The Monday Roundup: Biniam Girmay, a city for cars, illegal squats, and more

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.

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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.

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Joseph E
1 month ago

Re: “Almost half of the entire area of downtown San Jose, California is devoted to car usage or storage.”
That is also true, I suspect, but the linked article is about Santa Rosa, not San Jose. https://adriancovert.substack.com/p/half-of-santa-rosa-is-missing?s=r

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I emailed you to offer pro-bono proofreading on two separate occasions. I received no reply either time. I assumed that meant you didn’t care.

Arthur Kepner
Arthur Kepner
1 month ago

Santa Rosa, not San Jose for the second story. ( But I’m very familiar with San Jose, and the same observations are pretty much valid there as well. )

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

Shoutout to Biniam Girmay, and also shoutout to Intermarche Wanty-Gobert, they have had a really stellar year so far. Sending Biniam to the right races and having a good supporting team makes a big difference. I think for the flatter stages at the end of the Giro he’s got a good shot for stage or two once Ewan, Cav and the other pure sprinters have dropped out

fishyfishy123
fishyfishy123
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

Yes, exciting to see him and Van Der Poel going head to head so often during the Giro!

Asher Atkinson
Asher Atkinson
1 month ago
Reply to  fishyfishy123

Agreed. I encourage everyone to find highlights from today’s epic finish (stage 10).

fishyfishy123
fishyfishy123
1 month ago
Reply to  Asher Atkinson

Case in point! Epic finish. Also thanks for not spoiling – I actually saw your post before catching the replay!

joan
1 month ago

Great news about Specialized but I am just baffled by the cacti as cargo. Looks like it would be terrifying to ride that bike.

Charley
Charley
1 month ago

Re: “squat trucks.”

This reminds me of learning about Tennessee’s ban on window tinting, when I was growing up. I had the distinct impression that the purpose of the ban was not so much to address a safety concern, but rather to penalize Black people, because they were more likely to have a car with tinted windows. Looking back, it might have been a move to penalize a behavior that allowed Black people to somewhat mitigate their risk of being pulled over by police (“driving while Black”).

I didn’t see any demographic statistics about squat truck owners in the article, but subsequent online sleuthing suggests that at least some Black people do like these kinds of vehicles. It could be that these are coded as a Black thing.

I wonder if the South Carolina legislature would be more favorable to such a ban than a similar ban, say, on the high-hooded monster trucks that have taken over our roads. These trucks come straight from the manufacturer with the same kind of safety concerns. . . but appear to be quite popular with white male drivers.