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I need to take a real vacation, and the Feed

I am beginning to doubt the wisdom of bringing the laptop with me on my “vacation” to keep making blog posts. Aside from the difficulty, physical and psychic, of finding and maintaining Internet access here, there is the time sink of filtering and then posting the links that keeps me from participating in activities. I mean I’m here, but my mind and body are still at work, making this less of a vacation and more of a remote job location. I guess I will take some time off when we go to TN to visit with friends. The Mental Hygiene days on Saturday help some.

Up first is this wreck in MO, I think. Hit and run: Ozark teen cyclist killed in crash ID’d and Ozark police: Cyclist critically injured in crash The narrative suggests the wreck was a hit-from-behind at speed which makes the protocols pretty much useless, leaving only infrastructure that keeps cyclists away from maniacs behind the wheel.

Another bike wreck in NYC. Cyclist Struck Near Manhattan Bridge Bike Ramp The report at the moment is the cyclist was riding salmon, but locals cast doubts on that story. I withhold judgment until I can see the wrecked bike, because it’s not like the NYPD have never botched a report on a bike wreck. As reported though I would say don’t ride salmon and use intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Also in NYC who knew a child’s bike could be so deadly? Bike Thrown At Cops Was A Children’s Barbie Bike One child’s bike injured four officers? That’s bad tactical deployment. I don’t think changing the infrastructure would have done anything for this incident except changing the address.

A really sad wreck in Canickistan. ‘As soon as the truck hit him he was gone’: three-year-old cyclist killed after collision with trailer and Three-year-old boy killed in bike, trailer collision OK this was a kid playing in the driveway and yard who went just a few feet into the street while wearing bright clothing on a brightly lit evening. Since the wreck was in a cul-de-sac the question that overrides everything else is why was the driver going that fast the kid died before first responders arrived?

Another link to the cyclist hit by an ATV in the Great White North. Cyclist killed in collision with off-road vehicle No we know it was a hit-from-behind wreck, so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as the weapon vehicle should never have been on the road in the first place I don’t think that infrastructure would have done anything except move the wreck scene to a different location.

Update on an Enn Zed wreck. Another cycling death tragedy Remembering that they drive on the wrong side of the roads in NZ, the wreck was head on on the driver’s side of the vehicle. I would really like a good look at the road surface of the wreck scene, because someone drifted over the centerline of the road just prior to this wreck. The wreck was in the intersection so there is a very good chance the cyclist was moved over to avoid a pile of debris in the intersection, but the bad thing about that hypothesis is the pile of crap usually forms in the center of the intersection from people turning across the lanes and the normal reaction is to veer slightly away from the center to avoid it. The description of the debris field suggests a fairly high rate of speed at impact.

More on another NZ wreck from quite a while ago as the driver faces justice at the hands of the court. Driver ‘within arm’s reach’ before cyclist killed So the driver initiated the pass with not enough room to complete the pass and not enough clearance at the start of the pass and hit one of the group before completing the pass.

Our Daily Ted. LA Sheriff’s deputies ticket PCH cyclists in clear violation of the law; LACBC demands fair and legal treatment I wonder what the CA “Official Oppression” law reads like? Because this is a clear-cut violation of the TX statute.

Lifestyle in Canuckistan as support for an injured cyclist grows. Community helps cyclist injured in collision

Umm, yeah… Tour de France Physics OK I’m a bit of a physics geek, having passed Freshman Physics for college in my Junior year in HS… What can I say, my talent for engineering came out designing experiments, I always got top grades for experimental design.

And a bit of Infrastructure! news from the city that the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell are an actual suburb of. Dallas without a car: Local son takes on month-long transit experiment I did it for 18 years in middle age, I’m sure a healthy post-grad student can handle a Summer…

Last link is something to calm your nerves after a long day of reading about bike wrecks and crazy LEO. KittenWar My pancreas!😉

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Happy “We Kicked Out the British” Day, and the Feed

Yeah, not many people seem to remember that what we are celebrating on the Fourth of July is one of the first steps to kicking out the British from the original 13 colonies. Not that I object, seeing as how that led to my nativity in a circumlocutious way, but still, we began as a nation as the product of anti-government violence. Is it any wonder we have cuckoos of similar stripe trying to “run” the government now? Or did I leave an “i” out of that somewhere?😉 So anyway, enjoy your hot dogs (german), apple pie (dutch), and fireworks (chinese), today while you complain about all the “immigrants” and “illegals”. And while this might sound “cynical” I’m just basing this on what I have been reading coming out of Texas and Arizona in the news lately, and a particularly bad incident in California. Let’s just say that there are times that I’m not very proud of my fellow Americans. And that I have been very much in agreement with the bumper sticker that states “I love my country, it’s my government I fear”.

Up first is another link to the travesty in CO. Driver Sentenced In Deadly Hit & Run That Killed Cyclist I’m sorry but a year’s work release is not enough punishment for killing a human being and leaving the corpse like so much litter…

Hit-and-run in NC. Cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run The narrative is indicative of a hit-from-behind wreck with a law-abiding cyclist, because if there was anything the cyclist could have been found doing illegal it would have been reported by this media outlet. So lights and/or reflectors in use, riding with traffic in the correct lane position, the whole nine yards. Not enough evidence to say that the protocols would have helped, so that only leaves getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a similar wreck.

