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This is going to be a long night, and the Feed

After working on the post later than 0330 this Friday morning, and then spending about an hour to 90 minutes +/- turning my brain off so I could sleep, I was awakened at about 0830 by Mrs. the Poet calling the kittens “Bad children” at a very high volume, and again at frequent intervals through the morning, until I gave up on sleeping and wished my wife a happy 62nd birthday. I have been fighting “brain fuzz” all day today and I apologize in advance for my grammar and sentence construction.

I went out after breakfast to purchase Mrs. the Poet’s birthday gift, not having had a chance to have transportation and money at the same time to buy anything earlier. I got her a Barnes & Nobel gift card (she loves buying books) and a bag of COAL candy (all caps in the trade name) at the “maul”, and dinner at the Whataburger on the way home, and lots of chocolate at the grocery store (bags of soon-to-expire Halloween candy at about 80% off, but it was still good). With the headways of the local line being what they are I left shortly after 12 and didn’t get back until almost 1600 in spite of only going 3 miles from the house at the furthest. We just finished dinner and it’s already 2030 as I type this. I haven’t even opened my email today much less started to filter the Feed… I’m doomed.

Up first, the most dangerous thing you can do to a kid is put him/her in a car, but we haven’t figured out how to NOT do that yet. Carseats and the Limitations of American Safety Culture Basically child carseats are tested to the same standards as cars with adjustments for kids not being able to extract themselves from restraints by themselves (and testing to make sure they can’t remove the restraints without an adult), but the best we could do was take motor vehicles from #1 killer to #2 killer in the age group that uses child car restraints. And for some reason they don’t work if the child is dressed for the cold so wrap the kid in blankets after you strap him or her down into a freezing cold child restraint seat. I guess sternum straps were a strap too far for parents to buckle, because the kid wouldn’t even need arms to be restrained with a 5-point harness with a sternum strap.

Infrastructure criticism from comments on the wreck of a cyclist in Portland OR. Comment of the Week: A map should not be an important safety tool Exactly! Maps should be for wayfinding only, and any route that gets you there should be safe for any mode capable of legally using that route. The fact that we are using maps to find “safe” routes indicates serious shortcomings with the built environment. “We should never, ever have to ask “why would anyone ride their bike on that route?”

And two days ride south of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a pilot program tries combining exercise with transportation to give seniors more independence. On the Move, Seniors Lead an East Austin Trike Revival I set up a trike for a local senior citizen and she’s been riding the heck out of it to do things like run to the market and see people just down the street who are too far to walk but too close to get the minivan out and drive (and it turns out there are a lot of trips that fall under that criteria).

They have already completely blocked the sidewalk, why are they encroaching the bike lanes as well? Walk Bike Nashville It shouldn’t have taken that long to get the lane cleared up, but hey, slow is better than not at all.

Speaking of blocked bike lanes, here’s Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Water-blocked in a Santa Monica bike lane, and real sportsmanship in a Spanish bike race

Meanwhile in MO they finally got around to putting the former mayor of a town on trial after he hit a cyclist. Mistrial declared in case of Sunset Hills mayor accused of hitting cyclist The driver’s lawyer started going on about the civil trial during the criminal trial which caused the judge to declare a mistrial.

The FL cyclist killed by a cement truck was right hooked, according to the witness who watched him go under the wheels of the weapon vehicle. Bicyclist dead in accident involving cement truck on State Road 7 I feel for the witness wh had to watch the cyclist get killed.

More on that CA wreck where the driver was on the wrong side of the street when he hit a cyclist head on. Cyclist Killed, Driver Arrested in San Francisco Bicycle vs. Car Crash I thought there was something janky about that wreck when I read the driver was arrested at the scene for a vehicular homicide. Since the driver wasn’t impaired and didn’t leave the scene there had to be something about the driver’s behavior that caused LEO to arrest him on the spot before they even had time to check his social media profiles. Now we know he was trying to get around traffic by driving on the wrong side of the street. If they check his SM and find rants about cyclists he will probably go down on a murder charge. I’m pretty sure there will be a rant or two about cyclists being scum or freeloaders that never obey the law. And at 26 you know he has a substantial SM footprint.

