindermoord” on Google.

This is just a nightmare. Cyclist died in hospital five years after lorry overtaking him knocked him off his bike He never left a hospital except to be transferred to another hospital for treatment for five freaKING YEARS!!!

Last link is from Oz again. Accused hopes hurt cyclist recovers Yeah, because if he doesn’t recover that will cause the charges to be upgraded severely and make the punishment that much worse considering she was drunk and left the scene of the wreck.

And now I’m “all done” until tomorrow.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Dealing with a full house of Crazy, and the Feed

It is going to be so much fun this week, as the crazy roommate across the hall is taking her vacation this week, Mrs. the Poet doesn’t leave until Wednesday morning, and the nice transgendered couple will both be back from their respective therapists and in the house starting Tuesday. The person that creates the issues is the one that lives directly across the hall from Mrs. the Poet’s and my room, because she can’t keep herself from meddling in what other people are doing, like constantly trying to get me to “do something” while I’m at work already. Her mind does not wrap around the concept of “work from laptop”, indeed even Mrs. the Poet seems unable to grasp the concept from time to time. This has resulted in some late postings since Mrs. the Poet retired on Halloween. So if the post sometimes appears to be less coherent than usual for the next few days, you will know why.

I’m still waiting on the new hat I bought in September as there was a supply-chain issue in getting the correct size of hat to use to make the tie-dyed boonie hat. I tried making my own but that is a skill-set outside my purview. I managed to turn a nice white hat into a blotchy brown hat when I made the attempt myself, so I leave the actual tie-dye to people with the skills to do so. I’m just a little ticked that it has taken so long for the hat to come from China to New Jersey…

Up first, do you get frustrated with loop detectors not set up to detect bicycles? Veloloop Cuts Cyclists’ Wait Time at Red Lights Note that this device does not change the light for a cyclist any faster than it does for a car, it just makes a bicycle look the same to the detector as a car does and allows the cyclist to place the bike where the detector is most sensitive.

CA drivers are starting to get the news about the 3-foot bike passing law. New bike buffer law credited for raising awareness in Marin Remember, the law says if you can’t pass with 3 feet of clearance pass slowly and carefully. So practice passing other vehicles slowly and carefully while you wait to encounter someone riding a bicycle on a street or road that does not allow crossing the centerline and also does not allow passing with 3 feet of clearance while remaining in the same lane.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Busy calendar, more on new Westwood bike lane proposal, and bike riding Hollywood thief is a Dick Notice the bike-riding thief is named Dick, not that, well you know.

Moving across the pond, passing less than 3 feet from a cyclist is assault when the cyclist is a cop. Road rage driver convcited of assaulting two cyclists who were off-duty police officers Spelling error was in the headline.

Still over in Jolly Olde comes this indictment of some local infrastructure. Nine pedestrians and two cyclists killed in South Yorkshire road accidents last year This is a rather broad area with fewer people than Manhattan, but even at that low density they managed to kill 11 people not riding in cars.

Still in the UK… Border’s lawyer uses wheel-life passion for cycling to campaign for safer road conditions

I like this one, but not the reason for the ride. Marines ride in memory of Marine killed in Fallujah WoaB endorses this ride…

A better way of converting existing bikes to e-assist? Taichung Bike Week: Novatec unveils stealth mid-drive system The article states the motor is on the non-drive side crank arm, but shows only the drive side of the unit becaauusse?? If the controller uses standard connectors then you can use just about any battery with those connectors and the right voltage for the controller, but the system was initially intended for getting full-suspension MTB up hills to bomb down the hill after so the first battery packs will be wearable rather than rack mounted.

And package tracking for my steering wheel and windshield post purchase shows it has made it to OKC from Lincoln, NE and is on track to be here tomorrow afternoon.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet