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The Monday Roundup: Misplaced bragging, JPow wins again, Volkswagen bailout & more

Posted by on January 11th, 2016 at 8:10 am

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This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Lancaster Engineering, a Portland-based traffic engineering and transportation planning firm.

If you’re still sputtering up to speed after the holidays, have no fear, we’ve gathered all the best bike stories for you in one convenient place…

Pow!: Jeremy Powers rode to his fourth national cyclocross championship yesterday. And young Pacific Northwest product Logan Owen grabbed third.

“Success” story: A UK engineering firm chose an unfortunate Twitter illustration of that time they “successfully delivered another greenway project.”

“Bike Butler”: Indoor bike storage racks are getting more sophisticated.

$4.9 billion: That’s the annual economic loss from traffic-related deaths in Texas alone.

Legal logic: Humans “were created before the automobile,” wrote a judge in a 1919 court case in part of one of the most succinct explanations we’ve seen of traffic ethics.

Legalized walking: It apparently took a federal law, but kids are now allowed to walk to school alone.

Cliche check: The Guardian’s Peter Walker has a nice list of things to consider before writing an opinion column about biking.

Slow biking: Cities with thriving bicycling culture are “places where riding a bicycle is seen as walking with wheels, rather than running.”

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Autonomous cars: They could bankrupt the insurance industry by cutting collisions 80 percent, acorrding to a new report.

Autonomous partnership: General Motors and Lyft are teaming up in a $500 million deal to develop self-driving technology.

Taxipocalpyse: San Francisco’s largest taxi company is filing for bankruptcy to restructure.

Medellin and Salt Lake City: Former NYC Transporatation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan tells Bicycling Magazine they’re her latest cities to watch.

Volkswagen bailout: House Republicans have been considering amnesty for the fraudulant automaker.

Taipei mayor: Ko Wen-je, 56, is taking a 230-mile bike trip in 21 hours.

Road rage charges: There seems to be a boomlet in “car as weapon” criminal charges in the UK.

Journalism award: The Fort Meyers News-Press is getting praise for a series that took bike safety seriously.

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

Bailing out VW?!?

Isn’t this the same political faction that balked at bailing out American automobile manufacturers in 2008-2009?

I don’t expect that they’ve “found god” on this issue so I guess it falls back to “follow the money”.

9watts
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Texas: total cost of traffic deaths calculation strikes me as askew.
Medical costs and lost work hours are the two factors included. I have to say if my daughter were killed on a road in Texas those would not be the first two costs I’d be thinking of as a measure of the loss.

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Nick Falbo

Count me *out* of the “walking with wheels” camp. Bicycling shares some attributes with walking and some attributes with driving, but it is it’s own unique beast. I think it does us disservice to treat it as if it were equivalent to one or the other.

q`Tzal
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q`Tzal

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$4.9 billion: That’s the annual economic loss from traffic-related deaths in Texas alone.

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Autonomous cars: They could bankrupt the insurance industry by cutting collisions 80 percent, acorrding to a new report.

Just think: on a national scale how much money will be injected back into the economy in a way useful to those that can’t afford the automotive lifestyle or chose not to?

Spiffy
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Texas Death PDF: “If you’re sober, over the age of 17, and have children properly in their seat then there’s nothing more you can do to prevent these deaths.”

that’s the take-away message for drivers…

Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)
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80% fewer car crashes and 60% fewer cars with self driving cars. Can’t wait for the future!

dan
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dan

Admittedly, I have not RTFA, but why would fewer crashes be a problem for the auto insurance industry? Fewer payouts, and eventually they can cut rates. I’m guessing the rate cuts will be preceded by enough foot dragging that this will actually be a windfall for them. Do they expect a substantial decline in car ownership and hence the # of policies they write?

B. Carfree
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B. Carfree

The most intriguing thing I found in the effects of autonomous cars on insurance was the findings of Barclays that self-driving cars will decrease the number of cars by 60%. If the miles per car remain constant and the autonomous cars actually do for safety what they are predicted to do, we may just get some of our roads back for human-scale uses.

Lynne
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Lynne

Re: Taiwan’s mayor riding 230 miles in 21 hours. That’s cool. But, even here in Oregon, there is a small group of cyclists who do that, but without the support. http://orrandonneurs.org. We are part of our national organization: Randonneurs USA (www.rusa.org), and up the chain to the international organization, the Audax Club Parisien. You don’t have to be a rock star speedy cyclist to be successful, just very, very persistent.

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy

I have been doing century rides since 1958 when I started high school.

Tom Hardy
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Tom Hardy

I rode from Whiterock to Whistler and back in 1994 on my 50th birthday. 14.5 hours for 168 miles with 20,000 feet of climbing going and 15,000 feet of climbing coming back.

Dan A
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Dan A

And….Katie Compton won her 12th consecutive US national CX title.

Eric Leifsdad
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Eric Leifsdad

Slow cycling – once 8mph travel doesn’t make you 3 times as likely to get hit, your city has finally matured? http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/slow-cyclists-more-likely-to-be-involved-in-accidents-on-the-roads-a3145856.html