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U.S. engineering standards open door for new bike lane designs

U.S. engineering standards open door for new bike lane designs

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last month, a little-known group with a gigantic acronym — the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD-BTC) — voted to endorse a set of 11 devices that include bike boxes, contraflow bike lanes, and bike lanes through intersections. Cyclists nationwide cheered the vote because of its long-term implications. […]

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How parking garages and lots can LEEP ahead and up their revenue

How parking garages and lots can LEEP ahead and up their revenue

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parking garages and lots in the U.S. spend more than $6 billion on lighting alone. If their owners cut those costs, how much could they reap in revenue? A lot — or so the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) campaign promises. The program offers advice about energy efficiency to owners of parking facilities, as […]

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Hundreds of Chicago drivers ticketed by mistake

Hundreds of Chicago drivers ticketed by mistake

| July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

To Scott Burnham, spokesman for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, it was just part of a “learning curve.” To 317 drivers, it was a ticket issued for parking legally paid. The motorists had used the ParkChicago smartphone app developed by Burnham’s company but were ticketed anyway, despite still having time on their meters. Burnham blamed enforcement […]

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Troubled Citi Bike station becomes political problem

Troubled Citi Bike station becomes political problem

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a construction site blocked a section of sidewalk along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, it spelled trouble for a Citi Bike station that also happened to be located on that same stretch. The station had to be moved and so was reinstalled a few weeks ago along a protected bike lane on South […]

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SF attorney sends cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking

SF attorney sends cease and desist letter to MonkeyParking

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I have the right to tell people if I am about to leave a parking spot, and they have the right to pay me for such information,” says Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO MonkeyParking, defending his controversial parking app. Unfortunately, the City of San Francisco does not agree. City attorney Dennis Herrera has sent a cease-and-desist letter to […]

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Preferential parking in Los Angeles: boon or burden?

Preferential parking in Los Angeles: boon or burden?

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles: notorious for its tough parking. Does preferential parking help solve the problem or aggravate it? That depends on whether or not you have preferential parking yourself. What is preferential parking? A Preferential Parking District restricts outsiders from parking in a neighborhood. Los Angeles has about 30 of these districts. How does a district […]

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A robotic parking garage adds even greater curb appeal to luxury homes

A robotic parking garage adds even greater curb appeal to luxury homes

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

When location isn’t enough, try a robotic parking garage. That may as well be the tagline for 12 East 13th Street, a luxury home development in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood that DHA Capital and Continental Properties are backing. The development, which will include eight units ranging in price from $7.5 million to $31 million, was […]

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L.A. group proposes to cap parking tickets at $23

L.A. group proposes to cap parking tickets at $23

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drivers should only pay $23 when they’re issued parking tickets that don’t involve public safety, say members of the Parking Freedom Initiative (PFI), a citizens group that formed in Los Angeles to combat what it sees as abuses in the way the city enforces parking. What’s more, City Hall should create a process for involving […]

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NYC Citi Bike pedaling through an uphill battle

NYC Citi Bike pedaling through an uphill battle

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ever since its inception, New York City’s much-hyped Citi Bike program has hit roadblocks. In its second year now, the problems seem far from over for the bike-share program. New York City is now asking Alta Bicycle Share (which oversees the entire bike-share program through its subsidiary) to pay up $1 million to cover the parking […]

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Vision Zero looks ahead to 2024

Vision Zero looks ahead to 2024

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

No wonder New York’s civic leaders want to fast forward to 2024: 286 people died in traffic accidents in the city in 2013. That’s almost the number of homicide victims there in the same period. By 2024, however, that figure will be zero — or so Mayor Bill de Blasio promises through Vision Zero, his […]

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Troubled Disneyland expands parking, but experts skeptical of move

Troubled Disneyland expands parking, but experts skeptical of move

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even “The Happiest Place on Earth” has parking problems. With guest attendance rising every year from 2004 to 2012, Disneyland hasn’t been able to keep up with parking demand. As a result, annual pass holders and tourists consistently find themselves hunting for parking in remote structures, especially on Sundays. Walt Disney Co. is addressing the problem by […]

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