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This was another “fun” day to do the Filtering. There is still just so much death and destruction even in simple physical infrastructure articles, and it’s 10 times worse in legal infrastructure articles because every change in the legal infrastructure is in response to one or more (usually more) dead cyclists, ones that I usually have covered in detail in this blog. I had to take several breaks during the filtering process, most for links that will never get posted to this blog. Sadly while I don’t post an analyse wreck links any more, I still get a mess of them in the Feed. I tried changing search settings to prevent this, but as I said earlier most physical and every legal infrastructure change has been in response to a dead or crippled cyclist, sometimes several dead and injured cyclists. Removing search terms for dead or injured cyclists prevented me from finding links to those infrastructure articles. The good news is this has become much less of a PTSD trigger and the attacks have gotten much less severe since I stopped writing about wrecks until legal proceedings against the driver are proceeding. The bad news is that means I have gone from 4 or 5 PTSD attacks a day down to one or two, not zero. And I am more than a decade out from my wreck…

Up first a driver in GA rammed a building and injured a store employee there. Woman imprisoned for ramming car into Dollar General 12 years in prison and another 8 on probation, or at least 20 years under state supervision for a non-fatal wreck in a parking lot.

Now compare and contrast this fatal wreck in NYC. Throw away the keys: Driver who killed cyclist loses license for six months Yes that’s right, 20 years state supervision for hitting a building and injuring someone inside, compared to 6 months license suspension for a fatal hit-and-run. And we all know how much of an imposition it is to not have a license to drive when you have already ignored laws against leaving the scene of a wreck. Absolutely none.

This report is on a wreck that I covered here a couple of years ago, the guy that hit a group of cyclists on the sidewalk and proceeded to knock a building off its foundation a few feet further on. Biddeford man charged in fatal bicycle crash sentenced to 10 years in prison Still less than the woman that hit the building in GA by a binary order of magnitude, but an uncountable improvement over the utterly symbolic “punishment” given to the driver that killed the NYC cyclist.

A little closer to home in LA an extremely drunk driver gets 25 years in prison with all but 7.5 suspended for hitting two cyclists and killing one and permanently injuring the other. Branch gets 7.5 years for killing cyclist The lax sentence was at the request of the surviving victim and the deceased victim’s survivors, so I can see some of this. I would really like to see a lifetime ban on driving with a mandatory prison sentence appropriate to illegal possession of weapon if caught driving.

After all that cheerful news, here’s today’s Daily Ted. Morning Links: Westwood BID considers Westwood Blvd bike lanes, South LA cyclist critical after collision

The relatives of a cyclist killed on the road in the UK discover that they had been lied to concerning prosecution of the driver that killed the cyclist. Family of cyclist killed in road crash hits out at police who gave ‘false hope’ of prosecution Now they are rushing to pay for a private prosecution that has to be started soon to prevent dismissal for failure to prosecute before expiration of the statute of limitations in the case.

And in Oz, the driver who used his motor vehicle as a weapon is given a slight fine for the infraction. Fine for driver who knocked down cyclist The difference between murder and assault with a deadly weapon is fractions of an inch, or the choice of deadly weapon.

Why don’t more people in the US ride a bike in spite of so many that want to? It’s the stupid infrastructure. Here’s what keeps people from riding a bike If I’m reading that right, what is keeping the US from having a 54% participation share for bikes (54% regularly riding at some point during the week) is crappy drivers, followed closely by even crappier infrastructure that does nothing to protect cyclists from crappy drivers. Most urban trips in the US could easily be done on a bicycle if the riders felt safe to do so.

And here is why we have crappy infrastructure. Two perfect examples of the attitude Vision Zero is supposed to change As is pointed out in the comments, looking at roads a tenth of a mile at a time does not show where an entire road is unsafe because you could get 10 fatal wrecks per mile and not get any clusters that would indicate bad design in that particular 0.1 mile segment. But nobody outside of that engineering study would agree that this was a safe road.

