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Happy Fourth of July, and the Feed

Since this post won’t be seen until after midnight I have no problems with putting tomorrow’s date on it. So happy 239th birthday United States of America! You don’t look a day over 230 ;)

On a personal note, the massage seems to have had a lingering effect on my neck mobility and pain discomfort levels. I still hurt after working on the blog all day, but before I do I feel great and have full left-to-right mobility of my neck, and nearly full up-and-down range of motion. The edge of the dent is still noticeable by touch, but I don’t think that anyone who didn’t know where to look could find it just by sight. But the big bunch of skin wadded up from where “Chris Christie” was removed is still quite visible. I’m just hoping I can tilt my head back far enough to ride Francis/es to the Full Moon service tonight, but since I have to work on the blog post, probably not. I’m sure I could now after the massage if I didn’t spend hours bent over the computer, but I have to spend hours bent over the computer… for you (and my sanity, I get a little “off” when I don’t write anything).

Up first is a story about a person recovering from a bike wreck just a town over from WoaB. Cyclist finds freedom after holiday weekend crash nearly took her life Another drugged and/or drunk driver hits a cyclist. Best wishes on a continued recovery to the cyclist.

“Stuff” like this is why I hate display a strong antipathy towards the NYPD. Pedestrian Killed By Private Garbage Truck In Bushwick Hit-And-Run The body lands outside a crosswalk and the NYPD calls it a “mid-block crossing” meaning the Right of Way law can’t be used against the hit-and-run driver…

The driver of a vehicle that ran down a cyclist legally crossing the street while the weapon vehicle was doing 80 MPH in a 30 zone says he didn’t do it. Man Alleges Innocence in Bicyclist’s Hit-and-Run Death He may not have been driving, but it was his car and the glass found in his hair was a match for the glass in his windshield, so he was there. So if he doesn’t give up the name of the driver they are going to have to assume it was the guy with cuts on his face and windshield in his hair.

Speaking of drunk idiots, another link to the Seattle bike wreck caused by a driver who admits he had 4 beers and his ADD meds right before he hit a cyclist. Prosecutors: Seattle driver who killed Ravenna cyclist was drunk I am still bothered by the fact that he only had half of one beer at the restaurant and looked sober on the security video, and less than a half-hour later he was stumbling drunk. I have no sympathy for drunk drivers, I’m just not 100% convinced this one was really drunk.

Our Daily Ted. Weekend Links: Cyclists help save missing woman, bike cop injured in fall, and Sac cyclists injured in car assault

Remember that report I linked to earlier this week about the Nepal National MTB team getting caught near the epicenter of the earthquake and then going into action ferrying supplies to places cut off from any other ground traffic? Dates set for 4th annual Disaster Relief Trials This is how you can train for that.

And another rerun on the “safety in numbers” hypothesis. Why It’s Safer to Walk and Bike Where More People Walk and Bike There might be an infrastructure connection that is being missed, because places where lots of people walk and/or ride bikes usually have lots of infrastructure that makes those activities feel safe, and the feeling of safety translates into actual safety because there are so many people out on the roads and streets.

Sometimes it takes a crazy person to do great things. ‘Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story': Edinburgh Review Not trying to be rude, Mr. Obree’s mental health issues are mostly public knowledge, and his contributions to the Hour Record are equally public. I’m just making the observation that to do something crazy sometimes takes someone who is having mental health issues to do it right.

More OR infrastructure news. Another bicyclist injured on Powell at CHS prompts ODOT action Remember what I said in the previous paragraph? It holds true here too.

If you always wanted to own your own TdF bike team, here’s your chance. “That’s no team bus … ” – Lego recreates Sky’s Tour de France line-up (and Death Star) This is an almost-unique Lego set, the winner’s set and the prototypes are all that will ever exist of this.

What does a world-class trials rider do after getting paralysed from the waist down. Video: Trials legend Martyn Ashton Back on Track in film charting his first mountain bike ride since life-changing 2013 crash Build a bike he can stay on, then learn to ride it, of course.

Now for the extended caress on the wrist. :P Driver pleads guilty to causing death of Denbighshire cyclist by careless driving Yep, House arrest for three months with a 1900-0700 curfew, and “banned” from driving for 5 years combined with a tiny (£145) fine. That will teach him to not kill cyclists. I put the “banned” in quotes because in reality he can drive for his own needs pretty much without interference, he just can’t drive for pay any more.

And a lawyer wins a national prize in Jolly Olde. Peebles cyclist is a true Pioneer

And I’m out of links, while the washing machine is going through second rinse on half of my underwear drawer. You know it’s amazing how small a load of laundry I have after a week and a half of no Mrs. the Poet doing laundry every other day. And yet when she was doing the wash every other day, there was much more clothing in the machine than when I didn’t do laundry for a week and a half. How does that work out?

