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I cooked dinner tonight, and the Feed

Well most of it anyway. We splurged and bought 3/4 of a pound of chicken livers because I haven’t had chicken livers in years. Part of the reasons for that is Mrs. the Poet refuses to go through the mess and bother of cooking them, primarily because she can barely eat them. I wrapped about half a pound of bacon around the livers and fried them up, a preparation method that leaves the livers so that I love them, and Mrs. the Poet will at least have a couple of ounces total uncooked weight so she gets some protein in her meal. Anyway that takes a while to cut the bacon strips in half, wrap them around the livers, and fry them up. So I ended up losing about an hour from the filtering process preparing the blog post, but as this was Friday and I have to wait until after midnight to finish filtering I could afford to take the time out for cooking. And they were goooooood

Up first is Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Bike beats car in race to beach, Calbike wants your take on bike politics, and BMX legend dies

Still in CA. Bicyclist Suffers Major Injuries in Head-On Crash Near Jalama A person claiming to be the driver in the comment section said she was to the right of the centerline and the cyclist was on the wrong side of the road.

And speaking of that BMX legend, here’s a link off of my Twitter feed. Dave Mirra, BMX Legend, Dead At 41

Down in Houston a 3YO cyclist is run over by a driver that did not know he was there when the SUV started moving. Former UGA star Danny Ware fighting for body of son killed in Texas Again this is more of an issue with the blind spots of the SUV around kids.

In WI a kid-authored bill would make cycling the official state exercise. Kids Advocate for Biking to be State Exercise With two bike manufacturers in-state (Trek and Volae), this is really a no-brainer choice to make.

A bill presented to the FL legislature would strengthen the state 3-foot passing law and extend it to other road users. SPEAK UP FOR SAFETY OF PEOPLE ON BICYCLES, PEOPLE ON FOOT One of the major changes proposed is to put teeth in the law when a driver hits a cyclist from behind (or a pedestrian or any of the other classes of “vulnerable users”) substantial fines are levied against the driver.

More infrastructure news from FL. Recent accidents raises concerns for local cyclists It’s worth noting that of the recent wrecks listed none were the cyclist’s fault and would have resulted in the enhanced penalties in the proposed bill mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Update on an injured CO cyclist. Fort Collins cyclist hit by car remains hospitalized I do wish they would stop saying drivers don’t get hurt when they hit cyclists with their cars.

Death-defying report from NY. Police log: Dogs chase man on bike

Another link to the saga of the unlicensed driver in an HGV running over a cyclist wearing HiViz and blinky lights waiting at a red light. Lorry driver who killed cyclist jail appeal rejected Did he seriously expect to get a reduction in his sentence after having multiple driving convictions and driving without a license or insurance when he killed the cyclist? He’s lucky they didn’t find a way to increase the sentence.

Infrastructure-related wreck in Oz. Cyclist falls on deteriorating Bellarine Rail Trail amid calls for repairs It seems they can’t decide if the cyclist wrecked because the surface was bad, or because the surface collapsed underneath her.

New gadgets for the tool geeks out there. The 6 coolest accessories we’ve spotted this week That suction-cup bike carrier looks interesting.

And I think I don’t have any more links (checks) Nope, no more links.

Billed @€0.02, Opus


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.


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

Well, this is interesting, and the Feed

I had a second beer with dinner last night for the first time in years. They had Yuengling Lager on tap, and I found it to be a delightfully drinkable beer, just to my liking with lots of malty and yeasty flavors and just enough hops to keep it interesting and not too sweet. Pity it isn’t available in TX, or at least my part of TX. As I understand it the beer is brewed in PA. And I had another beer earlier that was good, something called a Berkshire I think, but it didn’t really have a character that made it stand out, except to be better than your average American Pilsner. And as that is not a very high bar to clear it doesn’t make my list of beers to have more than one of ever. It is not a very long list, the Yuengling Lager, a few Shiner varieties, a couple Sam Adams, the Heileman’s Special Export, and a couple of local to Dallas craft beers. I drank a lot of IPA because I bought a 12 pack on sale and I wasn’t going to throw them out and they do grow on you after a few bottles. That doesn’t mean I’m going to pursue more unless I get in the mood for one. And I was really disappointed to read the Heileman’s brewery was bought out by Pabst and most of the line was dropped, except for Heileman’s Special Export. I’m assuming they are still bringing the beer inspectors over from Germany to certify it meets their beer purity laws, or should I say hoping rather than assuming.

