The Monday Roundup

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

The Monday Roundup: David Bragdon, hands-free navigation & more

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Rails to Trails Conservancy meeting-4.jpg
Bragdon, left, at a Rails to Trails
Conservancy meeting in 2008.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Today's Monday Roundup is sponsored by Portland real estate broker Leigh Perretta. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Leigh wants to show prospective home buyers a "love nest" in Linnton between the St. Johns bridge and Sauvie Island with river and mountain views that's "just minutes from the City’s best cycling." Contact Leigh via email for a private showing.

And now, here's the bike news from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Bragdon in Gotham: Four years after he fled to New York, calling Portland complacent and analysis-obsessed, former Metro President David Bragdon is saying nuanced things about both his cities — and about the "mysterious blend of arrogance and humility" that makes great leaders. Highly recommended. (Including the forelock-themed graphic.)

Hands-free bike navigation: CycleNav, which attaches to your handlebars, is "the first navigation device that, when connected to a smart phone via Bluetooth, provides audio commands and visual light indicators to direct riders to their desired destination." $60.


The Monday Roundup: Spain's new touring paths, Ford's urban shift & more

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Where would I go without you?
The Andalucian road.
(Photo by Leo Hidalgo.)

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

Economic engines: Andalucia, Spain, is making a major play to boost its economy with bike tourism with a plan to build 3,200 miles of bike paths by 2020.

Auto futurism: At the Detroit Auto Show this month, Ford Motor Company's CEO said that adding more cars in big cities is "not going to work" and suggested his company is looking into new products related to public transit and/or car sharing.


The Monday Roundup: Bronzeville biking, mandatory reflection & more

Monday, January 20th, 2014
Nice ride.
(Photo by Steven Vance.)

Posting will be lighter than usual today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Bronzeville biking: One of the most historically important African-American communities in the country is the test bed for a new multimodal advocacy program. Bronzeville, on Chicago's inner South Side, already has two protected bike lanes and 15 bike share stations; now the city that was once home to Dr. King's "Northern Crusade" is testing a program, designed by Portland's Alta Planning, to make biking work better for Bronzeville residents.

Mandatory reflection: A well-to-do suburb of Milwaukee will now require every person walking along a street at night to wear reflective clothing or face a citation. They previously required it for people on bikes.


The Monday Roundup: The distorting power of windshields & more

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Workin' At The Car Wash, Yeah

The bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week were even richer than usual. Enjoy the feast.

Windshield negativity: If you've ever struggled to understand how different people can have such wildly different views of urban life, a new UK study might help: when we see something from inside a moving car, we tend to perceive it to be more negative than if we see exactly the same thing from the perspective of someone moving in a bus, on a bike or on the sidwalk.

"Like a woman needs a bicycle": Local poet Meg Brennan has written a beautiful essay about moving to Portland and falling slowly into love with biking.


The Monday Roundup: Mayoral challenge, 'Breaking Away' & more

Monday, January 6th, 2014
Minneapolis' Betsy Hodges throws the gauntlet.
(Photo: Stubble Magazine)

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

Minnesota challenge: In her first official proclamation in office, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges declared that her city's "winter bicyclists" are "just plain tougher and much better looking the bicyclists from all those wimpier cities." (Is Charlie Hales going to take this lying down?)

Strong mayor: Cyclelicious' Richard Masoner says the newly former mayor of Santa Cruz, meanwhile, calls her rig the Mayormobile.

Streaming movie: Road-bike classic Breaking Away has joined the Netflix streaming library.


The Monday Roundup: Bike skyways, pollution exertion & more

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Concept image for "The SkyCycle."
(Image by Foster + Partners)

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

Bike skyways: A British starchitect wants to build a 135-mile network of elevated bikeways above London's commuter rail lines. (It's an oddly familiar concept…)

Pollution exertion: "Cycling in cities could do more damage than good to a rider’s heart thanks to dangerous pollutants in the air, a new study has found."


The Monday Roundup: Road-diet wealth, Bike Lobby interview & more

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
New York City's Columbus Avenue, before and after a
lane-narrowing project that seems to have helped
boost retail sales.
(Photos: NYCDOT.)

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

Road diet prosperity: Removing auto travel and parking lanes regularly boosts retail sales when the space is used to create public plazas, bike lanes and pedestrian islands. "Better streets provide benefits to businesses in all types of neighborhoods, from the central business district to modest retail strips in residential areas," the NYCDOT-funded economic report concludes.

Effective cities: My favorite bit of advice on this list of the "seven habits of highly effective cities" when it comes to building bikeways is #2: "Don't talk about bikes."


The Monday Roundup: Banal traffic, JSK for hire, activist kids & more

Monday, December 16th, 2013
Click for full comic.
(Detail from Bikeyface.com)

Welcome to the week. Here are the best bike and transportation stories we came across last week...

The banality of traffic: "As far as I’m concerned, the only thing worse than spending hours of your life stuck in car traffic is spending even more hours of your life talking about it," writes Bikeyface's Bekka Wright, introducing a comic that rings true.

Child activists: You haven't seen a street demonstration until you've seen a street demonstration performed almost entirely by children under the age of 12. The year was 1972, the kids were Dutch, and the 8-year-old with the microphone was chanting "cars go away." It worked. (Tip: skip to 7:10 in the video.) (Update: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow highlighted this video in a piece about gun reform on Friday)


The Monday Roundup: Winter riding tips, Damascus checkpoints & more

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Snow Day!
An earlier Portland snow day, in 2007.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Winter riding: It's possible that today's the end of this winter's coldest snap, but it's not too late to become a winter biking expert.

Happiness machines: The many benefits of bikes include slowing the aging of skin, getting you to sleep promptly and separating you from air pollution compared to car use.


The Monday Roundup: The futility of high-vis clothing & more

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The underappreciated fender zones.
(Click for full image by Jeff Werner.)

Welcome to December! Here's the bike news from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Fender zones: "It's winter riding season," writes Vancouver designer Jeff Werner. "Do you know your fender zones? Mere centimetres separate the douches from the saints."

High-vis clothes don't help: A "small but potentially lethal number of drivers will pass too close whatever you wear," according to a study by a professor who once wore a wig to test whether people passed women on bikes differently than men. That's just the start of the interesting findings in his team's new study.


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