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

The Monday Roundup: Self-driving bikes, Uber vs. drunk driving & more

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Street scene, Hohhot, China
Mobility that matters in China.
(Photo: GothPhil)

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

Self-driving bike: Chinese search giant Baidu says it’s one-upping Google by prototyping an autonomous bicycle by the end of 2014.

Better taxis, fewer DUIs: In Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, ridesharing and hailing apps (still illegal in Portland) seem to be reducing drunk-driving arrests.

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The Monday Roundup: Selfies, BOD, anti-cycling psychology and more

Monday, July 7th, 2014
The “cycle snake” in Copenhagen was made
to replace a few flights of stairs.
(Image: Dissing+Weitling Architecture)

This week’s news roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks who hopes to see you at the Seattle-to-Portland finish line on Saturday where you can pick up a souvenir t-shirt or score other deals.

Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

Check out the best bike links and news we came across this week:

Explaining bike brain: Portland Carl Alviani is making waves on the web this morning thanks to his thoughtful deconstruction of “why bikes make smart people say dumb things.”

Gas tax increase as our savior: As the federal transportation funding bill showdown gets more and more serious, there are hints that a gas tax increase might be on the table.

Build it and they ride: Speaking of running out of federal funding for transportation, a paltry $28 million in federal funds had a massive impact on bicycling conditions and mode share in Marin.
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The Monday Roundup: Carfree, ‘Curbee’, car abuse & more

Monday, June 30th, 2014
The “Curbee” footrest in action.
(Photo by Steven Vance/Streetsblog Chicago)

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

Cycling and social mores: Women in Afghanistan are seeking symbolic equality by the simple act of riding their bicycles. “For us, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom… We’re riding because we want to, because we love to, because if our brothers can, so can we.”

From crooked to carfree: Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco is now carfree on the weekends. And despite howling critics, the trial run went quite smoothly. What Portland streets could be improved by being carfree on the weekends? (more…)

The Monday Roundup: Road rage shooting, Amtrak’s bike upgrade and more

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Site of an extreme road-rage incident.
(Image by Google Street View)

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

Worst road rage ever: After a man on a bike confronted a man in a car who he felt had buzzed him, the man in the car allegedly pulled a semiautomatic handgun on him and opened fire as he drove away. Yes, this was in Florida.

Bikes on trains: Amtrak is testing a new baggage car that can secure unboxed bicycles.

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The Monday Roundup: Australian epic, bike share vs. bike shops & more

Monday, June 16th, 2014
aussie ride
A long ride south.
(Photo © Northern Territory Library)

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

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

Australian epic: One hundred years ago last week, a 21-year-old photographer rolled into the post office in Adelaide after a 3,000-mile bike trip across the largely roadless continent. A few hundred photos survive.

Bike share vs. bike shops: Bike shop owners have some pretty interesting theories about a recent article (linked in last week’s Roundup) suggesting that bike sharing has hurt bike shop business in Manhattan.

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The Monday Roundup: Self-defense with a bike, Tokyo bike culture and more

Monday, June 9th, 2014
weapon

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

Bikes as weapons: A 1901 magazine article about how to use your bicycle as a weapon against criminals spent the first 113 years of its life waiting for its illustrations to be turned into animated GIFs.

The Tokyo model: Tokyo has just 7 miles of bike lanes but a 16 percent mode share and almost everyone uses a bike. How on Earth do they do it?

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The Monday Roundup: Bike lane retail boost, commuting by highway & more

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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This bike lane in Vancouver BC seems to have caused a
restaurant’s business to briefly tank … and then soar.
(Photo by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

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.

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

Bike lanes and retail: In Vancouver BC, a restaurant owner who led the charge against a parking-protected bike lane in front of his building says that business dropped 30 percent for the seven weeks following its installation … and then rebounded higher than ever, thanks in part, he now says, to all the bike traffic.

Highway commuting: In Kentucky, police have issued three “reckless driving” charges to a 41-year-old single mother of two who bikes to her factory job every morning at 5 a.m. on a five-lane U.S. highway because the bus doesn’t run yet. A judge, however, has refused to order her to stop doing so, because state law gives her a right to the road.

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The Monday Roundup: The cost of zigzags, Swedish secrets and more

Monday, May 19th, 2014
A detour on Indy’s downtown trail.
(Photo: Curtis Ailes)

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

Commercial appeal: Much of the beautiful Indianapolis Cultural Trail has started to hum with new developments, but one section of the first-rate bike network hasn’t: Massachusetts Avenue, where planners decided to zigzag the trail to preserve some on-street parking.

Assuming error: Instead of emphasizing education, the Swedish philosophy of street safety “assumes human imperfection at every turn” and asks engineers to mitigate it with design, writes the NYT in a report from the world capital of safe streets: Stockholm.

The upside of uncertainty: One of Sweden’s tricks is to design low-visibility streets that have more minor crashes but fewer serious ones.

Baldwin as salmon: Semi-professional flipout artist Alec Baldwin called New York City “a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign” after being cited for riding his bike the wrong way on Fifth Avenue.
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The Monday Roundup: Bike suit, Idaho Stop endorsement & more

Monday, May 12th, 2014
Hidden features on the “Commuter Suit.”
(Photo: Parker Dusseau)

This week’s roundup of the best bike links from around the world is brought to you by Abus Locks, which recommends investing 10 percent of your bike’s value in its lock.

Bike suit: The new Parker Dusseau Commute Suit combines “the look of a well-tailored two-piece with the stretch of workout clothes.”

Idaho stop praise: Laws that allow people to make careful, rolling stops instead of full stops when they’re on bikes are just as safe or safer; make biking almost 25 percent more efficient; and have been making Idaho an unusually bike-friendly state since 1982, writes Vox.com in an endorsement of the concept.

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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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