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#1 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Woman cyclist & dog hit & run'd on Manor Rd., 9/28/21 » 2021-10-11 12:43:02

No argument. 
Neither account has the detail of whether it was a matter of hit from behind or right hook, for instance, so it's hard to get a picture. 
It is odd that this garbled account seems to treat the cyclist as a pedestrian with a vehicle at the same time.

#3 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Woman cyclist & dog hit & run'd on Manor Rd., 9/28/21 » 2021-09-30 15:13:21

Sad news.  Manor road's protected bike lane?  From memory, not sure where Alexander is.

#4 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » What does it take to be charged with killing a non-driver? Being black » 2021-09-27 17:44:59

dougmc wrote:

I was just looking into Lance's aggressor -- he wasn't just charged -- he was convicted, got 10 years.

Strangely enough, the court gave 10 years for the celebrity, and one year for the non-celebrity, even though both cyclists were assaulted in the same way at the same time --

Carter was convicted of felony aggravated assault on Armstrong, for which he was given the 10-year sentence, and misdemeanor deadly conduct against cyclist David Averill, for which he was given the one-year sentence.

Apparently the driver's one act that affected two different people got a different charge for each affected person based on the consequences of the act, if this story gives the pertinent details.
(Armstrong crashed, Avril changed course)
(10 years in prison (presumably for the felony); 1 year in county jail (presumably for the misdemeanor))

The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - The driver of a pickup truck convicted of trying to run down world bicycle racing champion Lance Armstrong and another rider has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a year in county jail.

Carl Michael Carter II, 37, was sentenced Thursday following a day of testimony in which jurors heard how he has had an unpredictable and often violent temper that he unleashed on his previous wives, his children and most recently, two strangers biking on a country road.

A judge will decide Feb. 18 whether the sentences will be served one after the other or at the same time.

Carter was convicted of felony aggravated assault on Armstrong, for which he was given the 10-year sentence, and misdemeanor deadly conduct against cyclist David Averill, for which he was given the one-year sentence.

Armstrong and Averill testified that they were riding side by side on a road in western Travis County on March 31, 1998, when Carter's pickup truck sped by within inches of Averill's shoulder.

The cyclists made an obscene gesture at Carter, whose pickup then screeched to a halt in the middle of the road, according to their testimony. Carter and the cyclists got into an argument, which they said led to Carter speeding off, making a U-turn and driving at them.

*Averill rode up a driveway. Armstrong steered his bike into a ditch, flipping end over end and landing on his back.* A telephone repairman who witnessed the incident testified that he believed Carter would run over the bicyclist.

#5 Re: Organizations » Bike Austin opposes Proposition A about police staffing (2021) » 2021-09-22 11:56:40

If true, I'd say it's mistake for Bike Austin to enter any fray that is not about bicycling and only bicycling.  Harms the

#6 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » The Bluejays will buy a car and give up bicycling » 2021-09-17 11:07:49

"3) You correctly surmised that my commute to work (or anywhere else I go .. your prompt for self evaluation pointed out to me) was probably circuitous. It is! I bike just over 9 miles, but whether I take Lamar or Burnet or MoPac then the car distance is 7 miles. My advice to those getting on bikes to go somewhere is to consider the tradeoffs: You can lower the weight given to reaching a destination in the minimum amount of time and raise the weight of a path that might yield some sort of feeling of pleasure (often that will be to envision lemonade when if I sense that lemons are part of the decision information). I work full time (my embraced choice) and the remaining time in a day is reduced by about 30-40 minutes due to the difference in going and returning by car as opposed to by bike. That time is up for assessment of how to spend one's life. Such assessment fluctuates a lot, even over just a few hours, but DOES HAVE IT LIMITS (one weight -> 0 .. another -> maximum)."

My compliments on how well you put this. 

I find my commute to work (done these days far less frequently in the work-from-home era) by car annoying and frustrating--even though it is about 15-20 minutes faster each way than going by bicycle, which I find fun and mostly pleasant.  Sometimes (b/c of traffic conditions hard to avoid by car but far easier to avoid bicycling) the driving takes as long as the riding usually does.  My biking route is slightly shorter in distance than the fastest driving route and sometimes I go a different way to get in a bit more riding/a bit more exercise, something I'd never do in a car.

I suppose I could choose a drive to work/90 minutes in the gym lifestyle, but . . . yeech.

