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Be on the lookout for counterfeit Dr. Scholl’s inserts, and the Feed

Yesterday’s post got sidetracked because I got soaked as the temperature was dropping like a stone, and I forgot to mention that I had just replaced the worn-out inserts in my shoes in an attempt to extend their lifespan until spring. I got what I thought were Dr. Scholl’s replacement inserts and put them in on Monday. I say “thought” because it turns out the store I bought them through had been sold counterfeit products. When I removed the inserts this morning to let more air get inside the shoes to dry them out I found the new inserts missing a few critical parts and piles of goo inside the shoes. Whatever cheap shit they used was water soluble and in turn made my shoes a sticky mess that will have to be replaced sooner rather than the later I had planned on from replacing the inserts. Basically I’m just wearing shoes with no lining at this point, the insole that protects my socks (and feet) from the surface of the top of the sole was part of the insert that I threw away Monday and replaced with the phony “Dr. Scholl’s” insert I can wear the shoes for short periods of time but any long walks are right out, at least until I get new inserts. Mrs. the Poet says she does not remember where she got the inserts, so tracking origin and the rest of the shoddy batch down is going to be impossible. This was one of those “standby” purchases we made because of the whole “can’t walk very far without these, and have to walk a long ways to get to a store that has them, better get some before we need them” mindset. Well now I have to do that walking, and buy new shoes. And then take them to a shoe repair place to get the left one raised by 17mm so I can walk straight again.

Up first is yesterday’s Daily Ted. Morning Links: Cycling in the South Bay makes me blush, and what you — and drivers — don’t know about bike law This was the one that I missed because of the wet feet/falling temperatures fiasco.

This is today’s Daily Ted. Morning Links: Dismal turnout but bike friendly results, and a new video says safer streets can make a big difference Many races were decided by a few dozen votes, some less than that. Elections like this is where I say that winners have to get a plurality of registered voters, not just votes cast. When 90% of the registered voters don’t show up that is a huge “None of the Above” vote.

The really big story continues to be the death by “door prize” in Oz. Cyclist killed on Sydney Road, Brunswick, stood no chance, police say And I can’t believe they are going to forego writing a ticket because the driver waited until the first cyclist passed before hitting the second cyclist with the door. Sydney Road speed limit drops to 40km/h in wake of dooring death That’s 25 MPH for the metric impaired among my readers. Sydney Rd to become 24-hour 40km/h zone in new safety plan following cyclist death As several people pointed out in both of the comments sections in the preceding links, the weapon vehicle in this wreck was stationary when the driver opened the door in front of the cyclist. Melbourne’s naked bike ride to take detour past Sydney Road ‘dooring’ site OooKayyyy…. Paul Syvret shares his fears as a casual cyclist

Some almost-good news out of the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Man Charged in Fatal Hit and Run of Bicyclist in Dania Beach Why was he renting the vehicle in the first place? Was his regular vehicle in the shop for body repair? Have they checked to see if he was involved in other hit-and-run wrecks? And the thing that makes this “almost” good is he got caught, what keeps it from being all the way good is what he did to get caught for.

Traffic enforcement news from NYC, part 1. [UPDATED] Unlicensed Teen Driver Who Killed 4-Year-Old Takes Plea Deal You know if it wasn’t for the courts changing the laws to require more proof for vehicular homicide than for murder we could get stricter sentences for drivers that kill people walking on the sidewalk. Or in a crosswalk with the signal. Seriously, the ticket for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk and not hitting anyone is almost as high as the maximum fine for killing a person crossing in a crosswalk with the signal. You could literally get a smaller fine for killing a person, than for riding a half block from the curb cut to the bike rack to park your bike.

Traffic enforcement news from NYC, part 2. No Jail Time For Driver Who Killed 9-Year-Old On Brooklyn Sidewalk See the analysis from the previous article because it applies even better to this wreck where the driver was driving in the freaking sidewalk.

More on the WY trial of a cyclist-killing driver. Casper man receives 16 years in prison for cyclist’s death The thing that bothers me about this one is the minimal deterrent this holds for the majority of drivers in the state. What am I talking about you ask? Look at the color of the driver’s skin and pay attention to his name. I’m sure most of the drivers likely to kill a cyclist are going to think that this driver was punished for being Hispanic as much as killing a cyclist.

