Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 8th, 2016 at 2:07 pm
This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, Portland’s new neighborhood in the Lloyd District.
Here are the best stories from around the web last week:
From the Department of Duh!: Research shows that if states adopt tougher driving license laws for teens we could save hundreds of lives.
Riding for life, saving a life: A man on his daily bike ride across a New York City bridge talked a suicidal man off a ledge and embraced him until help could arrive.
Be ready for anything: Ever wondered what you would do if you came upon an injured rider? Bicycle Times has this — and several other what-ifs — covered in their Ready for Anything feature.
Sunday Parkways survey: The City of Portland needs your help to make the monthly carfree event event better.
Trump trash talk: In case you didn’t already have strong feelings about Donald Trump, did you know that cycling is the target of one of his many insulting “jokes”?
24/7 parks: An article on Strong Towns asked a good question: Why aren’t parks open all night? It’s an important issue, especially when you consider that many of our parks here in Portland also function as transportation corridors.
Chicken and egg: This story about Toronto citizens fighting for safer crossings of a major arterial play out in cities all across the U.S. Get out your DOT engineer excuses bingo cards!
Changing the system: We think east Portland resident Nick Christensen has some important opinions about the debate over district representation on City Council. He says we should nearly triple the number of city commissioners so that each one has a closer relationship to their constituents.
Cutting global road deaths: The United Nations has a goal of 50 percent fewer road deaths by 2020 and it can happen if cities with the most carnage adopt creative and bold new programs.
Vehicle exhaust is heating up the planet: When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector is not looking good. The biggest bump is in medium-sized trucks, the same ones that bring you all the bike stuff you order online. File this one away for the upcoming statewide transportation funding package debate.
Dems, the GOP, and bike stuff: The League of American Bicyclists has taken an interesting dive into how biking and transportation figures into the Democratic and Republican party platforms.
Another carfree success story: “People haven’t had this much fun in the city in a while.” That’s what a shop employee said after the huge success of a carfree street event in Boston.
Pokémon is still Go-ing: The hype might have died down but people are still playing Pokémon Go, and it’s getting more people to explore cities on foot than decades of planning and advocacy.
Read something you think should be in next week’s roundup? Drop us a line with your suggestions!
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