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The Monday Roundup

Posted by on May 7th, 2012 at 8:34 am

Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death
for people 10 to 24 years old, worldwide.
(Photo: OSP captures the aftermath of a
car-bike collision in Oregon City on May 5th.)

Here’s the news and other stuff that caught our eyes this past week…

– A new report found the leading cause of death in 10 to 24-year-olds is “road traffic”.

– Thousands of protesters gathered in London, Edinburgh, and Rome last weekend to bring attention to the lack of protections for people on bicycles in many large European cities in what was the largest protest for road safety in London’s history.

– Meanwhile, Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford is continuing to push the idea that roads should be the domain of motor vehicles and although his “heart bleeds” for people who are killed while riding their bike he believes “it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”

– California Highway Patrol is trying to determine the identify of a victim of a hit-and-run accident on Highway 1 who was struck by a motorist and was left on the road for half a day before a passerby reported the crime.

– Three men were riding on a rural road in Georgia to raise money for a pregnancy center being set up in Costa Rica by Beautiful Feet International when a person driving a van struck them from behind, killing two of the three men. A state trooper said the men all had “plenty of lights and reflective gear on their bicycles and helmets.”

– A study by the New Jersey Department of Transportation found that bicycles make up more than 47% of traffic on a route just outside New York City.

– More data, this time from the Federal Highway Administration, has been released showing relatively small investments in infrastructure for “nonmotorized” transportation can bring big results.

– If you’re looking to make an impact in your city The Atlantic Cities has your Official Guide to Tactical Urbanism.

– NPR’s Talk of the Nation explores the issue of kids’ transportation to and from school, discussing schools’ liability for children’s safety and the growing health problems in our nation’s youth.

– A vast majority of people who drive cars know how dangerous it is to text or talk on a phone while operating a motor vehicle yet a third of people who drive admit to texting and nearly 7 out of 10 admit to talking on their phone while driving.

– Still not sure why kids these days are driving less? Here’s what they have to say for themselves.

– A study of Washington D.C.’s bike share system finds that people on rented bicycles wear helmets at close to the same rate as everyone else, despite some people’s assumptions.

– The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition caught the attention of Copenhagenize when they asked people to sign a darkly-worded release in order to participate in a 10-mile ride at a “moderate pace“.

– Bike Month is in full swing but there might be a disconnect between experienced bike commuters and novice riders looking for advice holding some people back from trying to ride for the first time.

– On his Fast Lane blog, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says he wants you to “put on your helmet and saddle up” for Bike Month.

– To celebrate Bike Month, and specifically Bike Week (May 14th-18th), Seattle’s King County Metro is letting people with bikes ride for free all next week.

– Portland’s own Shad Johnson of Goods BMX caught the eye of which featured a video of Johnson’s vintage BMX collection.

ESPN The Magazine also shared a story about Kyle Lehman, a Portland man who inspired one of his college professors with his love of riding a bike years before suffering traumatic brain injury after he was struck by a another person driving a car.

– A local San Francisco reporter talked with officials who have deployed video cameras on public busses to catch people parking illegally.

WIRED takes a look at the Blink/Steady bike light on Kickstarter, saying its design is sleek enough to have been designed by Apple.

– The key to increasing the number of bicycles used for transportation may be in simply making the experience of riding a bike in a city a “lovable” one.

– As cold spring rain lets up and crisp spring breezes become the norm for morning rides, these DIY windproof shoe covers might come in handy.

– Riding a bike can save you money on gas even when you get back into a car by getting you in better shape. It turns out that the we could save over $1 billion on gas if we, as a country, were in as good of shape as we were in 1960.

– As riding a bike for transportation becomes more and more popular, with it comes a growing interest in consumer bike shows.

– Bicycle manufacturing might also start playing a larger role in propping up Detroit’s sagging economy.

– Oregon’s own Mark Frohnmayer spent over a decade in the computer gaming industry but has since turned his attention to sustainable modes of transportation.

– And finally, a bicycle’s best friend has been getting a lot of attention from sites around the web for guarding his owner’s bicycle:

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  • wsbob May 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Re; Conditions for biking in Toronto and also, about Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford: here’s a link to a more informative article at BBC News, about that situation.

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    • Will Vanlue (Contributor) May 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Thanks for sharing that link! I really hope their “experiments” with separated bike facilities go well. With all the bike lanes Toronto has removed under Ford’s leadership they’re in need of somewhere to ride safely.

