MN: Park-and-ride transit gives suburban commuters higher access to jobs

MAY 22, 2019 Park-and-ride transit gives suburban commuters higher access to jobs, by University of Minnesota A park-and-ride facility in Eagan. Credit: Mike McCarthy Park-and-ride facilities enable many suburban and exurban commuters in the Twin Cities metro area to reach roughly as many jobs as urban transit users, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of …

Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

May 6th, 2019 By Chris McCahill, SSTI Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some of these challenges are tackled in a new issue of Research …

‘Just like a real office’: workers use public parking as co-working space

WePark is a radical rethinking of city space, which started in San Francisco and has spread as far afield as Toulouse, Bristol, LA and Portland Brittany Shoot in San Francisco for The Guardian, Sat 4 May 2019  Victor Pontis, organiser of WePark, sets up his office in a San Francisco parking space. Photograph: Victor Pontis “If we were designing cities from scratch, …

A Modest Proposal to Eliminate 11,000 Urban Parking Spots

A whole new level of green: Amsterdam wants to eliminate 11,200 parking spaces from its city center by 2025, replacing them with trees, bike parking, and wider sidewalks. Other cities should go Dutch, too.  Clearing away space for cars could create room for more bike parking, which is at a premium in central Amsterdam Kevin Coombs/Reuters FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN  Amsterdam plans to …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

San Diego begins to tap city’s vast solar parking lot potential

January 18th, 2019 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica San Diego has an untapped 500 megawatt solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition. The San Diego Solar Siting Survey identified 120 sites that could host 1 megawatt (MW) of solar, and suggested the number of host …

Latest from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

“The Best Tool for Reducing Traffic Deaths? More Transit!” (https://bit.ly/2QgB6yZ ). This StreetBlog column uses research from the report, “A Hidden Traffic Safety Solution” (https://bit.ly/2DS23z6 ). “A New Traffic Safety Paradigm” (www.vtpi.org/ntsp.pdf ), provides additional information on the traffic safety benefits of more multimodal transport planning. “Why the Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings Matters” (https://bit.ly/2E9B455 ), by Alex Wilson and Paula Melton. …

Costa Rica’s New President Vows ‘Emancipation’ From Dirty Transport

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president-elect of Costa Rica, plans to continue the country’s extraordinary stewardship of the environment with a pledge to decarbonize its transportation sector. On Sunday, he promised that one day Costa Rica will “celebrate its emancipation from petrol and diesel in the transportation system, replacing them with clean energy,” Climate Change News quoted him saying. “That transformation would be the ‘abolition of the army’ …

Cincinnati and Uber partner on where the service picks riders up or drops them off, a “missing data set for cities”, to design the “curb of the future”

Smart City Dive, 31 Jan 2018 Uber announced a new long-term partnership with the City of Cincinnati, dubbed the Cincinnati Mobility Lab, to study the impacts of shared mobility on public transit and make the city a “center of innovation.” The multi-year commitment will include: addressing the growing demand for curb space; rolling out Uber Movement to leverage city data for research and analysis; launching …

Regulating bike-sharing: ensuring bikes returned to racks or near curb, standing up

Chinese Cities Aim to Rein in Bike-Sharing Boom by Hui Jiang – January 12, 2018, WRI.org   Dozens of bike-share operators have emerged in Chinese cities. Photo by LADOT Bike Blog/Flickr China’s cities are drowning in bicycles. Dozens of “dockless” bike-sharing startups have emerged in the past few years, offering apps where riders can locate bicycles, unlock them and leave them wherever their ride ends. …