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Elly Blue (Columnist)

Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com

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The Monday Roundup

[Publisher’s note: Thanks to the non-profit Community Vision and their annual Harvest Century (October 8th) for support of the Monday Roundup! – JM.] Here’s the news that caught our eye this week: – “Why are American’s driving less?” asks the Washington Post/Bloomberg business blog. It’s important food for thought for transportation planning. – A new … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

[Publisher’s note: Thanks to the non-profit Community Vision and their annual Harvest Century (October 8th) for support of the Monday Roundup! – JM.] Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week: – The ban on bicycling in the casino town of Black Hawk, Colorado is now headed to that … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

Here’s the news from around the world that caught my eye in the last week: – A look at the Slow Bike Movement, which means not just riding slowly, but purchasing a slow bicycle. – No slow bicycling here: A profile of a new bike courier company in bike-unfriendly Indianapolis. – A new report shows … Read more


The Monday Roundup

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye last week: – Oregon is home to a thriving artisan bicycle building economy, but it’s hard to make a living that way. – A Sunday Opinion piece in the New York Times reflects on why America is so “manacled to the car” while … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

Here’s the bike news that caught my eye in the past week: – In Toronto, a thousand people turned out on bikes to protest the planned removal of a bike lane on a major street. – Los Angeles has passed a law that makes it illegal to physically or verbally harass anyone who is riding … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

The bikes won! (see first item for explanation) Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught our eye this week: – First, the fun news. LA’s much hyped freeway closure this weekend resulted in traffic free streets throughout the city — and a friendly, ad hoc race between contestants traveling across the city … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

“Who said riding a bike had to be a white thing?” Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week: – As LA braces for the “Carmageddon” freeway closure next weekend, Santa Monica lifeguards have a different kind of traffic complaint — bumper-to-bumper bike traffic on the beachfront path. – … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

Special Tuesday double edition! Here’s the bike news from around the word that caught my eye in the last two weeks and one day: – A new study finds that cities with a high rate of bicycling enjoy safer streets — and not just for people on bicycles. – Some parts of London now have … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

A design student claims that a bike helmet made of corrugated cardboard can outperform the regular helmets you buy at the store. Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week: – As gas prices rise, many are taking up bicycling to save money — even in small towns and … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

NYC Is buzzing about an incident involving a skirt.(Photo © J. Maus) Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye in the last week: – What do you do if your city isn’t home to a summer season of grassroots bike fun, like Portland’s Pedalpalooza, Vancouver B.C.’s Velopalooza, and now Calgary’s … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

Here’s the news that caught my eye this week: – Hangzhou, China boasts the largest bike sharing system in the world, with 50,000 bicycles and strong integration with public transit. – Bicycle transportation is hardly the proprietary realm of creative class residents of gentrified inner cities–in fact, bicycling has a rich heritage all over the … Read more


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The Monday Roundup

Here’s the news that caught our eye this week: – In Mexico City, the year-old bike sharing system ECOBICI is at capacity with a waiting list for memberships, and is said to have contributed to a 50% jump in ridership of privately owned bikes. – Jakarta, Indonesia gets its first bike lane, and 5,000 people … Read more