A crown jewel of bikeways

By Julie Caniglia, in Public Roads, Nov-Dec 2016 A unique sunken railway in Minneapolis had degenerated into an urban dumping ground. Now the Midtown Greenway is the superstar of the city’s bicycle network. Here’s how it happened. The Sabo Bridge, shown here, is one of 28 connection points along the Midtown Greenway, a well-developed pedestrian and bicycling network in Minneapolis. …

E-bike parcel delivery has US debut in Portland, with UPS

December 9, 2016 cross-posted from Modern City In an effort to help solve the ever-evolving demands of urban logistics, UPS asks ‘what can Brown deliver to you, on a fixie?’ UPS has debuted the first eBike parcel delivery service in the United States. This new electrically-assisted tricycle began delivering packages in  Portland, Ore., on November 21. As UPS continues to …

Mayor: “It’s a matter of seeing the car as a 10m² of private space, ‘squatting’ in public thoroughfares.”

An interview with Grenoble Mayor Eric Piolle by Rosalie Salaün. This post is part of a series on articles on the Commons sourced from the Green European Journal Editorial Board. These were published as part of Volume 14 “Finding Common Ground”: Rosalie Salaün: What links do you see between the commons and the participative politics that you are conducting in public …

Community-based social marketing attempts to uncover barriers to action and behavior change, produce “social norming”

Cross-posted from The Mobility Lab, 5 Dec 2016 One of the fundamental concepts of behavior change, also known as community-based social marketing, or CBSM, is to acknowledge an individual’s self-perception and to uncover the barrier that causes someone to take a certain course of action, like driving alone. CBSM requires strategies to be built, piloted and implemented. However, most short-term …

Nearly $1 billion for bike projects promised by London Mayor

By JEN KINNEY | December 5, 2016 cross-posted from Next City After criticism that he has not been as forceful in promoting bike infrastructure as his predecessor Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to spend £770 million ($980 million U.S.) on cycling initiatives over the course of his term, reports the Guardian. Saying he wants to make biking …

How Vancover hit a 50% walk, bike, transit target 5 years ahead of schedule

Highlights 24% of the bike routes/network are protected, usable by people of all ages Vancouver shifted the planning for cycling from recreational and sport cycling to cycling for everything — now 10% of commuting Protected bike paths for all ages enables kids to bike and prepare for cycling from a young age There are not just many choices (e.g., carsharing, …

Five cities show the future of walkability

By Priscila Pacheco    April 20, 2015   The City Fix  Pedestrian-only zones, well-maintained sidewalks, and good traffic signage are important for strengthening a city’s walkability, as shown here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on …

Bicyclists entering city center now exceed cars, in Copenhagen: consistent effort since the 1970s energy crisis bears fruit

By Cynthia Shahan, Cross-posted from Bikocity Those of us who try to keep abreast of urban planning and clean transportation news are familiar with the benefits of bicycling in terms of pure air, livability, quieter streets and homes, space and resource efficiency, a stable climate, and public life.  We’re also aware that some places are much better than others. Copenhagen is a well …

Strategic action to deliver green, efficient and inclusive transport

Even conferences, academics and government staff are saying it:  action is now the priority. Much has been said, many studies have been launched, and numerous potential pathways have been identified. Now is the time for acting on what can make a difference in improving equitable and sustainable accessibility. This will require bold but straightforward decisions: for instance, if cities want …

City DOT vets and other leaders discuss future of urban transportation

By John Greenfield cross-posted from StreetsBlog Mendoza, Tolson, Klein, Kubly, and Treat at the Shared Use Summit. Photo: Shared-Use Mobilty Center Last week hundreds of civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and academics from across the U.S. convened in our city for the National Shared Mobility Summit, organized by the Chicago-based nonprofit the Shared-Use Mobility Center. This think tank focuses on practices and policies …