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The meds are working

My antidepressant in particular. My body is starting to get acclimated to not being depressed which is reinforcing. As I get used to not being depressed I feel less depressed, which makes me feel better so I feel less depressed… A virtuous circle rather than the vicious circle. And I’m actually getting other emotions that aren’t depression or anger. Some of them seem unusual to me, like fear, real compassion instead of the intellectual compassion I felt in the past.

Speaking of my body becoming used to not being depressed, my BP has changed. The systolic is still up there, but the diastolic, the measurement of how much my heart relaxes between beats, is the lowest it has been in over a decade. My body is remembering how to relax again. Even when I’m upset and there has been a litany of things to be upset about the last two weeks at Casa de El Poeta, I’m still mostly relaxed now. My heart is working more efficiently, it is having to beat less because every beat moves more blood with a more complete relaxation phase between beats. That is one of the big things happening as my body adapts to not being run by a depressed brain.

On the bike pump front I have been approved for a refund, contingent on my returning the broken pump by 3/31/17. Here’s where the problem is on that: I have to print a return label for the box they shipped it to me, and I don’t have access to a working printer. I have a printer but it doesn’t have any cables to connect it to my laptop. Some time between my youngest getting the printer for herself and putting it in her garage because she never had to print anything with it and giving the printer and a bag full of printer cables to me for my birthday the cables for that printer went bye-bye. So I’ll take any assistance I can get on that one.

On the hot rod front I found the actual weight of the Mopar 3.8L pushrod V6 – 413 pounds compared to the 545 pounds for an iron head SBC or 458 for the LS. The 41TE transaxle splits the difference between the TH350 and the 4T65E at just under 200 pounds by one source or between 150 and 200 from several sources. So for weight comparisons 3.8L/41te Mopar just over 600, 350/350 Chevy 675 plus 120 pounds of rear axle or just shy of 800 total, and the LS3/4L70E combo come to 625 plus that 120 pounds of rear axle for about 750 total. So assuming the 1700 pound dry weight for the Speedway kit is accurate my mid-Bucket will hit the scales right at 1500 dry.

And I’m running on 3.5 hours sleep because someone (coughmrsthepoetcough left the bedroom door open and Clint came in to snuggle about 90 minutes before I had my alarm set. I have been falling asleep all afternoon/evening even while I was trying to write this, which might explain the disjointedness of the composition as I was in a different frame of mind every time I woke up. I fell asleep 3 times typing the paragraph prior to this one.

Night-night, Opus the Unkillable

I just tweeted this but anyway

The anti-depressant works at keeping me from being depressed. What it doesn’t do is keep me awake, like at all. I have zero energy and can barely keep my eyes open, I’m yawning constantly and also keep doing that “wake up stretch” my body does when I’m fighting off sleep to get something done late at night. Except it is 1630 not 2330. I think my body is reacting to my efforts to put me back on a diurnal schedule rather than a nocturnal one. I keep getting up earlier each day but still end up staying awake until 0300 or 0400, even when I get up at 0800 or 0900 the day before. It’s just not fair, now that I’m not depressed I want to sleep like I am worse depressed than before I started taking the med…

Now I’m gonna force myself to take care of things around the house including myself and the cats. Write to you later.

PSA, Opus

I was on the road for 6 hours and my feet are killing me, and the Feed

I really should have gotten my toes done before doing all that walking, but one of the reasons I did all that walking was to deposit my check so I could get my toes done. At least this time I didn’t put any holes in my socks. So this put me back home starting filtering at 2030 instead of my normal 1430. Something else slowing me down is the almost 400 political campaign e-mails I got today in advance of the end-of-quarter deadline at midnight, because scattered amongst those money beggars are the online newsletters I check every day for an occasional bike story that doesn’t show in the Feed. I generally get on or two links a week out of that, sometimes way more, so it’s worth the effort.

OK finished filtering and it is 0322. For those not used to a 24 clock, that’s 22 minutes after Gigi loses her Internet every day, which happens at 3 AM here.

Up first is Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Former CM Rosendahl passes away, Calbike endorsements, and holding hands to stop texting

You have to start somewhere. HOUSE PANEL EXPLORES ROADSIDE SALIVA TESTING At the moment there is next to nothing known about weed and other legal or semi-legal drugs other than at some concentration they impair driving. Alcohol has a well-known effect on two critical aspects of driving, judgement and reaction time. What does pot effect? damifino.

We have one of these in the area I live and I was even a member of it at one time. Bike Advisory Committee Works for Better Bicycling in San Francisco You think anyone pays more attention to these guys than got paid to the Bike/Ped advisory committee at NCTCOG?

Infrastructure-related wreck in MD, no cars involved. Women injured in Crownsville bicycle crash There was not much coherent posted about this wreck, “they hit a bump and crashed” is the entirety of the report.

This is just sad. 7-year-old Cape Girardeau girl recovering from serious injuries after being hit while riding bike There is nothing blaming the victim here, perhps the driver of the suv that ran her over was (mostly) at fault. Nothing on the mode except that an intersection was involved.

I had a very hard tie understanding this when I first filtered it. Legislation would steer bicycle safety in right direction It’s still word salad in need of editing, but I think it says that bicycles would always have right of way over motor vehicles. That sounds very much like a presumed liability law, assuming that cyclists are not going to put themselves deliberately out there to get hit, because that really hurts and getting hit by a car takes a long time to recover from.

