Today’s transportation roundup (or #transporoundup if you speak Twitterese):
Martha Groves wrote a great post in Sci-Tech Today about debates over parking apps like MonkeyParking and Sweetch. Summarizing the various positions discussed:
- L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin: MonkeyParking is an unacceptable private appropriation of what should be a public good. It needs to be stopped because it means a subsidy is not reaching the public.
- Paul Supawanich, transportation planner with Nelson\Nygaard: No one would use these apps if parking was priced according to what people are willing to pay for it. Apps like MonkeyParking are a kind of bellwether – they’ll only flourish if your pricing is screwed up. But the app messes up people’s incentives, causing them to park for longer in order to close a $7 deal to sell their spot.
- MonkeyParking: Yup, pricing is all screwed up, and we’re trying to help (while making potentially a chunk of change doing it). Also, don’t you think our logo is neat-looking?
- Dennis Herrera, attorney for San Francisco: Our legal system isn’t really set up to deal with apps like this.
- Donald Shoup: Yeah, pricing is broken, so if you have a problem with this app, fix pricing.
Department of Irony: People attending a Formula 1 event in Austin had to endanger themselves by walking through some really dangerous turf to get from their parking spots to their seating, according to KXAN’s Kevin Schwaller.
Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State has an impossibly complete study on bikesharing programs: problems they solve/create, technical difficulties they have yet to surmount, demographics, and so on. It’s 128 pages long.
Gizmodo’s Campbell Simpson points out that Sydney, Australia saved $370,000 last year by installing LED lights in their streetlamps. Why doesn’t everyone do this?
The California Planning & Development Report discusses land use measures on the ballot this November 5th, among them Sean Parker’s “Restore Transportation Balance” measure, which attempts to secure San Francisco in perpetuo for the personal motor vehicle, and also operates on the laughable premise that demand-based parking prices are a crime against Libertarianism.
And news from ye olde state DOTs: