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New York’s new discounted bike share is the next step toward equity

As New York City rolls out a plan to offer $5 monthly Citi Bike memberships to SNAP recipients, it should also ensure that low-income residents have easy access to bikeshare stations and safe, quality infrastructure.<p>When bike share programs first rolled out in cities a decade ago, the expectations …

New York City

CityLab Daily: Inclusionary Zoning: What Is It, and How Does It Work?

Also: Dockless bikesharing in New York’s transit-hungry fringes, and cities’ vertical economy.<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>Summer school:</b> If you’re an avid urbanist, the odds are …

Zoning

The Sensory City Philosopher

Architect, engineer, and inventor Carlo Ratti envisions a future for urban design that's interactive.<p>If you ever have two hours to kill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, skip the museums and take a seat looking onto the sidewalk. Listen for laughter and plans being hatched; watch for lots of texting and …

Smart Cities

How Helsinki Arrived at the Future of Urban Travel First

Harri Nieminen decided it was time to replace his car with an app.<p>He had owned a car in Helsinki for the past nine years but recently found he’d lost …

Carsharing

What Can Dockless Bikes Tell Us About Cities?

By Enrique Gili<p>This past spring, clusters of brightly colored dockless shared bikes (DSBs) began to proliferate on San Diego's city sidewalks like …

Urban Design

New Chicago Bike Map Highlights Most ‘Mellow’ Routes

When biking through Chicago, the fastest route from point A to point B isn’t always the safest – or the most relaxing.<p>Take, for example, Milwaukee …

USDOT

Lyft buys the company behind CitiBike, announces Lyft Bikes

Just as we expected, Lyft is moving beyond cars and into the world of bike sharing with its next big acquisition. The company announced this morning that it has bought Motivate, the firm behind NYC's CitiBike and Chicago's Divvy. It'll be rebadged as Lyft Bikes, while portions of Motivate will …

Lyft

Netherlands to pay people to get out of their cars and on to bikes

<b>But they are also paying to build better yet more bike infrastructure.</b><p>Getting people out of cars and on to bikes is hard in North America where the …

Bike Lanes

'Bike Montco' initiative envisions 800 miles of new bike paths in suburbia

"Bike Montco" would retrofit roads to include bike paths, connecting them to existing infrastructure for cyclists.

Urban Design

Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, 125 mostly white, mostly male, business-card-bearing attendees crowded into a brightly lit ballroom to consider …

Urban Design

How did Seattle’s bike-share pilot go?

Dockless bike-share saw diverse ridership in 2017—with some exceptions—and very few accidents<p>This month, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) presented the first six months of data for Seattle’s experiment with dockless bike shares, which started about a year ago. The major takeaways: …

Bike Lanes

Tomorrow's Cities: Will the bike become an urban must-have?

<b>Cities around the world are turning to the bicycle to help solve congestion and pollution issues, as urbanisation increasingly puts pressure on traditional infrastructure.</b><p>Fifteen years ago there were just four bike-sharing schemes in cities around the world, but now there are close to 1,000.<p>Most …

Hyde Park

How bike-share companies protect their fleet against vandalism, abuse

It can be tough out there as a bicycle in a bike-share fleet, endlessly unlocked via an app, pedaled around and then left behind before the whole …

Do bike lanes alongside car traffic scare you? New “Bike Streets” map offers easier-riding alternatives

Denver has quickly expanded its official bike network in recent years with painted bike lanes, including more miles that offer some kind of buffer or …

An App To Bike The Safest Path

IRA FLATOW: And now it’s time to check in on the state of science.<p>SPEAKER 2: This is [INAUDIBLE]–<p>SPEAKER 3: For WWNO–<p>SPEAKER 4: St. Louis public …

HUBWAY’S LOW-INCOME PROGRAM GOES REGIONAL

<i>Photo by Chris Faraone</i><p>As the bike-sharing industry becomes a multibillion-dollar race across the country, cycling options for Bostonians are getting …

This could well be the most advanced kids’ bike ever made

We've charted some impressive innovation in the two-wheeled world of transportation, the latest electric folding bikes, most technologically advanced …

The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike

What’s the shiniest, most exciting new technology for transportation? Well, there are plenty of candidates! We’ve got the self-­driving car and …

San Francisco

How Bike-Friendly Is Your City?

A new system rates cities for cycling—and how committed they are to improving<p>Cyclists have a new tool to evaluate how well their communities support cycling, and some of the top performers might surprise you.<p>The advocacy group People for Bikes on Thursday unveiled its new City Ratings initiative, a …

Want a more equitable city? Try food-oriented design

The way to a stronger city is through its stomach<p>Cities rely on a familiar toolkit to become stronger, healthier, and more livable: expand transportation, create public space, add jobs, construct housing.<p>While these strategies have been proven to work, they also fuel inequality and displacement; …

How to Kill a Bike Lane

In cities nationwide, efforts to redesign streets for bikes and pedestrians can face stiff resistance.<p>On a rainy March evening in Pasadena, California, about 350 people packed the auditorium of Pasadena City College for a standing-room-only public meeting. The issue of the hour: Reducing the number …

Behavior-Based Design Solutions: How Simple Changes to a Bicycle Crossing Improved Efficiency

Good design takes people's natural behavior into account, rather than forcing unnatural solutions on them. In this example from Amsterdam, we see the …

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 …

Bicycle Urbanism by Design

<i>Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from</i> <b>Copenhagenize,</b><i> by Mikael Colville-Andersen. The book argues for designing “life-sized cities” that</i> …

Electric scooters are invading. Bird's CEO leads the charge

San Francisco has had enough of the mantra 'move fast and break things.'<p>San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera<p>It's kind of like a game of Pokemon Go for them, where they go around and try to find and gobble up as many Birds as they can.<p>Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden<p>Anytime there's new innovation …

San Francisco

Pollutionwatch: bicycles take over City of London rush hour

City workers are swapping their pinstripe suits for cycle helmets and hi-vis jackets. Since 1999, total traffic in the City of London has fallen by 40% and bicycles are now the dominant vehicle during the rush hour.<p>This is good news for air pollution in an area that breaches EU limit values for …

Commuting

Mikael Colville-Andersen writes the definitive guide to global bicycle urbanism

<b>We are not talking about bikes here, we are talking about cities.</b><p>My first interaction with Mikael Colville-Andersen was inauspicious, in which he …

How The Humble Bicycle Can Save Our Cities

Copenhagenize offers a blueprint for how cities can welcome the bicycle–and all the positive outcomes that being a biking-centric city brings.<p>Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people …

Welcome to Zucktown. Where Everything Is Just Zucky.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — John Tenanes, Facebook’s vice president for real estate, is showing off the company’s plans for expansion. It will have offices for thousands of programmers to extend Facebook’s fearsome reach. But that is not what Mr. Tenanes is excited about.<p>He leans over a scale model of the …

Silicon Valley

Inside Google’s plan to build a smart neighborhood in Toronto

On the Sidewalk Labs website is a 200-page document explaining its vision for a smart neighborhood in Toronto. It's packed with illustrations that show a warm, idyllic community full of grassy parks, modular buildings and underground tunnels with delivery robots and internet cabling inside. The …