The Monday Roundup

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 9:42 am

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

– In Baltimore, a 30 year old woman who was running as the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate was struck and killed while bicycling last week.

– One more obstacle to an important bicycle trail connection in Seattle has been overthrown in court.

– A tragedy in Tampa has some calling for better bicycle infrastructure and more awareness.

– NYC has cut some bus service and is now planning to fill in the gaps with private van shuttles, resulting in a few concerns.

– A Vancouver newspaper makes a compelling case for the return of the streetcar.

– Could “ergonomic crosswalks” improve the experience and safety of walking in the city?

– In Portland, a project aims to determine whether or not the city has an equity gap in who is served by transit.

– Last Friday, San Francisco celebrated the 18th anniversary of Critical Mass.

World Carfree Day was last Wednesday, with many cities celebrating—some with greater impact than others.

– In case you haven’t yet seen it, here’s a story about the two men who are traveling across South Africa photographing people with their bicycles and recording their stories.

– A U.S. based business has donated 50,000 euros to support cycling advocacy in Spain.

– Some interesting thoughts about cycling fashion and what your clothing choices communicate.

– How do you design intersections so people on bikes can make left turns safely? This video from the Netherlands shows some good and bad examples.

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In fact, The Tyee ain’t a newspaper — like you guys, it’s web-native, cash-positive and worth watching.

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Elly, could you stop with the elitism, already? The following header got me excited –

– A Vancouver newspaper makes a compelling case for the return of the streetcar.

– only to find that it was in reference to that second, newer, distant Vancouver, y’know? That one in another country?

Portland, OR and Vantucky, WA are actually neighbors, right? Why slight yer neighbor all the time? It might be nice to simply add “B.C.” after that Canadian one to distinguish it from the original version just across the river Columbia, where streetcars are only the wildest pipe dreams.

Otherwise, as always, thanks for the Monday round-up. Kent is right on the money, without even being a basher of other styles. I biked in a couple of his shirts until they disintegrated; they were emblazoned: Not A Nutritional Role Model

Jene-Paul

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My heart goes out to the friends and family of Natasha Pettigrew in Maryland.

BURR
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sorry, but until they solve the track flange problem, streetcars and bicycles don’t mix, and until they do I wouldn’t support installing more of them in Portland or anywhere else.

jim
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jim

I think it is ok to have streetcars. Just don’t allow bikes on the same road with them. There are lots of streets bikes can use, the streetcar is on its dedicated street

BURR
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#5, yeah, let’s ban bikes from public streets!

jim
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Burr #5 was just saying- bikes and street cars dont mix. Do you dissagree? What should we do to make it safe for bikes? If its not safe should we allow it? Why put bikes in an unsafe situation? Perhaps there are some things that could be done differently? Perhaps ban streetcars from streets? maybe just slow them down a lot? It seems streetcars and bikes have co-existed for more than a hundred years. what have we learned in that time?

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FYI, Cheverly/Prince George’s County is not Baltimore. It would be more accurate to label it a suburb of DC, if anything.