Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


The Heat

is on the street

via http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/30/509246/nbc-meteorologist-on-record-heat-wave-if-we-didnt-have-global-warming-we-wouldnt-see-this/#more-509246



Cancellara takes prologue, Hursts without TV coverage

…TDF IS ON… somewhere …

There were murmurs that Cancellara was no longer the powerhouse he used to be, his legs slowing as younger riders developed, and despite uncertainty within his team surrounding missed wages and in-fighting, the experience and most importantly the power were there for all to see in Liège.

via Tour De France 2012: Prologue Results | Cyclingnews.com.



Waldo Canyon Fire Activity Expected to Increase

Today’s Events:
Fire activity is expected to increase today and tomorrow, with higher temperatures and decreasing humidity. Possible afternoon thunderstorms could also bring strong, gusty winds. Temperatures are expected to reach at least 15 degrees above season normal.
On the west side of the fire, crews will hold and improve line from Rampart Ridge Road south to Highway 24, eliminating hotspots where required, extinguishing roll-out logs, and continuing structure protection, with the aim of re-opening the highway as soon as possible. Night crews successfully performed a burnout operation in this area overnight.
Smoke may again be visible from Colorado Springs, as a large island of fuel within the fire perimeter continues to burn, but poses no threat.
Aircraft will make retardant drops on the northern perimeter as firefighters attempt to hold the fire south of Monument Creek. Three spot fires northeast of Rampart Reservoir are being aggressively attacked by air, bulldozers and hand crews. Firefighters will also continue construction of a contingency bulldozer line along Mt. Herman Road north of the fire.
Air resources will continue to be used to suppress fire activity in Williams Canyon on the southern flank of the fire.

via http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2929/14645/

Yesterday’s perimeter map:


click to enlarge



Former Denver Councilman and mayoral candidate Linkhart hit by truck on Bike to Work Day

He was my favorite mayoral candidate. He has almost no TV charisma, which is a major plus for a public official. He would have made a fine mayor. He liked libraries.

Fortunately, he’s fine, but the incident did prompt a conversation between council members and the mayor about road safety regulations and the interactions between cyclists and vehicles.

…During which, of course, scofflaw bicyclists somehow came out the villains, and education and/or reprogramming of scofflaw bicyclists was re-hurled to the tippy top of the bike safety priority list. This even though Linkhart’s crash (1) did not involve a scofflaw bicyclist and (2) car-bike crashes involving adult bicyclists typically do not. The most likely scenario for an adult bicyclist is to be caught out by another road user’s looked-but-failed-to-see error while riding lawfully. But hey, we’ve all seen bicyclists run lights right? People like Mayor Hancock make no attempt to understand the truth about urban cycling safety. Why bother — everyone knows it’s “common sense.” Common sense is good politics. Let’s not let any facts get in the way of our “common sense” about bicycle safety.

According to Linkhart, he was heading west on 23rd Avenue — on a bike route — approaching Downing Street when a pickup truck went to make a left turn and collided with him.

“I was going straight. He turned left in front of me, and…hit me across the side, and I fell down,” Linkhart recalls.

… Linkhart was scraped up badly, his bike got a bit bent and he had to get several stitches in his leg.

“I kinda went flying,” he said. “I kind of plowed into the sidewalk. I had a helmet, which didn’t help.”

Linkhart, going straight, had the right of way over the pickup truck, which was turning left.

23rd and Downing is classic left cross territory. I’ve been through that intersection a hundred times. Got to ‘keep your head on a swivel’ so to speak.

via Westword Doug Linkhart, ex-councilman, hit while cycling to Bike To Work Day event – Denver News – The Latest Word.



If You Live off Woodmen Road, Thank a Firefighter

I listened to the fire fight most of the day yesterday [Wednesday June 27, a day after 300-plus houses burned]. The fire made a bull rush on the houses above and west of Woodmen Road, around a street called Blodgett Drive and its associated cul-de-sacs, a little neighborhood placed to burn vigorously at the extreme northwest point of Colorado Springs.

The fire “flashed over” and many of the houses started to burn. Without quick action by multiple fire crews from all over the state, dexterously coordinated by radio and face-to-face meetings, the houses would have burned to their foundations.

After its big charge the fire kept up a cat-and-mouse game with the fire crews for the rest of the day, sneaking up on the houses through the brush. The situation was especially tense up on Angelstone, where five luxury homes sit in an exclusive little enclave hanging above the Blodgett Drive neighborhood. Fire smoldered on the hillside all day and into the night, and into the next day, as crews tended the houses with one easily blocked escape route.

The photo shows heavily wooded area behind Blodgett Drive and the houses perched on Angelstone. Woodmen Road is below.

At some point fire started in the open area west of Mount Saint Francis, below Woodmen Road. Fire fighters had already identified the nearby houses as a problem spot. The houses along Needlecone Lane and Sawback Trail were lined up along a gully that would “go up like a chimney” and so would be “very hard to defend,” according to radio traffic. But they jumped on it in the open area and put it out.

Screenshot shows the houses along Needlecone Lane and Sawback Trail below Woodmen Road. Mount Saint Francis is just off screen to the northeast.

If you live in this neighborhood, the fire fighters saved your house yesterday. Today is a different day.



Waldo Canyon Fire Map

As of 0600 6/28 June.



Waldo Canyon Fire Map

Early AM 6/27, via http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20928988?nstrack=sid:4529940|met:300|cat:0|order:3




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