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D&D was cancelled so I get a break in the middle of making the post, and the Feed

The D&D game scheduled for this afternoon was called off because the logistics just couldn’t be made to work. There were too many people who needed rides to get there in time because even those of us who have DART access still have over a 90 minute ride to the game. There is one person who no longer has a car and also does not have DART access, so getting that person (and her character sheet) to the game requires someone with a car to go get her.

The weather system that has brought record high temperatures to the Northeast has brought cool, damp, and cloudy conditions to Casa de El Poeta. The AC hasn’t kicked on more than a few minutes total in the last 3 days, even with the dryer going while my son did his laundry. In fact as I type this it’s only 74°F in my office that normally sees 78-80° all summer long. Outside is only 68° so I might be changing from shorts to long pants soon.

Up first, victory (lower case). Driver convicted in deadly 2014 SXSW crash that killed 4, injured dozens Life in prison without parole…

Still in the city that the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell is a suburb of. Dallas already needs a new ‘bike czar’ as 2014 hire Ashley Haire prepares for ride to Denver This is why we can’t have nice bicycle infrastructure.

Hey, wanna throw stuff on the Trinity Trail? Bike riders to ‘bomb’ Fort Worth trails with milkweed for monarchs Save the Monarch butterfly and get a great bike ride in at the same time!

The big story today is the PA cyclist getting hit from behind by a semi. Bicyclist killed in crash with tractor-trailer near Penn State New Kensington entrance and Bicyclist killed in crash with tractor-trailer in Upper Burrell Now the story is the driver moved over to pass but had to move back before completing the pass because he didn’t allow enough room for oncoming traffic. And then the cyclist “fell” under the truck’s wheels. They claim “witnesses” saw this pass attempt, I just want to know how many were not in the truck.

Next big story is a cyclist fatally buzzed by a dump truck in West Canuckistan. Cyclist killed in Richmond collision and Cyclist killed after collision with dump-truck The article has a Street View of the crime scene under similar weather conditions to the time of the wreck that shows there was nothing to obstruct the view of the cyclist from the truck. So what actually happened is a matter of conjecture.

Down in KS it sounds like a cyclist is hooked or crossed by an unknown vehicle. Hutch teen injured after riding her bike into a car Other than the cyclist nothing was mentioned about the vehicles involved in this wreck.

Over in the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike in the US, a cyclist is right hooked. Flagler student injured when SUV hits bike The driver was given a ticket in the wreck. The cyclist got unspecified injuries.

Still in the most deadliest state, a little girl is hit by a suspected drunk driver. Girl riding bike hit by SUV, critically injured Nothing about the mode but it’s pretty sure the 5 YO was not commuting to grandma’s house.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Swift justice in Highland Park DUI hit-and-run case, and protected bike lanes spread across US

Still in CA cars take up a massive amount of a project that has nothing to do with cars. San Diego County Spends $36M To Give Employees Free Parking Three quarters of the cost for building a park was moving parking for cars to free up the land… :P

What the freaking Hell? Woman driving in collision that killed Mark Angeles receives traffic citation That’s a $260 maximum fine for killing a cyclist.

More infrastructure news from PA. How Advocates and Agencies from the City and Suburbs Came Together for the Manayunk Bridge Trail The main story on this was the struggle to find funding. Then they put the parks department in charge of it. For Those Confused About the Manayunk Bridge Opening/Closing Times… Seriously, they lock the place up at dark and don’t open back up until 0800, what kind of highway is this?

NYS still refuses to bring their laws about e-assist into the 21st Century. HELP WIN THE USE OF E-BIKES IN NYS Despite Federal regulations that changed e-assist bikes status to “bicycle” back in 2002 NYS insists that they are “motor-driven vehicles” and can arrest the rider and confiscate the bike if not registered as a moped. But, because of the Federal regs they can’t be registered because they lack a valid VIN and can’t get one because they aren’t motor vehicles.