One new wreck and one old wreck from a NC. Cyclists struck by motorists Another left cross in NC, followed by a rehash of the Belize wreck.

Hmmm, drivers may not know they are driving virtually blind. Study illuminates big performance gap for car headlights Just like for bike lights, it’s not just the amount of light put out, it’s putting the light where it will do the most good.

Infrastructure from far West Canuckistan. Victoria Mayor says fatal collision involving cyclist was preventable The mayor is blaming the wreck on the lack of a barrier between the truck and the cyclist. Since the wreck was a right cross I have my doubts about that, but if they can do protected intersections like the Dutch… Maybe?

One of the strongest memes of this blog is don’t hit the pedestrians! Cyclist breaks little boy’s leg – then rides off: Can you help find the culprit? Especially don’t hit-and-run the pedestrians, even if they walk into the side of the bike as you are passing them. And watch out for little kids!

“Oh, the horrors I saw as I held the hand of the woman I ran over with my truck!” Lorry driver tells court how he pleaded with injured cyclist to ‘hold on’ This should not have been allowed to be presented to the jury. Remorse after the fact has no bearing on if an unlawful act occurred. But it seemed to have the desired effect on the jury. Husband of cyclist killed by London lorry cries as driver is acquitted and Family “devastated” as London lorry driver cleared of killing cyclist

Another UK cycling death. Tributes to ‘gentle giant’ cyclist Steve Wand who was killed in Westerham Good Friday collision The wreck appears to be due to human error on the part of the cyclist who died.

More UK infrastructure. ‘More imagination’ called for to combat thousands of extra cars coming into West Cambridge

More infrastructure, this time from the Emerald Isle. Petition for lights after cyclist death

Another one dies in Oz. Perth cyclist dies after being knocked off bike in Gosnells Did someone declare an open season on Oz cyclists?

Seriously, is there an open season on Oz cyclists? Three WA cyclists in car collisions

And it’s now 0457, and I can barely see the screen to type. I will come back to suffer some more after a few hours of sleep, blessed sleep.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I have been participating in the political process, and the Feed

I was attending a volunteer welcome and campaign HQ grand opening for the candidate in the next state rep district over from mine, the one that is actually inside Dallas County. The candidate is Victoria Neave (@Victoria4Texas on twitter). First thing I have to say is this was the BEST(!) feed for volunteers I have ever been to, with real food (MexMex) instead of rubber hot dogs and vulcanized hamburgers. I had a carnita, enchilada, taquito, spiced rice, and refrito frijoles, with a Dr. Pepper to help it down. Second the reason I’m supporting this candidate instead of the one running in my district is my district has gone tea party ever since the previous (R) candidate was sent to prison on fraud charges, and is so gerrymandered that it is more than a full day’s bike ride to get from my house to the eastern edge of the district wayyyyy out in the country and back. Parts of Paris TX are in the same representative’s district as me. And I have just about fuck all in common with the people in Paris, aside from Blue Bell Ice Cream and barbeque.

And as I was getting set up for today’s posting I put the 10 hour leekspin video on the phone for my monotonous background music, and in the suggested videos was the “Top 10 Movie Suicides”. That’s a ringing endorsement of my musical choice, isn’t it? 😛

Up first is a shooting in Houston. HPD: Bicyclist shot, killed while riding in N. Houston The victim was just in the area and caught by a stray bullet. There’s is literally nothing any cyclist can do to avoid a situation like this. Even moving to “the country” won’t prevent it because you still get meth heads fighting over cook labs and moonshiners fighting over turf. I understand this happens much less outside the US.

Ted is back from his mental hygiene break. Morning Links: Rough week for LA bike riders, Streetsie Award celebration, and more sexist bike marketing

Over in AZ lots of links about a hit-and-run. Gilbert police identify bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver and Update: Cyclist in Gilbert hit-and-run has died also Gilbert police identify bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver

Also in AZ. Survey finds support for reduced speed limits I find it fascinating that the number of people who want the speed limit reduced in front of their house is nearly identical to the number of people who want the speed limit reduced in other people’s neighborhoods, so this is definitely not a case of NIMBY.

Moving up to CO, update on the cyclist losing his arm in a training crash. Phil Zajicek, Boulder cyclist injured in Flagstaff crash, remains in medically induced coma

Also in CO. Teen who killed Fort Collins cyclist avoids jail time So instead of getting shredded in the car used to kill the cyclist, he gets to do “community service”, but at least this time his community service will be supervised by the peers of the cyclist who was killed. This was a driver who swerved right when he was trying to avoid a truck and trailer he almost hit because he was driving asleep, and there was a cyclist in the place he swerved into.

Also still in CO. Cyclist killed in crash ID’d The weapon vehicle was ID’ed as a private trash truck and found. They are still trying to find out who was driving the truck at the time.

Over in America’s Copenhagen… Suspect arrested after cyclist hit by truck, killed in SE Portland Gee this looks just like the article from Portland ME I linked to earlier. This was the wreck from Bike Portland. Arrest made in fatal crash on SE Center near Powell Butte – UPDATED

Speaking of cyclists getting shot. Plea deal results in 10-year sentence for bicyclist’s death The only thing that bothers me about this is this was another cyclist totally uninvolved with the shooting that killed him, so “accidentally” killed. The shooter was trying just as hard to kill this cyclist as the average driver does when they kill a cyclist, but the sentence was orders of magnitude longer for this death than it was for a cyclist killed with a motor vehicle that is a much more effective killing machine.

