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#1 Justice Issues / Collisions » Bicyclist killed in North Austin » 2012-03-02 00:30:25

seth
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Bicyclist killed in North Austin
By Jazmine Ulloa | Thursday, March 1, 2012, 07:38 PM

Police are reporting that a man was killed this evening when his bicycle was struck by a car in North Austin.
Police said the wreck was reported at 7:11 p.m. at North Lamar Boulevard near Kramer Lane.
Traffic investigators have blocked the 10600 block of North Lamar from Grady Drive to McPhaul Street.
Police at the scene said the crash involved an SUV with two female occupants. The vehicle appeared to have been going south on Lamar. The cyclist was killed at the scene, and vehicular homicide investigators remained on the scene about 8:30 p.m.
Updated at 8:30 p.m. with additional information.


From this Statesman article: http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/ … _aust.html

#2 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Pedestrian Killed, Another Injured on Sidewalk of Wheatsville Coop » 2012-02-20 19:07:36

Monday update: Austin police have filed two charges on the driver they say struck two people Sunday night, killing one of them, on Guadalupe near 31st streets.
Linda Dianne Woodman, 59, is in custody and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault, police said. Her bail has been set at $55,000.
The person who was killed was identified as 61-year-old Dik Van Meerten, while the injured person was identified as 21-year-old Sarah Lee Parker.
Vehicular homicide Detective Michael McCarter told the American-Statesman this afternoon that Woodman is still being treated at a hospital for "some medical issues" that were not caused by the wreck. She received a minor injury from her seat belt, McCarter said. He said the intoxication charges don't come from alcohol use.
"We know it wasn't alcohol. We suspect it was medication," McCarter said.
Woodman tried to refuse medical treatment, he said. "Her account of what happened didn't match what happened," said McCarter, who said Woodman didn't realize she'd hit anyone. "She thought she had hit a pothole, and lost control of the car."

#3 Justice Issues / Collisions » Pedestrian Killed, Another Injured on Sidewalk of Wheatsville Coop » 2012-02-20 15:38:52

seth
Replies: 6

http://goo.gl/Cbg3W

A man was killed and a woman was critically injured Sunday evening after they were struck by a car in front of a grocery store just north of the University of Texas, police said.

The car was traveling south on Guadalupe Street at about 7 p.m. when it collided with another vehicle and hit the man and woman who were standing outside the Wheatsville Food Co-op on the east side of Guadalupe near West 31st Street. The car then crashed into a pole supporting the sign for Four Sons' Quality Cleaners a block south, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was being questioned by investigators and was not identified.

The man and woman were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge. Police said the man was born in 1950 but did not identify him. They also did not identify the woman.

All lanes of Guadalupe between 30th and 32nd streets were closed for several hours Sunday night as police investigated the incident.

#4 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » House Republicans vote to kill Safe Routes to School » 2012-02-07 19:08:51

chuckthomas wrote:

It would be better to just keep the gas tax money here in Texas in the first place instead of sending it to Washington D.C. then having to grovel to get it back.  We could do the things that are important to us instead of looking to D.C. to set our priorities.

In Texas, that would mean the gas tax probably wouldn't be collected and then nothing would be done in order to create an environment attractive to business.

Seth

#5 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Cars2Go to get bicycle equivalent in Austin » 2012-02-02 14:40:23

seth
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Cool article about a bike-share program to start in Austin due to local sponsorship and federal grant money.

From the Statesman:

http://goo.gl/dsYP4

-- Seth

#6 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » What is the Austin anti-culdesac code / law? [Bruining Avenue Closure] » 2011-05-21 18:49:50

One of the things that makes a neighborhood great is a collection of individuals with unique perspectives. Hence, during the original Rowena scuffle, you'll perhaps remember that I was one of many voices in support of pedestrian & bike access to that proposed development.

Seth

#7 Re: Bike Lanes / Facilities » What is the Austin anti-culdesac code / law? [Bruining Avenue Closure] » 2011-05-06 14:53:14

Augenwinkel,

Thanks for the valuable advice. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association actually just passed a resolution this week opposing the closure of Bruning Avenue.

Appreciatively,

Seth Johnson

#8 Bike Lanes / Facilities » What is the Austin anti-culdesac code / law? [Bruining Avenue Closure] » 2011-05-05 12:42:10

seth
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I'm working with my neighbors to try to prevent the City of Austin from closing Bruning Avenue, which is a street that runs from the intersection of 51st & Duval to Airport Blvd.

The city intends to install jersey barriers at both ends of this street, so it will only be accessible from the side streets (Evans and Martin) and both ends will be dead ends. Closing Bruning will interfere with Eastbound travel on 51st to Airport as well as Northbound Duval travel to Airport.

