I’m running late again because I took a day off to check out the car show at the State Fair of Texas, eat a Corny Dog, some Fried Butter, and a Fried Peanut Butter Cup. I don’t ordinarily eat that much fried food, but hey, it’s the State Fair. As for why I was checking out cars, I like cars. I just don’t like the way most people use cars, it ain’t fun. I was trying to find a small car that was fun to drive with a manual transmission. And while I was at it I should have been seeking an honest politician and an insurance CEO that was familiar with trying to buy health insurance with a minimum wage job…
Up first because it’s local, a cyclist is found dead with a nearly pristine bicycle. Fort Worth cyclist dies on Parker County ride This one has really gotten to the fine people on Bikejournal.com. So much so that when I exercised my psychic powers and described the vehicle that hit Todd several were upset about it. For those of you reading my blog, Todd was hit by a black pickup truck with chrome “West Coast” style mirrors and will be found with the cyclist’s blood and hairs on the lower outside corner of the passenger side mirror. Unfortunately I didn’t get the make model or year. Psychic powers are like that sometimes.
Another hit-and-run in MI leaves a cyclist in bad shape. Separate crashes leave two critically injured in Clinton Township Nothing about the wreck beyond a bare description of the hit-and-run vehicle, because while that was going down somebody else hit a pedestrian and put him in bad shape. My opinions about hit-and-run drivers are severe and justified. The 10th level of Hell is reserved for hit-and-run drivers, a place so bad that Dante was not allowed to view it even remotely, not to mention that it was probably unoccupied when he wrote Inferno.
More on the cyclist hit by a drunk driver in Philly. Briefly… CITY/REGION You have to scroll down the list as injured cyclists just don’t rank as high as unidentified bodies found outside shopping malls… this is the one where the driver that hit-and-run was drunk when apprehended by LEO.
Another SWSS in FL. Florida Highway Patrol report Oct. 3 The way the article is written up there is no other way I can respond to this. An 18 YO driver that hits a cyclist that suddenly swerved into the same lane, regardless of the age of the cyclist, makes this a case of SWSS.
After a major wreck a big bike rode goes on anyway, but weather changes plans. Day Two of MS ride canceled Yes things got a bit soggy here in TX over the weekend. Add the concern in the wake of a recent bike wreck that did not result in charges for running off the road and over a couple on a tandem bike and some decided that given the circumstances it would be better to err on the side of caution.
A report from the UK about a hit-and-run. Cyclist injured in Gloucester hit and run And you know as much as I do about the wreck, and apparently as much as the police do as well.
In a story from OZ a man that still had not completed his driver’s license at 21 after previous offenses gets a fine and another ban from driving after hitting a cyclist and causing a skull fracture. Man fined $750 after causing skull fracture I thought the helmets that Aussie cyclists were required to wear were supposed to prevent all head injury and collisions with cars.
A woman that ran a stop sign and hit a group of cyclists, causing severe injuries to some of them, had been fined for speeding just days before the wreck. Woman fined days before hitting cyclists OK just a suggestion, when you get a fine for bad driving you might want to do something about your driving, instead of running a stop sign and powing into a group of cyclists.
Other Enn Zed cyclists call for better driver behavior. Cycling Advocates Call For Stop To Cyclist-Bashing There is one cyclist for every 2 drivers, but in reality the numbers are closer to even as most cyclists sometimes have to drive, so why the hostility against cyclists in the news media or in comments sections of web articles?
A woman is killed on an MUP and people are trying to decide if it is a dog-related wreck, a bike wreck, or a 3 stooges related wreck. Herhold: Coming up with measured response to a tragedy This is an update on the woman killed by getting tangled up in the leash of a large dog on a run with his owner riding a bicycle to keep up.
The ride for Joe Novotny Remembering a fallen cyclist
Motorcyclists raise money for a bicycle rider injured in a bad wreck. Bikers raise funds for injured boy Just because they have motors rather than pedals doesn’t mean they don’t also have hearts. They may not be as healthy as ours but you can be sure their hearts are in the right place.
A wounded vet cycles to raise money for other wounded vets and other Marine Corps charities. Marine cycles for Semper Fi Fund The Witch on a Bicycle blog soundly endorses this charity. Like I’m going to argue with a Marine.
And last one today (tonight?) is an update on the ongoing battle over kids riding bicycles on a designated bike route that runs in front of the school. Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School For those with short memories this was the school that had a State Trooper waiting when the kid and his mother rolled into the school driveway. Since the school sits on a state designated cycling route, it should be safe enough to ride on it to get to the school, and the school district also has zero business telling the parent how to get her kid to school so long as the kid gets to school on time.
And that’s all for now, more after I get some sleep.
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