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Mexico City bus terminal

Location: 19.429644, -99.112291

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Dubai’s RTA plans dedicated lanes to test driverless buses

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to test driverless buses on dedicated lanes in the near future, a senior government official has said. The state-owned entity conducted the test run of driverless cars in Downtown Dubai last year, and is expecting to introduce autonomous flying vehicles, provided it is certified “safe and secure” by […]

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Free electric bus connects Brussels shopping districts

A new free electric bus service launched in Brussels on Friday to help people get around the main shopping districts in the upper and lower town. The launch follows a successful trial by economic affairs alderwoman Marion Lemesre during last year’s summer sales. The buses are quiet, non-polluting and accessible for people with disabilities, with […]

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Santa Monica Launches Parklet Pilot

Just in time for beach weather, Santa Monica’s first parklets are open to the public. Local businesses, officials, and residents of the busy beach-side city are excited to welcome a concept that has thrived in neighboring Los Angeles and cities around the world. The three parklets are along Santa Monica’s Main Street, outside of sponsoring […]

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Amazon adds ‘Instant Pickup’ in U.S. brick-and-mortar push

Shoppers on Amazon’s mobile app can select from several hundred fast-selling items at each location, from snacks and drinks to phone chargers. Amazon employees in a back room then load orders into lockers within two minutes, and customers receive bar codes to access them. Read the full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-pickup-idUSKCN1AV1EF

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Inside The L.A. Mall That’s Defying The Retail Apocalypse

As malls across the country succumb to declining foot traffic and the lure of online shopping, a development in Los Angeles’s artsy Culver City neighborhood is proving that it’s still possible to draw customers in person—if you design the right experience. Called Platform, the year-and-a-half-old space is a cluster of boutiques, workout studios, offices, and […]

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Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe’s Power Grids

Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide […]

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The next-generation intersection helps all modes share the street

The original intersection technology was the humble traffic officer. When cars first hit city streets, in the early years of the 20th century, the chaos of pedestrians, carriages, and motor cars all fighting for space required the type of real-time judgement, discretion, and adaptability that only a human being could deliver. This personal oversight was […]

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Columbus, Ohio, to Launch Incentive Program for EV Charging Port Installation

“Studies show that 80 to 85 percent of EV owners charge at home,” said Fenner, using the shorthand for electric vehicles. “But for those living in apartment buildings or condos, they don’t always have access to an electric port in the parking lot or garage.” Roughly 42 percent of residents in Columbus live in some […]

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Uber gives subscriptions a test drive in the Philly region

This month, Uber began offering a significantly different way to use ride sharing in the region: a subscription service. The pilot program offers rates almost too good to be true. Subscribers can get a ride anywhere within a 389-square-mile zone for no more than $4.49 on UberX. UberPool is even cheaper, at $2.49 a ride. […]

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SEPTA, Uber team to ease suburban parking crunch

May 2016, This summer SEPTA’s testing whether partnering with Uber can boost ridership and mitigate a parking crunch at some of its busiest stations. Riders taking Uber to or from 11 Regional Rail stations in the four counties surrounding Philadelphia will get 40 percent off the cost of their Uber ride. The discount can be […]

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Ohio Is Building The Country’s Longest Driverless Car Ready Highway

Ohio’s banking on a $218 million “driverless car” highway to get techies out of sunny California and test their autonomous tech alongside cornfields, cows and Cedar Point. The Fuc—ahem, Buckeye state is lining 35 miles on Route 33 with fiber-optic cables that will communicate traffic conditions, accidents and weather changes to driverless cars over a […]

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Undercover police target London drivers who pass too close to cyclists

‘We can’t be everywhere, but we could be anywhere’ – undercover police on bicycles will ticket drivers who overtake dangerously close. read the article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/jul/21/undercover-police-target-london-drivers-who-pass-too-close-to-cyclists

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Micro-Transit Options in Los Angeles

