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

The Monday Roundup: Pixel bridges, Amish bikers and a de facto Idaho in SF

Monday, August 24th, 2015
pixel bridges
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Here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Pixel bridges: An online artist has made renderings of all 12 that cross the Willamette. They’re even animated — check out Tilikum’s light rail cars.

De facto Idaho: In response to a police crackdown on people who bike through stop signs, a San Francisco city supervisor has proposed a law to make such enforcments a low police priority unless someone is actually at risk.

Amish bikers: A new ruling allowing Amish people to ride bicycles has swamped Kentucky roads with new riders.

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The Monday Roundup: A gallery of street changes, L.A.’s road rethink & more

Monday, August 17th, 2015
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Same space, different vision.
(Images: Google Maps via URB-I.com)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Metro’s Bike There! Map, now available at local bike shops.

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

Before/after gallery: A new website from Brazil documents public space transformations from around the world.

Los Angeles turns: Its Mobility Plan 2035 abandons the practice of street widening in favor of 300 new miles of protected bike lanes, 240 new miles of bus-only lanes and in 20 years, it says, zero traffic fatalities.

Biking vacation: Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s plan for cooling off this week in the wake of being attacked by Donald Trump for asking aggressive debate questions: turning off her phone and riding her bike.

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The Monday Roundup: Rethinking congestion, from the NFL to pro cycling & more

Monday, August 10th, 2015
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What do we really want?
(Photo J.Maus/BikePortland

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

Traffic overloads: Here’s the problem with thinking of congested city streets as a backlogged garden hose that needs widening: “cities aren’t the hoses, they’re the gardens.”

Footballer cyclist: Former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. wants to be the first NFL player to become a professional biker.

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The Monday Roundup: Parenting by bike, hidden auto taxes & more

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
amsterdam mom
Just another day in Amsterdam.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Parenting by bike: A diary travel study of 37 Dutch women concluded that mothers there bike as much as childless women and see transporting their kids by bike as “pleasant and natural.”

Hidden costs: Todd Litman notes that to build an auto-dependent city is essentially to put a tax on your population — hidden in the cost of their car payments and gas bills.

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The Monday Roundup: ‘Unreal’ riding, driving bans, bike theft success, & more

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Beautiful?

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Uber horror story: This lawyer paints an unsettling picture of what happens when a person on a bicycle gets involved in a collision with an Uber driver.

Language drives culture: The “crash not accident” meme got some solid media coverage following the big Vision Zero vigil in New York City two weeks ago. Vox.com got into the history of automotive industry propaganda and does a great job explaining the power behind word choice.

Slate crashes: On the other hand, Slate isn’t so sure about it. No word yet whether they’ve reconsidered their policy after their article was eviscerated by BikeSnobNYC. (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Fewer roads, no cars, a bikepacking book, and more

Monday, July 13th, 2015
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No more driving allowed Central Park!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Lumberyard Bike Park, who reminds you to sign your kids up for Summer Shred Academy camps.

Welcome to Monday! Before we get rolling, let’s look back at the best stories you might have missed last week…

The book on bikepacking: Salsa Cycles has long focused on adventure bikes. Now the company can say they wrote the book on it with their latest publication, The Bikepacker’s Guide.

What women want in New York City: Is it fear of traffic? Helmet hair? The New York Times delves into one of the Big Cycling Debates; how to get more women riding bikes.

More on that topic: Speaking of the gender gap debate; an article in The Globe and Mail spurred a pointed and pugnacious response by Toronto-based blogger Claire McFarlane.

DOT chief says we should let some roads die: Hearing a Department of Transportation director spout clear common sense about the future of roads shouldn’t be amazing — but it is. (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Fatbiking the coast, bike lane origins and more

Monday, July 6th, 2015
fatbiking beach
The open road, obviously.
(Photo via Travel Oregon)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the first annual Bike Peace Music Festival, a full weekend (July 17-18) of biking, food and live music in the Columbia River Gorge!

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

Fatbiking the coast: Oregon’s, that is. The Path Less Pedaled has seven tips for the trip.

Protected intersections: American bike plans of the early 1970s called for pseudo-Dutch treatments of bike lanes and intersections, but the Federal Highway Administration was persuaded (with no evidence) that Americans wouldn’t understand them.

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The Monday Roundup: Turn signal projectors, Nepalese disaster response & more

Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Signal projectors: The Cyclee lets you signal without raising your hands by projecting symbols onto your back.

Disaster response: In the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake, its national mountain bike team discovered that it could “ride to remote mountain communities that vehicles could not reach and use their knowledge of mountain trails to deliver aid and gather information.” So that’s what they’re doing.

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The Monday Roundup: T-Rex trike, Montreal’s colorful advocates and more

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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For sale.
(Photo via Craigslist)

This week’s Monday Roundup has been made possible by Metro and their fantastic Bike There! Map. Pick up a copy today!

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

Art trike: A giant, rideable Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton can be yours for $2,000.

Montreal activism: The Guardian’s Peter Walker digs up the stories of the crazy dreamers who made Montreal one of North America’s best biking cities.

Back to basics: Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is volunteering at a local bike shop. “Listen, I don’t need a job; I don’t need any money,” the Republican said. “But I’ve always wanted to learn how to put together and take apart bikes.”

Blank slates: “What happens when a city loses its people? It loses its cars,” says Anthony Taylor, a leading advocate of African-American biking, about Detroit. “So what happens when people re-imagine the possibilities when they’ve lost their cars? All of a sudden you wind up with biking.”

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The Monday Roundup: Ultrasound passing enforcement, Portland’s housing shortage and more

Monday, June 15th, 2015
Narrow fit on Lewis & Clark Bridge-1

Gotta give space.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you Mountain Shop (NE 37th and Sandy), where you can learn about, buy, and rent excellent gear for your next bike adventure.

Three-foot rule: Chattanooga bike patrol officers are using custom ultrasound devices to measure cars’ passing distances.

Housing shortage: “None of us, not a single damn one of us, is entitled to live where we want to live for as long as we want to live at a price we can easily afford,” writes Tyler Hurst in Willamette Week. “It’s not fair at all. Nor is it fair to love a city and not want to share it.”

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