ITS Monday: Edition 9, 2021
A small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week: The survival possibilities for parklets and other new changes, blockchain and smart cities, and the battle for and on footpaths.
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!
Now, scroll down, and see what’s in this week’s edition. Oh, and before you do, be sure check out the quickest way to receive our new content via the subscription box just below …
Parklets and the like have been one of the more visible responses to the pandemic. Initially there were questions as to whether or not the public would embrace them. The evidence is on on this, with the public making good use of these newly-created spaces. Will it last? Will it be allowed to last? Will both transport authorities and the upcoming colder seasons of the year take a bite out of this space use? Helen Rowe, a PhD Candidate, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University here takes a look at parklets (and pop-up bike lanes), and considers the future not only of them, but in experimentation and change in this area in the future.READ THE ARTICLE
“The article first provides background to the Blockchain concept, current and emerging trends in its development, followed by a survey of potential urban applications with particular attention to the domains of governance, transport, supply chain and logistics. Next, the paper presents the challenges that must be overcome to enable widespread adoption and deployment of the technology. The paper is intended for urban researchers and practitioners alike and will be a contribution that can be used by a broad range of stakeholders who wish to understand the disruptive forces of Blockchain, opportunities and potential applications, as well as challenges in the context of Smart Cities.”
Amongst the co-authors on this new paper are iMOVE researchers Hussein Dia and Hadi Ghaderi.READ THE ARTICLE
“A primary school in Melbourne’s north has temporarily banned cars from a 200-metre stretch of road outside its front gate at drop-off and pick-up times, in a trial it hopes will encourage more children to permanently switch to riding or walking to school.”READ THE ARTICLE
“Paradigm-shattering change will happen when streets, sidewalks and intersections are transformed into community gathering spots through the simple act of giving human beings priority over motor vehicles.” A simple act? Well yes, and no, right? This article is from the Social Life Project website, an organisation whose mission is to ‘… highlight what makes public spaces thrive, drawing from communities around the world’. Sydney and Brisbane receive a shout-out in this article.READ THE ARTICLE