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Prerequisites for a successful pedestrian-only street

March 28, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

A few of us had a really great discussion on Twitter recently about pedestrian-only streets. It was kicked-off by a tweet about Spark Street Mall in Ottawa, which many argue needs a rethink.One of the comments was that a lot of people tend to overvalue their worth. And I will admit that I am probably one of those people. If you’ve ever...[read more]

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Urban Deliveries As Easy As Hailing An Uber

March 23, 2016 by Ross Kelly
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As the highest-valued start-up in history Uber has erupted into the taxi market and torn it apart from the inside, using the latest technology to completely revolutionise an out-dated industry and become a market leader in a matter of months. So now the app-innovators have announced their intentions to move into the world of deliveries what could that mean for the future of logistics?[read more]

Everything you ever wanted to know about automated vehicles

March 23, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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Last fall, David Ticoll (who is a research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto) published a thorough discussion paper called Driving Changes: Automated Vehicles in Toronto. If you’re interested in driverless cars, and I know that a lot of you are, then it’s definitely worth a weekend read. It’s...[read more]

DC’s Metro Closure Shows Why Creating Trust in Public Transit Matters

The Washington, DC Metro. Photo by RJ Schmidt/Flickr.Washington, D.C., one of the most powerful cities on Earth, has been thrown off-stride by a transit crisis. Starting March 16, the U.S. capital’s Metro system, which serves more than 710,000 passengers daily, closed down for 29 hours for emergency power cable inspections, two days...[read more]

Light rail and college campuses: perfect matrimony

March 21, 2016 by Timothy Boscarino

The University of Michigan recently released its plans for the Ann Arbor Connector: a proposed light rail transit system that would connect U-M’s three campus hubs--north, central and south campus within the City of Ann Arbor.AA Connector Proposed Route MapRoute map from aaconnector.comThe questions about where, when and how much have...[read more]

14 Reasons to Invest in Living Green Infrastructure

March 14, 2016 by Leda Marritz
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After years of neglect, infrastructure is again being discussed as a major priority for public investment in many jurisdictions. Ontario’s new Climate Change Strategy calls for the building of green infrastructure, among other things, to help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. In the past, public investments have largely been...[read more]

Angelenos Opt for Traffic, Not Transit: Ridership Down 10%

March 9, 2016 by The Global Grid

Angelenos choose to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic, basking in a smoggy cloud of exhaust on the way to work, to meet a friend, or to hit the beach. We just enjoy hit-and-run collisions (that account for 44% of all traffic collisions) and stressing out about parking and tickets. Angelenos cherish their cars, knowingly or unknowingly...[read more]

City-wide e-scooter share launched in ChiaYi, Taiwan

February 24, 2016 by Wayne Gao
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Imagine an “individualized” public transit system where reliable electric-powered bikes/scooters are available for use within walking distance in a city.[read more]

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Exploring the Popularity and Positive Aspects of RVing

February 18, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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RVing is a great American pastime that’s as popular as ever – especially since gas prices dropped. Traveling by RV instantly takes you back to the heyday of American road trips when the highway system was new and people were experiencing a new sense of freedom.[read more]

The Likeways Approach Towards Urban Navigation

February 13, 2016 by Martin Traunmueller

Sick of walking along boring routes through the city suggested by Google Maps? The Likeways mobile application offers a novel approach towards wayfinding to its users.[read more]

Recyclables Traded for Bus Fare at Bus Stations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid
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Terminal Alvorada, Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil From October 19 to November 19, 2015, the city of Rio de Janeiro tested a machine that accepted recyclable materials in exchange for a bus pass. The machine was located in the Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, and sat next to the normal ticket windows. Upon depositing five pieces of waste for recycling, the user was given a prepaid RioCard loaded with R$ 3.40 — the value of a one way trip.[read more]

UberPOOL Is the New Networking Tool

January 27, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

UberPOOL launched in Toronto last week. It was tested in Toronto last summer and it’s been available in other cities for awhile, but now it’s officially here. If you’re not yet familiar with UberPOOL, it basically allows you to share your ride with other people who are headed in the same direction. I’ve heard some people on Twitter complain about route inefficiencies, but I’ve had only positive experiences with it so far.[read more]