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 …

Why your next car is a bike

14 Nov 2019, WEF, Carlo RattiDirector, SENSEable City Lab, MIT and Ida Auken, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget)  Predictions for 2030: What if we get things right?Read the seriesMost PopularHow to stay fit in your 60s and beyondJulie Broderick · The Conversation 14 Nov 20193 reasons why Singapore is the smartest city in the worldSharmishta Sivaramakrishnan 14 Nov 2019Alibaba hits …

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 …

Los Angeles Asks Residents to Design Their Own Parks and Get Involved in New Mobility Solutions

 ZOE SULLIVAN     NOVEMBER 7, 2019, Next City The ribbon cutting for Golden Age Park, an intergenerational pocket park planned with the help of community members. (Photo by Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust) Land trusts have gained attention across the U.S. as a means to preserve affordable housing, but the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) has a different focus: it hones …

Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners

Some basic facts. Every year we burn around 275m tonnes of petroleum and diesel in cars, vans and trucks in the EU alone. Gas and diesel vehicles are hugely inefficient. Around 70% of the energy that goes into a car engine is wasted. Oil that is burned cannot be recovered, reused or recycled. Oil cannot be made clean. Actually, thanks to …

Transport is the fastest growing source of global emissions

by Shiying Wang and Mengpin Ge – October 16, 2019 Print This post is part of our sector-by-sector breakdown using Climate Watch of where emissions come from. Also published so far: Agriculture. People and goods are on the move faster and farther than ever. All that movement comes at a cost — not just the sticker price of a new car, train ticket or shipping bill, but also …

Car-free zones could be the future of cities + the story of two city transit upgrades

San Francisco and New York City are limiting cars on certain streets to prioritize other modes of transit.By Terry Nguyenterry. nguyen@voxmedia.com  Oct 28, 2019, 8:30am EDT In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urbanist writer Jane Jacobs posed a prescient concern. She forecasted one of two possible outcomes for our urban future: “erosion of cities by automobiles, or attrition …

Fall 2019 Bike and Ped Resources from FHWA

FHWA Releases Bicycle and Pedestrian University Course The Federal Highway Administration recently published a Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course. The course is designed to support educators in civil engineering, urban planning, and related fields to help students become familiar with basic policies, practices, tools, and design principles to create bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. The course materials incorporate the latest resources, best …