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Bike Advocacy’s Blind Spot

The biking community is overwhelmingly concerned with infrastructure. For urban anthropologist Adonia Lugo, that’s an equity problem.<p>Adonia Lugo grew up in a Latino <i>barrio</i> of Orange County, California, as a biracial child of a Mexican father and a white American mother. Growing up, she felt a …

Urban Design

Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.

Cities are regulating mobility startups, but ignoring the real problem—there’s still too much space for cars<p>Over the last few months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at century-old images of U.S. streets. There’s a window of a dozen or so years at the beginning of the 20th century, at the dawn of …

Urban Design

The Rise of ‘Urban Tech’

From food-delivery startups to mapping and co-living companies, technology focused on urban systems is drawing billions of dollars in venture capital.<p>The terms high-tech and venture capital conjure images of industries such as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency. But the fact of the matter …

startups

Down With Fun

“Fun House,” an installation by Snarkitecture at the National Building Museum, shows that the craze for crowd-friendly museum spectacles is still going strong.<p>Pinkeye struck the National Building Museum in 2015, just two weeks into the run of “The Beach.” At least one visitor said that she caught …

Living Rooms

This Power Plant Has Cracked Carbon Capture

Carbon capture probably gets the least respect of any technology proposed to slow climate change. The basic idea—trapping emissions from fossil …

Fossil Fuels

This crash course in machine learning could be your ticket to a new career

Machine learning is a close cousin to AI, wherein computers can progressively improve they way they perform certain tasks just by analyzing data and …

Machine Learning

The AM1 e-bike is a minimalist bike with a boost

<b>It's already blown through its Kickstarter target, perhaps because people are realizing that this is all you really need.</b><p>There is an interesting …

Bike Lanes

What Happens When Data Scientists and Designers Work Together

Rise Science came to IDEO with a challenge. The young startup had built a robust data platform for college and professional athletes to track their sleep and adjust their behavior so that they played at peak performance. But for the players, the experience was challenging. Rise expected athletes to …

Design

Trainstopping: Safe Transit in Natural Disasters

<b>On a Monday morning in August of 2015, a</b> <b>4.0-magnitude earthquake</b> <b>hit the San Francisco Bay Area just before 7 a.m.</b> I was living in Oakland at the …

Transport Isn’t Technology, It’s Politics

<b>On July 7, 1919, lieutenant colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower left Washington, D.C., with a</b> <b>military convoy</b> <b>of 81 vehicles.</b> His destination was San …

Transportation

Supervised Machine Learning Trainer 3607A

In the near future, cities are filled with smart infrastructures such as decentralized security cameras, self-sorting trashcans, and intelligent …

Boeing GoFly winners unveil exotic personal flying machines

The jetpack has long been at the forefront of our vision for futuristic personal flying transportation.<p>In 2017, a Boeing-sponsored competition challenged the world to invent a new kind of flying machine though the GoFly Prize, and hundreds of designs flew in. GoFly announced the 10 Phase 1 winners …

The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else

Sean Healy was driving for Uber in Seattle when a passenger offered him an intriguing job. It wasn't the first time a rider had proposed a new line …

Carbon Fiber

MapLab: Machines Are Transforming the Map

A biweekly tour of the ever-expanding cartographic landscape.<p><i>Welcome to the latest edition of MapLab. Sign up to receive this newsletter in your inbox here.</i><p>Orient yourself: The map is an Ourosbouros<p>Google Maps, Waze, Uber, Yelp, and every other smartphone-based service you use to get around …

Inside the New Technology That Could Transform the Solar Power Industry

The future of solar power has looked increasingly bright in recent years thanks to the plummeting cost of silicon solar panels and a global push for …

Clean Energy

How Toronto Became a Global Powerhouse for Artificial Intelligence Startups and Giants

While speaking at Shopify’s annual conference in Toronto a few weeks ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in some trouble for a few choice …

Group takes over Colfax and Federal interchange with mini-festival to show what could be there instead

Tara Cloe has lived near Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue for 13 years and if she needs to cross that intersection while walking — she …

Chicago’s South Side Gets Dockless Bikeshare

A pilot program on the South Side aims to expand beyond the reach of the city’s docked system. But will lock-to requirements and other regulations allow for enough bikes to be useful?<p>Last week, Chicago let dockless bikesharing companies into the city. But in an effort to head off the dockless …

What Cities Need to Understand About Bikeshare Now

Public or private? Docked or dockless? E-bike or e-scooter? It’s complicated. But bikesharing is now big business, and cities need to understand how these emerging systems operate—and who operates them.<p>Updated: April 25, 2018<p>At the beginning of April, the ride-hailing giant Uber acquired the …

Los Angeles

Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure

Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure<p>From smart lighting to digital crime-fighting to connected transportation and beyond, cities are poised for a radical makeover.<p>This technology-driven transformation is redefining the business of running a city. It has as much influence on how …

CityLab Daily: Inside the Massive U.S. 'Border Zone'

Also today: Boston wants people to build tiny houses in their yards, and Chicago’s South Side gets dockless bikeshare.<p><i>Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.</i><p>What We’re Following<p><b>Bordering on:</b> While the weight …

This Startup Wants To Replace Cars (And Subways) With Elevated Pods

Transit X’s plan would set up fast-moving, solar-powered personal transit units to whisk you anywhere you wanted to go.<p>Self-driving cars might not solve the problem of rush-hour traffic, and in cities with some of the worst commutes now–like L.A., where each driver wasted an average of 102 hours …

Transportation

Uber Unveils the Flying Taxi It Wants to Rule the Skies

If you trust the folks with their eyes tilted upward and their hands waving in the air, flying taxis could be a traffic panacea, leveraging the third …

The ecologists who think moving to cities will save the planet

As far as professions go, conservationists are not known for their optimism. And, with the future of the planet looking so bleak, who can blame them? …

Financial Services

The "city of the future" is closer than we think...

<b>Foster + Partners</b> has created a video that describes a vision for the future of high-speed transportation.<b><br>DP World Cargospeed</b>, a collaboration of …

Jane Jacobs (1916–2006)

(1916 - 2006)<p>The young Jacobs held conversations in her head with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and a Saxon tribal chief named Cerdic. Her …

Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’

LOS ANGELES — The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which …

Los Angeles

Here’s what’s missing in the conversation about dockless e-scooters and bikes

If executed properly, these new solutions can help people in communities underserved by public transit.<p>If you live in San Francisco or Santa Monica, you’ve probably seen, ridden or complained about the sudden onslaught of electric scooters littering city streets.<p>In a matter of weeks, companies like …

Older men on e-bikes behind rising death toll among Dutch cyclists

Union presses for e-bike training funds as cyclist deaths in Netherlands surpass numbers killed in cars<p>The deaths of men over 65 using electric bikes on Dutch roads have caused the number of cycling fatalities in the country to surpass the people killed in cars.<p>Official figures from the …

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