The cyclist hit from behind was guilty of his own death because “dark clothes”. No criminal charges to be filed in death of Phenix City cyclist Sean Rey

FloriDUH! Bell teen injured in bicycle accident I wonder who told LEO the cyclist turned left into the 1998 Mercury Marquis (deSade edition?), the driver of said Mercury? Have you read a more perfect SWSS report?

Meanwhile in the Great White North. ‘I just want justice’: grieving mother wants answers after death of cyclist Not even a trafficv ticket for at least 3 misdemeanors…

How long was this driver on the roads between the arrest and the conviction? HGV driver jailed after travelling on M11 and A14 in Cambridgeshire while three times drink limitHe said his client was the sole provider for his family who sent his wages home to pay for his wife’s cancer treatment and his daughters’ university education.” And I have a bridge I’m looking to unload, cheap, with a great view of London. This lout should never drive another mile for pay again. And I’m not really sure he should drive at all, period.

Maybe you should use a better wind screen on your lights? Candle-powered: the Dutch cyclist in trouble when the wind blew

This is another reason why cyclist should know advanced first aid. Cyclists save collapsed man’s life – with help of tyre lever I don’t know about using a tire lever for surgery, but it worked this time…

And this looks to be a great movie. Video: Battle Mountain – Graeme Obree’s Story One of the things this movie really brings out is the level of preparation and design work required to ride a bicycle more than 50 MPH on a level road powered only by human being(s).

A strange wreck in Oz. Cyclist critically injured after group crashes into kangaroo carcass Apparently this particular ‘roo blended in pretty well with the color of the road surface.

And last link, the buffoon who took money from the budget to build bike lanes to pull some out while smoking crack has died of cancer. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dies And I’m trying really hard not to do a Nelson on this one, but the trmptation is just so great. Seriously, I don’t see this as divine retribution from Lady Ghisallo, or any other deity.

And I’m done finally.

Billed @$0.02, Opus

Taking care of business before Mrs. the Poet leaves, and the Feed.

I was running all over town to take care of things like utility bills, phone bills, and paying for the storage unit, after I did my duty as a citizen and voted in the Super Tuesday primary. This was a great endeavor that took many hours to complete because of several missed connections with DART. This time the missed connections were not DART’s fault, unless you count a lack of headway as “their fault”. Seriously I finished each stop I would leave just in time to see the bus go by in the direction of my next stop and I would have to wait 45 minutes to an hour for the next bus. So I spent 2 hours actually doing the things, and 5 hours waiting on the bus to get there.

Up first is what should be Our Daily Ted. Today’s post called on account of pain Get well soon Ted.

FloriDUH! driver hits cycle from behind, blames cyclist for being in the middle of the lane. Man on motorized bicycle killed in crash And I do not see what the criminal record of the victim has to do with this wreck, again… Message to LEO, if the cyclist was hit from behind then speed DEFINITELY has something to do with the wreck.

New Portland bike infrastructure had been open less than 24 hours before someone in a motor vehicle screwed it up. New Sellwood Bridge opens with a “Dang!” I see a vehicle that needs to be recycled. Into bicycles.

Compare the above incident to what has been going on near a school and see if you can tell me what the difference is. Southeast Portland elementary warns parents about unsafe cycling near school Agghhh! those cyclists going almost 10 MPH through a stop sign are a menace to everyone! But the pickup truck driven by a drunk driver with suspected drugs in the cab on a MUP closed to motor vehicles, that’s just a chuckle. Except the “chuckle” closed the MUP for most of the day and the adjacent traffic lanes for more than 6 hours.

Some good infrastructure news from Portland. First Look At Nike’s New Path Through The Woods Pretty, so pretty I forgot to copy the headline before deleting the page and had to reconstruct it from memory.

More on the hit-and-run rampage in NYC over the weekend. Hit-And-Runs Kill 3 Within 4 Hours in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx Nothing new here.

More from CO on why the bike hate? Joe Clement: Why the aggression toward cyclists? Why? Simply put cyclists are Others and part of human nature is to Hate Others, not in your group.

Another cyclist hit up in West Canuckistan. Teen cyclist injured in Maple Ridge crash Drunk and almost killed a cyclist, and the driver is out of jail before the cyclist is out of ICU.

Here’s another feel-good story, this time from Jolly Olde. Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey leads group of cyclists in Grimsby to highlight pedal power

A victim’s mother complains about crap infrastructure in the UK. Mum of tragic Bobby Colleran in new call for drivers to take more care

And the wars have started in Oz over the draconian new fines against cyclists. Bicycle commuters surveyed as new laws come into place in New South Wales and New cycling laws: One of the first bike riders hit with $319 fine for not wearing a helmet All I have to say is what is the fine for rivers not wearing a helmet? Buehler?… Buehler?…

And there will be a race from one of the two series the Sprint-T is designed to compete in this month over in Ft. Worth. Goodguys AutoCross This will be in 2 weeks at the Texas Motor Speedway north of Ft. Worth and literally just a hop, skip, and a jump away from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. The only problem would be I still haven’t picked a tire/wheel combination that fits the rules yet, the Hoosiers are not UTQG wear graded and are not really made for dry grip. I would have to go with a 17″ rim diameter or larger to get high performance tires in the required UTQG rating, because they just don’t make high performance summer tires to fit 15″ rims these days.

And It’s getting late and almost time for Mrs. the Poet to get up and get ready to go to NY for her sister’s memorial service(s).

Billed@€0.02, Opus

I’m still among the living, and the Feed

Trip to the doctor went well, and there’s a new study already in the works. I have already signed the NDA, so I can’t say anymore about it except that it’s a BP med, but I’m sure most of you figured that out when I posted “new study”. I’m still waiting on the parts from VCG resins, but it hasn’t been long enough for the parts to get here yet. Maybe by Friday or Monday of next week at the latest.

Up first is Our Daily Ted, part one. Morning Links: Former Councilmember Bill Rosendahl near death; led fight to make LA better for bike riders

And part two. Update: Teenage bike rider killed Monday afternoon in San Diego solo fall more Teen fleeing robbery hits head on trolley tracks, dies also Boy on Bike Hits Head on Train Tracks, Dies The bike in question was either not equipped with brakes, or had very bad brakes to the point that the difference was not much of a difference.

Also in CA. EXCITING IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO SAN JOSÉ AVENUE Yes, good infrastructure. Not great infrastructure, but much better than what they already have.

More infrastructure news, this time from GA. Grady student’s death ignites calls for changes at Midtown intersection What changes will get made are impossible to determine at this juncture, and may make things work because they were “doing something” instead of looking at the CROW manual and doing somethinf right.

And a little south of that in FL. Families, FHP Want Info on Unsolved Hit and Runs I hope they get it in spades (which is a really old phrase that means “a whole lot”).

This is scary to watch. Helmet cam captures dramatic video of how not to pass a cyclist The video was not running properly on my computer (too many tabs) but there was an animated GIF that showed the van a few inches from the left hamdlebar that was bad enough.

Another link to the politician getting away with attempted murder of 4 cyclists. Middle finger councillor who ran cyclists off road fined Am I the only one who wants to break that man’s arm off at the elbow and perform a protological exam on him with it? Surely not.

Whee! decent infrastructure for a change in Jolly Olde. Cyclists’ verdict as Cambridge’s CyclePoint, the UK’s biggest bike park, opens at railway station Aside from the inability to lock up all kinds of bikes (no cargo bikes, LWB ‘bents, or tandems will fit those racks), it seems to be pretty good, and expandible to allow more parking.

A pinball wreck in Jolly Olde involving a bicycle and the cyclist is not only “not dead” but actually in reasonably good condition. Man seriously injured after two cars and a cyclist crash in Brighton The man seriously injured was one of the drivers.

I hope he spends a long time in jail. Man arrested over East Molesey cyclist hit-and-run

Another hit-and-run up north in Scotland. Cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run collision and Wife of cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run urges witnesses to come forward This was another hit from behind wreck which means that the cyclist was right there in front of the driver to be seen and wasn’t, and then he (I’m assuming a man would be more likely than a woman to do this) just drove away in spite of knowing there were bits of the car ripped off on the cyclist’s body (which would have made an almighty bang BTW) so yeah, die inna fire.

Another cyclist hit by a rail vehicle. Family pay tribute to cyclist Martin Hughes killed in collision with tram in Wythenshawe No, this is another link to the guy killed on Monday.

Windshield bias strikes in Oz. Cyclist created ‘dangerous situation’, says Tasmanian Full Court judge

Another serious bike wreck in Enn Zed. Cyclist’s condition critical Nope, another update on an earlier wreck.

A wreck in South Africa. Man in serious condition after cycling accident That was a serious impact into a vehicle driven by an admitted blind man… The driver pulled out in front of the cyclist, and admitted not seeing the cyclist. Therefore he was blind, QED.

I see this here in TX, where they have money to build new roads but nothing to maintain the roads that have already been built until they need to be replaced. The Long and Crumbling Road The city of Dallas has a pothole backlog over $1 billion. And no tax base assigned to pay for it, so potholes fight for funds with police, fire protection, and libraries. Schools are a different branch of government here in TX.

OK it’s after 0400, I have been up since 1000 and I’m seeing double.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

I finally made it to get my hair cut on Grocery Day, and the Feed

My wavy locks have once again been forced into behavior and disguising my spherical noggin as something a little more human-shaped and less like something that escaped from a billiard table. While my spherical skull and super-dense bones helped me survive getting hit @ 60 MPH, I really would like to look less spherical. I’m self-conscious about it, OK? And we just topped off the foodstuffs this week because that was all we needed. Yay! having enough food!

Up first is a story from AL about a 2 car 1 bicycle wreck. Robertsdale bicycle rider dies in Baldwin County 3-vehicle accident and Robertsdale man killed on a bicycle in Baldwin County traffic accident this, too Cyclist killed, 2 drivers injured in crash in Spanish Fort and also Cyclist killed in south Alabama crash One thing that leaps out at me about this story: The driver swerved after he hit the cyclist. That right there combined with the total lack of blaming the cyclist for not being “visible” tells me the driver of the weapon vehicle was not watching the road in front of him. Simply put, from the evidence we have now the cyclist was there to be seen (and avoided) by the Honda driver.

