New strategies for transportation: Data as a Service, Mobility/Transportation as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

New digital technology offers new opportunities for smart and emission-free mobility that saves energy, emissions, space, time and money. Creating more efficient flow of people and goods emission-free in city and what business models and policy tools we need for large-scale deployment of intelligent mobility? The DOT must position itself as a platform for mobility innovation that supports greater mode options …

This summer LA DOT launched carsharing for low income community

Shared Use Mobility Center, June 2017 In June Los Angeles officials cut the ribbon on a 5-car demonstration site as part of the kick-off for “BlueLA,” a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities.  BlueLA – which will scale to 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and 200 charge points at 40 …

How communities around the world are challenging mainstream energy systems

Community energy is a global phenomenon. These initiatives to supplying a local community with its renewable energy flourish all around the world. Here is the example of Pingala in Sydney, Australia.  ©Pingala 2016 — Pingala’s launch event was an equity crowd-funding event with an ac dual crowd! Community energy is a global phenomenon. Wherever we find people, we tend to find communities stepping …

Are Barcelona’s superblocks a radical challenge to the neoliberal city?

This post by Massimo Paolini was originally published on perspectivasanomalas.org Combining nine of the blocks proposed by Ildefons Cerdà in the 1859 plan (very different from those realised) they are meant to reduce car traffic in the streets and squares inside the superblock’s perimeter, confining it to the perimetral streets, in order to create a solution for the serious problems deriving from pollution, …

Co-Creating Policy, re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up

Sometimes it isn’t enough to change the way you play. Sometimes you have to change the game itself, and the Localist movement is re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up. By drafting, advocating for and implementing policy, a broad cross-section of entrepreneurs, policymakers, economic development professionals and community members are transforming the legal structures that undergird …

Measuring transportation performance for diverse users

By Todd Litman, on Planetizen, 13 July 2017 To be efficient and fair, a transportation system must serve diverse demands, including the needs of people who for any reason cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive. For example, it is inefficient if inadequate sidewalks and paths force parents to chauffeur children to local destinations to which they would rather …

City trees suffer from not getting enough sleep

CC BY 2.0 Max Pixel Streetlights and other city circumstances lead to poor health and prevent urban trees from being all that they can be. From the “Trees, They’re Just Like Us!” department, my favorite forester has weighed in on an issue I have long suspected: Urban trees, like much of the natural world, have a hard time when the …

Energy as a common good

Mayors across the country have vowed to deliver on the goals of the Paris climate accord in defiance of President Trump’s decision to back out. But how can they, realistically, when the national government is questioning climate science and promoting coal, fracking, and pipelines? “When a local economy is dominated by enterprises that work to extract value for Wall Street …

Fab City Prototypes  – Designing and making for the real world

An article by Tomas Diez, originally published at Medium, June 2017 “The proposal did not get through the second phase due to the ‘lack of impact and concretion’. We believe that this project needs to happen, and we will make it happen. Introduction: There is a pressing need to reimagine cities and how they operate in order to respond to …

Can an App Increase Carpooling? Contra Costa Agency’s Partnership with Scoop Aims To Find Out: Transportation agency will pay $2 per ride to sponsor residents who use the ride-finder application

Theo Douglas is a staff writer for Government Technology, 26 May 2017 Contra Costa County, Calif., hasn’t found a resolution yet to the workweek gridlock that snarls highway traffic across the Bay Area, but one of its public agencies is in the early stages of another pilot aimed at convincing commuters to become part of a potential solution. On Monday, …