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    • wsbob May 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Not being from Toronto or particularly familiar with the city, it’s a bit of a mystery to me why Toronto would happen to have a mayor that would speak about biking as he has. Turns out he seems to be kind of big character. How Torontonians generally feel about people riding bikes in their city may be very much different than represented by Mayor Rob Ford’s broad utterances.

      The bikeportland roundup article got me interested in reading up a bit about Toronto this morning. Much bigger city than Portland…2 million, sounds like a great place, temps a little colder. Geographically, within the city exists huge ravines, so I suppose, though I didn’t run across a number for acreage, something like Forest Park, but with the city actually built around them rather than their being on the city’s perimeter.

      Remembering the articles from a year ago or so, it seems Toronto eliminated a few bike lanes from its entire system rather than a widespread elimination of bike lanes.

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      • oskarbaanks May 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        My original comment on the wind bag mayor of Toronto was deleted. I have never lived there, but I have ridden there and in Montreal as well. I also HAVE lived and biked in Houston, Dallas, NYC,L.A. as well as other huge cities here and abroad. Riding in Toronto as I recall was no worse than navigating any of the aforementioned places. I consider my cycling brethren in Toronto to be far more soft spoken than myself, and they HATE him. My original opinion of him,his political outlook, and Rush Limbughescque mind and body still stands. Oh to be on the B.P. comment awaits’ mediation list!

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        • Ed May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          I was originally from Toronto and my family all still live in Toronto. Most people that live in Toronto city proper loath and wants Rob Ford out of office asap. Because he was elected in by the “suburb metropolitan” districts outside of Toronto.
          Its called misrepresentation. I still can’t believe those suburbs are part of Toronto whereas few years ago they were towns and incorporated communities by themselves.

          This is the cost of putting Toronto on the category as a world city. The suburb residents voted for a mayor that is car centric (have you seen him lately? and I mean, physically), homophobic, racist, and again, not exactly on the same line as the urban residents.

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      • JRB May 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        Although I haven’t been there in many years, I have cousins who were born, grew up and still live in Toronto. It’s a wonderful, progressive city in many ways and I once thought about emigrating to live there. This mayor seems way out of step with how I recall Torontans.

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    • John Reinhold May 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I was actually just visiting Toronto this last weekend. There were cyclists *everywhere* and even more bicycles locked to rack, pole or fence. I took the streetcar along Queens from end to end (501 Queens – longest streetcar in the world). I walked around the city for almost 10 hours. There were bicycles in every nook and cranny. It took over 300 photos and only the ones on the beach or in the subway were sans bicycle.

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  • Kevin May 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I would have thought protesters last week kicking bike cops off of their bikes would have made the roundup…but at least we get your road trafic report which doesnt even mention bikes in it. 8)

    Good reporting, as always!

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    • Will Vanlue (Contributor) May 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

      The protesters certainly deserve attention; probably more than we can fit in a sentence or two here in the Roundup. I hope the traffic report still feels relevant since we all share the road, no matter how many wheels our vehicles have.

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    • John Lascurettes May 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Indeed. This is the first I heard of it. I’d like to hear more.

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  • Nathan May 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I really liked the interview with Shawn from Goods BMX. It really highlights what I like best about (bike) community – finding common ground to share good memories and providing a means for creating even better ones!

    These roundups have been hitting their stride lately!

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  • Matthew May 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    • kittens May 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Cool, just checked this out. I like the concept of larger surface area/diffused light, but I think ultimately, this would just add more confusion for drivers who have to figure out what is going on in milliseconds and judge velocity and position. And mounted so high on the rider it seems unusual for road traffic.

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      • John Lascurettes May 8, 2012 at 12:20 am

        Also that helmet lacks decent venting. I’d be boiling in that thing.

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  • Bikesalot May 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    The item on the fatality on Hwy 1 in California makes me fear it is just a matter of time until many of us loose our nerve for cycling in traffic. I rode that section of highway just a year ago by myself during a small group tour from San Francisco to the Mexican border. Are the odds getting worse, or is all this just getting reported more?

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  • RyNO Dan May 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    The cyclists in CA and Georgia were not struck by people. They were struck by motor vehicles.

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    • BURR May 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      they were struck by motor vehicles operated by people

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  • Brian E May 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    DIY Windproof Shoe Covers-

    IMO, nothing compares with a sandwich bag sock liner.

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