for planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, transportation engineers, and those who love them.
The Atlantic Cities
is a new site launched
today by the Atlantic. It's about cities.
Forum for the Future
, a UK-based non-profit, has produced a series of short videos depicting possible future scenarios for sustainable urban mobility. Titled "Megacities on the move," the series explores "how we will live and travel in the cities of 2040". The four scenarios are (links to Vimeo): Planned-opolis
, and Sprawl-ville
. [more inside]
Moving Beyond the Automobile
is a series of ten short videos by Streetfilms
that highlights new directions in urban transportation. It shows how cities in the U.S. are encouraging a shift away from car dependency and making it easier and more pleasant to get around by other means. [more inside]
"Eighty-seven percent of all trips are made by personal vehicle and 99 percent of those trips arrive at a free parking space
." But that free parking comes at a high cost
according to Donald Shoup's research
. He advocates for charging the right price
for on-street parking
and for removing off-street parking requirements
. Shoup's ideas are coming to the streets in San Francisco's new demand-responsive parking system
. Loyal Shoupistas
work to spread and implement his ideas.
Too much traffic? Can't find parking? Choking on smog? Worried about climate change? Gas prices too high, but you still have
to drive? Send your city planner a link to the Online Encyclopedia of Transportation Demand Management strategies
. [more inside]
--worldwide--from palatial to postmodern, folksy to brutalist (pee smells not included--and don't miss Tehran's
Lane Splitting 101.
Do you ride? Do you commute on your bike? Are you insane enough to split lanes?
Do you drive? Do lane-splitting bikes piss you off? Do they give you heart attacks?
Pigeons Ride the Subway!(NYT Link)
This reporter found truth behind a New York urban legend, train riding pigeons. Any weird stories of urbanized animals in your area?
ULTRa set for take off in Cardiff!
Urban Light Transport is finally here, and trials are under way in Cardiff, Wales for these four passenger driverless cars. It is estimated that the cost of implementation ($60m) will be 1/3 to 1/2 of that of a comparable light rail system.
has been around for years, but doesn't seem to have been posted here yet. It lists schedule and fare information for several dozen public transportation agencies in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. It's not too flashy, but it's one of the most quietly useful websites I've found. For those of you who don't
live in and around San Francisco: are there websites like this for other regions?
Compressed Natural Gas
is much more cleaner than diesel, the dual-fuel engines run quieter and you get lower operating costs. It's certainly very promising, and the technology is already widely implemented from busses to vans to trucks. However, changing a truck to this system can be costly
, especially for small fleets. With this and the lack of fueling stations across the nation, do you still
think this might be a good option for the future
Would you like to live in a city where everything you need is within a five-minute walk? Where you can get from one side of a city of a million people to the other in less than thirty minutes? Where the air is clean, people are healthy, children and the elderly aren't dependent on others to get where they want to go, and life is beautiful? You can have it all--just ban cars.