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The Monday Roundup: Cycling paradise in Africa, stick shifts for safety, and more

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Treo Bike Ranch in Eastern Oregon, who reminds you that it’s time to plan your 2019 trip! Let Treo pick you up from Portland and whisk you away to an all-inclusive cycling vacation on quiet backroads.

And with that bit of business out of the way, here are the most notable stories we came across in the past seven days…

Brilliant: A Dutch bike company created a pop-up bike parking area inside of a “car” to make a point about how we use public space.

Not all roses: A NY Times dispatch on how Copenhagen, a city revered for its cycling mode share, is grappling with the challenges of climate change.

Autonomous safety: Volvo’s latest safety gambit is to use in-car cameras to detect driver drunkeness or distraction and then slow the car down and pull over if necessary.

Greenways make you healthy: A study in Vancouver (BC) showed a strong correlation between people who lived near bike-friendly greenway streets and physical activity levels.

Idle hands are the devil’s playthings: Stick shifts encourage less distraction because you don’t have a free hand for your phone, food, or whatever.

Let’s fix ODOT: Here’s a look at the top things DOTs get wrong and what we can do to fix them.


African wonderland: A strange set of circumstances have turned the Eritrean city of Asmara into a “cycling paradise”.

EU steps up: The EU has endorsed a plan that would lead to all new cars being outfitted with speed-limiter devices by 2022.

Sub-human: New research shows that about half of people who don’t bike view bicycle riders as “less than fully human” and are more aggressive towards them as a result.

Boo-hoo-hoo: As the screws turn on the most environmentally damaging, inefficient form of transportation, some people are really sad about it.

Black Girls Do Bike: A chapter of this fun-loving group (which also has a Portland chapter) is alive and well in suburban Chicago.

It’s all about parking: This is a good overview of the nasty fight over a protected bike lane project in Seattle.

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

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