Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 7th, 2017 at 10:36 am
This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Portland Public Schools who wants you to apply for a job as a school bus driver where you can get full benefits, a flexible schedule and a wage of $16.25 an hour.
Welcome to the week!
Here are the best stories from around the web that came across our inbox in the past seven days…
Don’t forget about bikes: As urban policymakers in the U.S. fawn over auto technology, this article from the U.K. (The Guardian) warns about a missed opportunity if we don’t embrace bicycling too.
Why Sagan matters: If you keep hearing about Peter Sagan and you don’t know why he’s such a big deal, this major profile in Outside Magazine will explain.
And why “elites” don’t: It’s because despite their proximity to power and process, “they are always a minority” says Jarrett Walker of Human Transit in a fascinating post about the “dangers of elite projection”.
We need this on NW 13th in Portland: Advocates for one of Washington D.C.’s busiest streets have floated the idea of making it carfree in order to make it a safer and more humane place to be.
Grow a spine, L.A. leaders: Editorial in the L.A. Times calls for city leaders to push back against the “callousness” and “selfish” nature of that city’s motor vehicle users who are fighting street safety projects.
Bike-oriented (cultural and economic) development in NOLA: The Lafitte Greenway in New Orleands is having a major impact on how people get around — and a whole lot more.
The big projects in our future: Don’t miss this in-depth Willamette Week piece on seven major infrastructure projects they say, “could radically alter the face of both sides of the Willamette River.”
Power to control AVs: As Congress and automakers push autonomous vehicles, cities are pushing back. Streetsblog has the latest on where the regulatory fight is headed.
Let us speed!: A driving advocacy group is really mad about a federal report that calls for a stronger response to the dangerous epidemic of speeding.
So-called “War on cars” part II: See the world through the eyes of “The Car Coach” and learn what she thinks is the real reason policymakers want to increase regulations on cars…
SF shares downtown protected bikeway plans: As Portland continues to delay and dither on our plans for high-quality protected bikeways downtown, San Francisco has revealed the “Better Market Street” project that will restrict private motor vehicles and have physically protected bike lanes.
To protect and to serve bicycle riders: The Canadian city of Toronto now has police officers dedicated to ticketing people who park motor vehicles in bike lanes.
Dockless bike share problems: Private bike share companies that run dockless (a.k.a. stationless) systems are inundating city streets around the world. Amsterdam is fighting back and London has impounded more than 100 of the bikes that were illegally parked.
Wealth and suffering: Turns out that flexibility and finances aren’t the only reason that tough endurance sports like cycling appeal to people of means. Early research indicates that pain makes them feel whole and gives their life purpose.
And now something fun: I’m a sucker for a good headbadge and now there’s an entire book on the subject written by a man who has collected over 1,000 of them.
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