Welcome to the week.
Here are the most notable items our editors and readers came across in the past seven days.
Big “S” and a big e: Specialized is bringing back their “Globe” brand as a utility electric-bike aimed specifically at replacing cars.
A car city: Almost half of the entire area of downtown Santa Rosa, California is devoted to car usage or storage.
Dockable scooters: Lyft, the company that operates Portland’s bike share system, has just launched the nation’s first dockable e-scooter stations in Chicago. This exciting maturation of scooter infrastructure could come to Portland someday.
Blinder blindspots: A study by driving advocacy group AAA found that semi-autonomous cars hit bicycle riders crossing in front of them one-third of the time.
Gravel in WaPo: “Gravel” riding continues its ascent into the mainstream with a primer in the Washington Post — and a route resource group based in Bend gets a mention!
Ban on “squat” trucks: Interesting news from South Carolina where lawmakers have banned a certain type of lift on trucks due to safety concerns.
Outdoor riding is back: Just weeks after a massive sell-off of Peloton stocks, indoor riding company Zwift has also announced layoffs and shrinking ambitions as people ditch the basement for fresh air and real roads.
A win for Africa: A professional cyclist from Eritrea is very close to realizing his dream of being the first Black rider to win a stage at a Grand Tour.
Thanks to everyone who sent in links this week.