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 …

Colorado DOT goal: build a road with a power coil to recharge electric commercial trucks

AASHTO Journal Officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation are considering locations for a new-era infrastructure pilot project – one that could lead to more use of heavy-duty trucks that generate zero emissions of their own because they would be powered by electricity. The idea: Build into a public road a power coil that specially-equipped electric vehicles could draw from …

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 …

Increasing road safety by narrowing lanes

From WRI City Blog For decades, transport engineers and planners have considered wider lanes safer, as they provided higher maneuvering space within the lane and were said to help prevent sideswipes among cars. Yet, in an urban setting, this means cars may go faster, and, when cars go faster, the likelihood of crashes and injuries increases. For example, if a car …

Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City will ban diesel engines by 2025, say mayors: “Today, we stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes ”

Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City will ban diesel engines by 2025, mayors of the four major world cities announced this week. Thus far through the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group — a global initiative that brings cities together to plan and share best practices — thousands of climate actions have taken place. “Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change …

More jobs, more equality among wages, better community life and strength with local businesses

Key Studies: Why Local Matters by the Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Written by Stacy Mitchell The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/key-studies-why-local-matters/  Last update: Jan. 8, 2016 In recent decades, policy across the country has privileged the biggest corporations. Yet a growing body of research is proving something that many citizens already …