The Monday Roundup: Ultrasound passing enforcement, Portland’s housing shortage and more

The Monday Roundup: Ultrasound passing enforcement, Portland’s housing shortage and more

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Three-foot rule: Chattanooga bike patrol officers are using custom ultrasound devices to measure cars’ passing distances.

Housing shortage: “None of us, not a single damn one of us, is entitled to live where we want to live for as long as we want to live at a price we can easily afford,” writes Tyler Hurst in Willamette Week. “It’s not fair at all. Nor is it fair to love a city and not want to share it.”

Housing myths: New housing doesn’t leads to higher rents, Willamette Week says, it’s the other way around.

Self-healing metal: The bike frames of the future may mend themselves.

Rolling joints: Customs officials in Arizona arrested a 17-year-old boy who stuffed his bike tires with three pounds of marijuana.

Death penalty: New York City’s right of way law assigns criminal misdemeanors for illegal driving, but only if someone actually dies.

Scofflaws: Nearly 1 in 10 people who drive in New York City run red lights.

Transit subsidies: Portland’s TriMet does fairly well on both ridership and efficiency in this national comparison.

Recruitment problem: “I don’t think we’re as far along as running is in making events that appeal to everyone,” says Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association. Running is up 20 percent in the last five years, while the number of people biking hasn’t grown. (Portland-based “enthusiast of three-speed bicycles” Shawn Granton is among the experts quoted.)

Race race: Ayesha McGowan is out to become the country’s first African-American female bike-racing pro.

Seattle bike share: The city is applying for a $10 million federal TIGER grant that would quintuple its bike share system and add e-bikes.

Healthy biking: A new multinational study concluded that walking and biking investments return an average $13 worth of better community health outcomes for each $1 invested.

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Beaverton downtown: It’s finally moving closer to getting one.

Solar bike path: The Amsterdam-area test installation is just as inefficient as engineers predicted it would be.

Bike theft: It’s a proven deterrant to bike use, which makes it “much more than petty larceny.” But police treat it about the same as a stolen TV.

St. Paul’s bike loop: The less bikey twin city is working on a plan that sounds sort of similar to Portland’s downtown Green Loop concept.

Bike Realtors: They can now be found from coast to coast.

“Cyclepreneurs”: A New York man has started a business advising people on starting bike-related businesses.

Decongestion charge: London’s fee on auto traffic entering its central business district seems to be working.

Dublin’s shift: Long richer in biking than in bike infrastructure, Ireland’s capital is preparing major limits on driving through its central city.

20% by 2020: That’s where Fort Collins (currently at 7 percent bike mode share) claims to be heading.

In the way of modern headlines, this one tells the story of your video of the week well: “These DIY Bike Signals Are Easy to Make and Last For Ages on One Battery.”

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