Update on a CA wreck. Sad news, as 15-year old Canyon Lake bike rider declared brain dead; 50th SoCal cycling fatality this year I’m still trying to parse the wreck, as it appears the cyclist was blocked from entering a highway after he had reached a speed that he could safely do so, and hit the other vehicle hard enough to trigger the airbags. So, intersection? maybe the protocols would help. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that you don’t ride bicycles at highway speeds for motor vehicles to prevent.

Still in CA a wreck that could have happened to anybody, including a cyclist. Clovis driver admits to drinking, but says fatal collision was accident Driver with multiple DUI convictions kills someone while driving drunk (again). There is only one sure way to prevent repeat drunk drivers from killing, and that is to never allow them to own or operate a motor vehicle again. I favor doing this after the third DUI conviction lifetime. I do not think there should be a “shelf life” for DUI convictions that allows them to be discarded after a while. There are other convictions that stay with you for life, DUI must be on that list for people’s safety.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Have a great, safe 4th, looking for a bike riding stickup man, and LiLo crashes Citi Bike — literally

Stupid is as stupid does. Busted!

More about the guy killed riding Alp d’Huez. Daughter’s tribute after cyclist killed in French Alps crash

And this little thing looked like so much fun. Bicycle Therapy Yep, I could use a therapy ride myself. Ahh, the stress relief.

And that appears to be all the links I have today, fits or otherwise (although the “Busted” link was a lot of giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

So many things to do, and the Feed

Since we are in Mrs. the Poet’s old stomping grounds we are doing a lot of “catch up” visits with her HS and early college friends, and what previously had been hen parties are this year becoming couples meetings, I guess because somebody wants to show off a husband or new boyfriend (although at the ages of Mrs. the Poet’s HS and college friends, calling them “boyfriends” is kinda silly). So I have to get this done early so I can get into my “eating in public” clothes in time to drive to the restaurant. That means showering, shaving and the whole nine yards.😛 I’m not a big fan of getting “dressed up”, as you may have noticed.

Opening with this because it makes me extremely perturbed. Woman gets 1-year jail sentence in Fort Collins hit-and-run that led to bicyclist’s death Kill a cyclist, run away for days while hiding the car, get one year of work release… TANJ!

A PA left cross wreck. Susquehanna Township crash Cyclists do not “go away” when you turn your head. This driver saw the cyclist coming, admits she saw the cyclist coming, and was surprised to find the cyclist bouncing off the passenger side of the car when she turned? I call BS on this one. It appears that the cyclist used the turn parallel to the direction of travel part of the protocols from the appearance of the bicycle wreckage and still got hit very hard on the head, so protocols not very effective in this wreck, probably due to available reaction time. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would be required to prevent a wreck like this in the future.

Another wreck in SoCal. Young boy killed in San Bernardino bicycling collision Another intersection wreck with no information forthcoming from LEO on what happened. Intersection protocols for the young cyclist might have helped, and getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would keep young people and multi-ton killing machines from making an acquaintance.

Don’t let the heading picture fool you, this wreck in the Great White North was on a sidewalk. Cyclist charged following collision in Kitchener Why was the weapon vehicle on the sidewalk, and why was the cyclist the only one charged in this wreck? Since sidewalk cyclists are evidence that whatever infrastructure is allocated to bicycles is perceived as “unsafe” by the cyclist I only see one option to prevent a similar wreck in the future, getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

More on the UK cyclist killed riding the Alp d’Huez in France. British cyclist killed in head-on collision as he descends Alpe d’Huez and British cyclist killed in head-on crash in French Alps

About the best that could come from a bad situation over in Jolly Olde. Cyclist injured in Bridgnorth crash given payout From the article it appears the driver was 100% at fault in this wreck, and was lucky to get away with such a low settlement.

Our Daily Ted is … interesting today. Morning Links: Making up the law on PCH, Olin ghost bike goes missing, and Canyon Lake cyclist critically injured

A bit of Infrastructure! news from across the pond in Jolly Olde. Road traffic laws too “lenient” say widows of cyclists killed on charity ride

A little bike porn for you that like that kind of thing. The bikes of the Tour de France

I don’t know if you can see this bit of LifeStyle via Facebook, but if you can this is funny. Nearly 19 MPH does help keep you cool, but it’s the law of diminishing returns in effect.

And what used to be Mrs. the Poet’s favorite song to tease me with back when I was driving. Queen – I’m In Love With My Car (Official Video)

And those were all the links that gave me fits today, now I have to get cleaned up to go out for dinner tonight.

BIlled @€0.02, Opus

Grocery day will be very light, and the Feed

Since Mrs. the Poet and I will be leaving Monday night we only have to get about half the groceries we normally do, because they won’t stay good until we get back. So, no produce except maybe a small bag of lettuce, only a single loaf of bread if any, no dairy at all. And lots of snacks we can put in our carry-on luggage so we don’t have to buy the over-priced “food” they sell in the bus stations. It’s bad enough we will be buying drinks priced 3 times what they cost at the local C-store on the corner, especially when our caloric needs will be so low.

Up first is an update on the Milt Olin wreck in CA. Family of cyclist fatally struck by sheriff’s car files claim against Los Angeles County This story has stunk to high heaven ever since it first broke, and the stench has just been getting worse every day, first with the refusal to hand the investigation over to the CHP to at least give the appearance of impartiality, second when an investigation that should have been wrapped in a week took more than 5 months to be delivered to the DA, and third when the DA refused to allow any part of that report to be released to the public. The facts of the case are quire damning to the driver, the cyclist was hit from behind while riding in the marked bike lane by a cruiser going over the speed limit without lights and siren. The pictures I have seen from the crime scene show the one skid mark left by the victim’s back tire at impact and skid marks after the impact (unless the picture was somehow reversed, but then the question would have to be why did the driver stop using the brakes right before impact?), and the impact was several feet from the lane marker.