Put a crazy person who hates bicycles in charge of regulating off-road bicycle infrastructure and guess what you get? In letter to Mayor Hales and commissioners, national orgs ‘object’ to River View decision If you guessed “less off-road bicycle infrastructure” give yourself a cookie. The city bought an existing network of privately maintained MTB trails and 3 years later banned people from riding those trails, without citing a reason and going against their science and technical advisory committee’s recommendations. And when pressed have given a changing palette of “reasons” that were easily refuted by facts, which resulted in no reasons at all.

Conflicting realities in Oz. Cyclists in Sydney need a ticket to ride and one based in our world 18 reasons why registering bicycles is a bad idea The first link is a meandering collection of unsupported opinions masquerading as “fact”, the second is a collection of real facts with links to government sources supporting them.

And I’m out of both links and patience, thank [$DEITY] I ran out of the first prior to running out of the second.

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

Hoping for an easy day, and the Feed

I haven’t even opened the Feed Folder in my email yet today, so I’m hoping for the bicycle equivalent of fluffy bunny and baby ducks stories (yeah, right) instead of the usual wall to wall gore and broken bodies. I have been listening to my MP3 player on shuffle for a few days now (8-12 hours a day and it was 4 days before I heard the first repeat) and I have discovered a problem with my music files, level control. Even for files I converted myself the volume level between sources is not consistent, and I have to continually fiddle with the volume control to either be able to hear the music or keep my eardrums intact, except for one song that always gets turned to 11 when it comes up. That would be the original version of “Won’t Be Fooled Again”. I think I’m going to take that down to my local polling place and put it on endless loop through a 300 watt sound system, just to try to pound some sense into people as they come to vote…

Since there were lots of cyclists injured without ID, or their ID was lost in the wreck, I’m putting those at the head of the line today.

A UK wreck with an unidentified body. Cyclist killed in crash in Derbyshire still unidentified

Another UK wreck with an unidentified body. Cyclist killed on London Bridge after falling into oncoming traffic

And an unidentified body in L.A. CA. Bike rider killed in Orange; OC bike deaths match total for all of last year Both of these wrecks are currently under investigation so LEO are sitting on details about direction of travel and lane position.

And another unidentified body in L.A. 40-something cyclist killed in DTLA; second rider to die on Alameda Street in the last six months

A spate of bike wrecks in western NC. Motorcycle, Bike Wrecks Cause Injuries The only thing reported about the first wreck was the rider was injured, other wrecks were caused by bad pavement or gravel in the road, others were motorcycle wrecks with animals or bad pavement. And one car that flipped when it ran over an emergency turnaround, bleh!

A cyclist somehow survived this horrendous wreck in Seattle. Cyclist injured in Seattle collision with truck The narrative sounds like the cyclist was either buzzed, or right hooked as the truck was passing. Either way the fact that he is still alive is nothing short of a miracle. Until I know exactly how this wreck happened I can’t say what to do with the built environment to avoid it, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist and the semi segregated with a barrier between them so the wreck would never have been possible.

Update on that MO assault with a deadly weapon (1991 Mercedes Convertible). County police take over investigation into Sunset Hills mayor accused of striking biker and Sunset Hills triathlon sponsor threatening to cancel over Mayor investigation

A totally blind driver hits a cyclist waiting to make a left turn in PA. Man on bike injured in Neshannock The driver admits he never saw the cyclist waiting to make his turn in the center turn lane. This is not an avoidable wreck with the built environment as the only thing the cyclist could have done would be to not make a left turn from the left turn lane. That only leaves infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a future wreck.

A bad wreck in West Canuckistan. Cyclist injured in accident on Sumas Prairie The skid marks on the road look like the driver was tracking the cyclist instead of trying to avoid him. From the directions of travel in the narrative the driver should have been turning the other way to avoid the cyclist. Could this be a case of target fixation on the part of the driver? The fact that the bicycle is on the same side of the road as the SUV says that also. Anyway, intersection wreck so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages. And get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent a future wreck.

Our Daily Ted. A new video — and change of heart — from the formerly bike-hating former reserve Santa Paula police officer Yep, on a good day it’s frightening, on a bad day it can be terrifying even when you don’t get hit.

