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Happy Bastille Day, and the Feed

Bonjour to my Francophone readers as we celebrate the destruction of the prison at the Bastille. I look forward to “celebrating” re-enacting the “fun” parts of the French Revolution, the parts where they round up the nobles who have been living off the labors of the peasants while the peasants starved and “feeding” them to Mdme. Guillotine. We have a similar situation in the US brewing, and I make artisanal bicycle-drawn tumbrels with erratic shaking rhythms to make that final ride as uncomfortable and undignified as possible. Combine that with officiating gay marriages and I’ll have pretty stable streams of income :D Or just have a baguette and strong coffee.

The Big Story today is the NYC cyclist hit by a driver having a seizure. Cyclist Killed, 6 Hurt in Crash Near Barclays Center: FDNY and Cyclist Killed in Gruesome, Bike-Shattering Accident Outside Barclays also Bicyclist killed in three-car collision in Brooklyn, NYPD says and tangentially Brooklyn BP Bikes Down “Hairy” Flatbush Ave Following Cyclist Death This is the kind of thing that can’t be controlled by anything short of a jersey barrier between the bike lanes and he motor vehicle lanes. But definitely the infrastructure needs some improvement on those streets. A curb or parking protected cycle track would be a good start. Actually I think some jersey barriers and tire shredders on the edges of the lanes might keep the NYPD from parking in them.

Our Daily Ted, Part One. Morning Links: Judge may release Gardena police video, BOLO alert for Ford pickup in Montebello hit-and-run

And Part Two. Breaking News: 58-year old bike rider killed in Garden Grove, reportedly ran red light Again they assume red light running based on the driver’s report.

Remember the guy who went down after hitting alligator guts from a previously dead gator? Cyclist felled by alligator carcass: ‘I have no memory at all of what happened’ Yep, this is familiar.

A Windy City cyclist sues the driver who nearly killed her. Cyclist sues motorist she accuses of injuring her in car crash Just a note, the cyclist is not accusing anyone, that has already been determined in criminal proceedings.

NOLA PD has the suspected perp of killing a cyclist and leaving the scene in custody. Manslaughter arrest made in cyclist Ben Gregory’s hit-and-run death I hope they find a very large book to throw at him… Previous posts cover what I think of hit-and-run drivers.

This is something there is nothing you can do about as a cyclist. Erie Police: 14-Year Old Killed Teen For Bicycle Seriously, what can you do about a 14 YO with a gun except keep riding?

And I guess this link is supposed to be funny if you live in Oz. James Hird has been injured in a road accident while riding his bicycle home From the comments, he was eqully loved and reviled.

Last link, have you heard of he latest weight loss plan? Have You Heard About That Awesome New Bike-Share Diet? It works, but it might cost you a lot in the long run.

And I’m outta links and there is a ShadowRun game getting started in the living room.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the (not) French Poet

Had my toes done again, and the Feed

One thing that enduring the swollen foot debacle uncovered was my toes were getting squished a bit because the nails needed trimming. I can tell this because I got bruising around the nail beds caused by the pressure on the beds from getting pushed against the inside of the shoe. One thing I can’t depend on any more is waiting until it hurts to let me know the nails are getting too long, because my toes were all black and blue but I didn’t feel anything aside from a bit of pressure at the ends. I guess my pain tolerance is getting greater, or I’m just not getting the pain signals through the nerve damage any more. Anywho, I got my toes done and now my shoes are much looser. I tell you, getting old ain’t for wusses.

Up first is a tragic tale of kittens gone bad. Slow down plea after hit and run cyclist kills kitten on London commuter route towpath and Cyclists urged to slow down on canal towpath after beloved kitten killed by bike in east London The cat ran across the path with only the kitten and the cyclist knowing how much reaction time was available, then the cat ran onto the boat. I would have thought the cat was OK myself, and I have been cat-owned most of my life. Still, common decency says at least stop and check to make sure the cat was OK.

Our Daily Ted. 20-year old OC driver faces 10 years for 2014 DUI death of Dana Point cyclist

And another link about the same thing. Man to Be Arraigned in Alleged Drunken Crash that Killed Cyclist on PCH I agree with Ted on this one, as a minor the driver was not allowed to have more then 0.01% BAC (it is possible to reach 0.01% BAC just by consuming a high carb meal for people with some strains of intestinal flora).