A buzz job in OR. Cyclist injured in vehicle accident near Sandy and Man injured after being clipped by rear-view mirror on Highway 26 The crime scene pictures show one of those awful rumble stripped shoulders that turn what could be a nice place to ride when it’s clean into something that can kill you with a second’s inattention. This means the rider was forced to ride in the traffic lane but he did not take the lane to make himself more visible. This is (or should be, I haven’t read the protocols page in a while) the first thing to avoiding getting hit from behind, riding where you can be seen in the lane. This also gives you more room to move to the right to dodge wayward motor vehicles that are getting too close.

A wreck in AZ that LEO are wrongly blaming on the cyclist not crossing the street in the crosswalk. Peoria accident leaves teen cyclist injured Since the basic report is so flawed other than noting that this was an intersection wreck so intersection protocols should apply I got nothing, except INFRASTRUCTURE! Oh, and trained LEO.

Still in AZ another cyclist is squished. UPDATE X2:CYCLIST KILLED ON SPEEDWAY; DRIVER ARRESTED ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER When I first filtered this report the driver hadn’t even been caught yet, much less charged with murder. Hit from behind in the bike lane seems to be popular today, use the protocols to avoid, particularly the “have an escape route” part. And if that bike lane had been built to Dutch standards the weapon vehicle would never have gotten near him in the first place.

A PA blotter report on a left cross. Sentinel police log for June 19 I think I actually had this wreck in the blog last week sometime. Intersection wreck so protocols and infrastructure. Kudos to LEO for immediately handing out tickets to the driver for violating the right of way and failing to signal.

Another report on that CA hit-and-run I had a skimpy link to yesterday. Cyclist killed in Sacramento hit and run Nothing new, just another link.

OK this is just not right, with two links. P.E.I. man granted day parole two years after killing Alberta cyclist and Drunk driver who killed Edmonton woman gets day parole Apparently “day parole” is like “work release” in the US. Get out, go to work, and be back in your cell by a certain time every day.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: CABO opposes protected bikeway bill; Brit driver kills 5-year old, then says shit happens

Someone else noticed a major change to the legal infrastructure. Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist With the added information I am also wondering how they figured the cyclist was 21% at fault for getting hit by the car door when she was getting physically forced into the door zone. Maybe because she was there to get hit?

Actual on-the-ground testing of that pseudo-Dutch intersection treatment. Portlander’s ‘protected intersection’ concept gets first on-street demo (in Minneapolis) The reports that 8 YO were able to use the infrastructure properly first time without instructions to move as they desired on their bikes is really good news.

The good kind of infrastructure article. Buying a bike? Now you can use Twitter to find out if it’s stolen property

Busting up and preventing bike theft in NY. Bicyclist follows accused bike thieves, leads to arrest of three Syracuse teenagers

If you live in Chuck this is an even better kind of lifestyle link. Chucktown BikeDown Cheap alcohol, but don’t over do it because if you get to all of the venues you have a chance at winning a pretty cool bike.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Contemplating “things” and the Feed

I’m still in the “not happy” state of mind about the city coming into my yard and destroying part of my lawn furniture, then sending me a bill for the “service”. I don’t know what I can do about that besides dispute the bill. I guess I can demand that they replace the log bench that I spent so much time and effort on, but to be honest part of what made the one that was destroyed so good was that it was from the tree that it was sitting near. It was a part of the environment that was supposed to be there. It was also a really nice place to sit with a cup of coffee in the morning after everyone else had gone to work or school or daycare… I live in what is almost a ghost town between the hours of 0800 and 1430 Monday through Friday 9 months out of the year. That bench let me enjoy a feeling almost like being alone in a forest.

Up first is an update on a NM wreck. Bicyclist dies 8 days after hit-and-run crash Other reports that I can no longer link to say the bits of turn signal/marker light found at the scene are common to many makes of truck and are also sold in autoparts stores as generic replacement lights, I used to have the same kind of light on my old recumbent bike as they make very visible taillights. So good luck on finding that truck, they are going to need it.

Hit-and-run with a city bus in OR. After alleged bike-bus collision, TriMet driver tells man ‘You’re fine’ and drives off First, if you get hit and the driver leaves the scene, do not use Twitter until after you call 911 and state you had an “incident” and you need medical attention. Even if you do not hurt right at the moment, there might be injuries you just have not calmed down enough to feel yet. Since this was a right hook, intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on the wreck between a tandem and a single bike in Jolly Olde. Woman cyclist injured in tandem crash So, the wreck now appears to be the result of an unintentional buzz job by the male captain of the tandem, with the female stoker taking the brunt of the impact.

Our Daily Ted for Tuesday. Morning Links: Too many LA memorial rides, Fig4All is up for more debate, and Buzzfeed wants to scare you That Buzzfeed video is alternately scary stupid and just plain scary.

Infrastructure! news from right here in TX. Texas Police Now Ticketing Kids for “Cool Moves” Doing the right thing can be rewarding.

Infrastructure from NYC. DOT To Add Five More Miles Of Flushing Avenue Bike Lanes I have the sneaking feeling that they are using soft, fragile cyclists as traffic calming on a street that has a reputation for attracting speeders.