Billed @€0.02, Opus the lonely Poet

Still feeling the high a little bit, and the Feed

I’m still feeling the high a little bit from the SCOTUS decisions last week on gay marriage and the ACA, and every time I log onto Facebook to see if there are any links not in the Feed it’s like I took another toke on the bong. I’m going on distant memory here because I found out that my particular brain chemistry and wiring is not compatible with pot back in 1977, but this is kinda what that felt like back then. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the “Gay Marriage Challenge” page as it has been rendered moot by the SCOTUS last week. I mean the prize has been removed so why still play the game?

On the other decision, the ACA subsidy decision, I can’t tell you how relieved I am that one went the way it did. I mean the policy I have now is about as close to single payer health care as you can get in this country when you factor in the subsidy, but without the subsidy the premium is about 25% more than the combined household income here at Casa de El Poeta, and the OOP limit just about broke the bank here, just for my condition. We still have Mrs. the Poet to get repaired…

And I’m running late again today as I had to finish food shopping when transportation was made available when my son came over to do laundry. It’s cheaper for him to drive over to Casa de El Poeta and use our machine than it is to feed quarters into the machines in the laundry room at his apartment, and he takes us grocery shopping when he does his laundry.

Up first because, why not? is our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Statewide hit-and-run alert bill in trouble; Gil Cedillo shares the outrage at tragedy he helped cause

A road hazard that thankfully is confined to the Deep South. Cyclists Injured in Crash After Slipping on Gator Carcass on Road in Weston this, too Alligator remains cause six cyclist pile up, leaves man fighting for life in Florida I think the Road.cc article is conflating the wreck that killed the gator and sent a motorcyclist sliding down the road with the later wreck that just injured a few cyclists with nothing really more serious than a broken collarbone.

An injured cyclist leads to calls for improved infrastructure in south TX. Bicycle community rallies behind injured cyclist, push stricter laws Go Team Don’t Kill Us

And just a light ride west from WoaB the city of Ft. Worth tries to make their citizens live longer, happier lives. City of Fort Worth Hopes to Get People Walking Till They’re 100 Walking in TX heat is not hard, but it gets much worse when you have to share the road with cars or walk in the mud/dirt off the side of the road with cars driving right next to you. In that there is not much difference between walking and riding a bike in TX.

NYC has a car problem, still. NYPD: Help Us Find This SUV Driver Who Hit A 7-Yr-Old Yep, serious car troubles you got there. Might want to do something about that. This does not exactly count as “something” in that nothing was done, but as they were trying to eviscerate a law to protect people with right of way, nothing is better than doing something bad. Advocates, Mayor de Blasio Fend Off TWU Attack on Traffic Safety Laws I urge a compromise, instead of arresting and jailing the driver that hits someone with right of way in a crosswalk or bike lane just on the spot cancel their driver’s license. Put a punch through the expiration date so it can still be used as an ID but if you can’t control your vehicle so that you can prevent hitting someone minding their own business, then you can’t drive, both in the legal and physical senses.

If it didn’t require the cyclist to have died first this would be good news from MO. Felony charge filed in year-old case of Ozark teen killed on bicycle The victim was in his last year of the IB program, a HS curriculum that would be valid in almost any country in the world. That takes smarts and commitment, and the bozo with an SUV took that away from not just his parents but from everybody. Kids like that change the world, and now he won’t have the chance to try.

This sounds like a rough event. St. Charles cyclist dies after collapsing during Bike MS event

This looks like another infrastructure-related wreck. Update: Cyclist critical after crash with dump truck The route was the least-stressful way of getting across the Interstate but requires drivers to slow down and pay attention. Obviously that is too great a price to ask from motor vehicle operators. Another contributing factor was the nature of the business the weapon vehicle was involved in. Local drivers like this dump truck driver are paid by the run rather than by time or mileage, encouraging drivers to keep their speed as high as possible to get as many runs per day as possible so as to pay off the fixed costs and maybe make a little money on the day. One thing I’m extremely glad about for this particular article and comments, nobody expected a styrofoam hat to make any difference in surviving a dump truck running over you.

A letter from just outside NYC in one of the most car-sick communities in the country. Guest Spot: Cyclists, motorists must learn to coexist

“You’ll get my car keys when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers.” In Seattle Region, Half of Drivers Say They Won’t Give Up Solo Commute Pity because we may not have the time to wait for natural causes to take effect. Even ignoring Climate Change, the pollution from I.C.E will drastically shorten the lives of millions, while tens of thousands die from wrecks every year, and thousands more in wars to secure the oil supply (two that are currently going on as I type this). Electric vehicles will help, renewable fuels will help, but we really need to get away from the automobile lifestyle. And I am aware of the irony in that statement as I build the Sprint-T. I like cars, I just don’t like what cars have done to the world.