More on the IA taillight law making its way through the legislature. Bill requiring rear bicycle lights advances in Iowa Senate You know a great deal of the problem here is LEO not enforcing Iowa Code, Section 321.285, the Basic Speed Law.

A little CA infrastructure. Pedestrian, Bicycle Plan Approved For 20-Blocks Of San Francisco’s Polk Street

A HI wreck is getting blamed mostly on the infrastructure. Cyclist’s death highlights road dangers and Hawaii police officer on leave after bicyclist killed What I don’t see is a driver blamed for driving faster than he could stop in the distance he could see clearly. That is what caused this wreck, not “glare”, not a lack of shoulders on the road. Driving too fast for conditions.

With a little money even the most deadliest state in the US can build some nice bicycle infrastructure. Pine Island Florida

I count this as probably a crime of opportunity, if it was planned that would mean the guy that buzzed the cyclist was an accomplice, or that there was something that caused the wreck on the road that the thief removed when he stole the bag from the basket. Thief stole injured cyclist’s handbag as she lay unconscious

I call BS on this one, as the cyclist was run over before reaching the actual intersection. The tragic consequences of one cyclist running a red light

OK really, what could the kid have done in this situation? Alan Cartwright stabbing: Three arrested over teenage cyclist’s murder

Drivers just can’t seem to stop hitting cyclists, maybe it’s the infrastructure? Bradford selected for cycle safety campaign as injuries rise The problem is you can’t really “tame” motor vehicle traffic, you have to keep it caged away from people that could get hurt.

A little news from Canuckistan. Edmonton bicycle community remembers cyclist killed in crash

I like this bit of honest-for-real Lifestyle in Boston. Femmechanics Boston This is a coop that caters to transwomen. Knowing some transwomen I can see that this could work, given a high enough concentration of them to make it feasible. Otherwise it’s just an empty building with bike tools.

I like their attitude. ‘We aren’t disabled, we’re inconvenienced,’ veteran says as Ride 2 Recovery group cycles 470 miles

And I think I’m out of links, thank [$DEITY].

Billed @€0.02, Opus

OK the ice and snow is gone, and the Feed

By this evening the last of the ice and snow that has been dominating the weather in these parts finally went away. Good riddance! Finally we have temperatures our heating system was designed to cope with and Mrs. the Poet has divested herself of her coat and 2 of the 4 shirts she was wearing. Yep, she’s down to 2 shirts and 2 pairs of underwear and heavy wool socks, instead of the “everything in the drawers and closet” costume she was wearing yesterday and Saturday. I still keep getting awakened at night with her trying to keep getting closer even after she gets into full body contact under the covers. I mean at this point the only way she could get any closer would be to skin me and wear me as a coat, which is kinda hard to do in your sleep and messy besides. Outside of the house the roads are no longer coated in ice, just slightly damp, and the number of injury wrecks has declined to only slightly above “normal” for a weekday. Have I mentioned that TX drivers lose their minds when the roads are anything less than perfectly dry and smooth? You would think that given how low the state’s road maintenance budget is compared to how many miles of road we have people would be used to crappy roads by now.

Up first is the massive amount of links to various aspects of an Italian cyclist “winning” the “door prize” in Australia. Brunswick cyclist death: ‘Car-dooring’ fatality prompts calls for motorists to pay more attention and Chilling footage of cyclist’s road death sparks passionate debate I wonder if anyone was paying attention to the bike lane symbol peeking out from under the weapon vehicle at the bottom of the image? Alleged dooring death: cyclist launch Sydney Road parking ban petition and another one Sydney Road bicycle death: Labor minister Jane Garrett sets emergency meeting as Greens MP Greg Barber renews call for TAC-style dooring campaign not done yet Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon killed on Sydney Road, Brunswick, remembered by work colleagues and memorial ride still MORE! Brunswick cyclist’s car-dooring death a ‘wicked waste’ and easily avoidable, safety campaigner says are we done yet? Tougher dooring penalties call rejected after death of Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon As I interjected between links I noticed what appeared to be a buffered bike lane underneath the line of parked cars the cyclist was next to when he was doored and thrown into the path of the truck that killed him. What is going on that there was nothing mentioned about this in any of the hundreds of comments I read about this wreck?