More on the CO cyclist killed by a buzz job from a dump truck. Ghost bike ceremony for cyclist killed by truck is Saturday There were two major components to this wreck, bad infrastructure that limited crossings for a man-made obstacle, and an impatient driver who chose to pass at the wrong place and time possibly because he had a certain number of runs he had to make every day to pay for his fixed costs before he started making any money.

AZ bike wreck victims are remembered. Cyclists killed in crash remembered at Mudshark The cyclist was the male rider of a mixed couple that were killed on a tandem bike.

Another case of windshield bias from LEO. Injured cyclist disputes account of BTV crash The fact remains that the truck still turned in front of the cyclist, not giving him time to react. Also not LEO deliberately misquoting the sign in the picture. It does not have the MUTCD BMUFL language or symbols, all it says is that vehicles turning right must yield to bikes. Which BTW the truck that hit the cyclist failed to do.

I’m having a WTF!?! moment with this link from the Great White North. Dog attack not the cause of Hamilton man’s death, autopsy reveals OK so there is a man laying in the middle of the road being attacked by a dog, and the man dies, but the dog didn’t do it? Did the dog bite him after he got hit and run by a car?

Lots of cyclists getting hit in Far West Canuckistan. Three Vernon cyclists hit by vehicles cause for concern One SWSS, one no details aside from someone getting hit, and a third vlind driver who didn’t know if the cyclist he hit was in the bike lane or on the sidewalk, because he didn’t look as he crossed either one.

Not sure how you could deal with this infrastructure meltdown. Young boy injured after cycling onto road surface which had melted in heatwave Something similar happened in the TdF a few years ago when Lance was riding, the lead rider in a breakaway hit a melting patch of road and went down while Lance showed his cyclocross skills.

Another “don’t ride there” article about some of the busiest intersections in the town. 16 cycling blackspots you really should avoid in Lincolnshire The roads head here said “We recognise through providing a separate space on the road, cycling lanes offer protection for cyclists, and measures for cyclists are incorporated in transport strategies.” but they were not going to pry one red cent from the roads budget to pay for them.

CCTV footage of the woman crushed by a delivery truck in London shows her pulling alongside the truck as it was signalling it was going to cross the bike lane. Woman cyclist killed by delivery lorry was ‘on top of the world’ after landing her dream job Apparently under UK law cyclists are not allowed to pass a vehicle in an adjacent lane signalling for a turn.

I think the comment at the end of this article is the best thing I have read all day. ICEguard: the new helmet attachment that logs accident details for cyclists The device is basically a combination black box and Road ID, and would be quite handy in a wreck. The comment: yuhuhbhb 13 hours ago
Car driver caught breaking the law: ‘vigilante cyclists!’. Car driver films cyclist chewing gum: ‘idiot cyclists, they’re their own worst enemy, they should get their house in order, roadtax, hi-viz, insurance, blah blah blah!!!’

Presented without further comment from Yr Fthfl Srvnt. ‘If there aren’t as many women cycling as men … you need better infrastructure’

And a demonstration of the need for better infrastructure. Justice for an injured London cyclist

To illustrate that it’s only a small percentage of truck drivers that are anal sphincters. POLICE COMMEND TRUCK DRIVER FOR HELPING INJURED CYCLIST

And another article about missing infrastructure causing death and injury in Oz. Lack of funding, technology, leads to massive cyclist toll So who goes to jail for all the dead cyclists caused by a lack of infrastructure?

Since technology was mentioned in the previous paragraph, here’s some that is helping enforce passing laws in test communities. This Invention Could Boost Bicyclist Protection Laws Yep, a device that measures how far from the end of the handlebars a car passed a police cyclist. Perfect for writing tickets and even better for informing drivers about the law. TN has had a 3 foot passing law for years as a state-wide law, and still people don’t know about it

And I’m outta links, and TIRED.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

And diphenhydramine helped the swollen foot problem now I have a staying awake problem, and the Feed

I tried an experiment last night and took a generic Benadryl before going to bed, and woke up with a normal-sized foot. The problem is as soon as the diphenhydramine wore off the foot went “poof” and started swelling again because whatever made it swell in the first place is still active. So I am slightly sedated by allergy meds as I compose this… (What is the code for a yawn smiley?)

