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Taxes done, and the Feed

Well the waiting for the documents was longer than the time it took to file this year, but we did it. We finally got our tax return in this afternoon. Once again we didn’t make enough money to pay any taxes and all the withholding will be refunded. Even with what I made from the blog and the money I got from Dad’s estate we still did not make more than the standard deduction for a married couple. Which is kinda sad when you stop to think about it, that two people working to the maximum of their ability don’t even make enough to come close to paying taxes. I don’t think we cleared the standard deduction for a single person living alone, either. If we did it wasn’t by very much.

On a more cheerful note I’m getting the dosing schedule worked out so that I have enough allergy meds in my system to be effective, but not so much that my brain shuts down and I just want to find a place to lie down. This is important as I don’t get much done from bed. Of course there are times when all I want to do is waste time.

Up first is the only actual 04/01 joke link I could find that stayed up long enough to create a link to it. Metro Announces 405 Widening Really About Creating First Freeway Separated Bike Lanes Actually this is logical, people on bikes want to go to the same places as people in cars. They deserve the same accommodation as people in cars.

From the “It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer More Deserving Person” department, Texas division. 20 New Assault Charges Brought Against SXSW Crash Suspect OK this dude is now facing felony charges for every person he hit while running from the cops in a stolen car while DUI. It’s the Stoopid Trifecta! times 24. He now has 20 charges of felony assault to go with the 4 Capital Murder charges and the Felony DUI and evading arrest.

More on the NE wreck where the old woman went over the centerline and into the shoulder of a road to hit a cyclist head on. Driver will face motor vehicle homicide charge in connection to crash that killed Neb. cyclist The driver has turned in her driver’s license, which is a small victory in and of itself. More Nebraska State News

Another link to the news of a cyclist killer facing charges in CA. 18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Cyclist I though meth made you more alert and attentive to your surroundings, not less. I guess she was “special”.

Give us this day our daily Ted ;) Morning Links: CicLAvia is coming, Calbike legislative agenda and the best of yesterday’s foolishness

And that article yesterday about the drunk driver being banned from driving for a total of 18 years turned out to not be an April Fools’ joke after all. Van driver jailed for eight years over cyclist’s death and Drunk beer pump engineer jailed for killing cyclist in Lincolnshire hit and run /Happy dance?/ The Dance of Joy

Update on the recovery of a cyclist in Oz. VIDEO: Cyclist’s world shattered by truck collision Nothing new about the mode of the wreck and I can’t remember that far back to be able to pull anything up about it. good luck and quick healing to the victim, nerve pain in your feet is no joke.

A young cyclist gets left hooked in Enn Zed. Car collides with young cyclist The nearly unscathed helmet was given credit for “saving” the cyclist’s life. Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And stop treating helmets like some kind of magic talisman to prevent head trauma in motor vehicle wrecks with cyclists.

Infrastructure! news from GA on wrecks. Transportation officials note drop in traffic deaths and rise in cyclist, pedestrian deaths I said this before when a similar article was published last year about London road deaths, drivers and roads are not getting any better, just survivability for vehicle occupants.

Infrastructure from Enn Zed, as truckers try to shift blame from them for not seeing cyclists and avoiding collisions when the cyclists have the right of way. Cyclist death: Urgent call for cycleways They can’t blame themselves, they can’t blame the cyclist for riding straight ahead with the right of way, so blame the infrastructure!

Last link is an unusual pair supporting pet adoption. Cyclist, dog promoting pet adoption WoaB is in full accord with this promotion.

And those were the links that gave me fits and giggles today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Allergies barely contained, and the Feed

Just letting you know that while things are not really bad on the health front, they aren’t all that perky either. I’m walking a fine line between not enough and too much on my allergy meds, because if I don’t stay above a therapeutic threshold I get no effect, but just a little over that and I get zonked semi-conscious and unable to function. Add to that the “stuff” I have been visiting the chiropractor over, and let’s just say that getting old ain’t for sissies to quote my wife’s mother.

Also we had our two weeks of spring, the high outside WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell was 80°F.

We got lucky today with few new wrecks to report, all from Jolly Olde. Rope peril for cyclist This is far from the “rope trick” spell used in D&D, this is more like the “clothesline trick” used to take out German motorcycle couriers during WWII. Many of them died, and it almost took out this cyclist. The only way of avoiding this booby trap is a very bright headlight aimed right where it will get on oncoming vehicle operators’ eyes. I think you can see where the problem would be with that.

Next we have another cyclist riding next to an overturning truck. Cyclist injured after lorry overturns on Chester Road, Stretford, causing severe traffic delays I think this makes two very similar wrecks in as many days, and the article is more concerned about the people going to the footy match being delayed than they are about the cyclist who escaped being crushed by inches.

