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

The Monday Roundup: Tampa’s ‘Bicycle Blitzkrieg,’ London’s bombsite races and more

Monday, April 20th, 2015
alphonso
Alphonso King’s homebuilt bike was confiscated
by police who couldn’t believe he hadn’t stolen it.
(Screen grab from Tampa Bay Times)

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

“Bicycle Blitzkrieg”: A Tampa woman walking her bike home after cooking for an elderly neighbor, carrying a plate of fish and grits in her other hand, got a $51 ticket for not having a bike light. A 54-year-old man’s bike was confiscated because he couldn’t produce a receipt to prove it was his. A 56-year-old man was handcuffed for towing a borrowed lawnmower through a stop sign on his bike. They’re all part of the Tampa police department’s effort to “head off crime before it happens” by issuing thousands of bicycle-related infractions to black people.

Bikes vs. bombs: After World War II, London teens turned bomb-site ruins into low-rent velodromes. One man who’s still in the saddle tells the story.

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The Monday Roundup: Biking while older, the IKEA bike and more

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Bridge Pedal 2010-40
No need to slow down, if roads are right.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Note from the Publisher: Before we get started on what will surely be another interesting week, please consider making a financial contribution to BikePortland. Your support is crucial to our work. Thank you! – Jonathan

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

Biking while older: A Danish study of biking obstacles among people over age 50 found that the top three needs were (in descending order) good pavement quality, good lighting and quiet.

The “IKEA bike”: REFRAMED, now early in a Kickstarter, aims to be “a fully customizable self-assemble bike.”

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The Monday Roundup: Bike lane maps, mandating reflective cars and more

Monday, April 6th, 2015
miami
Miami with only the bike lanes showing.
(Image: Washington Post)

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

Bike lane maps: The Washington Post mapped what four cities look like with just their bike-only infrastructure showing.

Mandatory reflection: Copenhagenize.com provocateur Mikael Colville-Andersen started a clever petition in response to Volvo’s spray-on reflective “Lifepaint” for bikes: because black cars are 50 percent more likely to get in collisions, every Volvo should be painted in Lifepaint. Plus he urged Volvo to encourage car helmets, for the sake of safety of course.

Shifting blame: A DC-area transportation agency urged people to “wear something bright or reflective” to avoid being killed by cars. A local man proposed an alternative version.

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The Monday Roundup: Distracted driving in action, reflective spraypaint & more

Monday, March 30th, 2015
teen texting
A still from a video of a teen driver just before a crash.
(Image: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Laughing Planet, where you can now get food delivered by bike in downtown Portland.

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

Distracted driving: A AAA study put video cameras into teen drivers’ cars to study the moments just before 1,700 collisions. More than half of drivers were distracted just before moderate and severe crashes, but only 12 percent by telephones.

Reflective spraypaint: With bike safety in mind, Volvo has created a spray-on substance that is “completely invisible until it’s hit by the glare of a car’s headlights.”

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The Monday Roundup: Stolen bikes in Seattle, car-free retail in Rome and more

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
litelok

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Laughing Planet, where you can now get food delivered by bike in downtown Portland.

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

Better lock? The Litelok markets itself on its 2.2-pound weight, but the bigger feature might actually be flexibility. Here’s the $120 product’s promising Kickstarter.

Car-free retail: A narrow cobblestone street in Rome closed to cars and opened to walking during a construction project, but may never go back, because retail sales jumped 30 percent.

Sticks and carrots: Paying employees to bike to work won’t change any habits if you’re simultaneously paying them to drive by offering free parking.

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The Monday Roundup: Peak bike in Sausalito, engineering revolt, beach biking & more

Monday, March 16th, 2015
hamburg
A planned freeway cap in Hamburg.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Ride the Heart of the Valley Bike Ride. Set for April 18th, this ride is a benefit for the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis.

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

Hamburg post-auto: Germany’s second-largest city is planning to ban motor vehicles from “significant swathes of the city by 2034″ in favor of a “Green Network” of biking, walking and public transit.

Beach biking: Fat-tire biking on Oregon’s beaches could be enough to end your love of long walks.

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The Monday Roundup: Edmonton’s Freezeway, Uber for trucks & more

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
edmonton freezeway
Ice skating transportation.
(Image: Edmonton Freezeway)

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

Skate to work: Edmonton has released renderings of its Freezeway proposal: ice-skating route by winter, separated bikeway by summer.

Uber for trucks: It’s arrived. Can it reduce truck volumes and cut freight costs?

Belay that order: After Salt Lake City required that fast-food restaurants allow biking through late-night windows after their floors close, the State of Utah is considering overruling the city.

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The Monday Roundup: Automatic lifesaving, handlebar cams and more

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
jaguar
The driver might not see, but the car does.
(Image: Jaguar)

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

Automatic lifesaving: Street-scanning, self-braking technology is already saving lives. So why isn’t it required in every car yet?

Handlebar cam: The Fly12 is a combination headlight/video camera.

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The Monday Roundup: Removing liability in Hawaii, Florida’s big switch and more

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Honolulu Century Ride 2008
Pedaling in Honolulu.
(Photo: Ryoichi Tanaka)

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

No-fault injuries: A bill in Hawaii’s legislature would prohibit personal injury protection payments to anyone who hit by a car while bicycling.

Mandatory high-viz: Following Wyoming’s tracks, South Dakota is considering a law to make it a misdemeanor to bike on any public roadway without wearing “fluorescent or reflective garments.”

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The Monday Roundup: Brain-stress maps, disembowled by a bike thief & more

Monday, February 9th, 2015
mindbend
A bike map built from brain waves.
(Image: MindRider)

Welcome to the first day of BikePortland’s first Southwest Portland Week! All this week, Jonathan and I will be reporting (and usually writing) from west of the hills, sharing the stories of biking here.

But while we get things rolling, we’ll start, as always, with a roundup of great bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week.

Stress maps: A bike helmet set up to monitor brainwaves for signs of stress has created a unique bike map of Manhattan.

Bike-thief knife attack: A Southeast Portland man was disemboweled by a would-be bike thief at his home last June, he testified last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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