Large cities may cut emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. Reducing driving is essential

Patrick Sisson at Curbed pointed out recently that some studies have estimated that large global cities could cut their emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. We have to start talking about these solutions and making them part of mainstream environmental policy, Hankins says. Time is running out. “We can’t afford to ignore significant climate mitigation measures just …

Car bans are the future in vehicle clogged cities

“It might feel odd to stroll across a crosswalk and not have the grill of a car, waiting to turn right, breathing on your leg. Vehicles have taken over our streets, so people assume vehicles have the right of way,” said Kaufman. Car bans aren’t just about getting places faster. Urban dwellers don’t have to tolerate car-choked streets where pedestrian …

Minimum business shifts: Science-based targets, climate-related financial disclosures and common info and stakeholder not shareholder orientation

GreenBiz, Jan 22, 2020, excerpt – Fix Capitalism Peter Bakker argued in his earlier “Garbage in, garbage out: systems transformation in a capitalist world” blog that the conversation needs to focus on how to truly accelerate the required transformations. The fix is relatively simple and I would call it the Triangle of Stakeholder Capitalism: Science-Based Targets (SBTs): The SBTs for climate and biodiversity …

City green transport planning: Promote shared-use EVs, create a robust system of multiple efficient modes, & ensure smart, optimized use of public space

Shruti Vaidyanathan, GreenBiz, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Autonomous vehicles could help cities address their climate goals, if they start planning now Cities need to lay the groundwork now for the arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to ensure that AVs contribute to rather than detract from their transportation and climate objectives. An ACEEE toolkit highlights fundamental strategies that cities can pursue and gives …

‘The streets are more alive’: Ghent readers on a car-free city centre

We asked locals in the Belgian city to tell us how things have changed since the shake-up Guardian readers and Rachel Obordom The Guardian, Mon 20 Jan 2020 ‘Teaching my son to cycle has been a fun and relatively stress-free experience’ The city has become a pedestrians and cyclists’ joy, especially for people like me who live in the city centre and …

LA seeking to regulate Uber and Lyft, require electric vehicles and data-sharing

Los Angeles Looks to Require Ride Share Companies to Use Electric Cars. The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles wants to require Uber and Lyft to use electric cars. Mayor Garcetti said: “We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric.” …

Cities worldwide are reimagining their relationship with cars

The New York Times | Somini Sengupta, Nadja Popovich, and Tim Peacock Cities worldwide are reimagining their relationship with cars At a time when most of humanity lives in cities, where do cars belong — especially the old, polluting ones that make city air foul for people to breathe? That question has vexed city officials across the world. Many are …

Five Lessons From Seattle’s Crusade Against Driving: Seattle saw solo commuting drop 8.9 percent between 2010 and 2018, the highest levels in the nation.

By Aaron Short, Nov 25, 2019, StreetsBlog Seattle commuters are putting their faith in transit even as residents in other parts of the state passed a ballot measure earlier this month that could cut billions of dollars in transportation funds. The number of people driving solo to work in Seattle fell from 53 percent in 2010 to only 44 percent in 2018 — …

21st Century Urban Mobility: ID a champion and make the value proposition around why changes in the built environment can help to drive prosperity

In order to decarbonize the urban environment, we must change not only how we get around cities, but also how cities themselves are planned. “There are small changes that cities can make,” he says. “The first thing is a need to identify a champion that is going to really believe in this work. You need to make the value proposition …