With fewer and fewer rainy days in the forecast, more Portlanders are ready to join the spandex-clad masses tooling around town by bike. To get you talking like the two-wheeled regulars, here’s a round-up of the latest bike news:
- An cyclist app that has found success in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. will soon be available in Portland. California-based startup Nimbler uses public transit schedules and bike routes to help bikers find the best routes when combining the two modes of transportation. “This is a job that even Google Maps can’t do yet,” BikePortland reports.
- Portland’s roads are bike-friendly in a lot of ways, but intersections are likely the bane of any bicyclist’s existence. Drivers aren’t always looking or can get aggressive in rush-hour traffic. A Portland-based urban planner is tackling that problem head-on, with a new intersection design meant to protect cyclists and help drivers see them. Portland-based urban planner Nick Falbo says he was inspired by bike-friendly Dutch designs to create Protected Intersections for Bicyclists earlier this year: Cyclists would have their own traffic flow through intersections that separate them almost completely from cars. BikePortland reports that bikers got the first spin on the new concept as a pop-up in Minneapolis as part of the event “Bikeways for Everyone.”
- We’ve all heard the horror stories of a person’s bike being stolen and then popping up on Craigslist. BikePortland has its own stolen bike registry, but if your ride goes missing on a trip out of town, it used to be that you were out of luck. Grist reports this is no longer the case: Portland web developer Bryan Hance created a prototype bike registry back in 2005 and recently merged with BikeIndex.org to create the first national version.
Now, if you’re in the market for a used bike, you can tweet out the serial number with @isitstolen on Twitter and a bot will get back to you if someone is missing the bike. You can also play it old school by heading over to StolenBikeRegistry.com to browse stolen bikes from around the country.