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CityLab Daily: Bikeshare Beware

Also today: A portrait of Parkland, Florida, and Seattle is winning the war on the car commute.<p><b>A portrait of Parkland:</b> Before Wednesday’s shooting, some families who moved to the Florida suburb looking for safe neighborhoods and top-notch schools considered it “paradise.” CityLab Latino’s Juan …

Housing

Can There Be Equity In The Bike Lane?

By Teresa Wiltz<p>Bike sharing may be the ultimate symbol of gentrification, the province of avocado-toast loving, espresso-swilling — and mostly white — millennials.<p>But some cities are taking measures to combat that, by making it easier for low-income riders and those without a credit card or …

Bike Lanes

How Google's Sidewalk Labs has outmaneuvered Toronto in its bid to build a "smart city"

Alphabet division Sidewalk Labs (a sister company to Google) is poised to spend $50,000,000 to redevelop a piece of Toronto waterfront called …

Urban Design

I'm a New Yorker who visited Copenhagen for the first time — and I was shocked by how different the city's transportation is

There are plenty of reasons for an American traveler to add Copenhagen to her European itinerary. The city boasts fairytale-esque architectural beauty and world-renowned Nordic and global cuisine. It's the "free city" of Christiania, complete with legal weed and '60s boho vibes.<p>But what struck me …

Copenhagen

Why transit nerds are so jealous of Seattle

The city’s tweeting traffic engineer explains how small changes to streets are adding up to big improvements<p>The first thing you might consider after looking at the Twitter feed of Seattle’s chief traffic engineer Dongho Chang is that he may possibly be two, or three, or even four people.<p>It does not …

Urban Design

Bike brand tries to track down one customer’s stolen bike; accidentally exposes international bike theft operation

<b>Dutch brand Vanmoof stumbles across huge warehouse of stolen bikes in Morocco</b><p>Dutch bike brand Vanmoof might be unique in offering to track down …

Identity Theft

Cyclists face ban from A-road as groups warn decision would set 'extremely dangerous precedent'

Cyclists face being banned from an A-road as lobby groups fear that the decision will spread further across the country.<p>Proposals by Highways England to ban cyclists from a stretch of the A63 near Hull have led to dismay among cycling groups, who say the plan could "set an extremely dangerous …

Cycling

Bike-sharing startup Spin is getting into scooter-sharing

Because there are not enough ways to get around major cities and campuses, Spin is working to launch stationless electric scooter-sharing. These aren’t the electric scooters you see in San Francisco, operated by Scoot Networks. These are essentially electrified Razor-like scooters that can go up to …

San Mateo County

The case against sidewalks

And how cities can create new avenues for pedestrians<p>On a fall Saturday at Panorama High School, deep in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, an arborist fields questions about which street trees produce the most shade with the least amount of water. A rep from a local street furniture vendor …

Urban Design

Australian cities are far from being meccas for walking and cycling

Australian city planners are seeking ways to make cities better for walking and cycling.<p>Walkability and cyclability are attractive and “green” urban …

Australia

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has a plan to bring order to the mobility chaos in our cities

Coord is a new cloud-based platform for on-demand transportation companies<p>Once upon a time, a person who wanted to get across town had only a handful of options: car, bus, subway, or walking. Today, there are dozens of ways to get from point A to point B, and not all of them equal (or equally …

Smart Cities

How to Design Cities for Children

A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind.<p>There’s a device called the Mosquito that emits an annoying sound at a very high frequency—so high that only young people can hear it. It’s marketed by its manufacturers as a means of …

Urban Design

What Amazon Does to Poor Cities

The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.<p>SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—This community was still reeling from the recession in 2012 when it got a piece of what seemed like good news. Amazon, the global internet retailer, was opening a massive …

San Bernardino

Uber tests dockless bike-sharing option

Uber today announced it’s joining the bike sharing game as part of a partnership with JUMP bikes. Users will soon be able to find nearby electric bikes and rent them for a while. It’s one of those features which could be described as “like Uber, but for bikes” only this time it’s actually …