Some cyclists in GA want better enforcement when drivers kill. Remember and Ride On: Cycling community airs worries Another “If you want to commit murder…” quote.

Things are starting to get a tiny bit better in Jolly Olde though. Man charged with murder after cyclist death appears in court He’s still in jail pending another hearing. And this is a case where I definitely want to know why this man was charged as he was. Most of the time you can’t get a littering charge when a driver leaves a dead body on the side of the road…

More protests in London. Bank junction blocked again by hundreds of cyclists in ‘amazing’ tribute to tragic newlywed, 26 The comments section was priceless this time.

The “tomorrow” mentioned in the headline and article was today, I’m afraid. Tomorrow: Second Bank die-in to protest death of 26 year old cyclist killed while commuting

The medical system in Jolly Olde is trying to outrun the murderous drivers and are just about doing it. West Midlands roads averaging more than one cyclist injury a day This is why the UK changed to KSI rather than a straight fatality tally to monitor road safety.

Cycling in the UK is safe as compared to skydiving without a parachute… The truth about cycling safety

Maybe drivers will see lights projected against your back? Azeri Designer Makes Cycling Safer Probably not…

Need a project, or panniers? Coroplast™ Pannier Build.

And the last link is Faabuuuloouuuussss! Cities Paint Rainbow Crosswalks in a Show of Gay Pride No seriously, have I mentioned how happy I am that some of my best friends can get married now and be just as unhappy as straight people? :P

And that’s it, I’m done. Stick a fork in me.

Opus the Poet

I rode a bike today, and the Feed

I pumped up the tires on Francis/es and took a lap around the block to see how my neck is doing. And let’s just say my neck is doing better but still not ready for prime time yet. One lap around the block is about all I can manage without a helmet on today. I’m still running into the limits of motion where I can’t contract that muscle under “Arthur, Arthur Dent” enough to quite get my head up enough to see where I’m going yet. It pretty much takes all I can do just to get up enough to see, then by the time I get 3/4 of the way around the block it’s exhausted to the point that I can’t even hold it up enough to sit up straight… So time to dust off the welder and my fine detail cutting tools and build that stem extension.

Up first because I had to stop filtering and clear out some links and there are a bunch of links to this wreck. Cyclist Killed In Collision With Truck Driver In Ditmas Park and Cyclist dead after swerving into truck also Cyclist Dies After Box Truck Runs Him Over Near Prospect Park, NYPD Says even Cyclist killed when collides with a box truck in Brooklyn and don’t forget Cyclist killed in collision with truck The driver reported the cyclist “lost control” and rolled under the rear wheels of the truck. The only problem with that is that area is a blind spot not covered by mirrors.

Our Daily Ted, Part 1. Hemet mountain biker found dead on trail after being reported missing Sad, but it looks like natural causes or maybe heat-related.

And Part 2. Morning Links: Safer streets spread, except in Congress; aliens attack; and a non-dog hero saves a young cyclist The “non-dog” was that cat that ran off a dog attacking a kid riding a bike in the driveway of his home last year.

You would think that LEO would have more sense than this. Lawsuit claims Allentown police hit cyclist with stun gun Yeah this would be like using a stun gun on a driver of a moving car. And if they caught up to a guy riding a bike on foot he wasn’t trying very hard to get away, lending credence to the victim’s statement he didn’t know he was being pursued by LEO.

Update on the VT cyclist killed by a drunk driver. Cyclist killed on Ferrisburgh road; local woman cited for DUI

While we are in that part of the country. New Milford man charged in cyclist’s death Kill a cyclist, spend 6 months in jail and maybe get a $1k fine… TANJ!

And back in NYC for this fine example of driving prowess. Graphic Video Shows Drivers Running Over Man In Crown Heights, Driving Away The victim in this case violated NY’s door law, standing next to the car for too long but at any rate this comment seems to capture the emotions of the incident. A second part of the problem is the initial weapon vehicle has huge front blind spots, and should never have been allowed in a city in the first place.

At least this door prize winner will get some $ for his suffering. Staten Island Powerball Winner Sued For Dooring Park Slope Cyclist

More on the cyclist killed in London yesterday. Cyclist killed at Bank is London’s eighth fatality this year Eight fatalities, 7 HGV involved, and 6 women victims… Things are not so jolly in Jolly Olde.

Maybe if UK bicycle infrastructure wasn’t so universally crap when it even exists, people would stop dying? London cyclist deaths: What other cities could teach the capital Probably, but it still won’t get fixed.

Getting back to the US for more infrastructure news. San Diego Joins Vision Zero Ranks The problem with announcements like this is this is usually the last we see of anyone caring if anyone in a car lives or dies.