Cyclist injured in the Great White North. Courtice cyclist, 14, in Toronto hospital after being hit by truck Umm, the geometry of this wreck does not make sense especially since they didn’t claim the cyclist was riding salmon.

More on the cyclist buzzed by a truck in the GWN. Brampton dad’s devastating hit-and-run death still a mystery Apparently they know he got hit by a truck, but there were too many trucks in the area to know which truck was the one.

The end of Daylight Savings Time has been seriously messing with people in the Great White North. Cyclist injured in hit and run in Lorraine They have no idea of what happened before the driver left aside from clobbering the cyclist with a motor vehicle.

Another hit-and-run still in the GWN. Driver drove off after asking if cyclist he hit was OK, police say What happened to all the “polite” Canadians?

Update on the attempted murder of a cyclist and 2 policemen in Canuckistan. Police lay charges in officer-involved shooting Apparently the cyclist was “just an accident” but the cop was “attempted murder”.

Seriously, hit-and-run conviction wasn’t enough to do it? Cabbie who injured cyclist in hit-and-run incident gets taxi licence back after landmark High Court decision So being convicted of two serious driving offenses is not enough to automatically lose your taxi license, they have to prove it?

I don’t link to UK wrecks very often because there is so little in the report because of UK media laws, but this one is an exception. BREAKING: Cyclist dies following collision in Banbury Another cyclist killed because of an HGV…

UK bicycle infra not up to CROW manual standards gets called out. Fears that someone will be killed on A81 Bidirectional bike track separated from a 45 MPH arterial by nothing more than a curb.

More crap UK infrastructure. Calls to ‘sort Mill Road out once and for all’ as cyclist fights for life after motorbike crash

Switzerland has the same situation as other EU countries, cars are getting better at protecting those inside, but not those outside. Serious e-bike and other cycling accidents rise Drivers are still running into things at the same rate, but people inside motor vehicles in those wrecks are not getting hurt. Those outside motor vehicles are still getting injured and dying at the same rate.

A low-information report from Enn Zed. Cyclist killed after being struck by car And another subtle dig at cyclists to remind us that the cyclist is dead but nobody in the car was injured in any way.

Last link I got at like 0100, but it’s freaking awesome. ‘Decoy’ rider puts spotlight on bike safety law — PHOTOS They did a 3-foot law sting! And I love the “Crash Test Dummy” bike jersey.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

The indignities of aging, and the Feed

I’m not what would normally be considered “old” (53) but I find myself getting injuries that I have no idea how I got them. For instance my gluteus medius injury I got in December still hasn’t completely healed, somehow I keep repeating the same injury over and over again. And on the same leg I have a pain in the distal quadriceps, right above the knee that feels like it is a skin tear but without the “stretch mark” scar of a skin tear. I can feel a tiny bit of swelling under the skin but otherwise there is nothing to see or feel to give me a clue about the injury, or any indication why it hurts so much. I have had to back off my training for the drag racing standing start sprint because of the pain, not so much because it hurts to do it, but I get increased pain in the hours after a hard ride. While I’m riding the pain all goes away, the best I feel all day is when I’m on a bike (after that initial “ouch” of getting the feet around the first turn of the pedals). I completely agree with the T-shirt that says growing old ain’t for sissies. because this shit hurts.

Up first is a bit of infrastructure that will aid in building better infrastructure. A Biking Crash-Test Dummy Could Make Us Smarter About Cycling I would welcome tests that measured the rotational forces on the head and brain from the helmeted dummy just falling down in a series of crashes from 10-20 MPH with different types of helmets ranging from none to a full face Snell Foundation motorcycle helmet (the current Gold Standard in impact protection for two-wheeled vehicles). Another test I would like to see is the buzz job gone bad where the driver mis-judges where the side of the car and the cyclist are and hits the cyclist with the passenger-side mirror but misses the bike completely. I know that the bike will get tumble damage, but I also want to see what happens to the cyclist as passing speed increases and as the bicycle speed increases. These are wrecks where there is no solid data on what happens during impact and after impact.