Up first is Our Daily Ted Part 1. Morning Links: Lawyer disputes unarmed, bike-fixing Hawaiian Gardens man reached for deputy’s gun

And Daily Ted Part 2. Guest Post: Provoking, Scaring and Piercing, the (Driver’s) Reptile Brain Part 2

Possible infrastructure improvements in NYC. Renderings Show What A Greener South Bronx Waterfront Might Look Like Gee more people standing in the bile path, quelle suprize.

While we are in NY here’s another link to the disgusting story of a killer driver getting essentially no punishment. DMV: Six-Month Suspension for Driver Who Killed Sammy Cohen Eckstein Suspending the license he didn’t have for 6 months is not even a slap on the wrist, it’s a stern finger shaking.

More on the NYC biking gender gap. Why More Men than Women Participate in NYC’s Bike Share Program The answer is found in the Good Book (no, not that one, the CROW manual).

More on the CO death of a cyclist following an unsafe pass. Fort Collins driver who killed cyclist charged Dang, the cyclist was in a bike lane? Why isn’t this a murder charge then?

More on the NOLA hit-and-run cyclist killing. NOPD releases vehicle description in fatal hit-and-run Another blasted Ghost Bike for another cyclist killed while following the dictates of the law.

More on a cyclist hit and killed in the Great White North. Students of Ontario cyclist killed during hit-and-run offer support through GoFundMe campaign

And more on a hit-and-run in the Great White North. Deinsberg St-Hilaire charged after Andy Nevin killed in hit and run on Leitrim Road Finally…

You might want to remember that cameras are everywhere these days before you assault someone with a deadly weapon. Caught on camera – the furious clash between a parish councillor and the group of cyclists who say he ran them off the road Yep, they have a video of the whole thing, but because of UK media laws can’t show anything but a few screen caps from it.

Something happened in the Emerald Isle. Man held over Clontarf hit-and-run released without charge Usually the Irish are very strict and harsh about hit-and-run, what happened this time? I suspect that the recent sharp rise in the fines and prison sentences associated with hit-and-run may have had something to do with it, but I’m just guessing.

Good advice from Oz. Awareness the key in keeping everyone safe on our roads Until the infrastructure improves cyclists will have to keep that head up and moving and alert for cars, because drivers are certainly not looking for bicycles.

Speaking of infrastructure… Paris to let cyclists skip red lights

And more infrastructure. ACT government spends big on cycling but safety concerns remain This could be used as a guide on “How To Waste Money on Bicycle Infrastructure”.

And a good article on more generalized infrastructure. Infrastructure vs Helmets

And now I’m outta links.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the swollen Poet

Still dealing with pedal extremity edema, and the Feed

Well the swelling went down in my good foot, the one on the end of the leg that didn’t get mangled. The bad news is the one on the other leg the swelling did not go down. It’s uncomfortable to walk with it and I still can’t get a shoe on it. :P And now I have these tiny divots under the scars where my shoe got ripped off my foot in the wreck. They look very strange…

Up first is Our Daily Ted, Part One. Morning Links: LA advocates sue over Glendale-Hyperion redesign; bike lanes and bikeshare dominate the news The number of unanimous votes from the council is not out of the usual for here in TX as most issues are pretty cut-and-dried before they ever get to a council meeting, but the unanimous votes for a general plan then voting against specific parts of that plan when it comes time to implement them is kinda dodgy.