And I really hope this article is not an April Fool’s joke by the media outlet. Kingsley Gordon-Allen killed cyclist Edward Orrey while drink-driving in February last year I’m sure your asking yourself what the heck is going on thinking that this might be a prank? The driver is going to jail for a very long time, and he’s going to be banned from driving for a total of up to 18 years, the 8 he’s in prison plus the additional 10 after release. I have seen DUI drivers that killed a cyclist get 250 hours of community service and a slight fine, which is why I think this might be a prank.

An unusual bit of bicycle infrastructure from NY. Schumer Pushes For Citi Bike Commuter Tax Break The “break” would pay for the monthly Citi Bike payment which is substantially more than the annual payment. This way everybody gets covered for their full amount.

Infrastructure news from OH. Protected bike lanes People are finally starting to see that a stripe of paint is no defense against a 2 ton hunk of hurtling steel and plastics.

Infrastructure news from the US. The 10 most dangerous states for cyclists—and the coverage riders need Given the high number of fatal hit-and-runs cyclists get compared to other forms of transportation having access to uninsured motorist (which also covers H&R) is beyond a “good idea”. And FL as the second most dangerous state to walk or ride a bike was short-lived as they are now back on top. Depressing, really.

Infrastructure news from the UK. 10 things that put people off cycling

Lifestyle from SD CA. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman rides a bicycle

More Lifestyle from NYC Photos: Sam Polcer’s New York Bike Style, Which Launches Friday With a Party in DUMBO

Your daily dose of Ted Rogers. Your fool-free Morning Links, including a well-done bike film, and a book deservedly thrown by OC prosecutors Just read end enjoy.

Cycling may be coming to the Winter Olympics. UCI: Fatbikes in Winter Olympics, Banned from MTB Races

And another unicycle with training wheels roams the streets. A Bike or What?

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles. I much prefer giggles. Speaking of Giggles, I will be snagging as many April Fools links as I can for the post tomorrow.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Recovering from the first dose of allergy medicine for the year, and the Feed

I’m now on my third dose of allergy meds for the year, but that first one always knocks me on my butt for some reason. Usually I’m smart enough to just sleep it off and continue with my life after I have adjusted to the stuff, but yesterday I persisted in trying to write a blog post while semi-stoned on medication. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but then many people say that about a lot of things that turn out to be really bad ideas. I feel much better today.

Up first is a confusing hit-from-behind wreck in the Rio Grande Valley. Truck hits, kills bicyclist north of Edinburg If I’m reading the narrative right, the cyclist wasn’t actually on the road but possibly on the shoulder or riding in the dirt beside the road, and the truck in question went off the road first then hit the cyclist and then a tree. In case you were wondering the Interstate has parallel access roads where the cyclist could ride legally that are pretty much the only through route north and south in the area which have to be used to access a legal crossing for anyone trying to go east or west from one side of the Interstate to the other. If the truck was on the Interstate and hit the cyclist on the frontage road the driver was seriously out of control of either the truck or himself.

A little closer and a lot less deadly is this wreck in Houston. Houston bicyclist seeks driver who fled after striking him Since the cyclist’s lighting or lack of was not mentioned in the article we have to assume the cyclist had at least a rear reflector, and most likely a good light, so that part of the protocols has been met. Not known if the driver was going slow enough to execute the “dive to the ditch” portion of the protocols, but getting the infrastructure right would definitely prevent a wreck like this.

Next up is a supposedly stop-sign running cyclist in Shreveport. Shreveport cyclist seriously injured when hit by car Looking at the Street View of the site this is a two-way stop with extremely limited sight lines but only a 25 MPH speed limit. Even so this is an area that would require extreme vigilance on the part of the cyclist to stay safe. Intersection protocols to the max here, and get the infrastructure right to prevent wrecks like this.

Update on that weird wreck in OR. Critically injured Portland cyclist expected to survive I don’t know how this one happened yet. The only picture I have access to does not show the damages visible in the only picture I have access to are completely at odds with the written description of the wreck.

A UK cyclist dodges a very big bullet. Cyclist speaks of moment he was hit by rolls of paper as lorry overturned on Chester Road Not anywhere close to a typical wreck, avoiding this one was a matter of pure luck.

The Big Story is a cyclist hit by a truck in Oz. Cyclist dies in truck collision also Man charged over double fatal Vic crash and even Cyclist killed in crash with truck Hit from behind but “Why?” is still not known with the driver of the weapon vehicle hanging around to talk with LEO. Infrastructure to prevent, that much is sure.

Anther wreck in Enn Zed. Cyclist knocked from bike Not much information forthcoming from LEO on this one. It looks like it might be a hit-from-behind or buzz job. The cyclist was reported to have been part of a group ride which makes anything resembling a SMIDSY (the UK, Oz and Enn Zed version of the blind driver) extremely unlikely.

