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

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

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

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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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The Monday Roundup: SF’s corral colors, the myth of distracted walking & more

by on April 4th, 2016 at 9:36 am

New Mural Painted in Bike Parking Corral | March 28, 2015
SF’s newest attraction.
(Photo: SFMTA)

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

Colorful corral: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency gets artistic.

Walking myth: The claim that distracted walking accounts for 78 percent of U.S. pedestrian injuries (published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2013 and repeated many times since) is complete baloney.

Billion-dollar fences: In maybe the most anti-freeway speech ever given by a U.S. transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx drew on his own childhood to condemn the ways excessive freeway-building has divided cities. He added a wish that the presidential race might touch on this issue “at some point.”

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The Monday Roundup: Bike share parking wars, Niagara Falls highway removal and more

by on March 28th, 2016 at 9:28 am

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The expressway to be removed.
(Image: City of Niagara Falls)

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

Highway removal: New York State will remove Robert Moses Parkway from the waterfront that overlooks Niagara Falls to create a park and walking trails.

11-year-old activist for safe streets: Los Angeles resident Matlock Grossman has wisdom beyond his years. He sees the benefits of bicycling on his rides to orchestra practice.

Victim blamed: The NYC police department says a 61-year-old Spanish teacher is to blame for his own death because he walked into a crosswalk right before an on-duty police officer who was reportedly on her cell phone turned her police van into him.

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The Monday Roundup: Italy’s road homicide law, Seattle’s Bike Batman & more

by on March 21st, 2016 at 8:05 am

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Biking in Rome, 2013.
(Photo: Ed Yourdon)

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

“Road homicide”: It’ll be a new offense in Italy, associated with minimum prison sentences of two to eight years and 15-year bans from driving.

“Bike Batman”: A Seattle engineer who confronts bike thieves and returns bikes to owners describes his work as “kind of fun.”

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The Monday Roundup: Bike share is safer, speeding is pointless & more

by on March 14th, 2016 at 8:49 am

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Safe and sound in Washington DC.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Bike share safety: Bike-share bikes are involved in 35 percent fewer collisions with vehicles than operator-owned bikes.

Exclusionary zoning: A New Jersey suburb is blocking construction of a mosque by requiring its parking lot to be twice as big as a comparable church’s.

Youth perspective: Matlock Grossman, the 11-year-old Angelino whose testimony on behalf of a road diet went viral last fall, has written a persuasive op-ed about transportation for the L.A. Times.

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The Monday Roundup: Norway’s billion-dollar biking network, Florida’s Uber subsidy & more

by on March 7th, 2016 at 9:43 am

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Overlooking Bergen, Norway.
(Photo: Brent Sigmund Olsen)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the Cycle & Sip ride. Hosted by Eola Hills Winery on March 13th, this event combines a beautiful ride with excellent wine and food.

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

National bike network: Norway just agreed to spend $1 billion to build “10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities.”

Uber subsidy: Altamonte Springs, Florida, will underwrite 25 percent of every Uber ride in an effort to boost transit ridership.

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The Monday Roundup: Gaza’s female biking club, biking jobs & more

by on February 29th, 2016 at 8:40 am

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

When women dare to ride: “I want you, when you get married, to make riding your bikes a condition of marriage,” advises Amna Suleiman, the leader of a defiantly countercultural women’s cycling club in Gaza.

Biking jobs: 2.4 percent of the nation’s scientists bike to work, a higher rate than any other profession. Following them, at 1.5 percent: cooks and servers.

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The Monday Roundup: Terrible transit maps, 7,000 abandoned bikes & more

by on February 22nd, 2016 at 9:24 am

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Which bus would you like?
(Image via Cameron Booth)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Lancaster Engineering, a Portland-based firm that is hosting a “Parking Pow-Wow” event tomorrow (2/23).

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

Terrible maps: The world’s worst transit maps are pretty funny.

Bike migration: 7,000 abandoned bicycles near the Mexican border put journalist Kimball Taylor on the trail of a man who made millions smuggling humans northward.

One-way streets: Less human-friendly than two-way streets, right? Not so fast, argues the blog Urban Residue. Part of its evidence: Portland.

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