Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Brunelle’s quest for rad footage goes wrong
November 10, 2014, 20:44
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A woman walking in a crosswalk on Tremont Street with her sister Friday shortly after 6 p.m. was hit by Brunelle on his bike when he ran a red light, according to police reports released today. The woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with head injuries after, Brunelle claims, he flagged Chandler down to help him help her.“I was trying to get a taxi for her and this guy comes out and hits me and then he tries to run me over with his car,” Brunelle said. “I said, ‘We were on a group ride. Someone got an injury, they’ve got to go to the hospital.’ He started getting in my face and ‘expletive you’ and so I shot back and I said, ‘Expletive you.’ He gets out and he attacks me. He tried to run me over.”Chandler began punching Brunelle “with his fist, knocking him to the ground and continued the assault while Brunelle was on the ground,” court documents state.

via AP News : Boston cab driver accused of beating, trying to run over cyclist.



How Team Jamis nailed their hit-and-run perpetrator

Tyler Wren in VeloNews:

We departed for our ill-fated training ride on Friday at 10:00 a.m., headed out of town on Valencia Road, a common thoroughfare with a generous shoulder bounded by a white line. The 15-rider group was riding two-abreast in a long line, as far to the right as possible, in full accordance with Arizona traffic law. Our team’s strength and conditioning coach Todd Herriott and I were on the front, he on my left, closest to the passing traffic. Kinkade’s tan Oldsmobile Aurora suddenly and violently impacted Todd’s left side. He and I crashed hard on the front of the group as Mr. Kinkade sped away. My teammates also reported that Mr. Kinkade was shouting obscenities at us during the attack through his open car window.

As Todd and I lay on the ground struggling to comprehend what had happened, my unscathed teammate Ben Jacques-Maynes sprinted past us in an impressive pursuit of the fleeing car. Ben did not manage to catch the perpetrator, but he swiftly came upon our team car, which was waiting for us at our next turn and breathlessly explained the situation to our sport director, Sebastian Alexandre. Sebastian quickly resumed the pursuit along with his serendipitous passenger, John Segesta, a professional photographer in possession of a DSLR camera with a telephoto lens. John photographed numerous cars and license plates before the pair returned to the scene of the crime for the team members to positively identify the driver and vehicle.

John nailed him — crystal clear in high-definition on his camera was a shot of Kinkade’s car and Arizona license plate.

via Tyler Wren Journal: A first-hand account of the Jamis hit-and-run.



Negativity Dominance

This article makes a good point or two.

I’d just point out a minor issue. If fatalities-per-trip is falling, that might not mean that cycling is safer. It might just mean people are making more frequent, shorter trips. The metric you want is (if you want to use fatalities) fatalities per hour of bike use. But this is an even more elusive figure which ultimately relies on self-reported surveys of bike use — allowing us to fill in the blanks (erroneously) with our emotions as the article mentions. Furthermore, injuries might be higher even if fatalities are lower.

If all cyclists suddenly started following the letter of the law, cyclists would be much more in the way, and negative emotions toward cyclists would grow, not disappear. But that’s just a theory.

Cyclists are annoying: Why you think they’re a menace on two wheels. – Slate Magazine.



document the atrocities

Go Pro … or Go Paranoid?

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2012/07/20/technology/100000001638549/cameras-on-wheels.html

If you ride bikes regularly: Sickening video clips of car-bike crashes.

If you write Hollywood scripts: Comedy gold!



Cricket star road rages on cyclist
January 18, 2012, 22:39
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“Now even more agitated the driver continued to yell, ‘You don’t own the road.’ I looked more closely and recognised him as Shane Warne, laughed and asked, ‘What are you doing?’ and began to get ready to clip into my bike to continue the ride home.

“But before I could, the driver lurched his car forward forcing my bike wheel and almost my leg under the front of his car.”

via 'Overtly aggressive': cyclist hits back at Warne | Road rage.

smh.com.au http://m.smh.com.au/drive/motor-news/cyclist-hits-back-at-overtly-aggressive-warne-20120118-1q5q2.html