With bus ridership in steady decline, Los Angeles public transit is exploring user-friendly options. One of those options includes a reinvented version of popular ride-sharing services. But unlike Uber or Lyft, Metro’s plan would provide vans instead of cars and pick-ups would include more than one person. To stay competitive, the new public ride-sharing service […]

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Driverless Cars Could Turn N.Y.C. Into A City Of Tiny Parks

What cities look like in the age of autonomous cars? For starters, we’ll have a lot more street space. Look at the result of a competition to image the future of NYC roads: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90133435/driverless-cars-could-turn-n-y-c-into-a-city-of-tiny-parks

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“Future Requests” for Connected Retail Spaces

[category miscellaneous] There’s no question that online and mobile shopping are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. However, traditional brick and mortar stores still have a leg up in many respects: the ability to “try” products in person, instant access to purchases, social opportunities, and so on. […] Latitude conducted an innovation study during the course of 2012: Next-Gen […]

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“Future Requests” for Connected Retail Spaces

[category miscellaneous] There’s no question that online and mobile shopping are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. However, traditional brick and mortar stores still have a leg up in many respects: the ability to “try” products in person, instant access to purchases, social opportunities, and so on. […] Latitude conducted an innovation study during the course of 2012: Next-Gen […]

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VIDEO – Living Streets #WalkingSummit – Riccardo Marini

Riccardo Marini, Masterplanning and Urban Strategy Expert at Gehl Architects, presents at Living Streets’ Walking Summit, 18 March 2017. Video (17 minutes – English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzMVrr51-ws&t=4s

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VIDEO – Living Streets #WalkingSummit – Janette Sadik-Khan

Watch the video of Janette Sadik-Khan explaining how the streets of NY have been changed forever. video (41 minutes – English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlC-8yD6EQ&feature=youtu.be&list=PLiRruAn5i9JK-uLexPH_KTizaREHNustm

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bike sharing lock solution

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D.C. wants employers to pay workers not to drive to work

D.C. officials and transit advocates are pursuing a shift in the way employers offer commuting benefits to encourage more biking, walking and transit over solo driving. A D.C. Council proposal would require employers who provide their employees with free or subsidized parking to give them the choice to cash out. With that option, workers would […]

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Major autonomous vehicle contract in Dubai awarded

Dutch technology firm, 2getthere, will deliver a new automated vehicle system in Dubai that will link the new waterfront living destination of Bluewaters with the city’s network of metro stations. Source: http://www.eurotransportmagazine.com/22719/news/industry-news/2getthere-dubai-bluewaters/

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Volkswagen introduces pod-like Sedric concept car for fully driverless future

German car manufacturer Volkswagen has imagined a friendly new shape for cars of the future based on emerging electric and driverless technologies. Sedric (SElf-DRIving Car) was unveiled yesterday at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It is the company’s first fully autonomous concept car, designed for a time when autonomous technology on the roads no longer […]

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ACCESS SCORES – MEASURING THE WHY, WHERE AND HOW OF ACCESSIBILITY

Planners are tasked with more than just designing, evaluating and planning transportation mediums – they are often asked to help us feel more comfortable with moving around our communities and feel a greater sense of “livability.” But how do we quantify “liveability?” What makes a place feel more “liveable?” How we personally evaluate our community […]

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Dubai’s RTA has bought 200 Tesla self-driving cars

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has bought 200 driverless cars from Tesla. The electric vehicles are fitted with autonomous diving technology, meaning that when they are added to the city’s taxi fleet, no driver will be required. Director General of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, signed the deal with the CEO of Tesla, Elon […]

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How Kansas City is turning Main Street into a model for digital downtowns

A new sensor network and public dashboard hint at the potential of smart city technology Read the article: http://www.curbed.com/2017/2/17/14650716/kansas-city-smart-city-streetcar-urban-planing?platform=hootsuite

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Why Local Businesses Shouldn’t Worry About Eliminating On-Street Parking