Daily Ted, Part Two. Guest Post: Provoking, Scaring and Piercing the (Driver’s) Reptile Brain Part 1

It was a wreck like this that caused me to stop doing wreck analysis in this blog. Family and friends mourn bicyclist killed in hit-and-run on Elysian Fields Avenue Sounds like a genuinely nice guy. I’m sorry to hear of his passing, the world needs more artists to show us what is beautiful in this world. More Police search for driver who killed bicyclist and fled

And 3 days ride from WoaB LEO blame a cyclist for crossing an exit ramp on a highway built more like a freeway and the only way through for the cyclist. BCSO: Fatally struck cyclist may have been at fault I can’t get an accurate location, just “Hwy. 90 west of San Antonio” so I can’t say if there was a route that kept the cyclist off the highway. But to blame a cyclist for not seeing a turn signal on a vehicle behind him by more than a quarter of a mile is absurd. At that speed (60 MPH) a vehicle would travel almost a half mile in the time it takes to cross an offramp.

One got away in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Bicycle may have saved boy in van crash Apparently the bike made the kid a little more mobile than he would have been afoot and prevented the stolen van from running him over.

And in another neighborhood, a child cyclist’s death is met with “You want infrastructure, you have to pay for it.” Rubonia faces cost of sidewalks after child’s death Now where are they going to get that kind of money, and why aren’t tax dollars being spent on the commons? (Aside from the fact that this is a non-white neighborhood?)

Remembering a cyclist killed in the Great White North. Oakville cyclist killed in Milton remembered for his passion and devotion to his family and teaching

Road.cc weighs in on the laughable sentence for the driver who killed a cyclist while texting non-stop behind he wheel. Driver who killed cyclist had been checking WhatsApp messages leading up to collision

Why the UK needs better bicycle infrastructure. Cyclist deaths: Why you are 17 TIMES likelier to be killed on a bike than in a car And that picture of the remains of deceased cyclist Ying Tao was just horrifying.

They came desperately close to killing another cyclist in London. Cyclist injured in west London crash as bike snaps in two under wheels of lorry Did you see where the cyclist was hit? In the “bicycle box” at the front of the intersection, exactly where he was supposed to be, and on the driver’s side of the truck.

Really now! Injured cyclist has bike stolen while being treated on ground

After reading the contents of the last three links I certainly can believe this headline. Law firm calls for protection for cyclists after nearly 500 injured on roads in Bath, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire And with 3 out of 4 cyclists not at fault for their wrecks something needs to be done.

An act of terrorism against cyclists in Oz. Wire strung across road could have seriously injured This could have been fatal if the rider had been a few inches shorter or the wire a few inches higher. I hope they charge the miscreants with acts of terrorism meant to kill.

And I’m all outta links again. I’m going to go elevate my foot.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the swollen Poet

I’m not dead yet, and the Feed

Here it is day two of living alone without even a cat to keep an eye on me and I’m still alive. :D If the blog goes off the air more than the regularly scheduled breaks on Saturday then you’ll know what happened. But I really don’t think there will be any problem with maintaining life support here at Casa de El Poeta. One of the things I have been doing is leaving dishwater in the sink all day so that food doesn’t get dried to the plates and silverware and so I don’t have to run a sink full of water for a plate and a glass and a fork, saving water. One thing we are going to check on this vacation is how much more electricity and water gets used when Mrs. the Poet is here and constantly cleaning up things instead of letting things accumulate to where it can all be done at once. This will take place over a full billing cycle from the electric and water people, so a valid comparison can be made. This will be interesting to see.

Up first is yesterday’s Daily Ted as he posted after I got done filtering. Morning Links: Brake-checking driver harasses cyclist; curb-jumping drivers don’t get Redondo bike lanes

From NYC they caught the woman in that video from a couple days back who ran over a man and got out to look at the body, then got back in her car and left. Woman Arrested After Running Over Elderly Man, Getting Out To See Him Bleeding, Then Driving Away She hit him, stopped and backed off the body, got out to look at the body, then drove away to leave him to die in the street. As one commenter put it, “There is a special place in Hell for her…”

Also from NYC, a guy is just sitting waiting for the bus when all of a sudden there is a car on his head. Vietnam Vet Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver While Waiting For Staten Island Bus The driver of the weapon vehicle was cut off by a left cross driver and then lost control of her vehicle because SHE WAS DRUNK AT 1300. Then for whatever reason she was not hauled away for killing someone while drunk but given a city citation for driving while ability impaired. Seriously NYPD, WTF!?!?!?

