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The Monday Roundup: Pre-stolen bikes for sale (and more)

Posted by on July 1st, 2013 at 8:22 am

Was it pre-ordered?

Here’s the bike news from around the web that grabbed us this week:

— In Japan, a brazen bike thief has been spotted listing bikes for sale online before he or she even steals them. After all, why take the risk until you’ve gauged consumer demand?

— The New York Times is just the latest respected news organization to document the decline in driving in America. We love that their Sunday headline, The End of Car Culture, came on the same day as regional papers reported on the demise of the Columbia River Crossing project.

— In London, one in four rush-hour vehicles is now a bicycle. That’s the stat Portland is trying to hit by 2030.

— Here’s Streetsblog DC on incoming Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and bikes: “vaguely promising, but mostly vague.”

— Respected environmental activist and thinker David Suzuki thinks bicycling is great. Unfortunately he thinks that many people who do it, “seem to have a sense of entitlement compelling them to ignore laws.” While that might be true, Suzuki’s analysis fails to highlight that bad behavior is common for all road users and the idea that cities shouldn’t move forward to make bicycling better until all people on bikes are angels reeks of bias and ignorance of the topic.

— For $290, you can order a reportedly durable, waterproof, 20-pound cardboard bike as part of a $2 million Indiegogo campaign to jumpstart production.


Randonneuring doesn’t get much attention in the U.S., but everyone’s talking about the big NPR story over the weekend. The piece featured Oregon a lot and interviewed none other than Portland resident Michael Wolfe, whose long distance exploits have been documented here on BikePortland several times.

— In Virginia, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives has “unequivocally declared his support” for better bikeways. That’s a far cry from federal action to help, of course, and outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the prospects for reaching compromise on a new federal transportation bill are “not good.”

Mountain Bike Oregon, which takes place each summer in Oakridge, has made Outside Magazine’s list of “Best Bike Fests”.

Median-separated bikeways even seem to be appearing in Lincoln, Neb., where the city wants to remove auto parking to put one in.

Seattle’s downtown bike lanes got a bad review by noted research John Pucher.

— Suburban D.C. developers are trying to bikeify a place that looks, well, unlikely.

— Speaking of bike infrastructure, The Atlantic rounded up “10 brilliant pieces” of it from around the world. (We’re smiling here in the office because you can find photos of six of those 10 projects in our archives.)

Texas Senator Wendy Davis became an overnight sensation by filibustering a sweeping anti-abortion bill last week. If this post from BikeTexas is any indication, she also feels strongly about bicycling.

— A few weeks after a Travel Oregon study found that 15 percent of tourism in the Gorge and Mount Hood areas is bike-related (the highest rate in the state), KATU-TV takes a nice long look at the potential for making the most of that natural appeal.

— Further east, Path Less Pedaled looks at improvements and an influx of tourists on Oregon’s Old West Scenic Bikeway.

— If you, like me, have been missing Sarah Mirk’s bike journalism at the Mercury, you can get a dose of it in her new gig when she interviews Elly Blue about bikes and feminism on Bitch Media’s latest “Popaganda” podcast.

— The initial headlines of headaches about New York’s Citibike system seem years old. Check out these very impressive and exciting statistics the bikes have stacked up in less than one month.

— While Alta Bicycle Share has garnered loads of negative headlines in recent months, they’re not the only bike share vendor that’s had bumpy roads. Bike sharing in Los Angeles is now delayed because that city’s vendor, Bike Nation, has been forced to change its business model.

— A rookie pro bike racer from Portland, Brianna Walle, has joined the United States National Women’s Cycling Team in Italy’s Giro Rosa race, “the most challenging stage race for women,” en route (she hopes) to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (And she does it all while holding down a day job at Yakima Products out in Beaverton.)

— Dallas is looking to require two bike parking spaces at every new business.

— Our Video of the Week is a new promo piece that introduces Portland’s Breadwinner Cycles. It’s very well put together and it shares a beautiful look at the craft and personality of Breadwinner founders Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan:

If you come across a noteworthy bicycle story, send it in via email, Tweet @bikeportland, or whatever else and we’ll consider adding it to next Monday’s roundup.

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  • Spiffy July 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    $290 cardboard bike

    what happened to getting these to the market for $40 so everybody in the world could have one?

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    • longgone July 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Re- read the article, so you will understand why.

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      • A July 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        You imply that it was read a first time instead of just commenting on three words quoted out of context..

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  • eli bishop July 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    i’m surprised nobody promoted or wrote about the cyclofemme conference at the art museum this weekend.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) July 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Sorry about that Eli. I wanted to do a post about it last week but it just never came together. Did you go? How was it?

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      • eli bishop July 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        it was pretty good. nice venue and a huge assortment of guest speakers.

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  • Pete July 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Nowhere is the popularity of ‘east county’ biking more apparent than a windless weekend on Hood River’s Twin Tunnels trail. Unfortunately many people choose to drive their bikes to the east side rather than endure riding through downtown to get there. For the past two days I’ve taken the lane coming back through downtown HR and had motorists rev and honk at me, only to be stuck behind other cars (or Mr. Porsche almost hit a pedestrian yesterday!) when I turn off or move over once it’s safe. As bike-popular as this area is it is NOT what I’d consider bike-friendly (one of the KATU comments is indicative of that as well – big surprise).

    BTW the State Road->Sevenmile->Chenowith climb/loop returning via the old highway (when there’s no wind) is still the single most beautiful road bike ride I’ve done… many many ‘scenic centuries’ later.

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  • Alan 1.0 July 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I’m glad I wasn’t walking up that trail when the Breadwinner Bike came down it ~00:30. (I like the video, I’m fine with bike trails in FP, I’m just talking about perceptions and impressions.)

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    • longgone July 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      ..And you just HAD to point it out, I guess.
      “Keep Portland passive aggressive, if ya don’t mind.”

      And the beat of FP goes on…
      When the FLIP will it end, people?

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  • are July 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    re pucher’s talk, if the problem is “more left and right turns,” i do not see how a cycletrack will help. unless he is proposing to limit turns from whatever street is dedicated. also his closing remark that sharrows should be “reserved for greenways” is exactly wrong.

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    • spare_wheel July 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Pucher is “noted” for cycling segregation boosterism. Having Pucher review a bike lane is like having John Forester review a bike lane.

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      • A July 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        I encourage you to ride Seattle’s 2nd ave lane southbound at rush hour and see if you could possibly disagree with his assessment.

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        • spare_wheel July 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

          “his trip down the left side of Second Avenue “was death-defying. I almost got killed five or six times.

          was it 5 or 6? when i am almost killed i usually remember the details.

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        • are July 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

          his assessment that a cycletrack would improve the situation? i would take that, except i am unlikely to visit seattle anytime soon. just now did a ridealong with the googlemapping car. did not see any speed limit postings, but would guess the urban core is twenty or twenty-five. second avenue is three lanes one way, with a bike lane striped along the left side, very often inside a permitted or even a forced left turn. me and john forester see no need for a striped bike lane in this environment at all, and actually, pucher to the contrary notwithstanding, sharrows would be good in both outer lanes. not sure why the city is insisting on the left. but yeah, having seen just the google streetview, i would have to say, i do not see how a cycletrack would improve this situation unless you forbid left turns. on the other, other hand, if you are going to have a dedicated bike lane, you could get rid of a travel lane and probably calm traffic, assuming that is an issue here. the google wagon did not see very much traffic on the particular day and time it was there.

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  • freewheeler July 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Article about the bike boom:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2013/0630/The-bike-boom

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