SUV vs Bike Crash Kills Executive Director of the Florida VA or Dont Ride on the Sidewalk

31 07 2010

From-Tampa Bay Online Here is further proof for those of you that ride on the sidewalk or if you are trying to convince someone that it is actually more dangerous to do so.

The 75-year-old son of former Gov. LeRoy Collins was killed Thursday morning while riding his bicycle in South Tampa, police said.

LeRoy Collins Jr., a retired admiral and current executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, was crossing South Hyde Park Avenue at Brorein Street just before 7 a.m. when his bicycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle, police said.

Police ruled the crash an accident and said no charges will be filed against Margaux Manuel, the driver of the SUV.

Manuel, 27, was heading west on Brorein Street and stopped at the South Hyde Park Avenue red light, police said. She made a left turn from the one-way street onto Hyde Park Avenue but did not see Collins in the crosswalk, police said. Manuel hit the bicycle, police said.

Sad story, but if he was in the lane where he should have been riding he would probably still be alive today.





New Shoes! Bontrager RXL Road.

31 07 2010

So my izumis delaminated and I needed a new pair but im fairly skint at the moment, not like I used to be but not in the market for sidis or anything did some research and found these:

droolI like them, price is right and im gonna take them for a test ride now.





Rafael Concept Bike

31 07 2010

I guess the easiest way to break it to you is with the gentle touch such as George W. Bush would use. The caring and delicate “shock and awe” approach:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

OH DEAR GOD THE HUMANITY

Characterized by a town and its Japanese fans it combines old-school with the unquenchable thirst for innovations.
The pure simplicity of the first bikes – two wheels, one gear – nothing else, together with a bespoke carbon frame made in a Formula 1 company and an innovative drivetrain.

Advanced but Reduced.

Ahhhhh yes, nothing like the simplicity of a carbon frame made by a formula 1 company. Can’t argue with that. And the unquenchable thirst for making an completely unrideable bike. I for one cant wait to put the entire weight of my body on my genitalia. But I didn’t want kids anyway, I suppose they could start using this in place of vasectomies or to sterilize sex offenders.

If you want to view the carnage for yourself head over to the horribly graphic rafael concept site at: http://vonrafael.com/en/concept-spyder.html You know how when soldiers are killed in battle the government doesn’t want pictures of the bodies or even the caskets shown? Well someone should have intervened in this case because these pictures are much too awful to be seen by the general public.

Surprisingly Wikileaks didn’t even see this coming.





You’re A Loser You Idiot Cyclist

30 07 2010

Slate has an article up “Dude, wheres your car- How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser”

Being that I just saw this movie, and thought it quite horrible, this article just adds to that feeling. While the author lightly touches on the feeling of the general populace toward alternatives to motor vehicles:

We could attribute it to the simple fact of the film industry’s base in Los Angeles, a place whose residents—film directors and otherwise—can hardly imagine life without a car.

And includes a sociologists take:

Or perhaps it’s the wider society that has trouble conceiving of life outside the omnipresent sphere of what sociologist John Urry calls “automobility,” one tenet of which is “the dominant culture that organizes and legitimates socialities across different genders, classes, ages and so on; that sustains major discourses of what constitutes the good life and what is necessary for an appropriate citizenship of mobility; and that provides potent literary and artistic images and symbols.”

He doesn’t discuss the real reason behind these attitudes; the “car culture” that the oil industry has ingrained into the mainstream way of life in the states. Cities are planned around the car, with little regard to other methods of transport. It is not in the interest of big business to change the status quo, and have people drive less and ride bikes more. I have to blame the cycling industry as well, they have not made bikes feel accessible to the everyday person. The elitist attitude runs rampant through cycling, and pushes people who otherwise may choose to ride away. Someday bikes may be portrayed as “cool” by Hollywood, but I’m not holding my breath for it happening anytime soon.





Bear Breaks In. Steals Fruit, Stuffed bear, and Harasses Goldfish.

29 07 2010

http://www.wmur.com/news/24424525/detail.html

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A New Hampshire mother said her two young sons learned an important lesson about leaving the outside door open after a black bear walked into their kitchen and ate two pears and a bunch of grapes and took a drink from the family fishbowl.

On its way out of the Laconia house, the real bear grabbed a stuffed bear, said resident Mary Beth Parkinson. The stuffed animal was found in the family’s back yard, next to a box of Goldfish crackers. 

Theres a video on the page, but sadly no live action bear theviery and other degenerate mischevious bevhavior. Maybe it was a fully vegetarian bear since it took the goldfish crackers instead of the actual goldfishes…

GIMMAH GOLDFISH CRACKERS NOMNOMAGHGHGHAHG





Bexley Passes Hemlet Law for Children

29 07 2010

http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/07/28/copy/bexley-passes-bike-helmet-law-for-kids.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

“Anyone who lets a child bike in Bexley without a helmet now could face a $25 fine.

The Bexley City Council passed an ordinance last night similar to Columbus’ helmet regulations, although the Bexley law applies only to children younger than 16. It will go into effect in 30days.

The Columbus law, which applies to riders younger than 18, took effect last summer, but no one has been fined in its first year. Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman had opposed the law, saying it would require too much time and money to enforce.

Bexley Councilman Jed Morison said that even if no one is cited, such a law sends a message that parents should make sure that children are taking safety precautions.

Morison and his wife sponsor a bike-helmet coloring contest every year. He said he sees, as the superintendent of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the damage that brain injuries can do.

Having a law encourages residents to self-enforce, he said. For example, a family friend might see a child without a helmet and gently remind the parents that it’s against the law.

Councilman Richard Sharp supports helmet use, but he said several residents have told him a new law is excessive.

“More and more people are seeing the benefit of a helmet,” he said. “But parents should teach kids responsibility, not the government.”

He said having officers approach children could frighten youngsters and sour community relations with police.

Councilman Matt Lampke said he voted for the law because residents wanted it.

But he said it was a personal matter as well. When Lampke was 15, he recalled, his younger brother flew over the handlebars of a bike and landed on his head when another child’s bike ran into his.

“He was in a coma for days,” Lampke said. “Coming out of it, he had to learn to read and write all over again. It isn’t always death, but these things can be life-changing.”

Back then, wearing a helmet would have been considered odd, Lampke said. Today, it’s more socially acceptable.

If families worry about spending money on helmets, Lampke pointed out that several insurance companies will give clients vouchers to help them buy bike helmets.”

I’m also interested here that the City of Columbus law that was enacted hasn’t been enforced. I don’t want to start a helmet vs. no helmet debate, because I don’t care, but whats the point?

“Bexley Councilman Jed Morison said that even if no one is cited, such a law sends a message that parents should make sure that children are taking safety precautions.”

To me it sends the message that they arent interested in safety, they are interested in red tape, bureaucrac, and grandstanding for political gains. Wearing a helmet does not equate to safe riding, as we all know, you see plenty of muppets wearing helmets riding like idiots, on and off the sidewalk, passing between cars queued at a light, riding on the wrong side of the road, and on and on. If the city really wanted to make things safer for kids, or anyone riding a bike they would educate drivers and cyclists about operating safely in the road, lower speed limits, install traffic calming, sharrows, bike lanes, bike zones at lights, etc…advocating the notion that wearing a helmet somehow instantly makes you safer is irresponsible at best.





Photosets of LeTour

29 07 2010

Here:

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2010/07/tour_de_france_2010_-_the_firs.html

And here:

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2010/07/tour_de_france_2010_-_part_two.html

lotsa nice ones, enjoy.