The Monday Roundup: NYC’s special sauce, right-hook research, a moral dilemma, and more

Posted on August 13th, 2018 at 12:29 pm.


Welcome to Monday!

Hope you had a chance to pedal through the nice cool weekend. Who got caught out on a ride without a jacket?

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Efficient Velo Tools: From inflators and wheel-building tools, to the EZ-Lift Repair Stand, Portland’s Efficient Velo Tools offers tools for the pro and home mechanic! Learn more about their great products here.

And with that, here are the most noteworthy stories we came across in the past seven days…
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The Monday Roundup: Emotional abuse of planners, LeBron, Tesla’s new smartphone, and more

Posted on August 6th, 2018 at 9:28 am.

Welcome to the week! Before we share some great stories, here’s a quick word from an excellent sponsor: NW Connector is a bike-friendly collection of transit services that connect Portland, the Oregon Coast, and beyond. Plan your next adventure at NWConnector.org.

And here are the best stories we came across in the past week…

Steel horses: The New Yorker profiled a group of young tribal members who have left their horses in the stable and taken up mountain bike riding on their Navajo Nation reservation.

Way to go LeBron! I have mixed feelings about NBA superstar LeBron “King” James as a basketball player, but his recent moves off-the-court have made me an unwavering fan. The excellent Jason Gay of the Wall St. Journal just published an interview with James that covers many topics, including the new school he opened up where each kid gets a free bike.
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The Monday Roundup: Pro cycling’s gender problem, bike parking arms race, carfree school zones, and more

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 at 1:12 pm.

Welcome to the week.

Before we get started let’s say thanks to our sponsor: The Banana Belt Fat Bike Festival. Celebrate the Southern Oregon Coast at this family-friendly event that promises fat bikes, great beaches, and great beer. Get registered at BikeGoldBeach.com.

Here are the most notable stories we came across in the past seven days…
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The Monday Roundup: E-bike criticism, peak bike, cheat the wind, and more

Posted on July 16th, 2018 at 11:09 am.

Welcome to the week! Here are the best links we came across in the past seven days…

Sponsored by Efficient Velo Tools: Don’t trust traffic – scan your surroundings with the Safe Zone Helmet Mirror.

Stay in the pack: A study on wind resistance in a large cycling peloton demonstrates that a rider in the middle of the pack gets a minuscule 6 percent of the wind resistance they’d face riding on their own.

Two ways to kill dockless bike share: The City of Chicago said bikes from dockless giant Ofo must be locked to something (not just themselves). So Ofo picked up their ball and went home. In Australia, it was the mandatory helmet requirement that scared Ofo off.
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The Monday Roundup: Rideshare tax in D.C., smart city pitfalls, BMX in the Bronx, and more

Posted on July 9th, 2018 at 10:54 am.

**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…

Bike-cam portal: Police in the U.K. now have a central location where they can view camera footage uploaded by people who’ve captured crashes and dangerous driving via their on-bike video cameras.

Bend native in Tour de France: Ian Boswell is in France competing at the world’s most prestigious bike race. His mom says it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream.
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The Monday Roundup: LeBron in LA, a $920 ticket, saved by an e-bike, and more

Posted on July 2nd, 2018 at 9:16 am.

Welcome to the week. Our sponsor today is NW Connector, an alliance of bike-friendly transit agencies that make getting to the coast a breeze.

Here are the most important stories we came across in the past week…
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The Monday Roundup: Hinault’s gauntlet, anti-transit extremism, sundress-gate, and more

Posted on June 25th, 2018 at 10:49 am.


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.

Phones too: FiveThirtyEight reveals the hidden dangers of having phones in cars — even when they’re not actively being used.

Trump’s tariffs: The man in charge of our country has slapped tariffs on Chinese-made bearings, materials, GPS devices and electric motors.

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.

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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.

Coal-rolling victory: A judge in the case against Diesel Brothers has ordered them to stop selling illegal exhaust kits that allow people to spew toxic exhaust at will. (We covered that case back in 2016.)

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.

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

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The Monday Roundup: Derailleur history, a biking/boating commute, reckless driving crackdown, and more

Posted on June 18th, 2018 at 9:52 am.

Welcome to the week. Today’s Monday Roundup is made possible by Efficient Velo Tools: “Conceived, tested, and proven in Portland – the Safe Zone Helmet Mirror provides unparalleled protection.”

Here are the best things we found floating around the BikePortland universe in the past seven days…
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The Monday Roundup: Cargo bikes over cars, history of VC, cycling in suburbia, and more

Posted on June 11th, 2018 at 9:04 am.

Welcome to the week.

Before we get to the best stories we came across in the past seven days, let’s give some love to our sponsor: The Weekender Ride by Cycle Oregon. Grab some friends and head to University of Oregon on July 13-15 for a weekend of riding, relaxing, and reveling you won’t soon forget.

Now, on with the news…

Teach them young: You can help prevent driving abuse in the next generation by exposing young minds to books that share positive depictions of walking, biking, and urban living.
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The Monday Roundup: Self-driving cars and human sacrifice, Milt Olin settlement, freeway fails, and more

Posted on June 4th, 2018 at 10:59 am.

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

But wait! Here’s a brief word from our sponsor… This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Whiskey Run MTB Festival, happening June 9th on freshly-built singletrack in the forests of Oregon’s southern coast.

And now, on with the news…

Planning, privilege, and new voices: A fascinating read (and listen) from Streetsblog LA about “accidental planner” Monique López who went from front lines of environmental justice activism to the pearly gates of the planning field — all while being a queer, low-income person of color.

Just stop building them!: Fascinating (and quite unfortunate) to see state leaders in Texas stress out about how to pay for $32 billion in freeway megaprojects as if that’s the only way to solve their growth and congestion problems.
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