New infrastructure in America’s Copenhagen. New buffered bike lanes for Boones Ferry Road

Someone please, PLEASE! make this bill a law without watering it down. Lawmakers Consider Hit-and-Run Alerts Amber alerts I get once or sometimes twice a month, but the constant stream of these alerts would galvanize people into action to stop hit-and-run.

A bike that anyone can ride “no hands”. Jyrobike self-balances to keep kids on the straight and narrow Also teaches kids just to ride normally, but I would like to have one for my recumbent that I was never able to ride without at least one hand on the bars at all times because it would crash in a fraction of a second otherwise.

Lifestyle in the UK. Cyclists saddle up to raise £1m for heroes

A plethora of e-assist bicycles of varying levels of assist and styles of assist. In pictures: Charged Up e-bike show Some really neat and cool bikes there.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Fortunately for my mood I found more giggles than fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Are we having fun yet? and the Feed

Things are getting interesting at my church while I have been sidelined by either exhaustion or allergies. I’m not going to get specific, but “things” are going on. One thing I can post about is I was elected as the contact person for the church in dealing with the state on tax matters, primarily because I own my home and have lived at the same address for nearly 20 years, making it likely that I will still be around and with the church when we have to deal with the state again. All I need to do is let the church use my address as a point of contact not at the church. I’m the contact for CUUPS as well so I’m copacetic with this. We are one of the few churches that is entirely Pagan in format, although we are not as Wiccan as “official” UU Pagans. The fact that we were the first UU church to “go Pagan” in TX and still the only one for hundreds of miles around leads to some interesting statistics. For example we have more registered Republicans than nearly any other church in TX, and certainly the most by percentage of congregation. That’s because we have a large contingent of people following the North Gods (Asatru, Odinist, Heathens, and other traditions) and they tend to conservative political views (although mostly liberal social views). When the Heathens consider your views as whackadoodle…

Up first is another bicycle v car wreck in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicyclist struck, critically injured on U.S. 98 The narrative is confusing, but if I’m interpreting it correctly the cyclist was getting over to the left in preparation for entering the left turn lane to make the turn, heard the driver lean on the horn behind him and decided to get out of the way to the right, not knowing the driver had already made the lane change to pass to the right. About the only thing that would have enabled the cyclist to avoid this wreck would be having dual mirrors like I have on my helmet to know which side of the road the noise is coming from and that the right lane was no longer clear. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, because the CROW manual would not allow cyclists to share this road with vehicles moving at those speeds. Also, this is why you don’t honk at cyclists unless there is immediate danger of hitting one.

A NE cyclist is hit-and-run on the sidewalk. Cyclist reports hit-and-run Ok there are two ways to interpret this narrative, the first is the driver ran the stop sign and then went on the sidewalk avoiding someone in the street, the second one is the cyclist was crossing the street from the sidewalk when the car ran the stop sign and hit him in the crosswalk. Either way there’s not a lot the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck as he was already committed to his action before the driver ran the stop sign. Since not enough information was given about the location I can’t pull up a Google Maps or Street View image to determine if infrastructure would have prevented this wreck, but from the narrative it doesn’t look like it would have as the driver was already ignoring the built environment.

A cyclist is hit in MD. Bicyclist hit, killed Saturday night in Essex They don’t say the wreck was in an intersection but “near” one, but intersection protocols encompass hit-from-behind so using the one implies the other, so intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A cyclist in Canuckistan gets flattened. Male Cyclist Stable After Accident On Pembina Hwy Near Bishop Grandin Since there was so little information given out I can’t say if there was anything the cyclist could have done to avoid the wreck besides not be there to get hit. And I also can’t say if infrastructure would have prevented the wreck, but there is a 95% chance that it would.

This wreck in the Great White North had the charges changed seriously after the cyclist died. New charges laid from death of North Grenville cyclist Since nothing is said about the wreck except the weapon vehicle was grey in color there’s nothing I can say about avoiding or if infrastructure changes could prevent the wreck.

OK this has to be the strangest thing I have ever seen coming from the UK. Motorist arrested on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm after ‘autistic’ cyclist is knocked off bike in ‘road rage’ crash I’m sure the charge will be upgraded to attempted murder soon enough, seeing as the vehicle nearly destroyed a building in the process of trying to hit the cyclist I wonder what the folks over on road.cc thought about it? Kingston driver ‘aimed car at cyclist,’ missed – and crashed into hair salon with the update.

Another link to that cyclist killed by pedestrian story. Cyclist killed in crash with pedestrian This happens more often than you’d think.

Another case of Stockholm Syndrome with mandatory bike helmets. Injured cyclist Wade Matheson praises helmet for saving his life in accident at Glenelg That helmet didn’t do anything to “save” the victim as it shattered instead of crushing.

Ted’s post was very good today. Morning Links: LA bike rider is deliberately buzzed by Metro bus driver for legally riding in the traffic lane

Infrastructure! news from AK. Questions remain about how Anchorage cyclists died on city streets This is the quagmire of legal infrastructure that cyclists or their survivors have to face when a wreck happens.

WTF is this mess doing in the road in GA? Commuter Dude: Cyclist injured due to road issue left by utility work As the video showed this mess could not be safely navigated by cars or light trucks, hitting it on a bicycle would be an instant crash, which is exactly what happened.

And a mix of really good changes to the legal infrastructure with some really bad ones all in the same WV law. New bicycle law goes into effect in West Virginia Three feet to pass = good, honking horn when passing = very bad.😛

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. Except this one!