Up first is another blind driver, this time in MN. State Patrol: Cyclist Hit, Killed While Pulling Children In Rock County The video showed a 2 lane road with no paved shoulder and excellent sight lines at the wreck scene, but stated the driver was “distracted by a cell phone” when he hit the mother from behind. At speed that would mean that even if the victim had a rear view mirror and was looking through it she might have had about a second to identify the fact that the weapon vehicle was on an intercept course with her and her children. That is barely time to begin changing course to avoid a wreck like this. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Another WY fatality. Authorities identify bicyclist killed Monday on Highway 220 OK I have to blame this one on the cyclist assuming the narrative is accurate, otherwise it reads like just another SWSS. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid and INFRASTRUCTURE!

Another dead cyclist in Ted Rogers’ back yard. 79-year old bike rider killed in Chino; SoCal cycling fatalities up slightly over last year At the time of posting there is no information on the cyclist’s direction of travel or lane position. So that leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” as the only preventative measure.

Over on “the Continent” a UK cyclist is hit head on by a UK driver while riding Alp d’Huez. British cyclist dies in Alps crash after colliding head-on with motorist as he descended notorious mountain road AFAICT the driver drifted to the cyclist’s side of the road to reduce the amount of steering input needed to make the hairpin corner, leaving the cyclist absolutely no time to react before getting hit. Since this is a piece of iconic bicycle infrastructure that must be shared with motor vehicles, about the only thing I can suggest is “Y’all be careful out there.”

Our Daily Ted has some overlap on the wreck links, and has some good writing. Morning Links: Welcome new LADOT GM, and German police ticket one-armed man for having just one brake

Infrastructure! news from Canuckistan and the rest of the Great White North. Cyclist thinks Trans Canada Trail won’t be finished by 2017 Yep, when you leave national infrastructure (Trans Canada pretty much defines it as “national”) up to local funding to create you can almost guarantee the situation will end up late and over budget. And most likely below standards to boot.

And the situation is none the better in the UK, despite stringent laws. Cyclist urges Surrey County Council to repair road defect “before someone gets killed” The defect is almost invisible until you hit it, shortly before you hit the deck.

And still in Jolly Olde a woman’s smile gets repaired after a near-fatal wreck. Cyclist injured in near-fatal crash finally smiles again thanks to dentist who replaced six front teeth for free after NHS refused to fund op

And I seem to have run clean out of links to post. Perhaps I will conclude this post and enjoy the Sam Adams Summer Ale Mrs. the Poet has brought for my consumption.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Happy New Year 2014, and the Feed

Well, most of us lived through 2013. Here’s hoping things will be a little less deadly in 2014 and that I will have less wrecks to write about and more and better infrastructure to write about. Especially since the Dutch have been so generous about sharing their bicycle infrastructure with those of us who are Anglophones.

Up first is my only US wreck, a head-on crash where it appears the cyclist crossed the centerline on a corner. Marin County: Bicyclist injured in head-on collision on Panoramic Highway Since I can’t get to any pictures of the bike or the weapon vehicle, or most importantly the crime scene I’ll have to accept the narrative as posited by LEO, that the cyclist had excessive speed for conditions and crossed the centerline on a turn. To avoid modulate your speed going downhill to remain on the correct side of the road. To prevent get the infrastructure right. There are very few wrecks that could not be prevented by getting the infrastructure right.

