The Monday Roundup: The $17/month bike, skull-and-crossbones fatalities and more

The Monday Roundup: The $17/month bike, skull-and-crossbones fatalities and more

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Green Zebra Grocery, celebrating the grand opening of their new store in the Lloyd District (808 NE Multnomah) on April 21st!

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

Bicycle as a service: A company has created a “theft-proof, weather-proof” city bike and, instead of selling them, is renting them out for $17 a month.

Unanesthetized violence: In 1938, Washington DC and the Washington Post used to raise skull and crossbones flags every time a car driver killed someone.

Bike party: 5,000 people celebrated World Bicycle Day in Mexico City by gathering in the shape of a giant bicycle.

Noisy cars: Abu Dhabi is installing roadside sensors to nab people whose cars are too loud.

Crowdfunded citizenship: Crowdfunding for a park or bike lane doesn’t undermine democracy — it strengthens it, argues a woman who works for civic crowdfunding platform Ioby.

Inactivity epidemic: Diabetes, one type of which is related to physical inactivity and poor diet, is spreading rapidly in mid- and low-income countries and now affects one in 11 adult humans.

NBA biker: Yes, that was Hall of Famer Reggie Miller whizzing past you in Malibu on his mountain bike.

Reform, reform: Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, running for mayor of Baltimore, has a bunch of interesting ideas for changing urban policy, including building out the city bike plan.

Victim blaming: After Toronto killed a traffic safety campaign that scolded people for wearing dark clothes, Torontoist suggested some better options.

Autonomous freight: A platoon of self-driving trucks just drove themselves across Europe.

Autonomous cars: Every solution they purport to offer is already done better by buses, trains and bikes, says Rebecca Solnit.

Little-known fact: The company that owns the Schwinn brand is based in Vancouver, Wash. (Update: Apparently it’s just Schwinn’s “fitness machine” line.)

Mobile app: Vancouver has followed Portland’s footsteps in creating a mobile app for reporting transportation problems.

Traffic penalty: Vietnamese police ordered a woman who was driving the wrong way down a street to write 50 times on a piece of paper that she wouldn’t do it again.

Flying car: A sedan somehow crash-landed on top of a Long Beach house.

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

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