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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: Australian epic, bike share vs. bike shops & more

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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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
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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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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
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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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