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

The Monday Roundup: Carbon tax time, fast e-bikes, better blocks, best bike cities, and more

by on September 19th, 2016 at 9:53 am

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Welcome to the Monday Roundup, where we’ve gathered (with help from readers) the most interesting stories and links from the past week…

Nabbing unsafe passers: Police in Birmingham (UK) are riding bikes undercover-style to catch people who pass them too closely.

Chicago #1 Bike City: Bicycling Magazine’s new rankings are out and Chicago has earned the top spot. The magazine’s editors felt it was Chicago’s turn at the top in large part because of their progress on physically protected bike lanes. San Francisco is ranked second and Portland came in third.

Speaking of protected bike lanes: The NYC Dept. of Transportation has been under fire from advocates for not doing enough to make streets safe for bike riders, so they’re doing a media push to tout their record-setting pace of building 18-miles of protected bike lanes this year.

They got the wrong guy: A man who was biking in Brooklyn says he was assaulted physically and verbally (with a racial slur) by two people inside a car — but somehow he’s the one the night in jail.
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The Monday Roundup: Slower trucks, MAMILs, bikeway band-aids, and more

by on September 12th, 2016 at 9:43 am

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Welcome to Monday. Here are the stories that caught our eyes last week…

Take notes: A diverse mix of experts — a consultant, a planner, an advocate, a politician — share how to make cycling safer in Montreal, and the insights can be applied to almost any serious cycling city.

Anti-bike bingo: Create your own anti-bike rant with this convenient form! All you need is a desire for inane clickbait.

The End of Road Riding: We’ve been discussing this on Twitter lately: The idea that some vehicle operators have become so irresponsible that many long-time road riders are so afraid they are giving up and finding other things to do — or other, off-highway places to ride. (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Buzzbikes, rolling coal, Tamika Butler & more

by on September 6th, 2016 at 10:40 am

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

Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. Now it’s time to put your thinking caps back on. Here are the stories that caught our eyes this past week:

New twist on bike share: Two business partners have launched a novel new bike promotion scheme in London: Riders can get a free ‘Buzzbike’ only if they agree to ride to work at least 12 days per month and park the bike in a public place.

Rolling coal goes primetime: Regular BP readers know all about the “rolling coal” menace; now people all over the world are just finding out about it thanks to a front page story in the NY Times.

Road rage across the pond: A road rage video posted online by British journalist Jeremy Vine has the UK talking. Guardian reporter Peter Walker explains why it’s not a surprise to everyday riders.
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The Monday Roundup: Bronzeville, fatality ‘crisis’, bike heroes, e-bike shares, and more

by on August 29th, 2016 at 11:03 am

The headline and photo says it all (but you should still read the article).

The headline and photo says it all (but you should still read the article).

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Huntco, your Portland-based source for commercial bike parking solutions.

Welcome to the Monday Roundup.

Sorry to start it off on a sour note, but if we want more happiness in the future we have to confront what’s making us so sad (and mad) in the present. We have a trio of stories for you that get to the root of the problem: too many people driving too many cars, too fast.

“Crisis”: An Associated Press story made the rounds last week with dire warnings about the significant rise in traffic deaths across the country so far this year. The word “crisis” is being used not just by activists but by mainstream experts and leaders in the field.

Crisis cause: And in related news, The Atlantic has a must-read article for anyone who follows traffic culture. The headline says it all: “The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

But wait, there’s more: The news and cultural analysts at Five Thirty Eight went deep into the underlying policies and perspectives that lead to America’s speeding problem. Spoiler alert: The way speed limits are set guarantees deadly roads. (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Extremist NFL announcer, power of bikes, big data, and more

by on August 22nd, 2016 at 12:07 pm

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Welcome to the 34th week of the year. Here are the stories and tweets that caught our eyes in the past seven days…

Extremist views go mainstream: An announcer with the NFL Network displayed his deviant and violent tendencies when he said on Twitter that he wanted to hit people on bikes with his car. He later deleted the tweet saying he “didn’t mean to offend anyone.”

Great public spaces more important than ever: In these days of protest and sorrow around killings of black people on our streets, the Project for Public Spaces says we need to plan them a different way. There has never been a more important time to integrate transportation and public space advocates with Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements.

Much more than a bike ride: The ability of bicycles to help connect people to others and to themselves and the world around them never ceases to amaze me. This woman’s recap of a Sydney Night Ride weaves together racism, sexism, politics, and a huge plate of nachos.

Summer driving season = summer dying season: As gas prices come down, driving goes up and so do the vast societal costs that come with it. City Observatory breaks it down for us.

Paris is doing it right: Still angry after Friday’s fatal collision on Hawthorne, my heart swelled with joy reading about this plan in Paris to expand a ban on cars along the Seine River.
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The Monday Roundup: Rio, speedy e-bikes, subway fashion, and more

by on August 16th, 2016 at 9:25 am

Heads up! (Screengrab from TreeHugger.com)

Heads up! (Screengrab from TreeHugger.com)

It’s the Monday Roundup… On Tuesday!

Here are the stories that caught our eyes in the past week.

Bike theft drop: The latest data from the UK says bike theft has dropped 25 percent in five years. While most theft goes unreported, this is still a very encouraging sign.

A golden idea: The Netherlands wouldn’t be at home without their bikes at the Olympics so they brought a fleet with them to Rio.
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The Monday Roundup: First aid tips, global road deaths, and Trump’s cycling trash talk

by on August 8th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Trump's anti-cycling remarks could be the final straw. (Just kidding, obviously.)

Trump’s anti-cycling remarks could be the final straw. (Just kidding, obviously.)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, Portland’s new neighborhood in the Lloyd District.

Here are the best stories from around the web last week:

From the Department of Duh!: Research shows that if states adopt tougher driving license laws for teens we could save hundreds of lives.

Riding for life, saving a life: A man on his daily bike ride across a New York City bridge talked a suicidal man off a ledge and embraced him until help could arrive.

Be ready for anything: Ever wondered what you would do if you came upon an injured rider? Bicycle Times has this — and several other what-ifs — covered in their Ready for Anything feature. (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Bad bike lane, Segway ban, tack justice and more

by on August 1st, 2016 at 9:59 am

Come on Boston. You can do better than this.(Photo: Boston Globe)

Come on Cambridge. You can do better than this.
(Photo: Boston Globe)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Portland Century, coming this weekend August 6th and 7th!

Happy Monday everyone. Here are the stories that caught our eye this past week.

Safety city: Portland is a national leader in teaching kids to ride bikes. So when are we going to build an entire play city for them to learn in?

Mobility panic in NYC: 18-month shutdown of major New York City subway line will be, “one of the largest transportation shifts in New York history.” Hope CitiBike is ready for the extra 200,000 trips per day.
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The Monday Roundup: A crash-proof human body, a San Jose bike bridge & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 25th, 2016 at 9:09 am

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The head of “Graham,” a lifelike model of what humans might look like if they’d evolved to use cars.
(Image: Towards Zero)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Portland Century, a one or two-day bicycle tour coming August 6-7th.

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

Crash-proof human: An Australian artist collaborated with a trauma surgeon to create “Graham,” a full-body silicone model of what humans might look like if they evolved to survive car crashes.

Bike bridge: San Jose’s proposed biking-walking bridge over a freeway would certainly be spectacular.

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The Monday Roundup: Urban alleys, collision readiness & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 18th, 2016 at 9:53 am

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An alley in Edinburgh: just another name for a human-scale street.
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— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, Portland’s new neighborhood now leasing in the Lloyd District.

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

Urban alleys: They’re narrow. They’re non-uniform. They’re underrated public spaces.

Collision text: If you’re ever in a traffic crash, having this text in your notes app might be a good way to avoid forgetting to gather important details as your body escapes shock.

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