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Bean Day with Mrs. the Poet, and the Feed

This is an unusual day, a Bean Day with the person held responsible for removing the flavor from the food for an entire Junior High looking over my shoulder as I cook. One thing in my favor is the “salt” I’m using is low-sodium and replaces the sodium with a mineral we in the US don’t normally get enough of, potassium. So I can use as much as I think the dish needs. Add to that my beans recipe is naturally low in fat and that the spices I’m using are naturally high in essential trace nutrients and I’m golden. Throw in the other side-benefits from the fact that this dish is a complete protein and meat-free (most of the time) as well as being an excellent source of fiber and low-glycemic carbs (the long-distance kind of carbs that keep you going and going synergistically with your fat storage) and even the assistant manager of a Jr. High cafeteria is happy. And Mrs. the Poet has reminded me that she doesn’t take the flavor out of the food herself any more, that’s minion work.😉 She just tells them what food to take the flavor out of these days.👿

There was just so much weird “stuff” out there today that I had a hard time concentrating on “just bike” stories. But I think this report from the UK deserves top billing. Cyclist dies after collision with pedestrian in St Andrews I keep trying to tell people that cyclists are just as vulnerable in collisions with pedestrians as the pedestrians are, and I keep getting told I’m either nuts or lying. Well Aunty Beebe doesn’t tell fibs (other than on 4/1), and this rider died after hitting a pedestrian. As the pedestrian left the scene there isn’t a great deal to go on about this story, a version I can’t link to because of a paywall restriction says local LEO think the collision was in the street meaning the pedestrian was walking in the street at the time of the wreck. But really, this is another reason to “Don’t hit the pedestrians!”

A possibility of real justice in a TN wreck. Charges pending in cyclist’s death Since the 3-foot passing law went into effect in TN there have been many more prosecutions in cases where a cyclist has been killed or injured in a wreck with a motor vehicle. The wreck was a hit-from-behind that happened because the cyclist was on the fog line and the driver tried to pass in the same lane. Since there is a law stating that if you don’t pass with at least 3 feet of clearance you are wrong, hitting the cyclist is now seen as more serious than it had been in the past. Protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck literally in my old stomping grounds as a teenager. Bicyclist struck by car in SLC The wreck was near an intersection, not sure if intersection protocols apply or something else, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that since intersection protocols cover everything else plus what can go wrong in the intersection use them to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Also WTF is with running away from the wreck on foot and abandoning the car?

An AZ wreck that doesn’t make much sense. Bicycle rider killed in collision with semitruck The cyclist was dodging a telephone pole when he was hit by the truck?! Seriously if the route is so uncomfortable that cyclists are that far off the main lane of travel that telephone poles are an impediment and moving over enough to clear the pole places you in traffic, that is some seriously screwed infrastructure. Protocols will avail you not in these circumstances, the only thing that will keep cyclists moving and also safe is getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch”.

A CA cyclist is hit-and-run. Cyclist critically injured in Oakland hit-and-run and Bicyclist Critically Injured In Oakland Hills Crash; Driver Flees Nothing on the mode, but the wreck was at low speed because the cyclist was not seriously injured according to the reports as I read them now. Since intersection protocols pretty much cover everything (again) I’m going to go with that to avoid or reduce damages and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in MA that is just, Keystonian in grandeur. Cyclist struck by convertible in Cohasset, ends up in backseat Again a magic foam hat is given far more credit than it could possibly deserve. Left cross and likely at very low speed given the limited damage to both the car and the bike (not to mention the cyclist), so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damage and injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. One thing I suggest immediate adoption for is the Dutch law that makes violating a cyclist’s right of way a crime with degree of severity of the crime proportional to the degree of cyclist injury… And they can get pretty harsh about a driver that does something stupid and kills a cyclist.

Something to make you mad from NYC. Cyclist Killed By Hit & Run Driver In Queens Hit from behind wreck, protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and as (almost) always get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Might I suggest crushing all vehicles used to commit hit-and-run as a deterrent? Ideally crushing and shredding so as to remove any hope of recovering the vehicle.

And while this does not directly involve a cyclist it does demonstrate one of the many hazards we face while trying to get from A to B. UPDATE: Truck Driver That Hit Tracy Morgan’s Limo Hadn’t Slept In 24 Hours Note that the “limo” was a small bus in excess of 10K pounds GVW and that there were 5 casualties inside the vehicle, one fatality and 4 seriously injured. That was while they were surrounded by literally tons of steel, and we ain’t got zip surrounding us. So sleeping drivers are even more of a hazard to us. And aside from segregated infrastructure I have no clue what to do about this, because obviously getting hit by a semi while riding a bike has a low survival probability no matter what you do so most of the protocols are pretty much useless.

A cyclist on the eastern side of the Great White North survived getting hit by a pickup truck. P.E.I. cyclist injured after being hit by pickup truck First of all let me extend a welcome to the newest member of the “I survived getting hit with a truck” club. No mode or accurate location given so I can’t say how to avoid this kind of wreck, but preventing it is as simple as buying the CROW manual for €90 and following it to the letter…

Moving a “little” west we find this wreck in East Canuckistan. Hamilton cyclist killed in St. George crash Obvious hit-from-behind wreck, the impact site on the weapon vehicle show classic buzz job signatures, but I would have to see the remains of the passenger side mirror to be certain. Protocols to avoid or reduce injuries, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

Our Daily Ted has damning evidence that something was not entirely kosher about the cancellation of a road diet and bike lane installation. Morning Links: Is this the smoking gun? Leaked email behind Koretz’ 2013 veto of Westwood Blvd bike lanes Just one quibble on this, the email was a public document obtained by a FOIA request, not a “leak”.