Isn't there a law or code that requires the city to avoid creating dead ends and culdesacs? I remember a discussion where this came up a few years back when a developer was going to build an apartment at the Texas Wildlife Training Facility off of Rowena. I couldn't find it in the forums, though. The developer wasn't going to abide by the grid plan by blocking travel on 50th street (http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2008-05-16/625018/).

That's what I'm curious about. Is there an anti-culdesac code or law for Austin? Is it zoning?

Any pointers to resources regarding this transportation issue would be greatly appreciated.

thanks,

Seth

#9 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » Looking for trailer suggestions » 2010-09-23 17:12:03

john the blasphemer wrote:

I'm seriously considering buying a bicycle trailer so I can better haul groceries and things around.

john

I just came across this thread and thought I'd throw in my observations.

Looking at the Burley Travoy linked to by someone earlier, that looks like an EXCELLENT choice for groceries and errands. The design lends itself to you bringing the cart into a store with you. This is a fantastic concept.

I sing those praises of that trailer, which I don't own, because it contrasts sharply with the trailer I do own.

Several years ago I bought a BOB trailer with a plastic cargo container. Installed it on my mountain bike, which has an aluminum frame. The payload capacity is not very large. It doesn't do well with an ice chest, for instance. During turns, it wants to tip over or drag on the ground when loaded heavy. I can also feel it exerting significant torque to my bike's frame.

Parking a bike with a BOB trailer at the grocery store is not very convenient. You have to really secure your bike so the whole shebang doesn't fall over. You also don't want to have to back the the thing up far because you'll jack knife for sure.

The Burley Travoy design looks to skip all this mess because the cart comes off and into the store with you. This pays dividends because you pack your groceries on the cart in the store (once), and don't have to spend time packing them when you get back outside to your bike. And when you get home, I bet that cart comes right into the kitchen to unload.

Anyone want to trade a Burley Travoy for a lightly-used BOB trailer?

Seth

#10 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » cycling shoes-- any recommendations? » 2010-09-23 16:51:37

Wow. Thanks for the valuable information. I wouldn't have guessed I could damage my knees from a haphazard shoe/cleat installation.

I'm gathering that a mtb shoe like this:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pr … 1022908_-1

Will work with a variety of mountain bike pedal systems. Would the cleats that come with these pedals work with those shoes?--

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pr … 000_400048

I like that one because you ride with regular shoes or cleats.

Any other recommendations on dual pedals that would work with mtb shoes?

Appreciatively,

Seth Johnson

#11 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » cycling shoes-- any recommendations? » 2010-09-23 14:57:53

bizikletari wrote:
seth wrote:

Is there any drawback to using mountain bike shoes & pedals on a road bike?

The spandex crew will frown at you.


Well, I'm not so concerned about that...

What type of pedals work with these types of shoes? Is "SPD" a type of binding system?

Appreciatively,

Seth Johnson

#12 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » cycling shoes-- any recommendations? » 2010-09-23 10:10:22

Thanks for the suggestions. Is there any drawback to using mountain bike shoes & pedals on a road bike?

Appreciatively,

Seth

#13 Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » cycling shoes-- any recommendations? » 2010-09-22 20:25:21

seth
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I'm interested in a cheap pair of road bike shoes that clip onto the pedals. Does anyone have recommendations? I would like to pay less than $60 for these shoes in a (US) size 9. Links to vendors appreciated!

Seth

#14 Other » Interesting Public Art Bicycle Sculpture in Santa Rosa, CA » 2010-09-08 13:56:44

seth
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Wired's website has a small feature about a 60-ft-tall obelisk built from bicycle parts and installed in a public space.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/ … sk?pid=217

Apparently, the city of Santa Rosa requires all large construction projects to assign 1% of the budget to art in public places. Austin has a similar law, but it only applies to public bond projects. In this case, the $37,000 obelisk was funded by a private $3.7 million Nissan dealership being built.

Seth

#15 Re: Other » F the F1 Proposal -- Austin's Newest Potential Boondoggle » 2010-08-28 05:12:30

The $25 million figure comes from a STATE slush fund set aside to lure sporting events to Texas. Ex-Austin Mayor Kirk Watson was the sponsor of the bill that made F1 racing qualify for these funds.

The funds are to be paid out as $25 million per year. If Bernie pulls the race after the first year, the state will have only spent $25 million in taxpayer funds while netting a substantial amount of tourism dollars that would likely exceed the $25 million.

Formula 1 racing would be a great addition to Central Texas. If the track wasn't going to be built, that land was designated to be sliced into hundreds of small platts for a massive housing development that would have created a lot more impervious cover than this track will.

