The Monday Roundup: Misplaced bragging, JPow wins again, Volkswagen bailout & more

The Monday Roundup: Misplaced bragging, JPow wins again, Volkswagen bailout & more


This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Lancaster Engineering, a Portland-based traffic engineering and transportation planning firm.

If you’re still sputtering up to speed after the holidays, have no fear, we’ve gathered all the best bike stories for you in one convenient place…

Pow!: Jeremy Powers rode to his fourth national cyclocross championship yesterday. And young Pacific Northwest product Logan Owen grabbed third.

“Success” story: A UK engineering firm chose an unfortunate Twitter illustration of that time they “successfully delivered another greenway project.”

“Bike Butler”: Indoor bike storage racks are getting more sophisticated.

$4.9 billion: That’s the annual economic loss from traffic-related deaths in Texas alone.

Legal logic: Humans “were created before the automobile,” wrote a judge in a 1919 court case in part of one of the most succinct explanations we’ve seen of traffic ethics.

Legalized walking: It apparently took a federal law, but kids are now allowed to walk to school alone.

Cliche check: The Guardian’s Peter Walker has a nice list of things to consider before writing an opinion column about biking.

Slow biking: Cities with thriving bicycling culture are “places where riding a bicycle is seen as walking with wheels, rather than running.”

Autonomous cars: They could bankrupt the insurance industry by cutting collisions 80 percent, acorrding to a new report.

Autonomous partnership: General Motors and Lyft are teaming up in a $500 million deal to develop self-driving technology.

Taxipocalpyse: San Francisco’s largest taxi company is filing for bankruptcy to restructure.

Medellin and Salt Lake City: Former NYC Transporatation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan tells Bicycling Magazine they’re her latest cities to watch.

Volkswagen bailout: House Republicans have been considering amnesty for the fraudulant automaker.

Taipei mayor: Ko Wen-je, 56, is taking a 230-mile bike trip in 21 hours.

Road rage charges: There seems to be a boomlet in “car as weapon” criminal charges in the UK.

Journalism award: The Fort Meyers News-Press is getting praise for a series that took bike safety seriously.

If you come across a noteworthy bicycle story, send it in via email, Tweet @bikeportland, or whatever else and we’ll consider adding it to next Monday’s roundup.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 –

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