home

About Elly Blue (Columnist)

Website

Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com

Elly Blue (Columnist) Post Archive

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 29th, 2011

[For nearly three years now, I’ve been rounding up the bike news every Monday morning right here. It’s been a good run, and I’m moving on to other adventures, including writing regularly at Grist and at my new blog, Taking the Lane. Keep in touch, and thanks for reading and sharing. And don’t forget to support this site, and this column’s sponsor, the awesome Harvest Century. — Elly]

So…one last time, here’s the news that caught my eye this week:

Hurricane Irene blew along the east coast this week, leaving many streets filled with water and debris. Bicycling conditions don’t seem ideal, but many people are taking to two wheels anyway. In Richmond, Virginia, a columnist offers advice for postapocalyptic biking.

– The day of the recent earthquake out east, though, DC’s bike sharing system was an essential part of the evening commute, clocking record ridership while the subway system was shut down.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

[Publisher’s note: Thanks to the non-profit Community Vision and their annual Harvest Century (October 8th) for support of the Monday Roundup! – JM.]

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

– “Why are American’s driving less?” asks the Washington Post/Bloomberg business blog. It’s important food for thought for transportation planning.

– A new report details the potential economic benefits of the UK being more bike-friendly, including over 2 billion pounds a year saved in missed work days and up to 56 billion in health spending due to reduced car emissions and increased physical activity.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 15th, 2011

[Publisher’s note: Thanks to the non-profit Community Vision and their annual Harvest Century (October 8th) for support of the Monday Roundup! – JM.]

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week:

– The ban on bicycling in the casino town of Black Hawk, Colorado is now headed to that state’s Supreme Court.

– In preparation for a bike sharing system in Tel Aviv, Israel has adjusted its helmet law so that adults may legally ride helmetless in cities.

– A woman in Harare, Zimbabwe starts riding a bike, and shares her thoughts. “I was no longer a hostage to religion, tradition or men. I was free. On my bicycle I felt like I was in a room of my own.”

– It’s unclear if we really needed an in-depth look into the carbon footprint of bicycle transportation, but here one is anyway.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Here’s the news from around the world that caught my eye in the last week:

– A look at the Slow Bike Movement, which means not just riding slowly, but purchasing a slow bicycle.

– No slow bicycling here: A profile of a new bike courier company in bike-unfriendly Indianapolis.

– A new report shows a clear relationship between transportation and housing costs.

– In bike share news this week: A look at what makes Dublin’s system successful. Researchers in Barcelona quantify lives saved due to reduced emissions. And Streetfilms sings the praises of D.C.’s newly expanded system.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye last week:

– Oregon is home to a thriving artisan bicycle building economy, but it’s hard to make a living that way.

– A Sunday Opinion piece in the New York Times reflects on why America is so “manacled to the car” while Europe is moving beyond them. The author includes an interesting tidbit about Dutch drivers, who are taught to open car doors with their right hand, forcing them to swivel around and look for bike traffic.

– Women are still a stark minority across the bike industry.

– According to a new research paper, commuting by bike doesn’t just save you money compared to driving — the resulting sense of well-being means you need less money to be happy.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Here’s the bike news that caught my eye in the past week:

– In Toronto, a thousand people turned out on bikes to protest the planned removal of a bike lane on a major street.

– Los Angeles has passed a law that makes it illegal to physically or verbally harass anyone who is riding a bike.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The bikes won! (see first item for explanation)

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught our eye this week:

– First, the fun news. LA’s much hyped freeway closure this weekend resulted in traffic free streets throughout the city — and a friendly, ad hoc race between contestants traveling across the city via plane and bicycle. The two wheeled racers won by nearly an hour and a half, followed closely by a transit rider who and then by a rollerblader who had joined the race at the last minute. This is all over the web. Read the tweets that started it here, the live-updated tale of the event here, a recap from the transit rider here, and an erudite recap and commentary here.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, July 11th, 2011

“Who said riding a bike had to be a white thing?”

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week:

– As LA braces for the “Carmageddon” freeway closure next weekend, Santa Monica lifeguards have a different kind of traffic complaintbumper-to-bumper bike traffic on the beachfront path.

– The true indicator of a bicycle-friendly city? It might be a bike-friendly transit system.

– A New York City reporter breaks the news that people riding bikes in bike lanes might be terrorists!

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Special Tuesday double edition! Here’s the bike news from around the word that caught my eye in the last two weeks and one day:

– A new study finds that cities with a high rate of bicycling enjoy safer streets — and not just for people on bicycles.

– Some parts of London now have more bicycle traffic than car traffic.

– In Toronto, a new bike lane on a major street is slated to be removed.

[more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, June 20th, 2011

A design student claims that a bike helmet made of corrugated cardboard can outperform the regular helmets you buy at the store.

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week:

– As gas prices rise, many are taking up bicycling to save moneyeven in small towns and rural areas.

– Minneapolis opens what some are calling the nation’s first bicycle freeway.

– A new report takes a hard look at the shrinking transportation options of the U.S.’s growing population of seniors.

[more…]