Also generating a ton of links is ongoing reporting on the lawsuit filed against the driver of a car that was used to kill a cyclist and the owner of that car. Suit filed in death of cyclist hit by alleged drunk driver also Suit filed in death of cyclist hit by alleged drunk driver and Cyclist’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Alleged Driver As I have written earlier, they should also file suit against whoever is in charge of this piece of infrastructure for the third identical death in 5 years in nearly the same location, a drunk driver drifting into the bike lane and hitting two cyclists from behind at high speed. One such death is a tragic accident, two is a coincidence, three is a design defect. We are now in design defect territory.

I find this conviction unusual especially given the state it was obtained in. Judge to sentence man for death of Casper cyclist Seriously 16 years in prison for killing a cyclist in Wyoming? The state that recently decided they didn’t need to know how and how many cyclists were getting killed and injured on their streets and highways?

Another one of those links about a dead cyclist that I don’t have a good label for. BICYCLIST STRUCK, KILLED BY CAR IN FRESNO COUNTY LAID TO REST

And while we are talking about CA here’s Our Daily Ted. A giant falls — Alex Baum, the father of modern LA bicycling, dies at age 92 WoaB sends its condolences to the LA bicycle community.

And some people in CA are just bastards. Robin MIller: Grow up and put your helmet on Seriously, I wear a helmet every time I ride my bike (and the recent medical problem I have been having that has been keeping me from wearing my helmet is also keeping me off the bike), but I know my helmet is mostly to protect my heirs in the lawsuit they will file against the driver that kills me to show I did everything in my power to not get killed.

And in NYC a killer driver refuses to admit fault or even that he committed hit-and-run when he killed a cyclist. No Apology From Trucker 3 Years After Killing Williamsburg Cyclist The sad thing is even if they pull his license and he kills someone else, unless he is drunk or leaves the scene again the most he will get is a ticket for driving while revoked.

OK this is mostly a bike story because they stabbed this guy so they could steal his bike. Islington stabbing: Alan Cartwright, 15, killed while riding bike with friends and Islington cyclist stab murder inquiry begins

A little UK “infrastructure”. I use quotes because there is little to none for bicycles in this article. Cycling campaigner brands Westminster Council’s attitude to road safety as ‘neanderthal’

News of a driver actually facing charges for killing a cyclist in Enn Zed. Driver charged over fatal cyclist crash Another turning truck running a cyclist over from behind…

Seriously, what is wrong with some people? Cycle-route booby traps: a growing danger for Spain’s mountain bikers Barbed wire and heavy fishing like at face or neck height? Rocks big enough to require 3 people to cooperate in carrying and placing them? This is acts of terrorism, pure and simple. And that steel plate with spikes welded into it? Someone was trying to kill somebody.

And here is some real “Lifestyle” of the cycling kind. 2015 Twelve Hours of Santos: Riding to Help an Injured Racer

And thank [$DEITY] I have finally reached the end of today’s links.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Strange news from the hormone fronts, and the Feed

I got some good news from the LRK about my testosterone levels. Since they had to adjust my BP meds as the result of one of the previous suppliers dropping out my testosterone levels had to be tested before my prescription for HRT could be renewed after the last time it ran out. I ran out about 3 weeks prior to my visit, so supposedly whatever my levels were would be reasonably similar to what they would be completely without HRT, and the test results were, incredibly, slightly lower than normal. That is much higher than expected after being on HRT for close to two years, which should have resulted in zero testosterone. But my healing ability seems to have kicked in and caused my hormone levels to be in the normal range for a man of my age not taking testosterone antagonists. The doctor is at a loss to explain this beyond my previously demonstrated ability to heal from injury and illness… Now all I need to do is wait on the PCP assigned by my Obamacare provider to give me a referral to a surgeon to take this lump off the back of my neck so I can get back on a bike and be able to see where I’m going. The word from the PCP is he will be taking more new patients after January 1. I have put in a request for an appointment ASAP.

Up first is a legal infrastructure report from Houston. Trial begins in cyclist’s hit-and-run death Notice the “rapist’s defence” blaming the victim for the clothing she was wearing. This has got to stop, the driver did not hit-and-run because the cyclist was wearing dark clothing, the driver hit-and-ran because the driver had no morals and left the victim to die in the street. The clothing the victim was wearing should have no more to do with that than the clothing of a rape victim.

And if it hadn’t been for the TX trial this would have been my leadoff link. Cy Vance Files Homicide Charge in Lower East Side Pedestrian Death This is noteworthy for two reasons, the first being that filing criminal charges in motor vehicle deaths is rare to the point of being mythical in NYS, there being only 2 such charges in more than 150 pedestrian deaths in 2013. The second reason is charges were filed so quickly in the process and there were no aggravating circumstance like DUI, while the victim was a homeless man staying in a shelter nearby.

