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All the best bike news from around the web, delivered to our Front Page every Monday.

The Monday Roundup: The ‘unstealable bike,’ music through your bones and more

Monday, November 17th, 2014
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A little bit bike, a little bit Escher painting.
(Image: YerkaProject.com)

Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Unstealable bike? The Yerka doesn’t have a built-in lock; it is the lock.

Bone music: A British design student literally wants to turn your butt into a speaker system while you’re riding your bike. (Scroll down to “On your bike.”)

Carhead, explained: Angeleno Stephen Corwin’s struggled to understand his family’s reactions to his car-free lifestyle until he realized they didn’t think of it as a “life choice” but as “a stunt.” “To them, I was like David Blaine, performing a weird test of endurance. I was holding my breath in a car-free world, hoping to impress everyone around me before I could bear it no longer.”

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The Monday Roundup: Beautiful bike parking, Magliozzi’s car freedom and more

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Nice corral, Philadelphia.
(Photo: PlanPhilly)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by North St Bags, celebrating their fifth anniversary of making great panniers and backpacks right here in Portland.

Here are the great bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Beautiful parking: When businesses pay for their own bike corrals, they tend to look really nice.

Car-free mechanic: Tom Magliozzi, the late “Car Talk” host, didn’t own a car and said he preferred bikes and public transit.

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The Monday Roundup: A shared-street test in Chicago, the birth of ‘cross and more

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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My kind of town.
(Rendering of Bell Street in Seattle, a model
for Chicago’s project, by SvR Design Company)

Here are the great bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Shared street: Early next year, four blocks of Chicago’s Argyle Street will be rebuilt in a “radical experiment” with no sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, lane markings, or signals and almost no signs.

The birth of ‘cross: Could this French biking newsletter from 1901 have the report of the very first cyclocross race?

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The Monday Roundup: Getting real in WA, tolling the Golden Gate, and more

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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Washington’s old and new traffic projections.
(Image: Sightline Institute)

Here are the great bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Gas-tax realism: Washington state’s Office of Financial Management has just released what a Sightline Institute analyst calls “far and away the most responsible official traffic forecast I’ve seen from any government agency, ever.”

Sidewalk blocked: Saying there’s not enough parking in the area to “support” it, angry homeowners have blocked installation of a half-block sidewalk in Tulsa.

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The Monday Roundup: Bingo, a cargo bike park, sex with cars, and more

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Shared space in downtown Minneapolis, 1920.
(Photo via Peter Norton)

Here are the great bike links that caught our eyes this week:

“A hundred years ago it was called Safety First”: Streetsblog’s two-part interview about Vision Zero with traffic historian Peter Norton is a must-read. The campaign for safe streets can learn a lot from the century-old campaign to make them unsafe.

“Customer code of conduct”: A bike shop in southern California is making all customers who wear their team uniform commit to obeying traffic laws.

Onshoring bikes: The Wall Street Journal takes a close look at the new factory in South Carolina that, with wages of $12 an hour, expects to produce $120 Walmart bikes more cheaply than China can by 2017. (Click the first link on the search page.)
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The Monday Roundup: A clever road-space demo, Seattle gets bike share and more

Monday, October 13th, 2014
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Now that’s taking the lane.
(Photo: Let’s Bike It!)

[This week's Monday Roundup is sponsored by North St. Bags, celebrating their 5th year of making great bags in Portland.]

Here are the great bike links that caught our eyes this week:

Road space demo: Latvian bike commuters came up with an evocative (though probably wobbly) way to show how much space bikes save on the road.

“The Wash Cyclist”: A Philadelphia startup is preparing a national rollout of a cargo-trike laundry delivery service.

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The Monday Roundup: Essential rain gear, Madrid’s downtown car ban and more

Monday, October 6th, 2014
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“Gloves are no longer needed when you use
these handlebar sleeves.”
(Photo: Bike Cap)

Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Rain gear: Your bike definitely needs handlebar sleeves and a built-in umbrella.

Car-lite downtown: Madrid is completely banning cars from its 1.36-square-mile downtown (about the size of Portland’s) unless they have a reserved space in one of 13 official parking lots.

After theft: “To the prepared thief, every bike rack is a buffet,” writes Seattle Met in a great look at what happens to your bike after it’s stolen.

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The Monday Roundup: Reclaiming street play, bad parking shaming and more

Monday, September 29th, 2014
A Northeast Portland neighborhood greenway.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

Here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Reclaiming street play: After part of Edinburgh set a 20 mph speed limit on residential and major shopping streets, the percentage of kids allowed to play on the sidewalk or street jumped from 31 percent to 66 percent (PDF).

Bad parking shaming: Some Toronto residents have been keeping rolls of stickers in their pockets that say “I parked in a bike lane.”

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The Monday Roundup: Seattle’s showcase, bait bike success in Texas & more

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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Seattle’s 2nd Avenue gives bikes their own signal phase.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

Here are the great bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Seattle’s showcase: Downtown Seattle’s new two-way protected bike lane, which replaced a one-way door-zone lane, seems to have immediately tripled bike traffic on the street.

Cop impersonator: In Palo Alto, a man seemingly impersonated a police officer while ordering two kids in a bike lane to ride single file instead of side by side. He then flashed a weapon at one of them.

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The Monday Roundup: Saving yourself from texting, playable cities & more

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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A new way to fight the urge.
(Photo: Lord Jim)

And we’re back! BikePortland’s vast news empire (both of us, that is) is back in town and ready to kick things off with the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Blocking texting: A little black box plugged into your steering column can jam your phone while you’re driving so you’re not tempted to use it.

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