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How the Ride of Silence and this blog are part and parcel today on my 2000th blog post

Yeah, I know. Wow! I have as of this date sat down and sorta collected my thoughts mostly at this desk (there were some posts made from exotic locations like bus stations and small town libraries after I got the laptop with wi-fi capability) two thousand times. Actually a few more than that as there were some posts that never actually made it to the front page, and the separate pages (Gay Marriage, Gigi’s Story, etc.) don’t count towards the post count and some of them have been updated several times. So I posted a bit more than the official count, not that it really matters. Today is the 2000th “official” blog post since 11/23/2008, the date I started posting from this service provider. Prior to that I was posting from MySpace, but had to move because all the external links caused them to think I was a phishing site (and shortly after they shut down my blog MySpace quietly imploded, imagine that). I worked for Examiner.com for a while (and they still consider me an employee, they sent me a nice e-badge that would show on any articles I would write stating that I was a 5-year employee) based on the contents of this blog, but since I was more national and they wanted hyper local we drifted apart.

In the meantime I have been consulted by several lawyers concerning bicycle wrecks since I have been exposed to more wreck reports than just about any person on the planet. I’m still trying to decide if that part is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. I know that combined with the brain damage it does not help me maintain my grasp of sanity, but I have learned a lot from reading those thousands of reports on what happened to people. I have developed an instinctual feel for approximate speed and direction of impact on a bike from looking at the end results since mostly the bike gets hit once and then bounces away from the wreck, and my bullshit detector gets a frequent workout when physical impossibilities are entered as fact. And there is the vanishingly rare case where the perp driver of the weapon vehicle is going so fast that the corpse of his (invariably the driver in these cases is male) victim comes through the windshield and kills or seriously injures the driver. I can recall about 3 of those world-wide since I started this blog on MySpace…

But getting back to the headline, how does this blog connect to the Ride of Silence? Well every year they remember those killed or injured while riding their bikes, and every day I remember those killed or injured while riding their bikes. Every year they say they hope this will be the last time they need to do the Ride, and every day I hope that this will be the last time I need to post about wrecks and bad infrastructure and I can just start posting cat videos, or links to bands I like, or pictures of the bikes I could build if I had the time and the money to buy materials. I mean seriously, I have been redesigning the same three bikes since 2010 for building into “show” bikes. But the RoS, and I are both devoted to the ideal of a world where regardless of your mode of transportation, you can get from A to B safely and calmly, with your life and all your limbs intact and attached. Until that day my work is unfinished and I fear I will go to my grave with work yet to do.

Up first today in this truncated list (I waited as late as I could yesterday so that I wouldn’t have many links today) is this from KY. Bicyclist Injured When Hit By Vehicle Weapon vehicle went off the road, left unstated was where the cyclist was riding. Hit-from-behind wreck but the weapon vehicle going off the road moots almost all of the protocols for avoiding or reducing damages. Unravelled routing or barrier protection would be the only way that infrastructure could prevent a similar wreck.

A low-information report from the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck in Mirabel One witness dead and the only other witness is too traumatized to talk to LEO, I guess they’ll have to examine the evidence to determine what happened. Or they could just ignore it…

Moving halfway around the world to Enn Zed we get another seriously injured cyclist unable to talk to LEO. Cyclist injured at intersection Other than it was an intersection wreck LEO have not released any information about the mode of the wreck. Thus I have no information about avoiding the wreck or if changing the infrastructure could have prevented the wreck.

Our Daily Ted is pretty good today. Morning Links: New Santa Clarita bike safety campaign; Beverly Hills official calls you an organ donor wannabe Ted, if you live long enough you will have any number of conditions that merit their own bike ride, just be glad you have that kind of support.

