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

The Monday Roundup: Ultrasound passing enforcement, Portland’s housing shortage and more

Monday, June 15th, 2015
Narrow fit on Lewis & Clark Bridge-1

Gotta give space.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you Mountain Shop (NE 37th and Sandy), where you can learn about, buy, and rent excellent gear for your next bike adventure.

Three-foot rule: Chattanooga bike patrol officers are using custom ultrasound devices to measure cars’ passing distances.

Housing shortage: “None of us, not a single damn one of us, is entitled to live where we want to live for as long as we want to live at a price we can easily afford,” writes Tyler Hurst in Willamette Week. “It’s not fair at all. Nor is it fair to love a city and not want to share it.”

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The Monday Roundup: Blind-spot spotlights, demonizing fat and more

Monday, June 8th, 2015
downlights
Danger zones, spotted.
(Image: Jimmy Beam Downlights)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you Mountain Shop (NE 37th and Sandy), Portland’s oldest camping and outdoor gear store. If you’re curious about bikepacking, check out their full studio of new bikes, gear and rentals.

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

Truck safety: A new trucking product could circle rigs with downward-pointing lights that tell people biking where they’ll be invisible to the driver.

Marketing biking: A Vancouver bike lover who describes herself as “fat” has some “free tips” for active transportation advocates: “Stop using the ‘obesity’ scare word. It makes you look like smug a-holes.”

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The Monday Roundup: A bike-boom time capsule, the Blazers’ latest bike fanatic and more

Monday, June 1st, 2015
Portland Bike Lobby founder Sam Oakland
received a Bud Clark Award for lifetime achievement
from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in 2001.
(Photo courtesy BTA.)

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the Ride for Schools, a ride to raise money for Oregon’s public schools that takes place in Hillsboro on June 27th.

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

Time capsule: What did it feel like to run a bike shop in the middle of Oregon’s 1971 bike boom? “They’ve taken all the fun out of the business,” complained Portland retailer Pat Patterson in this newspaper article from that spring. Leading the activism charge at the time was the late PSU English professor Sam Oakland, who said “We want to redesign Portland to make it a city for people — particularly in the downtown business area — instead of what it is now, a giant, smelly parking garage for commuters.”

Kerry’s cycling: Secretary of State John Kerry, who broke his femur while biking in France on Sunday, is quite an athelete. “If he raced in his age category, he’d be one of the top riders in the U.S,” says former pro racer Jonathan Vaughters, who’s ridden with the 71-year-old politician.

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The Monday Roundup: Korean carfree experiment, Florida’s sky garage and more

Monday, May 25th, 2015
carfree festival
Sunday Parkways every day, at least for a while.
(Photo: The Urban Idea)

Happy Memorial Day, Portland. In honor of the holiday, this is likely to be our only post of the day.

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

Now that’s a demo: A South Korean neighborhood banned cars for a month in order to see what would happen.

Bikes vs. stress: Bike commuters are 40 percent less stressed when they arrive at their destination than car or public transit commuters, a U.K. study of heart and breathing rates found.

“Sky garage”: A $560 million luxury skyscraper north of Miami will “incorporate the single-family-home garage concept” by hoisting people’s cars into the air so they can keep it next to their unit.

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The Monday Roundup: Testing the Idaho stop, the origin of helmets and more

Monday, May 18th, 2015
salmon street stop sign
Look both ways.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Idaho stop: Bicycle Quarterly’s Jan Heine created his own private code of conduct for the last six months: he treated red lights as stop signs and stop signs as yield signs while biking around Seattle. What he learned was pretty interesting.

Bike to Work Week: It makes biking feel like “paying your taxes or calling grandma on Mother’s Day,” writes Bike Snob Eben Weiss in Time.

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The Monday Roundup: Salt Lake’s protected intersection, Jiu-jitsu vs. bike thief and more

Monday, May 11th, 2015
slc
Formerly known as the Dutch-style intersection,
“Utah-style” will be accurate from here on.
(Image: Salt Lake City)

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

Protected intersection: One year after a Portland designer gave it a name, a protected intersection is about to be constructed in Salt Lake City.

Hii-ya: A jiu-jitsu class in Florida got some extra practice when they intercepted a burglary in progress at the bike shop next door.

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The Monday Roundup: Solar e-bike, China’s bike rebound and more

Monday, May 4th, 2015
solar bike

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

Solar e-bike: Thanks to a custom panel design, this one weighs just 37 pounds. (No, there is no mention of price.)

Chinese rebound: Seemingly left behind by history, Chinese bicycle advocates are fighting to restore the Kingdom of the Bicycle.

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The Monday Roundup: Tampa’s ‘Bicycle Blitzkrieg,’ London’s bombsite races and more

Monday, April 20th, 2015
alphonso
Alphonso King’s homebuilt bike was confiscated
by police who couldn’t believe he hadn’t stolen it.
(Screen grab from Tampa Bay Times)

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

“Bicycle Blitzkrieg”: A Tampa woman walking her bike home after cooking for an elderly neighbor, carrying a plate of fish and grits in her other hand, got a $51 ticket for not having a bike light. A 54-year-old man’s bike was confiscated because he couldn’t produce a receipt to prove it was his. A 56-year-old man was handcuffed for towing a borrowed lawnmower through a stop sign on his bike. They’re all part of the Tampa police department’s effort to “head off crime before it happens” by issuing thousands of bicycle-related infractions to black people.

Bikes vs. bombs: After World War II, London teens turned bomb-site ruins into low-rent velodromes. One man who’s still in the saddle tells the story.

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The Monday Roundup: Biking while older, the IKEA bike and more

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Bridge Pedal 2010-40
No need to slow down, if roads are right.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Note from the Publisher: Before we get started on what will surely be another interesting week, please consider making a financial contribution to BikePortland. Your support is crucial to our work. Thank you! – Jonathan

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

Biking while older: A Danish study of biking obstacles among people over age 50 found that the top three needs were (in descending order) good pavement quality, good lighting and quiet.

The “IKEA bike”: REFRAMED, now early in a Kickstarter, aims to be “a fully customizable self-assemble bike.”

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The Monday Roundup: Bike lane maps, mandating reflective cars and more

Monday, April 6th, 2015
miami
Miami with only the bike lanes showing.
(Image: Washington Post)

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

Bike lane maps: The Washington Post mapped what four cities look like with just their bike-only infrastructure showing.

Mandatory reflection: Copenhagenize.com provocateur Mikael Colville-Andersen started a clever petition in response to Volvo’s spray-on reflective “Lifepaint” for bikes: because black cars are 50 percent more likely to get in collisions, every Volvo should be painted in Lifepaint. Plus he urged Volvo to encourage car helmets, for the sake of safety of course.

Shifting blame: A DC-area transportation agency urged people to “wear something bright or reflective” to avoid being killed by cars. A local man proposed an alternative version.

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