When smart-city programs aren’t designed to correct social inequality, they end up furthering it. We need our platforms to be real democracies.

The technology that brought us Airbnb and Uber can do so much more.  From Grist.com, By Amelia Urry, 7 April 2017 There’s a problem with the sharing economy, says Julian Agyeman, an urban studies and environmental policy scholar at Tufts University. “While useful in some ways,” he says, “the concept of a ‘sharing economy’ limits this very human value — sharing — …

Transit ridership falling everywhere except cities with redesigned bus networks; CityLab says: stop asking whether Uber and Lyft are the enemy

Seattle offers protected bikeways.  Houston launched a totally redesigned bus network in 2015. The new system is designed to increase access to bus service that arrives at least every 15 minutes, as well as expand service on weekends and evenings. According to the FTA data, bus ridership in Houston grew 3.3 percent year over year. Seattle was one of the few …

Cities outgrowing the automobile: Sharing is the new paradigm. Tomorrow, you will judge a city according to what it is adding to sharing. The more that we have people sharing transportation modes, public space, information and new services, the more attractive the city will be

By Stephen Moss, excerpt from The Guardian 28 April 2015 Lyon, France Vesco, the politician responsible for sustainable transport in Lyon, played a leading role in introducing the city’s Vélo’v bike-sharing scheme a decade ago. It has since been replicated in cities all over the world. Now, though, he is convinced that digital technology has changed the rules of the game, …

Highlights from Driverless Car Revolution: Buy Mobility, Not Metal by Rutt Bridges

Driverless Car Revolution: Buy Mobility, Not Metal by Rutt Bridges Driverless cars, summoned using a smartphone app and arriving in 5 minutes or less, will change how we live. They will cost about 39 cents a mile for a two-passenger vehicle, a fraction of what it costs to own, insure, maintain and operate a personal vehicle. By requesting a rideshare from …

These new apartments come with a shared car

By Ben SCHILLER 01.11.17 on FastCoExist.com On-demand mobility changes the game for developers trying to meet outdated parking requirements on their new buildings. Like many high-end New York apartment buildings, the new Solaire development in Lower Manhattan offers complementary access to a full gym and a 24-hour concierge. What’s different about its amenities is in the parking lot: Residents can avail themselves of …

City unveils car-share program as a cure for Tel Aviv traffic

January 17, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff In Tel Aviv, heavy traffic and a lack of parking can add hours to commutes. Now, the city municipality has taken a small step toward alleviating the road congestion with a new car-share program that will begin in the fall. Drivers will be able to rent from a fleet of 260 automatic Hyundai cars …