* SUV driver left hooks boy on bicycle in crosswalk in Auburn. Boy credits helmet with saving his life. We can’t help but think that had the car not hit Andrew, this would be moot. This looks like an opportunity for law enforcement to apply the vulnerable user law?
*London will get an annual festival of cycling, The Guardian reports. Capitalizing on the popularity of Britain’s two-wheel Olympic triumphs, an annual festival of cycling will be held in London – including a mass road race to rival the marathon. RideLondon will be held over a weekend next summer with roads from the city centre to Surrey set aside to emulate the events that saw Bradley Wiggins and others ride to medal success.
* New bike counter has launched in Portland. First day of operation tallies 7,432 bicyclists on Hawthorne Bridge. That number is relatively close to 8,044, which is the average daily number of trips PBOT tallied in their official 2011 counts.
*“Bikes, cars, pedestrians: Can we get along?” asks Thomas Munyon from Marysville, Wash, in op-ed in the Seattle Times. Munyon believes that there is a growing belligerency between motorists and bicyclists in Seattle that is dangerous, ugly, and sadly becoming embedded in Seattle’s culture.
* The helmet debate continues in Hush Magazine. “When it comes to the big helmet debate, I believe in choice. Much like many other things in life,” says Mimi Lauzon from Bicycle Babes.
* Why cyclists run red lights.
* The Atlantic looks at the different levels of stress on city streets and how through the use of maps, the little money that’s available can be better targeted to improve a city’s bike network.
* Gear: Fairdale dograck.
* National Bike Challenge logs 10 million miles. As of last week, the National Bike Challenge, a nationwide initiative to inspire Americans to ride, has engaged nearly 30,000 bicyclists and has surpassed its goal of logging 10 million miles.
* Want to be an Olympian? Start cycling. According to an infographic from ecollegefinder, you narrow your chances of becoming a Summer Olympic athlete if you participate in the sport of cycling–especially if you’re a woman. Men have a 1 in 215 chance, and women have a 1 in 64 chance.
* The Dutch continue to improve their already advanced bicycle infrastructure with protective traffic islands and separate green phase traffic lights work to improve safety at junctions with separated cycle paths.
* National magazine says bikes are part of Portland’s “economic renaissance“.
* Toronto cyclist dies after wheel gets trapped in unused streetcar track. Seattle bike lawyer Bob Anderton provides legal advice. The cyclist’s death highlights one of the most common dangers to the urban cyclist, say advocates, and raises questions about who is liable when rubber meets rail.
* Cycling has become so mainstream, even Vogue has caught on, featuring the Best Bikes—and the Pre-Fall Looks That Go With Them.