I wonder if this bill extends to bicycles or just stops with motor vehicles and Amish buggies? Committee clears bill to help motorcyclists stuck at red lights

Can a massive corporation change the infrastructure to suit its employee base? Google’s New Bike Plan Wants Silicon Valley to Be More Like Copenhagen

And last link, a GPS equipped bike share system let researchers track cyclists using regular bikes and e-assist bike to see if there was any difference in behavior. UT Study Could Improve Safety for Cyclists, E-Bikes Sadly, there wasn’t, both groups rolled red lights and stop signs, and went the wrong way on one-way streets.

And today was rather long because of mowing the lawn and because I had to help Mrs. the Poet get ready for her vacation. My vacation $ got spent on kicking “Chris Christie” offa my neck and leaving behind “Arthur, Arthur Dent”.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Looking at another long day, and the Feed

Well, the computer crashed twice during filtering. So I know it’s going to be a long day when that happens. Usually that means I had too many pages with Flash ads running on them for the available memory on my Chromebook which has 2GB of memory. So when you read the links, only open one at a time, s’il vous plaît. OK, maybe two. [Monty Python]Four is right out[/Monty Python]

Up first because the injured (killed?) cyclist was pretty much ignored in the other casualties and because the number of dead and injured in this one incident was so high. Three Killed As Car Ploughs Into Shoppers and Man kills 3 driving into crowd in Austria — on purpose, authorities say also Car ploughs into crowd in Graz, Austria Sorry about the auto-play videos on those. So as it appears as I post this, the guy went off his rocker after getting kicked out of the house by his wife and starts looking for someone to take it out on and these people were handy as he drove into a car-free section of town (roads still passable because delivery vehicles were needed for shops in the district). Either the cyclist was not among the named dead or the fact that the dead person was the cyclist mentioned earlier did not make it into the article.

Our Daily Ted. LA bike rider attacked with machete, bad news from Hemet, plus Bicycle Coffee and pleasant private bike cops

And another link to the machete attack. 18-Year-Old Bicycle Rider in Critical Condition With Skull Fracture, May Lose Hand After Late-Night Machete Attack

Still in CA. Family of Rady Children’s CFO killed in bike crash wants answers, apology If the airbags were deployed this indicates a very severe impact for hitting a person riding a bike, an impact where there was a significant force transmitted to the car by the body of the cyclist. That is a BIG hit.

Not out of CA yet, would you rather have this drunk on a bicycle or behind the wheel? Cyclist falls, gravely injured in Chula Vista As it is, the falling-down-drunk cyclist hurt exactly one person in this wreck, himself. Most drunk drivers manage to avoid hurting themselves while injuring or killing others.

Machete attacks seem to be the rage this weekend. Brooklyn Man Arrested For Road Rage Machete Attack In Holland Tunnel Road rage, that is… I know, it is a bad pun but in my defense I saw 30 deaths in links that won’t get posted here. Interesting that he was charged with assault when all he hit was the car… are cars people now, too?

Not sure about this report from Seattle. UPDATE: Woman hospitalized after bicycle/car collision at Delridge/Dakota AFAIK this seems to be infrastructure related because the cyclist was hit in a bike lane but the driver did not hit-and-run.

Holding a hit-and-run driver accountable in the Great White North. Woman charged in hit-run death of cyclist remains behind bars

Lifestyle news from the Great White North after another hit-and-run death. Tribute held for cyclist, 26, killed in hit-and-run and Vigil held for cyclist killed in Yorkville hit-and-run

Don’t hit puppies either! Puppy owner thought cyclist had killed dog in ‘hit-and-run’ collision Off-leash dog runs under the cyclist and gets run over, not the cyclist’s fault, but you could hang around for a few minutes to show compassion for the owner.

Not again… Cyclist killed in crash with tipper truck at Bank junction in the City of London That makes 8 dead, 7 caused by trucks, and 6 victims have been women. Is there something in the water? or does it have more to do with the state of the infrastructure that places cyclists in the blind spots of trucks at intersections where neither party can see what the other is going to do?

Does it seem like every time a tiny bit of paved space is taken back from cars it’s a big news item? Closing Streets to Cars for Walkers and Cyclists Is Getting More Popular by the Minute

Infrastructure news in ME. Leg Work: Seeking safe passage in Maine crosswalks, on foot and on wheels A vulnerable road user bill is long overdue in most states.

More infrastructure news from VT. Another View: Our goal is zero deaths

First of several infrastructure articles from north of the border. Brian Dexter: Cyclists, get on the sidewalks! Basically what this guy is saying is if you aren’t going to provide safe infrastructure for cyclists, let them use the spaces for pedestrians even if it’s sub-optimal. Better than they should get killed.

And more blame the victim from Canuckistan. Motorists, cyclists share responsibility — improved weather often means rates of fatalities on roadways increase

This is the time of year when cyclists ride in honor of people not killed or injured riding bicycles. Wounded Warriors Canada Battlefield Bike Ride Participants Raise $500,000 for Ill and Injured Veterans and their Families As a vet and a cyclist you know I am endorsing this one.

