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The Monday Roundup: Beautiful biking ads, mushroom-foraging bike & more

Posted by on February 8th, 2016 at 8:33 am

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This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the BTA’s sixth annual bicycle-themed storytelling event, Live the Revolution (February 12th, tickets available now).

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

“Better by Bike”: These five ads from the City of Buenos Aires are more clever and heartwarming than anything I saw on TV Sunday.

“The Forager”: “Is this the first bicycle to come with its own fire-pit, mushroom knife and recycled wooden chopping board?”

Rider exonerated: A Michigan man successfully had an “impeding traffic” ticket dismissed after fighting it in court, thanks in part to the officer’s dash cam video.

Unusual roundabout: This Spanish design sends bikes straight through.

Post-industrial progress: Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city, is putting bikes at the heart of a $4 billion attempt to refocus its rust-belt economy around livability.

Lethal selfishness: The distracted driver is a new kind of “me-first” menace, says MacLeans.

Sign clutter: This Bikeyface webcomic isn’t set on the transit mall, but might be.

Mandatory lane changes: The “Change Lanes to Pass Bicycles” law proposed in Iowa would do what it claims.

London numbers: Bikes will soon outnumber cars in central London rush hours, the city’s transport office says.

Truck visibility: London may require a second window in the lower half of truck doors, to help their drivers see people biking.

Destriping roads: Britain is doing it, and talking about other counterintuitive road safety measures.

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Green neighborhoods: Here’s what low-carbon cityscapes look like from above.

Oil tax: President Obama wants to put a $10 tax on each barrel and spend it on “green transportation infrastructure.” It would require an act of Congress, so it’s basically just for show.

Wonk fired: Former Oregon transportation official Lynn Peterson was unexpectedly fired by Washington’s GOP-controlled Senate, apparently for being “very partial to transit, very partial to bike and pedestrian paths, all those things.” (Update: In the comments, former Cascade Bicycle Coalition advocate Evan Manvel offers a more specific take.)

Biker found: The sprocket-themed belt of Michael Rust was found amid human bones in Colorado. The mountain biking pioneer went missing in 2009.

Cheaper curbs: Austin is using polka dots and plastic posts to make corners much more walking-friendly.

Car Free Day: Dubai does bike to work days, too.

Poisonous cars: Air pollution kills millions of people a year. So why isn’t it condemned by doctors, just like bacon and sugar?

NYC streetcar: A newly proposed line would run along the East River, joining Brooklyn and Queens. “Not everybody’s going to ride bikes,” said former transit boss Richard Ravitch in its support.

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

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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Dan A
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I couldn’t make it through the Michigan cop’s dash cam video – so irritating to watch him berate the cyclist for no reason whatsoever.

Anne Hawley
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Someone called Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall helping design a mushroom foraging bike inspired by the Land Rover, for his cooking show “River Cottage” may be the single English-est thing I’ve ever heard of. And I’ve lived in England.

(River Cottage is a terrific cooking show, BTW.)

Anne Hawley
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Re: the Michigan cop ticket thing: I don’t understand how a bicyclist could ride any other way than “single-file”.

Evan Manvel
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My read on Lynn Peterson’s disappointing non-confirmation is that Andy Hill got mad about the I-405 tolls and traffic situation (read: rich Bellevue residents didn’t like paying for roads or being stuck in traffic). Andy Hill is one of the most powerful Senators, and is perceived generally as more moderate.

There’s also been an impressive boondoggle in the Seattle tunnel mega-project, which those familiar with highway mega-projects predicted, and was a boondoggle inherited by Peterson (to go along with inherited cost overruns on the 520 bridge mess).

Those grousing about Lynn’s caring about transit, bikes and pedestrians have groused about it forever.

Here’s hoping Lynn finds a good position back here in Oregon.

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

From the article on Odense, Denmark:

“We’re very average as a city,” Andersen says. “There are hundreds of cities like this around Europe. So it’s more interesting – you could have hundreds of cities like Odense, all over.”

This struck a chord with me. For some time now, Portland has been all about its extraordinariness, its cool-kid popularity, wearing the tiara it earned through a few key (and yes, extremely unusual) decisions made between 1965 and 1995.

When your city doesn’t view itself as average, as one of hundreds like it all over the map, it gets leapfrogged by the cities that aren’t so stuck up. Those other cities get bikeshare first. Those other cities build protected intersections first.

The aging prom queen who can’t seem to stop wearing her tiara on her 90s hairstyle looks a bit silly these days, but she did have some good ideas, and the “average” kids have been stealing them and updating them like crazy, while she gets more and more out of date, and still thinks She’s All That.

I wish Portland would accept its smackdown and humbly start its new life as just another 21st century city.

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Comparing other roundabouts to that Spanish cut-through is apples and oranges.

Look at the picture. Start by noticing that it’s just a glorified 3-way intersection. Then see those roomy, buffered central bike lanes; whatever you think of those, note that the design creates only one danger point. The danger comes from only one direction. The vehicle is slowed by a chicane. Drivers making the turn can see all dangers in front of them, i.e. no mirror checks. It is a no-hook intersection.

But whatever, it’s not from the good idea monopoly in northern Europe so something must be wrong. Not invented here!

Josh G
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Josh G

Glad to hear Mike Rust’s family is getting more closure. I would love a Portland screening of the documentary about him: http://www.gritandthistle.com/films/the-rider-the-wolf

Pete
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The video of the Michigan cop pulling over the cyclists reminded me of how valuable I think a drop-bar mounted mirror is. It gives the rider pretty decent situational awareness, especially riding double-file, and lets you time gaps or see when traffic is coming from behind and it makes sense to single up. Not foolproof, of course, but if I was riding double on that narrow road and had seen a car approaching, I’d have done the exact same thing Tim did (though probably not have handled the encounter with the officer as well… ;).

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a new kind of “me-first” menace, says MacLeans

New?
NEW?!?!?

This is by no means NEW!
Distracted driving is an age old American past time, of boys and girls, that is only easier to spot when it is a smartphone.

And it isn’t just the younger generation.
Coming back from Seattle (just this week) I saw a driver who had their smartphone mounted to the 12 o clock position of her steering wheel. As if her constant fiddling with it wasn’t bad enough this person was the stereotypical little-ole-granny who was barely tall enough to see over the steering wheel and dash board. I actually was able to watch her dodge the wheel slightly left and right to look around the big obstruction directly in front of her field of view.

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

We should destripe streets like NE 28th, SE 21st (between Division and Hawthorne), and others.

Doug
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Doug

I restored a 78 Datsun 280z that leaked exhaust mostly from the rear taillights into the car. The car looks aerodynamic but it’s really a swirling vortex of exhaust gas in the rear.

I took off the back panel and insulated it with closed cell foam out of an old boat cushion and that sealed out the exhaust gases. They were making me nauseous, but the exhaust was probably doing a lot of worse things. I was probably low on benzene anyway.