The Monday Roundup: Biking as wonder drug, driving privilege in Charlottesville, bike tax metastasis, and more

Posted on August 14th, 2017 at 9:33 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Chrome Industries, who recently moved their headquarters to Portland and they’ll celebrate by having a Warehouse Sale with deep discounts on last season/sample bags, apparel and footwear. Sales runs 8/18 – 8/20 at old Shleifer builder at 224 SE 2nd Ave.

Welcome to Monday. Before we start another big week, let’s not forget the most interesting stories from the past seven days…

Driving privilege and racism in America: Transportation reformers and racial justice advocates see disturbing parallels between our overly permissive car culture and the accused murderer who intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend.
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Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, cider ride, Handmade Bike Show, and more

Posted on August 10th, 2017 at 8:35 am.

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The Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show heads to north Portland for its 10th triumphant year. Do not miss it.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is almost here. And we’ve stepped up our events game to help you make the most of it.
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The Monday Roundup: So-called war on cars, BOD in NOLA, headbadge hunter, and more

Posted on August 7th, 2017 at 10:36 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Portland Public Schools who wants you to apply for a job as a school bus driver where you can get full benefits, a flexible schedule and a wage of $16.25 an hour.

Welcome to the week!

Here are the best stories from around the web that came across our inbox in the past seven days…

Don’t forget about bikes: As urban policymakers in the U.S. fawn over auto technology, this article from the U.K. (The Guardian) warns about a missed opportunity if we don’t embrace bicycling too.

Why Sagan matters: If you keep hearing about Peter Sagan and you don’t know why he’s such a big deal, this major profile in Outside Magazine will explain.

And why “elites” don’t: It’s because despite their proximity to power and process, “they are always a minority” says Jarrett Walker of Human Transit in a fascinating post about the “dangers of elite projection”.
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Weekend Event Guide: Light Brigade, a criterium, Breaking Away, Oregon Walkways, and more

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 at 9:47 am.

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Whether you come to watch or race, there’s nothing like the action of an urban criterium. Don’t miss the Franz Bakery Criterium Saturday afternoon in inner northeast.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

Congratulations. You’ve survived the Portland Heatwave. So far.

We’ve still got plenty of heat in the forecast so make sure you check our hot riding tips and pass them along to friends in need.

Now to the fun part: We’ve got great events for you this weekend, including several ways to beat the heat. Our pick is the outdoor movie at Stub Stewart State Park on Saturday night. The event is hosted by Oregon State Parks and Hollywood Theater is bringing a huge blow-up screen to the Hilltop day-use area for a screening of Breaking Away.

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The Monday Roundup: Tech, why words matter, a $35,000 python-wrapped bike, and more

Posted on July 31st, 2017 at 10:37 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is made possible by Treo Bike Tours, who reminds you to reserve a spot for their upcoming (August 25-27) three-day ‘Journey Through Time’ riding experience.

Welcome to the week. Everyone’s talking about the heat wave headed our way. Hope you can keep riding through it. Stay tuned for some tips and tricks to stay cool on the bike.

Before we get to last week’s best stories, remember to follow us on Facebook if you don’t already. We’ll be sharing more content there in the future.

Here are the best articles we came across last week…

NYC’s bike boom: What do you get when you combine the biggest bike share system in the U.S., a dense urban form, an aggressive DOT, and the nation’s best transportation reform advocates? More than 450,000 daily bike trips — and all the other immeasurablly positive benefits that come with them.

Hidden housing cost: The title of this piece says it all: “If you’re renting a US city apartment without a car, 16% of your rent pays for parking you don’t need.”

Bike tech and AVs: Researchers think bicycles need to feed data to autonomous vehicles (AVs) in order to prevent the future robocars from inadvertently running over bicycle users.
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Weekend Event Guide: Upriver screening, fountains, LaFart, Tour de Cure, and more

Posted on July 27th, 2017 at 10:09 am.

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What? You’ve never splashed in Portland’s fountains? The Splish Splash Ride on Saturday will fix that.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

*Publisher’s note: You might notice this week’s guide looks a little different. That’s because we’re trying some new things with our event offerings… including a new weekly event email to BP Supporters (stay tuned) and the just-launched @PDXBikeEvents Twitter account.

Looks like the stellar weather we’ve been having shows no signs of letting up. Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy it. If you need ideas for things to do on your bike, look no further than this guide and our always-improving Event Calendar.

Here are the best events coming your way this weekend, starting with Portland’s best free breakfast…
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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.

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.

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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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