Sunday, February 22, 2015

MOBILITY HOT SPOTS

Potent regenerative impacts for our many urban districts, towns and hamlets can be expected from local policies and programs to designate and nurture “mobility hot spots" (MHS). These governmental actions do not need billions of dollars. A simple change in local attitude will suffice.

MHS is a proposed land use designation for walkable districts that offer public access to zipcars, bike rakes and rentals, taxis (within or robocars), bus stops eg Bridj, gathering points for ride-sharing networks, etc. These are all co-located. Each mode of transportation has its own dynamic. Some require government financial support; others can come from existing public works (streets, sidewalks, etc.) budgets but redirected to reinforce MHS objectives. Other modes are profitable.

Swedish (Christer Lindstrom) and Swedish-American (Ron Swenson) thinking collaborated at PCC8
last September at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. PCC9 will be in Silicon Valley.
Government’s critical role is to coordinate and synchronize all this. For example, why not provide free wi-fi access to the public at MHSs?


Pedestrian Is Community-Friendly

The creation and maintenance of MHSs requires cooperation from highway and police authorities. This is not easy, for it challenges long-standing Eisenhower policies that highways are king and road vehicles go right up to and into every facet of our lives. Can local policy create pedestrian friendly, landscaped and maintained districts and tame the traffic therein? 


Who better to help Americans at this re-orientation than Swedish designers -- architects, civic space creators and animators, district managers and transport officials? Dozens of them have already registered for PCC9 -- the 9th Podcar City conference this fall (Nov 2-4) in Silicon Valley. Learn more at www.podcar.org.

Previous Podcar News

1/29/2015
The power of digital connectivity is disrupting old patterns of life midway into the second decade of the 21st century. Individuals are in touch with the whole world with their increasingly smarter devices. The future of urban mobility doesn’t look much like the past. Uber is making waves.  To... more
12/10/2014
The USDOT spent half a billion dollars in the 1970s (so about $1B in today’s terms) to demonstrate automated, elevated transit, supposedly to revive and sustain declining CBDs (downtown business districts).  None has been built since. Singapore in the 1990s spent about the same amount to bu... more
11/21/2014
For the last several years, Silicon Valley was the main source of American news about podcars. This interest in next-gen mobility is shifting east in at least seven places. Northern California has a Skytran prototype hanging in a NASA facility at the sourthern tip of San Francisco Bay. San Jose ... more
10/31/2014
Trans.21 -- the clearinghouse of information on automated people movers established in 1983 -- is cleaning house. Several dozen video cassettes on various kinds of advanced, automated transit as well as scores of slides and other material are available. They can be useful to researchers, historians ... more
9/14/2014
The world of advanced mobility spoke a Swedish-accented English early this month at PCC8 at Arlanda Airport.  Where are the metro-loving, transit-exporting French in these exchanges?    The 8th Podcar City conference in Stockholm (Sept 3-5) emitted strong signs that PRT (aka ... more
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