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The Monday Roundup: Bad bike lane, Segway ban, tack justice and more

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Come on Cambridge. You can do better than this.
(Photo: Boston Globe)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Portland Century, coming this weekend August 6th and 7th!

Happy Monday everyone. Here are the stories that caught our eye this past week.

Safety city: Portland is a national leader in teaching kids to ride bikes. So when are we going to build an entire play city for them to learn in?

Mobility panic in NYC: 18-month shutdown of major New York City subway line will be, “one of the largest transportation shifts in New York history.” Hope CitiBike is ready for the extra 200,000 trips per day.

What’s a few MPGs? Oh look, the U.S. auto fleet isn’t meeting its fuel-efficiency targets. Turns out the mandates from the Obama administration were really only “projections.”

Fatal collision in Battle Ground: A man died after someone drove into the back of him on Highway 503 about 20 miles north of Portland.

Bad bike lane in Cambridge: City crews in usually bike-centric Cambridge have cut a new bike lane in half to avoid a concrete block they say would be too hard to move. Of course the standard vehicle lane next to the bike lane retains a consistent width.

Sick of Segways: Two cities in Europe that are major tourist destinations have had enough with Segways.


Still riding: A 90-year old man is riding the famous Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) because, “It’s just an enjoyable thing to do.”

Victim of success: A Washington DC program that gave seniors and riders with disabilities a simpler way to get around will be shut down — because people loved it too much.

Porsche tower: Given how common it is for people to crash their cars into homes, we’re not so sure it’s such a good idea to encourage folks to steer into their “personal sky garage”

Leg motors only: Turns out that the scandal over motorized bicycles in the pro road cycling peloton was a bit overblown.

Less accountable, less safe: A new study (funded by auto insurers) found that crashes went up 30 percent after red-light cameras were turned off.

Parking policy podcast: Here’s an easy way to take a crash-course in progressive parking policy: Listen to this great interview between urban policy expert Aaron Renn and parking guru Donald Shoup.

Seriously? The State of Oregon hired a major insider to audit the Department of Transportation — and then the Oregon Transportation Commission (ODOT’s governing board) was forced to cancel the contract after The Portland Tribune pointed out the absurdity.

Tack justice: It’s relatively common for bike haters to spread tacks on popular routes; but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of someone actually being caught for it.

Car culture clash: Guess what happens when a journalist and daily bike rider from Berlin is given the assignment to test-drive one of those behemoth Ford pickup trucks?

If you come across a noteworthy story and want to see it included here, feel free to send it to us.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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