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Today’s delayed blog post brought to you by Kinky D&D, and the Feed

I was out of the house again this afternoon as the Kinky D&D group met for a dungeon crawl. The game is loosely based on the Oglaf universe warning very NSFW, and like the comic we get long stretches where nothing remotely sexy is going on for one reason or another. That would include today’s game, where nobody was raped or seduced or otherwise engaged in anything resembling sexual activity, including my nympho bard apprentice NPC. Part of that was caused by the party being under mind control by a race of asexual insectoids with sort of a hive mind (Formeans) for most of the session. We got very little loot from the dungeon crawl, a dagger that was slightly better than one lost during the crawl, and a ring of +2 Charisma for my Warlock. Fortunately none of the characters on the crawl needed to perform marathon sex to charge magic because the Formeans really did not understand the concept of recreational sex used as an energy source for magic spells.

Up first because it is funny and hey, bees. [UPDATED] A Serious Swarm Of Bees Is Devouring A Bike In Midtown There are worse ways to temporarily lose access to your bike than having thousands of bees use it as a rally point while waiting for their new queen.

Next up, the Big Story today has been the cyclist hit head-on by a drunk driver driving on the wrong side of the road. Cyclist Killed in Collision on North Center Street [UPDATED 12 noon] and Hickory Police: Cyclist killed by driver high on drugs Again I see this as a drugged out driver targeting a hated road vermin and because he was impaired he ran into the other vehicles and the power pole. I suggest checking his social media for anti-bike rants or even jokes.

The other Big story today is a hit-and-run caught on tape in NYC. Cops Seek Hit-And-Run Driver Who Ran Over Harlem Cyclist and Police Release Video In Harlem Hit-And-Run That Critically Injured Cyclist The cyclist was waiting to make a legal left turn when hit, and drivers wonder why cyclists don’t wait for the red. Well wrecks like this are a big reason.

How much street can you buy with $150K? 1.3 What does it cost to run the transportation system? Turns out to be not much, one traffic light and a few feet of sidewalk with a curb. Converting from the metric system and Canadian dollars it turns out that one lane of road costs $1 million per mile, +/- a few bucks, not counting the cost of the land underneath it. At $150K/mile for a segregated bike path making everybody ride a bike sounds like sound fiscal policy.

So it is official now, it was the cyclist’s fault for getting hit, not the driver blowing 0.123BAC%. Police: Cyclist at fault in crash that killed him I smell bovine digestive byproduct. I smell BS because none of the cyclist’s belongings have been returned to his family especially the bike.

NOLA has a bicycle infrastructure problem. Bicyclist killed by dump truck at Canal and South Broad; five bicyclists have died in New Orleans this year Part of the problem is cyclists obeying the law are invisible to drivers. more on the specific wreck mentioned in the headline. CYCLIST KILLED IN MID CITY WRECK Bog-standard right hook, incomplete pass followed by a turn, and the innocent cyclist has nowhere to get away from the truck.

The shoulder of the road is not bicycle infrastructure. Cyclist dies after being hit by vehicle on Goodwood Blvd. Assuming the driver’s story is correct, and the remains of the bike seem to back that up, there are many reasons why a cyclist would swerve from the shoulder, including there was suddenly no shoulder there to ride on any more.

More on the FL cyclist killed trying to make a legal left turn. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Lakeland Man Killed While Riding Bike I’m still waiting to see how they are going to blame the cyclist on this one.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: OC truck driver goes on trial; Montebello hit-and-run reward; Metro bike workshops start tonight

From NYC, those horror movies about goofing off behind the wheel worked so well when we were in High School. City employed drivers forced to take ‘Vision Zero’ safety class What makes people think they will work any better on adults?

More on “pedestrian safety” in NYC. A Brief History Of “Jaywalking” In NYC

What happens when bike riders play by the imaginary rules. This Is What Happened When Bicyclists Obeyed Traffic Laws Along The Wiggle Yesterday Two blocks were all it took to get massive road rage from drivers, and a massive traffic jam from just a few cyclists.

