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Ms. Sinenomine~Why “Walkability” Needs to be Redefined

There has been a very valuable discussion on Twitter from Ms. Sinenomine about the use of the term “Walkability”.She is well worth a follow, and …

Urban Design

Waymo shows how its self-driving cars navigate snow

Ask people in chillier climates if they're looking forward to self-driving cars and they'll probably just laugh. The technology has an easy time in ever-pleasant locales like California, but snow is a nightmare that obscures lanes, cars and entire roads. Waymo knows how to tackle that problem, …

Autonomous Cars

Mobility On Demand and Transportation Equity

Our transportation system is undergoing vast transformations. Technology, entrepreneurship, and changing customer expectations are disrupting …

Disability

Mobility on Demand: Three Key Components

Increasingly, mobility customers are turning to on-demand service providers to access an array of mobility options. Mobility on demand (MOD) is an …

UC Berkeley

DCST and dockless bikeshare operators agree on principles for the future

Five companies now operate dockless bikeshare in DC (and two now offer dockless scooters). You locate a dockless bike with an app, unlock it from …

BIKE SHARE | Survey’s Juicy Details!

Pictured | Lime Bike, ofo, & SpinWorldwide, bike share systems have given people an easy and convenient way to hop on a bike.In growing cities like …

City Politics

Scooters could solve a big urban mobility issue—if startups listen

Kids and seniors know that scooters are the future<p>For me, the scooter revolution occurred late last year. This was long before Bird invaded Santa Monica, Spin flooded the Bay Area, or Lime was unleashed upon San Diego. It was when my three-year-old first blazed by me on her kick scooter, leaving me …

Customer Service

Copenhagen Mastermind Jan Gehl Isn't Sold on 'Smart' Cities

Architect and planner Jan Gehl looks back on how he helped transform Copenhagen into one of the world’s most livable cities and talks about how people can reclaim the streets.<p>Advocates of bike lanes, shared streets, and walkable cities could take a lesson from their adversaries: If they want to …

Urban Design

Taxing Uber and Lyft to Fund Transit Isn't Fair to Transit

Roads improvements are part of the regular budgeting process. Why not transit?<p>Enthusiasm for congestion pricing reached a fever pitch amongst New York City’s transportation advocates earlier this year, but to little avail. The state’s political process once again delayed enacting structural changes …

Transportation

Chicago to test-drive new ‘dockless’ bike share program starting next week

The city of Chicago will roll out a new type of bike sharing pilot program on the South Side next week that will be cheaper than Divvy, though the city’s tough requirements may make it difficult for some companies to open up shop.<p>The six-month program will feature “dockless” bikes — which allow …

USDOT

Showers in subway stations? LA Metro seeks to boost hygiene for city's homeless

In the nearly 20 years that I've been using major metro systems, I can confidently say that I've never once stepped into a public restroom in any of …

Urban Design

Salt Lake City Wants to Put Buildings In the Medians of Its Extra-Wide Streets

A few months ago I wrote about a proposal to fix the housing crisis in San Francisco by building skinny apartments in the medians of its streets. …

Urban Design

Wheels come off Paris bike-share scheme after €700m

Parisians abandon city’s pioneering Vélib bikes as new operator’s revamp is beset by electrical and software glitches<p>Once, it was the pride of Paris. The French capital’s self-service bike-share scheme, Vélib, was copied from London to Seattle and seen as proof that large cities could revolutionise …

France

Transportation that Works for Everyone

Getting around the Bay Area, and San Francisco specifically, is getting more difficult and more expensive. Our population and economy are growing, …

Transportation

Uber and Lyft Could Do a Lot More for the Planet

Carbon offsets and bike-sharing services are great. But the ride-hailing industry still hasn’t confronted the heart of the problem it has created.<p>Earlier this month, Lyft announced that all passenger rides will be carbon neutral, indefinitely. The plan is to cancel out vehicle emissions by …

Transportation

Bike Share in the U.S.: 2017 - National Association of City Transportation Officials

Bike share in the U.S. has continued its brisk growth, with <b>35 million trips taken in 2017, 25% more than in 2016</b>. This growth is attributable to …

University of Washington

San Francisco proposes rules to fight its electric scooter epidemic

San Francisco officials have been promising rules to curb the invasion of electric scooters, and now we have an idea of what those rules could be. The Municipal Transportation Agency has proposed a two-year permitting test program that would limit the city to five e-scooter permits, and no more …

San Francisco

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 …

New York City

The Electric Scooter War Is No Joke

As Bird, LimeBike, and Spin unleash dockless scooters in new cities, turf battles are breaking out.<p>Save your battles over affordable housing for another day. There’s a new urban crisis afoot: the scooter.<p>Not the Razor scooters that kids used to zoom around on, but dockless scooters—the electric, …

San Francisco

Ford launches on-demand medical transportation service

Ford is launching an on-demand transportation service for non-emergency medical needs. The idea is to better help patients get to their doctor appointments. Ford is initially launching this in partnership with Beaumont Health in Michigan to serve more than 200 facilities.<p>Called GoRide, the fleet …

Silicon Valley’s scooter scourge is coming to an end

San Francisco is a city where companies frequently like to try out new ideas. Uber had its start here many years ago, as did success stories like Twitter and Airbnb. So it's no surprise that San Francisco happens to be one of many cities experiencing a new form of transportation: sharable electric …

Electric scooters might revolutionize urban transport — if it wasn’t for stupid humans

You’ll find them obstructing sidewalks in Austin, draped on trash cans in San Francisco and tipped over like dominoes in Los Angeles.<p>In Washington, workers dredged two of them from where Rock Creek flows into the Potomac River.<p>They’re Internet-connected scooters, and a bunch of well-funded tech …

San Francisco

Starbucks was never about the coffee. It’s taking over public space—and controlling it

In <i>Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,</i> Dr. Evil’s team briefly abandons its traditional hostage-taking tactics and conspires to instead take over the world by investing in Starbucks.<p>Nineteen years later, it’s not quite so funny. Starbucks bills itself as “a third place between work and home.” …

Cities Struggle to Contain Curbside Congestion

Some of the most sought-after real estate in cities may end up being the space next to a curb. Thanks to online shopping, curbsides in dense urban …

Government Technology

The Circle of Human Concern

What Do 100 Urban Autonomous Vehicle Pilots Tell Us About the Driverless Future?

Despite the setbacks of the last few weeks, there’s actually a lot of good news out there in the world of autonomous vehicle testing.<p>Over the last …

Uber wants to be public transportation, and I have some serious concerns

Public transit that isn’t public<p>Last night, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi gave some of his most expansive comments to date since taking the reins seven months ago concerning his vision for the company. Among them, he said he wanted Uber to expand its imprint on public transportation, which should …

Don't Just Rebuild the Collapsed Pedestrian Bridge in Miami

Instead, a pair of local street planners propose redesigning the street below.<p>It’s been three weeks since a pedestrian bridge that had been billed as ”an engineering feat” collapsed over a busy Southwest Eighth Street in a Miami suburb, killing six motorists. So far, there are still more questions …

Urban Design

Electric scooter permits will be required in San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to approve the ordinance that looks to regulate electric scooters in San Francisco. The ordinance seeks to establish regulation and a permitting process that would enable the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or Department …