Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 20th, 2017 at 11:07 am
This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Nutcase Helmets.
Here are the best stories we came across last week…
More Humvees ahead: Oregon Senate Bill 645 would clear a path for 2-ton, military-grade Humvees to be driven on the road.
The potholes are insane right now: An anarchist group in Portland is not having it.
See you in court: California says they won’t roll-back auto emissions standards, despite what the Trump administration says. One state down, 49 to go.
Fire department vetoes: We’ve known for years that the fire bureau is an all-powerful lobby when it comes to torpedoing bike access projects; now Human Streets SF has reported new depth on the issue based on emails between fire officials and San Francisco’s transportation authority.
DOT guidelines lagging. Still: It’s 2017, traffic crashes are on the rise, and the bulk of state transportation engineers still abide by outdated facility and design manuals.
Biking Niagara Falls: Major national parks managers have figured out that people don’t just want to drive, park, and take a selfie. They want bike paths!
History buffs, click here: Sit back and enjoy this photo gallery of this French museum exhibit that chronicles 200 years of bicycle history.
Not just for tourists: A new report of New York City’s bike share usage shows the system is being used primarily by commuters for the short trips to other transit stations.
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New bike share player: Bay Area-based LimeBike, a bike share system without centralized hubs and that costs just $1 per ride, just raised $12 million in venture funding.
Biking comes full circle in Beijing: Once king of the roads, biking faded as China’s economy boomed. Now bikes are coming back again, thanks in large part to hi-tech bike share systems.
Electric trucks are still trucks: The auto industry is excited about new urban delivery trucks that have electric engines and are much smaller than normal trucks. These would be an improvement, but we still prefer pedal-powered trikes.
Speed limiters on trucks: NHTSA, the nation’s transportation safety agency, wants lower truck speeds. Motoring advocates think that’s a bad idea.
London is bonkers: In a good way.
Drug user blows his own whistle: A professional road racer comes clean by sharing his drug use with the BBC in an insightful and fascinating story.
How cities perpetuate parking fights: Brooklyn Spoke breaks down something that has annoyed me for years: When city transportation departments focus way too much on “parking impacts” when proposing street upgrades.