Another VT wreck. Cyclist injured in Winooski crash with truck All that cheap gas has brought out the wrecks in droves. They’re saying this cyclist may have run a stop sign. And I can’t tell if the rear wheel was hit at an angle or directly from the side but not very hard. So the report may be right may be half right (he might have stopped and mis-judged the amount of acceleration he had at his disposal).

They laid a hero to rest, not just a cycling hero, but a warrior, and the current record holder for the fastest SEAL marathon. Former Navy SEAL killed in bike crash to be buried in Arlington Friday and Retired Navy SEAL killed in Md. bike crash to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Dude had some serious endurance athlete chops. Plus the Navy SEAL thing. That’s also pretty serious chops.

Another salmon cyclist hit in OR. Cyclist injured in early morning accident I would like to see a picture of the wrecked bike just to make sure it was hit in the front like it would be if the cyclist was riding salmon.

I’m not the only one pissed that drivers who kill basically get away with murder. Motorists Must Face Criminal Charges For Killing Bicyclists

From NYC a cyclist caught riding in the street (the only place legal to ride a bike in NYC) is arrested for resisting arrest when a BLM protest crossed his path as he went to get some dinner. Trapped In Parole: How Biking In The Street Sent A Man To Jail For 6 Months TANJ!

From Jolly Olde comes this facepalm. Make Cambridge cyclists pay congestion charge, says transport expert I disagree, the expert was Keith Peat’s dog, not Keith Peat himself. Keith Peat would have said something much more stupid.

More legal news from the UK. Man in the dock over collision with cyclist Another hit-and-run driver. I loathe and despise hit-and-run drivers…

Speaking of loathing and despising… Mile End crash: Cyclist seriously injured in police chase hit-and-run

Now I wonder what the driver did to make the cyclist stick his head inside the car and take the keys? Man in Christchurch injured after road rage incident -photo of suspect released The cyclist was obviously disarming a terrorist 😉 The problem here is we are only given the driver’s POV, not what he might have done to the cyclist. After all how many people do you know who steal the keys out of a car and then leave for no reason?

After you build a cycle track you have to keep running the entitled drivers out of it. Yarra Council issues 66 fines to tradies, taxi drivers parked in Copenhagen bike lanes Bike infrastructure does no good at separating cars from bicycles when it’s constantly blocked at some point by parked cars. Phase II of the enforcement action needs to be tow and impound, Phase 3 tow and crush. They have already gone through phases 0 and I.

Another infrastructure article. 8 Things Top Bike Cities Have Done to Promote Safer Cycling You’ll note that neither Dallas nor the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell are anywhere on that list.

And last link, fun time! The Milwaukee Bike Swap is back with a fresh new name: The Milwaukee Bike Bazaar!

Have fun. It’s now 0455 and I want desperately to SLEEP!

Billed @ 20 NoDoz and a Bottle Cap Candy, Opus

I had another stitch let loose during filtering, and the Feed

I thought all the stitches holding the neck muscles down has dissolved months ago, but it felt like one let go while I was finishing up filtering a little while ago. I had that familiar “popping” sensation in my neck with the sharp pain that I have come to associate with stitches coming loose from previous operations. And just like all the other times I had a stitch come loose the sensation was gone in a few seconds. This one felt a little off from where it should have been, this one was just outside the edge of Arthur Dent that was left when Chris Christie was removed back in May. I also had that sensation of my head getting pushed forward when the stitch let go.

Also I picked up a few Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics while I was out yesterday, and they have been a bit of a distraction from people getting maimed and killed on bicycles. That’s kinda important today. The distraction from death and destruction, not the fact that said distraction has delayed the composition of this post. So, umm, you didn’t see that bit, right? Because strikeover OK? 😀

If any of you remember the Five Man Electrical Band you’ll remember a song about signs. See the Signs Gotta love Bikeyface.

