The Monday Roundup: Fast women, Vision Zero progress, Trump’s tariffs, and more

Posted on September 24th, 2018 at 12:09 pm.

This week’s Roundup is sponsored by NW Connector, Oregon’s public transit service that can get you and your gear from Portland to the coast and far beyond.

Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

Build bikes like cars: I agree with this post from Bike Shop Girl where they say in order to normalize cycling in the U.S. we first need companies to offer more normal bikes that work well for everyday errands and utility.

No cheating needed: Volkswagen, the German carmaker whose CEO was arrested after they cheated on emissions tests a few years ago has debuted a new e-cargo bike they say is the, “solution for the mobility challenges of tomorrow.”

Noble’s dream race: American Ellen Noble battled Dutch legend Marianne Vos all the way till the end and finished second at the Cyclocross World Cup season opener in Waterloo, Wisconsin yesterday.

Vision Zero varies: After a carfree street idea in London was shelved, The Guardian took a look at how Vision Zero efforts have played out in several American cities.

Urban paradise: I need to take a trip to Pondevedra, a Spanish city that has banned cars.

Women and grand tours: CyclingNews has an in-depth piece on the physiology, economics and popular opinions behind the idea of creating pro cycling events that are as hard and as long for women as they are for men.

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More on car bans: Air pollution could be the sleeper issue that changes the politics around car use in cities. It’s obvious that 1) air pollution is terrible and 2) cars are the main reason for it and 3) people love carfree spaces. Put them all together and what do you have?! More carfree cities. Just do it.

A woman did it: Denise Mueller-Korenek smashed the cycling world speed record that had stood since 1995 when she pedaled her bike an astonishing 183.9 mph.

Anti-bike hypocrisy: A woman running for mayor in Vancouver B.C. who has been outspoken against “lawless cyclists” failed to appear for a distracted driving ticket.

Blind spot: “Climate mayors” can’t stop fawning over electric-cars, even when safer and cheaper options are right in front of them.

WTH Seattle?: The public disagreements and lack of political will in Seattle has gotten so bad the city has hired a mediator to help move a project forward.

Trump’s tariffs: A trade war with China from the man who lives in the White House has cast storm clouds over much of the U.S. bike industry.

Perspective matters: Fascinating research into why people value road safety projects differently based on whether they see themselves as a “citizen” or a “driver”.

Thanks to everyone who sent in links!

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

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Weekend Event Guide: Harvest Century, Sunday Parkways, Ninkrossi, and more

Posted on September 21st, 2018 at 10:34 am.

Get out and enjoy it.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Quick housekeeping note: BikePortland relies on advertisers to survive. We have an opening to sponsor this Weekend Event Guide. It’s a golden opportunity! Please get in touch if interested.

Hasn’t this weather been amazing? The onset of crisp and colorful fall-like conditions have us dreaming about long days in the saddle. While we might see a spot of ran here and there on Saturday, there should be plenty of sun for the Harvest Century and Sunday Parkways.

Here’s our selection of things to do on a bike this weekend…

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The Monday Roundup: E-bike dangers, fake helmets, all-powerful Bike Lobby, and more

Posted on September 17th, 2018 at 10:22 am.

Thank you!

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Harvest Century coming September 23rd. It’s the last organized ride of the season, and with four route choices, there’s something for the entire family. Get 15% off registration when you use “BIKEPORTLAND18” code at checkout.

Here are the most noteworthy items we were introduced to in the past seven days…

Bike lobby strikes again: Framed around a project that looks a lot like Better Naito, advocates for better cycling in Baltimore have struck fear into the heart of Fortune magazine editor Rush Loving Jr.
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Weekend Event Guide: Kidical Massive, legislator town hall, Zaaldercross, and more

Posted on September 13th, 2018 at 8:12 am.

Kidical Massive is Saturday.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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

Two more days until the weekend.

Here’s our selection of the events worth checking out…

Friday, September 14th

Midnight Mystery Ride – “At midnight we ride” location TBA
Don’t forget to check the MMR website for the start location of this month’s ride. Bring a jacket and something warm to drink! More info here.

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The Monday Roundup: Houston has a problem, old maps, scooter laws, and more

Posted on September 10th, 2018 at 8:48 am.


Welcome to another Monday in paradise.

This week’s Roundup is sponsored by Efficient Velo Tools: 40,000 users agree – the Safe Zone Helmet Mirror can’t be beat for riding safety. Support a Portland business and try a Safe Zone!

Here are the most noteworthy items that came across our desk in the past seven days…

Scooter safety: A widely-shared Washington Post story chronicles a major increase in ER visits from people riding scooters.
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Weekend Event Guide: ‘Cross trio, swifts viewing, police open house, and more

Posted on September 6th, 2018 at 10:20 am.

Even the kids are excited that ‘cross season is here.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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

Welcome to the weekend.

Hope you’re good at managing your time because Saturday is jam-packed with cool things to do. If you are into ‘cross, this is the first double-header weekend of the season with races in Vancouver and Sandy. But wait, there’s more! Do not miss the screening of Drew Coleman’s “State of Cyclocross” film Saturday night, which he shot in one day using the old-school super-8 format.

If you like local culture and lore, ride to see the swifts on Friday, then check get a rare peek inside the PPB’s Traffic Division HQ in St. Johns on Saturday. Or if you love hanging out and supporting local businesses, the Golden Pliers Bike Shop Grand Opening Extravaganza is on Saturday.

So much to love! Have fun out there!
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The Monday Roundup: Commute discrimination, cultural appropriation, Dutch inspiration and more

Posted on September 4th, 2018 at 10:21 am.

Welcome to the week.

Today’s Monday Roundup (that I realize is on a Tuesday) is sponsored by Cycle Oregon’s new Gravel event coming up October 5-7th. There are still spots left!

Here are the best things we came across in the past seven days…
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Weekend Event Guide: Tour de Lab, cyclocross, Welcome to (Bike) Portland, and more

Posted on August 30th, 2018 at 11:59 am.

The many modes of multi-talented, marvelous, non-motorized maven Meghan Sinnott. You can join her for a ride on Sunday.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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

Yes, cross is here; but it’s not the only thing on the menu this weekend.

While Portland’s favorite cycling discipline kicks off with a race just across the river in Vancouver on Saturday, we’ve also got things for commuters, wonks, newbies and dog lovers.

Check out our selection…

Friday, August 31st

Breakfast on the Bridges – 7:00 to 9:00 am on the Steel, Hawthorne, and Tilikum bridges
It’s the last Friday of the month so you know what that means… B-on-B! Give yourself some extra time on the way to work and pull over to chat and sip hot liquids and nosh nice snacks thanks to the Shift-inspired volunteers who keep this great tradition alive. More info here.
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The Monday Roundup: Hit-and-run psychology, best bike for the city, BUI, and more

Posted on August 27th, 2018 at 11:24 am.

Welcome to the week.

Before we get started, a special shout-out from our sponsor Cycle Oregon is warranted. Their new Gravel ride is coming October 5th-7th and it’s sure to be a fantastic weekend of fully-supported unpaved adventures on some of the best backroads in the region. I checked out one of the routes recently and can’t wait to share a recap!

And with that, here are the most noteworthy things we came across on the Internet in the past seven days…
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The Monday Roundup: War on Cars podcast, biking to birth, Portland history, and more

Posted on August 20th, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Welcome to Monday.

I’m out of town at the moment on vacation with my family (typing this after everyone has gone to bed), so I’m even more grateful than usual for everyone who has flagged great stories for us this week. I’ll be back at 100% bike blogging power one week from today (8/27). Please hold down the fort while I’m gone.

Before we share the best stories from the past seven days, let’s give a shout-out to this week’s sponsor: Mark your calendar for September 2nd because Portland’s fun and fully-supported, multi-pub ride — the Tour de Lab — is coming!

And here are your stories of the week…

Portland’s future?: This article from Grist about e-bike share in Seattle is full of interesting nuggets and it’s framed through the lens of one of Lime’s 50 rebalancers.
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