Another jurisdiction lowers the speed limit on bicycles on an MUP lower than the speed limit for motor vehicles in a school zone. 83-year-old killed by cyclist prompted speed limit drop on Washington trail, website reported Still trying to find out if the speed in school zones is higher than the 15 MPH speed limit for bicycles on the MUP. I’m betting it is 5 MPH faster.

Moving to CA LEO are using some sense in handing out tickets for bicycle safety. Santa Monica Police Take Steps to Curb Bicycle AccidentsSpecial attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks and similar dangerous violations.” IOW all the things that get people on foot or riding bicycles killed or injured.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: More on Sunday’s CicLAvia, Santa Fe Springs bike rider shot, Dubai site doesn’t get Bono joke

Bonus Infrastructure! article from Ted. Guest Post: Deep data analysis reveals the real causes of LA bike collisions I’ll take cars for a thousand, Alex…

A similar campaign to the CA ticket blitz in Oz. Police blitz Sydney Rd cyclists in Brunswick And predictably, they are targeting the victims instead of the people doing the killing, like the woman wearing the helmet improperly. Wearing a helmet has never caused nor prevented a wreck, helmets are post-wreck injury factors.

Still in Oz, a serious fine for a serious offense. Motorist Paul Faulkner convicted and fined $1200 over cyclist who hit car door and later died

If there is any doubt that people’s lives are secondary to corporate profits… Lorry safety change faces 10-year delay I have a compromise: Let the manufacturers have their delay of safety regulations, on the provision that any cyclists killed or injured by trucks made during the delay are compensated 100% for medical bills, lifetime lost income, and pain and suffering, or their heirs. Sure you can delay meeting safety regulations, so long as they pay for the damages caused by not meeting those regulations.

And those were all the links I could scrape up today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Back to the old composing page, and the Feed

As much as I like the streamlined look of the new composing page there is just too much missing from it for me to continue to use it. Automatic if you guys are paying attention we need to make getting to the classic composing page as easy as getting to the stripped-down new page. I don’t mind the missing tools as much as I mind that the new page strips out components of the site when I use it, or at least strips out components of the site when I access the site since I don’t know what other people’s experience is like. When I use the classic compose I get access to the share button so that I can send this to all the FB pages I have admin status for (not something I do every day, but something I do sometimes to specific pages that the post would be welcome at), but when I use the new page the share button is gone. This is not acceptable.

Also I spent an exciting hour watching Jens Voigt ride a bicycle in circles. #Shutuplegs indeed.

Up first, while I love being able to look at a crime scene picture and establish a narrative of the events leading up to that crime scene picture, I hate being right in this case. Cops: Audi on wrong side as bicycle hit The fact that the cyclist was hit on the passenger side of a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road (and sources I can’t link to tell me he was riding in the right hand side of the lane) point to the fact that the cyclist literally had no place to go to avoid the wreck.

I REALLY want to see how CA LEO go about not giving any kind of ticket or anything to the driver in this report. Bicyclist dies after being struck on Freeport Boulevard Two cyclists, one killed in the bike lane, and less than 24 hours after a new law making hitting a cyclist from behind a mandatory fine of nearly $1K went into effect with great hoopla. I mean c’mon, he was hit in the bike lane, if that is not “unsafe pass” personified I don’t know what would be. Hit-from behind protocols to avoid, and enforce the legal infrastructure to prevent. Or install physical infrastructure that’s “up to Dutch”.

A wreck in NV. Cyclist killed in North Las Vegas crash identified and NLV Cyclist killed in intersection was at fault The thing that always bothers me about these wrecks is was the cyclist caught by a stale green? Or in other words did the cyclist enter an intersection with the green light and just not have enough time to clear it before cross traffic started moving, but with the pictures of the weapon vehicle and the bike I think that’s not the case with this wreck. The bike is so badly mangled that determining of the bike had working brakes at the time of the wreck is pretty much impossible unless the brake cables have heavy corrosion indicating they had been disconnected for some time. So I’m going to have to go with NLV LEO on this wreck because there is no doubt the cyclist ran the red into traffic. Why he ran the red is another question entirely, not in my pay grade.

