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London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows | UK news | The Guardian
UK capital has the most expensive public transport, second-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle, study of 13 EU cities reveals
ranking  cities  Europe  London  Copenhagen  Amsterdam  Oslo  Zurich  Vienna  Madrid  Paris  Brussels  Budapest  Berlin  Moscow  Rome  pollution  publictransport  safety  mobility  review  WuppertalInstitute  Greenpeace  Guardian  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth - The New York Times
How excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York.
publictransport  construction  LongIslandRailRoad  MTA  cost  review  critique  NewYork  USA  NYTimes  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Introducing the Citymapper Smartbus – Citymapper – Medium
In fact, we’re reinventing the entire software stack for running and operating a bus. We believe smarter buses lead to better mobility and cities.
Starting on Tue May 9th and Wed May 10th. With an experimental popup route: CMX1, running a Circulator in the heart of London.
publictransport  infrastructure  agile  startup  London  Citymapper  Medium  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
How Uber Plans To Conquer The Suburbs - BuzzFeed News
With a pilot program in Summit, New Jersey, the ride-hail giant is looking to replace commuter parking lots.
Uber  ridesharing  suburbs  publictransport  competition  Summit  NewJersey  USA  Buzzfeed  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Welcome to Uberville | The Verge
Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time
Uber  publictransport  Altamonte  transport  ridesharing  access  review  TheVerge  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Buses, bikes, and congestion… - Rachel Aldred
The key is for walking, cycling, and public transport advocates to lobby together for more priority for all these modes – not to join the car lobby’s campaign against congestion. The Begg report bemoans the weakness of the bus passenger lobby: something I’d agree with, but with a caution that the interests of bus passengers and bus companies don’t necessarily coincide. Bus companies are large, powerful private organisations, and they can often get their voices heard. That’s one reason why we have hundreds of kilometres of bus lane in London. But it’s true that those affected by bus operations – bus passengers, and those injured by buses, or affected by air pollution, as well as those who drive buses – are not heard so much.

If people have more sustainable mobility choices, so much the better. If people feel ‘forced’ to walk, cycle, or use the bus or tram, they may instead take the opportunity to drive, if they get the chance. With cycling’s growth, some new trips will come from the car, others from buses or walking, while others will be entirely new journeys. We shouldn’t be fixated on the short term shifts: sustainable transport gains if we create networks of infrastructure that prioritise cycling, walking and public transport. This happened with Seville’s cycle track system, where initially some mode shift was from buses to cycles, but mode shift from cars to buses then meant public transport’s mode share actually also grew. The long-term goal is a societal transition away from the car, locking in multi-modality (walking, cycling and public transport as desired options) for future generations.
transportpolicy  publictransport  cycling  congestion  bus  DavidBegg  conflict  cyclelanes  author:RachelAldred  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
London road congestion: causes, effects and what happens next | UK news | The Guardian
How will Transport for London and the new mayor’s transport deputy address the heavy pressures on the capital’s road space and the strong passions they arouse?
transport  transportpolicy  publictransport  roads  cycling  review  SadiqKhan  trends  Guardian  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Cycling’s Dodgy Dossier | cyclableblog
Economist Professor Begg plays the class warrior in a report of which he is the author, entitled ‘The Impact of Congestion on Bus Passengers’. The report was commissioned by an organisation with the eco-friendly sounding name, Greener Journeys. Greener Journeys actually describes itself as a ‘campaign’ to promote bus and coach travel.

