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The Monday Roundup: A threatening float, Pokemon Go, walking while black & more

Posted by on July 11th, 2016 at 8:32 am

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Happy Independence Day, kids.
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This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Brompton Urban Challenge, a citywide adventure game/ride coming to Portland this Saturday July 16th. All bikes (and humans) are welcome and all proceeds benefit BikePortland!

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

Ready, set, Pokemon Go: Nintendo’s new “augmented reality” game has taken over streets worldwide. Expect many interesting headlines in the days and weeks to come.

Parade threat: An anonymous float at a Columbus parade depicted an SUV-bike crash and carried a handwritten sign saying “I’ll share the road when you follow the rules.”

Longevity advice: The oldest U.S. resident, Goldie Michelson, died at 113 in Massachusetts. “I never used a car if I could walk,” she said. “One of the great joys of life was when I sold my car.”

Walking while black: When a Jamaican immigrant moved to the U.S., his favorite activity began to require a “pantomime undertaken to avoid the choreography of criminality.”

Traffic violence: People killed by police during routine traffic stops ought to count as traffic fatalities, argues David Levinson.

Automatic error: A setup error in an Orange County red-light camera resulted in “hundreds” of inaccurate citations over the last year.

Gas tax polling: Young people and poor people are more likely to favor it. Eighty-four percent of Americans 18-24 said they’d favor a 10-cent gas tax to reduce global warming.

Boise bike lanes: A county commission has rejected parking-protected bike lanes in a 3-2 vote. One commissioner called them a “recipe for disaster.”

Rising fatalities: Preliminary figures show that biking deaths rose 13 percent nationally last year, the fastest-growing category. Walking deaths came second at 10 percent.

Street hockey decline: Even on Canadian streets, it’s “somewhat of a dying activity.”

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Housing alliance: Angeleno Shane Phillips sketches out what “a pro-housing, pro-tenant platform” might look like.

“Londonize”: The British capital is to public transit what Copenhagen is to biking, argues Daniel Kay Hertz: a model city that feels within reach.

Urban growth: When you look at city population growth in ways that ignore annexation, many “growing” sun belt cities don’t look so hot.

“Gravel grinders”: They’re “the hottest, fastest growing category of bicycles,” says Forbes in a guide to what to look for.

Washougal bike park: The city across the Columbia River from Troutdale is moving to develop a new multi-acre bike park.

Bus collision: Kitsap Transit in Bremerton, Wash., has spent $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit from a woman hit by a bus while biking.

Bike robbery: A man being mugged for his mountain bike in Vancouver fought back with a knife.

Exec fined: Seattle Transportation Director Scott Kubly will be fined up to $10,000 for failing to get a waiver before working with his former employers at Alta Bicycle Share to launch the Pronto system.

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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Scott Owens
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Looks like people everywhere are feeling emboldened to threaten those they feel superior to. I wonder who could be causing that?

Charles McCarthy
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Charles McCarthy

The link about the Seattle guy facing a $10K fine instead goes to the grinder bike article. 8:57 am

Kate
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Kate

Re: Washougal Park: Changes to the park will include adding a quarter-mile dirt track around the perimeter and through the middle of the park. The new layout will also include a beginner’s pump track, which is a loop of dirt berms, as well as three jump lines for beginner, intermediate and advanced bikers.

That sounds so, so amazing. I wish Metro could take a note of this, it’s going to be such a community asset and really designed for all ages and abilities. Good on ’em.

Branden
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Branden

The Scott Kubly link goes to the gravel grinder article

resopmok
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resopmok

The parade article seems to be linking to the street hockey article instead

Adam
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Re: the Londonize article:

For a city that claims to have good public transport, it really is a shame that we have exactly zero bus lanes outside downtown. Bus lanes not only make public transport more reliable, they also solve the problem of roadways that are too wide and therefore dangerous. Bus lanes are incredibly cheap given the gains they provide, and could even be implemented on a trial basis on a popular route (that’s not on an ODOT road, that is). I’d like to see PBOT and TriMet experiment with them for frequent-service lines.

9watts
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9watts

ten cent gas tax = reduce global warming; it is too bad that people are presented with such ridiculous, misleading, even mendacious comparisons. If we take the threat of climate change seriously we need to phase out the automobile yesterday, not contemplate adding a tax that is so piddly it doesn’t even register in the week-to-week fluctuations of the price-at-the-pump.

SE
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SE

mis-linker strikes again

Parade threat link goes to Street Hockey story

Eric Leifsdad
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Eric Leifsdad

Not fond of that lead photo, except the girl making the forehead “loser” L at it.

BB
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BB

Parade story article in the link is titled “Doo Dah Parade entry depicting bike crash offends cyclists”, as though it was a normal thing to do and some fringe group is pearl clutching.

Clark in Vancouver
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Clark in Vancouver

Aspects of the article Walking While Black were familiar to me.
Having to be fearful of attacks by others while cycling and now more recently having to see the faces of people who now consider me to be threatening them. It’s upsetting as I mean no one any harm. I now have to do “choreography” when cycling to try to outguess what prejudice they might have about cyclists.
At least I can dismount and become a white pedestrian and “pass”.

Chris I
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Chris I

Why do “gravel grinders” need disc brakes? Those all just look like normal road bikes with slightly wider fork clearance, otherwise. You can fit some pretty knobby tires with long-reach calipers or cantis.

mh
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“Walking while black” piece is powerful. Got to remember to put that writer on my watch list.

ralph
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ralph

Yes, everyone should read ‘walking while black’. Something to be learned by every skin tone and shade.

wsbob
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The Seattle Times story about the settlement arising from the Kitsap Transit bus and person on a bike collision in Bremerton, Wash, doesn’t have much in the way of details about the collision. There is a link in that story…

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local/kitsap-transit-settles-case-with-bicyclist-36e71024-7166-09f7-e053-0100007f354c-385756211.html

…to a Kitsap Sun story, offering a few more details. It says the person on the bike was riding on the shoulder of a road when hit by the side of the bus. To the question of responsibility for the collision…there are a couple items to consider from those stories…the first from the Stimes:

“…Kitsap Transit spokesman Sanjay Bhatt called the incident a tragic accident. He says their investigation found the driver was not responsible for the crash and says the insurance pool settled to avoid the uncertainty of a trial. …” Stimes

…and from the Ksun ( Bhatt, is Sanjay Bhatt, spokesperson for the transit company):

“…Bhatt called it a “tragic accident.”

Kitsap Transit conducted an investigation and found that the driver was not responsible for the collision. The insurance pool elected to settle the case to avoid the uncertainty of a jury trial, he said. …” Ksun

The collision is reported to have occurred in what I’d basically consider to nearly be daylight, though granted, it was the early morning hours of 6:30 am in May. More details about the collision, and why people that conducted the transit company investigation, came to find the person driving was not responsible for the collision, would be good to know.