This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the BTA’s sixth annual bicycle-themed storytelling event, Live the Revolution (February 12th, tickets available now).
Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:
“Better by Bike”: These five ads from the City of Buenos Aires are more clever and heartwarming than anything I saw on TV Sunday.
“The Forager”: “Is this the first bicycle to come with its own fire-pit, mushroom knife and recycled wooden chopping board?”
Rider exonerated: A Michigan man successfully had an “impeding traffic” ticket dismissed after fighting it in court, thanks in part to the officer’s dash cam video.
Unusual roundabout: This Spanish design sends bikes straight through.
Post-industrial progress: Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city, is putting bikes at the heart of a $4 billion attempt to refocus its rust-belt economy around livability.
Lethal selfishness: The distracted driver is a new kind of “me-first” menace, says MacLeans.
Sign clutter: This Bikeyface webcomic isn’t set on the transit mall, but might be.
Mandatory lane changes: The “Change Lanes to Pass Bicycles” law proposed in Iowa would do what it claims.
London numbers: Bikes will soon outnumber cars in central London rush hours, the city’s transport office says.
Truck visibility: London may require a second window in the lower half of truck doors, to help their drivers see people biking.
Destriping roads: Britain is doing it, and talking about other counterintuitive road safety measures.
Green neighborhoods: Here’s what low-carbon cityscapes look like from above.
Oil tax: President Obama wants to put a $10 tax on each barrel and spend it on “green transportation infrastructure.” It would require an act of Congress, so it’s basically just for show.
Wonk fired: Former Oregon transportation official Lynn Peterson was unexpectedly fired by Washington’s GOP-controlled Senate, apparently for being “very partial to transit, very partial to bike and pedestrian paths, all those things.” (Update: In the comments, former Cascade Bicycle Coalition advocate Evan Manvel offers a more specific take.)
Biker found: The sprocket-themed belt of Michael Rust was found amid human bones in Colorado. The mountain biking pioneer went missing in 2009.
Cheaper curbs: Austin is using polka dots and plastic posts to make corners much more walking-friendly.
Car Free Day: Dubai does bike to work days, too.
Poisonous cars: Air pollution kills millions of people a year. So why isn’t it condemned by doctors, just like bacon and sugar?
NYC streetcar: A newly proposed line would run along the East River, joining Brooklyn and Queens. “Not everybody’s going to ride bikes,” said former transit boss Richard Ravitch in its support.
— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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