My heart bleeds for him but it's his own fault at the end of the day.
Anyway, everybody knows the roads aren't built for cars, buses, and trucks. They're built for cops. And if you get in the way of one of those cops while crossing with the pedestrian signal then it's your own fault at the end of the day:
Following up on a witness statement that Medrano was on her cell phone at the time of the crash, the Internal Affairs Bureau subpoenaed her phone records, according to the Daily News. But just two days after Coss was killed the Post reported that Medrano probably wouldn’t be summonsed or charged by NYPD. Though Coss “had the pedestrian signal,” the Post reported, “No criminality and no traffic-law violations are suspected.”
“It was a tragic, unfortunate accident,” an anonymous NYPD source said.
As you know, there's a movement to replace the word "accident" with crash, but you can be sure the NYPD will never go along with it due to its ass-covering powers. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton even used the word "accident" repeatedly at the recent Vision Zero Cities conference--you know, the same conference where he said Vision Zero was impossible.
After using the word "accident" at the Vision Zero Conference, Bratton then addressed the LGBT Equality Caucus, where he assured everybody that the NYPD was committed to protecting "chicks with dicks."
Anyway, the victim's family have filed suit against the city, and here's what the city has to say about that:
Plantiff(s) voluntarily performed and engaged in the alleged activity and assumed the risk of the injuries and/or damages claimed. Plaintiff(s) failed to use all required, proper, appropriate and reasonable safety devices and/or equipment and failed to take all proper, appropriate and reasonable steps to assure his/her/their safety … Plaintiff(s)’ implied assumption of risk caused or contributed, in whole or in part [sic] to his/her/their injuries.
See that? According to the city, crossing the street with the right of way is no different than cliff diving or wingsuit flying. I especially love the bit about "reasonable safety devices and/or equipment," which means we're about a year away from mandatory pedestrian helmets.
Hey, the NYPD already tells people to walk around carrying flashlights at night:
We'll all be walking around wearing this stuff in no time:
As a pedestrian, you are at a major disadvantage when crossing streets, intersections and standing on corners. You are not always visible to drivers; especially for large truck and bus drivers and you don't stand a chance if a vehicle hits you. Pedestrians need to be careful of all vehicles and never take chances when they are sharing the road with large vehicles, like trucks and buses. Here are some safety tips that can keep you safe when walking from one destination to another.
Yeah, that's not "sharing the road," it's cowering for your life.
But let's set matters of life and death aside for the moment and ponder more important questions, such as #whatpressureyourunning? Well, with Bimp'Air, the answer is "Any pressure you want!"
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Automatic tire inflators are like disc brakes for road bikes in that if they were there first and then someone invented the stuff they replaced then that someone would be hailed as a genius. Consider:
INTEGRATED ROAD DISC BRAKES
--Adjustable on the fly
--No fluid, easily serviced
--Large-diameter rotor is integrated with wheel for stopping power and additional weight savings
--Allows lightning-fast wheel changes
--Come in different reaches to accommodate higher-volume tires
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I mean seriously, is there a more convenient invention than the bicycle pump? It's just waiting there to give you air, all the time. The hardest part is remembering to carry the freaking thing.
Someone should really invent a reusable positive-displacement device for home use as well:
Nah, that will never happen. They don't displace enough air to mount today's tubeless tires...
...unless some genius were to invent some kind of pneumatic tire bladder system:
Hey, I know it sounds crazy, but imagine being able to swap or repair tires in minutes without messy fluids, air compressors, or extremely tight-fitting tires.
Sure, it is vulnerable to punctures, but you could always carry a spare, and maybe someone could even invent some sort of tire bladder repair kit!
Nah, it'll never catch on.