#7 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Three views on separated two-way protected bike lane in Columbus, Ohio » 2021-09-17 10:15:11

Replies: 0 … 0Icc5/view  Review of Columbus Summit St bike lane by Patricia Kovacs, 1/4/2021
This paper provides a review of the Summit St 2-way separated by parked cars bike lane on a 1-way street. The  review includes risk information and descriptions of crashes that occurred on the path.  [you can see a contraflow cyclist using the lane "properly" crash into a cross-traffic motorist here:  ]  [Columbus post on the project can be found here: … ike-Lanes/ ] … ated-lanes  Article in THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH newspaper … lanes.html  "Carless Columbus" blogger who thinks the city is "learning from its mistakes."  (seems to me that it could've adequately learned from mistakes made elsewhere decades ago instead)

#8 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Remembering Reed Murray and Fred Meredith » 2021-09-15 16:52:45

Thanks for that.  Fred was a heck of a nice guy and made huge contributions to cycilng in this area and even nationally.  I miss seeing him around and miss his newspaper.

#9 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » The Bluejays will buy a car and give up bicycling » 2021-09-14 16:01:39

MichaelBluejay wrote:

I don't know how anyone bikes in this country without becoming misanthropic.

Sorry to hear that. Cycling has the opposite effect on me.  It's driving that makes me hate people. 
I'm reminded of an Andy Singer cartoon which illustrates the notion that drivers are enemies and cyclists are friends.
Wish I could locate it.

#12 Bike Lanes / Facilities » Discussion of cycling facilities and safety on "Here and Now" » 2021-06-22 12:58:27

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Broadcasted today on KUT and I think can be played again at, today's "Here and Now" had a good, balanced discussion of cycling facilities and safety. See also: … ision-zero

#13 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-06-19 09:48:05

Yesterday, the bill was signed by the governor and will take effect 9/1

#14 Re: Roadway hazards » Delivery robots to use the bicycle lanes » 2021-06-16 10:18:56

Maybe monied business interests will get us better data on "protected" lanes and such. 

OTOH, since so much of "bike safety" is "get the bicyclists out of the way of cars," maybe we should expect "how can we get the bicyclists out of the way of the pizza delivery robots?" to be the next burning question.

#15 Re: Other » Any data on the increase in cycling due to the pandemic? » 2021-06-14 14:20:02

The report here … ed-states/ 
shows a significant increase in bicycle commuting over the period 2000-2019.  All too early for pandemic increases to be included, but in case that is interesting . ...
While there was an increase over 2000-2019, the peak occurred in 2014, and there was a 5.9% drop from 2010-2019.

#17 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-29 15:32:54

And today the bill was sent to the governor

#18 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-27 16:04:27

RedFalcon wrote:

What are the odds it makes it past the governor?  It will be interesting to see.

  We just might see.  Today the senate agreed to the house version of the bill.

#21 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-13 21:16:10

The Senate version of the bill was on the House floor tonight--passed to third reading (one more stage to go) with a small amendment.
[SB No. 1055, that is]

#22 Re: Justice Issues / Collisions » Coronavirus vs. traffic deaths » 2021-05-10 12:15:40

  "Statistically, the risk of dying in a car accident is much higher than dying from COVID-19."

In related news:
Former Sen. Don Huffines announces for governor
Says he will challenge Gov. Abbott because "I’m tired of being lied to. We all are. Texas deserves real leadership. No excuses."
Lying liar hates lying, apparently.

#23 Re: Traffic Laws » Lisa Torry Smith Act » 2021-05-05 23:31:07

Always good reason to be skeptical, but the bill did get out of committee w/o amendment.  The senate companion bill also passed out of committee without amendment.  You can take that as a good sign.  More than three weeks to get one of them through the process.

#24 Re: Equipment (Discussion, For sale) » "Copenhagen Wheel" makes electric bike conversion easy » 2021-04-11 17:22:12

The GeoOrbital is an interesting design and the best I was able to find was a sign-up for an e-mail list.  One mechanical thing about that design is the bearings way out on the rim are going to have to spin really fast, compared to bearings at a wheel's hub, reducing life, but maybe they've beefed them up tremendously, or made them really easy to service, to make up for that.  I guess we'd be stuck with their foam-filled tires.  #reinventing the wheel.

#25 Re: Other » Any data on the increase in cycling due to the pandemic? » 2021-03-24 14:56:33

Darron wrote:

Does anyone know if there is data sources for this for the pandemic?  Specifically for Central Texas?

Not so specifically, but I did see this source: … you-think/  Changes are mixed.  Note my own case--one who a year ago was a daily bicycle commuter; now I hardly leave this house. 

Similar info: … -here-stay 

UK from last month: … gan-280569 

Canada last month: … -1.5951863

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