The Monday Roundup

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“It’s just a bummer that occasionally the bike lanes end up being the snow plow lanes and there are mounds of snow coming my way!”
— SW Portland resident Adam Ortman, speaking to KGW TV

I haven’t been following the news as closely as usual this week, but here are some interesting stories I’ve come across from Portland and beyond…

– Local NBC affiliate station KGW has a story this morning about all the gravel left on Portland roads after the big snow storm. The story covered the perils of gravel for people in cars (little rocks are breaking windshields) and for people riding bikes. Check out the full story here.

– Reuters is running an interesting editorial titled “Electric cars will not cure environmental woes.” The writer’s conclusion isn’t all one might hope, but it’s good to see this reality check on an increasing trend of public faith in the redemptive power of electric cars.

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Cascade Bicycle Club’s Advocacy
Director David Hiller penned an
eloquent rebuttal to the age-old
“bikes don’t pay their way” rant.
(Photo © J. Maus)

From a distant and equally snowy land (Washington, DC New Haven, Connecticut), here’s your Monday news roundup.

A week of snow in Portland has created an unofficial carfree week. I’m not there (I’m on an East Coast Tour), but I’ve been following the action thanks to the Open Threads and friends via Twitter. My favorite comment so far is from Portlander Heather Andrews, aka wildsheepchase: “I took the lane on 82nd! As a pedestrian! It really is the Snowpocalypse!”

Now, onto news from around globe:

— The Cascade Bicycle Club‘s David Hiller, responds compellingly in the Seattle Times to the idea that cyclists don’t pay for roads.

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Here’s the news!

Cancellation notice put up by activists at the proposed Gateway construction site.
  • “Gateway canceled due to climate crisis” read the headline in my in-box. Great news! The Gateway is a controversial 11 billion dollar freeway expansion project being planned in Vancouver, BC. For a project of this scope to be canceled due to its climate impact is a huge, precedent setting shift. Unfortunately, reality has yet to catch up — the cancellation is a creative, well-promoted hoax by the vocal team of community activists opposing the project.

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Could a carfree city center work in Portland?
It would sure be fun!
(Photos © J. Maus)

Take a seat and join me on a tour of interesting stories from around the Web. Here’s your Monday Roundup…

In the world of bikes:

  • As the rest of the economy falls, bicycle retail is doing just fine, reports an Atlanta newspaper. Stay tuned here at BikePortland for more coverage of the bike economy in the coming weeks.

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Here’s the news, folks!

Governor Kulongoski
(Photo © J. Maus)

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Greenspace in inner Portland is
good for our health and our air.
(Photo: Esther Harlow in the
BikePortland.org Flickr Photo Pool.)

Hold on to your seats folks, here’s your Monday Roundup…

  • A Netherlands-based cycling research organization is concerned that bicycles are disappearing from Asia as cities and roads are increasingly planned around cars and motorcycles.

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Here are some news stories and links from around the web that have caught our eye in the last week:

Auto Industry in the News

  • News Flash: Drivers and smokers are the new real Americans. The Oregonian asks state Republican lawmakers how they plan to handle a new political climate that is friendly to tax increases. Here’s one response: “On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Bruce Hanna said Republicans will continue to look out for taxpayers, especially drivers and smokers.”

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The Monday Web Roundup is a new weekly feature that will serve as a catch-all for all the cool and interesting news, sites, and ideas we come across from Portland and around the country. Email your web tips to elly@bikeportland.org, or use the tag “bikeportland” in del.icio.us.


  • The O also reports that even though gas prices have dropped, people are still driving less.
  • In the wake of recent fatalities, New Haven, Connecticut has passed a Complete Streets law that will affect street design, planning, enforcement, and education (via Streetsblog).

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