Only a tiny fraction of people who parked on a Toronto street actually did any shopping there—and cyclists and pedestrians make more faithful customers. One of the most common arguments against eliminating parking from downtown areas is that it’ll affect business. The people behind those complaints are dead right: There will be an impact on […]

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Global Trafic Scorecard 2016 By INRIX

With population and economic growth around the world pressuring urban mobility, applying big data to understand and combat congestion is crucial to the health and development of our cities. The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard uses a new methodology to provide a data-rich evaluation of urban travel, trafficc health and vibrancy across five continents. The visualization […]

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Unexpected Consequences of Self Driving Cars

Many new technologies have unexpected impacts on the physical or social world in which we live. When the first IMPs for the fledgling ARPANET were being built starting in 1969 at BBN in Cambridge, MA, I think it safe to say that no one foresaw the devastating impact that the networking technology being developed would […]

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Here’s What TfL Learned From Tracking Your Phone On the Tube

This four week period was merely a pilot project – baby steps to test the water and see what could be learned – as well as, presumably, what the backlash would be like once passengers know that TfL is hoovering up data from phones whether they are connected to TfL’s Virgin Media Wifi network or […]

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The Australian company unlocking parking in city centres

In Australia’s most gridlocked city, drivers sit becalmed in another rush-hour jam. Many motorists patiently accept the will of Sydney’s fickle traffic gods, while others are steaming, their faces red, knuckles white and language X-rated. But reaching the city, or one of its satellite business districts, is often only part of the battle for the […]

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RTA inks agreement with Uber to provide online booking services

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a cooperation agreement with Uber Technologies, the international pioneer in the technology of linking riders with drivers by one click, to study offering new products in the economic transit to support Dubai Vision 2021. The agreement is about fulfilling the needs of customers and provide them with […]

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Dubai Carsharing Service Opens With 200 Vehicles

Smart Car Rental is a new carsharing service available in Dubai. The service enables customers, especially public transport users, to rent cars up to six hours via apps. The Roads and Transport Authority contracted with short-term rental companies U drive and ekar to operate 200 vehicles (100 each) at fares ranging from approximately USD $6.50 […]

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Uber edges towards driverless taxis with Daimler partnership

Uber has announced a partnership with Daimler to operate driverless taxis, weeks after its own self-driving fleet was ordered off the streets of San Francisco. The ride-sharing company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday, where it said the deal differs from Uber’s previous partnerships as it will not be developing its own […]

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Why Tactical Transit is the Next Big Thing

The raffish, worldwide movement known as tactical urbanism appears poised to take on a meatier role in improving transit in bus corridors. By providing low cost, agile alternatives to lengthy street improvement processes, “tactical transit” has the ability to jump start virtuous cycles of increasing bus ridership by speeding up travel times, improving passenger experience […]

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Google Maps avvisa quando i negozi sono affollati

Ancora in Beta version, presto fornirà dati utili alla stima visitatori nel retail. read the article: http://www.webnews.it/2016/11/22/google-maps-negozi-affollati/

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Hands-free Door Access

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VIDEO Hope For the City 2016: Jarrett Walker

Jarrett Walker is one of the finest thinker of our age. Watch this video, duration 28 mins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUk5pkFHcx8

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How far regulations can affect design

Photos from Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy Source: @UlisseFIAB (Twitter)

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From the mall to the urban village?

