Costa Rica’s New President Vows ‘Emancipation’ From Dirty Transport

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president-elect of Costa Rica, plans to continue the country’s extraordinary stewardship of the environment with a pledge to decarbonize its transportation sector. On Sunday, he promised that one day Costa Rica will “celebrate its emancipation from petrol and diesel in the transportation system, replacing them with clean energy,” Climate Change News quoted him saying. “That transformation would be the ‘abolition of the army’ …

Cincinnati and Uber partner on where the service picks riders up or drops them off, a “missing data set for cities”, to design the “curb of the future”

Smart City Dive, 31 Jan 2018 Uber announced a new long-term partnership with the City of Cincinnati, dubbed the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, to study the impacts of shared mobility on public transit and make the city a “center of innovation.” The multi-year commitment will include: addressing the growing demand for curb space; rolling out Uber Movement to leverage city data for research and analysis; launching …

Regulating bike-sharing: ensuring bikes returned to racks or near curb, standing up

Chinese Cities Aim to Rein in Bike-Sharing Boom by Hui Jiang – January 12, 2018, WRI.org   Dozens of bike-share operators have emerged in Chinese cities. Photo by LADOT Bike Blog/Flickr China’s cities are drowning in bicycles. Dozens of “dockless” bike-sharing startups have emerged in the past few years, offering apps where riders can locate bicycles, unlock them and leave them wherever their ride ends. …

Start charging (more) to park on public streets. Trend of ending minimum parking requirements for garages in new apartment and condo buildings “within one-half mile of public transit” in cities that have failed to meet housing targets is underway

By Michael Andersen, and Tony Jordan – November 20, 2017 on Mobility Lab blog 4 Congratulations, California city leaders.Your state legislators recently spared you the pain and trouble of taking the first step in a crucial political fight against unnecessary and even socially irresponsible parking requirements. However, trouble lies ahead if you, as city officials, don’t take the important second step of guiding smarter …

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

By Paul Mackie – July 19, 2017 on Mobility Lab – top posts from 2017 When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. …

Why downtown parking garages may be headed for extinction

 12 Dec 2017, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stateline Brandywine Realty Trust’s FMC Tower near 30th Street Station was developed to include a 1-acre public park 90-feet above street level on top of a parking garage. by Mindy Fetterman, STATELINE For decades, providing downtown parking was a top priority for urban planners. Huge parking garages for commuters’ cars occupied prime real estate that otherwise …

Evolution in folding bikes could help parking issues

www.youtube.com World’s Lightest Folding Bike Weighs Only 15 Pounds  The world’s lightest folding bike is here. The Hummingbird Bike Company has put its ultra-light, carbon fiber bike into production following a successful 2015 Kickstarter campaign. The two-wheeler weighs only 15 pounds. According to the London startup, the bike features a unique folding mechanism where “the rear triangle pivots around the bottom bracket, so the chain tension …

700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking

August 7th, 2017, By Chris McCahill, SSTI, 700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking A new study finds that garage parking costs the average renter an additional $1,700 per year (17 percent) nationwide. For the average carless renter, the extra cost of unused parking is $621 per year (13 percent). That amounts to $440 million in losses across …