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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: 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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The Monday Roundup: The joys of snowy biking, Berlin’s bike vandals and more

by on February 15th, 2016 at 10:29 am

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A rare snow day in Portland.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Snowy biking: People who ask why anyone would do it forget about its beauty, writes Anders Swanson.

Bike gang: A gang of masked vandals on bicycles has been demolishing expensive cars in gentrified Berlin neighborhoods.

Hit and run: The chief operating officer at Kaiser Permanente Dental Associates got a misdemeanor charge after fleeing (first by car, then on foot) the scene of a collision at NE Broadway and 24th that left a woman with a traumatic brain injury.

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The Monday Roundup: Beautiful biking ads, mushroom-foraging bike & more

by on February 8th, 2016 at 8:33 am

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This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the BTA’s sixth annual bicycle-themed storytelling event, Live the Revolution (February 12th, tickets available now).

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

“Better by Bike”: These five ads from the City of Buenos Aires are more clever and heartwarming than anything I saw on TV Sunday.

“The Forager”: “Is this the first bicycle to come with its own fire-pit, mushroom knife and recycled wooden chopping board?”

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The Monday Roundup: Vancouver’s business turnaround, ‘mechanical doping’ & more

by on February 1st, 2016 at 8:27 am

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We explored downtown Vancouver BC in a 2013 post.
(Photo: M. Andersen)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the 15th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming your way on February 14th.

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

Business turnaround: Five years after Vancouver BC’s downtown business group spoke against removing parking for a protected bike lane network, the group’s executive director has reversed his position, saying “it’s obvious that separated bike lanes [are] working.”

“Mechanical doping”: Hidden electric motors are the latest way to cheat in a bike race, apparently.

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The Monday Roundup: Orange-cone curb extensions, escalator capacity & more

by on January 25th, 2016 at 10:41 am

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Confusion = calm.
(Images: Brooklyn Spoke)

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

Instant curb extension: Doug Gordon of Brooklyn Spoke has discovered that a single well-placed traffic cone can create big improvements in car turns.

Escalator capacity: Much like on streets, you can increase throughput on some escalators by removing the passing lane.

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The Monday Roundup: The gravel boom, biking while high and more

by on January 18th, 2016 at 8:44 am

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The 2015 Gifford Gravel 50,
here in Oregon.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Find a place to air out your jacket, Portland — it’s been pretty wet out there. Let’s warm you up with the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Gravel race: 1,400 riders signed up in 15 minutes for a Kansas gravel grinder; the remaining 500 tickets were gone in two hours.

Mandatory flags: A bill in Missouri’s legislature would require anyone riding a bike on lettered country roads to have a 15-foot-high fluorescent flag.

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The Monday Roundup: Misplaced bragging, JPow wins again, Volkswagen bailout & more

by on January 11th, 2016 at 8:10 am

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This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Lancaster Engineering, a Portland-based traffic engineering and transportation planning firm.

If you’re still sputtering up to speed after the holidays, have no fear, we’ve gathered all the best bike stories for you in one convenient place…

Pow!: Jeremy Powers rode to his fourth national cyclocross championship yesterday. And young Pacific Northwest product Logan Owen grabbed third.

“Success” story: A UK engineering firm chose an unfortunate Twitter illustration of that time they “successfully delivered another greenway project.”

“Bike Butler”: Indoor bike storage racks are getting more sophisticated.

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