Our first Infrastructure! link comes from Houston. Bicycle safety Houston has said that they want zero cyclists killed per year. That is an ambitious goal for a town that kills an average of 4 cyclists a year, with 3 of those being completely compliant with the law at the time of their deaths. That leaves 2 ways of reaching that goal, draconian driver enforcement, or Dutch-style infrastructure that completely removes cyclists from conflict points.

Even a scarlet state like OK can see the benefits of normalizing cycling as a mode of transportation. Cycling on the rise in downtown OKC; provides economic, traffic benefits And they still miss mentioning the health benefits.

Two links about dangerous infrastructure in the UK leading to a semi passing a cyclist at less than arm’s length. VIDEO: Cyclist posts HGV close-pass helmet cam footage to show driver ‘he could have been killed’ and Cyclist’s fury at HGV driver

This is as much crap drivers as it is bad infrastructure. VIDEO: Terrifying near misses for cyclist at Deptford ‘nightmare’ junction A near-constant stream of turning drivers repeatedly cut off the cyclists in the videos. The real “infrastructure” needed here is LEO capable of issuing tickets for failure to yield, or assault with a deadly weapon.

Still in the UK dealing with potentially deadly infrastructure we get this article full of possible triggers of anxiety. Injured cyclist calls for pothole repairs after serious accident That’s one seriously messed-up dude.

Ted was busy today with two links to show for it. Bypassing busy traffic on 7th Street, notes from the LAPD bike task force, and Beverly Hills bike lanes redux and A little light Morning Linkage for your Cesar Chavez Day

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Another grocery day, another Feed

Yep, time to hit the neighborhood supermarket again to replenish the produce and bread. The milk we bought last week went bad before we could open it so we absolutely have to buy more today, those artificial creamers are just nasty IMHO. Also looking to get more salty snacks. I don’t know why but my cookie cravings went “Meh!” and my tortilla chip and pork skins cravings went through the roof over the winter. My BP is staying low so I’m not overloading on salt, and as frequently as I can I swap regular salt out in favor of a 50% Potassium Chloride blend to get my potassium levels up. It’s a mystery why my cravings change from sweet to salt and back again…

Our first wreck report is from Enn Zed. Cyclist seriously injured in crash The cause in this case appears to be the tourist not being used to driving on the wrong side of the road and looking in the wrong places. I don’t know what to tell you about avoiding that one except the damage looks like it was a broadside impact to the cyclist so probably intersection protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

Still in Enn Zed we get a victim blamer. Teen injured in collision The very first paragraph of the article blames the cyclist for not wearing hi-viz instead of the driver for not watching where he was going. “Police are pleading with cyclists to wear high visibility clothing after a teenage cyclist and a car collided on Courtney Road this morning.” The article goes on to say the cyclist was hit by a vehicle making a turning movement that hit the cyclist going straight. Intersection protocols to avoid or to minimize damages, and get the infrastructure right so what clothes a cyclist wears will have nothing to do with safety.

The civil suit goes on without the criminal conviction as that case has yet to be tried. Family of dead cyclist sues alleged drunken motorist Both parties to this wreck were in Marketing, the victim at Groupon, and the driver at AllYouCanDrink.com. Somehow I think that company name is going to be a big factor in this case.

A PA cyclist is laid to rest after he was killed on his bike. David Ray Wilson This was the wreck in question Bicyclist struck, killed in Monroe Township I find it interesting that the family picture at the top of the announcement had two ferrets featured prominently.

Our first Infrastructure! link is this humorous video on how not to use a bike lane (Spoiler Alert, most of the people in the video in the bike lane are not riding bicycles). Floating Parking – People Behaving Badly

The BESTEST infrastructure news all MONTH!!!1!!!one!! State Senate approves Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act This bill recognizes that leaving people to die on the roads might actually cause them to die, or to have a worse outcome with long-term disability than if the driver remains at the scene and calls 911. If this bill becomes law it eliminates most of the incentive for DUI drivers to flee the scene as the minimum sentences for both crimes would be the same and prosecutors would not have to prove DUI to put you away for a very long time. The possibility of the driver being drunk would never have to be brought up at the trial.

More on the Houston plan to eliminate all bicycle deaths inside the city. Houston Launching ‘Goal Zero’ Bike Safety Program Unless they are working from the Dutch CROW manual I don’t see any hope for reaching that zero fatalities per year goal.

Another link to the proposal to send text alerts for cars involved in hit-and-run. Catching Hit-and-Run Drivers With Amber Alerts This law has been in effect for just over a year now in CO and has resulted in the timely capture of several hit-and-run drivers in time to allow testing for DUI.

What is your riding style? Ray Keener: Take the Lane? Share the Road? I’m of the opinion that I share the road, not the lane unless there is at least 14 feet of clear pavement between the lane marker and the edge of the road. In that case it’s a matter of trash on the road and crumbling road patches that determines if I share the lane. If there are a lot of either then I take the lane to make avoiding the bad places easier.

