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The Monday Roundup: GPS pedals, The Growing Bike, texting vs. cop and more

Monday, January 5th, 2015
growing bike
The second of three settings.
(Image: Wishbone Design Studio)

These are the stories that caught our eyes last week…

Smart pedals: The buzz this morning is all about “connected” pedals that track your location, speed, distance and so on. They debuted today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Growing Bike: This balance trike-and-bike adjusts to fit your kids as they grow.

Distractions everywhere: A Eugene motorcycle cop who had just pulled someone over for texting while driving was hit by a van whose driver is suspected of texting while driving. Can you say epidemic?


The Monday Roundup: Finnish urbanism, cities defying DOTs and more

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Helsinki plans to add 250,000 residents by 2050 by
creating a “networked” transportation system
that would make a combination of modes more useful
than car ownership.
(Renderings: Helsinki Strategic Urban Planning Division)

Happy holidays! Things will still be a little slower than usual on BikePortland this week but we’ll have new posts each day this week. To start things off, here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes:

Finnish urbanism: If your children become urban planners, it looks like they’ll be taking study tours of Helsinki to see how it’s done.

Civic disobedience: Is your state’s DOT blocking cities from making their streets safer, fairer and more prosperous? Then your city’s DOT should take a lesson from the gay marriage movement and start making changes without permission, argues Transport Providence.


The Monday Roundup: Philly’s racetrack gamble, a bike trailer camper and more

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
sheward partnership velodrome
A proposed bike race track in
(Rendering: Sheward Partnership)

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

Racetrack gamble: As Minnesota’s only velodrome considers closing rather than putting up $850,000 for repairs, a private company is building a $100 million bike racing arena in Philadelphia.

Bike camping: You can now purchase a camper trailer for your bike. (Hope for low winds.)


The Monday Roundup: Beer-battered driving, a Minneapolis bike win and more

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Deuchar's battered haddock and chips at The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh
Not actually an intoxicant.
(Photo: Edinburgh Blog)

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

Beer-battered driving: A Wisconsin man pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy said he hadn’t been drinking, only eating beer-battered fish. It would be his 10th drunken-driving conviction.

Minneapolis victory: The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition says the city’s new budget, with $750,000 for protected bike lanes (3-6 miles’ worth) and eight open streets events, is its “best ever.”


The Monday Roundup: Getaway Citi Bike, a texting-driving smoking gun and more

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Blonde, boots, leather leggings
A great escape tool, for better or worse.
(Photo: Billie Ward)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by North St. Bags, who invites you to shop their Portland-made selection of bags and accessories at their holiday pop-up shop at 11 NW 5th.

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

Getaway bike: A New Yorker shot a bullet into both of an acquaintance’s legs last week, ran two blocks to a Citi Bike dock, checked out a bike and fled.

Smoking gun: When Blackberry service went down for three days last month, traffic collisions dropped 40 percent. (The smartphone pioneer has 44 percent of the market there.)


The Monday Roundup: Oil’s price plunge, Sydney’s bike ban proposal and more

Monday, December 1st, 2014
PDX Bike Swarm - ALEC F29 protests-14
Less so than they were, maybe.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Cheap gas coming: The price of oil plummeted to its lowest non-recession level since 2007 on Thursday and Friday. It’s being described as the result of a major price war launched by OPEC in hopes of ending North America’s oil boom.

Vision zero bikes: Sydney is considering banning bikes from its “shared cycle way” network because someone walking might get hurt and sue.


The Monday Roundup: Extreme anti-theft measures, mapping ciclovias and more

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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

Modest anti-theft proposal: promises to “make thieves think twice about taking your bicycle” by strapping a GPS-activated explosive to the handlebars. (“Damage is generally limited to the hands and is not considered lethal. … You will have to purchase a new handlebar. … Make sure to check that unlicensed use of explosives is legal in your state beforehand.”)

Open streets: Here’s a map of every ciclovia festival in the Americas, Sunday Parkways included.


The Monday Roundup: The ‘unstealable bike,’ music through your bones and more

Monday, November 17th, 2014
A little bit bike, a little bit Escher painting.

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

Unstealable bike? The Yerka doesn’t have a built-in lock; it is the lock.

Bone music: A British design student literally wants to turn your butt into a speaker system while you’re riding your bike. (Scroll down to “On your bike.”)

Carhead, explained: Angeleno Stephen Corwin’s struggled to understand his family’s reactions to his car-free lifestyle until he realized they didn’t think of it as a “life choice” but as “a stunt.” “To them, I was like David Blaine, performing a weird test of endurance. I was holding my breath in a car-free world, hoping to impress everyone around me before I could bear it no longer.”


The Monday Roundup: Beautiful bike parking, Magliozzi’s car freedom and more

Monday, November 10th, 2014
Nice corral, Philadelphia.
(Photo: PlanPhilly)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by North St Bags, celebrating their fifth anniversary of making great panniers and backpacks right here in Portland.

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

Beautiful parking: When businesses pay for their own bike corrals, they tend to look really nice.

Car-free mechanic: Tom Magliozzi, the late “Car Talk” host, didn’t own a car and said he preferred bikes and public transit.


The Monday Roundup: A shared-street test in Chicago, the birth of ‘cross and more

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
chicago shared street
My kind of town.
(Rendering of Bell Street in Seattle, a model
for Chicago’s project, by SvR Design Company)

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

Shared street: Early next year, four blocks of Chicago’s Argyle Street will be rebuilt in a “radical experiment” with no sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, lane markings, or signals and almost no signs.

The birth of ‘cross: Could this French biking newsletter from 1901 have the report of the very first cyclocross race?


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