LEO have tracked down the weapon vehicle used in a attempted murder hit-and-run in WA. Car found in hit-and-run that seriously injured cyclist Unfortunately the vehicle was reported stolen days before the wreck, so unless they can get a positive DNA match from the steering wheel or find a good fingerprint the assailant will most likely get away with it. I do have some questions that should be answered: How far from the wreck scene was the car found? How far from both the wreck scene and where the car was found does the registered owner live? The reason I ask is I’m a little gimpy and I make regular walks to a grocery store a mile away (actually 1.01 miles) so it’s possible that the owner or a friend participated in this assault and then just walked away to another car.

Another cyclist hit in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Port St. Lucie police: Girl, 11, injured when bike, car crash They can’t even get which street the driver was on at the time of the wreck right, stating the cyclist was westbound on one street in an intersection and the driver was northbound on the same street, not the crossing one…

I think this one is from CO. SUIT ALLEGES WRONGFUL DEATH OF CYCLIST Most of the article is behind a paywall, but I think this was a cyclist who was right-hooked by the trailer pulled by the truck.

Scary wreck in S.F. CA, Apparent Road Rage Incident On Russian Hill Leaves Cyclist Injured I’m moderately pleased to report that the bicycle did significant damage to the weapon vehicle causing it to leave bits that can be linked to the weapon vehicle and identify the owner. I use that instead of “happy” because there is nothing “happy” about someone getting dragged underneath a car or truck.

A little legal infrastructure news from America’s Copenhagen. Police and transportation bureaus team up for enforcement on SE Clinton tomorrow (2/10) I wonder how many drivers trying to go around the diverter they arrested? I noticed from the comments there were two ninja cyclists cited on the PM shift.

Still in OR they are working on filling a major gap in the legal infrastructure. ‘Negligence gap’ bill passes committee 4-1, now heads for Senate voteIf you find yourself being angry about this possibly becoming law, worried about about how easily you could end up in jail for just a “tiny accident”….
YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.
” q`Tzal February 11, 2016 Hear, hear!

Physical infrastructure changes proposed for America’s Copenhagen. Here are six locations where Portland could create protected intersections

And want to get some data for a protected bike lane? Make a temporary one. A closer look at the ‘Better Broadway’ pop-up protected bikeway Voila!

NYC shows why they are a hellhole, again. Truck Driver Fatally Runs Over Grandmother In Washington Heights Crosswalk

And still in NYC. Hit-And-Run Driver Kills 16-Year-Old Girl In Queens They seem to have it in for people crossing in the marked crosswalk.

Infrastructure in GA. Atlanta Envisions a More Pedestrian-Friendly Future Infrastructure that’s less deadly to pedestrians tends to be likewise for cyclists unless they do something stupid like exclude bicycles but not motor vehicles.

Another wounded veteran ride. Intense Cycling Adventure for a Group of Wounded Veterans

Cyclist down in Jamaica, mon. Two Killed In Separate Road Crashes I can’t say what happened from the narrative since there was so little information given.

I would say the author of this piece was not in a generally cheerful state of mind. Why do drivers get away with attempted murder? The incident pictured with the article was an apparent deliberate wreck from behind and then leaving the scene. Remember that one? They couldn’t determine who was driving since nobody showed up to testify which of the two was driving so they let them both off for the assault. TANJ! “In the meantime, the release of the Litvinenko Report reminds me of joke that did the rounds when Russian involvement was first suspected in the spy’s death. Why, people asked, did the FSB go to the trouble of poisoning Litvinenko with polonium? If they’d just run him over in an SUV, they’d have got a £100 quid fine and three points if they were unlucky

UK infrastructure work. London Considers a More Bike-Friendly Truck Design Yep, a window in the bottom half of the door so the driver can see what’s next to him. Or her.

More on the legal action being taken in Jolly Olde over a crappy investigation. Family of killed cyclist demand driver blood test results Either they never did the test, or someone lost the results.

There is starting to be some pushback on who lives in cities and who can’t, with emphasis on what they use for mobility. Pissed-off anti-gentrification activists smash and burn rich people’s cars This was the incident reported originally as a “gang of masked cyclists” burning the cars by working in pairs, or larger teams with some smashing windows while others followed with incendiary devices to set the interiors ablaze so that an entire block of cars can be immolated in a few seconds.

They’re dropping like flies in Oz. Two cyclists injured in separate Brisbane crashes

Enn Zed is still talking. Christchurch cyclist killed after being struck by train was ‘a really good musician’ And interestingly enough, still not blaming the cyclist ofr getting hit by the train. Something is up here.

I don’t know why you would want to, but you can recharge your phone when you ride. Bicycle USB Output I guess if you are using your GPS and mapping programs to navigate unfamiliar territory you wouldn’t want to lose that unexpectedly, or even expected but at a bad time.

And last link is an e-assist bike show. WELCOME TO THE ELECTRIC BIKE EXPO!

And it’s 0417 and I’m having problems keeping my eyes pointed in the direction I want to look, so night-night.

Billed@€0.02, Opus

Doing another burn test on strobe mode, and the Feed

Just to do due diligence on the new light I’m doing a second burn test on the strobe mode. It’s beginning to look like I’m going to need extra battery packs if I have to do trips that involve starting early and staying out late. And there were a lot of links from Twitter this morning, so here we go into the rest of the filter process.