A new kind of e-assist bike. Optibike Releases Pioneer Citi Electric Bicycle This bike is extremely stealth in appearance compared to hub motor bikes with large motors. Compared to bikes with smaller motors not so much, but there is still a lot less “stuff” to attract attention from e-assist unfriendly LEO.

Lifestyle from St. Louis in the aftermath of a high-profile driver assault on a cyclist. Cyclists rally for bike safety at St. Louis City Hall Monday

A light bit of Infrastructure news. The Perils of Biking in Manhattan… and L.A. Not light as in “funny” but rather “not in depth”. To say this link just skims the material a bit is granting too much gravitas to the writing.

And hey, I’m out of links again. I had some giggles, a few fits, and some sad head-shaking.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I know I left my mind around here somewhere, and the Feed

Did you ever have one of those days where you just couldn’t get it together, and while you are trying to focus on one task, someone else is trying to direct you to another unrelated task? Mrs. the Poet was trying to get me to search on the CONUS version of the Peace Corps while I was trying to get into blog-posting mindset. Mrs. the Poet thinks that at age 60 she should get back to working with the poor and disadvantaged (well technically 61 because she won’t be retiring from taking the flavor out of jr. high students’ lunches until a few days before her birthday), and is mildly technophobic, so I get to do everything that involves a computer in our house. If I’m doing something at the time that’s just too bad, because I’m the geek and geeks must obey ;) But anyway this has caused me to be very late starting the filter and composing the post, because with the brain damage and the existing ADD from prior to the brain damage, pulling focus together on my original task is worse than herding cats.

Up first because I think this is the biggest story of the day, the story of Mitch Olin’s wreck gets stinkier and stinkier. District Attorney’s office has yet to make decision on deputy whose patrol car killed cyclist in Calabasas It has been over 8 months since Olin was killed, and nobody can/will say what will happen to his killer. The bald facts of the case are bad enough, the killer drove straight into the back of Olin while texting on his personal phone and there were no brake lights until after Olin flew over the weapon vehicle. Anybody else driving into someone on the side of the road would have been already in jail… I mean they don’t even have the excuse of the cyclist “swerving” because of the witness driving behind the weapon vehicle seeing the whole thing. This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Hmmm, I wonder where this guy was at 0119 on 08/31/2001? Bicyclist claims Sunset Hills mayor swerved car into him; mayor has different version That phrasing is exactly what the driver that hit me used, twice (once in each direction) the night I was hit. Now avoiding this would be impossible as the driver matched speed with the cyclist before (allegedly) swerving into him. And infrastructure would only be as good as the driver respected it. BTW the comments section is a hoot!

The most deadliest state in the US for cyclists (not sure if they still hold that “honor” for pedestrians) gets close to killing another cyclist. Cyclist stopped to help fellow rider, hit by car Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this as he was stopped and off the road when he was hit, and infrastructure would have to either have a barrier big enough to stop a motor vehicle or be far away from motor vehicle roads that getting a motor vehicle over there to hit a cyclist would be an obvious assault with a deadly weapon.

This cyclist did add to the toll in FL. Oldsmar bicyclist struck, killed after collision with pickup truck SWCC wreck intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

This report from MA was incomplete as I filtered links. Cyclist killed after crash in Chelsea Still not any better, cyclist hit, driver remained at scene, film at 11… Nothing on location or mode.

This CA wreck could have had a much higher body count, but fortunately did not. Driver Tries To Flee On 38 Geary After Striking Cab, Cyclist, Pedestrian Six people taken away in ambulances with the cyclist still in hospital because of the wreck. The funny part is the driver tried to use a city bus as a getaway vehicle after abandoning the wreck scene and the stolen vehicle. Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid, and infrastructure without barriers, even built to Dutch standards, would not have prevented the pinball effect from tossing 3k pounds of steel and plastic on top of the cyclist.

A serious wreck in Canuckistan could have been much worse. Cyclist hit by two vehicles seriously hurt; police looking for driver (with video) Looking at the scene in the video one thing that caught my eye was the odd situation of one street having a traffic signal, while the other street had a stop sign. ?!? Anyway intersection wreck means intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages and get the infrastructure right to prevent a similar wreck. Like not putting stop signs on cross streets and signal lights on the through street, that would be a big step in the right direction.

A cyclist is left crossed in the Great White North. Cyclist suffers head injury after being hit by van in Kitchener Cyclist ran into the side of a vehicle turning on to the street where he was riding and suffered serious injury, so intersection protocols to avoid or to reduce injury (and the narrative states he did pretty much that), and get the infrastructure right so that cyclists are not dodging motor vehicles pulling out in front of them.

This update from West Canuckistan is enough to make your blood run cold. Craig Premack recounts being shot during Cache Creek bike race Seriously, making a tourniquet from your own clothing is a scary situation, and not being able to move your arm because the bullet had broken your elbow is even scarier.

Another attack with a motor vehicle on a cyclist, this time in Jolly Olde. Hit-and-run cycle incident could have had ‘tragic outcome’ The cyclist was run over twice after being chased down a narrow alley, making this impossible to avoid and likewise negating using infrastructure to prevent (if the driver chased the cyclist into a narrow alley, what would prevent him from chasing the cyclist down a narrow cyclepath?).

Update on a deadly wreck in Enn Zed. Charges follow cyclist’s death For those unfamiliar this was the truck driver towing a trailer that tried to pass a string of bicycles, ran out of room, and pulled into the line, hitting one of the cyclists.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Two months later, still no word from DA on Olin Case; Amoeba plans Hot August Bikes celebration

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Will this hi-tech lorry be the key to slashing death toll of cyclists on London’s streets? and Sainsbury’s unveils safer lorry as Boris Johnson launches consultation also Campaign success as Mayor brings safer lorries for London one step closer

And a sad lifestyle story from Jolly Olde. Allotment memorial for hit and run cyclist Garry Hobson Turning his garden patch into a parklet…

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles again today. Still pissed off at the Olin case dragging on so long, there should have been charges filed by now…

Billed @€0.02, Opus

After ruining my “vacation” I’m back at work in TX, and the Feed

That was the last time I bring my laptop with me on vacation. I mean seriously the only time I didn’t work on the blog was when I was unable to find an Internet connection, and there was so much I missed out on by being stuck inside on the computer. Also I really needed a longer break from all the “lovely” death and gore that goes with this job. I realized that when I was watching a wreck video taken from the wrecked bicycle, and other people in the room had to leave because they had to throw up and I was just watching to see how far over into the cyclist’s lane the weapon vehicle was driven. This is a level of detachment I really don’t want to sustain. It’s not good for my long-term mental health to be that detached from death, dismemberment, and destruction. It leads to things like supporting the death penalty for reals, not just as a demonstration of how serious I believe an offense should be taken.

Up first is what appears to be a left cross that is blamed on the cyclist’s failure to wear a magic foam hat just a few miles from the WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Cyclist killed in Plano after being struck by vehicle Yeah, totally the fault of the cyclist riding through the intersection with the right of way over the turning vehicle but not wearing a helmet, not the guy driving blindly through the cyclist. Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. And fire any LEO who places more emphasis on wearing a helmet than in making a legal left turn that does not hit cyclists.

Update on a hit-and-run in LA. Cyclist died of drowning; driver out on bond The cyclist had survivable injuries but died because he couldn’t get out of the ditch after the wreck. He would have lived and recovered had the driver just stayed at the scene and helped him out of the ditch. It’s situations like this that make me want to chain the driver to the steering wheel and run the car through a car shredder. More Coroner: Bicyclist drowned following hit-and-run

Karma runs over a drunk driver in NM. Woman tied to 2010 cyclist death gets prison time in separate case She’s still awaiting trial on charges the killed a building while driving drunk (no that is neither a joke nor a typo, she destroyed a building with her car).

