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Roanoke River Greenway, thanh.ha.dang web

Roanoke Crash Case Highlights How Difficult It Is for Us All to Share Space

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 1:12 PM

This past summer, a Roanoke, Va., circuit court awarded a cyclist $300,000 for injuries she had received as the result of a collision. After an article in the August 5 edition of The Roanoke Times detailed the specifics of the accident, many in the community were up in arms over the decision, particularly the charge […]

by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Kittner_CC crosswalk

Disrupting Mobility Now, Not in Some Distant Future

Friday, November 13, 2015 12:13 PM

At the Disrupting Mobility 2015 Summit, Paul DeLong of car2go said he’s sick of fighting with wife about missing his kids grow up because of the horrendous traffic between work in downtown Austin and his home 17 miles north of the city. “The more people talk about this and the more we can tell this […]

by Paul Mackie
Rainy Boston

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

Thursday, November 12, 2015 1:42 PM

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government. Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to […]

by Paul Mackie
Community Design
San Jose bikeshare - Richard Masoner-crop

Five Big Lessons to Help Small Cities Expand Shared Mobility

Friday, October 23, 2015 1:30 PM

Discussions on shared mobility often focus on transportation solutions for high-density city neighborhoods. But most of the recent growth in the U.S. – and by far the greatest share of urbanized land – is now in suburban areas outside the urban core, as well as in smaller, lower-density cities. This issue was addressed recently at […]

by Cassie Halls
Community Design
CaBi Q - Elvert Barnes-crop

What Every Candidate (and Voter) Should Know about Bikeshare

Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:15 AM

While many in the transportation world already understand the implications of urban bikeshare systems, candidates for local elected office, especially in jurisdictions outside the urban core, who don’t bike on a daily basis might have some questions on how it all fits together. Where is everyone on those sturdy red bikes going? Why is it […]

by Henry Dunbar
startup cover

How to “Get Sh*t Done” In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 10:44 AM

Thank goodness this book is out. Start-Up City – Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun is sorely needed right now. Cities are at the forefront of taking on addressing issues at the intersection of demographics, technology, transport, climate, housing, equity, and health, but are largely ill equipped to respond. Entrepreneur, […]

by Chris Hamilton
Community Design

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:25 AM

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks. With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are harnessing the […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

Bicycling in Cleveland is Easy, Fun, and Something Everyone Should Try

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:12 AM

What do General Motors, Samsung, and Duke and Ohio State universities all have in common? They have each launched bikeshare systems in the past year brought to them by Zagster, a private, venture-funded startup that launched as CityRyde back in 2007 in Philadelphia. Visiting Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Content Marketing World conference, I […]

by Paul Mackie
Community Design
Uber Urban Design

Uber’s New Wave of Urban Design. Are Cities Ready?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:32 AM

As far as billion-dollar companies go, if Walmart is the poster child of sprawl, could Uber be the new face of smart growth? Uber, best known for its smartphone-based taxi service, is expanding rapidly with initiatives less about individual rides and more about mass mobility. So far, reactions to Uber’s plans for driverless vehicles, “smart […]

by Lisa Nisenson
Mountain Line

Free Transit Attracts Riders and Helps Communities in More Ways Than One

Thursday, September 3, 2015 3:55 PM

In January, Missoula, Montana’s transit agency, Mountain Line, began a three-year, “zero-fare” demonstration project on its fixed-route and door-to-door services, meaning boarding passengers no longer pay to use the bus. Implementing a zero-fare system was part of a larger transit improvement package that includes late-night service on its four most popular routes, increased frequency on […]

by Monique Wahba