An “informed” opinion about bicycle infrastructure. Bike lanes a really dumb idea I like the reply under the article…

Your daily dose of Ted. Morning Links: City Council may not be PLUM crazy when it comes to MyFigueroa after all

The cyclist killed when a driver passed another car making a left turn and went all the way into the bike lane on the wrong side of the road to hit the cyclist head on has been given a Ghost Bike. Ghost bike memorial reminds drivers of roadside safety

Some of these guys look as bad or worse than I do. Neil Grayshon’s new book Cycling Shouldn’t Hurt reveals gruesome images of injured London cyclists

Some gorgeous e-assist bicycles that are bicycles first and e-assist second, but designed to be e-assisted from the get-go. Custom Electric Bikes with Bosch Mid Drive, Gates Belt, & NuVinci Hub

Most people don’t get this kind of return on investment from their e-assist bikes. How an Electric Bike Paid for Itself in 3 Rides

And those were all the links that gave me fits and giggles. I much prefer fits of giggles to the other kind of fits.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

A quiet day, and the Feed

Not too bad today. I don’t have to go anywhere or do anything aside from posting to the blog and the usual day-to-day stuff. I don’t even have anything to do tonight, except read comics and watch the tube. I wonder what’s on TV on Wednesday night?

Up first from a rather sparse listing is this hit-and-run in FL. Police ID bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash on the Westside Nothing on the mode has been released yet, but the witness description of the sounds of the wreck indicate that the driver probably knew he hit someone as the victim would have been unable to make any contributions to the shouting heard after the wreck as he was pronounced dead at the scene.

On the other side of the country at about the same latitude we get a similar wreck as the driver again leaves the cyclist to die in the street. Bicyclist Injured in Midway Hit-and-Run Crash Hit-from-behind wreck, so maybe the protocols would have been useful in avoiding or reducing the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. They should give the driver a ticket for failing to pass 3 or more feet away from the cyclist… along with all the other “stuff” that goes with hitting a cyclist in the road and leaving him or her there.

From Oz we get a rather blatant door prize caught on camera and denied by the perps. Police urged to charge passenger after cyclist car-doored in CBD What those cab riders did was hit-and-run, and it was caught on camera.

A cyclist in Jolly Olde files suit after hitting a pothole and sustaining life-altering injury. Cyclist sues council for £100,000 after pothole crash The follow-up in the comments section reports the suit was settled for £70,000.

SF decides to put in some Faahbyuluhs! infrastructure. San Francisco’s Castro district is putting in rainbow crosswalks At least drivers will know there’s something there and hopefully be a little more careful about barging through.

A little acerbic infrastructure news from CA. Avid cyclist to newbies: It’s your fault we can’t have nice things

Even Ted Rogers gets a little testy about bad infrastructure. Hermosa Beach allows LA County’s first cycle track to dangerously deteriorate; and a fresh batch of Morning Links What have they been doing to that bicycle infrastructure to cause it to deteriorate like that? Bicycles didn’t do that amount of damage.

And the ones I didn’t get to yesterday. Morning links: Your Tuesday morning bike reading list

Legal infrastructure from the Great White North. Will Ontario’s tougher measures against distracted driving, ‘dooring’ and passing bikes too closely make us safer? Whether this works will depend on the last “E” of Enforcement. You can pass all the laws you want but unless and until they are enforced they are meaningless.

Even in Jolly Olde they get it wrong frequently about infrastructure. Do we ban all pedestrians or just all men? Not the article, the report to which the article is referring.

Don’t let a little thing like it being almost 5 years since the last pedestrian was killed in NYC by a cyclist stop you from blaming them for creating mayhem… Oscar Health Insurance: “Bike Messengers Can Blindside You”

A new e-assist bike hits the streets. The New High Tech Stromer ST2 Electric Bike! [VIDEO]

Last link is infrastructure news from Springfield, home of the Simpsons. Inside The Simpsons’ Springfield Subway System It ain’t about bikes all the time, sometimes it’s about having a little fun.

And those were all the links that gave me fits or giggles today. I must say I much prefer giggles. ;)

Billed @€0.02, Opus

After yesterday’s massive linkfest I got Nuttin today, and the Feed

I didn’t finish up and get to bed yesterday until 0200 because of the number of links and having to do a little site maintenance that WP doesn’t do because it is blog-specific, keeping the place the way I like it. When I got up there was next to nothing in the feed folder. I have a few sites on the web I go to when this happens but the news there is usually older than what I get from the Feed.

Up first is more from/about the SXSW wreck/murder. Third victim of SXSW rampage dies This is exactly the same as if someone shot up the street, except he drove through a pedestrian area and got a lot more with the one bullet than mass shooters get with multiple high-capacity magazines. Also We’re Shamefully Bad at Protecting Pedestrians at Events Like SXSW

This person committed multiple “crimes” when she recorded a police action for her criminal justice class and was not driving a car. Backlash: Student alleges SAPD officers trashed bicycle to punish her

In CA police actually worked with the owner of a stolen bike to recover it. Woman Recovers Stolen Bike Via Sting With Help Of BART Police That would never happen in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Our local PD’s response to bike thefts begins and ends with the completion of the theft report.