This truck makes a better window than a door. The Safety Truck Could Revolutionize Road Safety I can personally think of several bike wrecks where something like this could have made a difference.

And I’m all out of links. And sanity, but that was pretty much a given years ago.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

The other “long day” of the week, and the Feed

Yep, this day is gonna be long because I wait until the last lump of the Feed comes through about 0001 in the morning. This does two things, first of which is it keeps Monday a little more manageable, and second is it reduces the age of the oldest links on Monday, which keeps it “news” and not “recent history”. But what this allows is a break in the middle to do “other things” like Pagan Fellowship night at church tonight. This is mainly our Heathens and Wiccans getting together and either drumming or dancing (to a CD if no drummers show up), and sometimes beer or mead is shared. Alcohol consumption is generally low-key and the home-made selections are judged on taste and drinkability over alcohol content (one offering was severely down-graded because it obviously went for alcohol content over flavor). But mostly drumming and dancing. I’m not much of a drummer and these days I’m mostly just a “sway to the rhythm” dancer, but I go and I participate to the fullest of my abilities.

Up first because it’s awesome, Germany has found a solution for both employing people approaching retirement age and getting local food to city dwellers. In Germany, elderly bike messengers will deliver your local veggies From the article, it’s not just veggies but a host of items that are locally produced and sold, and the web site does not take orders on the weekend so that people can get out of the house and see the products in person…

Down the road about 2 days’ ride from WoaB, they caught a stupid one. Man arrested after cyclist killed in hit and run He “thought he hit a deer” in that neighborhood? Give me a break! I mean yeah I would have kinda sorta accepted “big dog”, but “deer”? Getouttahere! He knew what he hit and still left the victim to die in the stroad (that’s a thing that can’t decide if it’s supposed to be a street for people or a highway for getting things outta there in a hurry, so it sucks at both jobs).

In NYC we have another pedestrian injury with a hit-and-run cyclist. Hit & Run Cyclist Leaves Woman Severely Injured On The UES Given what happened to the cyclist that hit a jaywalker in Central Park last year I can see why he left the scene (remember him? Pilloried by the press, “no criminality suspected” by NYPD because that’s exactly what they say when a driver does the same thing) but still DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS! and if you do stick around until they get transported, or until LEO tells you to leave. Leave information as required.

Our Daily Ted is … daily, today. Bike rider killed in Mid-City LA crash by apparent drunk and/or stoned driver If you look at the video linked in the article you can see the bike lighted like a Christmas tree, front, back, and sides. There was no lack of conspicuity on the cyclist’s part. This wreck will get the “blind driver” tag as well as a tribute video from ZZ Top.

Because reaction is better than no action. Bill in memory of killed cyclist would toughen law on repeat DUI offenders The two bills would double the amount of time the authorities could “look back” for a previous DUI and double the maximum sentence for second and subsequent DUI. They still let them keep their cars though… I postulate that multiple DUI would become much harder if the vehicles involved were turned into scrap metal even if there was no wreck. And the “need” for a motor vehicle for whatever should just be that much more incentive to not drink and drive.

Another wreck involving alcohol abuse and injured cyclists. Saint Malachy Parish School: Principal, vice principal injured during bike ride This is an update on a wreck where the drunk driver ran into a vehicle waiting at a stop sign and pushed that vehicle into the cyclists, except now they are saying the drunk’s vehicle hit the cyclists after hitting the vehicle at the stop sign.

And this report from Jolly Olde sounds a bit familiar, especially after the paragraph above. Pedestrian seriously injured in collision with car which had already struck cyclist in Sheffield Here’s sending good vibes to both victims of the drunk driver.

And [$DEITY] this is terrifying. Cyclist injured by wire across Brighton woods track If I saw something like this I would hunt the perp down and string him up with his own trap materials. This was an act of terrorism against cyclists.

And this is not much better. [TRIGGER WARNING] Cyclist hit and run victim describes moment motorist just waves and drives off This is why you ALWAYS get an ambulance ride to check you out after you hit the deck in a wreck. Shock and adrenaline are anaesthetic.

And after yesterday’s links to a cyclist killed almost a year ago in St. Louis, here’s some to one killed this week. Vigil held to remember cyclist struck, killed

Infrastructure news from “Joisy”. Montclair Named Top Among Bicycle Safe New Jersey Municipalities The fact that so many municipalities in NJ are spending $0/an on bicycle safety is really the most frightening thing in the article.

An infrastructure story from Portland. Cyclist sues for $21M over skinny bike lane in Portland Basically the bike lane has no escape route when the wall comes next to the sidewalk and curb, and the curve causes drivers to use a smidge of the bike lane to maintain their speed.