NM is not the only place where people set booby traps to injure or kill cyclists as is shown by this UK link. Police appeal after Hull cyclist injured by trap This wreck illustrates the hazards of leaving trash in the bike path as it can be used to disguise a booby trap as well as being a hazard in and of itself.

International Infrastructure! news. Can Radar and RFID Stop Drivers From Killing Cyclists? The RFID idea is dead in the water as it requires the victims to spend money to not get killed, which comes perilously close to being an extortion racket with no guarantee that the people driving the deadly weapons will face similar requirements to update their vehicles. Since we have seen how well trying to get side guards installed that actually pay for themselves in reduced fuel consumption in under a year has worked, how will requiring installing gear that identifies and alerts drivers to the presence of cyclists and pedestrians with no other benefits like reduced fuel costs go over? I have a suggestion for that, allow installation of alert systems that warn drivers about cyclists and pedestrians to be optional, but make all wrecks between vehicles not equipped with the alert systems and a cyclist or pedestrian automatically the fault of the truck driver because the systems failed to warn the driver because they were not there? IOW allow trucking companies to bet on not hitting any cyclists or pedestrians without installing the systems, but make losing that bet as financially painful as possible, with pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of income, and loss of enjoyment all being paid 100% by the trucking company (or their insurance, who would probably require installing the alert systems as part of getting insurance).

Last link is to one of the premier e-assist bike companies making a better but less-expensive version of their flagship bike. The All New SIMBB 29C Bike – “ The Electric Bike SIMBBlified” Through-the-gears means the power gets transferred to the wheel at the most efficient motor speed for the bike speed or IOW more to the ground and less to waste heat.

And those are all the links that gave me fits or otherwise on this first day of the new year.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Election day, and the Feed

Things are being decided today in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, and after I finish the post I’m going to try to vote. I say “try” because my voter registration card was in the wallet I lost back in June (along with nearly $500 in cash and gift cards), and I don’t know if being on the rolls for that precinct and having valid photo ID would be enough to let me vote.

Lots of non-wreck links today which is fortunate for my sanity. Too much death and CARnage makes me edgy and prone to violent outbursts.

Update on the CA cyclist hit head on in the bike lane. CHP: Dozing driver struck, killed bicyclist north of Santa Cruz And Officials ID bicyclist killed in Highway 1 crash north of Santa Cruz So he fell asleep with his cell phone in his hand? Because there are several published reports that have him clutching the cell phone as he emerged from the wreckage.

Update on the fatal wreck of a cyclist in NH. Driver had been in relationship with bicyclist in Keene fatal “Just happened” to hit your ex? I’m sorry but that is too much of a coincidence for me, charges should be upgraded to murder.

Another report on the cyclist killed by an 80YO woman driving an SUV in AZ. Bicyclist killed in Sun City West I’m seriously confused by this wreck as the pictures from the crime scene show the cyclist in the center lane of 3 with the weapon vehicle parked crossways to traffic and away from the intersection. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get access to the precise location of the wreck to be able to construct a geometry of the wreck and figure out what happened.

A child cycling in NY is killed. 11-year-old dies after being hit by minivan while riding bike and Bridgewater boy, 11, dies after being struck while riding bike Cyclist left the driveway and hit the side of a minivan in the highway, which makes this at least partially an infrastructure-related wreck as high-speed highways and residences do not go well together. Particularly if there is some king of vision obstructing vegetation on the side of the roads.

Blind driver hits ninja cyclist in NC. Bicyclist hit by car in west Charlotte Nothing on the bike lights, just the clothing color. I smell a cover up.

Good news from NYC. No Riders Killed in First 5 Months of New York City Bike-Share Program

Significant Infrastructure! news from Delaware. Delaware Drops “Share the Road” The “Share the Road” signs are interpreted significantly differently by cyclists and drivers. Cyclists see them as “allow bicycles safe passage” and drivers see them as “bicycles get off the road”. Of course the latter interpretation is the exact opposite of “sharing” a road.