From the current US champion cyclist-killing state of FL, another notch on the infrastructure… Cyclist killed in crash near Beverly Beach Camptown This report makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, sure SWCC wreck, and without seeing the wrecked bicycle I can’t say what way the bike was pointed at time of impact, but the point of impact on the weapon vehicle would have been right in front of the driver if he had been looking where he was going. So I can’t say if this was an intersection wreck, hit from behind, or if the cyclist was riding across the street at mid-block. That kind restricts my advice to installing Dutch infrastructure to prevent a similar wreck. More Another highway fatality

For when you think there might be sane drivers in FL. Road-raging Florida man run over by his own truck after drunken crash Unfortunately he survived. Recounting, drunk driver hits car stopped for red light in the rain, gets out to bang on driver’s window and rant, light changes and driver that was hit from behind leaves, then the truck with the driver’s open beer on board runs over the driver trying to catch and stop it with his hands. Driver had a BAC% of 0.22 when tested in hospital… idiot.

An OH cyclist gets a lucky break. Cyclist Hit By Passing Truck The luck breaks were manifold in this wreck, the first being the cyclist was not hit fully by the truck that buzzed him, another being the spokesman for LEO was not person who investigated the wreck because the levels of understanding of the law from the investigator vastly exceeded the understanding displayed by the spokesperson. Buzz job means hit-from-behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, while infrastructure “up to Dutch” including education of LEO about laws and the limitations of PPE like bicycle helmets will prevent a similar wreck. Or if not prevent it, make sure everyone knows that passing motor vehicles are at fault when hitting bicycles being passed in the same direction.

An IA wreck with cyclist survivor. Cyclist in fair condition after Ireton, Iowa, crash Driver buzzed the cyclist and was ticketed for the offense. Hit from behind protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and I’m really sorry the cyclist’s RAGBRAI vacation was ruined by an idiot with a driver’s license and 2 brain cells to rub together. Oh yeah, get that infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A really annoying wreck in NYC that LEO seem to insist is the fault of the cyclist for being there to get hit. Cyclist’s Legs Crushed By Cement Truck In East Williamsburg Right hook, cyclist survival is still unknown.[UPDATE] Comment from User ID “JB” says the cyclist is recovering in hospital. and “Broke’N’Hungry” left the comment “(T)hats a friend of mine. Didn’t read through all the comments because there are so many of them but just updating for anyone that wants to know– she’s okay!!! will be in and out of surgeries for a little but blessed be the powers that only got her leg!! 1-2 weeks hospital time with like 6 months-ish of recovery (mostly wheelchair bound, but recovery!).” Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and if this was anyplace other than NYC I would say get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent, but since this is from NYC I’m going to say ban motor vehicles without a pilot carrying a red flag walking in front and behind the vehicle is the way to go because they really can’t move the buildings to install more infrastructure, and they have the required public transit to replace any and all private motor vehicles in the city, except for trucks delivering goods which is where the pilots walking with red flags come in.

Another NYC wreck on a bike path. Bus Driver Seriously Injures Cyclist on Hudson River Greenway Right hook with the bus and the bike path both getting the green light at the same time, a move that is guaranteed to cause wrecks, deaths and destruction. As this is already a segregated bike path I place all blame on the infrastructure and the driver’s failure to yield to the cyclist who had the green light to proceed straight through the intersection. This is a direct violation of the CROW manual for building bike infrastructure in the Netherlands.

What it takes to get a murder conviction for killing someone with your motor vehicle in NY. Upstate NY driver convicted for fatally hitting bicyclist, fleeing with body wedged on truck OK seriously, just put his guy away for life without parole, he was out on drug charges when he killed the cyclist (using, not selling). Or just let me have him… I promise to put all the pieces in the same location, and in the right order. I even promise he will have a pulse and respiration and most of his blood.

A report from WI that has 2 vehicles in the intersection after a 4-way stop, so why are they assuming the guy riding the bicycle was the one that ran the stop sign? Green Lake Co. cyclist injured in crash with pickup I looked at the intersection in Google Maps, and I saw 4 way stop signs (well technically I saw shadows on the ground from where the stop signs should be). Intersection protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and infrastructure to prevent.

Another WI wreck with a DUI driver. Cyclist injured in Sparta collision Nothing on the mode or anything that would allow deducing the mode, just a drunk driver hitting an innocent cyclist… INFRASTRUCTURE! damnit.

