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Good news for and about Blue, and the Feed

I was out running errands today, dropping the shoe at the shoe-repair place, getting money out to pay for the parts I need to repair Blue, transferring money to Mrs. the Poet’s account, going to Plano Cycling to pay for those parts with the money I took out… And while we were going through the order for the parts the parts guy noticed that there was a shifter set offered that was more than $20 cheaper than buying front and rear shifters separately, same parts in one box instead of two boxes. And it turns out that for one item I will have to pay shipping because it isn’t a part that’s stocked by their warehouse, it has to be bought directly from RANSbikes in KS.

Up first is some semi-local news from the next town over from the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. 2015 City Council Candidate Survey

I’m trying to figure out whose ox is being gored in this one. Virginia Beach says no to Boardwalk bicycle ads

I suggested doing this to freeways as a means of reducing the need for AC in the summer and running fossil fueled powerplants year around. This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels For a bike lane this “solution” has 2 problems: 1) It is running right down the median of a freeway, which means nasty, smelly pollution generated just feet away, and 2) getting on or off the bike path requires getting over that freeway and the barriers on both sides. I can see some cyclists using the facility, so either they are trapped there since it was opened, or there is some way on and off that is not visible in the video.

Speaking of bike lanes, this person enthusiastically supports them. Cyclist badly injured by truck: Bike-only lanes a must Yeah, me too.

I was unaware that Buzz Feed used machine translated text, the other question is what language did they translate it from. Auto Vs. Bicycle: Duking It Out In L.A. Targeted visitorsFrom visitors jams, to pushy motorists, to purple lights and some close phone calls” Red, stop; amber, proceed with caution; green, go when clear; which one is purple again?

And since we are already in L.A., let’s drop in on Ted Rogers and see what he’s up to. Morning Links: Bike the vote in Pasadena election; cyclists urged to defend Mt. Hollywood Wednesday

Vision Zero meets Zero Vision in NYC. Cy Vance: $580 Fine for Driver Who Killed 9-Year-Old Cooper Stock If this name sounds familiar this is the Cooper that “Cooper’s law” was named after.

How not to implement a road diet. The road diet is history, Paw Paw to go back to 5 lanes of traffic, no more angle parking First of all never tell them that this is an experiment, even if it is. You tell them “This has worked well in other places with similar levels of traffic, so we should end up safer and still getting to where we want to go.” Second, you have to give it at least a year to work, not a couple of months.

A Canadian tragedy results in renaming a charity ride. Ride the Rideau cycling event to be renamed, rerouted after last year’s tragedy The fatality has tarnished the reputation of the event, none of the organizers wishes to cease the fund-raiser, so change the name and never mention the wreck again except in a separate setting.

A UK bike retail association asks how do you grow cycling? OPINION: How do you grow cycling? Start with proper infrastructure and instruction on how to use it, then add layers of legal protections. It’s all spelled out in the CROW manual for only €90.

Well, I’m glad they clarified that the drivers were equally or more useless in the article, but the headline is still excessively provocative. ‘Useless’ WA cyclists need lessons This is from Oz, by-the-by.

And now I need a lie down, because I need to get up early for the new RPG group to have an all-day gore fest. There will probably be a short report on my new Warlock5’s adventures, now that he has been gender swapped and is a girl in magical armor, and a cursed armored belt. You may recall my character put on a cursed belt of gender swap thinking it was a Belt of Giant Strength. It might be a Belt of Giant Strength under the curse, my character hasn’t had the chance to test that part yet, he was too busy being seduced by 2/3 of the female members of the party… He’s “real purdy” now. 😉

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Welcome to December, and the Feed

You may have noticed things floating across the blog today, that’s just the “snow” that comes to WP every December to acknowledge that in the northern hemisphere this is the beginning of Winter. We actually had some snow already, but it didn’t stick so we didn’t have anything to show for it. Just as well, people in Dallas go absolutely apeshit when there is anything wet on the roads, and things get even worse when “wet” is also “frozen”. Things are just so strange here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell… XD

Why was the freeway shut down last week? Shut’em Down for Michael Brown

A little NY Infrastructure! news that is not good. Suffolk residents concerned about cyclist safety This one county is the most deadly county for cyclists in the US, even worse than FL.

The most annoying infrastructure problem ever. Get Your Cameras Ready for Half-Empty Black Friday Parking Lots All those acres of pavement doing nothing, except destroying the tax base.

First they decided it was a great idea to put pedestrians on the bike path, then they start thinking about banning bikes, from the bike path. Push to shut Clover Moore’s City of Sydney shared cycleways: No risk assessment of city’s shared paths increases threat of law suit Here’s a suggestion: ban pedestrians from the bike path instead of bikes.

Our Daily Ted from CA. Morning Links: The Times looks at rising bike hit-and-run rates; and the year’s most inspirational video

Remembering a cyclist that slid under a truck after falling in a mixed experience peloton. More than 200 take part in bike ride in memory of Kendall cyclist This is one of the most dangerous things about riding in a mixed group, one mistake and you’re in traffic. Then you’re under traffic.

NHS is feeling the budget crunch, and the crunch catches injured cyclists. Woman cyclist in her 60s ‘left lying injured in road for an hour and a half’ Yep, this blows the “Golden Hour” all to heck. For those unaware, getting an injured person to medical attention in under an hour from getting hit by or with a car substantially increases the survival rate and reduces the incidence of complications.

Preparing for the change in the weather presaged by the “snow” in the blog. DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: WINTER BIKE COMMUTING BASICS The biggest thing for riding in winter is keeping warm, dry, and upright… Take care of that and you got it beat.

And those were all the links I could find without wrecks today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet