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I managed to get done pretty quick, and the Feed

The deposit-the-check-and-pay-the-bills trip went uneventfully and quickly. I hit the bank and all the places I needed to pay off without exceeding my mid-day pass restrictions, which meant I only spent $1.75 getting around Garland today instead of the usual $5. That’s a pretty substantial savings. I’ll have to pony up $5 tomorrow, but I have it to pony up now.

Up first is a demonstration of why having a camera recording your ride is important. Video: Driver accused of intentionally hitting motorcycle north of Granbury The driver has been arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Granbury driver who hit motorcycle on viral video indicted He was indicted on two charges because there were two people on the motorcycle he hit. As the rider on the second bike warned him, he now “cares” about the wreck he “didn’t care” about at the scene.

Also sorta local to the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a disturbing infrastructure report. Why Are We Even Talking About a New East-West Highway Through Dallas? They are still using traffic models that are a decade out-of-date and now about 30% too high. Sure there has been some increase since the price of gas went below $1.80 locally, but still not as much as the model suggests.

Houston tries to not kill any more people with their infrastructure Vision Zero for Houston report release: January 14 The interesting thing is the cover has been leaked and there is a cycletrack prominent on it.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Bike lanes on WeHo’s Fairfax, news from the ‘cross Nats, and bike riding kung fu Buddhist nuns

Also in CA. Huntington Beach cyclist killed in solo crash I.D.’d I still say this guy was buzzed by another vehicle to cause that wreck.

In NYC it is still FU, because cars. SUV Driver Who Killed Woman On Fort Greene Sidewalk Gets To Keep His License Waitaminit, I thought this clown was driving on a suspended license at the time of the deadly wreck, how can he keep what he doesn’t have? Then again he already was driving on a suspended license, so it’s not like he would pay any attention if it was suspended again.

More on Portland finally getting bike share. Portland Teams Up With Nike to Launch Bike-Share Yay! Biketown.

Still in America’s Copenhagen. Checking in on the newly installed diverters on SE Clinton Drivers are reportedly “confused” about the diverters. What’s to be confused about? There is a large concrete planter across most of the lane with a “Do Not Enter” sign on it.

How do you fix traffic fines so that drivers have enough incentive to drive properly when your entire transportation system is built around private motor vehicles? ADVOCATES SAY TRAFFIC FINE REFORMS WOULD REDUCE ECONOMIC BARRIERS My personal take is make the fines sliding scale based on gross income, and make them hurt. Maybe not as bad as getting hit while walking or riding a bike hurts, but high enough that when the inevitable happens there is a fund to pay for the victims’ medical care.

Filing charges is a start in reining in motor vehicle violence. London cabbie “was using car as weapon” against cyclist Actually convincing a jury that motor vehicles are deadly weapons is the next step. See that first link at the top of the post. and revisiting a link from last week that is a follow-on to this link. London cabbie accused of ‘using car as weapon’ cleared

Because drivers are all perfect. Cast iron bollards smashed by buses in Cambridge will cost £10,000 to replace Yep, perfect drivers wouldn’t need bollards to protect an ancient wall against getting hit, much less replacing bollards that had been destroyed.

Terrorist attacks continue against cyclists in Oz. Cyclists are looking for the culprit dropping tacks on their path Notice who isn’t looking for the person spreading bike booby traps? LEO who don’t ride bikes. I have a suggestion, ask office supply stores to record names and ID when someone buys more than one box of tacks, since the tacks have been put down in numbers too large to be a single box. But them I’m just a witch in TX that is way too logical…

Good news from Enn Zed for a change. Cyclist numbers up, death and injuries down They’re starting to see some evidence of the “safety in numbers” hypothesis.

And some infrastructure news from the PI. Cyclist’s death spurs bike lanes movement Philipines infrastructure overall is pretty basic, along with their driver licensing, so they need widespread segregation networks even more than UK and US cyclists.

And I’m outta links again.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

First post of 2016, and the anemic Feed

Yep, another barely there Feed today. And because my son had to work late yesterday and was off work today we did our grocery shopping. The MythBusters Marathon is still going on over on the Science Channel, and we are still hip-deep in Christmas chocolates. So by my estimation 2016 is getting off to a great start.

Up first is another link to the story about the MD teen killed by a driver disregarding both a traffic control and another vehicle stopped for that control at the crossing. Crash at risky Md. crosswalk kills teen on bike he received for Christmas Again, a big problem with this is the requirement for drivers to obey the law and the traffic control with no enforcement actions unless someone gets killed. So, until someone gets hit and killed nothing happens at the intersection.

Moving from MD to MA. UPDATED: Cyclist killed on Belmont Street raises concerns about street’s safety and Bicyclist struck, killed by car in Worcester Since lights and reflectors aren’t mentioned, but an after-sundown time of day is mentioned, we have to assume the cyclist met legal requirements before he was hit from behind in the middle of the lane. He was riding in the middle of the lane because there were large piles of snow blocking the bike lane according to the commentariat.

Down in NYC this bike-lane-blocker might just as well hang a sign saying “I’m a douche and I don’t care”. Photo: Park Slope Driver Pulls Off The Tightest, Dumbest Parking Job Of 2015 Bystanders were unable to get LEO in the area to issue even a ticket for blocking the bike lane. Much less tow the vehicle for illegally blocking the street.

Also in NYC, CitiBike was not the meat grinder it was predicted to be. Citi Bike Logged 10 Million Rides In 2015

Over in OR another driver gets away with manslaughter after hitting a cyclist from behind. Independence cyclist killed near Monmouth I don’t get it, to get knocked over into the oncoming lane the cyclist had to be riding directly in front of the driver, where a driver watching the road would have to see him. That means the driver was either super distracted, or he hit the cyclist on purpose. Again, no charges for killing a cyclist.

Down south from that OR wreck. In S.F., 25 Pedestrians and 5 Cyclists Were Killed in 2015, Despite Safety Efforts Until they start getting cops pulling over speeding drivers instead of spending hours giving cyclists tickets for rolling a stop sign without putting a foot down there aren’t going to be appreciable declines in vulnerable road user fatalities.

When a major international carmaker decides that making e-assist bicycles is the best way to survive as a company, then you know this blog has a future. How Ford Plans to Survive the Next 100 Years

And that’s all the links I had today. Billed @$0.02, Opus