Infrastructure news from IA. Do Bicycle Lanes Help Prevent Serious Injuries? The answer is “maybe”. If you consider the CA wreck posted near the top of this post, then the answer is “not so much”.

A bike plan with no funding source is not a bike plan, it’s a wish list. 64-Million Dollar Bike Plan in the Works for SLO

A problem that is not common for bike paths, fortunately. Chew on this: The bike path beaver is back

Infrastructure news from Oz. Safer cycling in the spotlight as roundtable meets at Campbell Town

And just general bad news from the UK. Bath lawyer warns that cyclists who don’t wear helmets could have crash compensation cut

A Dia de los Muertos altar for cyclists in L.A.

Along those same lines, a Ghost Bike in OH. All-white two-wheeler honors bicycle accident victim

A really cool kid on a bicycle. Berkeley 12-year-old bikes entire West Coast to combat climate change

Some days I feel sorry for cyclists in the Great White North. Crack-Smoking Aside — Does Rob Ford Have a Drunk Driving Problem? Toronto has a crack-smoking, drunk-driving mayor that hates bike lanes. And Toronto cyclists have my pity, for what it’s worth. And that’s coming from a guy living in a city with less than a mile and a half of bike lanes if you count both directions.

Last link. How to use bike share to evade zombies in a post-apocalyptic world

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Totally wired, and not high, and oh yeah the Feed

Yes I have a little extra electronics for the day, I’m hooked up to an ABPM, or Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor that is taking my BP automatically ever few minutes and recording it. This is not a new sensation for me, as this is a common thing to do when either a new drug or a new combination of drugs is being tested, to see how often the patient must be redosed to control blood pressure within safe levels, and to test that the medication doesn’t cause a sudden extreme drop in blood pressure that moderates quickly to a more normal level. BP medications that do this can still be used, sometimes by changing the time of day the drug is taken, or by combining it with a different drug that lowers BP for a longer period of time but that doesn’t act very quickly to begin with. Of the meds I’m testing this time, one has lowering BP as a side effect of its original use, and they’re trying to get it approved as a BP med for “on label” use so it can be bought under insurance drug plans. That’s me, helping make the world safe for capitalism and incidentally making people healthier while I do it… 😛

Up first because it’s local, a cyclist trying to catch a bus has the bus catch him instead. DART bus runs over, kills cyclist A little more information would have been helpful, like was the cyclist on the street or in the sidewalk were other people involved… All I can say for now is to not ride facing traffic and not fall over in front of buses.

Over in the West Coast, LEO think the hit-an-run against a cyclist competing in a citizen’s bicycle race was an intentional assault with a deadly weapon. Driver Still At Large At this time authorities are asking for any helmet camera video or stills of vehicles that match the description of the hit-and-run, acting in a manner that might be interpreted as threatening or assaulting or attempting to assault. Actually I think ALL hit-and-run against a cyclist should be treated as assault or attempted murder if the cyclist lives and manslaughter or murder if the cyclist dies. As for how to avoid a similar wreck you can’t. This driver was apparently practising before he hit the cyclist, and when somebody decides they’re going to kill a cyclist, or at least hurt one really bad, there isn’t much hope for the cyclist except maybe an attack of conscience on the part of the driver or his passengers.

Still in California, a guy gets hurt riding a bicycle. Cyclist hurt in crash Could they get any less informative and still use complete words?

LEO in IL are still trying to decide if a cyclist’s injuries are the result of falling off the bike or somebody sideswiping her and knocking her off the bike. Police search for clues about injured cyclist Apparently it’s real hard to tell the difference between a sideswipe that doesn’t make full contact and just falling off the bike unless someone sees it. Whichever it is I hope the cyclist recovers soonest and that if there was a hit-and-run the driver gets caught and properly punished for his or her misdeeds.

The toxicology screens have finally been released on the driver that pinballed into a group of cyclists in a southern suburb of Salt Lake City. Driver not impaired in deadly collision with cyclist, police say At this point it’s all moot because the driver died of natural causes before the tox screen could be completed. The guilty party is already in the grave, he can be punished no further.

