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Student parking passes: environmental and policy implications

Student parking passes: environmental and policy implications

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

College students are interested in reducing greenhouse gases, and one of the top ways to address climate change is via new transportation habits. A new study, “Factors associated with students’ parking-pass purchase decisions: Evidence from an American University” by Selima Sultana, investigates students’ tendency to purchase parking passes, and its implication on a school’s goal of […]

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Urban greenery means more walking, reveals study

Urban greenery means more walking, reveals study

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The greener the street, the more people will walk? Possibly, says a recently published study, “Exploring associations between urban green, street design and walking: Results from the Greater London boroughs” by Chinmoy Sarkar, Chris Webster, Matthew Pryor, Dorothy Tang, Scott Melbourne, Xiaohu Zhang and Liu Jianzheng of the University of Hong Kong. The study, which […]

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Shared autonomous vehicles may cut parking needs by 90% – study

Shared autonomous vehicles may cut parking needs by 90% – study

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ridesharing in self-driving cars may reduce the demand for parking in urban areas by up to 90 percent, according to a recent study led by Wenwen Zhang, “Exploring the Impact of Shared Autonomous Vehicles on Urban Parking Demand: An Agent-based Simulation Approach,” which investigates the potential impact of shared autonomous vehicles, or SAVs, on urban […]

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How your car’s heads-up display impacts your attention

How your car’s heads-up display impacts your attention

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Keep your eyes on the road!” Every driver has heard it before. With more and more studies proving that distracted driving is fatal, the admonishment has taken on new meaning in an age of smartphones and other digital distractions. But what, exactly, are the mechanics of a driver’s attention? A study released last month, “The […]

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Chat with Kush Parikh, president of mobile parking app PayByPhone

Chat with Kush Parikh, president of mobile parking app PayByPhone

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Geneva, Switzerland recently joined the ranks of other international cities — among them locales throughout the U.S., U.K., France, Australia and Canada — pioneering mobile parking payments with PayByPhone. The app allows drivers to use the location number, found on their parking machine, as a reference point to pay for parking spots via smartphone or […]

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The top 10 trends in sustainable urban development

The top 10 trends in sustainable urban development

| July 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

Mobility, environmental protection, housing: Around the world, countries are aiming for sustainable urban development (SUD) that encompasses these, and more, vital segments of daily living. A new study, “Toward the sustainable development of urban areas: An overview of global trends in trials and policies,” from Abbas M. Hassan and Hyowon Lee, pinpoints what’s trending now […]

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Black pedestrians must wait 32% longer than whites at U.S. crosswalks

Black pedestrians must wait 32% longer than whites at U.S. crosswalks

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Black pedestrians may be experiencing discrimination at crosswalks, according to a new study. “Racial bias in driver yielding behavior at crosswalks” by researchers Tara Goddard, Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Arlie Adkins found that black participants were twice as likely as white participants to be passed by two-plus cars. Additionally, the found that black participants experienced a […]

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PayByPhone parking app hits Boston

PayByPhone parking app hits Boston

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Parking meters throughout the U.S. are disappearing, one app at a time. As we’ve reported before, regional parking apps are popping up that allow drivers to pay for parking in garages, and on the street, via the convenience of their smartphones. Collaborations between local government, such as Parkmobile, which is available throughout the country, make single-spot […]

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Commutes are getting longer; automated options on the horizon

Commutes are getting longer; automated options on the horizon

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Technology stands to transform workers’ commutes even more over the next few years than it has in the recent past. Consider one recent study out of the University of Cincinnati, which finds that almost everyone has experienced a jump in commute length over the last 20 years, or the opinion of expert Antonio Loro, an urban […]

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In school zones, sign saturation isn’t a problem, according to study

In school zones, sign saturation isn’t a problem, according to study

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How does the density of traffic signage impact school safety? A new study, “Driver behavior and accident frequency in school zones: Assessing the impact of sign saturation,” investigates — and disproves — the theory that “if a driver observes too many of the same signs, he or she may no longer pay attention to those signs.” […]

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Oregon debuts first pay-per-mile driving tax in the U.S.

Oregon debuts first pay-per-mile driving tax in the U.S.

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

OReGO, a new pilot program in Oregon, is attempting to change the way road and bridge infrastructure is funded, reports the Portland Business Journal. The Oregon Road Usage Charge will charge drivers on a per-mile basis, monitoring drivers’ use of roads, and charging a fixed fee per mile driven. Cars will be provided with mile-tracking […]

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