Bicycles are motorcycles with organic engines.— Serge Issakov, rephrasing a concept put forth by Wayne Pein; Why clarity in the law is important (ChainGuard-ML msg #26760); 20090223
You fear the powerful eye of genius, that is why you encourage ignorance. Tis opium you feed your people, so that, drugged, they do not feel their hurts…— Marquis de Sade; Juliette; 1797
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people …— Karl Marx; A Contribution to Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, introduction; 1843.
Religion is not the opiate of the masses; religion is the placebo of the masses.— “Gregory House, M.D.”; episode 515, Unfaithful; originally aired 20090216
Medical decisions must be made by qualified persons; legal decisions must be made by qualified persons; cycling decisions should only be made by qualified (knowledgeable) persons.— Jim Grayson commenting upon legislators passing laws based upon flawed understanding of cyclist’s needs.
Jim Grayson; Re: Madison Door Zone Law; Chainguard, 20090211
Experts are calling it an “unprecedented event.” Two large satellites have collided in Earth orbit. Kosmos 2251 crashed into Iridium 33 on Tuesday, Feb. 10th, approximately 800 km over northern Siberia; both were destroyed. The resulting clouds of debris contain more than 500 fragments, significantly increasing the orbital debris population at altitudes where the collision occurred. The Air Force Space Surveillance Radar is monitoring the clouds as they pass over the radar facility in Texas. We, in turn, are monitoring signals from the radar and you may be able to hear debris “pings” by tuning in to our live audio feed. This is a story that will unfold in the days ahead as researchers study the evolution of the debris clouds and piece together the details of the collision.
Stay tuned to http://spaceweather.com for full coverage.
DART ridership up in December
DART ridership in December was up, the transit agency said Thursday.
Bus trips jumped 3.4 percent compared with the same month in 2007. Ridership on TRE commuter lines increased 15.9 percent, and DART light rail was up 8 percent.
Meanwhile, toll traffic on NTTA’s roads eased. Toll transactions were down on both Dallas North Tollway and the Bush Turnpike in the first full week of December.
Michael A. Lindenberger
source: Dallas Morning News; “Local briefs”; 20090205
The following is proposed language for a bill submitted during the 81st Texas Legislative Session. It have been designated SB488 (sponsored by Rodney Ellis and John Carona) and (following revision) HB827 (sponsored by Linda Harper-Brown).
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to the operation of a motor vehicle in the vicinity of a vulnerable road user; providing penalties. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 545, Transportation Code, is amended by adding Section 545.428 to read as follows: Sec. 545.428. VULNERABLE ROAD USERS. (a) In this section, "vulnerable road user" means: (1) a pedestrian, including a runner, physically disabled person, child, skater, highway construction and maintenance worker, utility worker, other worker with legitimate business in or near the road or right of way, or stranded motorist or passenger; (2) a person on horseback; or (3) a person operating equipment other than a motor vehicle, including a bicycle, motorcycle, horse-driven conveyance, or unprotected farm equipment. (b) An operator of a motor vehicle passing a vulnerable road user operating on a highway or street shall: (1) vacate the lane in which the vulnerable road user is located if the highway has two or more marked lanes running in the same direction; or (2) pass the vulnerable road user at a safe distance. (c) For the purposes of Subsection (b)(2), the operator is presumed to have passed the vulnerable road user at a safe distance if the distance between the operator's vehicle and the vulnerable road user is more than: (1) three feet if the operator's vehicle is a passenger car or light truck; or (2) six feet if the operator's vehicle is a truck other than a light truck or a commercial motor vehicle as defined by Section 522.003. (d) An operator of a motor vehicle that is making a left turn at an intersection, including an intersection with an alley or private road or driveway, shall yield the right-of-way to a vulnerable road user who is approaching from the opposite direction and is in the intersection or in such proximity to the intersection as to be an immediate hazard. (e) An operator of a motor vehicle may not overtake a vulnerable road user traveling in the same direction and subsequently make a right-hand turn in front of the vulnerable road user unless the operator is safely clear of the vulnerable road user, taking into account the speed at which the vulnerable road user is traveling and the braking requirements of the vehicle making the right-hand turn. (f) An operator of a motor vehicle may not maneuver the vehicle in a manner that: (1) is intended to cause intimidation or harassment to a vulnerable road user; or (2) threatens a vulnerable road user. (g) An operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any vulnerable road user on a roadway or in an intersection of roadways. (h) A person may not open the door on the side of a vehicle that is adjacent to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to open the door without interfering with the movement of traffic, including vulnerable road users. A person may not leave a door open on the side of a vehicle that is adjacent to moving traffic for a period longer than necessary to load or unload passengers or goods. (i) A person may not harass, taunt, or throw an object or liquid at or in the direction of any vulnerable road user. (j) A violation of this section is punishable under Section 542.401 except that: (1) if the violation results in property damage, the violation is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not to exceed $500; or (2) if the violation results in bodily injury, the violation is a Class B misdemeanor. (k) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that at the time of the offense the vulnerable road user was a person operating a bicycle in violation of Section 551.103 or 551.104(b)(2). (l) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code or the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or both sections. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
This is bad for vehicular cyclists, who - along with slow moving vehicles in general - were the original beneficiaries. By including the terminology “vulnerable road users” (many of which are not even legitimate vehicles), the sponsors have opened the door to subsequent, protectionist laws targeting cyclists and have delegitimized our recognition as vehicles. For the broadest benefit, the verbiage must remain generalized and apply to a blanket beneficiary termed simply “slow moving vehicles”.
Let more appropriate sections of the Transportation Code address the needs of pedestrians.
You don’t have to be a security expert to see that notarization doesn’t provide any strong security to the signature authentication process. For some time the real value it has conferred is in its ceremonial aspects, reinforcing in the signatories that they are performing an important and official act.— Electronic Notarization
Internet Infrastructure Features Staff, 20071120.
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