Our Daily Ted also has the power to amuse, because nobody is really this stupid IRL, right? They drive among us… This is what stochastic terrorism looks like when it is aimed at you. And the fact that “stochastic” is a word that is in my browser’s spell checker is even sadder than the existence of the person who wrote that article.

There was a great deal of information left out of this article. Driver charged with negligent homicide in cycling teen’s death This is LA, where many LEO consider cyclists getting killed “asking for it” for being on the roads. Major felony charges for killing a cyclist implies there was something else going on. Especially when they go to such lengths to blame the cyclist for his own death in the report.

Because I’m having a hard time deciding which way to present links today, blind NYC residents are frightened by bicycles. Blind New Yorkers fear reckless bicyclists in NYC I hypothesize that blind people fear cyclists because they are relatively silent in their approach and are there before the blind person knows the cyclist is there, startling the blind person. Cars while they are actually more deadly also announce their presence before arrival to some extent which makes them feel safer to blind people.

I’m tempted to ask when it isn’t serious when a cyclist gets hit until I remember that 5 of the 6 times I was hit this century did not require more than minor first aid for me. Police report serious injuries in vehicle vs. bicycle collision The cyclist was riding on the sidewalk when he came to an obstruction and had to go into traffic, another reason why I say sidewalks are not bicycle infrastructure.

One of the cases that lead to drastic changes in FL law finally comes to a close. Two years in prison for Key Biscayne college student who killed cyclist in DUI crash The only reason this waste of human skin was not given the required sentence was the victim’s relatives were soft in the head and said not to.

Update on a November bike wreck in MN. Evan Steeves, Student Injured in Bike Accident, to Be Discharged From Hospital Thursday Glad to hear he’s recovering, not happy to read that aside from some nearly healed scrapes and bruises all his injuries are limited to his TBI which is the HARDEST kind of injury to recover from. Take it from the former dead guy.

And a couple of states to the east another student… Otsego student injured when bike struck by car on the way to school Nothing on the actual mode but I did notice some blame on the driver mainly because the wreck was just outside a school.

wreck in MO. Edwardsville police seeking help in November hit-and-run that seriously injured cyclist The cyclist was hit completely off the road surface… I’m thinking this might have been an attempted murder.

Injury wreck in CO. Cyclist struck by SUV on Ninth Avenue in Longmont As it appears now the weapon vehicle was making an illegal pass when the wreck happened, as the cyclist had to reposition his line to cross the railroad tracks without crashing and the weapon vehicle was obviously trying to share the lane in an unsafe manner.

Cyclists and skateboarders are so rude in CA. /s Cyclists, skateboarders show lack of respect for law And no, that is not the Onion, but the Orion.

What the new transportation bill means for everybody. What New U.S. Transportation Bill Does for Complete Streets Design Since everyone needs to use streets at some time in the day, everyone needs complete streets.

Justice is served in Canuckistan, as hard as that is to believe. Driver pleads guilty to causing crash that injured teen cyclist in Red Deer Guilty on two charges, with one of the lesser charges dropped in the plea bargain. Sentencing in January.

Can’t send a truck driver to jail just for killing a cyclist, wouldn’t be cricket. Chigwell lorry driver who killed cyclist is spared jail I mean after all it was just a cyclist after all, killed because the driver failed to look and signal before turning across the bike lane. TANJ!

On a similar note, why is this driver not in prison for an extended stay? CTC questions why driver who killed cyclist was only sentenced to a curfew and driving ban To recount, this was the driver who was looking at something or someplace else other than out the front of the vehicle for SEVEN FREAKING SECONDS while a cyclist lighted and reflectored and wearing the glow-in-the-dark clown suit with additional lights far beyond the legal requirements was riding down the straight lane all by his lonesome with no oncoming traffic (that anyone noticed, then again the driver missed seeing the cyclist with the lights and reflectors and the glow-in-the-dark clown suit so what was actually on that road…). Do you know how long 7 seconds is? It’s more than a football field at 30 MPH, which is much slower than the driver was going when he killed the cyclist. Again, TANJ! TANJ, AND T.A.N.J!

