Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:
Dangerous activity: Phoenix decided to promote safe bicycling with a series of “graphic novels.” In the first, a dog runs in front of a young man biking without a helmet; he flips 180 degrees upside down and smashes his head on the ground, making his brain visible.
Healthy activity: Every hour a Dutch person spends cycling adds one hour to their life expectancy.
Walking safety: Louisville decided to promote safe walking with a program that issues fake jawalking tickets to schoolchildren.
Good goal: Louisville is the latest city to set a goal of reducing miles driven.
Bad goal: Days after officials bragged to Politico that a new federal transportation rule would be “groundbreaking,” the Obama administration proposed a new rule that continues to define transportation success as how fast cars are physically moving rather than how long it takes people to get places. (Transportation for America also has a scathing summary.)
DIY literature: Portland-based bike-book publisher Microcosm is primarily female, primarily ages 20-30, primarily low-income and primarily of color, Joe Biel tells Bicycle Times in a profile, because that’s who turned out to be interested.
Self-driving transit: Elon Musk says Tesla Motors is developing an autonomous vehicle for central cities that is “not exactly a bus.”
Philly bike share: The system in the bike-friendliest city on the eastern seaboard is up to 8,300 memberships and is getting 300 more bikes for its first birthday.
Brazil tragedy: A coastal bike path in Rio de Janeiro, built in preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games was broken by a wave and collapsed, killing two people.
Fatality sentencing: A new Washington law is extending the sentencing range for vehicular homicide. The Columbian talks to the families of traffic violence victims.
Solar access: Because urban living is so energy-efficient, San Francisco’s new law preserving solar access will probably increase carbon emissions by letting fewer people live there.
Yimby politics: The NYT profiles Soja Trauss of SFBARF, the city’s build-everything-right-now advocacy group.
Transit stats: A rich new web tool offers detailed statistics on transit quality for any geographic location.
Transit parking: Seattle’s proposed transit levy includes $661 million worth of new car parking, 9,700 new stalls at $80,000 per space.
Displaced by wealth: “Portland is quickly becoming accessible only to the wealthiest iconoclasts,” warns Colorlines in a harrowing look at racial displacement in Portland.
Bike restrictions: What happens when your state mandates helmets and IDs for anyone on a bike? Australians share their observations.
Peaceable kingdom: This thread of tips from natives for bicycling in Copenhagen doesn’t mention cars at all.
Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.