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The Monday Roundup: Bike lane retail boost, commuting by highway & more

Posted by on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:41 am

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This bike lane in Vancouver BC seems to have caused a
restaurant’s business to briefly tank … and then soar.
(Photo by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Good morning! Our roundup of the best bike links on the web this week is sponsored by Western Bike Works, longtime BikePortland sponsor and one of the city’s best bike shops.

Here are the great bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Bike lanes and retail: In Vancouver BC, a restaurant owner who led the charge against a parking-protected bike lane in front of his building says that business dropped 30 percent for the seven weeks following its installation … and then rebounded higher than ever, thanks in part, he now says, to all the bike traffic.

Highway commuting: In Kentucky, police have issued three “reckless driving” charges to a 41-year-old single mother of two who bikes to her factory job every morning at 5 a.m. on a five-lane U.S. highway because the bus doesn’t run yet. A judge, however, has refused to order her to stop doing so, because state law gives her a right to the road.

Bike lanes and real estate: New York City’s bike infrastructure boom is freeing non-car-owning residents from the shackles of living near a metro stop.

Crash costs: Traffic collisions cost the country the equivalent of $871 billion, about $900 per American, in combined economic and societal costs per year, a new study estimates.

Bike-transportation surge: Across the United States since 2000, biking to work has been growing more rapidly than any other mode.

Lane taker: If you really want to screw with the minds of folks who can’t wrap their heads around bikes having the right to the streets, the 8rad might be for you:

Prank or felony? A rope that was strung taut across three lanes of Park Drive in New York City wound up breaking a man’s elbow and six ribs after he collided with it in the evening on his bicycle. But police see no crime, and their report says only that he “ran over a rope.”

Driverless cars: Google’s steering-wheel-free self-driving car “isn’t disruption, it’s tinkering,” argues Ben Walsh in a New Republic piece that fails to consider the possibility that such cars could dramatically improve carsharing.

Visibility rule: By 2018, all new U.S. cars will need “rear visibility technology” that’s likely to prevent a lot of back-over collisions with children under age 5.

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This week brought a wealth of great bike videos…

Postapocalyptic bike tricks: Stunt wizard Danny MacAskill’s latest shoot took him to the rubble of an abandoned Argentinian village, a great place for long aerial takes of his levitational talents.

Bike-share passenger seat: Newest bike share accessory invention: a snap-on kid’s seat that fits behind the handlebars of a Capital Bikeshare vehicle. (Beware of the dangerously cute kid here.)

Anti-theft policing: The head cop on San Francisco Police Department’s anti-bike-theft team has a “Death to bike thieves” sticker on his desk lamp, some pretty clever ideas for deterring theft and a big gleeful grin on his face when he gets his man (at 1:30):

Intersection art: Portland Bureau of Transportation staffer Greg Raisman has a video interview with the creator of the huge new “intersection repair” at NE 8th and Holman. (Check out the pan at 0:49 to get a sense of the scale.)

Camera vigilante: After being injured in a 2009 collision, Londoner Lewis Dediare strapped seven cameras to his helmet and bicycle, including one he keeps on a three-foot pole, and started flashing red cards to drivers who break the law. His efforts translate into 200 police warnings a year. If we’ve got to pick one, this one has got to be your video of the week:

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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9watts
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9watts

Wow.
Monday Roundup is still my favorite part of bikeportland!

9watts
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9watts

Talk about a dereliction of duty…
“‘It [biking on US 27]’s an accident waiting to happen, in my opinion,’ said Jessamine County Sheriff Kevin Corman.”

“‘The defendant acted with blatant disregard for her own safety and the safety of the other drivers on U.S. 27,’ Holman said in her motion.”

spare_wheel
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spare_wheel

We need traffic droids so much more than bike ambassadors. I wish I could think of something as effective as a “red card” for the USA.

Dave
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Dave

Sounds like some Kentucky pigs need an education in both transportation cycling and their own state’s vehicle code.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

Bike vigilante doesn’t have a link/video

captainkarma
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captainkarma

Maybe Portland popo could adopt a programof a actuallylooking for stolen bikes instead of sending letters asking if still care about my stolen bike. Yes!

q`Tzal
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q`Tzal

Re “San Francisco Police Department’s anti-bike-theft team” :

I know LOL, ROFLMAO and others but what’s the accepted abbreviation for “raucous evil cackling at the fate of bike thieves”? I want to put that here.

I’m not sure Schadenfreude covers the degree of enjoyment I got imagining what his team is going to do to bike thieves.

Still got the sinister chortle/giggle/snorts minutes later.

Bike Everywhere
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Bike Everywhere

The “Is This a Bait Bike?” Campaign seems very effective and could work well for Portland. Has anyone suggested something like this to PPB? What about a letter writing campaign to urge them to institute a program like this?

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

Kudos to Greg Raisman on a very nicely done short documentary about intersection art. I love the one in my neighborhood, on 12th and Beech.

Pete
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Pete

While unloading my MTB from yesterday’s trek my neighbor was telling me about the bait bike press, how it’s coming under fire, and how there’s already been a lawsuit filed. Frankly I’ve never liked that “Bait Car” show I saw on TV where cops drop cars in east L.A. leaving the doors open and keys still inside, but this is indeed different.

http://sfist.com/2014/05/29/are_sfpds_bait_bikes_entrapment.php

Recently here in the bay area there have been “elevated efforts” to ticket distracted drivers, so there’s now a noticeable number of them stopped on shoulders and bike lanes with flashers on while they text and talk. Can never please everyone, goes the saying!

All I know is I want one of those stickers now…

BIKELEPTIC
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With the “Prank or felony?” article from NYC – I really appreciate in the article that they mention that he was wearing a helmet because it really protected his six broken ribs and a fractured elbow.

John Lascurettes
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Regarding the Google self-driving cars. It might be more of an illusion than first believed. That is to say, it might be farther away than we think: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/06/01/madrigal-google-cars

q`Tzal
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q`Tzal

Since the main article doesn’t seem to have a link to the “must see video of the week” I thought I’d include a link to the website hosting the video:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2640420/Cycling-superhero-names-shames-errant-drivers-seven-video-cameras-mounted-helmet-bike.html

wsbob
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wsbob

Fairly good story from the Lexington Herald Leader, about the Kentucky woman ticketed issued reckless driving citations for riding her bike on busy U.S. Higway 27. She’s doing well to ride a bike 18 miles in an hour and a half to her factory job.

If there really is no other, less busy, reasonable route to one’s job other than the highway, that may lead people to take the risk of riding there. Generally though, there are other routes for any given area, country roads, secondary roads and whatnot, but the story does not discuss whether that’s so for this woman between her home and job.

Speed limit for this road, also isn’t mentioned in the story, nor are the conditions for riding the far right side of the road. Often on busy roads, even if the shoulder or the bike lane is debris ridden, the road itself a foot or so left of the fog line or line dividing main lane from bike lane, is relatively debris free, often making it a manageable place to ride to allow faster traffic to pass by.

The cops quoted in the story certainly don’t seem hostile or biased towards this person riding on the highway. They seem genuinely concerned about her not becoming another fatality statistic. Sure it would be great if the county or state could implement effective safety measures and step up enforcement to reduce the roads’ collision rate over the last 4 years, but face it, budgets across the country are strapped.

9watts
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9watts

“Though because vulnerable road users are the conspicuously small percentage of overall road users, the priority the public accords them for infrastructural and enforcement support, is accordingly much smaller than it is for motor vehicle related travel. It’s not fair, but that’s where it is.”

Interesting quantitative view of the situation. You will perhaps admit that there are other ways of looking at this. Oregon’s Vulnerable Road User law, for instance, highlights the asymmetric nature of participation in traffic, instantiates the need for special protections, etc.

What you’re suggesting to me sounds reminiscent of the ‘no special rights’ screed of certain groups who have opposed equality for sexual minorities. People in cars, aren’t, by and large, in danger from other road users. It is the ones like Schill, who need and deserve not to be harassed but supported by law enforcement.