More on the cyclist killed this week in Oz. Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club cyclist Nicholas Ruygrok dies after collision with car at Maroubra amd Devoted fiance dies in Sydney bike crash also Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club cyclist Nicholas Ruygrok dies after collision with car at Maroubra Experienced cyclist, but on his first ride with a new group after moving to the city, falls down in front of a oncoming car. I say look for tacks in his tires.

How to survive the Netherlands if you don’t ride a bike (humor). How to survive Dutch cyclists

And I’m about to post Thursday’s post at 0501 Friday morning.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

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… 😛

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

You won’t believe why the post is late, and the Feed

I had D&D this afternoon, which did not materially alter the filtering, but after that I was supposed to be interviewing for that modelling gig. The meeting was supposed to be at a local coffeeshop because the offices for this place are in a location that is not even close to public transit. I was supposed to meet with them at 1830, so I got there a bit early because that’s when the bus let me off, bought a large hot tea, and sat down out front to wait for about an hour, with no contact from the agency about the meeting. I sent them a text that I was going home and caught the bus home. As I was getting off the bus I got a response to my last text. They had been in a production meeting with a client for another account and it went way late, they had just gotten all my texts, and they were about an hour away from the coffeeshop if I wanted to go back. Long(er) story short(er), the next time the photographer would be able to talk to me was next week at the same time the meeting was set for today. I’m not sure I want to take this gig, but I really need the money since the clicks and the per-click payments have both dropped like a rock over the last year.

First up is Our Daily Ted, part 1. Morning Links: Stephany convicted of 2nd degree murder, KCRW can’t find bike riders to discuss Mobility Plan

Daily Ted, part 2. West Covina bicyclist killed in (alleged) drunken late-night hit-and-run

Daily Ted, part 3. Bike rider killed in Carson when shipping container falls off flatbed truck

Still in CA is another link to the wreck mentioned in part 2. Midnight bike rider killed in West Covina hit-and-run Nothing on the mode of the wreck, so we have to assume that there was nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid the drunk driver.

Left cross wreck kills another CA cyclist. Bicyclist killed in crash identified The available evidence says there was nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck.

Still in CA we have another cyclist shot. Redlands police investigating shooting that injured a man on a bicycle

More on the OH cyclist shooting death. Friends and neighbors express disbelief over murder of 60-year-old Akron bicyclist ‘Mr. Mike’ So far this appears to be a random shooting that didn’t target the cyclist for anything other than being there at the wrong time.

More on that NJ hit-and-run. Authorities ID bicyclist killed in Rockaway crash

Detroit is changing from the Motor City to the Bicycle City. Why Bike Commuting Is Taking Off In The Nation’s Car Capital Part of what is happening is the city is contracting as most of the car-making jobs get off-shored so they are more or less getting rid of the excess city and rebuilding it as a bicycle-friendly city.

Can Atlanta leverage cycling to keep the world from burning up? Mayor Kasim Reed Plans To Attend Paris Climate Talks There is a reason they call it “Hot-lanta”.

Cyclist killed in the Chicagoland. 60-Year-Old Portage Park Cyclist Killed in West Humboldt Park Crash Both vehicles had a stop sign at the intersection, basic logic says the weapon vehicle must have run its stop sign because of the level of the injuries suffered by the cyclist. They both might have run the stop signs, but the motor vehicle running it caused the death.

Another hit-and-run in the Great White North. Cyclist injured in Innisfil hit-and-run Not only did the driver of the weapon vehicle leave the scene, but so did potential witnesses.

Jolly Olde really ain’t so jolly. City cycling is too risky for me, says police chief Now why might riding in a city be “too dangerous” for a hardened police veteran to undertake? That leads us into our next paragraph.

Cycle death case handling ‘may need to change’ and “Very strong case for change” in way cycling death cases handled says ex-Crown Prosecution head There is not enough investigations of wrecks, not enough prosecutions when there is an investigation, and not enough convictions when there is prosecution, and sentences are not robust enough when there is a conviction, to make drivers afraid of hitting a cyclist or pedestrian. At the end of the day you’re more likely to go to jail for a minor offense like holding pot, than for killing another human being while driving.