Will malls retrofitting prove to be successful? Source: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/urban-development-calgary-malls-1.3738488

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One-way vs. Two-way roads

Two-way systems record less accidents, lower criminality rates and higher property values. Source: http://www.accessmagazine.org/articles/fall-2012/two-way-street-networks-efficient-previously-thought/

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Peckham Levels Transformation

[parking, urban planning] [London, Artist, Community, Peckham, Transforming] Transforming 7 empty levels of Peckham’s multi-storey car park into a new creative community for local people, artists and entrepreneurs. Source: http://www.peckhamlevels.org/

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Long term parking

James Wines & SITE – Hamden, CT – Environmental art – 1977

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Dubai Launches Driverless Car Strategy

Dubai has taken a major step towards autonomous vehicles with the launch of its Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy, which aims to transform 25 per cent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030 saving AED 22 billion in annual economic costs. The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy is expected to save revenues by […]

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UNEQUAL SCENES

Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground. The beauty of being able to fly is to see things from a new perspective – to see things as they really are. Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge. Some communities have been […]

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How long to cross the street?

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WALKSCOPE – pedestrian analysis tool in Denver

At WalkDenver we believe that "people are pedestrians by design." Yet street design is often focused solely on cars, resulting in streets that are unsafe and unpleasant for people on foot. WALKscope allows Denver residents and visitors to collect data related to sidewalks, intersections, and pedestrian counts. This information will help create an inventory of […]

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The Storefront Index

As Jane Jacobs so eloquently described it in The Death and Life of American Cities, much of the essence of urban living is reflected in the “sidewalk ballet” of people going about their daily errands, wandering along the margins of public spaces (streets, sidewalks, parks and squares) and in and out of quasi-private spaces (stores, […]

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Paris Is Redesigning Its Major Intersections For Pedestrians, Not Cars

The new designs make sure pedestrians get at least 50% of the public space, lanes of traffic be damned. read the article: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3058685/paris-is-redesigning-its-major-intersections-for-pedestrians-not-cars/4

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Usa: strade aperte per la Google Car

La National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Nhtsa), il regolatore Usa per la sicurezza dei veicoli concorda con Google sul fatto che le auto del futuro “non hanno un guidatore nel significato tradizionale”. Il software che consente alle Google Car di muoversi in autonomia nel traffico cittadino potrà essere visto come guidatore agli occhi della legge […]

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STRASBOURG’S TRAM AND BUS SYSTEMS

Strasbourg has a highly developed public transport system, within which the tram has proved to be a game changer for getting around within the conurbation. Low-charge monthly season tickets are available for users. Strasbourg and its public transport system With its 6 lines (A/B/C/D/E/F), 56 km of tracks in commercial operation, 69 stations and 300,000 […]

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PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE_SPACE SYNTAX IN PRACTICE

[Speaking notes for Tim Stonor’s opening presentation at the First Conference on Space Syntax in China, Beijing, 5th December 2015.] Good morning. It is an honour to be speaking at this important conference alongside so many distinguished speakers and attendees. My talk today will cover the past, present and future of Space Syntax Limited’s experience […]

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Three ways of transforming overbuilt parking in transport options

T he ills of minimum parking requirements – inducing demand for cars, increasing congestion, and raising the cost of real estate, to name a few – have been well documented. In the last decade, broad driving-related trends, such as decreases in car ownership per household and vehicle miles traveled, suggest requiring more than one parking […]

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The tube at a standstill: why TfL stopped people walking up the escalators

On 4 December last year, the London Underground ingested 4,821,000 passengers and spat them out at their destinations, and in doing so set a new record for a single day. If you paused to contemplate this for a moment, you might think of all those Oyster cards tapping, all those doors sliding, all those people […]

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3 meter Traffic Lanes Are Safer—and Still Move Plenty of Cars

At first glance, it makes sense that wider traffic lanes could be safer traffic lanes. Drivers are prone to bad decisions and sleepiness and text messages and fits of rage. Providing some buffer room seems a reasonable way to keep them from veering into anything else sharing the road. But as Jeff Speck persuasively arguedduring […]

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10 Tired Traffic Myths That Didn’t Get a Rest in 2015

The common traffic misperception I submitted for the CityLab staff post on stubborn myths we’d like to retire was just one of many encountered, yet again, during 2015. Here’s a full list for your reading-while-not-driving pleasure. Safe travels this New Year’s, and all those to come. 1. More roads mean less traffic 2. More transit […]

