Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


In 2020, Traffic fatalities up, while VMT down

That’s strikingly bad. Total fatalities up 8% over 2019, while fatality rate per vmt rose 24% by one estimate.

Source: Driving Was Down In 2020, But Traffic Fatality Rates Surged : NPR



Two Uncontained Engine Failures on Boeing Jets in One Day

Not just the incident over Broomfield, Colorado, but this one also (via airlive.net):

“A Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400F diverted to Liege after one of the engine’s caught fire, sending out a loud bang.

The aircraft was operating flight LGT5504 from Maastricht Aachen Airport to New York. The aircraft departed from Maastricht at 4:11 pm.

After its engine caught fire and lost pieces of turbine blades shortly after departure, the aircraft entered into a holding pattern at 10,000 feet and diverted to Liege Airport.”

BREAKING Turbine blades of a Boeing 747-400F’s engine fell on several parked cars



Texas Governor Blames Power Outages on Wind, Solar

…says the failure of renewable energy caused the emergency and that this shows the Green New Deal would be a disaster. He did not actually blame the outages on the Green New Deal as many have said. But he was shoveling pretty hard nonetheless.

Katie Shepherd, Wash Post Feb 17 https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/17/texas-abbott-wind-turbines-outages/

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The Pandemic and VMT

Revisiting Vehicle Miles Traveled after several years of looking away in absolute disgust. Below is the moving 12-month average, latest month recorded is November 2020.

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/tvt.cfm



Fernando Alonso

F1 driver hit by car while cycling in Switzerland, according to unconfirmed reports, but conscious. And “well in himself.” This is supposedly a statement from his team:



Dimensions of Speed Humps

Of course there are several different types of vertical deflection, with variable effectiveness. The most effective are taller and steeper. The least effective types are most in vogue for reasons you can probably guess. Sorry I don’t have the source for this in front of me.

P.S. One speed hump costs about 2K$, roughly 1/8 the cost of a mini roundabout. By all indications they are far more effective traffic calmers than are mini roundabouts.



RTD Report Finds 40% of Parking Around Transit Stations Unused

PDF: https://wp-cpr.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/12/RTD-Residential-TOD-Parking-Study.pdf



Mauritius Oil Spill in August Caused by Ship’s Captain Seeking Better Cell Phone Coverage Closer to Shore
December 18, 2020, 17:08
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Not a joke. And 4 people died trying to clean it up.
Source Reuters: https://t.co/GIlqODrdP9?amp=1



Uber Dumps Self-Driving Car Operation

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Almost 2,000 Shipping Containers Lost at Sea

A storm tossed the containership ONE and dumped almost 2,000 containers into the ocean, including some containing hazardous materials. The ship lumbered into port in Kobe, Japan on December 8, 2020.

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⚓️ (@mrnkA4srnrA) tweeted at 8:28 PM on Mon, Dec 07, 2020:
ONE APUS目当てに報道?のカメラマンわりとおったけどどっかで流れたりする? https://t.co/NV0dD9lkUA
(https://twitter.com/mrnkA4srnrA/status/1336150591031001089?s=03)



Sales of SUVs, pickups in Colorado surged in September 
October 30, 2017, 11:29
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14.5% since last year, even though gas prices rose a bit in that time.

Source: Sales of SUVs, pickups in Colorado surged in September – Denver Business Journal



Chrysler has been Rolling Coal on America
May 27, 2017, 01:01
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A company that failed a few times and exists today only because of taxpayer billions, now owned by Fiat and making most of its products in Mexico, further expresses its gratitude by filling American air with as much poison as it possibly can.

In 2015 and 2016, the company sold more than 50,000 diesel Ram 1500 pickups a year in the United States, making it by far the largest-selling diesel-powered light vehicle in the country.

Each one of them equipped with emissions-cheating software.



Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash
March 25, 2017, 14:15
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Self-driving car tech not yet living up to all the collision-avoidance hype.

Source: Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash | Reuters

Mentioned Uber’s move to AZ here.



Hey Denver People Are Your Lungs Burning?
March 19, 2017, 10:32
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At least two major blasts of SO2 into Denver’s air by the Suncor refinery within the past 6 months, caused by power outages at the plant. Two that were disclosed that exceeded local and federal standards. SO2 hurts lungs and it ruins plants and trees.

Sulfur Dioxide Basics | Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Pollution | US EPA

[…]

What are the health effects of SO2?

Short-term exposures to SO2 can harm the human respiratory system and make breathing difficult. Children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma are particularly sensitive to effects of SO2.SO2 emissions that lead to high concentrations of SO2 in the air generally also lead to the formation of other sulfur oxides (SOx). SOx can react with other compounds in the atmosphere to form small particles. These particles contribute to particulate matter (PM) pollution: particles may penetrate deeply into sensitive parts of the lungs and cause additional health problems.

Source: Sulfur Dioxide Basics | Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Pollution | US EPA



Don’t Flip Off Dale Jr.
March 10, 2017, 13:57
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NASCAR and bicycling are closely linked, in history and physics. And bicycling is a perfect antidote to sitting in a car all day.

Hey Dale, you don’t have to wear any spandex. None whatsoever.

Source: Dale Jr. enjoys new hobby, but not the spandex or getting flipped off | NASCAR Talk



Idaho Stop Stopped in Colorado
February 7, 2017, 23:44
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That was quick.

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/07/colorado-cyclists-stop-signs-bill-dies/

 

 



H.R. 861 – To Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

Introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861



Colorado State Senator Andy Kerr Proposes “Idaho Stop” Law, Local Bike Guy Freaks Out

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/26/senate-bill-bicyclists-stop-signs/

Idaho Stop is something I’ve been promoting for many years—in Denver, a place where most riders already practice the technique, it makes even more sense than it does in Idaho—but to say my pleas fell on deaf ears is a bit of an understatement. The advocacy orgs like Bicycle Colorado and BikeDenver were big on the law-and-order stuff.

To hear the local advocacy groups now getting behind Kerr’s bill is extremely heartening. Extremely surprising and somewhat weird. But I’ll take it.

Idaho Stop. There is no fact-based opposition to it. It is proven to work, with decades of data. It makes life better for bicyclists, and so makes life better for all. But that doesn’t mean this will become law. Most people are still idiots about bikes, and even a substantial portion of cyclists are reflexively opposed to the idea, although that portion is clearly getting smaller and smaller all the time. If you’re still in that portion, get on out of it and into the other one.

ALL HAIL ANDY KERR! ALL HAIL ANDY KERR! VIVA LA KERR! AN-DY! AN-DY! AN-DY!



The Package and the Storage Unit

British cycling is unraveling with revelations of sketchy at best TUEs and motorized bikes in the Tour de France.



Udate: SF Pulled Registration of Uber’s Driverless Douchemobiles
December 23, 2016, 01:13
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Even before I wrote yesterday’s post, Uber, refusing to apply for permits to run driverless cars in the city, had their vehicles officially booted from the Streets of San Francisco. Uber sent them by truck to Arizona, where a coalition of douchebags was waiting to greet them warmly, based on the company’s disdain for permits alone.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/22/uber-ships-self-driving-cars-to-arizona-after-failed-san-francisco-pilot/