This post is completely derivative and maybe a bit stale if your reading list looks like ours, but lately there’ve been too many good things written elsewhere not to call them out:
- Biking rate in Portland continues to soar — We’re so happy and proud to live here in the midst of this. We’re especially happy to have just opened a bike shop at the foot of the Hawthorne bridge which is seeing a remarkable 18% of all vehicles — nearly 15,000 daily — being bicycles. At this rate Portland will look like Amsterdam before the twenty-teens. Especially if Commissioner Sam can walk the talk after he’s elected Mayor. If there’s a downside, it’s that we’re losing touch with the conditions faced by most of utility biking America. So sell your cars and move to bicycle la-la island already; the rain is warm.
- Get your jet pack — I like the sociological content of this commentary on biking in London as much as the celebration of folding bikes in particular. “I have never in my life owned anything so remotely cool.”
- More sociology: Ride a bike? You must be rich. Indeed. There are of course many kinds of riches. This and the preceding item courtesy of Andrea at Velorution, a prominent model for Clever Cycles.
- The greatest traffic-calming device of all time: women on bikes. Confident, slow, bareheaded women on city bikes with baskets and so on. Sexist? Lecherous in a platonic way, sure, but why sexist? Don’t miss the related links: The Spokes-Models and the latest addition to my bike-porn feedlist, Copenhagen Girls on Bikes.
- “Free” parking — nicely sums up my feelings on the subject. Clever Cycles, with the help of the City of Portland, is working on displacing a bit of car parking with covered, on-street bicycle parking near our shop. The difference, of course, is that you can park a dozen bikes in the space required for just one car. Can you imagine your town with a 12-fold reduction in available parking space? Hold that thought.