More on the “great guy” that was drinking and stoned when he killed a cyclist in NM. Suspect in cyclist’s death appears in court Interesting that the driver has two previous assault charges in the past 3 years. Also interesting is the second charge has not been adjudicated yet when he was arraigned for this charge.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike tries to take out another cyclist. Cyclist critically injured in crash with Jeep in DeLand Another SWSS wreck with LEO accepting every word from the driver as absolute gospel. Protocols and Dutch quality infrastructure, and less gullible LEO, to prevent.

A PA cyclist collides with a stationary construction vehicle. Cyclist injured after crashing into truck in Murrysville No I can’t figure it out either. I have no pictures of the bike, and the picture I had yesterday of the truck is 404 now. I can tell you it was a Really Big Truck, about as large a vehicle as can be driven on the roads without permits and pilot vehicles, so I have no idea why the cyclist could not avoid it. Just pure speculation is that he might have been run off the road and into the truck but without some kind of witness to say one way or another I can’t say. I wish the cyclist a speedy recovery.

A deadly wreck in MA. Authorities Investigating Fatal Bike Accident in Malden, Massachusetts The cyclist was apparently having a medical emergency when he fell off the sidewalk under the garbage truck. This is a wreck that could be prevented with infrastructure, but in reality without universal medical care this would just result in the man dying someplace else from whatever medical emergency he was having when the truck ran him over. More Man struck, killed in Malden garbage truck accident

A spectacular wreck in the Great White North results in no injury for the cyclist. Cyclist not injured in supper-hour crash Intersection wreck that apparently the cyclist used the intersection protocols in to completely escape harm while scaring the driver half to death. Get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Note to the cyclist, if you’re a reader could you post a comment and tell us how you managed to avoid getting hurt.

Apparently the right hook is not illegal in Canada, just be aware of that. No charges laid in collision that killed cyclist in Dartmouth

From the UK a taxi hit a cyclist and a pedestrian and I feel bad for the taxi driver, and if that doesn’t get you to click the link I don’t know what will. Taxi driver critically ill in hospital after crashing into cyclist and pedestrian outside Old Bailey

A cyclist in Oz wins a minor “door prize” Trigger Warning! Bike rider says she could’ve been killed when doored on Brisbane road

Interesting Infrastructure! news from CA. Dick Spotswood: Bike path accident leads to calls for bikes to slow down I keep asking if the MUP speed limit is faster or slower than the CA school zone speed limit but I never get an answer.

More infrastructure news from CA. Olympic cyclist sues over the death of his wife, Debra Deem This is about the free right turn lane that allows drivers to make right turns without slowing down.

More on the CA enacting of the 3-feet-to-pass law. Three-foot buffer law for cyclists now in effect

Until we can get every state and city to adopt the CROW manual (still only €90!) We will need lots of these guys. Bike Scholarship Winner Saw Cyclist Fatally Injured Not that every bike lawyer needs to watch someone die, just that we need lawyers who have skin in the game to stand up for us.

Infrastructure news from the Great White North. Sister of woman killed in bike accident wants more protection for cyclists Hey I didn’t say it was good news, just news. This is a response to that other article about the woman right hooked in Dartmouth.

I don’t find these “jokes” funny, do you? Why do we still hear people joke about hitting cyclists?

Lifestyle in NC. Des Ark’s Aimée Argote plans memorial bike ride Friday night Seeing someone killed riding a bike changes you. Especially if that someone is you, but don’t tell anyone I said that. And Cyclists ask motorists to share the roadways

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The impact of CA’s new three-foot passing law; bike-friendly Brentwood poet passes away

And those were all the links I could find yesterday (this has been a Very Long Day).

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

Now we wait, and the Feed

The check has been deposited into a special account I had set up just for such things back in the ’90s, some place to park “hot” assets until they had cooled off and could be used. At the time I was building prototypes for toys and sometimes had to handle checks for thousands of $ and needed a place where I could put stuff and not have to worry about losing everything if the deposit turned out to be tainted in some way, so I created a second savings account just for that eventuality. None of our investors or contract jobs turned out to be “shady”, but even after the toy shop closed for lack of business (we lost our shirts making a “working” ST:TOS tricorder with magnetometer and weather station) I left the account active by moving a dollar or two in and out of it every couple of years or so “just in case” and 20 years later, I’m needing it again.

