The weekend is almost here. And with temps expected to heat back up, you might want to plan your riding earlier or later than usual.
A highlight this weekend includes the first-ever Salmon Cycling Classic down in Wilsonville. And Sunday is the most anticipated Sunday Parkways event of the year: A route that will follow the outline of the future Green Loop! PBOT has really pulled out all the stops on this one, with more activities than you could possibly fit into five hours. So check out the event brochure before you go in order to plan your attack. [Read more…]
If you want to see Portland beyond close-in neighborhoods, it’s an ideal weekend to venture out. The Rosewood Walkways event on Saturday will be a smaller version of Sunday Parkways and the focus will be on using feet instead of bikes. You’ll have free reign of 1.5 miles of carfree streets to soak up the art and culture of a part of Portland that often gets overlooked.
**This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the inaugural Salmon Cycling Classic on July 21st. Register today for this local fondo that will offer routes in the quiet roads around Wilsonville and a cedar plank salmon dinner for all participants.**
Welcome to the week! Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…
With all the depressing absurdity in the news, you could probably use a good bike ride right about now.
Good thing the weekend is right around the corner. And even though we’re coming to the end of Pedalpalooza there’s no shortage of fun to be had.
The aforementioned month-long festival of free bike fun ends with a bang with rides that will illuminate your brain and the night. And who’s ready for a challenge? There’s racing on Mt. Hood and a big adventurous option just on the other side of the Columbia River. And remember this is only a selection of all the great events. Check the calendar for full listings.
Welcome to the week. Today’s Monday Roundup is made possible by the Portland Century, offering three route options on August 19th.
Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…
Ball sports are over: If you’re too afraid to let your kid bike in the neighborhood, get them into racing! There’s more to life than the traditional ball sports, as the Bike Snob explains in his most recent column.
Any excuse necessary: It’s amazing what people will do to justify their anti-bike bias; including protesting a protected bike lane on safety grounds while marching in said bike lane in order to not get hit by other road users. (h/t @BrooklynSpoke)
Anti-transit extremists: As if non-car mobility needs any more hurdles in America, the billionaire Koch Brothers are hellbent on destroying it.
Auto touchscreens are bad, very bad: Even a self-described “Tesla fanboy” admits that the huge “infotainment” screens in cars are very unsafe because — shock! — they distract people from the important task of paying attention to the road.
Dockless wisdom: Seattle’s DOT has shared a trove of data about their robust dockless bike share pilot program and Curbed has a solid breakdown.
Portland needs to try this: L.A.P.D. is using e-bikes for patrol. It makes so much sense. Portland talks about community policing, we are a biking city, we finally got rid of mounted horses… Time to bring back police bike patrol units!
A new day at TriMet: The transit agency’s new leader comes out in an Oregonian interview as a champion of bus-only lanes, fewer light rail stops downtown, a new transit tunnel, and more good things. Sure as heck beats his freeway expansion lobbyist predecessor.
Sundress-gate: A councilor in the Canadian city of Hamilton spurred quite the backlash after wondering aloud whether women’s love of sundresses prevented them from riding more.
Turns out walking isn’t the problem: Despite the propaganda from governments and other “safety” agencies, new research shows what many of us have known all-along: That “distracted pedestrians” aren’t really a thing to worry about.
Congestionomics: What if free-flowing freeway traffic was a sign of economic depression instead of success? New research from Denver makes the case that there’s a strong correlation between congested cities and booming business environments.
Lime’s scooter pitch: High usage rates and solid profits are among the ways Lime is selling investors on their dockless electric scooters. Worth noting that Lime is likely to win a permit to operate in Portland very soon.
Hinault’s gauntlet: Frustrated by continued allegations of doping in the sport he once dominated, a legendary Frenchman says riders should boycott the Tour de France if Chris Froome — who’s under investigation for drug use — participates.
Dispatch from L.A.: Amid a sharp rise in deaths and with a city government not doing enough to keep them safe (despite a Vision Zero pledge), a new guard of bike activists is rising up in the car culture epicenter of Los Angeles.
Speed camera debacle: Advocates in New York are reeling after their state government failed to renew a speed camera program that had placed 140 of the safety devices in schools throughout the state.
What do you have planned? I’ll be headed east to the small town of Burns in eastern Oregon for the Skull 120 Gravel Race. Tomorrow night there will be a dinner where locals will offer knowledge about the area and share their hopes for how cycling can help boost their economy.