Author: Kyle Park Points

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Google’s “Popular Times” A Potential Game Changer

When it comes to city planning, research is the key – the key to fluid transportation, efficient land usage, and reasonable allocation of resources. Tim Barton recently made some poignant observations regarding Google’s “Popular Times” feature and how the data gathered by the media juggernaut could be distributed to and utilized by urban planners to better […]

April 29th

Seattle Expands Light Rail Service

According to KUOW.org, Seattle, Washington recently extended light rail service 3.15 miles through two of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. The $1.9 billion project opened Sound Transit stations at Husky Stadium and Capitol Hill in mid-March. The city aspires to add 71,000 new riders to the system by 2030. “No matter how bad the traffic […]

April 9th

Charm City Bikeshare Receives Funding in Baltimore

According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s largest city has recently released $2.36 million in funding for a bikeshare partnership with Canadian company Bewegen Technologies that will deploy 500 bikes on the streets this fall. The fleet will include 200 bikes with electric pedal assistance, which will be the largest share in North and South America, […]

April 5th

Bikeshare Riders Cycle Safer

According to research conducted by Mineta Transportation Institute(MTI),  bikeshare riders are actually safer cyclists. A recent article on Curbed.com reported that MTI found a lower accident rate for cyclists using a bikesharing program compared to other ‘regular’ cyclists. The institute’s peer-reviewed report, Bikesharing and Bicycle Safety, utilized interviews, long-term data and focus groups to research […]

March 31st

Pedestrian Fatalities Increase in 2015

In a disturbing trend, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) expects to find a 10% increase in pedestrian fatalities in 2015 according to preliminary data. This represents the largest increase since such data collection began in 1975, which has ranged from a 10.5% decrease to an 8.1% increase. In the annual GHSA Spotlight on Highway […]

March 29th

California Judge Rules in Favor of High-Speed Rail

According to The Fresno Bee, a Sacramento, California, judge recently denied the efforts of Kings County Board of Supervisors to halt production of a high-speed bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This is yet another advancement for the project which has been held up in litigation and bureaucracy for the last several years. […]

March 29th

Chicago to Replace Half Of All Rail Cars

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) approved a $1.3 billion contract to replace nearly half of the rail cars in service – 846 cars to be exact – the largest such purchase in the authority’s history. Over the next 10 years, the new series of rail cars will […]

March 25th

Norway Plans to Spend $1 Billion on Bike Highways

Norway is planning on constructing nearly $1 billion worth of bike highways (click here for Norwegian article) in an attempt to spark a rise in bicycle transit and reduce national carbon emissions. According to a CityLab article, the plan was announced in late February with intent to slash the country’s carbon emissions, the project aims […]

March 23rd

Morgan Freeman Narrates Pedestrians on Hollywood Blvd

On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, actor and frequent narrator Morgan Freeman lent his signature voice to a segment exploring the “pedestrian experience” on Hollywood Boulevard via a hidden street camera. Noting a certain unsuspecting gentleman and his ‘selfie stick,’ Freeman unleashes a laugh-out-loud minute of commentary which should rouse a genuine laugh […]

March 22nd

Top 20 Cities for Saving Money via Public Transportation

The American Public Transit Association (APTA) recently released its February Savings Report. The association releases a monthly savings report in order to analyze how much money the average two-person household can save by taking public transportation and using one less automobile. The average commuter is looking at a savings of more than $754 a month […]

March 22nd

Extended Commuting & Its Effects

How much does your commute cost you? Not simply in terms of money spent on whichever form of transportation you choose, but in terms of time spent. It has been said that ‘time is money’ and if this is to be believed, tons of money is squandered everyday between home and work. Washington Post’s Wonkblog […]

March 17th