ITS Monday: Edition 23, 2020
This week’s small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week: Cycleways temporary or otherwise, scooter speed limits, how scooters have been seen as bad for the UK, the inside story of how supply chains were pandemic-hit, and more.
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a new series of interviews with transport professionals – Effects of COVID on the transport sector – what they see now, what they would like to happen post-pandemic, and what they think will happen. If you’d like to be join this conversation, drop us a line!
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For a few weeks now in this news roundup there have been stories about the addition of new cycling lanes, or pop-up lanes, to help maintain the move to bicycles, e-scooter and the like that have thrived in the pandemic period. The big question was, will these plans come to fruition. In what it would be hoped is not a trend, the NZ city of Wellington has, as lockdown laws have been relaxed significantly, has changed its mind on new temporary cycleways, and is undecided as to more permanent moves.READ THE ARTICLE
Meanwhile in Melbourne, the plan to reduce the dominance of cars and promote the use of bicycles continues. ‘Hundreds of car parking spaces will be removed across Melbourne’s CBD over the next two years to make way for 40 kilometres of bicycle lanes being fast-tracked across the city.’READ THE ARTICLE
Back to Wellington NZ, a real hotbed of transport talk right now, the council has imposed a new, reduced speed limit on the Flamingo and Jump e-scooters currently on trial in and around the city’s waterfront.READ THE ARTICLE
A policy paper has been released in the UK, by Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS). It puts e-scooters in quite the negative light. ‘From evidence and experience around the world, it is now very clear that the public benefits [of e-scooters] are illusory and the disbenefits substantial, at least in a European context,’ says the organisation in a new policy paper. ‘As such, e-scooters will work against many of the Government’s objectives. PACTS therefore opposes the trials and wider legalisation of e-scooters.’
There’s no link to the PACTS paper in this story, but if you like to have a look, it’s linked at the PACTS site.READ THE ARTICLE
Associate Professor Taha Rashidi from UNSW Engineering and Associate Professor Julie Hatfield from UNSW Science speak about car sharing, ride sharing, carpooling, and active transport. “Any increase in use of private motor vehicles is a shift in the wrong direction; it’s bad for the environment and our quality of life and we should really be shifting to active transport.”READ THE ARTICLE
A fascinating story from within a sector that took a very big and very public hit as the pandemic bit. ‘In a world turned on its head by the deadly coronavirus pandemic, the response from Australia’s largest supermarket chains was nothing short of extraordinary.’READ THE ARTICLE
A story generated by a report from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. ‘The IIHS found that while autonomous vehicles will eventually “identify hazards and react faster than humans” and “won’t become distracted or drive drunk”, the safety body determined “stopping the rest of the crashes will be a lot harder’.READ THE ARTICLE