Infrastructure of the legal kind to protect people in cars and out from people being zombies on their phones while driving. ‘Jake’s Law’ addresses penalties for distracted driving Until we realize that motor vehicles are weapons of mass destruction when misused and can make ourselves punish people accordingly this will go on. It isn’t the phone people, it’s the car.

First of a batch of bike stories about non-mainstream bicycles is about e-assist bikes. Event will highlight e-bike trends in Oregon

A reflector that doesn’t look dorky, and can’t be removed or stolen after the wreck. Brilliant Bike Glows Like the Sun When Headlights Hit It Maybe not quite as effective as the standard bike reflector, but visible from all angles unlike the CPSC reflectors.

I’m not sure if this is a lean steer trike or a unicycle with training wheels. Would you ride the Halfbike? Bizarre one-wheel invention claims to make city cycling more practical (even though you have to steer using a pole) What I do know is this is a very un-aerodynamic vehicle, and that your full weight is on your feet the entire time you are riding the vehicle. Also if the brakes are on the front wheel the high center of gravity of the vehicle is going to result in a faceplant, if they are on the back than the center of gravity means the brakes will be minimally effective without some major rider gymnastics to keep the back wheels planted.

Some race footage from the Australian International Pedal Prix, an endurance racing series and a proving ground for recumbent tricycle vehicles. Australian HPV Super Series – Pedal Prix 24 Hour I love to watch these vehicles in action because they are nearly perfect for road vehicles if cars had never been invented. The rules require multiple riders, many of differing heights and widths especially in the mixed teams where the female riders are usually several inches shorter than the males. Also there are effective headlights and taillights that run for as much as 12 hours straight out of the 24 hour race. About the only thing these vehicles lack is storage for cargo on the road, but that could be fitted behind the rider.

Last link is from Ted Rogers again with a life lesson. Today’s post, in which a terrified little dog reminds us what it means to be brave in the moment

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Crazy has escaped to the streets, and the Feed

I have been reading the news and it doesn’t look good for the forces of sanity these days, especially if you are a female with functioning reproductive organs. Those who are not cis-gendered, or who love the wrong people, or don’t make enough money, or have the wrong color skin are doing pretty bad as well and heaven help you if you belong to more than one of the groups mentioned (all you females with functioning reproductive organs and the wrong color skin who love the wrong people, I’m sorry).

Up first, that wreck down in Austin has a stranglehold on the media for the moment. Killeen man named as suspect in South By Southwest tragedy and Tragedy at SXSW: 2 Dead, 23 Injured in Hit-and-Run also Driver in SXSW deadly crash has prior drunk driving record another one Dutch cyclist among two killed after car ploughs into crowd at SXSW festival and more Suspect In SXSW Deadly Crash Identified, Car Was Stolen The driver has a DUI charge and was driving a stolen car, evading arrest at the time of the wreck, and has 25 victims of various charges of assault and murder. Any bets on the over/under on bail? Put me down for a quarter on $500,000.

We get another hit-and-run in the Austin area. Rollingwood police seek driver in crash that injured bicyclist This was a left-cross wreck with injury. Intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

And just a bit down from Austin, another hit-and-run with video evidence. Video shows suspect in fatal League City hit-and-run Nothing about the mode but with the driver pulling the driver side fender liner from under the car it looks like a left cross with the bike going under the car. Or possibly a buzz pass on the right with the bike going under the car. More League City cyclist killed in hit-and-run collision

Two cyclists were hit in a single wreck in UT. Cyclists killed in early morning crash shared passion for life with friends, family and 2 Lehi cyclists killed ‘almost instantly’, police say Something is not right here, 2 experienced riders with lights and everything do not just pull out in front of a speeding car and get clobbered. I can’t get the address to pull up on Google Street View, so I don’t know what happened in this wreck. It’s just sad.

Another MD cyclist gets killed. Spring Lake Cyclist Killed in Howell Hit and Run Hit-from-behind, protocols to avoid and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And confiscate the cars used in every hit-and-run, shred and recycle the ones used in fatal hit-and-runs.

This one speaks for itself. Minneapolis police reopen cold case of fatal hit and run that killed cyclist James “Jimmy” Nisser Unlike my case where they never investigated the attempted murder, much less went back years later.

A question I asked back when this story first broke a couple weeks ago. I-Team: How did man with eight drunken driving arrests have a valid license? There is a loophole in the law big enough to drive a semi through, that’s how he had a valid license.