I think this MI wreck is a prime example of the difference between getting infrastructure “up to Dutch” and just throwing pavement down and calling it “bicycle infrastructure”. Bicyclist slams into truck on crosswalk Looking at the intersection with Street View you can see traffic on the bike path did not have priority over motor vehicles in the street, 180 out from the Dutch standard. The intersection seemed to have good visibility and the driver stating he “always” slowed down coming to that spot may have sucked the cyclist into believing the driver was going to stop and let him proceed. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and turn those stop signs to face the street like “real” bicycle infrastructure to prevent. I mean they are more than 2/3 of the way there, why not make the simple change to get all the way there?

A cyclist is hit from behind in IL. Van hits 17-year-old cyclist on 45/52 Since the weapon vehicle was leaving the road as it hit the cyclist this negates any chance to employ the protocols to avoid the wreck or reduce the damages from it.

Some days I really feel for Ted, like today. Update: Bicyclist killed in Menifee collision; Riverside County bike fatalities twice as high as last year Hit from behind presumably in the bike lane, but the description of the weapon vehicle sounds like one of the micro cars from the Lane Museum. or one of these? protocols would not be useful if the description of the scene is accurate, so getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” is all that can be done to prevent a similar wreck.

Another CA wreck is a hit-from-behind. One teen killed, another injured in Modesto auto vs. cyclist collision Since it seems there were two up on a single bike and it wasn’t a cargo or tandem bike and at least one was drunk… There are things that have a high chance of a bad outcome in the US that are if not “normal” are at least not uncommon and fairly safe in places where the infrastructure is not heavily biased in preference to private motor vehicles as transportation…

Another CA cyclist is hit by a train? Cyclist killed by train Seriously, don’t do this. The cyclist rode around the crossing guards to try to beat the freight train and not have to wait for the several minutes required for the crossing. Your life is not worth taking the chance to save a few minutes.

Updates on multiple wrecks in AK. Cyclist Death Investigation Underway While Friends Mourn Still aren’t saying what will happen with such egregious wrecks as getting hit from behind by a driver speeding in reverse… If any wreck called for serious prison time this one does. And for the record, I doubt any protocols or infrastructure changes would do anything for this wreck unless driver’s license standards were also tightened severely at the same time.

Yucky wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist badly injured in collision with dump truck Even when the cyclist survives a wreck with a dump truck, it ain’t pretty doesn’t even come close to describing it. From the picture it looks like the truck was swinging wide and cut the corner in a seriously bad right hook. The bike is under the front wheel, which tells me the cyclist never saw what hit him until he was under the truck. That makes employing any of the protocols impossible, leaving only infrastructure that didn’t leave cyclists running from dump trucks driven by Mr. Magoo as the only sane alternative.

At least they know not to blame the cyclist in this intersection wreck. Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by car Drier ran the red hitting the cyclist after she entered the intersection, and was caught doing so by witnesses, so it wasn’t the driver claiming legality with nobody to speak for the cyclist. Anyway, not much the cyclist could do, and unless this was rebuilt as an intersection that had flyovers for the cars with bikes riding through at grade level changing the infrastructure would not have helped either.

A fatal wreck in Canuckistan. Cyclist killed on Interlake highway Naturally they blame the cyclist for riding in the “middle” of the road instead of the driver not looking where his vehicle was going. Hit from behind protocols might have given the cyclist a chance, infrastructure would not have required him to take one.

If this doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy, you’re either deceased or have problems. Boy Carries His Younger Brother Through Triathlon, Wins At Life

Now this is riding with a purpose! This rogue bicycle pony express delivered mail in 1894 Cyclists rode in shifts over a set section of the route waiting at each end of the section for the rider coming their direction to hit the road with the mail for the next section.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Wolfpack Hustle debates bike lanes with John & Ken, and Calbike forms state’s 1st bike PAC

