The Monday Roundup: Lance, gentrification via bike share, family biking and more

Posted on July 24th, 2017 at 10:05 am.

Welcome to the week. Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

Latinos and family biking: A Harvard study about cycling preferences showed that Latinos and Latinas are, “far more likely than other Americans to say that friends or family are a major factor in their choice to ride.”

Bike share a gentrifying force? But in the Latino Cultural District of San Francisco, residents and business owners successfully blocked a bike share station based on the belief it would lead to gentrification. The SF Examiner also reported that business owners feared they’d lose auto parking.

Lance is back: Floyd Landis isn’t the only former pro bike racer pedaling back into the public eye after drug scandals ruined their careers. Mr. Armstrong has found a massive audience for his Tour de France podcasts and likely has a bright future in the media.

Going carfree, more easily: The Frontier Group says cities should create transportation policies that make it easier for people to choose to live without owning motorized vehicle.

Distracted walking crackdown: In Honolulu a proposal would make walking while using a smartphone more illegal than driving with one.

No touchy in WA: New distracted driving law in effect in Washington says you cannot touch your phone for any reason while driving. And you can’t scarf down your lunch either.

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Slow down on ‘self driving’: We’re seeing more and more headlines based on concerns that the auto industry is moving too fast with plans for self-driving cars.

How bike riders will fare: NPR looks at the latest efforts to make biking next to self-driving cars safer. (Our advice: The ultimate solution is to vastly improve bikeway infrastructure, which will lead to more predictable cycling behaviors.)

Bus-only inevitability: A town in Massachusetts had the guts to put up a few traffic cones in an auto parking lane to create a bus-only lane. It worked so well the bus lane is now permanent. Why can’t Portland do this?

Projects over products: The mainstream media is obsessed with the idea that cool new bike products will be enough to create a biking revolution. (Hint: It won’t, only great bikeways will do that.)

3,000 car parking spaces for Nike: The sneaker giant announced a $1 billion (with a “b”) expansion in Beaverton that will come with 3,000 new parking spaces. I sure hope the City of Beaverton gets them to pay for excellent bikeways to and from the expanded campus.

No helmet needed: From Canada, some sensible talk about why it’s not always necessary to wear a helmet while biking.

Innovation over maintenance: Great NY Times opinion piece about the curse of pursuing new projects and “innovation” instead of making what we already have great. Bike advocates suffer from this too — always attracted to a new project instead of fixing gaps and making existing bikeways excellent.

Thank you to all our readers who sent in suggestions or flagged articles on social media.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

Weekend Event Guide: Sunday Parkways, Phish, Stub Fest, and more

Posted on July 20th, 2017 at 7:19 am.

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Sunday Parkways Northeast is a great excuse to explore parks and soak in the Portland spirit.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Got plans for the weekend? If not, we’ve got you covered.

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

From mountain biking with the family to fast road rides, and from rural Washington County to the eastern city limits, there’s something for everyone in this week’s guide.

And did I mention that it’s Sunday Parkways Northeast?! Don’t miss their special attraction: a Bi-lingual Bike Fair held in partnership with the nonnprofit Andando en Bicicletas en Cully.

Have at it…
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The Monday Roundup: Bikeway fights, a human chain, rail crossing research, and more

Posted on July 17th, 2017 at 10:56 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by… you! Thank you for supporting BP by being a subscriber or a donor. Learn how you can support this site here.

Welcome to Monday.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…
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Weekend Event Guide: Accessible overnighters, MTB endurance, track racing, and more

Posted on July 13th, 2017 at 10:40 am.

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Load up your bike and do an overnighter. Portland has several nearby spots to choose from.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Camping trips, off-road bike races, dance party rides – this is summer in the Portland region.
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The Monday Roundup: Artcrank b’day, good bike laws, bad air, a transit scam, and more

Posted on July 10th, 2017 at 9:33 am.

Welcome to Monday.

I regret not being in the office on Friday after dropping the Oregon bike tax bomb. I was on the road covering a bike ride in McMinnville. As such, I wasn’t able to respond to all your comments, requests and tweets as I would have liked. Sorry!

So let’s re-engage shall we? To start things off let’s review some of the best things we came across on the web last week…[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Faraday, Weekender, gravel grind, Larch Mtn, and more

Posted on July 7th, 2017 at 6:35 am.

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A few thousand people are headed to these quiet country roads south of McMinnville for Cycle Oregon’s Weekender ride.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s prime bike adventure season. Whether you’ve been itching to explore your neighborhood or the great state of Oregon, now is the time to do it.

There’s a nice selection of rides and events this week. Check out the full menu below…
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The Monday Roundup: Carfree tourism, hi-viz tips, futility of speeding, and more

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 at 9:13 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Classic — Cycle Oregon’s iconic, week-long, fully-supported bicycle ride.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Torontonians have spoken: A very healthy majority of Toronto residents understand that lower speeds and better bike access are a good thing for their city.

Speeding is futile: Bike riders know this all too well. When people speed in urban areas, it only wastes gas and creates more danger for everyone.
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Weekend Event Guide: MTB race, mobile dance party, ‘Beyond Portlandia’ & more

Posted on June 30th, 2017 at 7:34 am.

Should be perfect conditions for racing at Skibowl at the 6 Hours of Mt. Hood.
(Photo: Portland Racing)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

Hard to believe it’s already July and Pedalpalooza is coming to a close.

There’s one more huge ride that you just have to experience at least once. Loud n’ Lit will rampage through the streets tonight, blasting tunes and good vibes all over the city.

Sunday is packed with fun rides from here to Seattle, including a group ride to Gateway Green that leaves from outer northeast Portland.

Check out the full menu below…
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The Monday Roundup: Pro-bike business group, NIMBYs, poop, pot, and more

Posted on June 26th, 2017 at 7:30 am.

Here are the best stories that came across our desks this past week…

Business group embraces bikes: While Portland’s chamber of commerce dropped off the anti-bike cliff last week, a business association in Vancouver BC has realized it’s much smarter to work with bike advocates.

Driverless cars to the rescue!: Is there anything cars can’t do? The media and corporations want us to think they’ll cure congestion and even help us reach vision zero.

Family 411: Bikabout shared a bunch of family biking equipment tips and online resources nationwide.
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Weekend Event Guide: Gateway Green opening day, Naked Bike Ride, Sunday Parkways and more

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 at 7:05 am.

This is it folks. A huge weekend in Portland. Get your sunscreen and sun hats and get ready to roll.

Here’s our menu of must-do rides and events…
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