Apparently riding around stupid rednecks is dangerous. Cyclists nervous after several deaths in South MississippiCyclists should be treated like people, not animals” Hell treated like an animal would be a step up, at least people stop when they hit an animal. As pointed out in the article there are two problems here, people who don’t know the laws, and LEO who won’t enforce the laws. And then there is the complete and utter lack of any infrastructure other than the Natchez Trace Parkway federal bike route, and a short bike path connecting some casinos on the Gulf.

And another report that UK drivers are not improving, but their cars are. Cycle serious injuries rise 8% in 2014 Overall killed on the roads goes down, cyclists and pedestrians KSI goes up (again), what other conclusion could be drawn?

More good news from the UK. Revealed: Birmingham’s most dangerous roads for cyclists All those people getting killed just trying to get from A to B… Well not ALL of them were trying to get from A to B, some were riding for “fun”, just like some people driver for “fun”.

Another massive protest of infrastructure not fit for use in Jolly Olde. PICTURED: Hundreds protest at Bank junction after death of cyclist Ying Tao who was hit by tipper truck Well they have attracted the attention of the media, at least. Now if they can just get the attention of the people in charge, the oligarchs who really run things.

And some people are just “not nice”. Motorcyclist refuses to stop engine during silence for dead cyclist

Presented without additional comment. Widow of cyclist killed by Crossrail lorry considering civil action after driver found not guilty of causing death by careless driving

More on that government report in Oz that initially I only found out about the “cell phone” provisions mentioned. Turns out there was a whole lot more. Report to VicRoads recommends cyclists be blameless in any crash with a driver After checking out police reports and that wreck study done with the video cameras the researchers decided that cyclists wer so seldom at fault that drivers should have to prove that a wreck was the cyclist’s fault instead of allowing the only witness left alive to come up with a song and dance about “coming out of nowhere”.

And cue the vitriolic outrage from drivers. YOUR SAY: Should drivers always be held accountable for crashes involving cyclists? Arrgle garble licenses, rego, insurance, road tax, suicidal Lycra louts terrorizing grannies in the crosswalk!!!!!1!!!!!!!11!one!!

Will cars go out of fashion? Buying a car could soon be a thing of the past, and Ford is desperate to find what’s next Oh that I could stay healthy long enough to enjoy that!

Last link, there was an e-assist world championships? E-bike… Worlds?! The bikes were EU street legal, which meant that most of the time the riders were on their own as the speeds were too high to get assist, or the trail too steep for the motor to do anything except carry its own weight. Good for testing the athletes, not so much for improving the bicycles.

And I’m all done tonight.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the 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

I have sorta recovered, and I don’t stink anymore, and the Feed

Yesterday’s gig to repair an adult tricycle damaged in transit was lots bigger than what I posted in the haze of exhaustion and body funk I came home with. There were 2 wheels that needed truing that I couldn’t put on the truing jig because they didn’t have axles after removing them from the back of the trike, so I had to do the best I could on the trike, there was a persistent noise from one side that would not go away no matter what I did, that I traced down to the outer bearing on the left side (I think it no longer has any lubricant in it but I can’t get to it without taking it to a shop with more tools than I have). There is also an intermittent banging from the drum brake on the drive side wheel that nothing I do will make go away for more than a block or two, but goes away on its own after a mile or so. I think that is the brake drum hitting the brake band, because I don’t see any other sign of contact in the brake. And of course there was the dented fender that had to be repaired without damaging the powdercoat because the entire trike would have to be repainted it match the color if I damaged the coating enough to require a re-paint. That meant the dent could only be mostly taken out because there was nothing I could do to shrink the metal that was stretched in the original incident. As I posted yesterday the normal way to do that is to apply heat to a dull cherry color, then hammer and dolly smooth and quench to complete the shrinking process. I was just lucky that the back of my extra-large Crescent™ wrench was the right contour and had sufficient mass to work out that dent leaving minimal wrinkles behind.

