Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:
Car-free Paris: For one day, the City of Light banned non-local private cars from all its streets Sunday for the first time ever. Related news: Car trips from one location within city limits to another are down 30 percent in the last decade.
Outlawing chop shops: San Francisco may be close to banning sales or distribution on public land of bikes and bike parts.
Delaware stops: The Eastern state is posed to become the second (after Idaho) to make it officially legal for people biking to treat stop signs like yield signs.
Suspended licenses: In most of the United States, losing the ability to drive sends anyone who needs income into a “hellhole of desperation.” Maybe that’s why three in four Americans with suspended licenses choose to keep driving, even though that can lead to a crushing debt burden if they’re caught.
Post-quake bikes: “Amid the chaos” of Mexico City, “bicycles have become the missing link, allowing supplies to reach those in need, and averting the paralyzing traffic jams.”
Space-efficiency by mode: Here’s a handy chart:
Brompton recall: The UK folding bike company says 144,000 bikes made between April 2014 and May 2017 should be returned due to possible faulty brackets.
School parking lots: They often waste lots of money while making the area around schools less walkable — and they’re usually empty.
Seattle mayor: With six weeks to the city’s mayoral runoff, candidate Cary Moon says her city “spends too much on car convenience.”
“Token attractive woman”: That was the caption UK magazine Cycling Weekly used with a photo of Hannah Noel in an article about her racing club.
Road diet lawsuit: A group of Spokane businesses are suing the city over the lower sales they predict if their street is redesigned to have fewer auto lanes.
Measuring emissions: Nine states (including Oregon) have sued the Trump administration over its attempt to undo a rule that requires transportation projects to measure their effect on greenhouse emissions.
Tolls and equity: At City Observatory, local economist Joe Cortright makes a case that peak-hour tolls are not bad for poor people.
Trump and tolls: The president now says the self-financing infrastructure package his team once pushed would be “more trouble than it’s worth.”
Autonomous cars: Pending federal legislation would block cities and states from regulating robots on their roads.
Car-free freeways: Here’s what Israel looks like during the Yom Kuppur holy day.
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Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.