California Bill Would Allow Unrestricted Housing by Transit, Solve State Housing Crisis

By Henry Grabar, Slate, 5 Jan 2018  Is this the best use for land around the Expo Line in Los Angeles? Payton Chung via Flickr San Francisco’s state senator, Scott Wiener, has introduced a bill that would all but abolish the city’s famously strict land use controls—and virtually every other residential zoning restriction in California’s urban neighborhoods. It’s just about the …

Why medical centers are ‘prescribing’ bike share for mental health, and bike share is being combined with digital skill-building

By Stefani Cox on BetterBikeShare.com Image courtesy of Gretchen Snethen. It’s no secret that access to bike share can help improve physical health and mobility options, but now it is also being used as a component of mental health care. Take for example the story of Scott Walters, who lives in Minneapolis with a psychiatric disability. Walters, whose name has been changed …

Better Bike Share: Medical Centers prescribing bike share for mental health, combining bike and job ed, reaching underserved areas and people with disabilities

By Stefani Cox, Better Bike Share It’s been a big year for bike share, especially among the efforts to make it accessible to low-income individuals and people of color throughout the U.S. From system expansions and an industry conference, to groundbreaking research and new dockless systems, we’ve got 10 posts from this year that show the current state of bike share …

Over 50% of peak hour taxi trips would be faster by Citi Bikes in NYC. Bikeshare systems also connect riders with public transit, extending travel options

Forbes JAN 8, 2018 Combining E-bikes And Bikeshares Is Urban Alchemy: A Winning Transit Solution For Cities, by Heather Thompson Hundreds of millions of E-bikes and millions of bikeshare bicycles are now pedaling out across the globe  E-bikes and bikeshare alone are already attractive transit option for cities. Putting them together is urban alchemy Two increasingly popular phenomena – E-bikes and …

Some progress toward phase out of support for fossil fuel projects at the World Bank, though the IFC continues

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels By Jason Kirk on 19 January 2018 RenewEconomy and The Conversation World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron. AP Photo/Francois Mori The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially phasing out its support for the oil and gas industries. …

When will policymakers finally be able to access the data they need to manage streets and sidewalks in the public interest, and how will they get it?

By David Zipper, CityLab, 7 Jan 2018How, exactly, should policymakers respond to the rapid rise of new private mobility services such as ride-hailing, dockless shared bicycles, and microtransit? As I argued here several months ago, in order to answer that question city leaders will need accurate and detailed information about all urban trips—however the traveler chose to get from one place to …

Hawaiian mayors commit to transform Hawaiʻi’s public and private ground transportation to 100 percent renewable fuel sources by 2045

By Rob Kinslow, Hawaiian Reporter, 21 Dec 2017 In Waiʻanae, west O`ahu, islanders from all counties came together today on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa to commit to another major renewable energy goal: 100% ground transportation In Waiʻanae, west O`ahu island leaders from the City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Hawaiʻi County and Kauaʻi County came together today on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa …

Developing digital platforms for research

Open science in its broadest sense refers to efforts to make the scientific process more open and inclusive to all relevant actors, within and beyond the scientific community, as enabled by digitalisation (OECD, forthcoming b). It is not only about open access to publication or open data, but is also about access to research infrastructures and related information. This case …

Road diet bridges a barrier, boosts safety

A breakthrough design on La Jolla Boulevard in San Diego cuts crashes by 90 percent and gives local business a shot in the arm.  This case study was written for the Institute for Transportation Engineers new book Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors, funded by the Federal Highway Administration. By ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JAN. 10, 2018 CNU The reconstruction of a section of La Jolla Boulevard …

Forbes: Electric Vehicles Cost Less Than Half As Much To Drive

Jeff McMahon, “Electric cars are vastly better than internal combustion devices,” said James Anderson, a Harvard scientist The Nissan IMx, an all-electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers, was on display during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) …