The Monday Roundup: Bike share is safer, speeding is pointless & more

The Monday Roundup: Bike share is safer, speeding is pointless & more

Bike share ride with Oregon team-14

Safe and sound in Washington DC.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Bike share safety: Bike-share bikes are involved in 35 percent fewer collisions with vehicles than operator-owned bikes.

Exclusionary zoning: A New Jersey suburb is blocking construction of a mosque by requiring its parking lot to be twice as big as a comparable church’s.

Youth perspective: Matlock Grossman, the 11-year-old Angelino whose testimony on behalf of a road diet went viral last fall, has written a persuasive op-ed about transportation for the L.A. Times.

Speeding is pointless: Lifehacker explains.

Wanted “criminal”: A Pennsylvania man has been jailed and banned from his bike for 10 cases of “obstructing traffic” by riding in the middle of a lane.

Sharrow history: The Bicycle Story traces the embattled marking back to its inventor in audio interviews.

Preemptive surrender: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says that the city’s supposed target of zero traffic fatalities “will probably remain elusive.”

Retrospective victory: “The bike wars are over,” writes former NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in New York Magazine. “The bikes, and all New Yorkers, won.”

Simple instructions: Gawker draws on recent research to summarize the cure for San Francisco’s housing crisis in four words.

Mayoral regrets: Looking back at eight years leading London, Boris Johnson said he wishes he’d done more to make it easier to park a car. Wait, no he didn’t.

Tango by Bike: A local tradition gets its hour in the New York Times.

Data vs. profiling: Marco Conner argues in Streetsblog that “enforcement as it relates to race” is “the most pressing challenge” to Vision Zero in the United States. Among other fixes, he calls for data-driven targeting of “the most dangerous driver behaviors in the locations where they are causing the most harm.”

Poverty penalties: One Texas town hands out more traffic violations to blacks and Latino people … but the difference was explained by poverty-related charges like failure to carry insurance or an up-to-date ID.

Bike train: The San Francisco Bay’s Caltrain commuter rail system will add a third bike car.

Driverless cars: If they could mostly eliminate illegal driving, cities might be able to eliminate half their police force.

Food deliveries: Delivery people may bike for a living but that does not mean they are not people with legitimate interests, notes Brooklyn Spoke.

Night riding: Apparently it’s legal to close a federally funded bike path (like Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade) at night.

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.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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