Bike Share – The Future Norm of American Cities?

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Many cities in Europe may not have intentionally made it hard to drive, but their dense urban areas with narrow streets make it hard to drive and park. Trips can be shorter since it is denser. You don’t have to travel long distances to get to a grocery store, a bar or a restaurant. We can’t just tell people, “you are killing the planet so get out of your cars!” It’s unreasonable to expect that alone to work. We need to provide them with other options or incentives. For example charging for driving a car in congested areas of the…

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Centerwalk Community Design Aims To Revolutionize Cities

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To add a little detail on the Centerwalk concept; in most suburban areas people drive their car right into their own garage, but in a high-rise you don’t drive you car to a condo, you drive into a garage. You get out of you car, you go to the elevator and you go to your condo. If you can imagine that high-rise “laid onto its side” where you park your car at the edge and you can either walk or jump into a “robot mover” unit – that thing zips you right to the back of your apartment in just…

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Why Free Parking Is Costing Us An Awful Lot

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I recommend three policies. First, charge the right price for curb parking, by which I mean the lowest price that will leave one or two spaces open on every block, so no one has to cruise for parking. Second, spend the meter revenue to pay for added public services on the metered streets, so residents and merchants can see the meter money at work for them. Third, remove the minimum off-street parking requirements.

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Electric Vehicles Aren’t The Sole Solution

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I think the electric vehicles make sense but there is no reason why they can’t coexist. And indeed if you lo at the California Air Resources Board planned for California and carbon reduction, they identify those electric vehicles hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell as necessary steps to meet our goals. One alone will not be sufficient. You’ve got to pursue multiple paths. Fuel cells right now basically have a range of typically 100 to 150 miles, except the Tesla, and while that is satisfactory for most people commuting and local driving, some people feel like they want to be…

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Smart Parking Solves Challenges In Cities

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On the city side, cities would mostly keep the same rates for decades. Parking on-street at the meters was often cheaper than parking off-street in the garages, which should be reversed. Generally, you want people to pay a premium to park on-street in front of the store they want to shop at. You also want the people that work at the store to park at the long-term garage. Then, new technology came around that enabled you to pay with a credit card or your mobile phone. Now the cities are able to adjust their parking rates to what the market…

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