Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on November 4th, 2013 at 9:04 am
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
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Now, onto the news…
Poetic justice: “Labour MP who called cyclists ‘law-breakers’ busted for running a red.”
Condoms sponsor bikesharing: “If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride,” say the ads for a Boulder, Colo.-based condom maker that are helping pay for the city’s new bikeshare system. With our system probably delayed again due to lack of sponsors. Portland needs all the ideas it can get.
Traffic as a new global pandemic: Fascinating analogy: “Car crashes and motorcycle accidents are symptoms of a disease, and it’s high time we started looking at killer roads as a public health crisis.”
PSU scholar killed: The Egypt-born founder of Portland State University’s well-regarded School of Urban Studies and Planning, Nohad Toulan, died with his wife in an Uruguay car crash this week.
Hit and run enforcement: “Oregon makes it too easy for lily-livered motorists to play the odds of not getting caught,” Oregonian columnist Joe Rose writes, suggesting that the state follow in California’s footsteps by doubling the statute of limitations from three years to six.
Tickets for bike speeders: Seattle police have been handing out speeding tickets to drivers and bicyclists alike.
Three ideologies of transportation: How did you become passionate about bike politics, and why? Richard Masoner of Cyclicious summarizes a chapter from a new book by describing the three sides of “the politics of mobility.”
Bikes and social equity: The new blog Invisible Cyclist includes a great roundup of links to recent thinking about race, class and bikes, many of them written by Portlanders.
Networked bikes: The bikes of the future will talk to each other (and to your phone, of course), tech blog ReadWrite argues using a few examples, though we wish Intel’s Open Bike Initiative were one of them.
Bikeshare maker lawsuit: The operator of Minneapolis’s bikesharing system is threatening to sue Public Bike System Company for breach of contract. PBSC also supplies equipment to Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share; back in January, Alta also filed, then withdrew, a similar suit. By all available accounts, PBSC is in deep financial trouble.
Bike event regulation: Four years after Chicago’s bid to host the Summer Olympics, a rural Wisconsin county that might have held the bike events has become a popular bike tourism destination … and its county government now wants to require organized bike rides to buy event insurance and notify “affected residents” in advance.