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The Monday Roundup

Posted by on June 28th, 2010 at 10:07 am

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

– It doesn’t often make the news, but every year, enough oil spills into the Niger Delta in Nigeria to dwarf the scope of the current oil spill off the U.S. coast.

– In Chicago, two young men have been found guilty of setting out, drunkenly, to intentionally run down people on bicycles, but received very light sentences.

– Some cities are using GPS technology to track stolen bikes, but in most places bike theft is still underreported and inconsistently addressed.

– Baltimore is considering a new zoning code that would encourage an increased number of urban farms.

– The density debates continue, this time in a piece about urban environmentalists who oppose development in their cities.

– A carfree, bicycle-oriented housing development is being planned for the outskirts of Columbia, South Carolina.

– On the Paris Metro, turnstile jumpers are getting organized, including pooling their money to pay the fines when they get caught.

– In Kentucky, 15,000 people turned out to enjoy a ciclovia/open streets event—on the airport’s new tarmac.

– In Beirut, Lebanon, 150 people, part of a new group called Darreja (an Arabic play on the words bicycle and trend) rode bikes to protest a transportation system that focuses almost entirely on private cars.

– Ever heard the refrain that U.S. paved roads were originally built for bikes? Here’s the historical story.

– After families and advocates protested, NYC agreed to halt the planned removal of two ghost bike memorials.

– Here’s a nice roundup of ways people around the U.S. are using cargo bikes for feats normally consigned to the domain of the SUV, pickup truck, or minivan.

– And finally, thanks to the magic of the digital age, you can finally see what Los Angeles would look like without any cars (or anyone else for that matter).

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What would it take to get the PoPo involved in bike theft stings? Setting out some decoy bikes and waiting for the usual bike theft would be fairly productive, it seems.

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Seattle is currently going through a legislative process to increase urban agriculture as well.

http://seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/UrbanAgriculture/Overview/default.asp

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I liked this Business Week article on benefits of bicycling for women: http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/640559.html

Among other things it suggests we make bike lanes wide and separated from traffic to encourage cycling as a social activity.

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Great article on urban ag in Baltimore, which may increase in part by help from proposed revisions the city’s age old zoning code. An excerpt:

“… Surface parking lots would be barred in downtown Baltimore to encourage would-be drivers to use public transportation. …”

Wonder if that will make it to the finished code. Imagine what it would take to get that to happen in ptown.