Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– An attempt to cap the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has failed. Meanwhile the government’s lack of increased regulation on other drilling projects is under fire, and a ban on drilling off the west coast is under consideration.
– In Portland, one woman’s efforts have succeeded in preventing trucks from idling for hours outside her low-income apartment building.
– Remember the kids who make scraper bikes in Oakland? There’s a beautiful and inspiring new film about them.
– The ethanol lobby is questioning an auto industry study that has found that gas containing ethanol damages car engines.
– San Francisco has its first green bike lane.
– Malmö, Sweden is naming and plotting its off-road bike paths so they can be navigated by GPS.
– Change is coming to the most unlikely places: Des Moines is moving ahead with strategies to reduce car use.
– One reason change comes so slowly is that road builders follow an antiquated set of car-oriented design standards. Here’s one attempt to rewrite them for walkability and bicycling.
– A new study explores ways that the U.S. can emulate the greater bicycle and pedestrian safety records of some European cities.
– Need some uplifting reading? Check out the Stolen Bike Registry’s stories of recovered bicycles, some years after they went missing.
– Budapest, Hungary has the biggest Critical Mass in the world, and it was on Earth Day this year. Check out the video.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com