Welcome to the week. This feels just like the week the place we lastly go away summer time behind. I don’t wish to jinx it or something, however it positive could be good to have some cooler temps and rain.
Earlier than we get into the meat of one other week, let’s get you caught up with most notable objects discovered by BikePortland editors and readers previously seven days…
DOTs gonna’ DOT: A neighborhood in Virginia is rising up towards a car-centric freeway widening proposal that the DOT falsely claims will enhance security by including extra lanes, and a latest protest included a march alongside a casket to make their factors.
Pedaling and predictability: Covid enticed a New York Metropolis journalist to change into an on a regular basis bike rider and he discovered an sudden good thing about biking: all the time figuring out precisely when he’ll arrive.
Distraction, Inc.: As a result of large monster vehicles, hot-rodding racecars, and file quantities of visitors deaths weren’t sufficient, this piece in Slate particulars how large “infotainment” screens are the newest instance of how the unhinged auto business continues to steer with greed at any value.
Echoes of Hawthorne: Ugh. “Salt Lake Metropolis’s transportation director mentioned this venture doesn’t want bike lanes as a result of there are already choices on neighboring streets.” We shudder to suppose that Portland’s determination to do the identical factor on Hawthorne Blvd is influencing different metropolis transportation staffers to make equally foolish selections.
Park and bike: A college chief within the U.Okay. desires each pupil to be taught to trip a motorcycle and has launched a “park and stride” program to encourage even households who usually drive all the best way to highschool to park the automobile and take bikes for the ultimate leg of their journey.
Outdated tasks, new dangers: This story about an outdated road-widening venture in San Diego that may be constructed regardless of present opposition, jogs my memory that it could be good to have some kind of re-assessment clause in all venture planning that allowed leaders and planners to make modifications primarily based on components like neighborhood wishes, public well being, local weather change, and so forth.
No extra native match: A brand new legislation in Illinois says that native governments not need to cough up a giant chunk of money to unlock state transportation infrastructure funding.
Youth bike growth!: Nationwide nonprofit Individuals For Bikes experiences a really sizable improve within the variety of children using bikes because of the pandemic. Now that’s a silver lining.
The opposite huge EV-car drawback: Automobile charging infrastructure is an usually glossed-over facet of dreamy EV-car visions, which makes this piece from Aaron Gordon such a must-read.
Cleaner vehicles in Oregon: Program director for Oregon Environmental Council says in an op-ed that our state wants stronger regulation to encourage cleaner vehicles, vans and buses — which account for 25% of transportation GHG emissions regardless of making up simply 10% of the automobile fleet.
Sluggish speeds for thee however not for me: Humorous how when BMW makes a play within the bicycle market they create a automobile that comes with excessive tech speed-limiters on-board, however they’ve but to try this with their vehicles.
Because of everybody who shared hyperlinks this week!
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