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The Monday Roundup: World Cup Clara, bike share lawsuit, bike boom overview and more

Posted by on December 28th, 2020 at 10:47 am


Welcome back (sort of). BikePortland is still in Holiday-mode, but since there were a few stories I wanted to address I popped back in to the office. And it just doesn’t feel right to start the week without a Monday Roundup, so here are the most notable items we came across in the past seven days…

Bike share lawsuit: Motivate/Lyft, the company behind Portland’s Biketown system, is being sued in New York on the basis of claims by CitiBike riders that front brakes caused crashes.

Another World Cup for Clara: Oregon’s own Clara Honsinger nabbed another 2nd place against the best riders in the world at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup.

Truth meant to hurt: City officials in Cambridge, Massachusetts plan to post bright yellow warning stickers at gas stations to remind people that burning gas promotes climate change.

Bike shop with a purpose: Members of the Navajo Nation in Arizona now have a place to buy and fix bikes thanks to the Silver Stallion Bike Shop.

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Another fatal crash: A person was struck and killed by the driver of a car while walking on NE Halsey near 119th on December 23rd. They were the 55th person to die while using Portland roads this year.

2020 traffic toll: “There’s also a lot to be said for how our garbage infrastructure doesn’t value anyone not inside a car,” says this piece from car blog Jalopnik that dives into why nearly 700 bicycle riders were killed in 2020.

Unprotected again: The City of Boston moved to protect a bike lane with concrete curbs, only to remove them about a month later after officials said they caused too many drivers to crash.

Bike boom overview: Don’t miss this solid historical overview of the 2020 Bike Boom with multiple expert sources from Business Insider.

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Regarding the removal of bike lane protection, I love how events that prove the necessity of protection are the very reason that the protection is being removed. This is peak irony.

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Hey Jonathon, do you know what the discrepancy is between your number (55th death this year) and the PPB number (57th death)? At the very end of the link you used: “This is the 52nd MCT callout of 2020 and the 57th fatality on Portland roadways for 2020.”

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I found it ironic that the “2020 Bike Boom” piece was actually a retrospective look at the failures of the “bike boom — which began in the mid 2000s”. The piece is even more ironic given that Portland, like many cities, is in the midst of a bike bust.