A little infrastructure from the far eastern Great White North, I mean after you leave Maine you have to go east some more to get there. Halifax hopes to double the number of cyclists in 10 years Another lovely toxic comments section blaming cyclists for potholes when the bike budget would not even pay for a single traffic signal. And don’t make the damn potholes in the first place.

A bit of UK infrastructure news. Number of middle-aged Bucks cyclists involved in road accidents soars due to Bradley Wiggins ‘popularity’ I would say the leap they made to reach this “conclusion” would have readily cleared the Grand Canyon, but I might be understating the thing a bit. A similar “conclusion” would be linking motorway wrecks with Lewis Hamilton leading the F1 standings. Both being Brits and both doing well in their sport and everything.

More UK infrastructure of the legal sort this time. Cyclists Demand National Lorry Safety Crackdown When one kind of vehicle is responsible for 100% of the deaths in a large city and a substantial percentage of the deaths in the rest of the country, that vehicle needs to be stringently regulated.

And frightening infrastructure news from Oz. Bus drivers speeding across NSW putting lives at risk What makes this report especially frightening for cyclists is the number of shared bike/bus lanes.

Two cyclists are on a great adventure. Why I ride: For hope As a person suffering from brain damage, I feel honored that these two are on this adventure..

Another lifestyle story, this one from MS. COAST CYCLISTS HOPE RIDE WILL BUILD AWARENESS

And Lifestyle from the UK again as another rider from Wales gets killed for no good reason. (is there ever a “good” reason to kill a cyclist?) Tributes to cyclist Alan Cronin after Wrexham death

And that’s all I got today. No wrecks this Sunday.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

This is gonna hurt, and the Feed

I am taking a break from filtering because 1) my butt is getting tired, and B. my brain is getting slightly crispy around the edges as I deal with some monumentally stupid/trollish comments left on some articles, and π) I need to go hit something. I figure a punch-a-pillow break is better than any of my alternatives.

Up first because “why not?” is Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Hollywood bike parking becomes a homeless site; a blogger argues bike lane air is bad for LA kids While bike lane air is “bad” the consequences of sitting in traffic in a light armored vehicle are orders of magnitude worse.

And Pt. 2 of Our Daily Ted. 22-year old alleged sidewalk rider killed in South LA hit-and-run How do they know the cyclist “swerved” off the sidewalk in a hit-and-run? And every time I see the word “Slauson” I think this. I used to watch that stuff when it was new. Yes, I already know I’m old…

Another link to the driver banned from owning a cell phone for 2 years. Cellphone ban for driver who killed cyclist is ‘a reminder every day,’ judge says The driver is allowed to use WiFi devices, but anything that directly connects to any cell phone system.

One of the most deeply held tenets of WoaB is “Don’t hit the pedestrians.” Pedestrian Suing Cyclist After Collision On Dearborn Street From the comments section the entire suit is a pack of lies intended to prey upon the prejudices of the (potential) jury, the pedestrian in question walked into the cyclist’s path while walking in the bike lane instead of crossing it, the equivalent of walking down the middle of a street, and the bike was equipped with two independent braking systems, fixie with a front brake. Still, DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS!

OK this one is bizarre beyond words. Bicyclist injured in downtown Woodland accident Adrenaline can be a scary thing. It can make you really stupid, so that you get up and run away from getting hit with a car hard enough to smash the windshield hard enough to spray broken glass on the front seat occupants… Something got this cyclist wound up on adrenaline before he got hit, because there wasn’t enough time for any adrenaline from the wreck to kick in so that he could get up and run away from the wreck like that.

This IL story is a bit better than the one in an earlier paragraph. The ‘Wheel’ Deal: Flossmoor Cop Gifts Bike Crash Victim with a New Ride

I’m including this for a single sentence from LEO, the most sane thing I have ever read credited to a LEO. Cyclist killed by tractor trailer was on way home from work Did you see it, or has it been deleted? “Police say Goodrow was not wearing a helmet but suspect it would have made little difference.” Really, a styrofoam hat against 50K pounds or more of truck and trailer? And regarding the lights and reflectors the VA Vehicle code reads “… shall be equipped with a headlight on the front emitting a white light visible in clear weather from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red reflector visible from a distance of at least 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle.” So the rear reflector (without a light) was within the law, and the cyclist was hit from behind so the headlight was moot. The truck driver should have seen the cyclist but failed to pass safely.

From NYC another pedestrian is mowed down. 5-Year-Old Boy Struck By Driver On Prospect Park West

More on the Trek QR recall. 3 Reasons Why You May Have a Trek Bicycle Injury Lawsuit And I have one very good reason why you don’t have a valid lawsuit: in order for the “defective” QR to cause the problem it did you have to leave the QR in the open position. The equivalent would be to fail to tighten the lug nuts on your Chevy and then sue GM when the wheel falls off…

While we are in the figurative WI courtroom. Homicide charges loom for driver who hit, killed 2 bicyclists in Muskego I thought there must be foul play in order to hit 2 cyclists and kill them both…

More on the cyclist killed riding USBR 36 in IL. From the view of a cyclist The comments section was toxic. Literally toxic.

