Study finds that e-bike riders get as much exercise as riders of regular bikes

E-bikers use their bikes more, go longer distances, and often substitute it for driving or transit. Fans of electric bikes often say they are riding further than they used to on “analog” bikes, to use a retronym coined by Andrea Learned. I have written about my own Gazelle: “I am using it more often than I used my regular bike, and …

Zero carbon transport shift could save billions – report

“EVs will not crash our power grids, as some people misleadingly report. On the contrary, Batteries on Wheels shows that EVs can spare Europe’s grids from costly upgrades and allow more renewables to come online faster. But for this to happen, Europe’s governments have to set up systems for EVs to be charged at the right time of the day, …

How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?

 AUG 5, 2019 After the 2008 economic crash, Americans began driving less. But it didn’t last long: In every year since 2013, U.S. drivers have packed on more miles behind the wheel. This rise in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT, in wonk-speak) can be seen and felt in the nation’s metropolises. Congestion on major arteries like L.A.’s I-405 or San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard …

Researcher launches open source accessibility toolbox

By Michael Brenneis and Chris McCahill Researcher launches open source accessibility toolbox June 17th, 2019 Tags: accessibility, data, technology DOTs and planning agencies interested in measuring access to destinations have a growing number of packages and data sources to choose from. Folks not looking to reinvent the wheel are turning to shiny products like Citilabs’ Sugar Access, Conveyal, and Remix. But those with tighter budgets and a …

Why U.S. Cities Aren’t Using More Electric Buses. Also Re-engineering the city around the bicycle

Two reports from the World Resource Institute look at the biggest barriers to electrifying the global bus fleet—and how cities can overcome them  LINDA POON, CityLab, JUN 27, 2019 There were about 425,000 electric buses in service in the world’s cities last year. Almost all—99 percent of them—were in China. The booming industrial city of Shenzhen, in particular, is one of only …

13 Big Ideas to Improve Transportation in Your City

If you could do anything to improve transportation in your city, what would it be? Here are a few ideas you gave us, selected from 250 reader submissions. By EMILY GOLDBERG, June 19, 2019 Emily Goldberg is an engagement editor at POLITICO. Cities across the country are coming up with innovative solutions to improve transportation. Seattle invested heavily in public …

We need Protected Mobility Lanes

Lloyd Alterlloydalter June 21, 2019 The number of people using alternative mobility devices is exploding, and they will be demanding safe routes. The people at Bike Newton tweet: Bike Newton  #mobilitylanes #2019Goals@BikeNewtonReplying to @bryanbarash Bike Newton doesn’t want bike lanes. We want protected mobility lanes. These would be appropriate for almost anyone not in a car. If we had those maybe …

Want to increase transit ridership without adding service? Make it easy to get to the stations. Also shift performance measurement from LOS to VMT (or better yet, space use) for roads.

Shifting from LOS to VMT would save time, money, and better support local goals Two recent studies suggest that California’s change in assessing the impact of development—from level of service (LOS) to vehicle miles traveled (VMT)—can reduce costs for developers and streamline the review of projects. Under the new guidelines, both studies to determine transportation impacts and any mitigation measures …

Sacramento to offer students free transit starting this fall: expected to raise student ridership 600% and help those without transport get to school. Joins Seattle, DC, Boston, Germany and Paris.

The action in Sacramento reflects a sentiment growing across the nation and the world to make public transportation free, especially for underserved, vulnerable and mobility-challenged populations. Washington, DC offers free public transit trips to students traveling to and from school and school-related activities. Last year Seattle’s city council approved free transit passes for all high school students, and earlier this year Boston’s mayor proposed providing free …

ITF Decarbonising Transport. Also, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) success factors for integrated mobility solutions

With technologies today, we can definitely reduce transport emissions 30% with existing technologies (instead of letting transport emissions increase by at least 50%) by 2050. 60% projected growth means we have an increasing challenge. Netherlands has a 49% reduction target by 2030. Start directing message to how you get there and build public support. Not every company has the same …