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A Widely Used Planning Manual Tends to Recommend Building Far More Roads Than Necessary

Some of the most trusted planning tools used to manage vehicular traffic have shown themselves to be pretty harmful to city life in certain ways. A metric known as Level of Service, which aims to minimize automobile delay at an intersection, can act as a huge obstacle to public transportation projects. A design book calling […]

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PERMEABILITY & CONNECTIVITY: A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Notes from a response to questions from the Strelka Institute. How would you describe the situation with the permeability and connectivity of city spaces today? There is no single state of permeability and connectivity in the contemporary city. Instead we find two main types of urban layout: first, the finely grained, continuously connected street network […]

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Why Aren’t Urban Planners Ready for Driverless Cars?

Self-driving cars have the potential to be the most transformative force in American cities since the development of the interstate system. And yet when it comes to preparing for the future of autonomous travel, urban planners have been largely idle. Just how idle? As of mid-2013, just one of the 25 largest metropolitan planning organizations […]

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Cyclist priority

Sustainable Mobility (@Sust_Mobility) tweeted at 1:00 PM on Sun, Dec 27, 2015: New road and priority for cyclists in Amsterdam ! cc @BenjaminTaveau (photo @schlijper) https://t.co/E95tPhT0rR (https://twitter.com/Sust_Mobility/status/681082166969765889?s=03) Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download?s=13

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The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code?

Should autonomous vehicles be programmed to choose who they kill when they crash? And who gets access to the code that determines those decisions? Read the article: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/23/the-problem-with-self-driving-cars-who-controls-the-code

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WIZWAY SOLUTIONS: LETTING SMARTPHONES HELP YOU TRAVEL

In 2017, your smartphone will be able to replace the good old train or tube ticket thanks to the launch of Wizway Solutions, a joint venture between Gemalto, Orange, the RATP and the SNCF. Read the full article: http://www.sustainable-mobility.org/innovating-for-tomorrow/services/wizway-solutions-letting-smartphones-help-you-travel.html?utm_content=bufferd22ca&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Stockholm’s ‘Reverse’ Congestion Charge Would Pay Cyclists With Driving Fees

Under a new plan, money collected from the city’s high-traffic zones would go toward bike upgrades. Read the article: http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/12/stockholm-reverse-congestion-charge-cyclists-driving/421767/?utm_content=bufferc5634&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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innovative pedestrian crossing

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an App That Gives You Directions Like a Human Would

I’ve felt embarrassed more than a few times standing at the corner of an intersection and spinning around like a lost puppy. In my hands is my trusty smartphone, with Google Maps opened and a voice telling me to head north. I start walking in what I think is the right direction—only to find out […]

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wider travel lanes are correlated with higher travel speed

The width allocated to lanes for motorists, buses, trucks, bikes, and parked cars is a sensitive and crucial aspect of street design. Lane widths should be considered within the assemblage of a given street delineating space to serve all needs, including travel lanes, safety islands, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Each lane width discussion should be […]

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Map Projections & What They Say About You

Most people go through life perfectly happy in the knowledge that the real earth looks like it does on a standard Mercator projection map. Cartographers, map nerds and those that have seen this scene from the West Wing know that this is not really the case. Wikipedia sums up why map projections are necessary in […]

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The Future of Roads Has No Signs, No Rules: Best #Cityreads of the Week

The future of urban roads may be one where motorists, pedestrians and cyclists act as one. Spaces where these usually segregated members of the population live—or move—by the same rules. Most importantly, these rules would be social, not formal, to befit the increasingly popular trend of “shared space.” "Shared space breaks the principle of segregation," […]

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Driverless Cities – Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti’s talk on Driverless Cities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6lODkLd8EQ tags: driverless; video

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Milan Abruptly Suspended Congestion Pricing and Traffic Immediately Soared

