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

The Monday Roundup: German scofflaws, winter tips, John Wayne threat, and more

by on November 16th, 2015 at 8:31 am

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(Image: Google Maps)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Cascadia Ciderworks United, makers of fine cider made right here in Portland.

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

Offline maps: Google Maps can now pre-download maps of areas you plan to journey.

John Wayne Trail threat: A major biking path in eastern Washington is under threat because two state reps are taking “concerns of adjacent landowners” way too seriously. (More details.)

Tips and tricks: To stay safe at night this winter, convince your city to stripe narrower traffic lanes and install speed cameras. Wouldn’t it be nice if more news outlets at least mentioned this alongside lights and reflectors?

Beyoncé on a bike: GearJunkie aims for a balanced exploration of whether and when an image of a woman on a bicycle goes from sexy to sexist.
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The Monday Roundup: Every U.S. traffic death mapped, London’s frame boom & more

by on November 9th, 2015 at 8:43 am

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Ten years of traffic fatalities.
(Image: Metrocosm.com)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Walnut, the Portland-based leather goods maker whose new Travel Dice set is perfect for taking along on your next bike tour.

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

Death map: A new online map shows 373,377 dots — one for every person who died in a motor vehicle crash in the United States from 2004 to 2013. You can filter for incidents related to alcohol, speeding and distracted driving.

#NoCarForMe: NPR’s hashtag campaign offers an impressive variety of offbeat and/or appealing ways to get around.

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The Monday Roundup: Chicago’s low-car suburb, London’s media and more

by on November 2nd, 2015 at 8:50 am

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Evanston’s rail stations: not just for show.
(Photo: City of Evanston)

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

Low-car suburb: Evanston, Illinois, slashed its parking requirements, joined Chicago’s bike share system and has seen building near rail stations boom. Eighty percent of the university town’s households within half a mile of its rail stops own either one or zero cars.

Fatality coverage: London’s media went from covering 6 percent of local bike fatalities in 1992-1994 to 75 percent of them in 2010-2012. Scientists wonder if this may have distorted public perception of biking’s danger.

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The Monday Roundup: Penalosa’s reelection, a car-free downtown Oslo & more

by on October 26th, 2015 at 8:36 am

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Once and future Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa
in a 2012 interview.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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

Colombian mayor: Celebrated urbanist Enrique Peñalosa, a major architect of that city’s bike boom, was re-elected to lead Bogotá Sunday after 12 years out of office. He again did much of his campaigning by bicycle.

Car-free Oslo: The capital of the largely petroleum-funded nation of Norway plans to ban cars from its city center in four years.

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The Monday Roundup: Seattle’s sidewalk priority, Brooklyn’s guerrilla parking and more

by on October 19th, 2015 at 9:57 am

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Which street space should a construction project shut
down first? Here’s one way to order it.
(Image: Seattle Bike Blog)

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

Sidewalk priority: A new rule in Seattle would make sidewalk removal during construction projects a last resort.

Guerrilla parking spaces: Police in Brooklyn painted parking space numbers right on top of a bike lane.

Streetcar track fatality: A man riding a bike on San Francisco’s Market Street was killed by a bus, apparently after catching a wheel in the track while biking in a streetcar lane and falling sideways.

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The Monday Roundup: Frigid migrations, ghost bike history & more

by on October 12th, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Sometimes you just have to get to Norway.
(Photo: Jaime Pérez)

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

Bike migration: Refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are arriving in Storskog, Norway, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, by biking across the border from Russia.

Ghost bikes: Grist traces the history of the memorial tradition to St. Louis.

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The Monday Roundup: Bike-oriented office building, India’s ‘village of widows’ & more

by on October 5th, 2015 at 9:18 am

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Would the hallway be one big ramp?
(Image: Steven Fleming via Treehugger)

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

All-bike office: What would an office building look like if it were designed around the assumption that everyone biked there?

Social distance: An excellent roundup of scientific studies into how your commute affects your life includes a haunting detail: “car commuting was associated with lower levels of social participation and general trust.”

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Monday Roundup: SF’s Idaho Stop rule, Seattle’s big vote & more

by on September 28th, 2015 at 9:56 am

It’s the law. But is it a priority?
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Abraham Fixes Bikes who reminds Portland mountain bikers that they’re loved on Williams Ave!

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

Idaho stop: A majority of San Francisco’s board of supervisors has endorsed a measure that would de facto make it legal to treat stop signs as yield signs while biking by designating it as the lowest priority for police enforcement. Could this be a model for city-level changes?

Dream Beijing: To prepare for the biggest military parade in its history, China banned half the cars from Beijing’s streets and closed hundreds of factories for two weeks. The result: a stunning azure sky that immediately vanished on the morning after.

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The Monday Roundup: Cleveland’s backward bike lanes, folding cargo bike & more

by on September 21st, 2015 at 9:26 am

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Wait a minute…
(Photo: Streetsblog USA)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Metro’s Bike There! Map, now available at local bike shops.

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

Backwards bike lane: Good news: Cleveland is now installing buffered bike lanes. Bad news: it’s painting the buffer on the wrong side.

Folding cargo bike: Xtracycle just launched a Kickstarter for its new invention, available for $1,600.

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The Monday Roundup: Surgeon General’s warning, the healthiness of childhood risks & more

by on September 14th, 2015 at 9:48 am

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The new message from the Surgeon General, in short.
(Image: Smart Growth America)

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

Safety labels: Smart Growth America offers our favorite riff on the U.S. Surgeon General’s “call to action” this week that Americans need to walk more.

Healthy risk: It’s dangerous for kids to never do anything dangerous, according to a new meta-analysis. “Risky outdoor play” gives people better health, creativity, social skills and resilience.

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