Selling the vision for transit and pooling

Car companies sell a dream, where cars literally represent the American dream. In these ads, the car itself is freedom. It allows you to find your true self, your dream self where you drive fast, you go into the mountains and nothing stands between you and panoramic vistas. In the city version of your car-commercial-dream-self, you skid around corners on empty streets …

ZipCar flex saves 54% over Uber/Lyft in London and eliminates extra driving/empty miles

Car Sharing Goes Up a Gear in London With Expansion of Zipcar Flex: As private car ownership continues to drop in London, car sharing is taking off LONDON, Jan. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, announced that Zipcar Flex, the Company’s ‘floating’ car sharing service is now available to nearly 3.5m Londoners*. Zipcar Flex allows members to …

Data, visioning, inclusivity, and infrastructure expansion trends

3 Jan 2018, 6 trends that will define smart cities in 2018 by Katie Pyzyk in Smart Cities Dive A new year tends to be a time for renewal in many aspects, with a particular focus on improvement. Whether resolutions involve kicking old habits or beginning a new activity, the changes usually all come back to advancement. The same holds true in the …

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

By Howard Jennings – May 30, 2017 Mobility Lab 7 The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system.They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin to …

Can Car-Sharing Culture Help Fuel an Electric Vehicle Revolution? As Zipcar, Uber and other car- and ride-sharing programs add more EVs, they’re pushing cities to expand charging infrastructure and convincing users to go electri

By Lyndsey Gilpin, Inside Climate News, 7 Dec 2017  Europe’s car-sharing programs have been shifting to electric vehicles; Paris’s programs have over 1,100 stations and 4,000 self-service electric cars. In the U.S., the slow spread of charging infrastructure has been an obstacle. Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images Twenty Nissan Leafs are scattered at electric charging stations across Chattanooga, Tennessee. At first …

Better Bikeshare: Q&A: Seattle’s private bike shares are affordable. Does that make them equitable?

Post by Stefani Cox, BetterBikeShare.org, and Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes. Welcome back to our series investigating Seattle’s new dockless bike share systems through interviews with on-the-ground practitioners. We talked with Tom Fucoloro to understand how he views the newest form of bike share in the city. Fucoloro is the founder and editor of Seattle Bike Blog, an independent news source that seeks to get more Seattle …

Why SUMC Supports Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities

By Tim Frisbie October 27, 2017 News Shared mobility has the potential to deliver transformative benefits for cities and regions, from reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips to lessening household transportation costs and opening up access to jobs and opportunity. However, these benefits are only truly possible if new and emerging modes of transportation work for everyone. Proactive leadership is needed, now more than ever, …

City resolution on preparing for shared, autonomous, electric vehicles

Generic version adapted from one model.  Also see this 2017 guide on Writing Effective Resolutions Preparing for the New Mobility WHEREAS, the City is recognized as an innovative, pioneering, and technologically savvy Smart City, that is creative, compassionate, and economically vibrant; and WHEREAS, the City is challenged with increasing congestion associated with its growing population, leading to increasing vehicle miles traveled, longer …

Car-sharing services is expected to increase almost threefold from roughly 6m in 2017 to almost 18m by 2025, with the US expected to have 10m

The Telegraph, Business, October 2017 According to the research firm Frost & Sullivan, the number of members using car-sharing services is expected to increase almost threefold from roughly 6m in 2017 to almost 18m by 2025, with the US expected to have the lion’s share of these at 10m. Niranjan Thiyagarajan, senior consultant at Monitor Deloitte, said the rise of …

EV carsharing companies to watch, also research on Uber/Lyft affect on transit and auto use

Recent research on the risks of TNCs to transit, congestion, and GHG increase cited on NYTimes.com Researchers at the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies surveyed 2,000 people about their travel behavior in seven major metro areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and including people who live in their suburbs and those who don’t use these services. Results suggest that ride-hailing …