This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming up February 12th!
Beast Mode on a bike: I’m not a fan of the NFL these days but I am a big fan of what Seahawks retired star running-back Marshawn Lynch did in Scotland on a bike last week.
Change or die: The neighborhood bike shop faces major threats from innovative options like mobile bike repair and e-commerce, so says the NY Times.
Phone blocker: A Dutch company has created a device that will block your cell signal while biking over 10 mph.
E-bikes lacking charge: Another sign that America’s bike culture needs a refresh is how we still haven’t embraced electric bikes. This LA Times article points to a lack of safe infrastructure and a macho cycling culture as just some of the reasons why.
NYC goes big for Vision Zero: Seems just a few weeks ago we shared a link about NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio not doing enough for Vision Zero. That was then, and now he’s announced an additional $400 million for the program — bringing the total funding up to $1.6 billion through 2021.
NYC voters looove Vision Zero: We’re not sure if this is related to the item above, but a new poll from TransAlt shows NYC residents — even those who mostly drive — overwhelmingly support safer street measures.
The problem with the Women’s March: Los Angeles-based Streetsblog writer Sahra Sulaiman explains why she didn’t take part in the Women’s March, and it’s an indictment on white privilege in the urban planning sector.
Race and enforcement: A survey conducted by an insurance company showed that white people have a much easier time than African-Americans in talking their way out of traffic tickets.
Horrible irony: A man walking across the country barefoot to raise awareness of climate change was struck and killed by an auto user in Florida. Ugh.
The sexism in cycling is real: Former champion racer Nicole Cooke testified in a doping trial that the sexism in cycling manifests itself in the enforcement of drug use.
Motors in the peloton? A big new report that broke on 60 Minutes says the use of motors in the pro peloton is an actual real thing.
Profiling fears are real: Another piece of the racial discrimination puzzle is research that shows 20 percent of black and hispanic men say a fear of being unfairly pulled over prevents them from cycling.
No future for freeways: The Congress for New Urbanism has released a list of “Freeways Without Futures” and a guide on how to dismantle them.
Where the protests hit the road: A growing number of states want to make it more dangerous and difficult for people to block freeways and other roads during protests. “It’s time we get tough on people who block freeways,” said a state rep from Minnesota.
Trump and transpo infra: Trump’s team has unveiled a list of 50 “emergency” infrastructure projects. There are several transit projects on it, but none for Oregon.
But an infra deal looks unlikely: Given the growing public opposition to Trump’s other policies, a deal on transportation that includes Democrats looks extremely unlikely.
Undercover cops on bikes: In an effort to crack down on dangerous drivers, cops in London will go undercover by pretending to be mere bicycle riders.
Thanks to everyone who flagged great stories for us this week.