Today we are having beans and rice, which means I’m cooking dinner. I so enjoy this particular vegan entrée that I taught myself how to cook it because nobody else would make it. I don’t know why, it’s tasty, completely nutritious (you could live on it and some leafy greens indefinitely) and aside from being time-consuming to make is not hard to cook (I mean I’m making it, how hard could it be?). People who eat it and don’t have to be nice to me say they like it, so why is it that I’m the only one making it? I guess that is just one of those mysteries. I know I’m going to get lots of chances to eat beans and rice when Mrs. the Poet goes to see her relatives in Upstate NY without me this year…

Up first is a link to the Wales edition of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR). Naked cyclists were a shock on the street – but all in a good cause

The “Big Story” is the Oz sportscaster getting a gentle caress on the wrist for deliberately running down a cyclist during a road rage dispute. Mark Bosnich handed 12 month good behaviour bond after ‘clipping’ cyclist’s back wheel with his BMW in road rage collision also Premier League – Mark Bosnich escapes conviction for running down cyclist in his BMW I mean really, what amounts to deferred adjudication for an assault with a deadly weapon, with injury? TANJ!

A little happy infrastructure news from NYC as a 167 YO bridge is reopened to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Photos: Hurrah, The High Bridge Reopens After 45 Years I’m glad it wasn’t torn down during the time it was unused, because any street space in NYC that isn’t overrun with cars is a blessing, a bridge triply so.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Completing deadly Rosemead Blvd; Times seeks video of police shooting in Gardena bike theft

And Part numero dos. Breaking news: no sentencing in Eric Billings case today; driver found with narcotic drug behind bars

And also in L.A. Driver Sought in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Cyclist in South L.A.

A little good bike news from the city next to WoaB. Richardson Texas Gets Recognized As A Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community The Beautiful Suburbs of Hell are not even on the list for “Nice Try”.

Down the road a day’s ride from WoaB. Teen cyclist killed after colliding with car in East Austin The road is described as “narrow” yet the cyclist was blamed for “swerving” in front of the weapon vehicle. You can’t have both, either the road is narrow and the cyclist controls the full width of the lane, or it’s more than 14 feet wide and there is (barely) room to pass with 3 feet of clearance.

Next state over a pedestrian pushing a broken bicycle is hit at the side of the road. LSU professor, struck and killed while walking her broken bicycle, described as a distinguished, beloved faculty member

And I can’t tell if this person is trying to get more people on bikes, or warn those already riding to stop. Letter: Cyclists encouraged to be safe

One of the problems (as always) is infrastructure that varies in quality from crap to lethal. Cyclists urge drivers to share the road

Another academic is killed riding a bike, this one in KS. Washburn grad: Glenda Taylor was ‘a champion of students’ and Area art, academic community, cyclists mourn fatal accident

Many questions but few answers for the survivors of an AL hit-and-run victim. Family of woman killed while riding bicycle looking for answers And Stoopid comments about why she got hit.

UK cyclists are pretty steamed about the (lack of) quality in their infrastructure. ‘Die-in’ staged for cyclist killed in Camberwell and Cyclists hold ‘die-in’ vigil for Esther Hartsilver after fatal crash in Camberwell That was a very loud, very eloquent protest with very few words used.

Not every driver in the UK is a homicidal maniac all the time. Injured cyclist thanks Good Samaritan who came to his aid in Trowbridge Most are not (homicidal maniacs) som are for a small amount of time, and a tiny minority are full-on raving batshit crazy 24/7. The one that stopped to help was in the majority that is the first category.

And someone wrote a book about bicycle couriers in today’s London. On Your Bike Life expectancy slightly better than a soldier in a war zone, with crappy pay that sometimes gets stolen by the company you work for to pay the “rent” on required equipment.

It’s a good bet that the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell will never see any of this money. 7 Cities Get $375,000 to Work on Bike-Share Equity In order to study bike share, one must have a bike share to study.

Update on a WI bike wreck. Bicyclists killed in crash were longtime Northwestern Mutual employees What got left out was they were also extremely experienced and safe cyclists, but they still got killed.

Update on a MA bike wreck, as the victim gets buried. More than 1,000 mourn Mansfield teen killed in bike crash

Last link, a FL media outlet asks if cycling over the age of 70 was worth the risks. Biking over 70: Do the rewards outweigh the risks? Well if you live outside of the most deadliest state in the US to ride a bike (and also walk) maybe…

And I’m (finally) out of links. This has been a terribly long day.

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