More debate about the Idaho Stop. Should cyclists be allowed to run red lights? Or should we call it the Paris Stop in the EU?

First-person of a cyclist getting right hooked by a driver that failed to signal. Headcam footage captures the dramatic moment a cyclist smashes into the front wing of a car and goes flying – while overtaking it as it is turning right

Last link is from Oz. John Thompson-Mills: How the new cyclist overtaking laws affect all road users

That’s all I got except for a serious case of the “Tireds”. I’m not even going to tag this one except “too tired to tag”.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Well now that that’s over back to the Feed

I had a great day on my birthday, ate too much, was shown much love by my D&D group, and generally had a good time. I’ll try to repeat the process again next year.

Some things are just sooooooo annoying. Pet peeve: bike infra designed by people who don’t ride bikes. It’s like virgins making sex toys for the opposite sex when all they’ve seen is pictures of the intended useage area, not to scale. And who have never seen porn either so they have no idea of what is supposed to go where. Or how. And this simile is starting to go off the rails, so I’ll stop while I’m behind.

There were two big themes in today’s feed: The drunken idiot driving on the wrong side of the road who claimed a human being was a pile of branches, More about the truck that turned left into a line of 8 cyclists and only managed to hit 5 and kill 1, and the whole rest of the bunch of hit-and-runs, of which there are legion.

So, scum bucket first. Lawyer: Driver in crash that killed cyclist thought he hit tree branches and Witnesses describe finding cyclist’s body And the rest of the links seem to have vanished when the computer crashed. Anywho, suffice it to say this guy gives “scum” a bad name. The cyclist was lighted and reflectorized well beyond the legal minimums, but that didn’t stop the defense lawyer from trying to blame the cyclist for being there to get hit by a drunk driver on the wrong side of the road.

Next up is more on the truck driver that missed 3 of 8 cyclists riding legally in the road. Bike ride in Cuyahoga Valley ends in tragedy for Plain Township father and Two bicyclists remain hospitalized after crash that killed man in Brecksville also FATAL CRASH KILLS ONE, INJURES FOUR this too “CRASH” NOT “ACCIDENT” and the letter “CRASH” NOT “ACCIDENT” Again I see reports that the driver of the weapon vehicle crossed the centerline a considerable distance before the intersection hitting the cyclists well after they crossed the intersection, and added to that the weapon vehicle stopped 20 feet before reaching the point at which he could have turned. The driver was either driving by braille, or terminally stupid. My bet is on the latter.

Speaking of terminally stupid, a drunk driver took out an Interstate-riding cyclist, for a case of the double-stupids. Driver arrested in death of bicyclist on I-94 in Minneapolis and Alexandria man hit, killed while riding bike on I-94 also Bicyclist riding in traffic lane on I-94 in Mpls. is hit, killed Near as I can tell from Google Maps there were plenty of alternate routes for the cyclist to take in that area, and there was no reason to be on the freeway. The closest area where the freeway could be considered a barrier to non-motorized traffic was several miles from where he was hit.

Since we didn’t have a post yesterday we have a surfeit of Daily Ted to share. Morning Links: 2nd officer faulted for beating of South LA bike rider, and a sad old song about careless drivers

And yesterday’s Daily Ted. Morning Links: Gov. Brown approves bike rider traffic school, too much Seth, and Peter Flax pens two must reads

And a sad one. Oxnard woman killed in bicycling fall in Port Hueneme

And because I feel like bouncing all the way to other side of the continent… Clinton Street Bike Lane Critics Tell DOT Officials They’ll Have Blood On Their Hands Oh Noes! I will get hit by deadly deadly cyclists if you give them a safe place to ride. /s

On the same subject but a broader perspective. DOT: NYC to Install Record Number of Protected Bike Lanes in 2015

Pretty pictures that most local DOT will gleefully ignore. Massachusetts’ Bikeway Design Guide Will Be Nation’s Most Advanced Yet

Hey lets go back to MN for no particular reason except this link. State DOT Wants to Get Drivers Off the Highways

This CA hit-and-run wreck could have been worse. Anaheim collision injures bicyclist; police arrest driver on suspicion of felony DUI As far as I can tell from the narrative the cyclist has serious but recoverable injuries, but since this seems to be three different reports mashed together, who knows. At this time the injuries are at least not life-threatening.

