Time to reinvent the wheel? This infographic presents an idea that could apply to cars and bikes: the square wheel.
Donald C. Shoup, “The High Cost of Free Parking.”
Chicago, IL: Planners Press, © 2005, p. 21(via fraserarchitecture)
In the U.S., it’s about three times cheaper on average to drive an electric car than a gas-powered one. But certain states are much more EV-friendly than others.
Yes, the US vs. Europe comparisons (particularly with cities) are tiresome and unfair. Obviously, old European cities were not built for cars the way many US cities were.
But this does nicely illustrate one of the many reasons to undo the damage of US car dependency, particularly by ceasing sprawl and switching to infill growth — alternative transportation modes like cycling more easily serve compact developments than they do car-sprawl.
"How Seattle Transformed Parking Without Spending a Fortune
Eric Jaffe. Oct 24, 2013
The most sophisticated street-parking system in the United States, and perhaps the world, is in San Francisco. SFpark uses demand-responsive pricing to adjust the rates of city street meters and garages in eight major neighborhoods, ensuring that spots are always available. The program uses a matrix of street sensors to inform drivers using the SFpark app of space vacancy and prices in real time.
Of course, not every city can get a $20 million federal grant to implement such a system, as San Francisco did. Those places seeking a more affordable model might want to look a bit north to Seattle, where the city has established SeaPark. While less technologically advanced than SFpark, the SeaPark program still responds to parking demand across the city with notable efficiency — and for a fraction of the cost.
"Seattle is really showing how cities, often with existing equipment and a little hard work, can do demand-responsive pricing," says Jay Primus, manager of SFpark. “It’s not as sophisticated, but it’s such a big step in the right direction.”
Before SeaPark went into effect, Seattle charged a flat, one-size-fits-all rate for parking in its various downtown business districts, just as many cities do across the country. But a thorough study of the parking landscape conducted a few years back showed that not every area behaved like the others. Different neighborhoods had different demands.”
That’s compared to around 200 million today.
This is what a cyclist-friendly speed hump looks like.
It also works better for cars. Deep and narrow speed humps like those in the US encourage cars to dramatically slow down, then speed back up again, whereas the wide and shallow speed humps in Copenhagen and elsewhere encourage a uniformly lower speed without the near-stops.
Thanks Declan Sharp for sharing this quote!
That’s up from 21% ten years earlier.
A small fee based on each mile traveled, with a surcharge during rush-hour and on city roads, may be the optimal road-funding model.
"Road deaths are the fifth largest cause of death in developing countries. In this interactive map, you can see just how bad it’s getting.
The aim: to alert the world that road accidents are set to become the fifth biggest cause of death in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization, and that the numbers are only getting worse. By 2030, there could be 3.6 million deaths a year, if current trends continue.”