A ton of stuff has happened this year!
- NYC, Vision Zero: includes a speed limit reduction to 25mph, already implemented. SF has similar initiatives.
- Helsinki’s mobility-on-demand (MoD) system!
California planned to replace a car-friendly engineering metric known as “level of service” with a transit-friendly alternative that focuses on vehicle miles traveled. That’s a lot of jargon, but the upshot is simple: road projects should get tougher to complete in California cities, moving forward, and bus and bike and train projects should get noticeably easier.
Europe Strikes Back Against Traffic. Several major European cities issued dramatic restrictions to drivers this year. Madrid will ban cars in the city center for non-residents; Paris will do the same and reserve some roads exclusively for cleaner hybrid and electric cars; London will enhance its low-emission zone into an ultra-low-emission zone. These policies help address two of the huge invisible social costs of driving—congestion and pollution—and will hopefully inspire other major global cities to follow suit.
The Cambridge-based mobility company Superpedestrian began to mass produce and accept pre-orders for its innovative Copenhagen Wheel this year.