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Adam Pressler
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Ride in Peace Dakota Sorenson.

15 year old Dakota Sorenson was killed by a driver "who didn't see him" on Highway 62 in or near Buna, TX. Highway 62 is also called Main St. in Buna. I cannot tell where exactly the collision took place, but you can see a streetview of it in Buna here. The highway is 55mph outside of town and slows to 35mph in town. 
https://goo.gl/o76Bu4

The few news reports I can find list him as a Houston resident, but Buna is close to the Louisiana border and a long way from Houston. A web search revealed at least one family named Sorenson in Buna, so maybe he was living there now.

This boy was only 15, but It makes me a bit sad that I can find so little information about him or the collision that killed him.

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This is part of my #VirtualGhostBike  project, an effort of mine to commemorate every bicyclist killed in Texas during 2015. If I have missed any, please let me know. To find more, search for that hashtag in my feed.

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Looks like someone beat me to it.  I'll refrain from replying so as not to overwhelm this uninformed driver.  :)
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More flood damage in Texas.

This is a section of the White Rock Creek multi-use path in near my office. This is part of my normal commuting route. It is closed now and likely will be for months.

As you can see, the flood waters have eroded the banks so much, several trees, a long section of fence and soon the path itself will fall into the creek and be washed away. The first set of photos were taken on Tuesday, and the others on Friday.

The flooding is much worse in other parts of the state. My sympathies for those living there. Dallas is still flooding, but so far levee system around the Trinity river is holding. 

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Holy cow. That photo of Memorial Drive in Houston. Dayum. 

Houston proper is in its own watershed called the San Jacinto River basin, and it is flooding terribly. All the water from the Dallas area flows down the Trinity and empties into Galveston Bay southeast of Houston, but it may still affect parts of the city near the ship channel.

All the water in Austin and San Marcos will flow through cities further down the coast from Houston like Freeport, Lake Jackson and Port Lavaca.

In any case, right now is a waxing quarter moon. In a week the tides in the Houston ship channel will be about a foot higher than they are now. Down the coast in Freeport the tides will only be about half a foot higher in a week. Nevertheless, if this rain keeps up things ARE going to get worse down there.
 
Floods Ravage Texas: Pictures
A vehicle left stranded on flooded Interstate 45 in Houston. Heavy rains throughout Texas put the city of Houston under massive ammounts of water, closing roadways and trapping residents in their cars. Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images. Nayeli Cervantes carries her friend's daughter Sophia ...
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Ride in Peace, Edwin Allbritton - 3 time Texas State Champion (Individual and Team Time Trial).

Ed Allbritton was out for a late-morning ride on his recumbent along Highway 16 in the Texas hill country. He was struck from behind by a distracted driver who told investigating officers he was looking in his rear view mirror because he had something in his eye. Investigators ruled out cell phone use.

I was unable to determine the exact place where the collision occurred, but you can see the general area on street view here: https://goo.gl/VS4nk0 It is a typical rural state highway 2 lanes with a half shoulder on each side. The trooper investigating the collision said "Allbritton was riding a recumbent bicycle within a designated area along the roadway." I take this to mean Allbritton was on the shoulder.
http://www.bccourier.com/Archives/News_detail.php?contentId=20227

An experienced cyclist killed because a driver made a conscious decision to focus his attention on something other than the road in front of him. What else is there to say? Except that I hope when I go, my obituary reads as nicely as his. It was a life well lived, and a death too soon.

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This is part of my #VirtualGhostBike  project, an effort of mine to commemorate every bicyclist killed in Texas during 2015. If I have missed any, please let me know.  To find more, search for that hashtag in my feed.

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After retiring from his management investment business — partly because of his desire to have more time for fitness activities — Allbritton looked for a way to give back to society. Becoming involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program provided the ideal solution. After participating in his first event, the 100-mile Century Ride around Lake Tahoe, Allbritton continued to cycle, eventually winning an individual Texas ...
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RE: Driver ...

"Morgan also indicated the incident is still under investigation and he plans to take it before the grand jury at a later date."
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Chromecast is worthless. Can't stream MLS to my friends chromecast. Thank god I bought Apple TV.

Apple. It may not be as cool, but it actually works.

That is all


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Heh. God. Steve Jobs. He would have told you it's the same thing. 
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High correlation between walk/bike to work and healthy cities.

+Ben Folsom  shared a link to an article ranking the healthiest metro areas in the USA. http://americanfitnessindex.org/washington-dc-is-the-nations-fittest-city-report-says/

I took that list and cross referenced it (quick and dirty, not exhaustively) to the US Census Bureau's estimates of commuter modal share. Not surprisingly, the healthier cities tended to have a higher percentage of workers commuting by foot or bicycle. A quick correlation test (Pearson's r) yields a very high positive result of .65 (max 1.0). (Not all the metro areas in the list had commuter modal info readily available at Census.gov)

Ride on, Cabalistas!