On another front, I may have to get surgery done on the lump on the back of my neck. It was tested a few years ago and determined to be a benign lipoma or fatty tumor. The problem is it has been getting bigger lately for whatever reason and has gone from interfering with my bike helmet when I ride bent over on a normal MTB, to hitting the back of my head when I’m finishing a bottled drink or travel mug. I have to take the lid off my coffee cup to get that last swallow. And this week it got to the point where it just plain interferes when I move my head. It ain’t deadly, but it might aggravate me to death so it has to go. I’m going back to my doctor early next month on an unrelated subject, but I will definitely bring this up with him then. Seriously this thing hurts almost every time I move my head now.

Up first because of proximity to WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a cyclist is right hooked in NOLA. Cyclist struck by driver on Magazine Street, police say I have one thing to say about NOPD, they certainly seem to “get it” about the hazards of the right hook. Now if they could “get it” about the “punishment pass”…Anyway, right hook means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Not sure of the state on this right cross wreck of a salmon cyclist. Cyclist injured after colliding with vehicle This is the primary reason not to ride salmon, drivers are not looking in your direction when executing turning movements and will hit you and it will be your fault. Not that I have to say anything to my readers, you guys already know this, right?

A NE man is seriously injured by a serial traffic violator. Police: Omaha man arrested after hitting cyclist and Bicyclist, 45, critically injured by car that police said was being driven erratically One report had the driver of the weapon vehicle swerving all the way across the street before hitting the cyclist from behind. This moves this wreck from “normal” to “unavoidable by human cyclists” category, and also the “not likely affected by Dutch bicycle infrastructure” category. The driver failed to keep the vehicle on the street even when using both sides of it, bicycle infrastructure would just be “more street” for him like the sidewalk was.

Update on a NY wreck. Wayland man sentenced to 2-6 years in cyclist’s 2013 death Kill someone while under the influence by any other means and you will get serious prison time, much more than “2-6″. But cars are “different”.

A cyclist in far West Canuckistan gets compensated for a wreck with a loose dog. Cyclist felled by unleashed Chilliwack Doberman awarded $39,000 For those unaware Dobies were originally bred to haul children in small carts as both a draft and as a guard animal, and they are very aggressive around anyone they see as threatening “their kids”. The article shows the device intended to restrain the animal failed to function, probably because of a dead battery.

Even the trees are out to get cyclists in Oz. Cyclist seriously injured in crash – Blue Mountains The tree limb fell into the shoulder and partially in the road and the cyclist suffered serious injury trying to avoid it, but the severity of the injuries makes me think the tree or another vehicle hit the victim. But seriously, this falls into the “not avoidable” category.

More on that UK wreck that is currently in the trial stage. I posted links yesterday as being from two separate wrecks when they were in fact this wreck. Driver looking at photos on phone hits cyclist – then snaps fatally injured victim, court told I sent this link to someone who knows about these things, and he indicated the driver could have “narcissistic personality disorder” whatever that is… More Minibus driver accused of fatally colliding with a cyclist told police ‘I’ve killed a man’, court told

After bad infrastructure gets a cyclist killed all road users are advised to exercise caution until the infrastructure in question can be fixed. Drivers urged to use caution after bicyclist killed AFAIK cyclists in NH are required to use a bike lane if one is provided, even if doing so will get them killed, so it’s up to drivers to “not kill” cyclists.

More infrastructure news from SD. No sidewalks by new Sioux Falls middle school So, they expect everybody to ride the bus to school, even those that live less than a mile away? No sidewalks or bike lanes (and probably no bike racks to park at even if they decided to ride a bike to school).

Lifestyle from CA via Facebook. Remember Matthew: Change Lanes to Pass a Cyclist This is a FB Community Page to remind people that cyclists are human beings and fragile.

Lifestyle from NM. Amazing cyclist, 94, outlives his competition The anchor person wanted to know what he does to live so long but didn’t want to do the one thing she knew he did, ride the bike… >sigh< :(

And a potential game changer for e-assist bikes and EV. Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough The claim is a completely solid-state battery with no liquid electrolyte, built the same way as my laptop screen and at about the same cost.

And I seem to have run out of links again. Fortunately before I ran out of mind. ;)

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Grocery day will be very light, and the Feed

Since Mrs. the Poet and I will be leaving Monday night we only have to get about half the groceries we normally do, because they won’t stay good until we get back. So, no produce except maybe a small bag of lettuce, only a single loaf of bread if any, no dairy at all. And lots of snacks we can put in our carry-on luggage so we don’t have to buy the over-priced “food” they sell in the bus stations. It’s bad enough we will be buying drinks priced 3 times what they cost at the local C-store on the corner, especially when our caloric needs will be so low.

