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The Monday Roundup: Congestion eradicated, respect for bicycling, spreading cheer, and more

Posted by on March 30th, 2020 at 10:13 am

Here are the most noteworthy items the BikePortland community came across in the past seven days…

$114 billion for transportation: Here’s a good breakdown of transportation funding within the $2 trillion coronavirus bill signed by the president on Friday.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Bike shop owners and employees nationwide are feeling the love from authorities and the public as many states and cities have deemed them “essential businesses.”

Cycling is essential too: CityLab has a good roundup of actions from cities responding to a boom in bicycling amid coronavirus restrictions.

Cities’ golden opportunity: There’s growing sentiment even outside advocacy circles that now is a great time for city leaders to reduce driving access and create safer, more equitable streets.

TDM on steroids: Traffic counting experts say we might soon completely eradicate congestion in cities thanks to measures put in place by cities that encourage less driving.

Bike rider testing: New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says bicycle riders are welcome at the city’s new “drive-thru” coronavirus testing facilities (links to Facebook).

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Bike business boom: In cities across America, people are realizing that bicycles are the most resilient and desirable way to get around during the pandemic, and bike shops are seeing a rise in customers as a result.

Speeding fills the void: Statistics from New York City confirm that when most drivers have more space on the road they will always use it to go faster and drive more recklessly.

Spreading cheer: A school teacher from Vancouver, Washington is dressing up and cycling through her student’s neighborhoods to cheer them up during the lockdown.

Corporations and climate change: Go inside a meeting of fossil fuel industry leaders as they dish about how to make money off of climate change.

The power of cities: Covid-19 has led to a debate about cities vs suburbia. Micromobility expert Horace Dediu thinks, “the cohabitation, the collaboration, the concentrated conurbation,” inherent in cities will make them even stronger on the other side.

Don’t call it a bailout: The pandemic is killing transit across America, while highlighting the value of biking and walking networks. These modes should be boosted as part of a comprehensive Green New Deal for Transportation, a plan just released by TransitCenter, Transportation for America, Data for Progress and the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.

Trumpism and road deaths: Safe streets advocates raised eyebrows last week when President Trump argued for relaxing the coronavirus response because we don’t prohibit driving even though it kills thousands of people a year.

Watch Stephen Colbert try to fix a flat:

The Tour de Quarantine is must-see TV:

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Colbert has quite the SUV as a backdrop for his video!

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What’s going on? First Musk, and now Trump admitting that driving is dangerous? Are the leaders of capitalism losing control of their figureheads?

Jim Lee
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Colbert cheated.

He did not show the hard part, SQUEEZING the tire/tube back on over the rim.

Probably he used the screwdriver to lever it back on, which is a real no-no.

Champs
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The mind boggles at rationalizing speeding to “care for elderly family members or [purchase] basic survival necessities.” When minutes matter, there’s 911. Now more than ever, time (unlike life) is not such a rare commodity.

Alain LeTourneau
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“Speeding fills the void”… so true! Cycling amid these new conditions has positives and negatives related to automobile traffic and shared space. While I can generally get places faster, and enjoy the cleaner air, the cars I do encounter are also moving faster, and often distracted.

rain panther
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rain panther

Was there supposed to be an article about how far to ride behind another bike rider?

rain panther
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rain panther

Thanks! Think I saw that the other day, actually. It’s sort of a handy graphic.

Dave
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Colbert could use an Oregon product–aKool Stop tire jack!

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Colbert probably pays someone to drive him around in the Caddy.

David Hampsten
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$114 Billion for Transportation: True, it’s mostly going for airlines and airports, but there’s also $13.8 Billion extra for 5307 funding, which is what my community uses to buy electric buses. There’s a bit over a Billion for Amtrak too. Maybe even something for light rail?

David Hampsten
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Cities’ Golden Opportunity: While I agree in principal that now is the best time to remake our streets safer for all users (and not just car drivers), my own city pointed out the obvious: Given a 6-foot social distancing for all people, how are you going to get a bunch of germaphobic city workers to physically implement those changes using machines that require them to work side-by-side? It just can’t be done.

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Hello, Kitty
Not even on their own tubes. It’s in the union contract, along with the clause forbidding saving reflectors from wheels that get replaced.Recommended 3

Sorry, shop owners and mechanics didn”t spec single use fasteners on wheel reflectors. Also, many of may be suckers but not enough to warranty a tube patch–a tube we’ll warranty sometimes, though.