Horrible legal Infrastructure! news from New York. NY Court Just Made It Easier For Drivers To Get Away With Murder Seriously, I want to know what these guys are smoking… They just contracted the definition of “depraved” until you have to deliberately target everything on the road until your vehicle is too battered to continue to get a murder conviction for driving like a maniac. The driver in this case was doing over 70 MPH when he hit the victim throwing her body a NYC block, and the panel of “judges” declared this was NOT “depraved indifference” to the lives of others. Decisions like this make me want to require mandatory drug testing of judges before every case and at random times during the case…

Presented without comment… NYPD: 1,263 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 11 Killed in Traffic in May

Usually I make jokes about cousins marrying when discussing the infrastructure for bicycles in AR. Safety tips for cyclists and motorists sharing the road Basically just more on how to deal with infrastructure built with no regard for any mode besides motor vehicles…

Infrastructure from CA. Another cyclist death prompts call for more bike safety

Infrastructure commentary from IA. The cyclist on the street versus the cyclist in the road There’s a serious disconnect here about bicycle infrastructure, when you have that many sidewalk cyclists they are telling government that the infrastructure SUCKS!

When the judge says that the infrastructure is so bad that cyclists and trucks are going to hit each other and it isn’t the cyclists’ fault in the UK you got some seriously bolluxed infrastructure… Guernsey judge criticises road layout as lorry driver acquitted of causing cyclist’s death

Lifestyle from NY. Ghost bike honors cyclist killed in Troy I no longer remember this wreck, how long ago was it again?

Lastly, I think this was my favorite picture from my visit to the Lane Museum.
Why be normal?
Why be normal?

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. More fits than giggles, but that’s normal these days.

Billd @€0.02, Opus

Mental Hygiene Day, again

There was no post Monday and yesterday because I was riding the bus again, from NY to Nashville TN (Nashvegas for those of us who are hip) and the bus this year doesn’t have the same room as the bus did last year. Can’t put my finger on what changed, but the leg room and the room under the seats seems unchanged, but this year I could not stand in front of my seat nor get out without lifting myself on the back of the seat in front of me and neither could I sleep by resting my head on a pillow in my lap. Last year I could type on the laptop and read the screen at the same time, this year I had to put the keyboard on my chest to see the screen, or fold the screen to the point I couldn’t see it to be able to use the keyboard, making typing futile. Last year you may remember I did an entire post while caught in construction traffic in OH. This year no traffic but no post either.

I’m not doing any links today because I don’t want to spend a day looking at wrecks when I only have a short time to see my friends and do things here in TN. Fortunately we have beautiful weather for it this year courtesy of the Summer Polar Vortex caused by a super typhoon in the North Pacific redirecting the jet stream well south of where it usually stays in the summer. This is for those not paying attention to weather reports and just enjoying the weather ;)

Now I have someplace I have to go so I’ll be back tomorrow and keep you posted.

PSA, Opus

Another grocery day, and the Feed

I’m getting a late start today because I had to get out and pay the rent on the storage unit, which keeps getting higher in spite of none of the employees getting raises and none of the taxes going up (I checked on that because that would mean taxes on Casa de El Poeta would be rising as well). So what it comes down to is the rent is going up because the people that own the unit want more money, not because their costs are going up. And that annoys me, no that pisses me off. The only elasticity in the budget is in the area labeled “food”. Unless I find a way to increase income somehow I have no choice but to buy lower-quality food, and less of it. That may mean more than one “bean day” a week (a high probability), less salads, cheaper cuts of meat or no meat at all. All to give the guys that own the storage unit an extra $15 a month over what was sufficient since last year. And a total of $45 over what we paid 2 years ago.

Up first is a bit from that “other” town mentioned in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Dallas city officials subvert the spirit of bike helmet law As Mrs. the Poet would say,”Quelle surprise!” (with a bad French accent). LEO using what was passed as a “safety regulation” as a bludgeon against minority youth.

More on the IL cyclist killed in a hit-and-run. Police question man in hit-and-run death of Forest Park bicyclist They caught him, now comes the hard part of actually prosecuting him.