Up first is an update on the Milt Olin wreck in CA. Family of cyclist fatally struck by sheriff’s car files claim against Los Angeles County This story has stunk to high heaven ever since it first broke, and the stench has just been getting worse every day, first with the refusal to hand the investigation over to the CHP to at least give the appearance of impartiality, second when an investigation that should have been wrapped in a week took more than 5 months to be delivered to the DA, and third when the DA refused to allow any part of that report to be released to the public. The facts of the case are quire damning to the driver, the cyclist was hit from behind while riding in the marked bike lane by a cruiser going over the speed limit without lights and siren. The pictures I have seen from the crime scene show the one skid mark left by the victim’s back tire at impact and skid marks after the impact (unless the picture was somehow reversed, but then the question would have to be why did the driver stop using the brakes right before impact?), and the impact was several feet from the lane marker.

A buzz job in OR. Cyclist injured in vehicle accident near Sandy and Man injured after being clipped by rear-view mirror on Highway 26 The crime scene pictures show one of those awful rumble stripped shoulders that turn what could be a nice place to ride when it’s clean into something that can kill you with a second’s inattention. This means the rider was forced to ride in the traffic lane but he did not take the lane to make himself more visible. This is (or should be, I haven’t read the protocols page in a while) the first thing to avoiding getting hit from behind, riding where you can be seen in the lane. This also gives you more room to move to the right to dodge wayward motor vehicles that are getting too close.

A wreck in AZ that LEO are wrongly blaming on the cyclist not crossing the street in the crosswalk. Peoria accident leaves teen cyclist injured Since the basic report is so flawed other than noting that this was an intersection wreck so intersection protocols should apply I got nothing, except INFRASTRUCTURE! Oh, and trained LEO.

Still in AZ another cyclist is squished. UPDATE X2:CYCLIST KILLED ON SPEEDWAY; DRIVER ARRESTED ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER When I first filtered this report the driver hadn’t even been caught yet, much less charged with murder. Hit from behind in the bike lane seems to be popular today, use the protocols to avoid, particularly the “have an escape route” part. And if that bike lane had been built to Dutch standards the weapon vehicle would never have gotten near him in the first place.

A PA blotter report on a left cross. Sentinel police log for June 19 I think I actually had this wreck in the blog last week sometime. Intersection wreck so protocols and infrastructure. Kudos to LEO for immediately handing out tickets to the driver for violating the right of way and failing to signal.

Another report on that CA hit-and-run I had a skimpy link to yesterday. Cyclist killed in Sacramento hit and run Nothing new, just another link.

OK this is just not right, with two links. P.E.I. man granted day parole two years after killing Alberta cyclist and Drunk driver who killed Edmonton woman gets day parole Apparently “day parole” is like “work release” in the US. Get out, go to work, and be back in your cell by a certain time every day.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CABO opposes protected bikeway bill; Brit driver kills 5-year old, then says shit happens

Someone else noticed a major change to the legal infrastructure. Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist With the added information I am also wondering how they figured the cyclist was 21% at fault for getting hit by the car door when she was getting physically forced into the door zone. Maybe because she was there to get hit?

Actual on-the-ground testing of that pseudo-Dutch intersection treatment. Portlander’s ‘protected intersection’ concept gets first on-street demo (in Minneapolis) The reports that 8 YO were able to use the infrastructure properly first time without instructions to move as they desired on their bikes is really good news.

The good kind of infrastructure article. Buying a bike? Now you can use Twitter to find out if it’s stolen property

Busting up and preventing bike theft in NY. Bicyclist follows accused bike thieves, leads to arrest of three Syracuse teenagers

If you live in Chuck this is an even better kind of lifestyle link. Chucktown BikeDown Cheap alcohol, but don’t over do it because if you get to all of the venues you have a chance at winning a pretty cool bike.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today.

