The Monday Roundup: Untokenizing, emissions omissions, De Blasio’s blunder, and more

This week’s roundup is brought to you by Harvest Century, the last major organized ride of the season which comes to the beautiful roads of rural Washington County on September 22nd.

Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

“Little concrete evidence”: Turns out when researchers actually look closely at the “distracted pedestrian” phenomenon, it’s not really much of a thing at all.

Untoken influence: Bike blogger Christina Torres is calling on the bike industry to make a bigger effort at empowering diverse influencers around their brands.

Novel protest: People who live in a small Utah community are so afraid of a new multi-story residential tower they staged a “park-in”.

Auto emissions omissions: Streetsblog breaks down climate change plans from Democrat presidential candidates and points out the lack of engagement on transportation issues.

Questions about the climate: Instead of straws and electric cars, here are the questions about climate change we wish the national media would be asking candidates about.

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Kids in cars: Automakers care enough about problem of children being left in hot cars that they’ve agreed to install sensors that warn people of their presence.

Oh how the mighty have fallen: Once an inspiration for bicycle advocates nationwide, New York City is now a laughingstock due to a mayor who has no clue what he’s talking about.

Amazon’s streets: A deep dive on how Amazon exploits a system of package-driving contractors to avoid responsibility for traffic crashes.

Japan > Houston: You know times are changing when the Houston Chronicle publishes an op-ed that touts investment in trains and rail because, “building wider highways makes little economic sense.”

Culture and traffic safety: I generally agree with this perspective from The Urbanist that culture is more powerful than budgets when it comes to making streets safe.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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