Another deadly wreck in the Great White North. 15-year-old cyclist killed in crash on Highway 7/8 Cyclist riding with traffic hit from behind…

Put the fucking phone down and leave it alone until the vehicle has ceased all motion. Lorry driver killed Plymouth cyclist ‘after reaching for phone’ In the time it took to find the play app, find the sermon, and start playback the driver had been not looking at the road for several seconds, and was totally unaware of the cyclist NOT in the road bu the bike lane adjacent to the road…

I for one welcome our robotic overlords, as long as they learn how to “play nice” in an environment filled with squishy humans. Driverless Car Testing and Big Data Intersect in Simulated City

Cyclists need to learn how to stretch, unlike drivers… Off Your Bike: Four Helpful Stretches for the Bike Commuter

And I seem to have run out of links again.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Unkillable Badass Poet

Hello Tuesday, and the Feed

Tuesday is my slow day here at WoaB, right after my busiest day on Monday. I used to use two other sources on Monday that I now use on Tuesday to fill in for the total lack of links from the regular Feed. And by lack of links, since I stopped doing wrecks that means Tuesday sometimes has no links from the Feed. So moving those other links from Monday to Tuesday sometimes is the difference between a few links and no links. And a link accumulator blog with no links is kinda sad, y’know?

Up first, is why this blog existed for the first 8 years I wrote it. The Web Monkey Speaks: Mean Streets Yep, there are some crazy people out there, and they only seem to get crazy when they drive. Outside of a car they are sweet kind people who wouldn’t hurt a fly, behind the wheel they would kill a cyclist in a heartbeat because they had to lift a foot off the gas pedal and coast for a few seconds.

To drive home the point from the previous paragraph. Funny Kill Victory Count Vinyl Sticker Decal, Honda, JDM, Acura, BMW, Ford, Oh yeah, funny like a punch in the face with a fist full of broken glass and razor blades. Maybe someone should report them for selling a product that encourages violence against vulnerable road users, like someone registered as an eBay user? I mean this product just screams “Slash my tires, I am an idiot who deserves it!”

This gap in the infrastructure leaves everyone at risk. Unlicensed, Hit-and-Run Drivers Kill First NYC Pedestrian Victims of 2015

And some (slightly) good news from NYC. Traffic Deaths Declined In 2014 For Everyone Except Cyclists I would count the increase in cyclists as “data noise” given the small number killed in either year.

And we get another entry in the winter bike riding frenzy. Can You Bike In The Snow? I prefer to use home-made studded tires for riding in icy conditions, and I use ski gloves for when it gets really cold to keep my hands warm.

If you have been thinking that intersections have been designed by idiots who never walked further than from their parking spot to the office, you may be right. Injustice at the Intersection It is interesting to note that the St.Louis suburb of Ferguson has very few sidewalks including only on one side of the street where Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown after Brown allegedly jaywalked.

You think you ride a lot, you are just a piker. The great Tommy Godwin – 75,065 miles (120,805 Kms)… on a bicycle… in one year… 1939! To give this a TX scale this is equivalent to riding from Garland to Texarkana every other day for a year, and then riding back the next day. That’s a long trip and boring as heck, but mostly flat so it would be doable (but not by me).

Unfortunately we are still a long way off from reaching Peak Car here in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. URBANISTS NEED TO FACE THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF PEAK CAR Two ways of looking at this: with having passed Peak Car congestion can be beaten by installing bicycle infrastructure to reduce the car count through bottlenecks and just flat reduce the number of cars on the roads, or “you can build your way out of congestion” because there won’t be any more cars to fill those new roads.

This is why you need good bike infrastructure even after peak car. Bicycle safety advocates call for road improvements Pt. 2 Woman sues over accident on bike path that left her paralyzed If a wreck on a bike path can do that to an experienced cyclist, you are not building Dutch quality infrastructure.

And sometimes bad infrastructure is made worse. Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail That string of nails looks tailor-made for poking holes in tires.

A critical part of bicycle infrastructure in the UK is the NIH. How London Air Ambulance saved life of cyclist who lost leg in skip lorry crash

Not everyone in NJ is like Chris Christy, or even voted for him. Ringwood pair recognized for aiding cyclist

Another pair of great people in IL. Relatives of injured cyclist reach out to good Samaritan

Another e-assist bike kit that will “change the world”. The FlyKly Smart Wheel for Bicycles is Now Available and First to Hit the Market in the Movement to Usher in a New Era in Urban Transportation What, you thought I was kidding? I see one of these things about once a month, it’s like the people that put these articles out think we never saw all those other articles on the web. It’s almost like “sooner or later one of these things will succeed.”

And I’m all out of links again.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet