Posted by Will Vanlue (Contributor) on August 27th, 2012 at 9:24 am
This week's Monday Roundup is brought to you by the 10th annual Harvest Century, a benefit for Community Vision, coming September 30th.
Here's the news and other interesting stuff that caught our eyes this past week...
- A surgeon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana got caught in gridlock while driving into work. Being late wasn't an option, so she called a friend a few blocks away and borrowed a bike to pedal the rest of the way. A kids bike. Check out this awesome story.
- Leaked communications from the New Orleans Police Department show that officers were ordered to meet quotas for the number of people on bikes they stopped while on duty.
- NPR's All Things Considered discusses the practice of setting up ghost bike memorials, speaking with Ryan Nuckle who helped found New York City's Ghost Bike Project in 2005.
- The 7th Annual Brompton World Championships was held this past week in the UK and a new record was set in the event's main competition.
- When it comes traffic control devices, using a bicycle can be used to build a car barrier on the cheap.
- And if you're looking for an inexpensive and simple way to increase the perception of safety in bike lanes, look no further than those ubiquitous red "party cups."
- It sure is great to know that the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Terry Stotts, loves to ride bikes. Check out this article from The Oregonian sports pages about a bike tour he took with his mom this summer.
- There's a new book celebrating the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass and Portland's own Elly Blue is among the esteemed contributors.
- More and more parents are using cargobikes to get their families around in San Francisco, and it's caught the eye of The Bay Citizen.
- Cargobike-riding families in San Francisco will soon be able to ride along the city's first protected two-way bikeway, appropriately named Cargo Way.
- The New York Times released the results of a recent poll showing strong support for bike lanes but also a lack of knowledge about the city's upcoming bike share program.
- If that's not enough evidence to show New Yorkers support active modes of transportation, there's also the news that traffic remained flat while walking, transit, and bicycling went up in 2011 in NYC.
- Smithsonian Magazine asks "Is Portland, Oregon the best city for bikes in the country?"
- Long Beach, California has announced it will begin making plans for a bike share system that could include up to 2,500 bicycles.
- People might be riding bicycles more in Seattle, but it's a little tough to tell for sure due to changes in surveying techniques over the last year or so.
- Tragically, traffic fatalities in Illinois are up this year.
- People in Philadelphia will be able to ride a little easier after the city opens its first left hand buffered bike lane.
- 35 years ago the pedal-powered Gossamer Condor set records for human-powered flight.
- There's a new circular bridge over a busy intersection in the Netherlands that's just incredible. Take a look:
- Acknowledging the danger of distracted driving, AT&T released a sobering documentary urging people not to text while driving:
- Charge Bikes is partnering with the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company to produce 50 limited edition printed titanium cyclocross frames:
- Last week we mentioned some changes could be coming to Cornell Road. If you haven't seen how crazy that road is now, have a look at the video below:
- And finally, check out this tiny but functional bicycle: