The Monday Roundup: ‘OK Broomer’, bike style, WT-F150, and more

Posted by on June 1st, 2021 at 9:40 am

Welcome to the week. Hope you enjoyed the extra-long, extra-sunny weekend!

Here are the most notable items BikePortland editors and readers came across in the past seven days…

Freeway removal momentum: The growing nationwide chorus singing the same tune about freeway removal is one of the most hopeful things in America today. With a focus on an inspiring project in Rochester, the NY Times takes a deep dive in how cities across the U.S. are working to reclaim space gobbled up by interstates.

Low-speed streets 101: Child in the City shares a convenient primer on how to design and implement slow streets in urban areas.

What works, what doesn’t: Streetsblog has the details about a new U.S. government report that chides the USDOT for not doing more to track effective traffic safety programs.

PPS sees the Albina Vision: Portland Public Schools has cemented their support for the Albina Vision project by giving the nonprofit first right of refusal on any future development of their sizable headquarters parcel in lower Albina.

Bike style: Oh look, America’s newspaper of record just did a BikePortland-esque “Bike Style” photo essay.

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Name that sweeper: Seattle’s DOT got a cool mini bike lane sweeper (Portland has one too) and after the votes were tallied from an online poll it will henceforth be named, “OK, Broomer”.

WT-F150: When Ford unleashed their high-profile new electric F150, they could have redesigned the body so that it was much less likely to kill other road users. They chose not too.

Vehicular violence: A woman intentionally drove her SUV at a high speed through a vaccination tent in Tennessee in a fit of rage fueled by her opposition to the shot.

Traffic enforcement narrative: The Governors Highway Safety Association, the group that once pushed the “distracted pedestrian” narrative is now sounding the alarm that the “Defund police” movement is to blame for a steep drop in traffic citations (and resulting fatal crashes) nationwide.

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Paul

I wish the NY Times wouldn’t use bicycles to push vanity and rampant consumerism.

Bikeninja
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Bikeninja

No matter what your politics, it is plain that the NYT has become the news source who’s purpose is to disseminate and reinforce the official narrative of the establishment. It’s secondary purpose is to keep its “comfortable class” readers feeling good about themselves and their prospects in the world. The term “Newspaper of Record” is out of date and self important. A more accurate one would be ” Pravda on Hudson”.

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Steve C

I’d love some transparency regarding the paid product placements /affiliate links. They look tacked on after the fact by some intern. Some may not have paid but quite a few are running click tracking.

Regardless, it’s nice to see what people are wearing and riding. It makes me miss Bill Cunningham’s street fashion pieces.

MaddHatter
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MaddHatter

There are a few where the ads match the picture, but more often than not, the ads are for a different product than anything in the picture, which I find… odd. They even advertise an ankle strap in a picture where the cyclist isn’t using one. They must have had a list of things to advertise, and a series of pictures, then just shoe-horned the ads into whatever picture seemed closest.

Matt
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Matt

Meanwhile, I’m bemused that the very first photo has a very recognizable product in it, but no ad. I guess Brett over at Efficient Velo Tools didn’t pay to put in an ad for his very handy Safe Zone Helmet Mirror, but I’ll mention it here as a satisfied user.

Scott Kocher
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Curious how @nytimes goofed and lists Interstate 5 in Portland as a proposed removal plan. Maybe they read ODOT’s Rose Quarter Improvement Project .org website and were swept away by the hype?

Roberta
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“Oh look, America’s newspaper of record just did a BikePortland-esque” – LOL 🙂 looks like they are hoping to keep their record.

mh
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Well what a PITA from the NYT. I’m a subscriber, and I still couldn’t avoid their ads.

squareman
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I’m also a subscriber here with both a layer of full-time ad-blocking VPN and browser extensions that block ads and it was still just a big consumerist piece. I closed the window after three panels that were pushing the goods as if it were Vogue Bicycle.

The piece on freeway removals with its interactivity was a lot nicer.

mh
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I hope “OK Broomer” lasts at least as long as the name makes sense to people.