Another one of the hit-and-runs I mentioned at the top of the article. Local cyclist on mission to find hit-and-run driver who injured her Forensic scientists should be able to connect the mirror left behind to the make and model of weapon vehicle, assuming it’s OEM. So why does the victim not know what kind of vehicle hit her?

I don’t know if [grrrr] or [sigh] is the better lead-in for this. Bicyclist fatally struck by car on 47th Avenue This certainly looks like a SWSS wreck.

Another wreck that elicits the sigh or growl response. CHP Releases Name of Lompoc Cyclist Killed On Highway 154 Near Lake Cachuma The driver “attempted to pass the rider from behind and for unknown reasons, they collided,“. At least they aren’t claiming the cyclist was the agent of his own death.

Another driver giving scum bad name, this time in OR. Seriously injured woman faces soaring medical bills after hit on bike

An the hit-and-runs just keep coming. Fund set up to help injured University of Alabama student hit while riding bicycle

I have never seen a more convoluted way of blaming the cyclist for a driver’s mistakes. Lake in the Hills boy injured after bike collides with vehicle Really, the bike path crossed the driveway, making the bike path the through street, and they are trying to say that traffic in the left turn lane somehow had something to do with the wreck caused by the driver turning right from the driveway? Oh and “the sun was in my eyes” excuse? LAAAaaammme!

Another SWSS wreck. Bedford Teen Suffers Minor Injuries After Bicycle Struck By Vehicle At least this time the cyclist managed to ride away with minimal injuries.

Still another SWSS/SWCC wreck. Cyclist hit by car in Colonial Place seriously hurt Seriously, I’m getting a little frustrated at all the “suddenly entered the road from a sidewalk” and “swerved from the shoulder” reports today.

An indictment of L.A. infrastructure and LEO. The Ride of Way: A View of Los Angeles from a Bicycle Seat

In far West Canuckistan things just keep getting worse and worse for an accused killer driver. Family of well-known cyclist killed in Pemberton crash sues for negligence And there are still two more victims to be heard from, plus the cyclist he only grazed in the wreck. See, life just keeps getting better and better for him.

And from the Great White North. Cyclist injured, SIU investigating downtown crashThe SIU is automatically called in when there is a death, serious injury or allegation of sexual assault involving police.” WTF?

Also from the Great White North. Cyclist injured in collision with car Yeah this paragraph originally had a question mark because I missed the ON in the town description. anyway, left cross, you can read the protocols page just like I can and I need more page view clicks.

Ordinarily I don’t do breaking reports from Jolly Olde. Cyclist seriously injured in collision with two cars near Ashford I think you can deduce why I’m linking this one, the cyclist is still alive after getting hit by two cars. The dude is as tough or tougher than I am.

Something better and infrastructure-ish from Jolly Olde. Interactive map shows every London crash in which a cyclist was killed or seriously injured since 2005 This could come dangerously close to becoming a street map of London.

A drunk driver in Oz. Cyclist injured in Rockingham crash At least he didn’t hit-and-run.

The tester who passed this driver wasn’t real happy about it, but passed him anyway. Elderly motorist had ‘borderline’ driving skills before hitting cyclist, witness tells Adelaide inquest This is why testers should default to failing in case of a doubt. The alternative is giving Mr. Magoo a howitzer.

A hit-and-run follow-up. Man charged after cyclist injured in hit-and-run in Perth suburb of Mount Pleasant I don’t think that’s bondo on the front fender.

