E-Micromobility: A Clear Solution For Cleaner Air

October 12th, 2019 by Guest Contributor on Clean Technica By Michael Keating, President and Founder of Scoot Californians love to be outside. But even on a clear, sunny day, we know that the air we are breathing isn’t as clean and clear as it looks, especially in our increasingly congested and crowded cities. Air quality is a complex topic that is affected by the weather, …

Rainforest being cut down at the rate of 1 acre per second, and response

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/14/the-musks-embrace-the-challenge-of-climate-change/ – excerpt below The rainforest was being cut down at the rate of 1 acre per second. That really hit me. Every second going by was another acre of rainforest lost! The complex ecology of a rainforest is too much for this short article, but it would take 150 to 200 years for a rainforest to regenerate if it …

How Will the Growing Popularity of Telecommuting Impact Public Transit?

With more people working remotely, some experts speculate that transportation systems could feel the effects.BY MIKE MACIAG, GOVERNING / NOVEMBER 1, 2017 SHUTTERSTOCK Americans haven’t really altered their commuting habits all that much recently, at least not nationally. The Census Bureau’s latest estimates find that the vast majority of workers — 76 percent — drove alone to work last year, the same …

Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity

Researchers found that investing in 16 low-carbon measures in cities could cut global urban emissions by 90% by 2050 and has a net present value of almost $24 trillion, equivalent to nearly one-third of the global GDP in 2018. This means that between now and 2050, the total benefits of these investments will exceed their total costs by almost $24 …

Minneapolis recently launched the city’s first “mobility hubs,”

Minneapolis recently launched the city’s first “mobility hubs,” spaces where citizens can access transit and other forms of non-vehicular transportation such as shared bikes and e-scooters. The hubs are intended to increase convenient access to low- or no-carbon transportation options, especially first mile/last mile options, which could cut down on automobile trips. The hubs include a bus stop, bench, designated bike-share and e-scooter parking …

About 24 percent of employed people worked at least part of the time at home last year. 30 percent of home shoppers worked at home 1 to 4 days a week; 13 percent worked at home full time.

By Lisa Prevost, NYTimes, Sept. 20, 2019, How Telecommuting Has Changed Real Estate As wireless technology changes how and where people do their jobs, giving many the freedom to work remotely at least part of the time, so too is it changing their thinking about real estate. Remote workers still represent a minority of the work force. According to the Bureau of …

How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try. Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation by 11 percent

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, USA, Nov 18, 2015,  31 A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent. The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, …

Denver’s 2020 budget will fund just five miles of new sidewalks out of more than 2,000 miles that are missing or sub-standard

Streetsblog Denver, Sept 2019 The Denver Streets Partnership told members of the council that mobility funding within Hancock’s $1.49 billion proposed budget is so paltry that it would take 400 years to build out a complete sidewalk network.  “Mayor Hancock’s proposed 2020 budget will fund just five miles of new sidewalks out of more than 2,000 miles that are missing …

Micromobility could replace 48% of car trips in 10 US cities

By Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities Dive, Sept. 9, 2019 Honolulu, New Orleans and Nashville, TN are the top U.S. cities that could benefit the most from micromobility solutions, according to a new report from INRIX. The group analyzed more than 50 million car trips and found that 48% of trips in the most congested U.S. metro areas are under three miles. If …

National League of Cities urges cities to consider congestion charging systems

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new guide that encourages cities to consider congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic and improve quality of life for residents. Congestion pricing is a type of road-user charge system in which a flat or variable rate fee is charged to vehicles that drive in a specified area …