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Ted’s Video Roundup: Vision Zero 101, cycling anime, LA gravel, and more

Posted on January 20th, 2017 at 10:55 am.

Welcome to my mostly-weekly video roundup! Today seems as good as any other day to watch bike videos. Right? I’ve watched about 100 bike videos this week so I can share the best with you.

We’re starting on a safety/wonky/political note this week- a fantastic overview of Vision Zero. Watch the first 40 seconds for this: “mobility is a basic human right. No one should have to risk their life to get to work, to go shopping, or to go out with a friend.” While talking about systematic safety, “we’re human, a system that is safe only if people don’t make mistakes is not a system that is made for humans.”

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Weekend Event Guide: Protests, a protest ride, a bike parts bike move, and more

Posted on January 20th, 2017 at 7:44 am.

Occupy Portland March-9

Two major protests should make for an interesting weekend. The photo above is from the Occupy Portland March in October 2011.
(Photos: J Maus/BikePortland)

These are trying times.

The changes in Washington D.C. are rippling through the country and every city is reacting to them in its own way. Here in Portland thousands of people will take the streets this weekend to express their outrage and/or support for a myriad of issues.

And, like we always do here in Portland, many will roll into the streets on a bicycle.

Whether you intend to use your bike as a tool for activism or a tool of fun — or both! — we’ve got the details on a few events you won’t want to miss this weekend…

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The Monday Roundup: the ‘City of Tomorrow’, legalizing murder, the end of bike share in Seattle, and more

Posted on January 16th, 2017 at 9:47 am.

Ford’s “City of Tomorrow.”

Welcome to a new week.

It’s a national holiday, and given the state of our nation we can’t think of a better time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We do our work because we believe knowledge is power. But knowledge without action is powerless. Like Dr. King did, like Congressman John Lewis did (and does) and like President Obama reminded us in his farewell speech, now is the time to get out in the streets and do the work it takes to make the change you want.

On that note, here are the best bike and transportation stories we came across last week…

Car culture at work: A horrifically bad law proposed in North Dakota (in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests), would shift the burden of proof for collisions away from motor vehicle operators and toward vulnerable road users if the person was “blocking traffic.” This is sick and we hope it loses steam quickly. At least the online poll accompanying the article is overwhelmingly opposed to the idea.

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Ted’s Video Roundup: Bikes on Amtrak, Zwift HQ tour, Powertap factory, and more

Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 1:38 pm.

Welcome to the first Video Roundup of 2017! Since I missed a few weeks there are a lot of videos. I watched about 150 videos this week so we can show you the best.

First up is this video from Giant/Liv. I usually shy away from featuring a promo/marketing video, but this is low-key with beautiful footage.

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The Monday Roundup: Math, danger in safety, transit in Seattle, and more

Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 10:32 am.

What could possibly go wrong?!

Welcome to Monday.

We’ve got another great week in store. But before we get started let’s take a look at the most noteworthy stories we came across last week…

Cities liable for unsafe streets: In what advocates are calling a “landmark” decision, a state court has found that New York City is party liable for a fatal traffic crash because the street where it happened was dangerous by design.

Jar-gone: “Road diet”, “pedestrian”, “smart cities” — these are just a few bits of jargon that many transpo advocates and experts would like to toss into the wastebin.

Ask him anything: Outgoing US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx did a Reddit AMA where he called for a “fundamental redesign” of transportation funding and a whole lot more.

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The Monday Roundup: Wi-fi bike share, safe driving, making parking pay, and more

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 at 11:15 am.

No.

No.

Happy New Year everyone! After a good and long break I am back and ready for action. There’s a lot of catching up to do, but let’s start with a few good links you might have missed over the holidays…

Here’s how to not kill people: This would have been a good safety primer to share with auto-centric family members over the holidays. Better late than never!

Wi-fi bike share: Vancouver’s Mobi bike share system has a new injection of cash — and free wi-fi — thanks to a sponsorship deal with telecommunications company Shaw.

Widening freeways doesn’t help: The freeway widening debate will be strong in the Portland region this year so let’s bookmark this cautionary tale from Los Angeles where they just threw $1.6 billion down the toilet.

“Impairment starts with the first drink”: The state of Utah is considering dropping the legal limit for drunk driving to .05, which would make just a few drinks of alcohol grounds for a violation.

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Ted’s Video Roundup, Special Gift Edition

Posted on December 21st, 2016 at 2:10 pm.

This is my Gift Guide Video Roundup! Sure, it’s getting to be late for Christmas, but many of these videos were recently posted. I’m still a few dozen entries behind on videos for the Weekly Roundup, but I came across these that made sense to post together. I’m starting with GCN’s gift list (above). Enjoy!

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Weekend Event Guide: Blaq sale, the Grinch, and Christmas lights

Posted on December 16th, 2016 at 9:02 am.

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The Grinch! See him on the big screen Sunday night.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Like we’ve been saying all week, a little bit of snow isn’t enough to stop the wheels of Portland’s bike-lovers. Even though we’re not expected to see much in the way of thawing, there are still some events worth considering.

You’ll note a new “Featured Event” section (below). That spot is reserved for awesome local companies who pay us a bit of cash to help promote their events. It’s called advertising and it’s how we survive. Support the companies who support BikePortland and you’ll be our favorite reader!

Have a great weekend and please be cautious out there. Snow is fun and fine but ice can break your spine (just made that up, sorry).

Featured Event

Blaq Packs Warehouse Sale – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday at 2505 SE 11th Ave
Our friends at Blaq Packs are having a big sale to help you whittle down your Christmas list. Everything in their store will have a 25% or more discount and custom orders are 15% off. There’s also a raffle for a free bag. More info here.

Saturday, December 17th

Gore Bike Wear Hose Down Challenge – 12:00 to 2:00 pm at River City Bicycles Parking Lot (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Try out all the latest GORE jackets, pants, gloves and shoe covers! Company reps will be there to tell you about the products and there will be a stationary bike for real-life testing. They’ll even have a hose on-hand to demonstrate the waterproof capabilities of all the fabrics. Everyone who tests product will get a prize from GORE. Hosted by River City Bicycles. More info here.

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The Monday Roundup: Santa Rampage, headphone-blaming, car bans, and more

Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 11:22 am.

Paris waited too late to strengthen auto use regulations.

Paris waited too late to strengthen auto use regulations.

Welcome to Monday.

This is our last full week before the news cycle slows way down. So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Death by headphones?: A coroner in Yorkshire had no evidence a woman was listening to music prior to being run over by a truck crashing her bike near a truck — but he put the blame squarely on her anyways. And The Telegraph piled-on with a biased and irresponsible article.

Design saving commutes: The bad news is people’s work commutes are getting longer (see next item). The good news is, according to The Economist, the free market and urban designers are stepping in to make them more enjoyable.

Going further: More lower-income Portlanders are moving further away from their jobs and other important destinations in order to afford a place to live.

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Ted’s Weekly Video Roundup: Climbing hills, SSCXWC, gift ideas, and more

Posted on December 9th, 2016 at 4:04 pm.

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! Sure, it’s an icy mess in Portland right now, but I have some videos to entertain you and cheer you up.

Our first video (above) is the latest from Col Collective, which features Italy’s Colle delle Finestre. (the descent is posted, too; it’s very relaxed, no narration)

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