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Grocery Day again, and a somewhat largish Feed

Yay, Food! as some of the things we replenish are the strategic ramen reserves, and yogurt. The kittens decided they really liked plain and vanilla yogurt and they are still young enough to need dairy for another week or so, so we are getting bulk vanilla yogurt and some flavorings for the humans to enjoy it too.

Well after filtering that “largish” feed turned out to be a lot of reports that had the same links and one that had only one link, but the Twitter filter was a mess.

Up first, not only is the accused still being allowed to drive, he’s being allowed to drive the FREAKING WEAPON VEHICLE!!!!!! in this report from the Great White North. Hit-run victim’s family outraged accused can drive again and Deinsberg St-Hilaire, man charged in Andy Nevin hit-and-run, allowed to drive TANJ!

From Twitter, the victim of the hit-and-run at a notorious pinch point was new to Portland and had a map showing that as the safest and most direct route between Work and Home. Why would anyone ride on that scary stretch of Lombard? The map showed a slightly scary route but had nothing on the pinch point that caused a transition from a painted bike lane alongside a high-speed highway to sharing the lane on that highway without warning to either the cyclists or drivers that would have to share it. There is not even so much as a “Share the Road” sign in either direction where the bike lanes stop. Also Remembering Martin Greenough The deceased was a bus driver who cycled for his personal transportation.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: New VR bike lets you pretend to pedal a pony; SoCal group named America’s Best New Bike Club

And Our Daily Ted part 2. Describe Your Ride: A very fast ride home through the San Fernando Valley I had to slow that down to ¼ speed to make out what was going on, kinda sorta.

Still in CA. Bicyclist dies following collision on Marconi Avenue One would think that vehicles would be traveling slowly in the center-turn lane in case they were to meet a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. Again this was a ninja cyclist so car-head dictates that all cyclists are at fault, but seriously, when you ride ninja you have to ride as if you were invisible, because you practically are invisible.

Also in CA is this event. Saturday cycling event honors two injured teens They were hit last summer and are still getting rehab to return to competitive cycling while the driver is still wending his way through the court system. “A court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Captane Thomson, has concluded that Houston is incompetent to stand trial, though prosecutors say that determination was made without having viewed the malingering claims.

Infrastructure from the Gateway to The West. “Crazy” St. Louis Junction Gets a Safety Makeover

Moving on to the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, a cyclist is hit from the side by a cement mixer. Cyclist Killed in Collision With Cement Truck: BSO Interesting, that bicycle was hit from the right side on the front end, and then the cyclist died. I wonder what the light phasing is like for that intersection. I’m thinking the cyclist may have been caught by a stale green and not been going fast enough to clear the intersection before the light went green for crossing traffic and the cement mixer thought he would make the green without noticing the the cyclist already in the road. I have had a few lights that would change back to red before I could get across from a standing start.

Also in FloriDUH!
Family mourns cyclist killed on Everglades Boulevard
Hot-from-behind wreck caused by ??? The driver and her husband were both arrested at the scene, for… reasons. I mean the driver left the scene and did not return immediately but went home and got her husband so that’s felony hit-and-run, but then the husband did something stupid and got arrested too.

Wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist critically injured in crash on Leslie near Hwy. 401 in North York Well he got hit and went to hospital, and that’s the extent of our knowledge about the wreck.

Slight justice in the Great White North. Oakville woman sentenced in impaired crash that killed beloved teacher and father of 5 Impaired driver hits and runs leaving a man to die from lack of medical care, and not even 6 years in prison. But considering what usually happens to killer drivers when the “only” kill a cyclist, this was pretty good.

Speaking about what happens to drivers that “only” kill a cyclist, compare this UK sentence for littering to recent deadly crashes for cyclists. Tamworth man charged £385 for dropping cigarette end That’s right he got more fines and court costs for tossing a cigarette butt than many have gotten for killing a cyclist.

Well the comment trolls are all over this wreck in Jolly Olde. Police hunt driver after boy injured in hit-and-run Another case of a cyclist lighted like a Christmas tree and wearing the GITDCS and still getting hit by a driver that will claim he “didn’t see” the cyclist. I like mello84’s comment about it though.

Why do we tolerate sticking a big unprotected pole in the middle of the lane for bicycle infrastructure when streets are supposed to have a 4-50 foot clear zone for drivers to drive through so they don’t damage their cars? Guided busway bollards in Cambridgeshire could be ripped out after cyclist breaks bone I mean seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

And this sounds like a lot of money, until you stop and think this is 2, maybe 3 signalized intersections for cars. New £1.2m Hills Road cycle lane due to be finished next summer – nearly a year later than planned

And it’s late again, so I’m just going to check the links to make sure they’re good and go to bed.

Billed @$0.02, Opus


Getting ready for the long night blogging and the Feed

I read the comics, went out and had a little fun with friends, talked to Mrs. the Poet and had dinner, and now I get to open the Feed folder. It smells (metaphorically) of burning sulphur, I really don’t want to read the links and I haven’t even opened the first report yet.

Up first are links to a cyclist literally hanging on for dear life. Vancouver Island cyclist survives terrifying ride wedged below moving semi trailer and Island cyclist clung to underside of moving truck to avoid being crushed I can’t say for sure but the narrative of the wreck sounds a lot like a right hook, possibly caused when the truck moved left to make room for a wide right turn and either failed to signal or the cyclist was not where he could see the signal. Quick thinking on the part of the cyclist to grab whatever was there to grab and hope it held up to the grab.

Interesting data buried in these links. Most cyclists hospitalized for injuries are over age 45, study finds and Bike injuries are on the rise, but there’s still reason to ride Did you see it? “Cyclists’ arms and legs were injured most often, but the percentage of injured cyclists with head injuries increased from 10% to 16%.” You would think that with the percentage of cyclists using helmets going up the percentage of head injuries would be trending down instead of up 60%. It’s almost as if bicycle helmets were essentially useless in preventing injury except to a small area of the head in a specific direction of impact that does not happen very often in the real world.

More information about the cyclist killed when a distracted driver ran into a group of 3 cyclists on a clear highway with excellent sight lines. Funeral arrangements announced for Birmingham cyclist killed in Blount County and Group holding ‘Ride to Remember’ to pay tribute to local cyclist struck and killed on Hwy 75 Not much I can add to the information presented in the links.

Still in the multiple links category is this wreck in NYC. Cyclist Struck, Critically Injured In North Corona, Queens and Cyclist In Critical Condition After Getting Hit By Driver In Queens The wreck was at a place where a MUP crosses the onramp, one of several such crossings on this expressway. The designer needs to be shot, run over with a truck, and then hanged while getting hit in the nuts with a sledgehammer.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: The Mobility Plan battle isn’t over yet, new ARTCRANK website, and rear-end wrecks are most deadly

And Bikeyface says we need to redesign our cities for everyone to use, not just cars. Redesign Notice the first panel with the semi. What is that semi going to do and will it cross her path while she’s still there, a callback to the cyclist right hooked on Mass. Avenue recently.

While we are talking about Bikeyface and her MA hangouts, here’s an article about them. The roads, not Bikeyface. A Bikeless, Car-Filled Boston Is a Past Worth Leaving Behind

NYPD shows why they are hated, again. While Drivers Kill People in Crosswalks, 19th Precinct Cracks Down on Bikes

At least the air is cleaner out in NM. Cyclist injured in hit-and-run on Paseo del Pueblo, Taos police say Wow, unlicensed, uninsured, and wanted on an outstading warrant. No wonder she ran. But if she had just been looking where she was going then she would still be free.

More on both of those wrecks a few miles apart in CA. Family struggles with loss of Modesto cyclist killed in hit-and-run

Still no word on why the victim was trying to cross the freeway. Coroner IDs Cyclist Killed on Freeway in Long Beach

There is a one man war against Ghost Bikes in NC. Third Durham ‘ghost bike’ removed after complaint His name is Khalil Nasir, and he hates to be reminded that motor vehicles kill.

Another cyclist is injured in a drive-by shooting. Woman shot while riding her bike in Chesapeake Dudes, if you wanted to kill her you could have just hit her with the car and stopped a couple of blocks later and claimed you didn’t see her, a streetlight blinded you or something. Now you didn’t kill her, you got cops looking for you everywhere, and things are generally not going to go in your favor.

The poor doggie… Republican state Sen. Kerry Roberts injured in dog attack while riding bicycle I know nothing of the reputation of this guy, but it can’t be healthy for the dog to bite a republican in TN. Nevermind, I just read his FB page, it was definitely bad for the dog to bite this guy. I hope they can save the doggie.

Bad infrastructure can kill as quickly as getting hit by a car. Quick thinking of Forest Park gardener helps save an injured bicyclist Nothing on why the victim fell off the bike path.

Well this was not as successful as the other story fro West Canuckistan. Cyclist killed in Surrey traffic accident At this point the narrative points to a punishment pass or just hitting the cyclist from behind.

Are they finally getting the message in the UK judiciary? Woman jailed for year for hitting cyclist as she texted while driving near North Leigh A year in jail and a further 3 not allowed to drive after she gets out. That’s progress.

A UK widow says the infrastructure is still crap years after her husband was killed. Cyclist’s widow calls for more bike lanes after fatal rush hour crash

And even though the infrastructure is crap, it’s still not that bad to bike in London. This Is What It’s Like To Be A Female Cyclist In London

Last link, a highly fictionalized account of the semi-legal bike racing scene in LA. Ride, hustle, kill, repeat: the underground cycle gangs of Los Angeles

OK current time is 0449, I have to be up and showered by 1030. No time to proof or tag, just make sure I didn’t bollux the links.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

No post today, big post tomorrow

I spent most of the day going to and from the NCTCOG and taking two classes on bikeway design, and didn’t get home until nearly 1930, making it almost 2100 before I could even begin the post tonight. So I will do a Monday on Thursday and combine the Feeds for Wednesday and Thursday into a single post. Now I’m going to take a hot shower and lay down with one of my new books that finally showed up almost 3 weeks after I ordered them.

PSA, Opus