Another take on how to accomplish a GND

Energy Innovation’s take on how to accomplish a Green New Deal Following a year in which U.S. carbon emissions from energy rose, after years of declines, Green New Deal (GND) proponents are calling for a plan to convert 100% of the electricity supply to renewable energy, among other decarbonization initiatives. The big picture: Although a massive undertaking, this energy transition is technologically feasible and …

Micromobility

From WRI, Jan 2019 Shared bikes and scooters are taking off in cities around the world. Case in point: Bird, an electric scooter rental company, is the fastest startup ever to reach “unicorn status,” a $1 billion valuation. Yet this shared micromobility revolution has a downside: Some bikes and scooters are low quality, leading to breakdowns and waste, while others pile up on …

Seattle moves to new transportation level of service guidelines and responsibilities for developers

By Robbie Webber, Seattle moves to new transportation level of service guidelines, January 14th, 2019 at SSTI, in land use, mitigation policy, Seattle, TDM On January 14, the Seattle Council is set to vote on new regulations for developments to support changes in adopted transportation level of service. As part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, LOS was redefined to reflect specific target rates for different modes in eight …

Was 2018 the year of peak ICE?

By Eric Sundquist, SSTI, Was 2018 the year of peak ICE?,  January 14th, 2019 in News Tags: alternative fuels, electric cars, technology With slowing growth in light-duty automotive markets overall, and an increasing share of electric vehicles within that market, last year may have been the high point for internal combustion engines.  This is the conclusion drawn by Financial Times, based on interviews with and reports from …

Managing the curb

From Smart Cities Dive, Jan 2019.  Post from Mark Lawrence, co-founder and CEO of Chicago-based SpotHero. People have been reinventing the wheel for centuries. More recently, people have been reinventing conventional uses of wheels to move folks from place to place — especially in urban areas. Today, people in urban areas around the world can train, scoot, drive, bus, bike or …

TransitScreen, MobilityData form open transit data platform

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz on Smart Cities Dive Jan. 11, 2019 Washington, DC-based software company TransitScreen and nonprofit MobilityData announced they are collaborating on an open data platform that will share global public transit and mobility information. The partners have acquired TransitFeeds, the mobility data commons that serves 6 million data requests a year, to build the new OpenMobilityData platform. OpenMobilityData will fully integrate with transit …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

Paying for a great transit system

Excerpt from City Lab, Jan 2019 NYC MTA’s capital costs are pegged at $60 billion to cover a maintenance backlog. That sounds like a lot, and it is. But this city had a gross metropolitan product of roughly $1.7 trillion dollars last year. Surely the most robust urban economy in the world could scrounge up the cash to fix the engine of that economy—its transit network—if …

Why electric mobility? Why should you invest time, energy, political capital, and resources towards going electric?

From Clean Technica and Greenway, Jan 2, 2018 1. Health: Air pollution is one of the greatest environmental health threats and can be discerned even at a third of USEPA safe levels, such as that which exists in rural areas.  The World Health Organization labels outdoor air pollution — and especially particulate matter — a carcinogen. Air pollution causes cancer, as …