The Monday Roundup: Bike ergonomics, lawsuit incentives & more

The Monday Roundup: Bike ergonomics, lawsuit incentives & more

Carpal damage is a risk of heavy riding.

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks, who remind you to check out their gargantuan warehouse sale April 5-6.

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Bike ergonomics: A retired doctor has some simple tips for stopping long bike rides from screwing up your body.

Lawsuit incentive: People on foot or bike who win civil lawsuits against people in cars would get minimum damage awards — $1,000 plus attorney fees — under a proposed Oakland law.

“Ski lift for cyclists”: This Norwegian microtrolley grabs your right foot and pulls you uphill. (Start the video 1 minute in.)

Highway fund dry: When the federal Highway Trust Fund’s checks start bouncing this summer, Oregon will lose 30 percent of its federal funding and delay or cancel “a large number” of road projects, possibly including planned safety improvements to Southeast Powell Boulevard and Division Street. A 10 cent federal gas tax hike would be one way to eliminate the gap.

Bike share prescription: Boston doctors can now write low-income patients $5 prescriptions for one-year bike share memberships. (A standard Hubway membership costs $85, but the discount is actually available without a prescription, too.)

Short-term investment: The Bay Area Toll Authority built a temporary bike and pedestrian path for $9.4 million while the new Bay Bridge was under construction; seven months later, it’s being torn down to make way for a permanent one.

Political activity: Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth, Tex., holds a series of “rolling town halls” every spring.

Domestic framebuilding: There’s only one large-scale bicycle manufacturer still in the United States: Worksman Industrial Cycles in Queens, N.Y. Most of the 60 employees live within walking distance.

Jaywalking endorsement: Oregonian columnist Steve Duin mounts a defense of jaywalking in downtown Portland, where the streets are safe, the practice is a “birthright” and ticketing pedestrians would be “antithetical.”

Biking diversity: The national boom in urban bike transportation is a factor in the growing ethnic diversity of people who ride.

CRC reboot Two Republican legislators in Washington “hope to have about 30 lawmakers signed on to the Bistate Bridge Coalition,” a plan for a new Columbia River crossing without light rail, by today. Oregon Democrats say they doubt their state will back it without rail attached.

Bridge countdown: In joking reply to a Clark County Commissioner who predicted that a new bridge east of Interstate 205 would be ready for use within five years, The Columbian has started a tongue-in-cheek countdown clock.

Bike share shopping: Of patrons who arrive at DC-area businesses using Capital Bikeshare, 12 percent said they’d be shopping somewhere else if not for the nearby bike share station.

Bixi bankruptcy: However Portland decides to pay for its bike sharing system, investing in a private company that’s supposed to sell the technology to other cities probably isn’t a good idea. Montreal doesn’t even seem to know if it’s losing $31 million or $40 million on that deal.

New journal: The just-launched Journal of Transport and Health looks like it’ll be a good new resource for active transportation wonks.

We’ve been writing about density-friendly property tax reform lately, and your video of the week is a five-minute explanation from Strong Towns of the advantage of taxing based on land value rather than building value:

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