Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cyclist hit on W. Jemez --More

Latest (3rd) update on Carol Clark's blog is out and contains more details following an interview between LAPD, the motorist, and his attorney. Click on the photo to go to her site. Keep an eye on the Monitor, too, which hopefully will have the police report in a few days and we can figure out how this happened.
A previous update is here. In this update, Carolyn Zerkle indicates there will be a fundraiser as part of this year's Tour de Los Alamos for the hit rider.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Road Rage Season

Yup, its summer, and the stories are starting to multiply again. As far as road rage?

Don't engage, instead count to ten

If endangered, call 911 and press charges

If possible, and the opportunity arises, explain safe cycling to an attentive and calm motorist

Your own safety is more important than "winning" a fight

with acknowledgments to Patrick O'Grady and the Mad Dog Media Whirled Hindquarters for use of the cartoon.

Espanola bans dialing while driving

As reported in the New Mexican.

For all of us who have watched inattentive drivers swerve, brake late, or have near misses while they dial their infernal phones or perform other domestic tasks, this is a small win. A very small one. I suspect compliance will be low.

I suspect we will have a cell phone law up in Bomb Town some day--after we have a deceased to name it after.

People are just too arrogant behind the wheel to know their own limits. We want it all--safety but no limits to the risky behavior we impose on others. When you are piloting 5500 lbs. of steel around our streets in close proximity to other people, you have some responsibilities far more important than that phone call.