The Monday Roundup

Posted by on August 31st, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:

– Streetsblog analyzes what the loss of Senator Kennedy may mean for transportation policy.

– The Freakonomics blog pointed thousands of viewers towards the project of a doctor in Toronto who has compiled a comprehensive — and eye-opening — review of studies about bicycle safety. His analysis is well worth a look, and the bibliography at the end is full of useful links and sources.

– The Wall Street Journal contemplates the rising use of social media to deter bike theft, including an interview with Jonathan Maus about our stolen bike listings.

– President Obama went for a bike ride without a helmet, and the world took notice.

– In Portland, the public school system has bought TriMet passes for all of its students in the 9th to 12th grades.

– The first Bikestation is coming to the east coast, as Washington, DC prepares to open a 1700 sq foot facility including secure parking, lockers and a changing area, and a retail shop right next to Union Station.

– Also in DC, the city has removed a ghost bike that was installed after a high profile fatal crash last summer (we covered some of the story). Greater, Greater Washington critiques the removal process and provides an update on the handling of the crash by police and transportation department.

– The city of Pasadena is considering opening up a lane for non-motorized transportation to and from the Rose Bowl this year.

– Is driving inherently bound to make us angry and upset? Does riding the bus make you feel more altruistic? A Huffington Post writer considers various theories.

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Thanks to Tri-Met, the PSS and your State Energy Tax Credits for the high school bus passes. This will hopefully reduce AM traffic around Portland area high schools.


“This will hopefully reduce AM traffic around Portland area high schools.”

In my experience bike commuting in a few different cities and suburbs around the country, schools are very unsafe areas due to the parents driving in and out while generally distracted by their kids, let alone teens driving in and out of high schools. I’m on high alert around them but have seen some crazy close calls! Anything to reduce cars driving in and out of school lots adds to overall pedestrian and cyclist safety IMO.