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The Monday Roundup: The scofflaw truth, disengaged drivers, traffic law sanctuary, and more

Posted by on April 16th, 2018 at 9:36 am

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival (4/20 – 4/22) — three affordable days of rides and fun activities on the Oregon Coast!

Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

When Uber says Jump: How high can Uber go in becoming a truly “multimodal” company? Their acquisition of Jump is a validation of urban biking and bike share.

The Holy Grail: Now Uber is said to be developing an app that integrates all urban mobility options — including bike share and public transit.

Disengaged drivers: This Bloomberg article touches on one of my biggest concerns about the wave of “driver-assist” and autonomous technologies: Carmakers are incentivizing lazy driving habits way before the cars are smart enough to drive themselves safely.

Transit and the working class: A good recap from Metro about how regional transportation investments should prioritize the link between transit and affordable housing because it’s a “working class issue.”

Why scoff at laws: Bike Snob NYC speaks some important truths about the “scofflaw bicyclist” narrative in his explainer on why bike riders often break traffic laws.

Chaos in L.A.: A man who was in a South Central street during at a vigil to mourn the death of his friend killed while biking, it-run-driver-in-south-la-during-vigil-speaks-out/3335616/”>was then struck himself by an angry auto user.


Sanctuary!: A Staten Island, New York resident with enough power to get attention on an op-ed thinks his borough should be completely immune to traffic law enforcement — “beginning with that ridiculously low 25 mph city speed limit.”

Oregon decongestion pricing: ODOT’s tolling plan is coming into focus. Read the latest via this article in The Oregonian.

No train, no problem: People in New York City are prepping for an upcoming shutdown of a major commuter train by organizing bike trains.

“Ingenious” women’s cyclewear: As women flocked to cycling at the end of the 19th century, they invented new types of clothing that did double-duty as functional cyclewear and socially acceptable fashion. I like the long skirt that converts into a cape!

Women pedal freely: In Saudi Arabia women have only been allowed to ride bikes in public since 2013. Now the government just sanctioned the very first, all-women bike race.

Paris Roubaix’s unsung hero: At the queen of the Spring Classics, all eyes were on winner Peter Sagan; but did you hear the story about the guy who refused to abandon the race and finished alone in the storied velodrome over one hour later?

Thanks to everyone who helped us track down these great stories.

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

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The bikesnob piece is excellent and hilarious.

“Consider traffic lights. Bike-haters are fond of saying cyclists only treat red signals as suggestions. Frankly, I wouldn’t even go that far. When I’m on my bike, I regard traffic lights the same way a dog regards an alarm clock: it doesn’t mean shit to me personally, though I am quite invested in the behavior it inspires in those around me. See, Buddy the golden retriever doesn’t care what time it is or when your morning meeting starts. All he knows is that when your alarm goes off, you’re going to press that big button three more times before he finally gets to go out and take a leak. So he plans accordingly.”

It’s nice to see how bikesnob has grown over the years from a law-abiding “Fred” to a proud scofflaw.

Clark in Vancouver
Clark in Vancouver

The opinion of that Staten Island op-ed writer on cycling infrastructure is “We need all the asphalt we can get. We’re taking those lanes back. “.
Stuck in the last century.

Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)

Love seeing bike trains in the news! hope all those riders have fun.


On my machine, the link for the “why bike riders break traffic laws” is


If I was the mayor of NYC I think I would sell Staten Island to New Jersey and use the money to put in a temporary floating bridge to Brooklyn just for bikes during the L train shutdown.

Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders

The hut and run incident in LA during a vigil for a cyclist killed at the same intersection a few days before is appalling. The guy was thrown into the air and managed to hop to the other side of the street while onlookers came over to help him out. The motorist missed several other people there and his action was witnessed not only by a large crowd, but by crews for several LA area TV stations as well. The vigil was similar to the one in Portland last year on Hawthorne Blvd. The motorist is still at large, as I understand it. The driver hopefully will be found and prosecuted for his actions.

B. Carfree
B. Carfree

Regarding steering public transit spending towards serving the “working class”: If the size of the public transit money pie was fixed, this strategy would make perfect sense. However, it’s not. If we design and build transit primarily to serve the poor, using transit will be a mark of being poor, something few people aspire to. If we design and build it to serve everyone, then we may well bring some of the folks who are making key decisions on board. This could elevate transit funding and normalize transit use.

I’ve lived where transit sees a socioeconomic mix, and it’s generally better supported than places like my current location that sees transit as something for the poor to use.

Unfortunately, a strategy of serving all classes equally will leave a void for working class folks that will last years.


Finally got around to reading the “Sanctuary!” piece. That guy is something. First he claims that they don’t need the “ridiculously low 25 mph city speed limit”, his reasoning implying that the roads aren’t congested enough to warrant that. But then, only two sections down, he says that they shouldn’t have to respect the bike lanes if someone wants to park in front of a store or home because the roads are too congested!