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The Monday Roundup

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

The Monday Roundup: Mandatory hi-viz, the ‘love affair’ meme and more

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
People on bikes-34
Mandatory? Really?
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

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

Mandatory high-viz: A bill requiring every bike user to wear reflective neon and carry a government ID has attracted six co-sponsors in the Wyoming legislature.

PR campaign: The phrase “American love affair with the automobile” dates to a 1961 TV program. Underwritten by the auto industry and narrated by Groucho Marx, it framed the then-controversial demolition of neighborhoods to make way for freeways and parking lots as the normal challenges of marriage.

Normalized danger: “You press a pedal and two tons of metal lurches down the city avenue; you pull a trigger and twenty enemies die; you waggle a button and cities burn,” reflects Adam Gopnik, who recently learned to drive at age 58. But zooming in concert down a road is also “civilization itself.”

What could go wrong? Tesla’s new electric sports car has an “insane” button that lets you accelerate from 0 to 60 in three seconds.

The Monday Roundup: Illegal walking, ambulance bike racks and more

Monday, January 26th, 2015
Going-home time
Somebody call the cops.
(Photo: browneyes.)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Ride the Heart of the Valley Bike Ride. Set for April 26th, 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 stories from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Illegal walking: Child protective services threatened to take two Maryland children away from their parents after the parents let their kids (aged 10 and 6) walk home one mile from the park together.

Ambulance bike racks: A hospital in Fort Collins now equips its ambulances with racks to avoid leaving patients’ bikes at the scene.

Car-detecting radar: Garmin is marketing an alert device for bike users.


The Monday Roundup: Family Feud on ‘cyclists,’ ice-skate commuting and more

Monday, January 19th, 2015
Family Feud answers
The most popular responses have the
highest numbers.
(Image via

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

Seahawks cycling: Seattle’s NFL team is headed back to the Super Bowl and — believe it or not — it was a bicycle that stole national headlines after their thrilling playoff win.

Annoying game show: Australia’s version of the Family Feud game show decided to ask: “What is something annoying that a cyclist might do?”

Ice-skate commuting: An Edmonton landscape architect has proposed a “Freezeway” that would let people skate to work. The winter “skate lane” would serve as a bike lane in the summer.

The Monday Roundup: Anti-aging machines, a self-balancing bike and more

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Alan Koch completes his goal
Portlander Alan Koch in 2007, at 67.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Anti-aging machines: A UK test found that the endurance, strength, metabolic health, balance, memory function, bone density and reflexes of people age 55 to 79 who bike regularly are indistinguishable by age.

Self-balancing bike: Young? Old? Just tippy? The Jyrobike balances you.


The Monday Roundup: GPS pedals, The Growing Bike, texting vs. cop and more

Monday, January 5th, 2015
growing bike
The second of three settings.
(Image: Wishbone Design Studio)

These are the stories that caught our eyes last week…

Smart pedals: The buzz this morning is all about “connected” pedals that track your location, speed, distance and so on. They debuted today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Growing Bike: This balance trike-and-bike adjusts to fit your kids as they grow.

Distractions everywhere: A Eugene motorcycle cop who had just pulled someone over for texting while driving was hit by a van whose driver is suspected of texting while driving. Can you say epidemic?


The Monday Roundup: Finnish urbanism, cities defying DOTs and more

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Helsinki plans to add 250,000 residents by 2050 by
creating a “networked” transportation system
that would make a combination of modes more useful
than car ownership.
(Renderings: Helsinki Strategic Urban Planning Division)

Happy holidays! Things will still be a little slower than usual on BikePortland this week but we’ll have new posts each day this week. To start things off, here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes:

Finnish urbanism: If your children become urban planners, it looks like they’ll be taking study tours of Helsinki to see how it’s done.

Civic disobedience: Is your state’s DOT blocking cities from making their streets safer, fairer and more prosperous? Then your city’s DOT should take a lesson from the gay marriage movement and start making changes without permission, argues Transport Providence.


The Monday Roundup: Philly’s racetrack gamble, a bike trailer camper and more

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
sheward partnership velodrome
A proposed bike race track in
(Rendering: Sheward Partnership)

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

Racetrack gamble: As Minnesota’s only velodrome considers closing rather than putting up $850,000 for repairs, a private company is building a $100 million bike racing arena in Philadelphia.

Bike camping: You can now purchase a camper trailer for your bike. (Hope for low winds.)


The Monday Roundup: Beer-battered driving, a Minneapolis bike win and more

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Deuchar's battered haddock and chips at The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh
Not actually an intoxicant.
(Photo: Edinburgh Blog)

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

Beer-battered driving: A Wisconsin man pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy said he hadn’t been drinking, only eating beer-battered fish. It would be his 10th drunken-driving conviction.

Minneapolis victory: The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition says the city’s new budget, with $750,000 for protected bike lanes (3-6 miles’ worth) and eight open streets events, is its “best ever.”


The Monday Roundup: Getaway Citi Bike, a texting-driving smoking gun and more

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Blonde, boots, leather leggings
A great escape tool, for better or worse.
(Photo: Billie Ward)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by North St. Bags, who invites you to shop their Portland-made selection of bags and accessories at their holiday pop-up shop at 11 NW 5th.

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

Getaway bike: A New Yorker shot a bullet into both of an acquaintance’s legs last week, ran two blocks to a Citi Bike dock, checked out a bike and fled.

Smoking gun: When Blackberry service went down for three days last month, traffic collisions dropped 40 percent. (The smartphone pioneer has 44 percent of the market there.)


The Monday Roundup: Oil’s price plunge, Sydney’s bike ban proposal and more

Monday, December 1st, 2014
PDX Bike Swarm - ALEC F29 protests-14
Less so than they were, maybe.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Cheap gas coming: The price of oil plummeted to its lowest non-recession level since 2007 on Thursday and Friday. It’s being described as the result of a major price war launched by OPEC in hopes of ending North America’s oil boom.

Vision zero bikes: Sydney is considering banning bikes from its “shared cycle way” network because someone walking might get hurt and sue.


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