Cycling

Why cyclists should keep their cool in the face of dangerous driving

Anger is often the first response to a near miss on the road but there are better ways to hold drivers to account<p>Not long ago, while riding down Archway Road in north London, I confronted a truck driver who pulled out without warning. The road is a long steep hill where bikes and cars gather decent …

Cycling

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities<p>Latest: Strava suggests military users ‘opt out’ of heatmap as row deepens<p>Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a …

Falkland Islands

More Bike Lanes Could Save up to 10,000 Lives a Year in Europe

A study of 167 European cities lays out the positive effects—and limits—of investing in more cycling infrastructure.<p>European cities could reap huge rewards for building out their cycling infrastructure, but perhaps no incentive is as important as this: By expanding bike networks, they could prevent …

Cities

What People Mean When They Call Dockless Bikeshare a 'Nuisance'

In Washington, D.C., some residents are not enthusiastic about the free-range rent-a-bikes.<p>Washington, D.C., is now four months into its dockless bikeshare experiment, which extends through April. This is long enough for the meddlesome neighborly gripes of D.C. residents who object to these …

Urban Design

Why Walkable Streets are More Economically Productive

What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the …

Urban Design

This urban design tool helps planners understand the entire street network

A new program prototype by Remix lets designers play SimCity at street level<p>For planners and transportation officials, the road to transit improvements often hits speed bumps when it comes to data sharing and visualizations. A new online tool wants to solve those misunderstandings with a shared …

Urbanism

Cyclists Hate Scooters, So Amsterdam Is Banning Them From Bike Lanes

Amsterdam says scooters are causing too many accidents.<p>Scooters: They’re too slow for the road and too fast for the bike path. They’re the bane of most cyclists’ existence, for both rational reasons (safety) and extremely irrational ones (that goddamn annoying horn).<p>Still, in theory, scooters are …

Bike Lanes

Berlin's Upcoming Bike Revolution

A new law could see the city’s cycling infrastructure completely transformed.<p><b>When</b> Berlin<b>unveiled its</b> plans <b>last week</b> to become a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly city, <b>it was almost immediately hailed as</b> a revolution. <b>Assembled</b> by the Green Party (part of the city’s ruling coalition), <b>the draft of a</b> …

In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun.

<i>The vast majority of Americans who commute to work do so by car, and many policymakers in America’s towns and cities are trying to change this by</i> …

VeloCity wins ideas competition for development of Oxford and Cambridge region

An all-female team has won a contest seeking ideas for how the UK government could instigate growth in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford corridor, …

E-bikes: time to saddle up with low-cost energy and no sweat?

E-bikes are well-established in some EU countries, but how about the UK? Old-school cyclist Peter Kimpton tries a new model to see if he’d be tempted to swap<p>“E-bikes are fantastic. I use them all the time. You can take the kids up mountains. You can arrive in your good clothes at a meeting. It’s so …

An idiot’s guide to futuristic smart cities under development

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what<p>Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been obsessing about in films for years.<p>Smart city …

The Social Network That Helps Planners Understand Pedestrians and Cyclists

Long neglected in transportation planning, popular jogging and biking routes are getting more attention thanks to new data collected by Strava.<p>Pedestrians and cyclists are notoriously difficult for transportation planners to count and map. This is beginning to change, though—not because of some …

How pedestrians and cyclists are changing the face of Toronto: Hume

Cities are their streets. Great cities are those with great streets. Other things matter, of course — parks, buildings, transit — but it's streets …

Even Air Pollution Can't Hide from Google's Street View Cars

These are some of the most detailed maps of air pollution yet.<p>Filed Under Cars, Cities, Data, Health, Internet of Things & Maps<p>The revolution will …

Are bikes lanes bad for business?

To bike lane or not to bike lane?<p>In the San Diego region, residents and small-business owners pile into public meetings whenever government officials …