This video from DC shows a driver trying to intimidate a cyclist on a marked bike route. TRIGGER WARNING! Motorist Road Rage on DC Bicycle Route

This is so rare that I thought it deserved setting it apart from the “normal” links we get from FL. Bicycle Safety: Care For Cyclists Egads, someone in the media in FL that actually cares if cyclists live or die and prefers we live! Be still my beating heart…

And at least one country is so serious about what cycling can do in a positive way for their country, they are willing to handhold new cyclists until they are confident in their journeys. Sweden Is So Serious About Reducing Pollution, It’s Giving People Bike Coaches

Standard smart e-bike not distinctive enough for you? Try one of these. SMART EBIKE – ORANGE EDITION, COMFORT EDITION AND BLACK EDITION

And a little Krautrock to lighten your day. Kraftwerk Autobahn full I use the term “little” ironically in this link, this is the full 22 minute version of the piece. Get comfy first because this is a trip of a piece of music.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

Wondering where I put the brain bleach, and the Feed

Trigger Warning! Filtering the Feed today was traumatic, especially as I have ridden in some of the wreck locations. and experienced some of the things that happened to the people. Let’s just say that this was not the easiest filtering session I have been through, ‘K?

Since I warned you about it I’m going to link the trigger story first, so if you like you can read past this next paragraph.

What do you do when you report an assault, and LEO turn around and not just blame you but threaten to bring charges for reporting the assault? Cook: As terrifying as riding a bike and From Victim to Villain in a flash There is just so much wrong with this story, and I don’t mean the “factually incorrect” kind of wrong, either. The victim had video and photographic evidence of the crime posted to help identify the perps, but nobody seemed interested in punishing the people that attacked him after the parents contacted local LEO.

The first wreck is from down the road a ways from WoaB World HQ in the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell. Bicyclist struck, killed by truck in Panola County To recap, the cyclist was JRA MYOB when the driver had a medical emergency and went off the road through the cyclist’s location. Not avoidable by human cyclists, and if the infrastructure is not of the “barrier protected” variety infrastructure would not be of much use either. Cyclist is dead, the driver is currently listed as “could be better”.

Sort of good news from SoCal as a hit-and-run driver gets caught. Good news and bad news: LAPD makes hit-and-run arrest; bike rider killed in Compton and LAPD makes arrest in Panorama City bicyclist’s hit-and-run death I sincerely hope the perp gets every day of sentence that is coming to him.

More on the trial of a killer driver in Jolly Olde. Cyclist death driver was going ‘way too fast’ says witness So the driver apparently was going too fast for the cyclist to get out of his way or for the driver to see and avoid the cyclist. That leaves only Dutch-quality infrastructure as a means of preventing this death.

Update on a dead cyclist in Oz reveals the cyclist was the one that crossed the centerline. Grieving father urges cyclists to take care after businesswoman Casey Kinnaird killed in accident The cyclist was going too fast and drifted over the lane marker on a turn hitting the other vehicle head on. To avoid moderate your speed on downhill runs to what you can keep between the lines, and hope the drivers are doing the same coming up the hill.

Update on a court case in Enn Zed. Cyclist forgives his attacker I don’t see it so much as forgiving as accepting that his life has been changed and no amount of beating on the other guy will change it back…

OK that is all the dead and maimed cyclists. Now we have a metric buttload (that’s 2.2 SAE buttloads) of infrastructure links to share.

First of the infrastructure links is another from NY about spending on bike and pedestrian infrastructure. We had a link earlier in the week to a proposal to spend $20M on that infrastructure and noted at the time that wouldn’t get much done and we were right. NY State Allocates $67 Million For Bike & Pedestrian Paths Still not enough but this is only a single year allocation of many to come.

More from NYC this time. De Blasio Orders Immediate Changes To Address “Epidemic” Of Pedestrian Deaths I have a suggestion: When someone gets killed suspect criminality until proven otherwise. IOW, be looking for criminal behavior when investigating a fatal wreck.

Infrastructure news from NC. Opposition Grows Against “Traffic Calming”, Road Diets, and Bicycle Lanes on East Innes and Long Streets Notice the infantilisation of the road design by replacing the engineering diagram of the street with a child-like drawing in what appears to be crayon. After reading other posts from the blog I’m not entirely sure that this was not satire…

But just in case the previous link was NOT satire, here’s a rebuttal complete with statistics and sources. Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business

Dealing with the built infrastructure in AZ. PHOTO & VIDEO: GETTING PASSED BY THE STREETCAR ON 4TH

A mixture of infrastructure and advocacy from Jolly Olde. Stop Killing Cyclists – the birth of a movement

And last link is to another review of the Smart e-assist bike. Smart Introduces a New One-Seater in Detroit

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

Billed @€0.02, Opus