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I need a new writer for this story, and the Feed

The claim has been made that what we think of as the “real world” is merely the setting for a series of overlapping stories written by authors in another universe. Well I want a new writer because mine has jumped the shark. I mean seriously things have been goofy and barely believable since about 2 years after my wreck. I mean I don’t believe half of the stuff going down and it is happening to me. And if I’m having problems with the plot, why should anyone else believe it? Some of this stuff would not even make it in a bad sit-com because the pacing is so slow. I half expect to hear a laugh track at any second.

Up first, someone has more than 2 brain cells to rub together in the UK. London to ban HGVs without cyclist safety equipment as Safer Lorry Scheme comes into force this September When a very small segment of the traffic flow has a very large portion of the fatal wrecks, one has to start having a good long look at the wrecks. Both segments are allowed by law to be there, one as a right and the other as a privilege but that privilege is pretty well entrenched to the point that it is a “right” because of the essential nature of the service it performs. So since the victim can’t be banned, and the other can’t be banned, the only recourse is to make the one that kills less deadly than before in hopes that fewer people will get killed. More Lorries without cyclist safety equipment to be banned from London’s roads

Should America’s Amsterdam emulate crap UK infrastructure? Portland should be inspired by London’s ‘cycle superhighway’ Inspired, maybe. Do the same thing? Not on your or my life.

Our Daily Ted is a detailed look at a critical infrastructure question. Making the case for desperately needed bike lanes on embattled Westwood Blvd

More on the cyclist killed in Scotland by an unconscious elderly driver. Cycling wife’s death ‘not preventable’ after couple hit by OAP’s car Unless you are going to require annual medical certification for drivers over 60 there is nothing that LEO could do. More Judge rules out need for stricter medical checks on elderly drivers after Leicestershire woman’s death

This is a lot of money for getting run over by a horse. €50k for cyclist knocked off bike by horses The cyclist had some pretty nasty injuries, but nothing like he would have had if hit by, say a truck…

Followup on that man turning into a cyclist after getting a heart from one in a transplant. DJ Chris Evans considers joining Organ Donor Register – after reading about Bristol heart transplant patient How about that, a morning radio DJ thinks he still has a heart 😛 (j/k)

Lots of UK links for some reason or another, this one shows that good people will come to the aid of those in need, even when “need” is just a trip to the graveyard after getting killed. Londoners raise £6,000 funeral costs for Greek cyclist killed in Homerton This was the kind of wreck the cycle safety guards listed in the first links are supposed to mitigate.

Language is important. HOW SMART LANGUAGE HELPED END SEATTLE’S PARALYZING BIKELASH Non-confrontational language gets more bike lanes than otherwise.

A little bit of legal infrastructure in CA. Cycling Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Last link, you have to be real careful around one of these, they are very quiet. So When Do We Get the Electric Victory Charger Cruiser? I like the e-motorcycles, but I am also leery because of how quiet they are, just like other EV without noisemaker add-ons.

And that’s all I got for today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Well, that sucks, and the Feed

I’m sure you have all heard by now that Robin Williams has passed. I’m not going to go into the whys and wherefores of his death, that’s for other people, I’m mentioning this because Robin was One Of Us, a cyclist. There was a movie he made that I don’t remember the title, he played a little boy who was growing up too fast. In that, he wanted what every little boy wants, a bicycle. They built a 26″ wheel BMX style bike for him to ride (in character) in the movie, and he bought the bike after the movie because he liked riding it that much. He used to ride with Lance (yes, that Lance) and the Posties on what were recovery rides for them and all out race pace for him. He may have gotten to ride because he was a celebrity but they kept riding with him because he was cyclist. He has made many quiet contributions to enhancing the infrastructure near his home in CA that didn’t get much attention outside the cycling world. And I’m always sad to see One Of Us go. May your trip to the Summerlands have just enough hills and a tailwind, Robin Williams. Nanu-nanu!

A cyclist tries to beat a train in CA, train wins. Bike rider killed in Vista train collision; popular randonneur killed Saturday in Santa Maria The cyclist was reported by multiple witnesses to have gone around the crossing guards with the train sounding the horn to warn him it was coming. So there is a very good chance the cyclist was using the train as a suicide weapon, IMHO.

Update on a right hook in the Great White North. Friends and Family Gather To Remember 19-Year-Old Cyclist Killed In Crash Yeah, after the wrecks come the funerals. Happy trails.

Rant from Oz. ‘Bikes must pay’ – injured man calls for insurance after hit How’s that working for you now? Did you check to see how many companies in Australia were offering the kind of insurance you were demanding cyclists buy? I would expect there would be something between what is available in the US (zero) and the UK (2).

And in food news… The World Now Has a Bacon-Powered Motorcycle I think the engine and drivetrain come from the same model motorcycle that has won the Vetter Challenge fuel economy contest in SoCal the last three years. Can you imagine riding down the road with the vehicle smelling like not just bacon but REALLY GOOD BACON and not being able to eat anything because you needed both hands on the controls and you were wearing a full face helmet like the guy in the video? Even if you could ride one-handed you couldn’t get a BLT through the eye-port of the helmet without getting mayo all over your face and losing most of the sandwich in the slip-stream. Then you would have a greasy face, no sandwich and still be hungry.

And those were all the links that I found even remotely applicable to this blog fits, giggles, or otherwise.

Billed @€0.02, Opus