From the Great White North. Battlefield bike ride across Europe to aid injured soldiers If any of my Canadian reader$ feel $o inclined…

And court news from Jolly Olde. Bus driver in court over Washington cyclist’s death Still don’t know anything about what happened because of UK media laws, except that LEO think the bus driver “did it” whatever “it” was.

More on those detection systems planned for testing in London. Thermal cameras will watch for waiting cyclists and turn traffic lights green Typical comments about cyclists not paying a tax that hasn’t existed since 1937 in the comment section…

And one wonders what will happen to the program in the last paragraph in light of this report. Tories withdraw £23m of promised spending for cycling in latest cuts

Remembering a cyclist killed by an overloaded semi in Oz. Family honours Brisbane cyclist as memorial mural unveiled at accident site on Annerley Road The truck hit the underside of the bridge and fell on the cyclist riding to the side as the truck passed.

And trying to make the death mean something. Cyclist’s widow calls for inner city truck ban I see a workable compromise: Trucks move in the ban area by trip permit only with bicycle outriders fore and aft to keep the truck from running anyone over. Truck moves no faster than bicycle speed so no cyclists would be endangered by them. Make the permits non-profit (just administrative costs only) and the costs for the cyclists either on a per-mile rate or a per-job rate with a mileage or time limit per job and a new permit required for each trip in and out of the ban zone, each permit good for one round trip in and out of the ban zone. Cyclists get full employment, other road users are protected, and goods are still delivered to destinations inside the “no truck” zone.

And I’m outta links and patience. I wanna watch some tube and veg out.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Strating to filter the Feed, and I’m alredy only semi-coherent

I’m recovering from not remembering to carry water with me on what turned out to be a very long trip today, but we have the bus ticket for Mrs. the Poet’s trip to NY, and the storage unit rent is paid. The trips involved for that were Home to Downtown Garland to get the money, Downtown Garland to Downtown Dallas to get the tickets (round trip TX to NY and back involves 11 separate tickets), the Downtown Dallas to North Garland to pay the storage unit rent then walking home from the storage unit because it’s only like a mile and a quarter and there are sidewalks the entire way. Total travel time was about 5 hours. Whee!

Up first because this is a stand-alone link and I need as much space in the Feed window as I can get with 5 days of links in there, Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: KPCC calls LaBonge a bike advocate, CicLAvia rolls, Kerry breaks a leg and Hövding sort of works

More on that CO cyclist shot to death. Colorado police link two shootings and Colorado Hunting for Shooter Who Killed Cyclist, Injured Driver in Two Attacks also Fatal shooting of Windsor cyclist linked to shooting of Milliken woman driving on I-25, police say There seems to be ballistic evidence connecting the two recovered bullets from different shootings. Otherwise there is nothing connecting the two victims.

Another story generating lots of links is the US secretary of State falling off his bike on a planned assault on the Col de la Colombiere. Kerry breaks leg in bicycle crash; returning to US Monday and Kerry hurt in bike accident; rest of Europe visit canceled The col is a frequent climb on the Tour de France most years, but the wreck was in a crowded peloton in the town at the base of the pass and Kerry never even got to the Col de la Colombiere. That’s rough.

Another big story is a drunk driver in far West Canuckistan hitting and killing 2 out of 3 cyclists riding as a group, and killing the passenger in his car. Three killed as alleged impaired driver hits cyclists on scenic road north of Pemberton and Three dead after vehicle hits cyclists also Cyclists killed in Pemberton crash mourned by friends this too Whistler cyclists Kelly Blunden and Ross Chafe killed in collision The third cyclist was initially reported among the injured but later reports state he was not hurt. You know what I think they should do to the drunk murderer, but Canada is much too polite for that.

Bicycles are so dangerous in Japan! Bicycles can be weapons, victim warns and Revised law obliges reckless cyclists to attend safety lectures

Why do you sometimes break road rules? Survey of 17,000 Asks Why Bicyclists Break the Rules of the Road I do because obeying the law 100% of the time will get you killed. I firmly believe in following road rules to be predictable and safe, but there are some things that if you do them as a cyclist you will get hit eventually because they laws were made for cars and bicycles cannot physically do some of those things even though they are required. Merging is one of the big ones for me, since I just can’t get up and go on my bike like someone can in a car. Someone very shortly after I merge is going to have to either slow down behind me or go around me, which is a violation of the merge law. And of course when they follow me I can’t see past them so I can do my next maneuver which is normally another merge to the next lane over so I can make a turn.

