The US didn’t sign a global road safety pact. Now advocates are fighting back

A recent road safety conference in Stockholm seemingly lacked representation from the U.S. federal government. Young advocates were left wondering who is taking charge in eliminating road deaths. Chris Teale@chris_teale, March 24, 2020, Smart Cities Dive  POST The United States turned heads last month with its rejection of a global pledge to eliminate road deaths by 2050. Of 140 countries in attendance …

Climate change: Masculine marketing of utility vehicles linked to rising emissions

22 March 2020, New Zealand Herald, citing New Zealand Medical Journal  Promoting hefty trucks and SUVs as macho status symbols could be linked to climate change, according to a new study about New Zealand’s rising vehicle emissions. The research paper Beasts, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last quarter, found that light utility vehicles were both the heaviest emitters of carbon …

Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Before COVID 36% of people worked remotely at least once a week, up from less than 10% in 2010: Who succeeds in the coronavirus-driven shift to remote work?

Roberto Torres@TorresLuzardo, CIO Dive, March 16, 2020  POST The Remote Playbook is a regular column for people who manage and oversee remote teams. As a remote worker, CIO Dive’s Roberto Torres can help shed light on the issues and trends impacting the management relationship. Want to read more on a topic? Email him directly at rtorres@industrydive.com. Prior to the novel coronavirus …

Micromobility could replace 51% of Chicago car trips: report

Cailin Crowe, March 16, 2020,  POST,  SHARE,  TWEET, Smart Cities Dive Chicago should embrace micromobility, not just e-scooters, according to a new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The report includes scooter policy suggestions for Chicago as the city updates its guidelines following its initial four-month scooter pilot in 2019. The city should invest in micromobility infrastructure that can …

Legal Tools for Achieving Low Traffic Zones

LEGAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING LOW TRAFFIC ZONES (LTZS): NEW SABIN CENTER WHITE PAPER February 10th, 2020 by Amy Turner An increasing number of U.S. cities are seeking to limit the flow of vehicular traffic in designated areas as a means to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions from cars and trucks and to help achieve their municipal climate goals. The creation of …

Concerns Grow Over Implementation of State’s New Climate Rules. Also, can we cut back on vehicle use and pollution?

A poll released on February 20 by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project found that 70 percent of Colorado voters see climate change as a “serious problem,” up from 63 percent in 2016. Similar percentages of respondents told pollsters that they’re concerned about the environmental impacts of oil and gas development and support a transition to 100 percent clean energy. hin …

Converting transportation off fossil fuels

Transportation is ‘climate enemy #1’: report Feb 2020 SmartCitiesDive | Jason Plautz With transportation as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group outlines “achievable” strategies to clean up the sector. ​The “Destination: Zero Carbon” report calls transportation “climate enemy #1” due to oversized …