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The Monday Roundup: Guerrilla rainbows, Lance documentary & more

Posted by on September 9th, 2013 at 9:54 am

Tweeted photo by Michelle Demishevich via NYT.

For Bike Commute Challenge month, Portland bikeway builders KPFF are sponsoring our regular roundup of the bike news that caught our eyes this week:

Urban color revolt: A 64-year-old Istanbul man painted a public staircase in rainbow colors. Local officials repainted them gray. Now guerrilla artists are painting public walkways all over the country in solidarity.

Seattle speed cameras: Oregon’s legislature decided not to boost anti-speeding cameras this year. Seattle has taken the opposite tack and now has $14.8 million from school-zone speeders to spend on traffic improvements near schools.

“The Armstrong Lie”: A documentary captured racer Lance Armstrong behind the scenes as his doping scandal erupted. It’s at the Toronto Film Festival this week.

Evolution of the bicycle: Neat new poster lays out an illustrated bicycle family tree.

Overbuilt roads: The newspaper Crain’s Cleveland Business blasts “people who argue in the name of private property rights that they should be able to build their homes, office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses or factories wherever they want,” saying this policy is driving the city toward financial ruin.

Can biketecture be just? PSU scholar Jamaal Green gets a shoutout in an L.A. Review of Books essay about two books that consider what bike-centric cities might look like in the USA.

Bailey moving up? State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-SE Portland), who surprised many by backing the Columbia River Crossing this spring, is considering a run for Multnomah County Chair or Metro President.

Mayor helps out: It’s not exactly running into a burning building, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel personally rushed to help a woman hit by a truck while riding in one of his new protected bike lanes. No one required hospitalization, fortunately.

Stanford mode shift: Stanford University has doubled bike use and cut drive-alone rates from 72 to 42 percent since 2002. A new slideshow shows how.

Police fabrication: An Australian involved in a bike-car crash that broke his femur was told by police that he didn’t have to make a statement; he eventually found that they’d fabricated one for him to fit the driver’s account. (Warning: somewhat graphic video.)

Bike lanes speed cabs: GPS data from New York City show yellow cab speeds have risen 7 percent since 2008 … to 9.3 mph.

StreetsPAC endorses: The NYC counterparts of our local Bike Walk Vote have endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor.

An Ohio man used a slickly produced YouTube video to confess that two months earlier he’d hit and killed a man with his car while drunk. He begs people not to drink and drive. It’s your video of the week.

This month’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by KPFF, the engineers and surveyors behind many Portland metro area bikeways, including the Eastbank Esplanade, the Vancouver Land Bridge, the Springwater Spur Trail, the South Waterfront and Fanno Creek Greenways and Graham Oaks Nature Park. You can follow them on Facebook here.

If you come across a noteworthy bicycle story, send it in via email, Tweet @bikeportland, or whatever else and we’ll consider adding it to next Monday’s roundup.

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  • q`Tzal September 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

    If we can call a lottery a tax on stupidity then logically Seattle’s windfall from speeding tickets is selfishness tax that only affects those that choose to drive dangerously.
    You might also call a ticket for double parking a “parking convenience fee”; if a situation is critical enough and you’re rich enough the government is more than happy to take your money.

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    • Spiffy September 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

      If we can call a lottery a tax on stupidity

      I just got called stupid…

      that reminds me, I need to buy a lottery ticket…

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      • q`Tzal September 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        Join the club.
        I justify the irrational purchase as a Murphy’s Law hedge fund.

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  • K'Tesh September 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    That story about the police fabricating a story is truly horrifying.

    My hopes are that the cyclist will make a complete and fast recovery, and the officer involved is busted down to the unemployment line

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  • K'Tesh September 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The video about the DUI driver is so heartbreaking. What he did was awful, but what he has done in this video is show the depth of character I hope our country is capable of.

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  • GlowBoy September 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve met Jules Koppel-Bailey and like him personally. But after some of the stuff he’s done this year, I’ll be voting for whoever is running against him next time around. Regardless of whatever office he’s seeking.

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    • spare_wheel September 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      You are not the only one.

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      • dan September 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        I’m in his district (or maybe he’s in mine…) and you are not the only two.

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  • Greg September 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I think the Ohio man in the video fails to mention hit & run because he didn’t do that – http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/06/24/columbus-victim-in-wrong-way-driver-crash-identified.html

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    • Michael Andersen (News Editor)
      Michael Andersen (News Editor) September 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Greg, you’re right and I was wrong. Thank you. I’ve fixed the post. For transparency’s sake, the sentence that now ends “not to drink and drive” above previously ended with “but somehow fails to mention hitting and running.” According to multiple news sources, Cordle did not commit a hit-and-run but had not until this video been formally charged with a crime.

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      • John Lascurettes September 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

        “… but had not until this video been formally charged with a crime.”

        And therein lies a real crime – it took the perpetrator to say, “I’ve broken the law and I’m willing to pay the consequences.” When apparently the police and the DA had not. Am I interpreting that right?

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        • Michael Andersen (News Editor)
          Michael Andersen (News Editor) September 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

          I’m not sure. The local reports seem to say the investigation there was indeed ongoing; it’s just as possible that the man in the video decided to make the confession because a formal charge was about to drop.

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  • AndyC of Linnton September 10, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Man. There must be something in the zeitgeist or what-have-you. I’ve been thinking about doing some stair-painting this whole summer (we’ll see if it ever actually manifests itself). The story from Turkey is fascinating. More power to ’em!

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    • CaptainKarma September 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      There is a need. If for no other reason than to test the Hales administration.

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