Up first is a court case from down the road in Austin. Family sues driver after 2013 collision with cyclist

Still in TX. CYCLIST KILLED IN SOUTHWEST FREEWAY HIT-AND-RUN The cyclist was on his final approach to his place of employment on the frontage road of the freeway when he was killed.

Our Daily Ted, part 1. Morning Links: Bad weekend for pro cyclists, a crib sheet on protected bike lanes, and OCR’s David Whiting nails it

And part 2. Riverside bike rider killed in Sunday collision

Still in CA. Roadshow: White ‘ghost bikes’ honor dead bicyclists

Not done in CA yet. Cars vs. bicycles: The struggle to break a fatal cycle

Still in CA? VIDEO: Cyclists Assaulted on Chevy Chase Yep, that’s CA

NYC infrastructure. Evidence That Split-Phase Signals Are Safer Than Mixing Zones for Bike Lanes Wait, they don’t use separate phases at all intersections because it costs too much and takes away parking? How much is a life worth?

One of the most highly frustrating things about living in the City. Most Roads Are Clear, Why Not The Crosswalks? Nor the bike lanes, which seem to get used for snow storage as long as needed for workers to “eventually” get around to clearing them.

Infrastructure news from CO. Guest Commentary: Bike lanes are about more than just bikes Yep, bike lanes done right make things better for people that never rode a bicycle in their lives.

Unless this was gang-related this driver was an idiot. Man on bicycle in east valley shot and killed; assailant unknown Why do a drive-by shooting when you can just do a hit-and-run and claim you never saw the cyclist you hit and get grief counselling, if caught.

AZ cyclist is hit from behind in an area of bad infrastructure design. UPDATE: PCSD identifies driver, victim in fatal bicycle collision

AR mayor needs to get infrastructure right first, then do bike share on safe streets. Fayetteville mayor announces bike share program push

Over n Jolly Olde have you seen this person, or are you this person? Passer-by may have seen crash which killed Rugby cyclist Sam Davies

Still in the UK. Four in every five sets of traffic lights should be removed, report claims Delays of 2 minutes are crippling the economy, but pedestrian and cyclist deaths have no economic effect. Got it. Got that these clowns are roughly equivalent to the south end of a northbound mule.

Cyclist injured in illegal “punishment pass” in Oz. Cyclist reveals injuries after clash with ute in Brisbane As the cyclist pointed out, another 8″ over to the left and the cyclist would have been a greasy smear on the side of the road. That’s more than 1 meter too close (on a required 1 meter (39.37″) clearance.

Over in the PI a cyclist is killed walking her bike through a dangerous intersection. Death of a cyclist spurs new campaign for safer bike lanes As was pointed out in the comments even if they did put in bike lanes drivers would just use them to cut traffic jams.

In places where the bike lane has to go in front of the bus stop cyclists are required to wait for bus passengers in Denmark. LED Busstops in Copenhagen

Taxi companies could have cars on the roads any time they weren’t getting recharged, and would be convenient enough that people wouldn’t buy their own cars in this vision of the future. No parking? Self-driving cars could have a huge effect on our cities

I don’t see what problem this TX startup was solving, there are 3 e-assist bike stores in the Metromess. San Antonio electric bicycle startup gears up to start cranking out hybrid bikes Unless there just aren’t any dealers willing to put a kit on an existing bike, or build up kits for sale…

And that’s it for links today (tonight). I almost forgot, the burn test was almost exactly twice as long on strobe as it was on high, so strobe is a 50% duty cycle. And pretty freaky to wave your hand in front of.

Billd @$0.02, Opus

This is going to be a long night, and the Feed

After working on the post later than 0330 this Friday morning, and then spending about an hour to 90 minutes +/- turning my brain off so I could sleep, I was awakened at about 0830 by Mrs. the Poet calling the kittens “Bad children” at a very high volume, and again at frequent intervals through the morning, until I gave up on sleeping and wished my wife a happy 62nd birthday. I have been fighting “brain fuzz” all day today and I apologize in advance for my grammar and sentence construction.

I went out after breakfast to purchase Mrs. the Poet’s birthday gift, not having had a chance to have transportation and money at the same time to buy anything earlier. I got her a Barnes & Nobel gift card (she loves buying books) and a bag of COAL candy (all caps in the trade name) at the “maul”, and dinner at the Whataburger on the way home, and lots of chocolate at the grocery store (bags of soon-to-expire Halloween candy at about 80% off, but it was still good). With the headways of the local line being what they are I left shortly after 12 and didn’t get back until almost 1600 in spite of only going 3 miles from the house at the furthest. We just finished dinner and it’s already 2030 as I type this. I haven’t even opened my email today much less started to filter the Feed… I’m doomed.

Up first, the most dangerous thing you can do to a kid is put him/her in a car, but we haven’t figured out how to NOT do that yet. Carseats and the Limitations of American Safety Culture Basically child carseats are tested to the same standards as cars with adjustments for kids not being able to extract themselves from restraints by themselves (and testing to make sure they can’t remove the restraints without an adult), but the best we could do was take motor vehicles from #1 killer to #2 killer in the age group that uses child car restraints. And for some reason they don’t work if the child is dressed for the cold so wrap the kid in blankets after you strap him or her down into a freezing cold child restraint seat. I guess sternum straps were a strap too far for parents to buckle, because the kid wouldn’t even need arms to be restrained with a 5-point harness with a sternum strap.