Our big story is from CO. 11-year-old seriously hurt in bike-car crash and Police: Girl Seriously Injured After Being Hit By 2 Vehicles also 11-year-old cyclist suffers serious injuries in Fort Collins crash with car OK I think we know what the problem was in this wreck. The cyclist was in the crosswalk when the light turned green for the other direction and the drivers just blindly hit the gas and were at speed by the time they got across the road, ignoring the fact that the intersection was not clear. Not even SBR would prevent a wreck like this when drivers just automatically go on green without looking to see that the road is clear in front of them. What would help would be mandatory loss of vehicle for an at-fault wreck with a pedestrian or cyclist, but that would be an after-the-fact rather than a proactive measure.

A sidewalk cyclist is hit then insult is added to injury in the form of a ticket. University of Denver student injured in traffic accident and DU Student Breaks Leg After Getting Struck By Car While On Bike also DU student hit by SUV cited for biking on sidewalk Come on Denver PD, where’s the ticket for the driver that failed to yield to traffic on the sidewalk? To avoid don’t ride on the sidewalk, to prevent use SBR, and train drivers to not stick their cars across the SBR without looking.

Another teen cyclist injured in CA. Boy, 13, on bicycle hit by car on Winter Street in Holliston and Helicopters Transport Injured Cyclist Not much about the wreck in these links, just the cyclist was badly injured and was wearing a helmet. The described location was well away from an intersection so I would hazard a guess that the kid was hit from behind. Hit-from-behind protocol to avoid, and SBR to prevent.

A SWSS wreck in TN. Sparta bike rider killed Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, SBR to prevent, and better education for LEO to properly punish drivers for failure to pass with 3 feet of clearance.

Update on the woman killed while riding in a bike lane in the most deadliest state to walk or ride a bike in the US 6 years running. Community weighs in on fatal bike crash I don’t see what the problem is with the investigation. The driver made an illegal lane change and killed a cyclist, he should get the death penalty (permanent loss of driving privileges and criminal charges of possession of an illegal weapon if caught driving).

More on the hit-and-run death of a 13YO in NYC. Search Continues For Driver Involved In Fatal Brooklyn Hit-And-Run and Brooklyn Boy Falls Off Bike, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver plus Hit-And-Run Driver Sought In Brooklyn Teen’s Death more 13-year-old Brooklyn boy falls off bike & is struck and killed by SUV even Family Mourns 13-Year-Old Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Bensonhurst still more Tears for Brooklyn boy killed in hit-run and Teen Mowed Down By Hit-And-Run Driver After Falling Off Bike last link Hit-and-run driver kills 13-year-old This will be treated with the same respect and dignity for the cyclist as all wrecks are in NYC. Zip, zilch, nada. “No criminality expected.” The only way to prevent wrecks like this is to make enough room that if a cyclist falls down then he or she won’t fall into the path of a motor vehicle, i.e. SBR.

More on the CARnage in NYC. 2 Killed, 3 Seriously Injured: Dangerous Weekend For Pedestrians, Cyclists It is Hell out there people, cars are killing more New Yorkers than guns.

More from NYC. Important Safety Tips For Cyclists New And Old Some good stuff in there, some trash, but you have to take those nuggets of wisdom where you find them. There was some good stuff and some funny stuff in the comments.

More on the 6YO cyclist killed in KY. Classmates remember kindergartner killed Not much I can say to this one.

In the Great White North, a cyclist is hit from behind. Cyclist killed on Highway 15 I noticed a distinct lack of blame placed on the driver that hit the legal cyclist in this wreck. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, proper infrastructure to prevent.

Infrastructure! news from NE. Legislature gets into safe-cycling act Yes Nebraska has a 3-foot passing law now. Why doesn’t TX have one, Gov Goodhair?

And those are all the links that gave me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus