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The Monday Roundup: A deadly Uber, better bus stops, a new Surly, and more

by on March 19th, 2018 at 10:06 am

Welcome to a new week.

Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

A sign of humanity: Read this tale from New York about how a woman’s bike theft-inspired sign sparked a karma loop that began in her neighborhood and reached across continents.
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The Monday Roundup: Transit’s tech gap, changing speeds, virtual racing, and more

by on March 12th, 2018 at 9:46 am

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

Stop killing kids: A horrible and preventable traffic tragedy on a street in Park Slope, Brooklyn has spurred outrage that some are comparing to the “Kindermoord” movement in Amsterdam. Thousands are expected at the Kids March for Safe Streets today.
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The Monday Roundup: AV myths, Team Sky high, Hype-PR-loop, and more

by on March 5th, 2018 at 10:56 am

Welcome to the week. Before we get going, let us not forget the stories that came before…
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The Monday Roundup: Our helmet fixation, safer trucks, busy biking bridges, and more

by on February 19th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Welcome to the week.

We have just recovered from a pretty nasty battle with server bots and gremlins that took the site down last week. I apologize for the temporary lack of site access and then the lack of a comment section on many posts. Thankfully we appear to be past the problems (knocking on my wooden desk). Please let me know if you see something strange, and it don’t look good. One more thing… As part of those server issues, we’ve had to ditch our old “Related Posts” tool. We hope to find a replacement shortly.

Here are the most notable stories we came across in the past seven days…
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The Monday Roundup: LA’s freeway follies, Vision Zero’s policing problem, a rail vision, and more

by on February 12th, 2018 at 11:02 am

Welcome to the week.

Here are the most important stories we came across in the past seven days…

Vision Zero’s dilemma: Police statistics in Chicago show that 56 percent of all bike-related traffic tickets were issued in neighborhood with a majority of black residents — compared with 18 percent in white neighborhoods. (via @schmangee)

‘Bike Hunters’ strike gold: Bike company Vanmoof literally went the extra mile to catch the thief of a customer’s bike and uncovered a multinational bike theft ring in the process.

Toddlers-eye view of cities: A new film series follows toddlers while they discover urban streetscapes on foot. (via @awalkerinLA)
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The Monday Roundup: Myopic marketing, wheelchair biking, pedaling protest, and more

by on February 5th, 2018 at 9:45 am

Welcome to the week. Looks like the rain is gone for a bit and we’ve warmed up a bit. I might even try riding without gloves today. I know, right!

You might notice something new this week: I’ve started giving credit to sources of links we use in the roundup. Giving credit is one of the most important tenets of the web, and it’s always bothered me that I didn’t do this in the past. I also hope you’ll discover new and smart people to follow on Twitter.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Unsafe at any level of nudity: A man is suing the City of Portland for $566,000 after he hit a median curb on SE Morrison and suffered injuries on his way home from the World Naked Bike Ride in 2016. (via The Oregonian)

On a related note: Los Angeles paid out $19 million last year to bicycle riders and their families to settle lawsuits related to crashes caused by unsafe road conditions. (via @bikinginorange)
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The Monday Roundup: Dockless bigotry, TriMet’s dirty diesels, the 199 year-old bike, and more

by on January 29th, 2018 at 10:34 am

Welcome to the week. We’ve got a lot to cover; but first let’s look back at the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

Worst Day of the Year Ride is Feb 11th

On February 11th, jump on your bike, wear your silliest costume, and embrace Portland’s winter weather at the 17th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride — a benefit for the Community Cycling Center.
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Cars vs bikes, literally: Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is meddling in the business of dockless bike-share companies in what looks like an effort to tame their growth.

Better boardwalks: We love this brilliant, modular sidewalk expansion method from London. Where could we put wider sidewalks to use in Portland?

Funding boost: Jump Bikes (formerly Social Bicycles), the bike share company that provides bikes and tech for Portland’s Biketown bikes, received an influx of venture funding after winning an exclusive permit for dockless e-bikes in San Francisco.
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The Monday Roundup: Dallas’ dock-mess, de Blasio’s hypocrisy, a velodrome in Detroit, and more

by on January 22nd, 2018 at 10:09 am

Welcome to a new week.

Here are the best stories we came across in the last seven days.

I’ll have what they’re having: This piece in Governing caught my eye because it highlights the decrease in traffic deaths in San Francisco and New York City last year. Do they know something we don’t know?

From our Sponsor:

Don’t miss the Tacx Indoor Trainer Demo Night at Western Bikeworks tomorrow night (Tuesday, 1/23)!

A “hot trend”: More momentum for e-bikes in the U.S., and about as mainstream as you can get. Stories like this one are why many of us got into the bike business to begin with!

The lifesaving bicycle: This wonderful essay comes from a woman who was at her personal rock bottom — only to find that the simple act of riding a bicycle helped get her life back.
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The Monday Roundup: B2V, dockless diversity, e-bike share, and more

by on January 16th, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Yes I realize it’s Tuesday. It just didn’t feel right to post this on Martin Luther King Day (I posted something about activism instead, thinking that was more in line with the spirit of the holiday).

So without further ado, here are the best stories we came across last week…
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The Monday Roundup: Bike Snob’s mic drop, de Blasio’s bollards, Ayesha McGowan, and more

by on January 8th, 2018 at 10:06 am

Welcome to the first full week of 2018.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Scofflaw science: A study in Florida found that — surprise, surprise — people break traffic laws at similar rates regardless of the type of vehicle they operate.

Breaking barriers: ESPN has the story of Ayesha McGowan, a woman who wants to be the first African-American to land a professional cycling contract.

Dutch data: The great Bicycle Dutch blogger and filmmaker Mark Wagenbuur starts off the year with a slew of interesting datapoints about cycling in The Netherlands. Don’t miss the video at the end.
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