Infrastructure criticism from comments on the wreck of a cyclist in Portland OR. Comment of the Week: A map should not be an important safety tool Exactly! Maps should be for wayfinding only, and any route that gets you there should be safe for any mode capable of legally using that route. The fact that we are using maps to find “safe” routes indicates serious shortcomings with the built environment. “We should never, ever have to ask “why would anyone ride their bike on that route?”

And two days ride south of WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell, a pilot program tries combining exercise with transportation to give seniors more independence. On the Move, Seniors Lead an East Austin Trike Revival I set up a trike for a local senior citizen and she’s been riding the heck out of it to do things like run to the market and see people just down the street who are too far to walk but too close to get the minivan out and drive (and it turns out there are a lot of trips that fall under that criteria).

They have already completely blocked the sidewalk, why are they encroaching the bike lanes as well? Walk Bike Nashville It shouldn’t have taken that long to get the lane cleared up, but hey, slow is better than not at all.

Speaking of blocked bike lanes, here’s Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Water-blocked in a Santa Monica bike lane, and real sportsmanship in a Spanish bike race

Meanwhile in MO they finally got around to putting the former mayor of a town on trial after he hit a cyclist. Mistrial declared in case of Sunset Hills mayor accused of hitting cyclist The driver’s lawyer started going on about the civil trial during the criminal trial which caused the judge to declare a mistrial.

The FL cyclist killed by a cement truck was right hooked, according to the witness who watched him go under the wheels of the weapon vehicle. Bicyclist dead in accident involving cement truck on State Road 7 I feel for the witness wh had to watch the cyclist get killed.

More on that CA wreck where the driver was on the wrong side of the street when he hit a cyclist head on. Cyclist Killed, Driver Arrested in San Francisco Bicycle vs. Car Crash I thought there was something janky about that wreck when I read the driver was arrested at the scene for a vehicular homicide. Since the driver wasn’t impaired and didn’t leave the scene there had to be something about the driver’s behavior that caused LEO to arrest him on the spot before they even had time to check his social media profiles. Now we know he was trying to get around traffic by driving on the wrong side of the street. If they check his SM and find rants about cyclists he will probably go down on a murder charge. I’m pretty sure there will be a rant or two about cyclists being scum or freeloaders that never obey the law. And at 26 you know he has a substantial SM footprint.

Another VT wreck. Cyclist injured in Winooski crash with truck All that cheap gas has brought out the wrecks in droves. They’re saying this cyclist may have run a stop sign. And I can’t tell if the rear wheel was hit at an angle or directly from the side but not very hard. So the report may be right may be half right (he might have stopped and mis-judged the amount of acceleration he had at his disposal).

They laid a hero to rest, not just a cycling hero, but a warrior, and the current record holder for the fastest SEAL marathon. Former Navy SEAL killed in bike crash to be buried in Arlington Friday and Retired Navy SEAL killed in Md. bike crash to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Dude had some serious endurance athlete chops. Plus the Navy SEAL thing. That’s also pretty serious chops.

Another salmon cyclist hit in OR. Cyclist injured in early morning accident I would like to see a picture of the wrecked bike just to make sure it was hit in the front like it would be if the cyclist was riding salmon.

I’m not the only one pissed that drivers who kill basically get away with murder. Motorists Must Face Criminal Charges For Killing Bicyclists

From NYC a cyclist caught riding in the street (the only place legal to ride a bike in NYC) is arrested for resisting arrest when a BLM protest crossed his path as he went to get some dinner. Trapped In Parole: How Biking In The Street Sent A Man To Jail For 6 Months TANJ!

From Jolly Olde comes this facepalm. Make Cambridge cyclists pay congestion charge, says transport expert I disagree, the expert was Keith Peat’s dog, not Keith Peat himself. Keith Peat would have said something much more stupid.

More legal news from the UK. Man in the dock over collision with cyclist Another hit-and-run driver. I loathe and despise hit-and-run drivers…

Speaking of loathing and despising… Mile End crash: Cyclist seriously injured in police chase hit-and-run

Now I wonder what the driver did to make the cyclist stick his head inside the car and take the keys? Man in Christchurch injured after road rage incident -photo of suspect released The cyclist was obviously disarming a terrorist 😉 The problem here is we are only given the driver’s POV, not what he might have done to the cyclist. After all how many people do you know who steal the keys out of a car and then leave for no reason?

After you build a cycle track you have to keep running the entitled drivers out of it. Yarra Council issues 66 fines to tradies, taxi drivers parked in Copenhagen bike lanes Bike infrastructure does no good at separating cars from bicycles when it’s constantly blocked at some point by parked cars. Phase II of the enforcement action needs to be tow and impound, Phase 3 tow and crush. They have already gone through phases 0 and I.

Another infrastructure article. 8 Things Top Bike Cities Have Done to Promote Safer Cycling You’ll note that neither Dallas nor the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell are anywhere on that list.

And last link, fun time! The Milwaukee Bike Swap is back with a fresh new name: The Milwaukee Bike Bazaar!

Have fun. It’s now 0455 and I want desperately to SLEEP!

Billed @ 20 NoDoz and a Bottle Cap Candy, Opus

I had another stitch let loose during filtering, and the Feed

I thought all the stitches holding the neck muscles down has dissolved months ago, but it felt like one let go while I was finishing up filtering a little while ago. I had that familiar “popping” sensation in my neck with the sharp pain that I have come to associate with stitches coming loose from previous operations. And just like all the other times I had a stitch come loose the sensation was gone in a few seconds. This one felt a little off from where it should have been, this one was just outside the edge of Arthur Dent that was left when Chris Christie was removed back in May. I also had that sensation of my head getting pushed forward when the stitch let go.

