Sunday, March 31, 2013

Check how safe where you walk/bike is?

 Chicago Crash Browser is an online browser of pedestrian/bicycle crash data for Chicago in 2005-2011. Check how safe where you walk/bike is?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Re-thinking future bus systems

See the article on BBC:

"Commuting by bus has changed little since our grandparents’ days – we wait in line at a bus shelter and board a bus that takes us on a set route to our destination. A digital timetable with an approximate time for the next arrival is about as 21st Century as the average bus stop gets.

For electronics giant Philips, the bus stop is due a radical overhaul. Instead of buses sticking to the same old route every day, why can’t they adapt according to their passengers’ needs, asked the company’s designer Cheaw Hwei Low, who is based in their Singapore design studio. Why can’t bus stops themselves be physically transformed, and move away from the static shelters we are used to seeing on our streets?"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Research Data Exchange (RDE)

The RDE can be found on line at

"U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration [RITA] and the Federal Highway Administration [FHWA] released the first version of the Research Data Exchange (RDE), a transportation data sharing system that promotes sharing of archived and real-time data from multiple sources and multiple modes."

Friday, March 1, 2013

The High Cost of Free Parking

The High Cost of Free Parking by Donald Shoup:
"Off-street parking requirements are devastating American cities. So says Donald Shoup in this no-holds-barred treatise on the way parking should be.Free parking, Shoup argues, has contributed to auto dependence, rapid urban sprawl, extravagant energy use, and a host of other problems. Planners mandate free parking to alleviate congestion, but end up distorting transportation choices, debasing urban design, damaging the economy, and degrading the environment. Ubiquitous free parking helps explain why our cities sprawl on a scale fit more for cars than for people, and why American motor vehicles now consume one-eighth of the world's total oil production.But it doesn't have to be this way. Shoup proposes new ways for cities to regulate parking, namely, charge fair market prices for curb parking, use the resulting revenue to pay for services in the neighborhoods that generate it, and remove zoning requirements for off-street parking. Such measures, according to the Yale-trained economist and UCLA planning professor, will make parking easier and driving less necessary.See what journalists are writing about the high cost of free parking."
Donald Shoup will be the keynote speaker at the Smart Parking Symposium which will be held in Berkeley, CA, March 18-19, 2013.