BikePortland will be reporting this week on news from both coasts — Jonathan from the National Bike Summit in D.C. and Michael on the news in Portland — but our post schedule may not keep to the normal business hours as usual. This week’s collection of the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes is a good one:
(Photo: Copenhagenize Design Co.)
Cargo bike parking: “Our idea was to design an elegant, functional parking solution for cargo bikes.”
King James rides with the people: If you’re an NBA fan, you probably wish you were at Miami Critical Mass on Friday.
Vision -1: News item: “Pregnant Lady Gives Birth on 68th Street Crosswalk.” “Jesus,” a local parody account tweeted. “This Vision Zero thing is getting out of control.”
Washington biking: Rails to Trails Conservancy’s website has ranked the top 10 trails in Washington state. Most are in the Seattle area, but a few are further afield.
Guerilla activism: Are we living in a budding golden age of street-safety civil disobedience? My favorite of the many anecdotes in this Outside Magazine piece involves people in hazmat suits riding bikes and blaring “The Safety Dance.”
Seattle advocacy: Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club has signed up 10,000 members since September, when its new executive Elizabeth Kiker began a near-total staff turnover that took the nation’s largest local bike advocacy group “down a more inclusive path, with less emphasis on lobbying and a more welcoming tone.”
Bizarre email: The club quickly decided to apologize last week after it sent its 16,000 members maybe the weirdest mass nonprofit email I’ve ever read.
Bike share lawsuit: A 73-year-old Connecticut man who claims he can no longer taste and smell after a Citi Bike crash is the first personal injury test case for the bike-share program.
Wrong way? An English man looking for a faster ride home from work consulted his GPS, which suggested that he take the freeway. Police found him riding the shoulder there and fined him $83.
Helmet law follies: Which is more irresponsible: to support biking without helmets or to support biking with helmets?
Developing-world advocacy: As we head into Bike Summit coverage, Portlander Elly Blue’s take on a very different bike conference in Brazil makes a fascinating counterpoint.
Future history: Did you hear the story of how Portland finally got bicycles used for one in four trips? Writer Hart Noecker has the inspiring hoax. (Got a different vision? Write your own.)
Blame the system: Building big wide arterial roads through New York City is “like removing all the guardrails at the top of the Empire State Building and expecting people to use common sense not to fall off,” writes an editor at Fortune magazine.
Swedish safety: Sweden has cut its auto-related casualty rate by 90 percent since 1970. The Economist asks how and decides it’s a combination of stiffer enforcement and roads designed to encourage slower, more predictable traffic.
Familiar story: In Washington D.C., travel after last month’s snowstorm “returned to normal for drivers, Metro riders and other transit users, but the daily commute was still a treacherous trek for many cyclists” due to unswept, uplowed paths and lanes.
Bike share hibernates: Citi Bike “has endured a brutal first winter, and it shows,” with heavy snow delaying maintenance and cutting heavily into ridership (though never eliminating it).
Employee wellness: “If people don’t care about their health, why should companies be paying for it?” asks the president of Trek, who says increasing workers’ health is a business imperative that requires “brutal honesty” with employees who aren’t treating their bodies well.
Parking’s hidden costs: “We pay for parking as residents when we get free parking with our housing. We pay for it as taxpayers. Increasingly, I think we’re paying for it in terms of the environmental harm that it causes.” That’s parking professor Donald Shoup talking to the Freakonomics podcast last year.
Do bikes need RFID-activated motion sensing alarms? Watch your video of the week and think about it.