What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

San Diego begins to tap city’s vast solar parking lot potential

January 18th, 2019 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica San Diego has an untapped 500 megawatt solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition. The San Diego Solar Siting Survey identified 120 sites that could host 1 megawatt (MW) of solar, and suggested the number of host …

Latest from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

“The Best Tool for Reducing Traffic Deaths? More Transit!” (https://bit.ly/2QgB6yZ ). This StreetBlog column uses research from the report, “A Hidden Traffic Safety Solution” (https://bit.ly/2DS23z6 ). “A New Traffic Safety Paradigm” (www.vtpi.org/ntsp.pdf ), provides additional information on the traffic safety benefits of more multimodal transport planning. “Why the Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings Matters” (https://bit.ly/2E9B455 ), by Alex Wilson and Paula Melton. …

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 …