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Nice to see that Oklahoma City made the list!  Also, to the best of my knowledge, only two cities with mandatory sidepath laws made this list at all (OKC and Portland).
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More flooding in Texas.

Flood plains are pretty well defined within the City. Usually, they are in the 5-10 year flood zones. As of this morning, we are somewhere around 40-year flood levels. I was seeing water where it is definitely not supposed to be. 

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that is pretty much what we are seeing here as well.  The properties that have flooded were mostly recreational facilities built on the lakes.  The same lakes that were designed to  hold water in case of flooding.

I am incredibly impressed with the design of these lakes.  The Army Corps of Engineers have really saved this area (and more so the downstream areas) from absolute disaster by planning their flood planes and water retention systems.
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Meanwhile at Lake Texoma....



No, REALLY!


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Oklahoma Department of the Navy commandeers a boat from Occupied South Oklahoma.
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Ride in Peace David Rosenfeld.
The 47-year-old husband, father of three, businessman and volunteer was fatally struck Saturday morning by a car while en route to a memorial bike ride for Jon Trevelise, a cyclist who also died after a driver ran over him last spring in Galveston.

The Bellaire police have not released any details. Here is the streetview of the intersection mentioned in the article: https://goo.gl/AcWzTZ

Bellaire is a close-by Houston Suburb. If you look left down Southbound Newcastle street, you will see a separated "Shared Use Path" which is part of the official Houston bikeway map. It's not a particularly nice one, and I have no reason to think Mr. Rosenfeld was on it. (I wouldn't have been - it looks more dangerous than the street to me.) I point this out only because drivers in that area should have been used to seeing cyclists and pedestrians at that intersection. Again, we just have no information on what happened.

Better infrastructure won't fully protect vulnerable road users from negligent drivers, but it would help

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This is part of my #VirtualGhostBike  project, an effort of mine to commemorate every bicyclist killed in Texas during 2015. If I have missed any, please let me know.  To find more, search for that hashtag in my feed.


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Bicyclist killed en route to memorial ride
By Cindy George - May 24, 2015
If the unthinkable had to happen to a guy like David Rosenfeld, it would have played out this way.

On a bike. Doing good. Supporting people.

The 47-year-old husband, father of three, businessman and volunteer was fatally struck Saturday morning by a car while en route to a memorial bike ride for Jon Trevelise, a cyclist who also died after a driver ran over him last spring in Galveston.

The vice president of Unleaded Communications, a downtown Houston marketing and communications firm, was killed around 8 a.m. near the corner of Bissonnet and Newcastle.

Representatives from the Bellaire Police Department declined to release details or disclose whether there has been an arrest.

This weekend's loss - which adds another to the more than two dozen bicyclist deaths in Harris County in the last four years - shook the cycling community as well as the scores of people who loved and respected Rosenfeld.

'He was always cheery'

Danny Savitzky, co-owner of Planetary Cycles, a Meyerland bike shop, knew Rosenfeld from Houston's cycling universe and the local Jewish community.

"He was a good friend. He was always in a good mood. He was always cheery - even when he was under heavy deadlines and impossible chores. He always took it in good stride," said Savitzky, who also described Rosenfeld as a committed businessman and father as well as a cautious cyclist who valued safety. "I see some riders who are carefree and they do stupid things on the road. David was not that way. He was very aware of his surroundings. He was a very good cyclist and had very good bike handling skills and obeyed the laws of the road. That's what makes all of this even more unbelievable."

Dylan Powell, Unleaded's creative director, raved about Rosenfeld's versatility.

"He was just such a balanced guy. He could talk about everything. He had these vast pockets of expertise from working for all of these clients over the years," he said. "Everyone at work loved him. He was really smart, really creative and good with people."

Powell also said Rosenfeld was never too busy to mentor him and many others at the firm.

"He did a good job helping clients and leading projects, but he helped everyone grow and do their best work. I appreciate that about him."

Founding member

Rosenfeld also was a founding member of Congregation Shma Koleinu, which began in late 2013 and meets in the fellowship hall of a Bellaire church.

Laura Max Rose, a spokeswoman for the congregation, said the members are "tremendously thankful to the number of people who have reached out to help the Rosenfeld family."

She said that Rosenfeld was a "light" in the group.

"He came up with our name - Shma Koleinu, which means 'Hear our Voice.' He came up with our logo and did all of our graphic design for us. He wanted to create a space where people's voices could be heard and people had integrity," Rose said. "He was a pillar of our community. To say that he will be missed in an understatement."

Rosenfeld is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter.

His funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut.