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A busy day with a Full Moon Circle, and the Feed

We went to get our bus tickets for our vacation (well my wife’s vacation, my work travels with me now), and it happened again. For the umpteenth time since I was 37 YO, I was the recipient of an unrequested senior discount. And a companion discount, but we were kinda expecting that. The senior citizen discount, totally not expecting that. So we took the money we saved and blew about 10% on dinner and left a big tip for the waiter. And got a discount at dinner, too, but not a senior discount thankfully. I mean seriously, I know I can look rough some times, but it is a huge sucker punch to the ego when the white-haired gentleman at the counter doesn’t even ask if you qualify for the senior citizen discount and just gives it to you because you look like you qualified a long time ago…

Up first less than a week after announcing the removal of a good bike lane a really bad one gets someone killed. Cyclist struck, killed while riding in bike lane And on closer look at the report, this was from early May, and the report is just now getting released? Way to stay on top of things SAPD. Hit-from-behind in the bike lane, so even in what America laughingly calls “bike infrastructure” the protocols still apply when there is nothing between you and motor vehicle traffic but a paint stripe, and if they had built the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to begin with, this wreck would never have happened.

Once again the life of a cyclist is cheap. Man gets probation in 2012 wreck that killed bicyclist on Loop 360 They gave the man deffered judication, which means that if he keeps his nose clean for 5 years or just avoids getting caught for that long, he charges will be dismissed…TANJ! Of course he will be 93 YO by then, but still there are principles involved.

This KY wreck appears to be caused by a breakdown in a place where it was impossible to get off the road. Cross Country Bicyclist Hit And Killed In Scott County From the picture there were cliffs on both sides of the road with maybe a foot of ditch with bad footing so something would be hanging out into the travel lane no matter what you did.

On of the reasons I do not like the standard “safety bicycle” design that has been around with minor tweaks for over 100 years. Cyclist injured after brakes lock up in Madison I would say using brakes in moderation to avoid, but we don’t know what he was trying to avoid.

That NM hit-and-run may have been intentional according to two other cyclists the driver tried to run off the road within sight of the near-fatal collision. ONLY ON 4: Cyclist says hit-and-run crash appeared to be ‘intentional’ Sheriff’s deputies just think it was speeding and losing control for the hit-and-run, and the other two incidents just minutes or seconds before the wreck are “coincidences”.

Further west from that a jury of mostly drivers decides the fate of a driver that “didn’t see” a cyclist even after she killed him, she went back to the intersection because she thought she hit a deer. Jury debates fate of motorist involved in collision that killed cyclist And even if the jury finds her guilty, the judge is likely a driver who hasn’t ridden a bicycle since he was a child. And yes I’m being cynical, it’s either that or homicidal, and I can do better behind a keyboard than behind a cell door.

Another hit-and-run in MI. Driver flees after hitting bicyclist I don’t think I want to know how the weapon vehicle was damaged front and rear in this wreck.

A PA cyclist will live much easier after this judgement. $2.4 million award in Philly bicyclist’s injuries ‘sends message’ to drivers Door prize followed by pinballing into the vehicle that was following too close and forced the rider into the door zone. Ouch…

Nothing much on what caused this UK wreck, but plenty on what happened after it. Seriously injured cyclist pulled out from under car by five locals Good show dudes.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: 55 years to life for drunken hit-and-run, arrest in Eastdale hit-and-run, Fig4All drags on… and on

Infrastructure! news from CA. the really good kind. Stealing a bicycle in Sacramento can now get someone prosecuted for felony grand theft

Infrastructure news from the Great White North. Police, MPI stress cycling safety in demonstration “See this vehicle? The driver can’t see out of this vehicle no matter how hard he looks, so stay away from this vehicle.” But why allow vehicles that the driver can’t see out of sufficiently to avoid killing people allowed on the roads?

UK infrastructure article. How can the justice system be rebalanced in favour of cyclists?

Stupid is as stupid does. Frenchman Dead, Another Injured in Facebook Dare Note to people attempting to duplicate this stunt: use flat pedals without toe clips, this guy drowned because his foot was attached to the bike after he went under.

Textbook example of expecting a certain result and finding it. Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out Since they didn’t separate the bike share cyclists from cyclists riding other bicycles the study is useless. Also with increased number of cyclists comes increased head injuries.

Ivanova from Babylon 5 is a cycling fan, who knew? THOR DE FRANCE

What is the fastest way to get to the South Pole from the coast under human power? Looks to be recumbent tricycle according to Guinness. Guinness confirms polar trike world record That’s a fast ride even without driving to the South Pole.

A sad Lifestyle story from FL. Ghost bike marks spot where dancer was killed

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus