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#1 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Need help with finding and making a ghost bike » 2022-05-13 21:43:21

Thank you gentlemen.  It is devastating.  Nate and I had spent nearly every waking hour together the week and a half before this happened.  This was our second big trip together, we rode to Amarillo in 2019.  Both trips were wonderful.  We rode our final segment on Monday from Lexington to Austin. Nate was going to spend Monday night at my house and ride home by himself on Tuesday but he decided to head for home Monday evening instead.  My wife and I tried to get him to stay but he missed his home and cats.  By the way, Nate was wearing a helmet.  R.i.P my friend.

#2 Justice Issues / Collisions » Need help with finding and making a ghost bike » 2022-05-13 12:25:08

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Where can I get a donor bike for a ghost bike?  Nate Thomas was killed by a car on U.S. 183 between Lockhart and Luling about 10 pm on Monday May 2nd 2022.  Nate and I had just finished a 600 mile bicycle tour of East Texas and he was riding back to his home in Gonzales when he was struck from behind by a car.  He as killed instantly.  Nate rode an electric bicycle with a two wheel trailer.  He had lights on his bike and two USB tail lights on the back of the trailer. 

The newspaper erroneously reported it as a motorcycle accident. … -man,33193

#4 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » August 2020 has been rough on Central Texas cyclists ...three dead. » 2020-09-01 12:54:30

Donnie Prado was my friend.  Our daughters went to school together and Donnie and I used to ride bikes together.  He was a great person, a great dad, a great husband and a devout Christian.  He treated everyone with kind and gentle respect. I am shocked, saddened and mostly angry.  I hope they find the piece of organic matter who ran from the vehicle and left my friend dead on the road and remove it from society.  Donnie deserved better.

#6 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2017-04-02 10:13:33

The driver was already violating several laws. A texting law (or any other law) will do nothing to stop people like this.  Probably the best thing that could have been done was to have an armed person in a nearby vehicle shoot out his tires.

#7 Re: Cars / Gas / Energy » The RideAustin thread » 2017-03-23 23:30:34

My friend used the Arcade City ride share facebook group during SXSW.  She was very pleased with it and it never crashed.

#8 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2017-02-24 17:10:08

RedFalcon wrote:

And what exactly is an 'acceptable level of safety'?

Define please.

acceptable level of safety is the situation where engaging in an activity does not produce a level of risk of harm that a reasonable person would believe is disproportionate to the benefit attained by the activity.

In the context of my remark I believe that if open container laws and blue laws were repealed society would not see an increase in harm. I argue that having them in place produces greater harm to society in the form of more use of police force and thus a greater risk of police brutality.  Furthermore they divert precious resources towards more police, more courts, more jails, resulting in less freedom and poorer people.

#9 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2017-02-23 18:48:50

MichaelBluejay wrote:

Are you suggesting that the vast majority can text and drive safely while only a small minority can't?  Because that flies in the face of all available evidence.  If so, do you extend that to drunk driving too?  Do drunk driving laws unfairly infringe on our liberties because just a small minority can't hold their liquor?

I argue that the majority of drivers know when they can and can't use their devices and to what degree so as to maintain a reasonable amount of safety.  I don't extend this to drunk driving as I see that as a much more obvious state of dangerous impairment. I try to balance study results with my own and others anecdotal experiences to arrive at a balanced solution that burdens peaceful people as lightly as possible.  I do however oppose things like open container laws and blue laws as I believe most people can manage such activities with an acceptable level of safety without interference from the state.

#10 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2017-02-23 18:30:37

MichaelBluejay wrote:

And in that single study, the plausible suggestion was made that crashes didn't go down simply because drivers didn't honor the ban.

Yes, that's exactly my point. Before the ban people texted with the device in line of sight with the road.  After the ban people text with the device below window level to avoid detection.  I would argue that the second one is more dangerous and more likely to cause crashes.  This is consistent with the findings of those studies.

#11 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2017-02-22 18:14:54

Michael, Here's a Time article from 2010 that references some studies from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) that found increases in crashes in several states after bans were implemented.  I didn't look up the original papers but you should be able to find them if so inclined. … s-studied/

I find many such laws to be an unnecessary encroachment on the liberties of peaceful people.  I don't like to see the vast majority of people burdened with such hindrances due to the incompetence of a small minority.  I find the authoritarians in government much too eager to implement their heavy handed solutions to such problems whether they be perceived or real.

#12 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2017-02-22 01:06:19

Michael,  This site contains a compilation of studies with a wide variety of results.  The consensus seems to be that the bans do not reduce crashes.  I'll need to dig a bit more to find the one(s) that saw the correlation that I mentioned.  It has been a while and I don't remember where I got that info.

While the bans don't reduce crashes what they do is make us less free and expand the police state.

#13 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app » 2016-09-29 11:36:57

MichaelBluejay wrote:

Ha! :)  But you know, you don't have to actually operate the app.  It works automatically as you ride.

Perfect worlds are such nice places.

#14 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Help create a bike-friendly map of Austin with the Ride Report app » 2016-09-28 19:53:42

I'd be a lot less stressed if I weren't worried about being jacked up by a cop for holding my phone when I ride.

#15 Re: Organizations » Should I accept the award from Bike Texas? » 2016-09-22 17:35:31

Your work is more important to the community than you are giving yourself credit for.  Accept it.  You deserve it.

#16 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » Councilmember Don Zimmerman's campaign ad ridicules cyclists » 2016-09-21 14:46:00

I'm in Don Zimmerman's district and will be voting for him for reelection. I've been pleased with his service.  I value his financial oversight on the city council and think it's important to have a voice of dissent on the dais.  -chuck-

#17 Re: Train, Bus, Transit » TNCs (Uber, Lyft) trying to avoid regulation » 2016-01-01 23:51:01

If fingerprinting is required of drivers, shouldn't it also be required of riders to protect the drivers?

#18 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2015-06-01 00:25:14

Cell phone bans cause cell phones to be moved from line of sight with the road to below waist level to avoid detection.  In places that have banned cell phones while driving, there are fewer eyes on the road,  that's why there are more crashes in places that have banned cell phone use while driving.

#19 Justice Issues / Collisions » Thomas F. Linsley dies in 2012, 16 years after being hit & run'd » 2015-05-05 20:02:59

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Thomas F. Linsley was struck by a hit and run motorist at 26th and Speedway on the UT campus in 1996.  He survived only to spend the rest of his life in a minimally responsive vegetative state.  He died on January 21, 2012, almost 16 years after the crash. … =155672278

Thomas F. Linsley Thomas F. Linsley, 64 Oldest son of the late Francis S. and Ruth I. Linsley, brother of the late Joel A. and Brian M. Linsley of Albany, N.Y., survived by his brother Wayne D. Linsley and his nephew Wayne D. Linsley Jr., both of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Born May 27, 1947 in Albany, New York he graduated from the Albany Academy and received his Bachelors from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and his Masters from the University of Texas. Tom moved to Texas in 1971 and worked at The U.T. Austin Computation Center. Tom passed on January 21, 2012 and will finally know peace after being struck by an unknown hit and run driver while riding his bike on Campus in 1996 and sustaining a traumatic and irreversible brain injury. Memorial contributions may be made to Family Eldercare or Hospice Austin. - See more at: … PDcFh.dpuf

#20 Re: Traffic Laws » Texas one of only six states with no cell/device-use ban » 2014-12-19 13:53:54

I hope the new city council repeals it.  People are going to move their phones from being in line of sight with the road to below waist level to avoid detection.

#21 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Austin Energy giving rebates for electric bicycles » 2014-09-18 08:36:09

I've been riding electric hybrids (Li batteries with hub motors) since 2009 and have been very pleased with the results.  We have several of these in our family now.

#22 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Texting / handheld device ban » 2014-08-29 11:23:16

I'm not sure if you are aware of this or not Savanni but cops like the one that just killed cyclist Milton Olin are exempted from obeying the law.  This isn't about safety, this is about the expansion of the police state and for profit jails.  It's actually going to be less safe as the devices that are now held in line of sight with the road will start to be held at waist level to avoid detection.

#24 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Freewheeling Bicycles, RIP May 2013 » 2014-07-07 01:55:14

My favorite Austin hamburger joint is closing. Player's on MLK at the end of the drag is shutting down at the end of November to make way for the new UT medical school.   :-(

#25 Re: Commuting/Routes » Anderson Mill to Burnet/183 » 2014-06-02 17:42:49

This is the route that I use.  Some people don't like Burnet Rd. though. But it is a long, straight, flat run with very long distance visibility esp. with bright lights.

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