If you have been involved in an accident:

The following is re-posted with permission of http://cyclistlaw.com/

“Cyclists should immediately get the emergency care needed.
911 should be called immediately. DO NOT refuse medical attention. You may be in shock and/or not realize your injuries.

Make sure to get the drivers license number, license plate, and description of the car and other driver if it appears the police are not coming or the driver may leave the scene.
As close in time to the incident as possible, take as many notes as you can recall about the incident, include a diagram of the location, the vehicles, and your physical as well as property damages.
Make sure witness names, phone numbers, or some way of contacting them following the incident are collected.
DO NOT discuss liability with the driver of the other vehicle.

Keep your bike and the clothes you were wearing (no matter how soiled), and take photos of them as well as your injuries. These should not be thrown away.

You should call a bike accident or personal injury attorney to discuss your rights following a bike accident.

Riders, follow-up with your primary care physician. Your number one concern should be treating your injuries and getting well.

Do not speak to the insurance company of the person/company who injured you until you have contacted an attorney. Insurance companies will try to contact cyclists who have been injured. through an adjuster or attorney with one goal in mind, limit the amount of money the injured rider may be entitled to recover.
Investigation: Only trained professionals should investigate incidents causing severe injury. This will include speaking with witnesses and taking their statements. Photographs of the incident site will need to be taken by a trained individual who knows what to look for and preserve evidence as close in time to the incident as possible.

Non-traffic Related Bicycle Incidents: If your accident is not traffic related and you have been attacked by a dog or other animal it is urgent that you seek immediate emergency care. The Shefman Law Group has litigated numerous dog bite and dog mauling cases. Cyclists are often victims of dog attacks. It is important to know where the dog originated and who the owner is. We will investigate prior attacks by that same dog and handle your strict liability claim against the dog’s owner.”

Bikes Across Borders Pannier Workshop

DirtNail Pedicab Is proud to partner with Bikes across borders to bring you a pannier workshop. The email form the coordinator is as follows. Everyone should join ride or just the list-serve google group as they are amazing people doing great things. Plus they have a huge adventure to mexico each year.

To: “bikesacrossborders@googlegroups.com”
Sent: Thursday, 1 December 2011, 12:46:01
Subject: Events; Bike graveyard @ Dirtnail avail; Panniers!

Hey BXBers:

Don’t forget 2 weeks from 2day:
Thur., Dec. 15th, 6:30pm MEET & EAT, dinner/mingle/info/benefit, loc. TBA

…and 2 weeks from 2esday:
Tue., Dec. 20th, 7:00pm PANNIERS, make-em at Dirtnail Pedicab shop

PANNIER STUFF (skip ahead for WHAT WE NEED IN THE KITCHEN & PACKING)

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE COROPLAST PANNIERS, YOU’LL NEED:
1″-1 1/2″ wide strips of wood, 1/2″ thick in lengths of at least 1′ (to reinforce the coroplast)
(1 strip per pannier)
this gives you an idea: http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2007/01/tobys-coroplast-panniers-fenders.html

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE KITTY LITTER PANNIERS, YOU’LL NEED:
Kitty litter buckets (Ecology Action at 9th and I-35 has them)
this gives you an idea:

http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FJK/K7TD/FH6EBR5W/FJKK7TDFH6EBR5W.MEDIUM.jpg

EITHER WAY, YOU’LL ALSO NEED THE HARDWARE TO ATTACH THE PANNIERS!
E-mail or call with questions 512-203-1339,

STEPHEN of Dirtnail has offered the shop and has asked what tools we might need to use. Please e-mail me if you want to use tools other than: a drill & box cutters. He should be at the shop and available to answer questions about Dirtnail resources.

STILL DON’T HAVE A BIKE?
Stephen @ Dirtnail has offered his “bike graveyard” for pilfering parts and even a frame. There are frames at Rachel’s. Contact her or Roy to set up a time to pick one out. Yellow Bike hours for December are set at the meeting on Tuesday.