First of a couple of SoCal links from Ted Rogers of BikingInLA. Morning links, a defensive riding tip, a BAC Bikeways Committee Agenda, and a Metro ciclovia of your very own

Second link is not from Ted. Attorneys David Lederer and John Nojima Welcome New Bike Law and the LA Media’s Recent Focus on Bike Safety

Last link Bikeyface explains why we need bicycle infrastructure if we want more women riding bikes. BIG METAL THINGS

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Slowly getting Francis/es whipped into shape, and the Feed

In case you were wondering Francis/es is the name for the new cargo bike, named for Donald O’Connor’s costar in a series of comedy movies in the ’50s. The is/es is because this bike has not expressed an identifiable gender to which the spelling can be corrected for. So until the bike expresses a preference it gets its name spelled is/es. And yes I’m being silly, a bit, but I spend too much time around people who define their gender differently internally than the world had externally to not be sensitive to the same thing with the bike. Just because it has a step-through frame aka “girl’s bike” does not mean the bike is feminine. It might be, but don’t forget that it also has a quarter-ton load capacity, so roughly me and 300 pounds of stuff. That’s not “girly” or “princess” by any stretch of the imagination.

Anyway getting off the name of the bike, I have been adding things that are needed to make the bike useful on a daily basis, like lights and a computer (a rear fender too, but that looks like it’s coming much later). The computer I bought has one major problem, and that’s a mounting kit that lacks reach. Seriously the mounting kit will mount to the left side of the stem and maybe get as far down the fork of a 700c wheel to get to where the spokes cross on a cross-2 lacing pattern. This is not going to work on the new bike, where the cable has to go down the handlebar steer tube, at least a foot and a half if not 2 feet, under the cargo box which is a shade over 2 feet again, back up the frame to the fork steer tube so at least a foot more, then down the fork for another foot of cable. The distance is slightly shorter to the rear wheel, but not by much. Maybe only 4 feet to the rear wheel instead of 6 to the front wheel. The cable on the mounting kit that comes with the computer would make it about halfway down the handlebar steer tube. So either I need to find a rear wheel mounting kit for this computer (Cateye Velo 7) or spend more money on another computer.

Up first is not a bike wreck, but almost was (moped instead of a pedal bike), just a long day’s ride south of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. 2 Dead After Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into SXSW Crowd [Updated] and Car Crashes Into SXSW Crowd In Austin; 2 Fatalities Reported OK the updated report says one of the deceased was riding a bicycle, so now it is a bike wreck. No earthly clue how to avoid this and the infrastructure was clearly marked as non-car with reflective barriers and everything, so that didn’t help either.

Another DWI brings a rarer than hen’s teeth murder charge in NYC. Murder Charge For Suspected DWI Driver Who Killed M14 Bus Driver

Bike on bike insanity in CA. Seriously, don’t be a two-wheeled Jerry Browning jerk, and your Morning Links And a lot of decent links to be found there.

Crazy drivers driving crazy in Bermuda. These drivers don’t care about life

First of several infrastructure links from CA, is the SF transportation department spending more money on office supplies than bicycle infrastructure? Is the MTA Spending More on Post-Its Than Bike Projects?

A problem that is especially bad for cyclists but crosses all modes of road users gets significant attention in CA. Bill Suspending Hit-and-Run Drivers’ Licenses Passes Assembly Committee Left off that headline is the word “unanimously”. As I wrote, everybody is a potential victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Navigating the legal infrastructure in OR for recovering your losses when your bike is damaged or totaled, in two parts. Get legal with Ray Thomas: How to fight for your property damage claim (Part 1) and Get legal with Ray Thomas: How to fight for your property damage claim (Part 2)

Another “fun” time in OR. Bicycle that tumbled off car and fell onto Interstate 5 spurs $49,000 suit That settles it, next time I put my bike on a bike rack I’m using extra tiedowns.

A national Infrastructure! story. State DOTs Let Roads Fall Apart While Splurging on Highway Expansion You can’t have any more roads until you take care of the ones you already have…

More infrastructure from NYC in this last link. Hoylman: State could be roadblock to safer streets The Lege won’t allow automated camera enforcement, and there just aren’t enough cops to protect the streets without interfering with the important job of doing stop and frisk on brown people… :P

And those are the links I found today that gave me fits, that were transportation related. Transportation safety is not a bicycles-vs-cars thing, it’s a human rights thing, the right to travel freely and safely.

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I’m back from my peregrinations, and the Feed

The headline is just a fancy way of saying “trip over”, but the trip did feel like a 1 day marathon travel session. My business took about 0:40 to 0:45 total today, but I left home at 11:12 and did not return until 17:22. The time not spent conducting business was either walking to a bus stop, standing waiting at a bus stop, sitting waiting at a train station, or riding a bus or a train. And except for the one train I missed by a few minutes in Downtown Dallas which required waiting 20 minutes for the next train in that direction I did not spend a whole lot of time waiting to make transfers. All other transfers took 10 minutes or less. And I still have to go back to both places to get the stuff they did not have in stock at some later date. And beyond all that now my feet hurt, and so do my back and neck. When I build my car I’m going to make doggone sure the damn seat FITS me so I don’t get the shoulder support hitting about 6-8″ below my shoulders and no support above that as I’m trying to keep everything balanced… That’s a big reason why I have neck and shoulder pain on these trips.

