Welcome to a new week.
Here are the best stories we came across in the last seven days.
I’ll have what they’re having: This piece in Governing caught my eye because it highlights the decrease in traffic deaths in San Francisco and New York City last year. Do they know something we don’t know?
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A “hot trend”: More momentum for e-bikes in the U.S., and about as mainstream as you can get. Stories like this one are why many of us got into the bike business to begin with!
The lifesaving bicycle: This wonderful essay comes from a woman who was at her personal rock bottom — only to find that the simple act of riding a bicycle helped get her life back.
Here they come: Waymo’s self-driving cars — without a driver behind the wheel — are in operation on the roads of a 100-mile geofenced area of Chandler, Arizona.
Is Oregon ready?: If a self-driving car company gets aggressive in the Oregon market, Nigel Jaquiss from the Willamette Week says state lawmakers are way behind the curve.
Tips for “biking fat”: Get the right bike, the right clothes, the right people, and the right attitude, says Seattle’s Marley Blonsky.
Free transit works: Utah’s transit agency gave free rides for a day and saw a 23 percent in ridership and took an estimated 17,560 drivers off the road.
Here’s how NYC does bikeways: While we wait for PBOT to unveil a plan for central city protected bikeways, here’s how NYC plans to make biking better in Manhattan.
Bike Snob has had it: Eben Weiss (aka Bike Snob) calls out NYC’s mayor for his tough talk around climate change — while he continues his fight against delivery workers who use e-bikes.
It’s our choice: Curbed looks at a new study that finds U.S. kids are twice as likely to die at the hands of auto users than other wealthy nations. The worst part is solutions are readily available we simply choose not to implement them.
Discrimination in traffic: America Walks has published the audio recap of their latest “Walking Toward Justice” episode that examines how the criminal justice system interacts with Vision Zero and traffic enforcement.
Dock-mess: The mayor of Dallas, Texas is very upset by the “bike litter” created by dockless bike share systems in his town; so much so he’s suggested rounding them up in his pickup truck and impounding them himself.
Congestion pricing in Manhattan: NYC’s governor unveiled a plan that would make driving a car into the busiest part of the city cost up to $11.52.
Traffic law compliance: Outside breaks down a study from Florida’s DOT that found people break traffic laws more when they use cars than when they use bicycles.
So jealous: Detroit is getting an indoor velodrome where young people can ride for free. I would love to see one of these in Portland.
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone!
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