Infrastructure! news from the Delmarva region. Hints for keeping bicycles out in highway traffic Notice that’s “in” traffic, not out of it. The article then goes on to describe what is commonly pawned of on cyclists as “infrastructure” fit for the purpose. If the “purpose” is wasting money so they can then complain about how cyclists are not using the “infrastructure” provided then they have succeeded, but if “purpose” is getting safely and smoothly by bicycle from A to B then they have fallen light years short of the goal.

More infrastructure news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Florida is a hazardous place for cyclists and pedestrians Didn’t I just write that? FL kills cyclists and pedestrians because their infrastructure has been designed entirely for and about motor vehicles for more than 5 decades, their drivers have a collective IQ not much higher than their European shoe size, and the victims just can’t figure out how to use the existing environment without getting hit. Even when pedestrians and cyclists are doing everything exactly the way they are supposed to, the other two factors lead to massive casualties and deaths relative to the number of people in the state. Just look at the number of cyclists killed riding in the “bike lanes” that look like shoulders on the roads (because that’s what they really are, they just have stencils painted in them every so often to make them “bike lanes”).

And back to Canada as an injured cyclist agrees to participate in experiments to find what happens to people’s memory when they get brain damaged. Brain injured Ottawa cyclist investigates memory You might remember this wreck, as there was considerable discussion over the sobriety of the driver at the time of the wreck because of the evidence that drinking had been taking place in the vehicle prior to the wreck, and more discussion over how much was “accident” and how much was deliberate. But anyway, good for the victim to be putting the injury to use to extend the reach of science.

Well those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles today. Fortunately I no longer feel like digging up the buried light cannon in the back yard so local drivers are safe for now. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with my current allergy situation anyway.

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Running late on purpose, and the Feed

I’m trying to get a many link as possible cleared out today so I have less work to do on Monday. Hence the delay to get as many links from the Feed as possible before taking Saturday off. And speaking of Saturday, I have some good news. I had a gig last year that they were supposed to pay me on the sale of the project when completed, and the check came in yesterday. I had completely forgotten I had even done the gig. So I have a bit of fundage that can be used for frivolous things First thing I did was go to the nail spa and get my toes done before I ruined any pairs of socks. I can’t get the last three toes on my left foot because of the nerve damage and the scar tissue in the muscle. I bend over and those toes can’t pull up enough to get a clear shot at cutting the nails. I can fudge around the problem by placing a book or piece of lumber under my foot so the toes hang off and if I get the right piece of lumber or book I have enough room to cut the nails. This requires over an hour to do the foot and can be quite exhausting. Or I can go to the nail spa and get a pedi and for $25 I get my toes done, calluses buffed off, cuticles trimmed back (really saves on snagged and ruined socks), a massage, and a mini peel, and be back home faster than it would take to do both feet myself and just cut the nails.

The other thing I’m doing is attending A-Kon 25 for Saturday. Somewhere I have a badge that says I survived A-Kon 7, the one with the blackout and the nearby tornadoes (one was less than a mile from the convention hotel). And I still have stock in the closet from the Urusei Yatsura videos we didn’t sell. Anyone want topless teenage alien demons on VHS?😉 I have the first 60 episodes on 12 cassettes.

Up first is a SWCC in San Antonio. Cyclist critically injured after hitting SUV One thing I almost always ask, did anyone not in the weapon vehicle see the cyclist run the light? Because looking at the wreckage of the bike and the Google Maps of the scene, umm yeah he probably ran the light. Intersection protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A wreck in VA involves an uninjured cyclist. Two injured in crash with Va. Beach school bus Multi-vehicle wreck triggered when the lead vehicle had to brake short to keep from running over a cyclist from behind on a road with no bike infrastructure. Then the rest of the wreck is compounded by all the people driving too close to react to the vehicle in front of them. Fortunately as related earlier the cyclist was unharmed. There’s a nice Google Maps app on the article that lets you zoom in on the wreck scene (taken prior to the wreck unfortunately) and you can see quite easily that a cyclist would have had to make a tricky move to the left to avoid the right turn lane at that intersection. This motor vehicle wreck could have been avoided had the infrastructure been “up to Dutch”, preventing the cyclist maneuver that triggered the wreck. All of the other bad driving would not have amounted to anything without the bad infrastructure.

Another VA cyclist was not so lucky. Cyclist down in hit-and-run Buzz job gone horribly bad, hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And I can’t imagine what the witnesses went through. According to the comments the driver has done this before.

Moving to Enn Zed we get another cyclist hit. Teen cyclist critically injured in Hastings crash Nothing on the mode of the wreck but other bits in the narrative indicate it was a mid-block hit-from-behind. And apparently caused by the cyclist not wearing a magic foam hat that repels motor vehicles from hitting cyclists.

I’m not sure what to make of this report from Oz. Rodney Clavell’s ex-girlfriend Samantha Farrer denies killing cyclist near Victor Harbor If I’m reading this right her ex went on a shooting rampage in the Sydney CBD this week. What that has to do with the GF running over a cyclist from behind I have no idea. The only thing I can gather is she has a history of displaying bad judgement in many things.