However, Greener Journeys is funded by bus companies. Professor Begg is chairman of the campaign’s advisory board. He is also a non-executive director of the bus company First Bus, one of the companies that bankrolls Greener Journeys.
cycling  socialclass  comparison  publictransport  bus  DavidBegg  critique  research  GreenerJourneys  cyclableblog  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Cars or Trains: Which Will Win the Commuting Future? |
There’s no such thing, in my view, as a bad infrastructure investment. But there’s only so much money to go around. The decisions on infrastructure investment, when it comes to issues like urban economic productivity and reducing congestion, should focus on how to get the best bang for the buck. That can mean thinking more about the future and how patterns of work will shape what we need from transit systems, and working back from that to identify the best solutions.
transport  urbandevelopment  transportpolicy  publictransport  railways  investment  comparison  suburbs  NewGeography  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
How connected is your city? Urban transport trends around the world | Cities | The Guardian
Cities in numbers: The densest cities can be the most efficient, lively and sustainable – but only if they boast effective management and design to minimise overcrowding and pollution
cities  density  transport  publictransport  trends  research  London  NewYork  HongKong  global  RockefellerFoundation  Guardian  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Why Japanese Kids Can Walk to School Alone - The Atlantic
Even in big cities like Tokyo, small children take the subway and run errands by themselves. The reason has a lot to do with group dynamics.
children  publictransport  Japan  Tokyo  safety  autonomy  TheAtlantic  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Streetwise | The Economist
Cities are starting to put pedestrians and cyclists before motorists. That makes them nicer—and healthier—to live in
cities  transportpolicy  cycling  walking  publictransport  advocacy  growth  Economist  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
Cities with physically active residents more productive as well as healthier | Cities | The Guardian
Increasing amount of green space and promoting walking, cycling and use of public transport has significant economic benefits, study concludes
cities  transport  cycling  walking  publictransport  health  benefits  research  Guardian  2015 
june 2015 by inspiral
BBC News - Walking or cycling to work 'improves wellbeing'
Switching from driving a car to walking or cycling to work improves our wellbeing, a study suggests.
transport  happiness  walking  cycling  publictransport  research  comparison  UK  UniversityofEastAnglia  BBC  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Watch our new video to see which transport option is the healthiest exclusively on The Guardian - HealthyAir
Transport is the main contributor to air pollution in our cities, and how we move around in them can have huge consequences for how much air pollution we are exposed to. The Healthy Air Campaign teamed up with King’s College London, Camden Council and London cyclist, Vivienne Westwood, to see what travel options are the healthiest. Watch our video exclusively on The Guardian’s website.
cycling  walking  publictransport  bus  automotive  pollution  exposure  London  HealthyAir  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure? - video | Environment | The Guardian
An exercise by the Healthy Air Campaign, King's College London and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London. The monitoring found that that travelling on foot or by bike exposed commuters to significantly fewer fumes than using a car or bus
cycling  walking  publictransport  bus  automotive  pollution  exposure  London  Guardian  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
20 things coming to London by 2050 – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London
Crossrail might seem eons away by the average Londoner’s schedule, but in urban planning terms it’s already old hat. The city’s masterminds are already hard at work on planning what London needs to stay amazing by 2050 – 36 years from now. Here’s what we’ve learned about the future of the city from their giant new report.
London  forecast  transport  publictransport  railways  TransportforLondon  housing  growth  TimeOut  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
No growth in journeys made by bike since 1990s, says survey - Cycling Weekly
Car trips in England are down by 12% while cycling trips remain stagnant at 2% of journeys since the late 90s according to National Travel Survey (NTS) figures, released today, prompting criticism of the government’s cycling policy.
transport  cycling  walking  driving  publictransport  statistics  NationalTravelSurvey  UK  CyclingWeekly  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Would You Ride a Bicycle Across Europe's 2nd Longest Bridge? - CityLab
Copenhagen and Malmö are considering the feasibility of an elevated cycle highway over the Øresund.
Malmo  Copenhagen  transport  cycling  publictransport  TheBridge  Denmark  Sweden  TheAtlantic  CityLab  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years | Cities |
Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete
Helsinki  Finland  publictransport  innovation  exclusion  Guardian  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Why put cycling last? - Rachel Aldred: a London-based cycling sociologist, teaches and researches transport
What we do with that is however up to us. We can accept – although I hope we won’t – that it’s too difficult to make the change, and instead try to tweak things for existing cyclists. And as one of those existing cyclists, I would certainly rather share with buses only than with all motor traffic, if that’s the choice. But we won’t get to mass cycling this way – and I doubt we’ll even get to 5% with business as usual (bus lanes, advisory lanes, ASLs etc.) Or we can ask planners to be more explicit about where and when they will prioritise buses, deliveries, cars, cycling, walking and so on. The Roads Task Force attempted to start such a prioritisation process, and while I have misgivings about some of that work I think the basic idea is sound. I don’t expect cycling to be prioritised everywhere, but I do expect a usable network where cycling will be made safe and inviting for everyone, and for trade-offs and their costs to be acknowledged and made more explicit. We have a long way to go. But some of the barriers are rooted in what we are able to imagine in a far from ideal present. If we really believe that cycling will, soon, be for everyone, and keep our eyes fixed on both the numbers and the diversity of people we’re planning for, I think some of the obstacles to prioritising cycling might recede. Cycling is for everyone, not just for cyclists!
cycling  transportation  transportpolicy  bus  publictransport  RachelAldred  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
With Uber, Less Reason to Own a Car -
In other words, if Uber and its ride-sharing competitors succeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see many small and midsize cities become transportation nirvanas on the order of Manhattan — places where forgoing car ownership isn’t just an outré lifestyle choice, but the preferred way to live.
Uber  sharingeconomy  automotive  ownership  penetration  decline  publictransport  forecast  NYTimes  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral

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