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Austin is prepared to be a city that does parking right – Austin Monitor

There are a wealth of transportation-demand principles in Nelson\Nygaard’s consulting plan for Austin, and they are going to go a long way to making the Texas city an even weirder place. Weirder because so many cities just can’t figure out the right mix of parking incentives for people. The Downtown Austin Parking Strategy is a… Read more »

North American Bikeshare Association hires 1st executive director – Bicycle Retailer

The North American Bikeshare Association has hired its first executive director, Samantha Herr. She is the former program manager for the City of Boston, where she spearheaded efforts to offer low-cost bikeshare memberships, making it one of the first major U.S. cities to focus on equity in bike share. In Boston, she also created and implemented… Read more »

In Germany, Metro’s troubles garner sympathy from around the world – Washington Post

Even over in Germany, at the International Transport Forum — an annual conference on transportation policy and innovation — D.C.’s Metrorail is being cited as the way not to run a mass-transit system. Washington Post reporter Martine Powers nicely captures the nuances that transportation demand plays in Metro’s equation. “Poor governance and poor attention to… Read more »

Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media

There’s a lot of excitement around flying cars right now – even if they are basically just giant drones. Whether piloted or autonomous, taxis or private vehicles, they’ve been hailed by futurists as the ideal way to reduce journey times across urban landscapes, thus easing city road congestion. But despite the media hype (or perhaps because… Read more »

Downtown Hartford offering free bike assistance to riders – Streetsblog USA

Without a bike shop nearby, downtown Hartford has started offering bike-friendly services to riders who have flats. Ambassadors from the BID are equipped to make minor bike fixes for free to anyone within the neighborhood’s limits. The program launched on Bike to Work Day, which Hartford observed on May 19. Posters and outreach to local… Read more »

New start-up to offer free rides along Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston corridor – UrbanTurf DC

Sprynt plans to start offering 100-percent electric rides for free along the Rossyln-Ballston Corridor beginning June 21. So how will the private company make any money off this venture? According to DC Urban Turf, passengers will be given advertising pitches during their trips. According to a statement on the company’s website: “Our unique solution to the… Read more »

Whoever owns the fleet of autonomous vehicles owns the future – Huffington Post

A former member of the George W. Bush Administration, Eric Tanenblatt, makes the case that whoever owns the fleet of autonomous cars will own the future. And that this will be a massive change from the winners of the past, the automakers that sold their vehicles to individuals, and the winners of today like Uber,… Read more »

The future of mobility discussed by national leaders at Movimento Forum in Philadelphia – Communities in Motion

Last week in Philadelphia, Communities in Motion partnered with the Association of Commuter Transportation to hold its inaugural Movimento Forum for national and regional transportation and infrastructure professionals together to discuss the rapid changes in mobility. As part of the program, Howard Jennings, managing director of Mobility Lab presented on innovation and its impacts on mobility. Jennings noted, “I like to think of… Read more »