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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: Car-free McKenzie Pass, anti-crosswalk enforcement & more

Monday, May 5th, 2014
A centuries-old lava flow encroaches on the foothills of the North and Middle Sister of the Cascade Range in central Oregon
Two of the Sisters.
(Photo: Mary Harrsch)

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

Peaceful mountains: McKenzie Pass, between the Sisters, is car-free but open to bikes until at least June 16.

Crosswalk ban: A group of Tacoma activists, 15 of whom have personally been hit by cars, have been painting crosswalks without permission “to get the attention of the city.” It worked! The city is now threatening to prosecute rogue crosswalk painters.

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The Monday Roundup: A ‘heat map’, street fee criticism, suing the victim and more

Monday, April 28th, 2014
“Heat map” from Strava.

— This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race, coming this Sunday (5/4) to Newport, Oregon.

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

Where do we bike? Or, at least, where do people who track their rides with GPS bike? Strava knows. Among the local lessons in this beautiful “heat map”: the east-side greenways are very popular (especially NE Going and SE Lincoln/Harrison); and Broadway is by far the most-used route through downtown.

Suing the victim: A Canadian woman who killed a teen with her car is suing the dead boy’s estate for $1.4 million to compensate for her “pain and suffering.” It’s a countersuit to a civil suit by the family of the victim, who her suit says was riding at night without being “properly illuminated.”

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The Monday Roundup: Stolen bike statistics, glowing road paint & more

Monday, April 21st, 2014
sad sight
A permanent parting?
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Urban Office Renewal, now offering newly renovated bike-friendly office space at SW 9th and Oak.

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

Theft facts: Seven percent of bike theft victims never replace their bikes. That’s one of eight depressing (and unusually interesting) factoids about bike theft.

Theft investigation: Seattle police dedicated months to investigating used-bike shop Bicycle Pull-Apart, concluding among other things that “more than half of the bikes bought by the shop between February 2013 and January 2014 were bought from convicted felons.” Owner Eric Patchen said he “always followed the letter of the law.”
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The Monday Roundup: Hit and run by bike, bike golfing & more

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Bikes at Earth Day
Bikes on the Springwater path.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by ABUS Security, makers of locks that can “thwart even the cleverest of thieves.”

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

Biker hits and runs: “BAM! He hit me and just kept going,” said a woman who says her arm was broken by a man on a bicycle who hit her on the Springwater Corridor and then (illegally) left the scene last month.

Bike golfing: Vail Golf Club is adding a third mode for golfers: they can walk; they can take an electric cart; or they can now bike their clubs to the tee.

Drone injury: A flying drone that was filming a bike race whacked a triathlete in the head and sent her to the hospital.

Less congestion: Auto traffic in Seattle has been consistently falling since 2003. Go ahead, read that sentence again. (The population has grown 11 percent and transit use is up 40 percent.)

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The Monday Roundup: Mapping every collision, handmade bikes and more

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Are you on this map?
(Image by the You Are Here project.)

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

Mapping crashes: A team of MIT researchers has visualized every reported bike collision from 2010-2013 in Portland and a few other cities. I was surprised by how many happen on streets without marked bike facilities.

Handmade framebuilding: Atlantic Cities takes a deep dive into the ongoing golden age of handmade framebuilding, with Portland companies front and center.

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The Monday Roundup: Bike ergonomics, lawsuit incentives & more

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Carpal damage is a risk of heavy riding.

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks, who remind you to check out their gargantuan warehouse sale April 5-6.

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Bike ergonomics: A retired doctor has some simple tips for stopping long bike rides from screwing up your body.

Lawsuit incentive: People on foot or bike who win civil lawsuits against people in cars would get minimum damage awards — $1,000 plus attorney fees — under a proposed Oakland law.

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The Monday Roundup: Roadside ethics test, glowing bike & more

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Police in Belarus created this scene to test drivers.
(Photo by Tut.by)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Urban Office Renewal, owners of a historic, newly-renovated, bike-friendly office building at SW 9th and Oak.

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

Driving test: A team of Belarus police mocked up the scene at right to see how people driving past would react. Nine of 186 passers-by stopped.

Super-reflective bike: “The Lumen is the latest bike from the artisanal builders at San Francisco’s Mission Bicycle Company. The entire bike — frame, fork, and rims — has been sprayed with a retro-reflective coating.”

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The Monday Roundup: Catching distracted drivers red-handed, counterfeit bikes & more

Monday, March 17th, 2014
The late Jake Owen.
(Family photo)

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

Distracted driving: If your advocacy for making streets safer needs a jolt of energy, you should read the first three paragraphs of this story about a proposed Maryland law that would make it easy for police to check whether people involved in car crashes were using the phone at the moment of impact.

Fake bikes: The world of counterfeit branded bicycles sold online is dominated by “very sophisticated organizations who launder money they gain from drug dealing, from prostitution, from slavery,” the mainstream bicycle industry warns.

Tolerating danger: “The Federal Highway Administration’s proposal on safety performance measures allows states to fail to meet half their own safety targets without consequences.” (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Toddler bike races, beer as a sports drink & more

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Go get ‘em, kids.

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by ABUS Security, makers of locks that can “thwart even the cleverest of thieves.”

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

Toddling to the finish: You too can now enter your 2-year-old in a bicycle race series put on by “the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes.”

Rails-to-trails demise? USA Today reports that a decision last week by the Supreme Court could reportedly threaten progress on rails-to-trails projects. However, the folks at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy paint a more nuanced picture about what exactly the impacts might be.
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The Monday Roundup: Cargo bike parking concept, LeBron at Critical Mass & more

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

BikePortland will be reporting this week on news from both coasts — Jonathan from the National Bike Summit in D.C. and Michael on the news in Portland — but our post schedule may not keep to the normal business hours as usual. This week’s collection of the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes is a good one:

The Copenhagenize Bar - by Cyclehoop
“The Copenhagenize Bar” in demo.
(Photo: Copenhagenize Design Co.)

Cargo bike parking: “Our idea was to design an elegant, functional parking solution for cargo bikes.”

King James rides with the people: If you’re an NBA fan, you probably wish you were at Miami Critical Mass on Friday.

Vision -1: News item: “Pregnant Lady Gives Birth on 68th Street Crosswalk.” “Jesus,” a local parody account tweeted. “This Vision Zero thing is getting out of control.”

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