One of those reports that straddles the boundary between wreck and infrastructure. And makes me sad. There Have Now Been 100 Traffic Fatalities In NYC In 2014 And the numbers keep on growing. the counter on the article went up by one as I was filtering other links…

LifeStyle from WA. Candlelight vigil for 15-year-old Spokane boy on bicycle killed by sheriff’s deputy’s car Sorry to see the kid killed.

A few states to the east sees a similar vigil. Casper cyclists ride to remember Matthew Harker

The good kind of lifestyle article… Wounded Rider Program gives first crash kit to cyclist I think this is a great idea, and other cities should emulate it. It gets cyclists back on their feet faster to know that someone has their figurative back while they recover.

And the Windy City normalizes city laws and state laws allowing e-assist bikes in the bike lanes and bike paths. Electric bikes could zoom through bike lanes Some inflammatory language used (“zoom” through bike lanes, etc).

Some silly Infrastructure. Just look at these banana safety-cones If you see a line of these on the road be very carefull about making sudden stops or sharp turns.

Our daily Ted. Morning Links: Vote for bikeways in South OC, how to deal with road rage, and punched out for not running a red I have been yelled at many times for stopping at stop signs, but never any physical violence.

And those were all the links that even remotely fit in with the blog today. I hope you got some giggles to go with your fits.

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Pollen count is high again, and the Feed

Another day of hitting the diphenhydramine for the sneezing and goopy eyes, but other than that I feel fine (cue REM singing “End of the World”). And I found a partial solution to getting my brain to shut off at night when I’m trying to sleep, a simple one really. I found some paper and pencils, and started to draw all the devices that needed to come out of my brain. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner. Stuff wants out, so give it a way to get out. Like pooping for the mind, better out than in. Now I can return to plans for world domination and con- whoops did I write that out loud?😉

A cyclist is killed in a hit-from-behind wreck in IL. Bicyclist Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In Forest Park Driver was speeding which contributed to both the crash and the fatality caused by the crash. The estimated speed of the weapon vehicle at impact is fatal in 80 to 85% of wrecks with cyclists. Hit-from-behind protocols maybe could have kept the cyclist alive assuming he had the sight lines and reaction time to employ them. Getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” probably would have prevented the wreck.

WY just can’t get a break as another cyclist is killed. Sheridan cyclist killed, wife injured in crash Hit-from-behind wreck (again) but the driver may have been targeting the cyclists so protocols would have been moot. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have placed the cyclists away from the highway or separated by a wall if there was no room otherwise, so they would not have been hit. Even if this had been some kind of road rage incident placing the cyclists in their own infrastructure would have had a calming effect on the situation.

More on the NYC terror attack on cyclists that NYPD is totally ignoring. Brooklyn cyclist injured by rope trap in Prospect Park Same situation as before. A trap made to not be seen in the low light severely injures a cyclist and NYPD can’t even be bothered to file a report, much less investigate an act of domestic terrorism.

Another NYC wreck. Vehicle Hits Cyclist At Ninth Avenue, 57th Street Nothing on the mode and NYC “doesn’t have room” to get the infrastructure “up to Dutch”…

More on the UK cyclist killed in France by a hit-and (literally)-run driver. Council chief-executive who led Blackpool to become Cycling Town killed in hit-and-run

I know I have made jokes about NC being behind the times, but the Ride of Silence was 2 weeks ago. Boone Area Cyclists Observe Fourth Annual Ride of Silence

Our daily Ted is pretty interesting today. Morning Links: New study shows benefits of protected bike lanes; OC cyclist threatened and harassed on PCH

And those were all the links I could find that had stuff I could use here. I had a lot of links to UK wrecks that did not have anything except the names of cyclists and drivers, and the make/model of the cars that hit the cyclists. Since this blog is more about education that merely counting the losses I left those links out.

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I have a backlog of links to filter, and the rest of the Feed

Yesterday’s busy day has left me with a massive backlog of links to filter before I can even begin to start writing the rest of the blog post, but I did find some interesting stuff from things I was sent in my regular e-mail. I think I have just about recovered from Wednesday and yesterday. And I’m watching the repeat of the qualifying from Charlotte for the World 600 Sprint Cup race on Sunday, with Jimmy Johnson getting the pole.

I’m going to start with Ride of Silence links for two reasons: I have a bunch of those links with tons of flash advertising in the pages I’m linking to that is really clogging my computer to the point that I can get most of a line typed out before it shows up on my screen, and this is the international Big Story. Cyclists remember others who have died on the road and ‘Ride of Silence’ to honor cyclists killed on SF streets and this SF BIKE COMMUNITY TO HONOR CYCLIST FATALITIES more Share the road: Cyclists hope silent ride raises awareness still more Annual bike ride honours injured, killed cyclists not done yet Cyclists honor victims killed on SC roads more links
‘Ride of Silence’ promotes awareness of safety for cyclists
another one Fort Myers Ride of Silence draws nearly 200 cyclists and they just go one and on Riding and remembering another one CYCLIST TRIBUTE: Ride Of Silence Held

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Coddling drunk drivers, analysis of the new Bike League study and a moving new hit-and-run video

This was just too easy as a driver videos himself assaulting cyclists and posted the video online. Piedmont man charged after viral video threatening cyclists The comments made in the video after one of the “punishment passes” about he should have run the cyclist into the ditch, combined with all the other ranting and raving he recorded, and thought would be acceptable to post to Facebook… More Truck-driving Alabama man arrested after videos of him threatening bicyclists goes viral

A cyclist is killed by a semi truck while riding on a shared lane. Cyclist killed in crash Notice the picture where they extracted the cyclist’s body from the wreck beside a “Share the Road” sign. The mode of wreck was a right hook and can be expected when the infrastructure is as demi-buttocked as it usually is in AR. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A “possible” hit and run in IL. Bike Rider Killed In Possible Hit-Run Accident In Mundeleinz Dead rider, smashed bicycle located well off the road, and they think “possible” hit-and-run? I wouldn’t drop it lower than “probable” unless there was a UFO sighting in the area about the time he failed to show after the ride… Since they couldn’t determine direction of travel prior to the wreck or much of anything else I can’t advise on dealing with the built infrastructure or if altering the built infrastructure would prevent the wreck, aside from barrier protected segregated infrastructure. If the cars can’t get to you whatever they do on the roads becomes moot.

