Learning from early adopters in smart mobility: ID your city’s unique needs, be bold, focus on broad scale deployment

25 Sept 2017 Smart Cities Dive, Excerpt Getting started with lessons learned from early adopters Lesson 1: Identify your city’s unique needs Different cities, states and local municipalities will have different needs and goals when it comes to digitizing their transportation systems. Therefore, no one approach can be considered a panacea for all cities. For example, cities that only became …

100% Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum – sessions, outcomes, final report

Leaders in the 100% renewable energy in cities movement along with vanguard city officials, implementers, researchers, and other organizations that are advancing urban energy solutions around the world came together in over three dozen workshops, plenary sessions, site visits, and other activities.  Below please find links to the outcomes of Global Learning Forum 2017.  The Final Report synthesizes ideas and themes heard during …

Land Use levers to prevent increased pollution and sprawl with mobility on demand

Excerpt from Giovanni Circella et al., UC-Davis The most important policy levers to mitigate against more sprawl and environmental damage will be pricing. There are several types of effective pricing mechanisms that are recommended: Pricing mobility: Pricing travel by VMT, vehicle size and incentivizing increased vehicle occupancy, while strongly dis-incentivizing zero occupancy trips will send the necessary signals that use of …

Uber Movement

StateScoop – Platform Needs Some Work Before Government Can Get Excited – excerpt Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge had when reviewing Uber Movement, the ride hailing company’s first attempt at an open data platform to help transportation planners and researchers: Uber’s new website, launched last month, presents visitors with a map to compare trip times between different sections of cities and do comparisons to see …

2017/18 Drive Clean Seattle Implementation Actions and Categories

2017/18 Drive Clean Seattle Implementation:  Strategy Action Smart Cities: Leverage technology to advance the goals of a shared, clean and equitable transportation system. Advance electric shared mobility at Shared Mobility Hubs by developing infrastructure implementation roadmap for Shared Mobility Hubs. Develop a policy framework for autonomous vehicles to encourage investment in electric vehicle technologies and shared mobility. Race and Social Justice: Maximize …

How Benchmarking Data Can Help Cities Meet Climate Goals

By Amy Egerter, RMI September 12, 2017   Cities have set aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets over the past few years. One of the most aggressive is Fort Collins, Colorado, which is targeting up to an 80 percent reduction by 2030, with interim benchmarks along the way. As deadlines draw nearer and the climate risks to urban centers grow, city leaders are …

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

24 July 2017. By John Farrell The content that follows was originally published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance  If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state …

When it is easy to drive, people jump in cars. When biking is better and faster, they’ll bike

Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) Transportation / Bikes September 21, 2017 © Carlton Reid/ empty bike lane under roundabout in Stevenage, UK  Chris Drew @chrisjamesdrew First time using the new Woodbine #biketo lanes. Thanks for supporting them @mary_margaret32! So much safer. cc @EMcMahonBurl #TOpoli 5:38 PM – Sep 18, 2017 · Toronto, Ontario But when it is slow and inconvenient to drive, even cranky right wing columnists turn to bikes. Where I live in Toronto, …

Maybe cities are the future of suburbs – apartments going up where there is space

Any place can become urban if enough people move in. By Noah Smith, Bloomberg, 11 Sep 2017 Urban or suburban?  Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images I recently had a discussion with my Bloomberg View colleagues Conor Sen and Justin Fox about whether cities or suburbs are the future in the U.S. This turns out to be a very popular and contentious topic. Richard Florida, the noted …