A SWCC wreck in OR. Bike rider killed in Lane County after crossing in front of pickup, state police say Assuming the narrative is correct and not just the driver trying to save his bacon, treat every time you need to cross a road as the worst of the worst combination of hit-from-behind and intersection protocols. Infrastructure would only help if it was 2-way on either side of the road so that crossing the road away from a controlled or segregated intersection would not be required. More 3rd biker killed in Oregon in 2014 ID’d

A “poor doggie” wreck in WA. Small dog killed by cyclist in Discovery Park OK even the cyclists agree that they were going too fast, but because this is NOT a street or road the posted speed limit is merely a suggestion. They are caught in a similar bind to what we have here in TX, where they want to reduce the speeds on many MUP but because they were built with transportation dollars they are classified as “street” and it takes an act of the legislature (literally, an actual bill has to be submitted and passed, for each MUP or section of MUP) to reduce the speed limit below 30 MPH. And there is no authority to impose a speed limit on the facility if they change it from “street” to something else.

More on the UK cyclist killed walking her bike in a pedestrian crossing. Death driver escapes jail: Cyclist killed on pedestrian crossing after 30mph sign ‘incorrectly placed’ The speed limit sign was on the wrong side of the crossing, meaning the driver was technically still at the speed limit for the freeway he had just exited instead of the speed for the city street he was about to enter, no in spite of ignoring the pedestrian crossing signal he was let off with a minor ticket instead of manslaughter and prison. TANJ! Except in this case there was, because the driver could only see an advisory speed limit sign that alerted him that the speed limit was going to be reduced with the actual speed sign on the other side of the crossing. Rules is rules, and you can’t fault the driver for following the rules as they applied in that situation. More No speed limit sign means no prosecution for speeding driver who killed cyclist on pedestrian crossing

Update on a driver that ran over 7 cyclists riding single file in the bike lane next to a busy highway over in Oz. Driver charged over Sydney cyclist carnage on Southern Cross Drive Eight charges for hitting 7 cyclists, apparently the least charge was for hitting the first cyclist because that one was closest to the lime and might have been over by a centimeter or two, then the rest were much greater than that because he should have moved right away from the cyclists and instead went right into the whole lot without reducing speed until his vehicle was disabled. I’m getting that from an unofficial copy of the police report that I can’t link to, suffice it to say that if the prosecutor has any chops at all this guy is boned severely. He might even get a whole week in jail… and yes my snark is showing.

More seriously, but still in Oz a driver killed a cyclist with a car door. Cyclist dies after crashing into opened car door in Highett OK let’s get one thing straight, it isn’t crashing into the door, it’s getting hit by the door. It’s good that the driver was hit with an immediate fine on the spot, and that ticket could become a lesser included charge because the cyclist died later. And let’s face it not winning the “door prize” is probably the hardest thing to do in transportation cycling, because the cyclist has to look in two different directions at the same time, one eye on the street and what’s out there, and one eye on the insides of cars parked on the side of the street to make sure nobody is about to get out, and tinted windows do not make that job any easier. So yeah, I’m going to blame drivers for this one every chance I get because they are the ones most responsible for it. Seeing a cyclist coming up the road beside you is orders of magnitude easier than seeing a driver or passenger about to open a car door in front of you.

And even fellow two-wheelers in Oz hate us. ‘Arrogant and aggressive’ motorcyclist may have killed bike rider, inquest told Um, yeah. Maybe hit-from-behind protocols would have helped avoid the wreck, not having to deal with twits moving at high rates of speed via segregated rural infrastructure would have prevented it.

UK infrastructure news. Revealed: Cyclists’ injury claims after pothole accidents in Kingston Seven claims but only one upheld, not a good average. One wonders at the ratio of claims to payouts for damaged motor vehicles.

More infrastructure from Jolly Olde. Tech trial for device that could save cyclists’ lives Basically a computer-monitored camera that is constantly looking for bicycles aimed at the vehicle’s blind spot. Theoretically this would be a good thing. Now they are testing to see if theory can be translated to practical application.

Not sure if this falls under lifestyle or infrastructure, so I’m putting it between the two. Motorists urged to mind cyclists during Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour

And finally our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Maybe you do need bike self-defense, two new bike jobs and a jewel-encrusted mountain bike

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus