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

The Monday Roundup: Robin Williams, Detroit’s biking rise & more

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Robin Williams at NAHBS
Robin Williams in Portland for a
bike show in February 2008.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

Robin Williams and bikes: Cycling superfan Robin Williams’ impression repertoire included Marco Pantani, Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. Tragically, they went uncaptured on video. The Oregonian’s aggregation of Williams’ ties to bikes includes the time he had one delivered to Conan O’Brien.

Robin Williams in Portland: The story of that time in 2008 when the late comedian flew his plane to Portland for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Bike share safety: 23 million rides later, zero people have died on bike share bicycles. In fact, they seem to reduce bike injuries.

Bikeways improve walking: According to every available dataset in the country, protected bike lanes consistently cut sidewalk biking approximately in half.

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The Monday Roundup: Beauty from Cleveland, dancing by the Seine and more

Monday, August 11th, 2014
cleveland rendering

This week’s news roundup is sponsored by the Barlow Road Ride, the scenic 100-mile tour along the Oregon Trail Aug. 23-24.

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

Cleveland bikeways: Cleveland has some beautiful plans for its former on-street streetcar routes.

Left Bank renaissance: One year after Paris closed an expressway along the Seine to cars, it’s a space for soccer lessons, backgammon games and an impromptu Michael Jackson dance party.

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The Monday Roundup: Railroad recumbent, wireless bike charging and more

Monday, August 4th, 2014
rail rider
Riding the rails in Joseph, Ore.
(Photo: Road Less Traveled)

This week’s news roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks, who reminds you to join them for their shop ride this on Sunday (8/10) followed by a Team in Training BBQ fundraiser that afternoon.

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

The “rail rider”: This looks like a fun way to get around rural Oregon.

Wireless e-bikes: These concept bikes imagine a future “where inductive bicycle lanes could be used to wirelessly charge electric bikes and other devices on the go.”

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The Monday Roundup: Credit for swerving, a ‘Happy’ dance and more

Monday, July 28th, 2014
crash
The aftermath of a fatal high-speed chase.
(Photo: Graham T. Beck via Streetsblog)

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

A for effort: New York’s top court found that a car thief who “fatally struck a Brooklyn pedestrian during a high-speed NYPD chase” isn’t guilty of murder because the fact that he sometimes swerved to avoid people as he sped down the street proves that he didn’t have a “depraved indifference to human life.”

Bike share buyout: Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share is on the brink of a deal to sell “at least 51 percent” of itself to a New York-based real estate company in exchange for a necessary cash infusion.

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The Monday Roundup: Unshared Citi Bike, opera bike tour and more

Monday, July 21st, 2014
bike sharing
Clever, but not smart.
(Photo: John Marsh via Gothamist)

The bike links from around the world that caught our eyes were particularly rich and interesting this week.

Bike share minus sharing: You will get in trouble if you do this to your favorite Citi Bike.

Opera on bikes: Start this CBC radio report at 24:44 to hear the story of The Bicycle Opera Project, a cast of opera singers in Ontario who travel 50 miles a day by bike, with their set, props and instruments in two bike trailers, and then perform to sold-out audiences. “There’s no room for divas. … You have to be okay with changing a flat tire.”

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The Monday Roundup: Self-driving bikes, Uber vs. drunk driving & more

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Street scene, Hohhot, China
Mobility that matters in China.
(Photo: GothPhil)

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

Self-driving bike: Chinese search giant Baidu says it’s one-upping Google by prototyping an autonomous bicycle by the end of 2014.

Better taxis, fewer DUIs: In Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, ridesharing and hailing apps (still illegal in Portland) seem to be reducing drunk-driving arrests.

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The Monday Roundup: Selfies, BOD, anti-cycling psychology and more

Monday, July 7th, 2014
The “cycle snake” in Copenhagen was made
to replace a few flights of stairs.
(Image: Dissing+Weitling Architecture)

This week’s news roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks who hopes to see you at the Seattle-to-Portland finish line on Saturday where you can pick up a souvenir t-shirt or score other deals.

Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

Check out the best bike links and news we came across this week:

Explaining bike brain: Portland Carl Alviani is making waves on the web this morning thanks to his thoughtful deconstruction of “why bikes make smart people say dumb things.”

Gas tax increase as our savior: As the federal transportation funding bill showdown gets more and more serious, there are hints that a gas tax increase might be on the table.

Build it and they ride: Speaking of running out of federal funding for transportation, a paltry $28 million in federal funds had a massive impact on bicycling conditions and mode share in Marin.
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The Monday Roundup: Carfree, ‘Curbee’, car abuse & more

Monday, June 30th, 2014
The “Curbee” footrest in action.
(Photo by Steven Vance/Streetsblog Chicago)

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

Cycling and social mores: Women in Afghanistan are seeking symbolic equality by the simple act of riding their bicycles. “For us, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom… We’re riding because we want to, because we love to, because if our brothers can, so can we.”

From crooked to carfree: Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco is now carfree on the weekends. And despite howling critics, the trial run went quite smoothly. What Portland streets could be improved by being carfree on the weekends? (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Road rage shooting, Amtrak’s bike upgrade and more

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Site of an extreme road-rage incident.
(Image by Google Street View)

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

Worst road rage ever: After a man on a bike confronted a man in a car who he felt had buzzed him, the man in the car allegedly pulled a semiautomatic handgun on him and opened fire as he drove away. Yes, this was in Florida.

Bikes on trains: Amtrak is testing a new baggage car that can secure unboxed bicycles.

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The Monday Roundup: Australian epic, bike share vs. bike shops & more

Monday, June 16th, 2014
aussie ride
A long ride south.
(Photo © Northern Territory Library)

Good morning! Our roundup of the best bike links on the web is sponsored by Western Bike Works, longtime BikePortland sponsor and one of the city’s best bike shops.

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

Australian epic: One hundred years ago last week, a 21-year-old photographer rolled into the post office in Adelaide after a 3,000-mile bike trip across the largely roadless continent. A few hundred photos survive.

Bike share vs. bike shops: Bike shop owners have some pretty interesting theories about a recent article (linked in last week’s Roundup) suggesting that bike sharing has hurt bike shop business in Manhattan.

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