A New Jersey driver was texting about a drug deal when he hit and injured a cyclist.
Convictions on such a charge result in an average 20-39 months in prison for the defendant. But in the sentencing, Superior Court Judge James Downs found that Diez’s military service, along with testimony from former colleagues about his good character, were mitigating factors, and chose to sentence him to 15-27 months instead. Downs suspended all but four months of that sentence unless Diez breaks the law again in the next 30 months.
And other stories from GGW:
Meanwhile, a teen in Tulsa Austin shot a cyclist with a pellet gun, "saying he hated cyclists," and a Miami driver intentionally hit a cyclist who wouldn't get out of a bike lane so the driver could make a right turn. (Tulsa Alternative Transportation Examiner, Transit Miami)
The Miami driver then fled the scene.
The AP put out a story about trends in cycling. On the list: stylish utility bikes[doesn't "stylish" mean trendy?], fitness bikes, pedal-assisted electric bikes, eco design bikes, folding bikes and the Xtracycle. I'll give them those. But this one made me laugh.
AERODYMANIC ROAD BIKES (High-End): Bikes are already very light, but they can be made faster with aerodynamics, said Mooney.
Really? I'd never heard of such a thing (sarcasm). In fairness, they're talking about newly designed down tubes and seat tubes.
Photos of kids on bikes. Awww... (there's even one from my Peace Corps country of Cameroon)