Those wishing to support the Rosenfeld family may send checks payable to the David Rosenfeld Family Memorial Fund, c/o Congregation Shma Koleinu, P.O. Box 1808, Bellaire, TX 77402.

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Bicyclist killed en route to memorial ride The 47-year-old husband, father of three, businessman and volunteer was fatally struck Saturday morning by a car while en route to a memorial bike ride for Jon Trevelise, a cyclist who also died after a driver ran over him last spring in Galveston. The vice president of Unleaded Communications, a downtown Houston marketing and communications firm, was killed around 8 a.m. near the corner of Bissonnet a...
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So, it's been a bit wet round here.

27 inches of rain so far this year. 11 so far this month. That's about 10 inches ahead of where we normally are in Dallas in a year. Some parts of the state are getting it much worse.The Trinity River is technically in "moderate flood" right now, but isn't threatening the extensive levee system - yet. But dang it is high. My sympathies to those who have not been so fortunate.

http://www.wfaa.com/story/weather/2015/05/25/trinity-river-levels-become-spectacle-in-dallas/27914341/

The city is in the middle of a decade long battle over an already approved bond project for the Trinity watershed that includes extensive park facilities (YAY!!!) inside the levees. Which means they would be subject to major floods like this every ten to 20 years. I say build it with eyes open and repair it when it is damaged. Part of that plan included a very unpopular toll road (also inside the levees.) I am against this only because the clear majority of citizens don't want it and it bother me that after nearly 10 years I still can't understand who makes enough money off this thing to keep it alive. So, even though I know we can build a road that won't flood, I still like this fine movie poster...   

All the rain has only minimally affected my commuting schedule. Almost all of the storms have been heavy rain but very little lightning. I will ride in the rain, as Mike Birbiglia says, - it's only watah. But I don't ride in lightning. Commuting by bike is supposed to be fun and low-stress. Lightning is neither.

Some images via +Claudio Mora 
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Wow, that was pretty much dry when I was there last Nov. Or was it Oct? How's your ark coming along? 
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I have mixed feelings about "gifted and talented" programs in schools. I support them for 2 main reasons: First, applying a label of "gifted" to a student is always a self fulfilling prophecy. Perhaps not all children so identified will last long in a GT program, but all of them will do better than they would have without the label due to the interaction of self perception and teacher expectations. Second, GT programs create beneficial education environments by acting as a filter on distractions. Those children who have no interest in advanced academic studies and those who are detrimentally disruptive will not long be in a GT classroom.

The big problem I have is with the selection process. Too often standardized tests are used at inappropriately young ages. My school district tests at 6 years old for admission to the GT programs. Alternately, students are admitted based on paperwork that favors those with parents that have the motivation and skills to navigate district bureaucracy. My district also requires several pages of application forms. Finally, there is more than a little bit of "squeaky wheel gets the grease." The end result is GT classes noticeably lacking in low s.e.s. students.

There are so many factors at work when it comes to educational outcomes. I know schools can only affect some of those factors. But I would be happy to see more schools do more to identify and retain the types of students we all know are missing out on these opportunities.

h/t +Kori Dawn 
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A combination of factors keeps academically talented low-income students from getting the advanced instruction they need to reach their full potential.
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I hear you on the not knowing how to study when getting to college. I didn't actually figure out what study techniques worked for me personally until I started my M. S. in entomology - a program heavy in course requirements. 
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Ride In Peace, Cole Malone.

Cole Malone was a Sophomore at Carroll High School in the DFW suburb of Southlake and an active member of his local Boy Scout troop. He was on his way home from a meeting and riding in a residential neighborhood. It is not clear if he was riding in the street or merely crossing the street at the point where a Multi-Use Path crosses the street at a marked crosswalk. The road itself is wide with unobstructed views and a posted speed limit of 30mph.

You can see the intersection in streetview here: https://goo.gl/uKHihH

What follows is pure speculation on my part: the driver was speeding.

I have been riding the streets of the DFW area for over 20 years. I can say without hesitation that North Texas drivers are a friendly and polite group, but they drive too goddamn fast. Seriously, I have had maybe 2 driver in 20 years intentionally close-pass me. Maybe once a year does someone yell at me. But they drive too goddamn fast. 

According to the US National Institutes of Health, the risk of a pedestrian dying when hit by a car at 25mph is about 10%. The risk of death climbs to 25% when the car reaches about 33mph. At 40 mph, the risk of death 50% and climbs to 75% at 48mph.
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I really don't know why Cole Malone was killed. I also know that even with good infrastructure and drivers paying attention and obeying the laws, these thing could still happen. But I also doubt anyone really believes that is what happened here.

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A 16-year-old Southlake boy was hit by a car and killed earlier this week. Southlake Carroll ISD officials confirmed it happened Monday evening as Cole Malone was on his way home from a Boy Scouts ...
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