ITS Monday: Edition 42, 2020
This week’s small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
This is, I think, the biggest edition of ITS Monday so far, with 12 articles on offer. Included this week: transport post-pandemic, walkability and awe walks, safety law for automated vehicles, how one city solved cycling safety, 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!
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 …
There’s a bit of doom and gloom in this story, which is based on modelling by Movement & Place Consulting. Data has been consulted, but there’s a sprinkling of ‘could’ modality (linguisticaly speaking) throughout the article. It also quotes Monash University’s urban planning expert Dr Elizabeth Taylor, epidemiologist Catherine Bennett, as well as public transport and government officials. Along with the data are ideas for how to lessen the blow, or make things easier for people for returning to a city (Melbourne, as this is a story from The Age) commute.READ THE ARTICLE
This is from City Hub, a publication written for ‘young urban dwellers’ in the inner suburbs of Sydney (‘From Bondi in the east to Balmain in the west …’). Right from the get go it’s a strongly worded article: ‘It’s infrastructure, not helmets, that Sydney needs to be talking about to get people on their bikes. And with active transport highlighted as one of the keys to the city’s economic recovery, boosting our embarrassingly low cycling rates is more important than ever.’READ THE ARTICLE
The Have your say type of web page is an extremely popular choice of connecting with the community these days, and here’s another one, for what is a big transport project in NSW, the new Metro driverless train line between the Western Sydney Airport and St Marys.READ THE ARTICLE
The SMH’s Elizabeth Farrelly can be a little, ahhh, polarising with her column’s opinions, and here she is set off by two sources, Sir David Attenborough’s new film A Life on Our Planet, and the book Slow Cities by Paul Tranter and Rodney Tolley. ‘Slow cities foster cafe economies: resilient, small-scale, healthy, with far lower health, land, infrastructure and transport costs. Plus there’s the economic benefit of actually surviving.’READ THE ARTICLE
‘The architects behind the redesign of Central Station want to take 100,000 cars off the road by transforming Sydney’s residential streets from asphalt into green space. In an analysis of 11 inner Sydney local government areas, global architecture firm Woods Bagot says up to 800km of lesser-used roads could be replaced with pedestrian networks, community spaces and market gardens.’READ THE ARTICLE
Available for your download pleasure is the NTC’s latest discussion paper, A national in-service safety law for automated vehicles. ‘This discussion paper follows infrastructure and transport ministers’ endorsement of a national regulatory approach to the in-service safety of automated vehicles. Ministers agreed to new national law that will establish a general safety duty on entities responsible for automated driving systems, due diligence obligations on their executive officers and a new national regulator for the in-service safety of automated vehicles. This discussion paper further develops the content of the national law, including proposals for the operation of the duties on regulated parties, the management of market exit of regulated parties and modifications to automated vehicles, the regulator’s compliance and enforcement approach and its interaction with other agencies including information exchange. It also explains how the national law will work under two different legislative implementation options.’READ THE ARTICLE
Now begins a succession of active transport-related stories. First up, this US-based article, based on two studies released by the Institute for Highway Safety. In essence the question being tackled, is this. Just where should e-scooters be ridden?READ THE ARTICLE
And further on the topic of just where e-scooters should be ridden is this article. Something is rotten in the state of e-scooters in Denmark. Well rotten may be taking it too far, but in addition to one provider being shut down at night-time, but a large swathe of the city of Copenhagen is being made a no-rent zone.READ THE ARTICLE
Staying in Europe, but shifting over to Norway, and shifting from negative to positive is this tale of cycling success. What’s the data? How did the city do it? Read on!
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‘The Institute for Transport and Development Policy ranked world cities in three measures: closeness to car-free places, closeness to healthcare and education and the smallness of city blocks.’ As the headline indicates, Down Under has not fared well.
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Who’s up for learning a new term today? Awe, as in awesome, walking. Is it a new one for you? The article is based on a recent academic paper, Big smile, small self: Awe walks promote prosocial positive emotions in older adults.READ THE ARTICLE
‘As traffic volumes increase in our city centres, partly fuelled by deliveries from a COVID boosted e-commerce sector, organisations are looking for a silver bullet for urban logistics. But has it been sitting right here under our noses all this time?’READ THE ARTICLE