More on the UK cyclist killed by a HGV in London. Tributes paid to female cyclist who died after collision with lorry in South London And Health specialist is latest cyclist to be killed by HGV You know if six different kinds of cyclists were all killed by the SAME KIND of vehicle in less than 5 months in just one city I would be looking mighty hard at if maybe one of those vehicles was not suited for use in an urban environment, and I’m not talking about the cyclists.

Since we are discussing the UK anyway. Man arrested over Walton-on-Thames cyclist death and Updated: Arrest made after female cyclist in her 50s killed in tanker pile-up in Surrey The van driver was driving a commercial vehicle without license or insurance.

And still in the UK. Man who killed Horsham cyclist convicted of causing death by careless driving After they let him out of prison they are going to deport him. Harsh, but not as much as he deserved.

I think we have found the poster child for the Asshole Association. Cyclist Hit by Vehicle on One Year Anniversary that Matthew Harker was Struck and Killed Seriously dude, don’t hit-and-run and then get on Facebook and claim the victim was at fault. When you left the scene it became your fault. You might have been able to claim the victim was the author of his own demise had you stayed at the scene, but as soon as you ran you assumed the fault in the wreck because under the law the innocent don’t run. And don’t post about it on Facebook

This is another wreck at a spot that has seen several this year in Portland OR, America’s Copenhagen. Driver cited for crash that injured bicyclist on SE Powell Blvd. This was the same intersection as the cyclist who lost his leg was riding when he got hit just a few weeks ago and not very far from where a cyclist was killed last week. Some people think there may be a problem. Is Biking Getting More Dangerous in Portland? Just for the record I don’t think cycling is getting more dangerous, I think this is what happens when you have something that doesn’t happen very often in the first place and sometimes you get a dry spell and some times you get a few more. What I also think is this area was overdue for a serious bike wreck because of the infrastructure.

Here’s another surprise, a former highway department that still thinks its primary job is to build highways. Coalition Accuses Los Angeles Transportation Authority of Tunnel Vision Gee, build a tunnel under a city in one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world, or move more people more safely for $4 BILLION dollars less. What to do, what to do…

Bouncing all over again today because too many open links makes navigating the composing page a nightmare, a cyclist in Canuckistan makes a claim for injury after hitting a pothole in the dark and crashing heavily. Cyclist suing City of Edmonton for $152K; claims pothole-related injuries This is apparently a different cyclist from the one last week that was only suing for 5 figures instead of the 6 that this one is suing for.

Hey, let’s blame the victims in MA. I-Team: Bicycle Citations Up, Accidents Down In Brookline Remember that line from a few paragraphs back: “bike accidents are so seldom that there is a lot of noise in the statistics about them”? Same thing applies here, there is most likely no causality between the tickets and the reduction in wrecks, only correlation. since most of the wrecks reported in the media the cyclist was not at fault, this large a reduction would mean that ticketing cyclists was changing the drivers’ habits. Exactly how that would work is a bit on the shaky side.

Now this is a clickbait headline that works. When Will the U.S. Embrace This Simple Change to Make Cyclists and Pedestrians Safer? I hate to be the ones that tell them but the UK law they are talking about has so many loopholes that all 6 of the HGV that killed cyclists in London this year were not equipped with the devices.

So many ghost bikes it takes a team from the local bike club to keep them maintained so they don’t get stolen or taken away by the city/state. Duke City Wheelmen refurbish bikes Someone once suggested that we chain white cars everywhere someone died in a car wreck, which I think would be a great idea. Just think how many cars that would take off the roads with 35-40K deaths a year. And the reminder that cars can kill inside and out…

How some of those wounded veteran rides are supported. Hundreds of cyclists support Ride 2 Recovery I would ride in one of these rides.

And then there’s this guy. Double Amputee Starts 52-Day Cross-Country Fundraising Journey to Arlington on Bike He’s not riding to Arlington TX from SD CA, he’s riding all the way across the hot part of the country, in summer, with only his arms to power the bike.

Two links from Oz. A simple request from a cyclist’s partner: there’s no contest between a bike and a car and Doctor Henri Sueke, killed in Rose Bay cycling crash, had just arrived from UK

I have been hit more times, but this guy definitely has worse luck on a specific date. Cyclist badly hurt in hit-and-run again, 5 years later to the day

Lifestyle in AZ. University mourns professor killed on bicycle RIP fellow cyclist.

And what I hope is the last new RoS link for this year… Friends, family of bike commuters killed in February joined hundreds in Thursday’s Ride of Silence

And I am beat, fried, toast, a cinder, past my freshness date… TIRED! and I need to get my toes done before I ruin another pair of socks. I’m just lucky that I haven’t ruined any of the bicycle socks I treasure, just the ones that don’t have any particular meaning or memories attached to them.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet