This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by BikeCraft, Portland’s cycle-centric holiday gift fair that’s coming up November 30th – December 1st at the Lloyd Doubletree (1000 NE Multnomah).
Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy things we came across in the past seven days…
Harbinger?: A new development in Tempe, Arizona says it will become the first carfree neighborhood in America once it’s built out with 1,000 residents and no private cars.
Montreal steps up: Facing a rising tide of deaths to people walking, the city of Montreal will add more time to countdown timers and walking-specific signals at every intersection. Your move, City of Portland.
Transit in the suburbs: Transit Center shined the light on Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez who’s leading a charge for more transit — instead of bigger roads for drivers — on the west side.
“Traffic violence” freakout: After Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted her desire to end “traffic violence” on World Day of Remembrance, some saw it as an idea from “outer space” and felt like it was the final straw in her “increasingly eccentric campaign.”
Bike tracker: An impressive showing on Kickstarter bodes well for this new stolen bike tracker and theft prevention device from See Sense.
Overton shift: Right now in America’s most important and largest big city there’s a serious discussion about whether to completely do away with free on-street parking.
What about bicycling?: The U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (chaired by Eugene Rep. Peter DeFazio) released a new plan to address assault while traveling and people using bicycles didn’t even merit a mention.
Yay for trains: I was gleeful to read recent headlines about the changing fortunes of Amtrak, our national rail system that will likely break even for the first time ever. Now imagine if we transferred some highway money to it!
Best helmet: The Bontrager Rally MIPS earned highest marks for safety in the latest rankings from Virginia Tech University.
Boston blues: Boston Globe takes an in-depth look at their dysfunctional transportation system and many people who read it think, “Same could be said for my city.”
It’s really that bad: Our weekly example of how terrible driving is for people and the planet outlines new research that links microparticles in auto emissions to brain cancer. Sorry.
Bike share is over: Denver’s B-Cycle system was once a pioneer in an exciting new transportation era. Now it’s being shut down due to lack of will to fund it.
Rural mobility: Oregon’s urban/rural divide is as pronounced as ever these days so this new poll about how rural residents want cleaner more efficient transportation choices caught my eye.
— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and firstname.lastname@example.org
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