The Monday Roundup: Lego hair helmet, riding against the wind, L.A.’s next ‘great street’, and more

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 9:35 am.

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Welcome to Monday.

Here are the most noteworthy links and tidbits that came across our desks last week…

LA’s next “Great Street”: What was standing in the way of the City of Los Angeles’ exciting vision for updating Venice Blvd from car-centric thoroughfare to a modern, world-class street? It used to be owned by their state DOT. Now in City control, the project can begin. (Sound familiar?)

Thanks, Trump: The United States House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s new director of outreach and coalitions is the former director of federal relations for the American Petroleum Institute.

Now what? The numbers are in. And just as we suspected, road deaths have taken a striking spike in the U.S. Now the question is: What are we going to do about it?
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The Monday Roundup: Infra porn, gamification, driving privilege, and more

Posted on February 13th, 2017 at 10:16 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Bike Index, bike registration that works.

Welcome to a new week.

Doesn’t it feel good to finally have some clear and sunny skies? I saw tons of people enjoying the weather on their bikes over the weekend. I hope you were out there too.

Let’s start off by sharing the last week’s best stories from around the web and around the nation…

Gritter bike: The “world’s first gritter bike” is bouncing around the web. Wonder if they make a plow attachment too?
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The Monday Roundup: Walking while black, NYC’s “nightmare” and more

Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 12:28 pm.

This week’s must-read is from the Portland Trib.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming up February 12th!

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

The NYC “nightmare”: A news outlet in New York City dug into this very important question: “Just how much space are cyclists taking away from drivers?” At lease they make the extremely biased reporting easy to spot.

Trump and transpo: NextCity has a good roundup of where the transportation funding debate stands in the Trump administration.

Repeating mistakes from the past: Tampa is trying to rally support for a $6 billion highway mega-project that would go through areas where 80 percent of residents are black or Latino.

Hearing matters: An auto user in a town in England was fined and found guilty for careless driving because he had the volume turned up too high in his car when he hit a bicycle rider then failed to stop.

Governor Kate Brown on activism: Oregon’s governor garnered national attention with a story in The New Yorker where she encouraged citizen activism and was framed as a progressive leader and “radical feminist governor.”

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The Monday Roundup: Beast mode on a bike, transpo bill under Trump, no love for e-bikes, and more

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 9:39 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming up February 12th!

Beast Mode on a bike: I’m not a fan of the NFL these days but I am a big fan of what Seahawks retired star running-back Marshawn Lynch did in Scotland on a bike last week.

Change or die: The neighborhood bike shop faces major threats from innovative options like mobile bike repair and e-commerce, so says the NY Times.

Phone blocker: A Dutch company has created a device that will block your cell signal while biking over 10 mph.

E-bikes lacking charge: Another sign that America’s bike culture needs a refresh is how we still haven’t embraced electric bikes. This LA Times article points to a lack of safe infrastructure and a macho cycling culture as just some of the reasons why.

NYC goes big for Vision Zero: Seems just a few weeks ago we shared a link about NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio not doing enough for Vision Zero. That was then, and now he’s announced an additional $400 million for the program — bringing the total funding up to $1.6 billion through 2021.
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The Monday Roundup: Tour de Trump, fatbikes, racial profiling, and more

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 at 5:15 pm.

Trump’s big bike race.

This Weeks Monday Roundup is sponsored by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming on February 12th!

Welcome to the week.

We’ve got lots of stories to share this week. Before we get started, let’s not forget about the most interesting and important stories we came across last week…

Symoblism in India: If I were a citizen of India I seriously consider voting for the political party that just won the right to use the bicycle as their official symbol.

Guilt caught on camera – or not: A video appears to show clear negligence by a bus operator but the NYPD failed to hold anyone accountable and won’t investigate.

Riding in winter: People in Chicago are cycling through cold winters in larger numbers these days — and some credit the presence of bike share.
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The Monday Roundup: the ‘City of Tomorrow’, legalizing murder, the end of bike share in Seattle, and more

Posted on January 16th, 2017 at 9:47 am.

Ford’s “City of Tomorrow.”

Welcome to a new week.

It’s a national holiday, and given the state of our nation we can’t think of a better time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We do our work because we believe knowledge is power. But knowledge without action is powerless. Like Dr. King did, like Congressman John Lewis did (and does) and like President Obama reminded us in his farewell speech, now is the time to get out in the streets and do the work it takes to make the change you want.

On that note, here are the best bike and transportation stories we came across last week…

Car culture at work: A horrifically bad law proposed in North Dakota (in response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests), would shift the burden of proof for collisions away from motor vehicle operators and toward vulnerable road users if the person was “blocking traffic.” This is sick and we hope it loses steam quickly. At least the online poll accompanying the article is overwhelmingly opposed to the idea.
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The Monday Roundup: Math, danger in safety, transit in Seattle, and more

Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 10:32 am.

What could possibly go wrong?!

Welcome to Monday.

We’ve got another great week in store. But before we get started let’s take a look at the most noteworthy stories we came across last week…

Cities liable for unsafe streets: In what advocates are calling a “landmark” decision, a state court has found that New York City is party liable for a fatal traffic crash because the street where it happened was dangerous by design.

Jar-gone: “Road diet”, “pedestrian”, “smart cities” — these are just a few bits of jargon that many transpo advocates and experts would like to toss into the wastebin.

Ask him anything: Outgoing US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx did a Reddit AMA where he called for a “fundamental redesign” of transportation funding and a whole lot more.[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Wi-fi bike share, safe driving, making parking pay, and more

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 at 11:15 am.



Happy New Year everyone! After a good and long break I am back and ready for action. There’s a lot of catching up to do, but let’s start with a few good links you might have missed over the holidays…

Here’s how to not kill people: This would have been a good safety primer to share with auto-centric family members over the holidays. Better late than never!

Wi-fi bike share: Vancouver’s Mobi bike share system has a new injection of cash — and free wi-fi — thanks to a sponsorship deal with telecommunications company Shaw.

Widening freeways doesn’t help: The freeway widening debate will be strong in the Portland region this year so let’s bookmark this cautionary tale from Los Angeles where they just threw $1.6 billion down the toilet.

“Impairment starts with the first drink”: The state of Utah is considering dropping the legal limit for drunk driving to .05, which would make just a few drinks of alcohol grounds for a violation.
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The Monday Roundup: Santa Rampage, headphone-blaming, car bans, and more

Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 11:22 am.

Paris waited too late to strengthen auto use regulations.

Paris waited too late to strengthen auto use regulations.

Welcome to Monday.

This is our last full week before the news cycle slows way down. So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Death by headphones?: A coroner in Yorkshire had no evidence a woman was listening to music prior to being run over by a truck crashing her bike near a truck — but he put the blame squarely on her anyways. And The Telegraph piled-on with a biased and irresponsible article.

Design saving commutes: The bad news is people’s work commutes are getting longer (see next item). The good news is, according to The Economist, the free market and urban designers are stepping in to make them more enjoyable.

Going further: More lower-income Portlanders are moving further away from their jobs and other important destinations in order to afford a place to live.
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The Monday Roundup: Highway propaganda, Shaq on a bike, London on the upswing, and more

Posted on December 5th, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Cc: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Cc: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Western Bikeworks who reminds you to check out their big warehouse sale coming December 9-11th at their Tigard location.

Lots of fun stories to share this week so let’s get right to it.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

The Portland “megaregion”: A mapping project highlighted by National Geographic holds important clues about geography and mobility. Can someone tell me why we don’t have high-speed trains along I-5 corridor yet?

Deal with the devil: The head of the once-influential National Motorists Association appears reasonable in this Q & A professing support of a gas tax increase — them he says he wants to raise speed limits and get rid of speed cameras.

More from the auto lobby: DC Transportation Engineer Bill Schultheiss tracked down this influential 2006 report (PDF) from the American Highway Users Alliance that was used to lobby politicians for more highway capacity on the premise it would be necessary for successful evacuations in emergencies. Right… because private auto use is the most efficient way to move large numbers of people. Got it.

Traffic on purpose in NYC: Looks like the NY Post has joined in the national trend of publishing fake news with a story claiming that traffic in Manhattan is nothing more than a conspiracy by anti-car lobbyists to force people onto bikes and transit.
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