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

The Monday Roundup: Urban alleys, collision readiness & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 18th, 2016 at 9:53 am

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An alley in Edinburgh: just another name for a human-scale street.
(Photo: Byronv2)

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, Portland’s new neighborhood now leasing in the Lloyd District.

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

Urban alleys: They’re narrow. They’re non-uniform. They’re underrated public spaces.

Collision text: If you’re ever in a traffic crash, having this text in your notes app might be a good way to avoid forgetting to gather important details as your body escapes shock.

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The Monday Roundup: A threatening float, Pokemon Go, walking while black & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 11th, 2016 at 8:32 am

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Happy Independence Day, kids.
(Photo: Spencer Hackett)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Brompton Urban Challenge, a citywide adventure game/ride coming to Portland this Saturday July 16th. All bikes (and humans) are welcome and all proceeds benefit BikePortland!

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

Ready, set, Pokemon Go: Nintendo’s new “augmented reality” game has taken over streets worldwide. Expect many interesting headlines in the days and weeks to come.

Parade threat: An anonymous float at a Columbus parade depicted an SUV-bike crash and carried a handwritten sign saying “I’ll share the road when you follow the rules.”

Longevity advice: The oldest U.S. resident, Goldie Michelson, died at 113 in Massachusetts. “I never used a car if I could walk,” she said. “One of the great joys of life was when I sold my car.”

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The Monday Roundup: NYC’s lost sidewalk space, the Tour’s intense history & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 4th, 2016 at 10:42 am

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The same intersection, a century apart.
(Photos courtesy John Massengale)

Happy Independence Day! BikePortland is taking the rest of today off to celebrate the country we love, warts and all. We’ll be back first thing Tuesday morning. In the meantime, here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week.

Missing sidewalks: As New York City’s croweded sidewalks overflow into bike and car lanes, some are pointing out that people are basically reclaiming space they had in 1906.

Tour history: The Tour de France, which started this weekend, no longer bans teams, requires riders to make every repair personally or features people trying to slip poisoned wine to contestants.

Job access: Real estate site Redfin has used the number of jobs you can reach by transit and foot within 30 minutes to create a Walkscore-style rating for any address.

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The Monday Roundup: America’s sorriest bus stops, mechanical speed limits & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 27th, 2016 at 2:45 pm

sad bus stop
Last year’s winner: A very sorry bus stop outside St. Louis.
(Image via Streetsblog)

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

Sorriest bus stops: Streetsblog wants your nominations.

Mechanical speed limits: The National Association of City Transportation Officials has a six-point agenda to making autonomous cars work for cities, not against them. No. 2: cap speeds at 25 mph.

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The Monday Roundup: The 19-crash house, the accidental triathlete & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 20th, 2016 at 7:05 am

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Ray Minter’s house in San Jose has a 50-year history of violence.
(Image: Google Street View)

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

Crash-prone house: A single San Jose home near an offramp has seen 19 vehicles land on its property since 1960, most recently last Monday.

Accidental triathlete: A British mother of three, out for what she thought would be a “leisurely ride” two weeks after she started riding a used hybrid bike for exercise, unexpectedly found herself riding with a triathlon — whose participants talked her into joining them for the whole 13-mile route. “I kept thinking it can’t be that much further,” she said later. “I’m known for getting myself into odd situations.”

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The Monday Roundup: The Canadian military vs. bike lanes and more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 13th, 2016 at 9:29 am

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The “recipe for disaster” now installed on Beatty Street.
(Image: City of Vancouver, BC)

Welcome to an extra-robust roundup! We missed last week’s, so this one has the best of two weeks of great bike-related links from around the world.

Military conflict: The Canadian military says a new parking-protected bike lane in front of their Vancouver BC building is a “recipe for disaster” because a “flying” bicycle might hit one of their soldiers.

Teen driving: The Washington Post’s bicycle-fearing columnist is dismayed that kids these days prefer “texting friends and meeting up for a ‘group date’ on a Metro subway car” to “the freedom that comes with getting behind the wheel.” He thinks the answer should be bringing back driver’s ed.

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The Monday Roundup: Dutch distractions, China’s bus boondoggle & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 31st, 2016 at 9:21 am

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Gotta check.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Good morning! Starting today it’s summer vacation season on BikePortland, with first me and then Jonathan taking a little time to decoil. So expect slightly slower posting than usual for the next month or so — though you’ll usually be able to count on at least two posts almost every weekday.

(If you’ve been yearning for a chance to put together a guest post, this means it’s a golden opportunity. Get in touch!)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks. Check out their big 5-year anniversary sale going on now through June 5th.

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

Distracted biking: Even the Dutch are considering a mobile-phone ban.

Straddle bus: The thing about China’s new bus that drives over congestion is that you could achieve basically the same thing with a dedicated bus lane, says Canaan Merchant.

Sleeping driver: A camera caught a man dozing behind the wheel of an “autopiloted” Tesla Model S.

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The Monday Roundup: Adhesive cars, driving ethics & more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 23rd, 2016 at 8:38 am

sticky layer
(Image: Google)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, now leasing in the Lloyd District.

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

Adhesive cars: Google has patented a “sticky layer” to hold people on the hood of self-driving cars after a collision.

Car ethics: Should a robot car choose to kill its driver or a child in front of it? There’s a more fundamental ethical question, says N+1. “Why was the car going so damn fast in the first place?”

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The Monday Roundup: Sidewalk delivery robots, Tacoma teen Tazing and more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 16th, 2016 at 9:39 am

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Insta-ebike.
(Photo: Geo Orbital)

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

E-bike wheel: The Geo Orbital replaces the front wheel of a conventional bike, is currently Kickstarting for $699 and will retail for $950.

Biker Tazed: A 15-year-old Tacoma girl who was bicycling through a mall parking lot was stopped for “trespassing” by a uniformed off-duty police officer working as a security guard. After she tried to bike away, he threw her to the ground by her hair and then used a Taser on her.

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The Monday Roundup: Viadoom joyride, Detroit’s shared bikes and more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 9th, 2016 at 8:56 am

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Right after the race.
(Photo via Allison)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by 21st Avenue Bicycles, your summer bike adventure suppliers.

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

Bike swap: A racer on New Mexico’s grueling Tour of the Gila broke his bike in a Stage 1 crash — but swapped with a spectator and “rode a bitchin’ early-80’s Specialized to the finish,” complete with rear rack.

Detroit Bikes: Motivate, the country’s largest bike share operator is shifting assembly to Detroit.

Solar e-bike: It recharges its own batteries.

Waterslide commuting: A Democratic candidate for governor has a plan to solve congestion between Portland and Vancouver: two massive water slides, each descending to the other side of the river from the top of a 30-story parking garage.

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