Two links to another hit-and-run in Oz. Cyclist injured in early morning Kwinana Beach crash and Cyclist injured in early morning Kwinana Beach crash At least this driver used the passenger side of the vehicle…

The latest fashions in foam hats. Preview: Bicycle Helmets for the 2016 Season The only thing I see worth while would be the “enduro” full-face helmets with adequate ventilation for long rides but protection good enough for downhill or street use, something that might have a shot at protecting your head in a wreck with a car.

And last link is a guy having a good ride in the early morning darkness. 5:33am: guy rides up our street blasting music weekly

And either I’m out of links or I’m out of sanity, and I don’t want to bet on either one right now.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

This was a long day even before I sat down to post today’s blog post, and the Feed

As the headline says, today has already been a long day. I had to go by the bank again and get out money to pay the bills that have to be covered by this weekend, then start paying them. A big part of the problem is I was using DART to get around instead of my bike that I can’t ride yet because I’m spending so much time getting around by DART I don’t have time to finish the extended stem so that I’m sitting up on the padded part of the seat like it was designed for. Let’s face it, Francis/es has the aerodynamics of a mid-’60s COE semi or a brick with the tall, wide side facing forward, and riding in the racing crouch is not going to materially affect the cruise speed of the bike over the “sit up and beg” position. I might as well be comfortable as I ride slow. But because I still don’t have that piece built and installed I can’t ride more than a couple of miles yet. And So It Goes.

The other thing that delayed the beginning of filtering and posting to the blog was tonight’s Full Moon service, which I had to help with. It was a nice service, but a little sparse on participants. That was OK as both I and the lady who was putting this on with me had to be someplace else as soon as the service was done, she to work and me to this blog post.

And tomorrow I’m going to get my neck rubbed some more in the hopes I can get that muscle that had been compressed by “Chris Christy” until it left “Arthur, Arthur Dent” loosened up so I can ride without pain and be able to turn my head all the way to the right. My new provider only charges $25 instead of the $60 (old charge) or $100 (new charge) of my old therapist, because this is a school and they need lab rats for their students to work on. Since I am comfortable in the lab rat role I have no problem paying $25 for the use of the building to keep the school open while some mostly-trained person hones their craft on my neck.

Up first the Big Story was a ex-Navy Seal taken out riding his bike in DC. Bicyclist killed on Massachusetts Avenue identified as Bethesda man And Former Navy SEAL killed in Bethesda bicycle accident Also Cyclist fatally struck by vehicle in Bethesda identified AFAIK the cyclist was hit from behind in or near the bike lane, and was more than legal in regards to lights and reflectors to the rear. More than that hasn’t been released yet.

More on the scum that ran down a cyclist in MI and left the scene. Man surrenders in crash that killed Lake Orion cyclist and Man charged in hit-and-run death of nurse bicycling across Michigan I never will understand why they give people who have already fled once to avoid prosecution bond or bail when they catch them. Especially a guy with failure to appear warrants in his history.

Here’s a break with Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Honked at for riding sharrows, Vision Zero lost in Mobility Plan fallout, and upcoming bike events

In Jolly Olde, OMG potholes are going to kill us all! Cyclists face pothole peril as road repairs are delayed and Potholes blamed for increasing numbers of cyclist deaths If I’m reading this right over 3400 cyclists a year would be dying from potholes except for the level of care provided by the NHS (this being the reason for the KSI stat, the NHS provides the highest level of emergency care in the world, and most people survive wrecks that would have been deadly after a long hospital stay before). Man, is that a lot of pothole wrecks or what?

Back in CA, someone needs instruction on the meaning of a right hook. Cyclist In Critical Condition After Collision At Divisadero & Golden Gate Nevermind, this is the same bunch that blamed a woman for getting hit by a truck making a wide right turn, without a turn signal, across a marked bike lane.

Still in CA, a driver pleaded down from Murder and 20 years to Manslaughter and 4 years. Four-year prison sentence in Foresthill Road bike-death case Maybe this is 4 years more than he would have gotten in a trial, maybe not… But he was under the influence of a dangerous narcotic and he killed a man.

