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The Monday Roundup: Kids and cops, representation matters, carbon-free racing, and more

Posted by on August 24th, 2020 at 9:50 am

Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

Power of presence: Brooke Goudy tells Singletracks.com how difficult it is to be the only Black woman in mountain biking groups and how representation is crucial if the bike industry wants to see more Black women take up the sport.

Kids and cops: A program in Santa Barbara gets police officers and kids on bikes together to help build relationships and understanding.

Air quality politics: Five automakers have now joined a lawsuit in California that binds them to emissions rules that are stricter than what the Trump Admin requires.

The theft barrier: A major barrier to biking in American cities is lack of quality and secure bike storage — a problem illustrated in this NY Times piece about how theft fears coupled with the bike boom have left many needing a better place to park.

Motor vehicle menace: An excellent deep dive from the Boston Globe on “America’s blind spot” details the myriad ways our failure to regulate car and truck drivers makes our streets so much more dangerous.

Cars are the new guns: “In the same way as the National Rifle Association has mandated the right to own and carry weaponry, vehicle manufacturers have stressed autonomy and focused responsibility on the driver, not the manufacturer,” says Sandy James Planner for Pricetags.

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Make them permanent: Research from Germany reported by Forbes estimates that the quick-build cycleways that have popped up throughout Europe in response to coronavirus could lead to $3 billion in public health benefits.

Big trucks suck: This Onion headline is tremendously dark because it’s based on an absolutely tragic and preventable phenomenon. Author Angie Schmitt says 50 kids a week are backed over in their own driveways.

Not satire: Leaders of a town in Wales have rejected plans for a cafe built along a path because it’s too far from…. car parking.

Keep hope alive: After a planned freeway project in Los Angeles County was defeated, there’s a possibility the funds could instead be routed to a high speed rail line.

Ride to the race: The self-sufficient, anti-corporate and carbon-sensitive ethos of this GB Duro ultracycling event is absolutely beautiful on multiple levels — especially given how much professional cycling is the complete opposite.

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BradWagon
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Re Cycling w/ Cops: How about rather than kids meeting with people that will tell them how to stay out of the way of drivers we pair them with someone that will teach them skills to navigate actual roadways, not the park MUPs. And rather than the cops discussing how to stay safe, maybe pair them with drivers that have been ticketed and give them some out of vehicle experience instead.

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On the subject of passenger rail, Amtrak will be reducing the frequency of long distance trains from daily to 3x per week starting in October. A 60 percent capacity reduction will decimate the financial performance of these trains. It’s part of the agenda of Amtrak’s current management team of airline executives to destroy the organization from within. The House already passed HR2 that includes funding to maintain daily service. That bill awaits an uncertain future in the Senate. Here’s news about that from the end of July. https://www.railpassengers.org/happening-now/news/blog/house-passes-amtrak-relief-nothing-yet-from-senate/

David Hampsten
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David Hampsten

The Theft Barrier: NYTimes has a paywall that prevents me from stealing, I mean reading, their content.

Jon
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Jon

When I first moved to Portland back in the 90’s the local mountain bike club was PUMP (Portland United Mountain Pedalers). It organized week night rides and weekend group rides at the local trails. This group eventually became the NWTA. It was founded by Theo Patterson, a black mountain biker. I rode with the guy almost every Wednesday night on the group ride and on many weekend rides. I’ve never seen any overt racism or “micro-aggression” and I know everyone in the group back then respected Theo but as white guy I am sure there are things I don’t see or notice. Personally I’ve always felt that someone that shared my biking passion was part of my “tribe” regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political views. I’ve got a lot more in common with the average cyclist than I do with the average white person.

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was carless

Metro’s Measure M sales tax expenditure plan includes “High Desert multi-purpose corridor” funding for the L.A. County portion: $170 million already available and slated for property acquisition, plus $1.8 billion for construction, scheduled for 2063-2067.

Well, I had no idea that California plans its transportation projects out over 40 years in the future. What is even the point? For all they know, Las Vegas won’t even exist as a tourist destination in 2067.

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RE: Ride to the race.
One of the best parts about living in inner N/NE is being able to pedal to PIR to race Short Track and Trophy Cup races. Such great events and so much fun to cruise up to the track after work, race, then pedal home – perfect evening for the beer league racer that just want to get out for the competition with friends, solid work out and mid to rear pack finish – perfect!

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MaddHatter

Backing over children is why Congress and USDoT mandated backup cameras on 2018 and newer vehicles.

Since there’s a mandatory screen there anyway, manufacturers figure it only makes sense to add other functions as well, and that has been a big driver of the growth in automotive infotainment.

EP
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If “Cars are the New Guns”, then are lifted pickup trucks the AR-15s of the automotive world? I certainly see enough with AR stickers on the back window…