Why bikes and e-bikes will eat cars: Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) on Treehugger.com Transportation / Bikes January 12, 2018 CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ e-bikes in Copenhagen It seems that all the news coming out of CES is about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs), how everybody is working on them, and how they will make the world safe for them. But we have other options and other choices, and perhaps people should step …

Transit successes: Toronto Cleared Cars Off Its Biggest Transit Street, and Ridership Soared Almost Overnight

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Jan 12, 2018 article 5 Using low-cost materials like this concrete divider, Toronto set up new streetcar stops on the far side of intersections on King Street, enabling safer boarding and cutting down on time stopped at red lights. Photo: Human Transit It’s been just a few short months since Toronto cleared most of the car traffic off King Street, giving the …

Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing

Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing JAN 11, 2018 Forbes, Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? By Wayne Crews, VP for policy & director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute & a Cato Institute …

“Being the Change”: daily practices of a happy, good community

In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities. Peter Kalmus posted Jan 09, 2018 It can be hard to find hope in climate change mitigation. But that’s exactly what NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus does in Being the Change. While he’s not your typical government scientist—he commutes by bicycle, …

All Mayors Should Launch Policy Labs: By relying on evidence and rigorous research, Washington, D.C., is putting their own lab to the test to improve city operations

The City Lab’s mission is to embed the scientific method into the heart of city operations to provide decision-makers with high-quality evidence that they can use to achieve better outcomes for D.C . residents. It currently has 15 experts on the team, many with PhDs in fields such as economics, mathematics and sociology. It also works with a network of …

Data trends and advice from 2017

From Smart Cities Dive, 5 takeaways from WaPo’s ‘Transformers: Cities’ summit, by Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, 16 Nov 2017 American cities of all sizes have been rapidly transforming since the onset of the digital age. Innovation and technology are leading change and have prompted the use of the term “smart city” for many digital or data-driven advances. But what exactly is a smart city, and …

Data, visioning, inclusivity, and infrastructure expansion trends

3 Jan 2018, 6 trends that will define smart cities in 2018 by Katie Pyzyk in Smart Cities Dive A new year tends to be a time for renewal in many aspects, with a particular focus on improvement. Whether resolutions involve kicking old habits or beginning a new activity, the changes usually all come back to advancement. The same holds true in the …

INRIX shines big data on Transit Leap

By John Niles, End of Driving, 2017-03-23  In our book chapter, Transit Leap: A Deployment path for shared-use autonomous vehicles that supports sustainability (Springer, 2017), we described a way for regional and municipal governments to start deploying local area, autonomous transit. We described seeking out small areas in which demand would be constrained to short trips that could be safely provided in driverless, …

What can government do about the coming disruption from automated taxi fleets?

Re-posted from John Niles, End of Driving, 3 Nov. 2017 Last week, an unusual report was released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO): “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: How Skilled Governance Can Influence its Outcome.”  What makes this report so unusual is that it proposes a solution to the uncertainty about the nature, timing, and diffusion of …

NACTO curb management strategies supporting reliable transit and safer streets, better managing curb demand

Cities across North America are recognizing the value of their curbsides as flexible zones. To make corridor-level changes possible, leading cities are adopting and acting on policies that prioritize reliable transit and safe bicycling infrastructure first, followed by other important uses of the curb like deliveries, passenger pick-ups, green stormwater infrastructure, and small public spaces—as well as managed parking. This …