‘The streets are more alive’: Ghent readers on a car-free city centre

We asked locals in the Belgian city to tell us how things have changed since the shake-up Guardian readers and Rachel Obordom The Guardian, Mon 20 Jan 2020 ‘Teaching my son to cycle has been a fun and relatively stress-free experience’ The city has become a pedestrians and cyclists’ joy, especially for people like me who live in the city centre and …

LA seeking to regulate Uber and Lyft, require electric vehicles and data-sharing

Los Angeles Looks to Require Ride Share Companies to Use Electric Cars. The Financial Times is reporting that Los Angeles wants to require Uber and Lyft to use electric cars. Mayor Garcetti said: “We have the power to regulate car share. We can mandate and are looking closely at mandating that any of those vehicles in the future be electric.” …

What will it take to get people out of their cars?

Study found that people didn’t change from driving because 1) the employees got free parking, so were not paying the full cost of driving2) taking transit or carpooling is “less convenient for an individual commuter.” 3) “these approaches required changing a habitual behavior, which is notoriously difficult to change.” By Lloyd Alter, December 26, 2019 Researchers looking at the question …

UK Government vows to unveil climate roadmap next year but critics demand action not more policies and plans

Jillian Ambrose Tue 15 Oct 2019 Guardian The UK government has vowed to accelerate its climate action for transport sector by drafting new plans to end emissions from trains, planes and cars by 2050. Ministers promised to begin the groundwork on the government’s first detailed plan to decarbonise the transport sector immediately, and unveil the plan in full next year. The …

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 …