I’m slowly recovering from yesterday’s rides, the easiest of which was the RoS. All told I had 39 miles (63km) and change in less than 8 hours running around Garland, Grand Prairie, Arlington, and White Rock Lake. And I don’t care what the name says Grand Prairie is about as flat as an alp. Anytime I can coast to over 35 MPH with only 5 MPH at the top of the hill, without pedalling, that’s a long steep hill, not a “prairie”. The other issue I had yesterday was calories. Between the wind and the hills I burned way more than my usual 37 Calories per mile, and by the time I got home I was definitely feeling it. I only brought a few snacks; chips, cookies, and a 3 Musketeers bar, and I had to skip lunch because I was literally on the road during that time. So when I got home I had sore knees, and a huge appetite, and woke up famished this morning. Oh, and I still have sore knees. As this is grocery day I’m lucky there are no hills between here and the grocery store. It’s just one mile of dead flat both ways.
There were so many links that I was only able to filter half of the Feed before my computer started having fits and slowing to a crawl, and I didn’t even open the RoS links. So this will be a “scattered” post, as I will have to insert links between the paragraphs about other links, which disrupts the flow of the post, but because of the number of links today, that’s unavoidable. I apologize in advance.
Death and injury in CA, courtesy of hit-and-run drivers. Bicyclist tragically killed in accident over weekend Technically he didn’t lie to LEO, he did witness the wreck, just as a participant. Anyway, hit-from-behind protocols assuming there was someplace the cyclist could have used as an escape route, but seriously I don’t think there was time for the cyclist to do anything to avoid this wreck. Or in any of the other wrecks mentioned in the article, which also mentioned the Hummer driver from India that hit or nearly hit 5 vehicles in 3 wrecks injuring 2 cyclists and 3 motor vehicle occupants and killing a third cyclist last week.
A cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver during Bike to Work Week is remembered as the public is requested to provide information about the wreck. Family: Hit-and-run victim was devoted to cycling and his faith The guy sounds like a real nice guy, but even if he was a jerk and rode like one that doesn’t excuse hit-and-run. Again, hit-from-behind protocol but the wreck site doesn’t give many escape options as shown in the pictures that went with the link.
A KY cyclist with full legal reflectors gets hit from behind. Bicyclist killed in accident on Leestown Road near Midway The cyclist had “standard reflectors” which means that a driver with “standard headlights” should have been able to see him from 300 feet out and avoid hitting him, but he didn’t. So, who was at fault again? That’s right not the person in control of a deadly weapon, but the victim.
Cyclist vs insurance company in OR. Cyclist vs. New Seasons Someone tried to make this out to be the fault of company that operated the truck, but it’s really their insurance that was acting like the back and of a male donkey.
A SWCC in Canuckistan. Teen cyclist killed in north Edmonton Cyclist wearing clothes gets hit mid-block while riding next to parked cars during daylight hours, nothing the driver did wrong, right? Except we know better that this was an unsafe pass by a driver not paying attention to the road and other road users. I will grant that it is possible that the kid rode out from between parked cars, but unless there was something for him to have been riding from I don’t buy the “suddenly pulled from between parked cars” excuse. And unless the victim died of head injury with no other life-threatening injury, the helmet wearing was not an issue, either.
There are apparently no shortage of idiots in Scotland. Police appeals after Etape event This would have been a terrorist attack had the victims been other than cyclists.
Fewer cyclinst in London are dying, but more are getting injured. London cycling deaths down but casualties up So, cyclists are getting better at dodging cars, but still not good enough?
A hit-and-run in Oz. Hit and run furore The rider is indeed fortunate to only have a broken arm and road rash, a fraction of an inch closer and this would have been fatal.
Several links to a cyclist getting hit from behind in Enn Zed. A cyclist has been killed on State Highway 1, north of Blenheim. and Cyclist killed near Blenheim named also Police name cyclist killed OK riding after midnight without lights, even with a full moon, not real smart, and I couldn’t see any reflectors on the back of the bike in the pictures., so double not “bright”.
E-assist bikes are becoming a hot topic as gas prices continue to climb even as crude prices drop. E-bike or scooter? Which is the safer bet? In Canada, and in NY state Should Electronic-Assisted Bikes Be Treated Like Cars? Just a note, in the US Federal regulations apply unless state laws or regulations are more permissive. Federal rules are “working” pedals, 750 Watts (~1 HP) maximum, and 20 MPH without pedalling on level ground. Here in TX there is no max power limit, 100 pounds ready to run (which local LEO have interpreted to mean “if the bike runs without it, it isn’t part of the ‘ready to run’ weight), and 20 MPH max without pedalling or posted limit with pedalling, if you can’t ride with power without pedalling then you can ride as fast as you want up to the posted limit. My crank-assisted e-bike fell under that permission, even though I geared it to only do about 20 MPH in top gear.
Infrastructure! in Northern California. Discovering the Bay Area’s biking heaven Good roads with low traffic that attract cyclists, in TX those would be slated for a chip seal with 1 1/2″ aggregate, ASAP!
A cyclist that was mentioned in previous links to the Ride of Silence speaks about infrastructure and the need to share it with cyclists. Share The Roads: A Cyclist’s Plea It just takes a few seconds patience to not hit a cyclist and save a lifetime of tragedy.
ND cyclists say it’s a matter of attitude. Bicyclists say attitude changes needed to share the road Like I wrote earlier, a few seconds’ patience saves a lifetime of tragedy.
More on cycling and attitude in this link on National Bike Month in the US. National Bike Month is Here
Cyclists in Oz are saying pretty much the same thing. Take care with cyclists: advocacy group There is something in Anglophone culture that hates cyclists, because I see the same thing in every English-speaking country. Cyclists are not respected in any country where English is the native tongue.
Fun on a bike in NJ. Washington slept, but you should bicycle
Lastly, some more RoS links. Bike ride honors injured, killed cyclists worldwide and Bikers take memorial ride in silence also Cyclists Ride to Remember Riders Killed by Vehicles and again Bicyclists ride to send message, pay respects still more ‘Ride of Silence’ sends message not done yet Ride of Silence remembers cyclists killed on the roads not done yet Cyclists let silence speak for injured, dead still more Mourning the loss of cyclists in silence and Cyclists to take to Gatineau streets in silent ride more Ride of silence for dead cyclists and Bicycle “Ride of Silence” in Woodinville and Redmond Wednesday Night another link from the paper of record for the Mother Ride, posted 3 days ago Solemn ride of silence unites cyclists worldwide That’s right, the hometown paper for an international movement didn’t even send a single reporter to the local version of the event. The one person that mentioned the event wasn’t even a news reporter but a sports reporter. TANJ!
And that’s all I have today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus