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The Monday Roundup: Walking while black, NYC’s “nightmare” and more

Posted by on February 6th, 2017 at 12:28 pm

This week’s must-read is from the Portland Trib.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming up February 12th!

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

The NYC “nightmare”: A news outlet in New York City dug into this very important question: “Just how much space are cyclists taking away from drivers?” At lease they make the extremely biased reporting easy to spot.

Trump and transpo: NextCity has a good roundup of where the transportation funding debate stands in the Trump administration.

Repeating mistakes from the past: Tampa is trying to rally support for a $6 billion highway mega-project that would go through areas where 80 percent of residents are black or Latino.

Hearing matters: An auto user in a town in England was fined and found guilty for careless driving because he had the volume turned up too high in his car when he hit a bicycle rider then failed to stop.

Governor Kate Brown on activism: Oregon’s governor garnered national attention with a story in The New Yorker where she encouraged citizen activism and was framed as a progressive leader and “radical feminist governor.”

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More trouble with “more enforcement”: Last week we shared how white people have a much easier time arguing down traffic violations in court. This week there’s more bad news: An in-depth probe of Multnomah County police records reveals that people with black or brown skin are charged much higher fines (up to 15 times the amount) than whites for numerous minor violations — including things like, “Failing to cross the street at a right angle,” “jaywalking” and “walking in the road.”

Bike path maps: A guy in San Francisco has unlocked a devilishly simple trick to better bike maps: Make them look like subway maps.

Powerful woman: A small farmer from Chile rides her bike 18 miles a day. No big whoop until you realize she’s 90-years old.

Fat bikes, fat profits: We are loving all the stories about fatbiking’s rise in popularity — including this major national NPR story that focuses on Minnesota’s love of the big tires.

Safer trucks: A man was killed in a right-hook collision with a box truck this morning. In related news, the City of Seattle just announced that all its fleet trucks must have side guards to reduce risk of people falling under wheels.

Thanks for all the suggestions that came in this week.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2017/02/driver_on_probation_for_2016_crash_arrested_in_fatal_vancouver_hit-and-run.html

A driver suspected of fleeing after he struck two pedestrians — one of whom later died — was booked into Clark County jail on criminal charges.

Ernesto N. Estrada-Tapia, 24, of Vancouver, is accused of hit and run and vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in connection with the Jan. 11 collision in Vancouver. Court records show Estrada-Tapia is on probation in connection with a 2016 crash in North Portland.

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If you want to see how the whole fat biking thing makes for fun events (including more Ms. Flynn cameos), take a look at these.

http://www.touchtheskyblue.com/2017-45NRTH-Whiteout/

Adam
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I wonder what the “I don’t see color; we just need to enforce illegal behavior” crowd has to say about the “more enforcement” piece.

Hello, Kitty
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I’m curious why black drivers get higher fines for parking violations. I would expect that that item, unlike the others, does not involve a face-to-face interaction that might lead to racial bias.

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MaxD

Interesting piece on the mapping bike routes in the style of subway routes. The concept leads to very legible maps, but I question how useful they are. On transit, you only need to know where to get on and where to get off. When planning a bike route, you can enter and exit from any point. The route itself is likely to jog over a block every few blocks. Bike routes frequently disappear with no clear signage indicating if they resume or not or what options you may have, and wayfinding signs along them are sparse, tiny, and not illuminated. There is a damn good reason bike maps are full of detail: you need the detail to figure out where to go because bike routes suck!

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

I love subway maps…actually all maps…but is it true that folks not yet biking (or walking or taking transit) can read a subway type map better than a more traditional road type bike map?

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Pete

Wow, did you read the comments on the NYC bike space piece? Unbelievable (lack of vitriol, that is).

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Mark smith

Where we leave the most discretion, we find the greatest opportunity for bias. No surprise. It’s a white owned system. Bring in the tech.

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Buzz

so enforcement is biased, what else is new? that’s built in to our system, time to reform the police agencies?

Engineering doesn’t seem to work, either, so what’s up with the ‘third leg of the pyramid’, education?

I don’t see squat from the state or the city on re-educating motorists.