I don't remember the next five minutes but when I came to, I was in a neck brace being loaded into an ambulance.
It was commuter hour and it was crowded as all getup. I couldn't see a line through the crowd and I couldn't stop, so I laid it down and just plowed through the crowded crosswalk in the least-populated place I could find.
Fixed gear bikes don't have brakes? That seems moronic.
These things can happen to anyone, no matter how conscientious.
I thought the point of fixed-gear bikes was to have one gear. I had no idea they didn't have brakes. Seems like both of those things could exist on one bike. Anyway, I'm sort of stunned. Because, Jesus. You're riding a bike without brakes. At 35mph. That shouldn't be legal.
Prosecutors are treating the post as having been written by Bucchere, said district attorney's spokesman Omid Talai. The post's author is listed as "Bucchere Chris," and the poster's account is linked to Bucchere's e-mail address.
But isn't it part of his right to remain silent to control what postings of his remain on the net (not a law person, obviously)?
I could swear I've always been told to use the front brake as little as possible because of the likelihood of not just tilting forward, but going endo (which totally, totally scares me).
Locking up the front wheel is worse than locking up the rear wheel. Brake with the rear wheel first, then the front wheel, if you don't want to eat some Tarmac.
I'm not convinced he was on a fixie - he was known to ride both kinds of bike (from his posts) and he talks about "cruising" through the intersection. There isn't a bicycle where it's safe to go at 35 mph through a yellow light in a crowded area at rush hour. He was just going too fast.
Putting my emotions about this bicyclist and this particular incident completely aside, I'm not sure what I can take away from this story. Many pedestrians are killed every year in the US during interactions with vehicles. We have laws that concern reckless operation of vehicles, such as bicycles. Not all vehicle operators who are involved in accidents that result in injury or loss of life feel remorse.
Well, I lived in San Francisco for about 5 years and as a pedestrian I had way more close calls with almost getting struck by cyclists running red lights and/or blasting through sidewalks without giving the right of way to pedestrians than I had with motor vehicles.
Oh, interesting. I guess I always thought that fixed gear bicycles were like the 1-gear bicycles I had when I was a kid, where there was some sort of ratchet system in the rear hub that allowed you to coast without moving the pedals, and "coaster brakes" that you could activate by apply backward pressure on the pedals.
Hiding his postings seems like guilty behavior to me.
...Although he [Bucchere] expressed some well wishes for the elderly victim who was expected to survive at the time but later died, Bucchere ended his note with an ode to his headgear, writing: "In closing, I want to dedicate this story to my late helmet. She died in heroic fashion today as my head slammed into the tarmac... The moral of this little story is: WYFH." Or, in other words: Wear your fucking helmet — a sentiment other commenters doubted, responding: "I'm not sure that's the moral of the story."
The speed limit on that downhill road is 25mph for cars.
So does refusing to answer questions on the grounds that they may intend to incriminate you. It's a good thing 'seeming guilty' isn't a crime.
I think we're all a little dumber for having watched this.
crouchingturbo 1 year ago 20
Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle within 15 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
In the state of California, depending on the degree of recklessness and whether alcohol was involved, a person could be charged with progressively more serious offenses: vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, or second-degree murder. In any of these cases, the prosecution must prove that the driver committed some wrongful act (which could be a felony, a misdemeanor, an infraction, or a lawful act that might cause death) and that the wrongful act caused the accident and the death of the victim. Murder charges are usually reserved for the most egregious cases, such as a convicted DUI offender who drives recklessly and while intoxicated and thereby causes a fatal accident.
C = wheel circumference
about 2.15 meters
v = 55km/h
RPMwheel = 55km/h / 2.15m /60
RPMwheel/RPMcrank = required gear ratio
426.4/120 = 3.55
The light turned yellow as I was approaching the intersection, but I was already way too committed to stop.
Shaana Rahman, a lawyer who represents victims of traffic crashes in civil court, explained that injuring or killing a pedestrian due to negligence has traditionally been categorized as a civil offense rather than a criminal offense, which requires “intent to harm.”
“What I have seen in my practice is unless there’s an issue where a driver or cyclist is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving recklessly and willfully, such as drag racing or something of that nature, by and large there are no criminal charges filed against folks who injure other people in those situations,” she said.
ThatFuzzyBastard: "If bicycles are going to be a major transportation alternative---and I hope they will be---they need to be treated like any other form of transport: regulated strictly, with severe punishment for safety violations. Anyone riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street, riding without brakes, or speeding in a bike lane should get ticketed; enough offenses, and you should lose your license to bike. The cowboy culture of bicyclists is going to end, it's just a question of how many people have to die first."
Sacramento: The city police and district attorney’s office both contend, on the other hand, that legs don’t count as a braking mechanism.
UC Davis: A “fixed gear” bike with no brakes does not meet this requirement no matter how skilled the cyclist.I don't know what the legalities are in Oregon or Washington.
ThatFuzzyBastard: "Brokkr: Citation?"
"When I was in Europe, and particularly in the bike-heavy city of Amsterdam, I never saw a bicyclist going half as fast as I normally see cyclists here in Brooklyn, and never saw anything even approaching the level of aggression. But I could certainly believe that this was a result of culture, rather than regulation. Which then brings up the question of what would change the awful, entitled culture of bicyclists here in the U.S."
"The biker is going fast and looks like he is hunched down. He hits the victim dead-on. There is never a moment where he looks like he is trying to slow down," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because police are still investigating the March 29 crash.
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