Could Barcelona’s plan to push out cars and build superblocks work in the US? A few US citiesmight have the infrastructure and civic will to follow in Barcelona’s footsteps.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Apr 12, 2019 This is part five in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where the author, David Roberts, is …

Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

E-scooters reducing car trips

Portlanders Say No Thank You To Buying Cars When They Have Electric Scooters, Detroit Frowns!  by Nicolas Zart, Clean Technica, February 6th, 2019, excerpt The city of Portland tackled 4 critical objectives a few years ago: 1. Reduce traffic congestion by shifting trips away from private motor vehicle use 2. Prevent fatalities and serious injuries on Portland streets 3. Expand access to opportunities for underserved …

TransitScreen, MobilityData form open transit data platform

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz on Smart Cities Dive Jan. 11, 2019 Washington, DC-based software company TransitScreen and nonprofit MobilityData announced they are collaborating on an open data platform that will share global public transit and mobility information. The partners have acquired TransitFeeds, the mobility data commons that serves 6 million data requests a year, to build the new OpenMobilityData platform. OpenMobilityData will fully integrate with transit …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

VMT reduction with telework doesn’t happen in single worker families (i.e., there’s a base amount of driving for families)

Is working from home really reducing VMT? Posted on November 12th, 2018, SSTI research, TDM, VMT By Saumya Jain Several companies worldwide are now trying various strategies for reducing energy consumption, environmental impacts, overhead costs, etc. One such up and coming strategy involves transportation demand management solutions like teleworking and flexible schedules. With advancement in technology and telecommunications, teleworking is becoming easier for …

Uber has an employee not a contractor relationship according to NY case and a ‘precedential’ victory

The Taxi Workers Alliance believes the decision will be “broadly precedential,” and creates a new “safety net” for a beleaguered workforce. | AP Photo By DANA RUBINSTEIN, Politico.com  07/18/2018 07:01 PM EDT In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three …

Children are an “indicator species” of a healthy downtown

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jun 21, 2017Young families typically leave cities for the suburbs. Here’s how to keep them downtown. Urbanist Brent Toderian explains how Vancouver held onto its families. Elementary school and playground in downtown Vancouver. (Brent Toderian) In North America, we take it for granted: When couples have kids, they move out of the city to the suburbs. The trend has only …

Angelenos spent 102 hours in peak hour traffic on average, last year. Traffic speed in London hasn’t risen in 150 years (was 3.5 mph then and is still)

Americans are driving farther and longer than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For 2017 through September, Americans drove 1.3% more — or 32 billion more miles — than in the same period in 2016.1 That’s equivalent to about 170 round trips between the Earth and the Sun. Other countries are seeing a similar trend.2  Economics are a contributing factor, …