MI LEO are still looking for the minivan that killed a cyclist, BOTLO for a white Chevrolet Ventura with a damaged or missing grill and right front damage. Authorities Looking for Driver of Hit-and-Run Minivan that Killed Cyclist If you see this vehicle render it immobile provided you can do so safely and/or otherwise report it to LEO. Finding the vehicle is important but not as important as my readers’ safety. I don’t have enough readers as it is without one of you doing something brave (stupid) and getting killed.

This just in as I was getting ready to close out the Feed folder, a teen driver celebrating her birthday killed a cyclist. Magna teenager, on her birthday, hits, kills cyclist and Woman struck and killed by truck with decorated windshield also Cyclist killed in head-on crash in Utah The victim was an electrical engineer and a recent graduate of the University of Utah and had been hit before. I don’t think she read my blog though. I think the other cyclist involved in the wreck might have as he veered right to escape the oncoming car and was unhurt. Remember when in doubt, cut right. This will get you further away from oncoming traffic and away from the direction a distracted American driver is most likely to turn if he accidentally crossed the centerline. If the driver continues to move left (s)he’s either unconscious or doing it on purpose.

Again from CA, Courts have determined it doesn’t matter that the cyclist was drunk (maybe) if you’re drunk, too and you kill the cyclist. California Court Rejects Contributory Negligence Defense in DUI Case Yep if you’re drunk and you kill someone your butt is going to prison.

In Canada they can’t count but the do know when hitting a cyclist is a crime. Man gets eight years in jail for killing cyclist I remember posting about this wreck because of the furor over the police chase that had been broken off just seconds before the wreck because the driver had fled to First Nations territory where the LEO was not permitted in any official fashion.

And that’s all the news that gives me fits.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Bleary-eyed and foggy-headed, But we have a Feed

The local pollen hasn’t been treating me too well the last few days, and the only allergy med I’m allowed to take because of my BP medication makes me sleepy all the time. But I have persevered and filtered the Feed for your reading displeasure.

Up first is a report from Boston where they had multiple bike wrecks in the same day. Gruesome wrecks raise concerns for cyclists Don’t read the comments, way too many “I paid for the roads with my car taxes you bikers stay off!” comments. There was a wreck in this report about a car that ran head on into a bike, but nothing about the lane position or if one vehicle was running a red light. The other wreck was the trolley track incident linked here yesterday.

In CA a man was arrested a year after he hit and crippled a woman riding her bike and left the scene. Saratoga man arrested a year after hit-and-run that injured competitive cyclist I love how the Murky sugar-coats what happened to the cyclist. “Injured” makes it sound like she got hurt but now she’s all better, when the truth is a world-class athlete was crippled probably for life, and at a very young age which means she will die younger than she would have had he not intervened, her earning potential is lower because of him, and her quality of life has suffered because he couldn’t slow down and move over 3 feet. I hope they put him under the jail, but I’m fresh out of rabid wolverines to put there with him.

All I know from this report is that the bike hit a motor vehicle head on, nothing about which side of the road either one was on or anything else. Bicyclist struck, killed in Mount Pleasant At least in a wreck like that the cyclist doesn’t suffer long.

The Huffington post reviews the top 20 bicycle-friendly cities in the US, Texas cities being unremarkably absent from the list. 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities In America: Bicycling.com Ranks The Best Cities To Ride In (PHOTOS) If it wasn’t for Lance living in Austin, Texas wouldn’t even make the top 20.

In the UK a cyclist is injured (and later dies, see the comments) near where Robin Hood used to work. Cyclist injured in city centre accident

Still in Jolly Olde, another hit-and-run against another cyclist. Car sought as cyclist injured in hit and run Why is the car being sought, do they think the driver will still be inside waiting to be arrested?

And that’s all the news that gives me fits in print.

Billed @$0.02, Opus