Over in UT, a salmon cyclist is hit by an SUV that apparently rolled a stop sign. 1 hurt in auto-bicycle collision; police urge caution Two wrongs here, but they only issued the ticket to the one that got hurt. Also the cyclist appears to have been riding in the sidewalk, and as I frequently say, sidewalks are not bicycle infrastructure.

NYS, where killing someone with a motor vehicle is “just one of those things, you know?” Too early to know if Hammond driver will be charged in Route 3 bicyclist death Seriously it is easier to charge someone with murder than it is to get a homicide charge on a killing with a motor vehicle.

And this juicy tidbit from NYC. Ask A Native New Yorker: Is It OK To Yell At Cyclists Who Run Red Lights? The comments section…

Another dead cyclist in ABQ. Bicyclist killed in Thursday crash Who saw the cyclist run the red, aside from the driver that killed him? SWCC wreck until proven otherwise.

Deadly hit-and-run in KY Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run on Newtown Pike The narrative makes it sound like the driver was impaired chemically or by lack of sleep.

Here’s hoping the CM tonight in Miami was safe. CRITICAL MASS RIDES TONIGHT IN MEMORY OF FALLEN CYCLIST AND AHEAD OF TROPICAL STORM ERIKA

A wreck in the Great White North. Crash southeast of Stratford leaves cyclist critically injured Prayers and energy for the injured cyclist hit by a goober on the wrong side of the road. Ain’t nothing you can do about that.

More from Jolly Olde as LEO say if you ain’t dying don’t call about your bike wreck. Police chief writes to cyclist to explain why he can’t investigate crash

And last link for this tired blogger, is this the bike that gets fat asses out of cars? Is This The E-Bike That Finally Gets Commuters Out Of Cars? Absent some tax or fee that disincentivises SOV commuting, I’m going to say no.

And tired blogger says “Good night”. Programming note there will be no wrecks in the 8/31 blog post, if I even write it. I may go out and get drunk instead. Or stay home and get drunk. Or have cookies and cupcakes. I have been told there will be cupcakes with dark chocolate bats on them (can’t stop, this is bat country) 😀

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Unkillable Badass Poet

No post tonight, the visit to the Lab Rat Keeper drained me

I just wish that was not quite so literal as it turned out to be.

First is the lack of sleep issue. Last night’s post did not get finished until about 0230 or so, after 0200 at any rate. I was tired, but the brain refused to shut down and let me sleep, so I was awake until sometime close to 0400. Then the alarm went off at 0715. So I have been semi-functional all day on maybe as much as 4 hours of sleep.

The comes the dehydration. The relative humidity has been very low and the temperature has been high by “normal” standards, low by “Texas” standards, about 97-99°F. That just sucks the fluids right out of your skin. I compounded that by only having one cup of coffee with breakfast and then forgetting to drink water during the day until lunch. Lunch was a Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, small fries, and the biggest Diet Coke they sold. That helped for a little while until I had to sit in the sun waiting for the bus that was about 20 minutes late arriving. I was a bit thirsty when we got to the transit center, but not enough time to grab a drink before the bus home.

Then there was the actual visit with the Lab Rat Keeper. This visit was “torture day”. First the usual weigh-in and BP testing. Then the stuff that was not a part of the routine get more meds and go visit, the blood draw(s, I only got stuck the once but there were at least a half-dozen Vacutainers that had to be filled), the EKG (which only took one small patch of chest hairs off 😛 ), and then the mental acuity tests. First the good news, my memory impairment seems to only be relative to my previous standards, compared to other guys my age I’m a memory giant. The one that impressed the lady doing the test was the repeating back 8 digit numbers backwards. I missed one and got the other one which was a “pass” and would have allowed me to go on to the next level, except that was where the test maxed out. Remembering stories I didn’t do so well. I kept forgetting details like the names of the characters. Names have never been my strong point, just ask Mrs. the Poet how many times she gets called “Bob”.

So, when I got home I was tired. Run down. Vaguely thirsty. Sweaty and slightly stinky. And not really thinking all that clearly. So this is all the blog post you are getting tonight.

PSA, Opus the Unkillable Badass Poet