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

The Monday Roundup: The 19-crash house, the accidental triathlete & more

by on June 20th, 2016 at 7:05 am

crash-prone house
Ray Minter’s house in San Jose has a 50-year history of violence.
(Image: Google Street View)

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

Crash-prone house: A single San Jose home near an offramp has seen 19 vehicles land on its property since 1960, most recently last Monday.

Accidental triathlete: A British mother of three, out for what she thought would be a “leisurely ride” two weeks after she started riding a used hybrid bike for exercise, unexpectedly found herself riding with a triathlon — whose participants talked her into joining them for the whole 13-mile route. “I kept thinking it can’t be that much further,” she said later. “I’m known for getting myself into odd situations.”

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The Monday Roundup: The Canadian military vs. bike lanes and more

by on June 13th, 2016 at 9:29 am

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The “recipe for disaster” now installed on Beatty Street.
(Image: City of Vancouver, BC)

Welcome to an extra-robust roundup! We missed last week’s, so this one has the best of two weeks of great bike-related links from around the world.

Military conflict: The Canadian military says a new parking-protected bike lane in front of their Vancouver BC building is a “recipe for disaster” because a “flying” bicycle might hit one of their soldiers.

Teen driving: The Washington Post’s bicycle-fearing columnist is dismayed that kids these days prefer “texting friends and meeting up for a ‘group date’ on a Metro subway car” to “the freedom that comes with getting behind the wheel.” He thinks the answer should be bringing back driver’s ed.

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The Monday Roundup: Dutch distractions, China’s bus boondoggle & more

by on May 31st, 2016 at 9:21 am

Copenhagen Day 3-63-7
Gotta check.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Good morning! Starting today it’s summer vacation season on BikePortland, with first me and then Jonathan taking a little time to decoil. So expect slightly slower posting than usual for the next month or so — though you’ll usually be able to count on at least two posts almost every weekday.

(If you’ve been yearning for a chance to put together a guest post, this means it’s a golden opportunity. Get in touch!)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks. Check out their big 5-year anniversary sale going on now through June 5th.

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

Distracted biking: Even the Dutch are considering a mobile-phone ban.

Straddle bus: The thing about China’s new bus that drives over congestion is that you could achieve basically the same thing with a dedicated bus lane, says Canaan Merchant.

Sleeping driver: A camera caught a man dozing behind the wheel of an “autopiloted” Tesla Model S.

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The Monday Roundup: Adhesive cars, driving ethics & more

by on May 23rd, 2016 at 8:38 am

sticky layer
(Image: Google)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, now leasing in the Lloyd District.

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

Adhesive cars: Google has patented a “sticky layer” to hold people on the hood of self-driving cars after a collision.

Car ethics: Should a robot car choose to kill its driver or a child in front of it? There’s a more fundamental ethical question, says N+1. “Why was the car going so damn fast in the first place?”

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The Monday Roundup: Sidewalk delivery robots, Tacoma teen Tazing and more

by on May 16th, 2016 at 9:39 am

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Insta-ebike.
(Photo: Geo Orbital)

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

E-bike wheel: The Geo Orbital replaces the front wheel of a conventional bike, is currently Kickstarting for $699 and will retail for $950.

Biker Tazed: A 15-year-old Tacoma girl who was bicycling through a mall parking lot was stopped for “trespassing” by a uniformed off-duty police officer working as a security guard. After she tried to bike away, he threw her to the ground by her hair and then used a Taser on her.

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The Monday Roundup: Viadoom joyride, Detroit’s shared bikes and more

by on May 9th, 2016 at 8:56 am

borrowed bike
Right after the race.
(Photo via Allison)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by 21st Avenue Bicycles, your summer bike adventure suppliers.

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

Bike swap: A racer on New Mexico’s grueling Tour of the Gila broke his bike in a Stage 1 crash — but swapped with a spectator and “rode a bitchin’ early-80’s Specialized to the finish,” complete with rear rack.

Detroit Bikes: Motivate, the country’s largest bike share operator is shifting assembly to Detroit.

Solar e-bike: It recharges its own batteries.

Waterslide commuting: A Democratic candidate for governor has a plan to solve congestion between Portland and Vancouver: two massive water slides, each descending to the other side of the river from the top of a 30-story parking garage.

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The Monday Roundup: Tokenism in advocacy, murals in Montreal, handcycling in London and more

by on May 2nd, 2016 at 9:01 am

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Hassalo on Eighth, Portland’s newest bike-friendly community.

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

Bike-path murals: Montréal may allow them.

Bikes and disability: In London, about 15 percent of people with disabilities bike for transportation compared to 18 percent of people without disabilities, observes wheelchair handcyclist Isabelle Clement.

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The Monday Roundup: Biker madness comic, citations for kids & more

by on April 25th, 2016 at 10:11 am

biker madness
This message brought to you by the City of Phoenix.

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

Dangerous activity: Phoenix decided to promote safe bicycling with a series of “graphic novels.” In the first, a dog runs in front of a young man biking without a helmet; he flips 180 degrees upside down and smashes his head on the ground, making his brain visible.

Healthy activity: Every hour a Dutch person spends cycling adds one hour to their life expectancy.

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The Monday Roundup: What people think bikes look like, IKEA bike, ‘textalyzers’ & more

by on April 18th, 2016 at 8:35 am

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What one bike sketch would look like if it were real.
(Image: gianlucagimini.it)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Green Zebra Grocery, celebrating the grand opening of their new store in the Lloyd District (808 NE Multnomah) on April 21st!

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

Funny bikes: A designer asked dozens of people to draw bicycles from memory, then created 3-D renderings of the sometimes pretty creative designes they offered.

“Textalyzer”: A New York State bill would let police easily check phone records to see if someone was texting before a crash.

Ikea bike: Look out, world. It’s priced at $797 and arrives in August.
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The Monday Roundup: The $17/month bike, skull-and-crossbones fatalities and more

by on April 11th, 2016 at 8:53 am

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Green Zebra Grocery, celebrating the grand opening of their new store in the Lloyd District (808 NE Multnomah) on April 21st!

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

Bicycle as a service: A company has created a “theft-proof, weather-proof” city bike and, instead of selling them, is renting them out for $17 a month.

Unanesthetized violence: In 1938, Washington DC and the Washington Post used to raise skull and crossbones flags every time a car driver killed someone.

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