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graphing parking

Graphing Parking is a site dedicated to visualizing the wonkery laid out in Don Shoup’s tome The High Cost of Free Parking.  It maps out visually the requirements that different cities have for parking associated with various land uses all … Continue reading

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Break out the Bikes for the next Hackfest

Boulder’s QuickLeft is hosting a Bicycle Hackfest, the evening of Tuesday, May 14th, from 6-9pm.  Unfortunately, I can’t make it, but it would be great if someone could work on getting our Mark-A-Spot Open311 testbed built out… contact me if … Continue reading

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Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

A writeup by The Atlantic Cities of a paper in the Transportation Research Board journal of the National Academies looking at the effects of parking on the vitality of urban centers.  It’s found that the detrimental effects of dedicating urban … Continue reading

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Cargo cyclists replace truck drivers

In livable, human-scale cities, a lot of cargo can be moved more efficiently by bike.  The EU is funding a pilot project called CycleLogistics to collect data on just how effectively human powered cargo can be scaled up.  With modest … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Economics of Traffic Congestion

The Atlantic Cities takes a look at the Economics of Traffic Congestion.  It turns out that congestion is positively correlated with per-capita GDP, and there’s little evidence to suggest that traffic congestion ends up inhibiting economic development significantly.  In their … Continue reading

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Parking Price Elasticity in San Francisco

Prices affect parking less than San Francisco expected, in its ongoing SFPark experiment, fully implementing dynamic parking prices with target occupancy rates.  Apparently people are willing to pay quite a bit more to be right next to their destination, instead … Continue reading

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Automotive Death Revealer

We hide many of the financial costs of our automobile culture, such as the exorbitant true price of parking, but just as much, we hide the cost in human lives.  By far, the most common source of violent traumatic injury … Continue reading

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On the Economics of Mass Transit and the Value of Common Sense

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight thinks about what we ought to measure when comparing public transportation options.  Does Modesto, CA really have better public transit than New York City?  There are a lot of measurable quantities, but only some of them … Continue reading

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CycleTracks for iPhone and Android

The San Francisco Transportation Authority created a mobile app to collect bicycle route/usage data called CycleTracks.  It’s open source, and we’re thinking it might be fun to adapt for use here in Boulder (and elsewhere) to better understand how people … Continue reading

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Potential Boulder Transportation Innovations

Much cheaper than an underpass… The Camera reports (in a pleasantly positive light) that Boulder is exploring a variety of low-cost bike and transit improvements.  Underpasses and separated trails are awesome, but quite costly, and often depend on external funding … Continue reading

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