Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 21st, 2019 at 10:00 am
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Welcome to the week.
Quick programming note: You may notice from the links below and other content we share, that I’m making a conscious decision to go beyond just bicycles on BikePortland. That’s something I’ve always done to some degree, but I want to do it even more in the future. We’ll see how it shakes out.
On that note, here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…
Wool fans rejoice: It’s that time of year when you can really appreciate the news that beloved wool apparel brand Ibex is set to relaunch later this month.
DOT gonna DOT: Californians are scratching their heads over a veto of a complete streets bill by Governor Gavin Newsom that many see as a capitulation to an out-of-touch, automobile-oriented DOT (sound familiar?).
How women travel: Los Angeles transit agency Metro became the first in the country to release a detailed report about the travel habits of their female customers.
Don’t blame them: A survey by scooter operator Lime found that the main reason its users ride on sidewalks is because they are too afraid to share the road with car and truck users.
Pricing roads is NBD: Brookings shares why we shouldn’t treat congestion pricing differently than any other part of our lives where we pay a premium for faster service.
E-bikes rising: Sales of bikes with batteries continues to soar. This story includes the tidbit that every category of bicycle sales — except gravel and e-bike — is in decline.
Transit on the Hill: Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley has formed a new congressional caucus that will focus on mass transit. No word yet whether any members of the Oregon delegation will be a part of it.
AOC and parking reform: Sightline shares the news that influential Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has introduced a housing plan dubbed, “A Just Society – A Place to Prosper” that would withhold transportation funding from cities that have minimum parking requirements.
Steal this idea PDX: In an effort to discourage driving, San Francisco International Airport is considering a new policy that would give transit riders a golden ticket through security lines.
Traffic enforcement history: A fascinating look at how the “chaos” of cars in cities, and the difficulty of getting their users to obey basic laws, has changed very little in the past century.
Tweets of the Week:
The Swiss Biophysicist and Nobel laureate Jacques Dubochet had been cycling to his lab at Lausanne university for the last 30 years. When they asked him he wanted from them for winning the Nobel prize, he replied: "a parking space for my bike!" pic.twitter.com/40yE3M5wZP
— Cycle Luxembourg (@CycleLuxembourg) October 15, 2019
Monster truck with tinted windows and military flag bullying pedestrians who have the light on Chambers St., 8:15am. pic.twitter.com/7GphXMUCKr
— Willow Lawson (@willowlawson) October 15, 2019
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