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The Monday Roundup: Child traffic trauma, Bidens on bikes, cycling fashion, and more

Posted by on November 16th, 2020 at 10:59 am


Welcome to the week.

Today’s Monday Roundup is made possible by Splendid Cycles, who reminds you to check out their BIG Year-end Bike Sale for great deals on electric bikes from Xtracycle, Tern, Larry vs Harry, and more.

Here are the most notable items we came across in the past seven days…

You mad Nike?: The sports apparel juggernaut spent over $900,000 to help kill the Metro transportation funding measure.

Bidens on bikes: TMZ has video of President-elect Joe Biden and First Lady-to-be Jill Biden riding bikes on a bike path in Delaware. My fave part of the clip is at the end when someone says “Oh you can’t drive there!” when someone in Biden’s protective unit drives a big SUV on the bike-only path.

The view from London: In an interview with Streetsblog, London’s walking and cycling commissioner said the key to moving the needle is for the transportation system to “own the health agenda”. “Unless the transport agencies are responsible for the health outcomes, it won’t happen.”

Collegiate cycling strides: Two major professional cycling teams plan to fund new teams at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in a bid to make the sport of cycling sport less white.

Legalizing vigilantism: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has put forth changes to the state’s “Stand your ground” law that would increase penalties for protestors who block roads and allow drivers more loopholes to get away with using cars as weapons.

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Bikes can save cities: Bogota, Colombia — the place that invested big on BRT (bus rapid transit) and pioneered the ciclovia — is now betting that the key to Covid recovery will be bicycles.

Grids gird against car ownership: New research shows that as the U.S. strengthens its street grid car ownership rates decline.

Hype-worthy clothing: Thank you Rapha for making stuff that transcends the cycling world. The apparel maker’s dedication to design and fashion is getting new eyes on our sport.

Kids and traffic trauma: “Police in the west German city of Hamm are using drawings by six-year-olds to trace a rogue driver who allegedly smashed through a road barrier,” says this report from the BBC.

EU on the right path: As a new administration enters the White House, they’d be wise to read this overview of how transport policy in the EU is becoming more bike-friendly. One line that caught my eye: “The shift in political will is backed up by significant funding.” Funny that.

Older riders: Research from the Netherlands shows a worrying trend that older electric bike operators are involved in more injuries and fatal crashes.

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Todd/Boulanger
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Per UK article: This is the key point for the State of Oregon (and Washington) that the “key to moving the needle is for the transportation system to “own the health agenda”. Unless the transport agencies are responsible for the health outcomes, it won’t happen.”

The recent ODoT struggle with I-5 mid-city is a key test of this. For our DOTs to be effective long term facility managers they need to start including health outcomes of their host communities living and working next to their roadways and not just their direct customers. (And only having only a handful of publicly accessible air quality monitoring stations no longer cuts it.)

Bikeninja
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Bikeninja

Maybe we should just move Trumps wall ( yes I know it is a fantasy) to the Northern Border of Florida, then give the state to the Cubans. They will straighten out their transportation policy and their health care system as well.

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Florida man…

Champs
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Champs

The speed of e-bikes was less of a factor than the fact that elderly cyclists were more likely to lose their balance or collide with fixed objects… ‘[p]roblems with mounting and dismounting and not seeing obstacles in time are significant reasons why older cyclists are relatively more likely to be injured in one-sided collisions,’ the report said.

These problems are typical of heavy bikes and riding too fast but I’m glad they can quickly dismiss heavy bikes that go faster as the culprit.

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Nike spent about 1% of what they would have paid annually in a tax on their payroll costs. I don’t know if that counts as anger, particularly when the tax would not have sunset after all these projects were done. It continues to amaze that “transit activists” are surprised this didn’t pass.

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This feels like a weird (very capitalist) ask, but we’re in the market for an e-bike (or maybe a bike upgrade) and I would love to know about more bike sales around town as “the holidays” get closer! Not sure if you’re open to either keeping an updated page on it, or doing weekly posts or something?