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Posted by on October 25th, 2010 at 8:54 am

Here’s the news that caught our eye last week:

- The Centers for Disease Control estimate that in the U.S. the cost of motor vehicle crashes is over $99 billion per year—that’s $500 for every licensed driver.

- New York City has settled a nearly $1 million lawsuit brought by people who had been arrested or ticketed during Critical Mass between 2004 and 2006. Police reports that came out during the trial show the astonishing level and cost of resources that the department leveraged against the ride during those years.

- The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has launched an ambitious campaign called “Connecting the City” that would create major bicycle thoroughfares crisscrossing the city.

- Why wear a bike helmet when you could be wearing the Hövding: a bulky plastic collar containing an air bag that expands to protect your head when you go flying over your handlebars.

- Don’t worry, despite organizers’ controversial plans to move it, mega bike trade show Interbike will be in Vegas in September after all.

- Federal stimulus dollars have allowed Asheville, NC to double its bike lanes.

- The American Automobile Association (AAA) is beginning to take an interest in bicycling. But will it put its money where its mouth is?

- In NYC last week, dueling rallies were held to support and protest one of the city’s new bike lanes.

- Victoria, BC seems like the ideal city for Critical Mass to really take off, but it hasn’t…some thoughts on why.

- Multi-use paths are meant to be shared by people walking, jogging, biking, mushroom gathering, and more. But does that make it a good idea?

- A conservative makes a case for transit. Only rail transit though, please. Nobody wants to ride the bus.

- An expat’s observations about the Chinese car industry, and the changing culture of driving in China before and after the country’s “automotive awakening” in 2008.

- In a small town in Iran, officials have taken a legally dubious stand against women riding bicycles.

- How does your mode of transportation make you feel? A blogger ponders the mood of her commute.

- Could sustainable transportation save the world? One philanthropist thinks so.

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  • craig October 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Jonathan, it would seem that a link from the first headline is needed.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) October 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      craig,

      thanks for catching the missing link for that CDC story. I’ve added it.

      And thanks everyone for the compliments about the Monday Roundup. Glad you find it valuable. Several readers mentioned it as one of their favorite things in our recent reader survey!

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  • Ted Buehler October 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for the excellent coverage Elly! I’m a fan of the Monday Roundup.

    Ted Buehler

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  • middle of the road guy October 25, 2010 at 10:25 am

    regarding the Conservative Case for Mass Transit….I met Paul Weyrich in 1996.

    Most of the posturing around transit funding seems to have more to do with politics and simply picking a side as compared to sound policy. But public policy very seldom has anything to do with good policy.

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  • Todd Boulanger October 25, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Regarding the NYC Police resources spent controlling CM, it just shows how entrenched the autoist mentality was before the current city administration. And where CM is now in NYC.

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  • Dabby October 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Isn’t suing for enforcement or results of a Critical mass pretty much an OXYMORON?

    If you go looking for trouble generally you find it.

    The mistake that is Critical Mass goes looking for
    trouble in NY, finds it, then sues for it?

    Phil wasn’t even there. (friendly jab at yah phil!)

    (and while some of you are going to try to explain to me the things that occurred during this time in NY, save your fingers, I know what went on there)

    Sometimes when something has been dying a long, slow, and painful death, it is just best to pull the plug and let it go…

    This is what should be done with the whole idea of Critical Ass. (oh sorry, I mean Mass. lol)

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  • Tacoma October 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    +1 for Ted’s comment. Looking forward to perusing later. Can’t believe how many interesting items you post – something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone,… well, I’m guessing you know the rest of the lyric.

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  • dsaxena October 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    The conversation on riding in shared pathways, I think the issue is that we are a fast moving car culture and that carries over to even the way we ride. When I was in Amsterdam, everyone rode slowly and patiently. We’re a culture used to moving at high speeds and I know I myself ride as fast as I can, focusing on getting from point A to point B instead of simply taking the ride at a leisurely pace.

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  • BURR October 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    The source of the story on women cyclists in Iran is Radio Free Europe, often regarded as a USA propaganda mouthpiece, so I’d take that story with a grain of salt.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Iranian_Police_Chief_Targets_Women_Cyclists_RollerSkaters/2195904.html

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  • Elly October 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the props on the roundup. And feel free to pass positive feedback about it along to Jonathan at any time. :)

    BURR, good catch on the Iranian cyclist story. There is a somewhat redeeming line in it about how Iranian and local law has no problem with women bicycling.

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  • valkraider October 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I like how the CDC has a “solution” for the bicycle and motorcycle injuries and fatalities. It is?

    drumroll please….

    Wear helmets.

    Nothing about “get operators of 4000lb hunks of steel to stop driving over them”…. Put the blame on the bicycle and motorcycle operators…

    Reminds me of this discussion:

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/how-pedestrians-create-boring-cars/

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  • Dabby October 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    The Monday Round Up is great by the way….

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