And a fatal wreck is quickly approaching closure in VA. Motorist pleads guilty to DUI, killing cyclist in Roanoke Now we just have to wait until August to find out she will get probation for a few years at most…

Someone in illegal possession of a deadly weapon gets a ticket for killing a cyclist in NYC. NYPD says cyclist killed by unlicensed driver The driver got a ticket for driving without a license, but nothing for killing the cyclist…

A VT cyclist gets hit by a car running a traffic control while the cyclist was crossing the road. Van collides with cyclist OK you have a crossing signal flashing at you and there are 2 other vehicles stopped waiting, so naturally you just barge right on through… And the idiot admits to seeing the cyclist before hitting him. Nothing a cyclist could have done to prevent the wreck and as the driver was ignoring traffic controls only grade separated infrastructure would have prevented this wreck.

A MI cyclist is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Bicycle rider struck and killed on Gratiot in New Haven The biggest thing I took away from this article was that the driver was found hiding under a blanket after literally running away from the wreck on foot.

A wreck in WA leaves a cyclist clinging to life in hospital. Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run collision Because of the nature of the hit-and-run all they know is the likely direction of travel for the cyclist. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CA cyclist gets clobbered with bad infrastructure. Downey cyclist hit by vehicle trying to enter 105 Freeway I had to read deep into the article to be sure the cyclist was not trying to enter the freeway, and I’m still only about 90% convinced this was the case. Low angle intersection but I’m still confused as to where the cyclist was in relation to the motor vehicle. I can’t get any mapping programs to open up because of all the open tabs I still have up. This could have been a typical right hook only worse because the turn was taken at a higher than normal speed. Intersection wreck but protocols would require time for reaction that doesn’t look like the cyclist would have had, so mooted, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist on a parallel route with better access to local businesses and housing and prevented this wreck.

I don’t know why I let this anger me any more, I know cyclists are considered second class citizens by the courts. Powers sentenced for drunk driving crash that killed Helena cyclist The driver will be out of prison in a little over a year… for killing a human being while driving with a 0.25 BAC%. I have long known that MT treats drunk drivers with great deference but this is fracking ridiculous. There is no wiggle room on this one, the cyclist was wearing a helmet and the bike was lighted like a Christmas tree and had reflectors, and the driver never braked nor swerved to miss him.

More on a cyclist killed in the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck, driver treated for shock Since the article is mostly behind a paywall and I have exceeded my allotment of free pages I can’t say for sure there is no new material in this link… But as I wrote earlier because of the lack of witnesses at the scene (cyclist dead and driver in shock) there hasn’t been much forthcoming on this one.

Intersection wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist in hospital after collision in Burlington Nothing on the mode of the wreck, just the location at the exit of a high-speed freeway so intersection protocols might help avoid or mitigate the damages in the wreck, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that cyclists are not crossing freeway exits at grade level would prevent it.

A right hook wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist killed after being hit by vehicle in Dartmouth The initial narrative is for a typical right hook, so intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck. The thing that gets me the worst about this wreck is the cyclist is dead, but you could straighten out the saddle and ride away on the bike she was riding…

Lots of bike wrecks in a single link from the GWN. Five local cyclists hurt in two days after collisions with vehicles

A right hook wreck in Canuckistan has two links. Cyclist killed after downtown collision with garbage truck and Edmonton cyclist killed after being hit by a garbage truck typical right hook but the results were very similar to the wreck in the preceding paragraph half a continent away, the bike looks like it could be adjusted and ridden away from the wreck. Same advice as the previous wreck, intersection protocols and infrastructure.

Completely unsurprising news from Jolly Olde. Lorry driver will not face prosecution over death of cyclist in Dulwich TANJ!

Somewhat surprising news from Oz. Drink-driver jailed over Qld cyclist death The driver must have been completely plastered the night before because more than 5 hours after the party he was still at 0.076 BAC% when he hit the cyclist.

Infrastructure! news from the United States. Report: 88% Of Drivers Who Kill Cyclists Walk Free The headline does not surprise me, but the tidbit from later in the article that 40% of fatal wrecks are hit-from-behind in spite of those wrecks being a very small percentage of all bicycle v motor vehicle wrecks. The fact that Floriduh kills a very high percentage of its population on bikes is completely unsurprising. More 8 takeaways from the Bike League’s study of cyclist fatalities and How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind.

Infrastructure from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists should assert their power (respectfully)

Infrastructure news from Oz as cyclists protest their draconian helmet laws. SA cyclists and police face head-on clash over helmet law If bike helmets actually did something useful I could see the laws, but every study not carried out by the helmet industry has failed to find a distinct benefit from helmet laws. Unless you count cyclist suppression as a “benefit”.

And I think I have enough for today.

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