The most direct (and arguably only) way to reduce metro area traffic is bycharging a price for congestion. Drivers may not initially like it—although surveys show they come around—but they do immediately respond to it. Jonas Eliasson illustrated that point during a TED-x talk on the Stockholm pricing program he co-designed.read the full article: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/09/milan-abruptly-suspended-congestion-pricing-and-traffic-immediately-soared/404521/ […]

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Survey: Passengers Want Simpler Tech Solutions From Airports and Airlines

SITA has released its 2015 Passenger IT Trends Survey, conducted in the first months of 2015 across 17 countries, representing 76% of the world’s passenger traffic, which reveals that aviation could implement simple changes to dramatically improve the passenger experience. read the article: http://skift.com/2015/05/28/survey-passengers-want-simpler-tech-solutions-from-airports/ tags: innovation; airport

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C’è chi va e c’è chi viene: matrice origine-destinazione

Nell’Aprile 2015, la Regione Lombardia ha pubblicato un nuovo dataset, intolato Matrice OD2014 che può essere scaricato dal Geoportale OpenData della Regione qui. database: https://www.dati.lombardia.it/Mobilit-e-trasporti/Matrice-OD2014-file-compresso-per-download-rapido-/wy2j-jc9m source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/c%C3%A8-chi-va-e-viene-matrice-origine-destinazione-city-planner-it?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like tags: MIlan, O/D matrix

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One Company Is Trying To Count And Track All Of New York City’s Pedestrians

How do you keep track of the mass of people moving around the country’s biggest city? Get access to all the cameras we’ve put up. Now you can know if the grocery store is crowded before you leave home. Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3025926/one-company-is-trying-to-count-and-track-all-of-new-york-citys-pedestrians Video: https://vimeo.com/69091237

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How design in SCAD changed mult-istorey car parking?

SCADpad embraces and advances the university’s deeply rooted commitment to adaptive reuse by utilizing a parking structure at SCAD Atlanta to create an inspirational and sustainable community that proposes an answer to the growing urban housing challenges cities are facing around the world. Source: http://www.scadpad.com/what-is-scadpad

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Foster + Partners to design all stations and trains for new Jeddah transport network

Foster + Partners has been appointed to design an £8 billion transport system for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that will encompass a network of new metro, ferry, bus, and cycle terminals. Norman Foster’s London-based firm, which was rumoured to be working on the project back in October 2014, has signed a contract reportedly worth £54 million […]

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How Stockholm Became the Ultimate Walkable City

[pedestrian, cycling, policies] [vision zero, walkability, stockholm, new york, walkable city] “This summer we are going to be having a conference where we reinvent Vision Zero and call it Vision Zero 2.0” says Lars Strömgren, a cycling advocate. “The difference is that before you only tried to make it possible to keep on driving and […]

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Interactive map of Paris road noise

The Map of Road Noise in Paris is an Esri map of 2015 road noise levels in the French capital. The map includes four different map layers visualizing road noise levels during a 24 hour period, the noise level at night (22h-6h), all roads exceeding 68 dB in 24 hours and all roads exceeding an […]

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The Tunnel Project That Could Reshape the European Map

The long-planned Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany moved one step closer to reality this month. The tunnel’s construction plan is also pretty striking, even in the post-Channel Tunnel era. As the above video shows, it will not be excavated below ground, but prefabricated and immersed in a trench dredged from the seabed, […]

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BIG and Heatherwick unveil the project for Google’s California HQ

Google has released a movie detailing its plans for a new California headquarters designed by the studios of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick. Danish firm BIG and London-based Heatherwick Studio plan to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California to create the Google campus – marking the first time the internet giant has designed and […]

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What Makes a City Beautiful?

A provocative new video featuring Alain de Botton says beauty in urban settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life. vatch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy4QjmKzF1c read the full article: http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/02/what-makes-a-city-beautiful/386291/?utmsource=GristTW&utm_content=buffere9d34&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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