That Muslim thing that went down a couple of miles away Sunday continues to be a distraction and disruption. It is even disrupting the local bus service. I’m just going to stay home today and not go out. And there is stuff going on at Casa de El Poeta that is also distracting, but when it’s done I will be able to work in peace and quiet for a long time. It’s the getting there that is the hassle.
Up first is Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Ride SaMo’s Breeze bikes, Seth says thumbs down to PCH bike lanes, & an 8 y.o. hit-and-run perp
I refuse to believe this was an “accident”, the driver left because there was no way he was not going to get charged for assault for hitting 3 lighted and reflectorized cyclists riding in the middle of the lane as they prepared to make a left turn. Engine sounds, then 3 ‘thunks’: Bicyclist describes frightening Nicholson Drive crash, and how the driver who caused it just drove away If this had just been a single cyclist I might buy the excuse of “not seeing” a tiny bit, but this was 3 cyclists lighted and reflectorized like Mardi Gras floats riding in the middle of the lane where they couldn’t have been more visible. this was an assault with a deadly weapon, nothing less.
A cyclist in GA succumbs to injury after the wreck. Cyclist Dies From Injuries Following Crash This is another article about the smirking man who couldn’t wait for a truck to make a right turn so he passed in a no-passing zone and hit 2 cycoists head on.
Still in GA, another wreck with another (almost) drunk driver in a pickup truck. Gainesville man arrested after bicyclist killed I had to compare names of the drivers to tell these apart. Well before reading the charges anyway as the driver in this wreck “was charged with first-degree homicide, driving under the influence-less safe (meaning he had less alcohol than the legal limit), open container, leaving the scene of an accident with a death, following too closely, failure to leave sufficient distance for bicycle and operating a vehicle with improperly transferred license plate.” And littering, don’t forget littering. And I think driving on the shoulder is also illegal in GA, so they left that one off, too.
Another AK teen is convicted for killing a cyclist. Anchorage teen pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of cyclist Didn’t we have a 16 YO pleading guilty to Hit-and-Run just a few months ago? And now a 17 YO with a DUI/Hit-and-Run? Is there something in the water, or what?
Remembering a cyclist killed in Canuckistan. Cyclist killed near Okotoks was married father, avid member of cycling community I just can’t be angry enough about this
Over in Jolly Olde we get another blind driver killing another cyclist on a straight and level road with outstanding visibility. Motorist who killed cyclist told police he thought he hit a wheelie bin Ah, not blind, hallucinating. Lifetime ban on driving then?
Maybe this driver needs to talk to the driver in the previous paragraph. Cyclist pushed along Grays road by ‘hit-and-run’ van driver They found the van burned out a few miles from the scene… The cyclist was riding on the housing access road next to the main road.
The cyclist hit a pedestrian on a 60 MPH speed limit road, remember that. Cyclist killed pensioner by crashing into him while doing 25mph along narrow country lane on dark and rainy night I think the reason the victim died was because “Mr Jones was taken to hospital but had to wait 50 minutes to be admitted” with a skull fracture and broken ribs.
I’m sure you have been reading about the huge number of cyclists hit and killed in the last 2 weeks by drunk drivers in Thailand. Tragic cyclist deaths prompt drink driving crackdown in Thailand They have not just been hitting single cyclists, but entire tour groups with HiViz and blinky lights and killing multiple riders in a single wreck. I have gotten so many reports I can no longer keep them all straight. And really, they have to tell police to NOT accept bribes? How about they take the bribe, charge them with the drunk driving anyway and then add bribing a police officer to the charges?
In some countries there are more things to worry about than just the other vehicles on the road. When cyclists and animals collide – videos Ouch! And ouch again.
A little NYC infrastructure. First Avenue Bike Lane Will Get Much-Needed Expansion One shared lane gone, replaced by a buffered and parking protected bike track.
More NYC infrastructure. Cartoon Shows How East River Bridge Tolls Could Save NYC
And last link is a competitor to the ELF. Combo Cycle Lives Life in the Bike Lane This is actually more “car” than most people need, pity it isn’t legal in all states.
Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet
It’s finally HERE!! and the Feed
Yeah, I am a little excited now, if I was physically capable I would be doing the Snoopy dance now. I’m in the process of uploading the pictures from my phone to my computer and thence to the media center for this blog as I’m composing this part of the post. Fortunately I’m near the end of my phone month so I won’t wipe out my data limit for too long. Not that I do anything with the data part of my plan except send pictures to myself to post on the blog anyway, but there are a lot of pictures this time. The main thing this does for me is I now have the ability to create an accurate 3D model of the body for the cosmetic portion of the sim file, and for the CAD program to use for planning the frame.
All the best presents come strapped to a pallet.
In the driveway.
Fra-geel-eh, must be from Italy
Freed from the box.
In the house
Everyone needs a car body in their living room.
What was in the other box, or the rest of my B-day present to myself.
How it fits. Mrs. the Poet is not the world’s best photographer.
The body was delivered covered in sanding dust and dried mold release, which I wiped off with a damp rag before sitting in it, after using the vacuum cleaner to suck up the piles of it in the various crevices of the body.
Up first is an update on a wreck a half-day’s ride east of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Exclusive: Cyclist hit by SUV speaks out The article pretty much speaks for itself.
Hit-from-behind in AZ. Tucson hit-and-run kills cyclist; woman arrested Cyclist was hit from behind in a bike lane and then left for dead, charge that driver with murder. Obviously this is a serious infrastructure problem, because bicycle infrastructure done to the Dutch model keeps bikes away from motor vehicles as much as possible.
Wreck in CO is blamed on the victim. Denver Police: 10-year-old girl riding bike hit by car in Stapleton That’s interesting, the first version of the report blamed the cyclist for “swerving”, but the updated version doesn’t blame anybody and leaves the mode of the wreck out of the report.
A WY wreck has some interesting geometry. Man injured in car-bicycle crash early today in Riverton on Webbwood Road The narrative and the damages to the weapon vehicle suggest a hit-from-behind wreck, but the damages to the bike show more sideways damage than hit-from-behind damage, as do the resting points for the bike and the victim. They suggest the weapon vehicle was moving at an angle to the cyclist as if the driver swerved suddenly as he passed the cyclist. Notice the damage to the front wheel only with the rest of the bike looking pretty good, but the driver is claiming the sun was in his eyes so it will probably be an “accident”
Kill a cyclist, get a ticket? in OR. Pickup driver in Tillamook County crash that killed cyclist won’t face criminal charges So, only careless operation of a weapon of mass destruction?
Another hit-from-behind wreck in the Great White North. 62-year-old cyclist killed near Alexandria identified The shoulder of a road is not bicycle infrastructure. Protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.
Still in the GWN a wreck with no mode listed. Friends, neighbours mourn 62-year-old cyclist killed in South Glengarry Well, it has been established the cyclist knew what he was doing there, but the same can’t be said about the driver of the weapon vehicle.
Lots from the Great White North today as a cyclist left-crosses herself. Guelph cyclist injured and facing charges following a collision north of downtown Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and getting that infrastructure “up to Dutch” would prevent cyclists from sharing a traffic light phase with motor vehicles.
Our Daily Ted. Don’t miss this weekend’s most exciting bike event — the Huntington Park Gran Prix This looks like pure D fun.
Opening the Infrastructure! news with this tidbit from WA. Rules of the road: reducing stress for cyclists and drivers I like the bit about drivers needing to chill about things that are not only legal but required for cyclist safety.
And speaking about chilling out… Diane Savino: “Hey, Find a F—ing Bike Lane and Get in It” If I had Danny MacAskills’ skills I could ride in an NYC bike lane. Assuming I could tell it was there under all the parked cars…
Back to the left coast with this bit of infrastructure. Motorists ticketed if driving within 3 feet of cyclists
Infrastructure from the UK. Cycling deaths and serious injuries down in 2013, says DfT They’re running out of cyclists… 😛
Different part of the UK. Series of cyclist deaths spurs on road campaigners
And those are all the applicable links and pictures for today.
Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet
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