Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on September 16th, 2013 at 8:45 am
Here are the news and stories that caught our eyes last week…
No helmet, no bike?: The police chief in Victoria, BC (one of the few North American cities where biking is more popular than in Portland) wants to let officers seize the bicycles of people repeatedly caught without a helmet.
Bike black box: There’s a Kickstarter on for a $119 “black box camera” for your bike that self-activates if it senses a crash.
The coming battle over e-bikes: “Few legal codes properly distinguish between “throttle” bikes, which operate like motorcycles, and “pedal assist” bikes, which send power to the wheels only when the cyclist pedals.”
Saudi bike movie: Wadjda, the first-ever Saudi Arabian feature film and reportedly the first directed by a Saudi woman, is about a girl who wants wheels; Slate’s Dana Stevens calls it one of her favorites of the year.
Kidman collision: A paparazzo rode his bike directly into Nicole Kidman Thursday, knocking her over while seemingly trying to get a photo. Guess which noun many outlets felt was most relevant to describe him.
Slower traffic payoff: “Drivers heading downtown from the east using Foster Road may indeed have to give up a minute in the future for livability, for improved traffic safety and for saving lives,” writes the transportation chairman of the Mt. Scott/Arleta Neighborhood Association in a Tribune op-ed.