I'm a proponent, but a realist. Here's what's likely to happen: Red McCombs and the other investors are dropping a racetrack on a BIG plot of land just east of Austin. The racetrack will take this land out of the market for 10 years. The land surrounding the track will also be in a weird limbo for those 10 years. But Austin will likely sprawl out in that direction in the next decade. All this property also has good access to Texas 130. Ten years from now, the track gets torn down, and Red McCombs can sell that land to developers at whatever price the property has appreciated to. The land around it will also leap up in value because it's no longer right next to a race track. The question to ask is who will pay taxes on the land during the ten years? Investing in this project is a means of tax-sheltering a property investment that is bound to pay off huge in ten years.

Seth

#16 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Austin Area Bicycle Thefts » 2010-08-25 15:38:18

Allen,

I'm sorry to hear about your assault and the theft of your mountain bike. I shot these photos last Sunday afternoon driving Southbound on I35 probably around the Oltorf exit. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I was stopped when I shot these photos.

Seth

#17 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Austin Area Bicycle Thefts » 2010-08-23 23:20:25

To answer the rhetorical question, is simply having a lot of bikes grounds for a police stop and search?

I'm not so sure you're answering a rhetorical question as much as asking a devil's-advocate-styled question.

Happens all the time, Doug. If police have reports of bikes being stolen, which they do, and a truck is seen transporting several bicycles, that is enough for a cop to pull the truck over and ask the driver to explain the source of the bikes, i.e. ask where they came from and if the driver has proof of purchase. Without proof of purchase, the cop can then radio in serial numbers from the roadside to see if any of them have been reported stolen.  This is absolutely a reasonable search.


I've seen trucks like this doing the garage sale rounds, driving around the night before bulk trash pickup ...

I've run several garage sales as well as attended many more garage sales, and I've never seen a truck driving around exclusively buying bicycles. Your observations may be more unique than you realize.

Seth

#18 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Austin Area Bicycle Thefts » 2010-08-23 16:34:25

I see trailers and trucks filled past the rim with bikes driving south on I35 a few times a month. I figure they are stolen bikes heading down for sale south of the border. Why don't the police pull these folks over and run some serial number checks?

bikes_2333_stolen_trailer.jpg

stolen_232_bike_trailer.jpg

Seth

2L2KIL

#19 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » "Cyclist injured in downtown accident" at 5th & Nueces » 2009-05-28 14:57:04

m1ek wrote:

"Witnesses say a cyclist who collided with a car in downtown Austin last night ran a red light."

Not very subtle.

I was commenting on your exaggeration of the cyclist's injuries. You inserted the word 'kill' where the original article and even this thread used the word 'injured.'

But hey, it's just like some facts. No need to take note. Please do continue with your agenda.

Seth

#20 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » "Cyclist injured in downtown accident" at 5th & Nueces » 2009-05-27 11:51:43

m1ek wrote:

The shattered glass and no-doubt shattered psyche of the motorist who killed this guy by just driving through a green light are testimony to the fact that the red-light runners out there DON'T only hurt (or kill) themselves.

Great example of either [insult deleted] or a failure to detect subtleties within news stories.

Seth

#21 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » 5400 Burnet Rd: Bicyclist is clipped by passing motorist's mirror » 2009-03-20 02:29:10

MichaelBluejay wrote:

JW, what exactly are you suggesting?  What do you want them to do, shoot the driver?

I don't think JW was advocating for anything violent. It sounded like he was frustrated with the slap-on-the-wrist received by the driver.

Actually, the ticket is better than how most of these incidents are handled. In this case, the ticket identifies fault on the part of the motorist. The bicyclist is racking up dozens of thousands of dollars in medical bills already. The motorist's insurance will have to cover these to the limit (I think it's usually $25k). An accident attorney can then go after the motorist for additional compensation in court. Might bankrupt the motorist.

Without the ticket, it would be the bicyclist who suffers bankruptcy due to medical expenses.


Seth

#22 Re: Train, Bus, Transit » Fuel efficiency of trains no better than cars? » 2009-01-02 14:01:24

Trains are a long-term investment. Not immediate. But our countrymen have difficulty understanding this concept and how it relates to everything that matters.

Seth

#23 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Austin police allow bike theft » 2008-12-26 02:29:45

plarson wrote:

Where do you live that your house is getting shot at and so many bad things are happening? Hell I'd move!

Not really a solution for Allen Demling. Lee Leffingwell likely would have found his new address as well.

Seth

#24 Re: Rides and Events » When is the trail-of-lights bike ride? » 2008-12-22 21:59:07

Damn. I guess reading the forum instead of the mailing list is not really a reliable strategy for keeping up-to-date on Austin Bicycling.

Seth

#25 Rides and Events » When is the trail-of-lights bike ride? » 2008-12-21 23:55:03

seth
Replies: 3

has it already happened? Did I miss it?

Seth

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