Also I picked up a few Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics while I was out yesterday, and they have been a bit of a distraction from people getting maimed and killed on bicycles. That’s kinda important today. The distraction from death and destruction, not the fact that said distraction has delayed the composition of this post. So, umm, you didn’t see that bit, right? Because strikeover OK? 😀

If any of you remember the Five Man Electrical Band you’ll remember a song about signs. See the Signs Gotta love Bikeyface.

Our Daily Ted also has the power to amuse, because nobody is really this stupid IRL, right? They drive among us… This is what stochastic terrorism looks like when it is aimed at you. And the fact that “stochastic” is a word that is in my browser’s spell checker is even sadder than the existence of the person who wrote that article.

There was a great deal of information left out of this article. Driver charged with negligent homicide in cycling teen’s death This is LA, where many LEO consider cyclists getting killed “asking for it” for being on the roads. Major felony charges for killing a cyclist implies there was something else going on. Especially when they go to such lengths to blame the cyclist for his own death in the report.

Because I’m having a hard time deciding which way to present links today, blind NYC residents are frightened by bicycles. Blind New Yorkers fear reckless bicyclists in NYC I hypothesize that blind people fear cyclists because they are relatively silent in their approach and are there before the blind person knows the cyclist is there, startling the blind person. Cars while they are actually more deadly also announce their presence before arrival to some extent which makes them feel safer to blind people.

I’m tempted to ask when it isn’t serious when a cyclist gets hit until I remember that 5 of the 6 times I was hit this century did not require more than minor first aid for me. Police report serious injuries in vehicle vs. bicycle collision The cyclist was riding on the sidewalk when he came to an obstruction and had to go into traffic, another reason why I say sidewalks are not bicycle infrastructure.

One of the cases that lead to drastic changes in FL law finally comes to a close. Two years in prison for Key Biscayne college student who killed cyclist in DUI crash The only reason this waste of human skin was not given the required sentence was the victim’s relatives were soft in the head and said not to.

Update on a November bike wreck in MN. Evan Steeves, Student Injured in Bike Accident, to Be Discharged From Hospital Thursday Glad to hear he’s recovering, not happy to read that aside from some nearly healed scrapes and bruises all his injuries are limited to his TBI which is the HARDEST kind of injury to recover from. Take it from the former dead guy.

And a couple of states to the east another student… Otsego student injured when bike struck by car on the way to school Nothing on the actual mode but I did notice some blame on the driver mainly because the wreck was just outside a school.

wreck in MO. Edwardsville police seeking help in November hit-and-run that seriously injured cyclist The cyclist was hit completely off the road surface… I’m thinking this might have been an attempted murder.

Injury wreck in CO. Cyclist struck by SUV on Ninth Avenue in Longmont As it appears now the weapon vehicle was making an illegal pass when the wreck happened, as the cyclist had to reposition his line to cross the railroad tracks without crashing and the weapon vehicle was obviously trying to share the lane in an unsafe manner.

Cyclists and skateboarders are so rude in CA. /s Cyclists, skateboarders show lack of respect for law And no, that is not the Onion, but the Orion.

What the new transportation bill means for everybody. What New U.S. Transportation Bill Does for Complete Streets Design Since everyone needs to use streets at some time in the day, everyone needs complete streets.

Justice is served in Canuckistan, as hard as that is to believe. Driver pleads guilty to causing crash that injured teen cyclist in Red Deer Guilty on two charges, with one of the lesser charges dropped in the plea bargain. Sentencing in January.

Can’t send a truck driver to jail just for killing a cyclist, wouldn’t be cricket. Chigwell lorry driver who killed cyclist is spared jail I mean after all it was just a cyclist after all, killed because the driver failed to look and signal before turning across the bike lane. TANJ!

On a similar note, why is this driver not in prison for an extended stay? CTC questions why driver who killed cyclist was only sentenced to a curfew and driving ban To recount, this was the driver who was looking at something or someplace else other than out the front of the vehicle for SEVEN FREAKING SECONDS while a cyclist lighted and reflectored and wearing the glow-in-the-dark clown suit with additional lights far beyond the legal requirements was riding down the straight lane all by his lonesome with no oncoming traffic (that anyone noticed, then again the driver missed seeing the cyclist with the lights and reflectors and the glow-in-the-dark clown suit so what was actually on that road…). Do you know how long 7 seconds is? It’s more than a football field at 30 MPH, which is much slower than the driver was going when he killed the cyclist. Again, TANJ! TANJ, AND T.A.N.J!

More on the cyclist killed this week in Oz. Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club cyclist Nicholas Ruygrok dies after collision with car at Maroubra amd Devoted fiance dies in Sydney bike crash also Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club cyclist Nicholas Ruygrok dies after collision with car at Maroubra Experienced cyclist, but on his first ride with a new group after moving to the city, falls down in front of a oncoming car. I say look for tacks in his tires.

How to survive the Netherlands if you don’t ride a bike (humor). How to survive Dutch cyclists

And I’m about to post Thursday’s post at 0501 Friday morning.

Billed @$0.02, Opus