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Cities Revive an Old Idea to Become More Pedestrian-Friendly - Governing

You're on a busy street corner and you need to get to a destination that's diagonally across the intersection. You know what you need to do: Wait for the signal, cross one street, wait for the signal to change, and then cross the other street. But does that make sense in a place where the number of pedestrians outnumber the number of vehicles? City officials in Washington, D.C., don’t think so. That’s why the District recently reconfigured an intersection to give pedestrians a chance to cross whichever streets they’d like -- even diagonally. The traffic signal cycle at the intersection now includes a period in which all vehicle traffic is stopped and pedestrians can cross in any direction wi

Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid - MobilityLab

A typical bikeshare member might often face an easy choice in trying to get from her home to downtown: pick up a bike and pedal with the wind in her hair, or sit in traffic and search in vain for a parking space. In the Washington D.C. region, with the spread of Capital Bikeshare stations, more trips that might otherwise be driven can now be diverted to two wheels. While the above scenario may be simplified and romanticized, Capital Bikeshare members say, as very clearly evidenced by their responses to the 2016 Capital Bikeshare survey, that they would use the system more often if it expanded even further (more docks, more bikes, and more stations). Most notably, overall, more than half (55

BMW's X2City electric kick scooter will go on sale later this year - Treehugger

Don't look for it at car dealers, though, because it will only be sold in bike shops. In some circles, there's a certain amount of prestige attached to owning specific brands (but not here on TreeHugger, of course), and for some people this fall, they'll probably be lined up to be able to say they just bought a BMW. However, instead of the much vaunted electric i3, they'll be purchasing a smaller two-wheeled vehicle, and one that will fit into a closet instead of a parking space. The forthcoming BMW Motorrad X2City is described as a "kick-scooter with electric auxiliary drive" with a top speed of up to 25 kph (~15.5 mph) and a driving range per charge of between 25 and 35 km (~15.5 to 21.7 m

Driverless cars: Who's doing what, and how it impacts urban transportation - Curbed

Fully autonomous cars haven’t truly hit the road in any significant numbers, yet when it comes to the steady cycle of reports about the latest developments, newsfeeds already seem to have achieved informational gridlock. The signal-to-noise ratio makes it hard to juggle all the updates about the latest business developments and engineering advances, not to mention thinking about how this game-changing tech will shape our cities, real estate, roadways, and even parking garages. To make sense of the latest developments, and how they’ll shape the future of urban transportation, Curbed took a look at the big players currently shaping the AV landscape, and how their next steps will impact how we

How to Bike to Work Without Looking Like a Sweaty Mess - CityLab

Bike season is in full swing, and it’s easy to daydream about skipping the stale-air subway in favor of a cycling commute. Riding to work is efficient—it’s eco-friendly and has predictable travel times—plus, you’ve got natural air conditioning as you zip around in the breeze. But you might get sweaty, and that can be a bit of a problem if you need to quickly clean up for a meeting or presentation. With a bit of planning, though, it shouldn’t be a problem. Here’s how to stay cool during—and after—your ride. Plot your route Whenever possible, plan a route along quiet, shaded side streets. Tree-lined minor arterial roads often have better air quality and provide shade. And if you can, opt for b

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