Ted Rogers got it right this morning. Morning links: More ghost bikes needed, watch out for drowsy drivers and a call for historical women on bikes If you see a driver who looks like he or she might be nodding off this week the recent switch to daylight savings time might have something to do with it. And the concept that there are so many cyclists getting killed that the raw materials for ghost bikes are getting scarce from too many needing to be built at the same time is about as horrifying as it gets.

Still in CA a cyclist apparently either did not see the red light, or they had some kind of massive brain fade that made them disregard it. Cyclist Killed After Running Red Light and Update: Red-light running cyclist killed in Glendale collision Sunday morning All I can say about this one is to have that first cup of coffee before you leave the house, and don’t start your ride until you feel it kick in, so you can PAY ATTENTION to what the infrastructure is telling you and you don’t run reds.

In CO it has been revealed that doing cocaine for 2 days solid and then driving to the sentencing hearing on your DUI conviction might not be a particularly wise thing to do. More charges after cyclist killed in W. Colorado I think the problem may have been more related to the lack of sleep causing brain fog and fuzz than the actual cocaine intoxication as stimulants are supposedly good for staying alert, but after a while there’s “awake” and then there’s “functioning” when it comes to using stimulants instead of sleeping. In my experience the cutoff point is 36 hours without sleep, and that was when I was 19. As I got older that cutoff point has creeped shorter.

A hit-from-behind wreck in RI. Warwick bicyclist seriously injured after being hit by car I’m still boggled that of all the vehicles that you can hit from behind a bicycle is the only one that is as much at fault as the motor vehicle that hits him or her. Protocols to avoid or to mitigate the damages, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. And it’s a small state, why such a big hurry? I mean even the MS 150 does a longest axis ride and still winds up in MA after less than 75 miles, and Wikipedia says doing the longest axis ride and back isn’t even a century ride (close, at 96 miles total round trip).

Last wreck link is from the UK where a cyclist with no brakes almost got hit once and then did get hit by the next car. Driver Malcolm Moaby not to blame for crash which killed Chatham man Leon Edwards in Gravesend Road, Shorne The bike was missing a brake block but nothing on if the holder was on the bike or if it was one of the cheapy kind that puts a bolt inside the mold when the block is molded and the block and everything gets tossed when it wears out, they sometimes fall off the bike when not tightened properly Better quality blocks have a separate holder that the brake block slides into, and installing them backwards or upside down can cause the block to slide out in a few days to weeks if the locking pin gets left out. Don’t ask me how I found that out.

We’re going to stay in Jolly Olde for our first Infrastructure! link. Council sued over cyclist death They had five weeks at least to fix this hole after being notified by police that the hole presented a danger, and a week after the cyclist died the hole was still not fixed. I think barring criminal prosecution the best that can be done is to sue those responsible personally for most of what they have.

Moving all the way from Jolly Olde to 3 day’s ride from WoaB. Ellis, Payne: Roads need room for cyclists and pedestrians and Cyclists are being killed with disturbing regularity If our streets and roads were as dangerous for the people using cars as they make it for those of us that don’t, only the criminally insane would buy cars.

A faint glimmer of hope for the former most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle. In legislative session, make the cross-Florida bike trail a reality Oh pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease pretty please… Don’t veto this tiny scrap of real bicycle infrastructure.

And a nationwide bodyblow to the rails-to-trails movement. Supreme Court ruling delivers a major blow to bike paths

Not the kind of wreck that anyone can avoid, I’m just glad this trained person was first on scene when it happened. Manatee deputy honored for helping save bicyclist hit by golf ball The cyclist had a brain injury and a broken hip from the incident.

Last link, finally a e-assist bike priced on costs to manufacture, not on “what the market will bear”. B’Twin launch £420 e-bike Start with a sturdy but cheap-to-build regular bike then install a small hub motor and ancillaries to power it but not over-power it and voila cheap e-assist bike.

And those were all the links about bicycles I could find after I got home.

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They finally finished counting the votes and I’m screwed, and the Feed

The votes are counted and batshit insane won out over just crazy. I’m screwed because batshit has made public statements against government spending on any bicycle infrastructure as being “socialist”. News flash for you Batshit, all infrastructure is socialist to some extent. Installing bicycle infrastructure just gives people a choice as to how they use it. Right now we have a choice between cars, trucks, and SUVs when selecting our mode of transportation, but public transit is kinda sorta useful if you have the time. Riding a bicycle is physically uncomfortable because of the climate and emotionally uncomfortable because there are so many cars, trucks, and SUVs using the infrastructure that the operators have no earthly idea of how to share with bicycles. And Batshit wants to make that worse for people riding bicycles. Of course opposing bicycle infrastructure is a minor issue with this guy, oppressing women and voters of the “wrong” kind is much higher on his agenda. This is still not good for me because I’m the “wrong” kind of voter: “not-rich”.

Up first is a hit-and-run from down south a few day’s ride. Deputies: Hit-and-run suspect later found unresponsive behind the wheel and Driver arrested in FM 1960 hit-and-run Let’s see, line of cars moving over a lane to make a legal pass on a cyclist legally using the road, one driver moves out of the line and hits the cyclist then merges back in line and leaves the scene, later found slumped over the wheel of the weapon vehicle and unresponsive to LEO commands. No toxicology report back yet but I’m willing to bet alcohol, drugs, or possibly an out-of-control blood sugar level. I’m putting my money on good old-fashioned ethyl alcohol.

Update on an OH left cross fatality. Trial date set for truck driver charged with death of cyclist The cyclist’s family is being very understanding and Stockholm Syndrome about it claiming the fact that the driver is disturbed about having killed “is punishment enough”. Listen people, everyone is disturbed about the first time they kill if they have any shred of compassion in them. The ones that aren’t just need to be placed where they can’t hurt the rest of us ever. But if drivers are allowed to kill and face no sanction for killing, no matter what the mode of transport of the victim, then there is zero incentive for the drivers that don’t have that shred of compassion to not run over the cyclist or pedestrian that causes them to have to slow down a bit. Swerve enough that the vehicle isn’t damaged too much to drive and keep on trucking, because you will get a worse ticket for tossing a cigarette butt out the window than for leaving a dead or dying human on the side of the road.

A MD driver that killed a cyclist tries to get the sentence dismissed because the felony conviction interferes with her life? Sentence in death of bicyclist stands Another sociopathic driver thinks it’s all about her after leaving a corpse in the road. Consequences are a bitch, aren’t they honey? Less than a year in jail with work release after killing a human and discarding the body like a cigarette butt and you want that expunged so you can “get on with your career”? You changed your career path when you left the person to die on the road, now you have to live with that choice. And this was not the first time you hit a cyclist either, you hit one in 2008 that left the victim with a permanent and life-altering brain injury, for which you essentially skated.

A cyclist in the UK is killed by a pothole that the relevant authority was notified about weeks before the wreck. Cyclist mown down during charity bike ride after hitting a four-inch deep pothole that police had warned about more than a month before One thing I like about UK tort laws is they specifically allow local governments to be sued when they commit an action or an inaction that results in people getting injured, unlike here in the US where most municipalities invoke “sovereign immunity” at the first hint of a lawsuit.

And another cyclist hits the pavement because it has holes in it. Exeter pharmacy staff help “pot-holed” cyclist The cyclist was lucky to not have been hit by a motor vehicle like the previous paragraph.

Even comic strip characters can’t escape the pothole monster. Frazz by Jef Mallett I do hope that one goes to “freeze-thaw cycle”, it’s impossible to test.

Lots of infrastructure news today. This one is from America’s Copenhagen, Portland OR. Video of right-hook collision shows risks at NE Couch and Grand First up this video is a near-perfect example of using intersection protocols to minimize damages from a right hook, the cyclist ran out of road before the driver finished the turn.

Infrastructure news from CA. Beverly Hills tells bicyclists to drop dead; LAPD to focus — finally — on traffic violations this year As I commented in the article Beverly Hills needs to be sued for violating CA’s Complete Streets law. They have been reminded several times of the law’s requirements, I think a little smackdown from a judge would be appropriate. More Beverly Hills City Council Disses Road Safety, Slaps Riders in Santa Monica Boulevard Session

A slightly fun infrastructure link. If Your Local Elites Have Gone Completely Bonkers, You May Have Bikelash It would be impossible to tell here, our “elite” varies between “disturbed” and “batshit crazy” every other minute.

An infrastructure link that is only marginally about bicycles. Detroit study to examine effects of bad air quality As we all know installing bike lanes reduces the local pollution on streets that have them, I don’t know how well that transfers to networks of bike lanes in entire cities. That’s something that hasn’t been studied.

A really unhappy lifestyle story from CA. Popular pre-L.A. Marathon bike ride canceled after city permit snag I thought that the powers that be liked the Crash because it acted like an additional sweep of the course the organizers did not have to pay for.

And those were all the links that gave me fits about bicycles. There were a couple more that just were kinda “blah” so I thought “Why include “blah” in my blog?” Also apparently I have been missing a lot of clicks to this blog because I don’t put a tag on the Daily Feed posts that this is about bicycles. What, they can’t look at the blog title and tell that most of the posts are going to be about bicycles? But anyway I’m going to be adding a “Bicycles” and “bikes” tag to the Daily Feed posts so that people looking for information about bicycles can find these posts.

> sigh <

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