ITS Monday: Edition 39, 2020
This week’s small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week: A (mostly) car-free experiment, cycling lanes (more!), hydrogen trains, lower speed limits, jetpacks, 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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First up, an interesting tale from a Sydney family, that over the course of 12 months lived life as much as possible without a car. As much as possible? Yes: ‘To be clear, I don’t mean we went completely car-free. We’re not that hardcore. We had to figure out what’s practical for a family of four.’ This family’s experiment was made even more difficult as it co-incided with both the extreme bushfire conditions experienced over the summer, and then, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. How did they do? Click through and see!READ THE ARTICLE
This article is on the US Department of Transport site, but involves Australian technology from an Australian company. That company is Cohda Wireless, also an iMOVE participant. ‘Location accuracy is a key requirement for the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilots as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies are deployed into the field in larger quantities. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) CV Pilot team is working hard to ensure that the in-vehicle devices can establish their locations with sufficient accuracy to utilize their CV applications.’READ THE ARTICLE
The suburb of Rozelle in Sydney is densely populated, located on the edge of the Sydney CBD, and has one of the city’s busiest roads, Victoria Road, cutting right through it. So it’s a prime candidate for having a close look at improving its road safety and managing its traffic. This ‘Have Your Say’ page offers a look at what proposals authorities have in mind, and for the public to provide feedback.READ THE ARTICLE
‘Brisbane City Council has announced the plan to install fully separated lanes along Elizabeth, Edward and Albert streets, with future links down North Quay and across William Street to Grey Street in South Brisbane. This will be a 12-month trial.READ THE ARTICLE
‘A group (the Metropolitan Transport Forum) representing 26 Melbourne councils is pushing for speed limits to be reduced to 30 kilometres an area in highly pedestrianised areas.’ Googling this topic I couldn’t help but notice this has been something that has been an oft-appearing notion in news stories over the past 10 years or so. But in times such as these, with authorities looking to make roads safer for pedestrians and micromobility, does it stand a higher chance of actually succeeding?READ THE ARTICLE
With the Australian Government’s announcement of its energy roadmap a couple of weeks ago, hydrogen has (re)emerged as an option to seriously investigate and discuss. This short video is from the BBC, and looks to Germany where trains are already using hydrogen as fuel.READ THE ARTICLE
Transport for London has been successfully pumping up the tyres of cycling as a commuting mode for some time now, and it now has added another cycleway to its collection, covering 3.6km from Tower Bridge Road to Rotherhithe. ‘“Schemes like these are vital to ensuring London becomes the greener, healthier city the Mayor is committed to achieving, and to create zero carbon, Climate Safe Streets by 2030.’READ THE ARTICLE
Thus article is by transport geographer Paul Plazier, and appears on the University of Groningen website, and is derived from work in Plazier’s PhD. He does say that, ‘But I think it’s always a pity if someone swaps a regular bike for an electric bike,’ but qualifies that by noting that, ‘They can persuade people who would otherwise never cycle to try getting on a bike.’READ THE ARTICLE
We haven’t as yet in ITS Monday included a story on jetpacks, so let’s right that omission! A jetpack has been tested by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), in the Lakes District of England. ‘Andy Mawson, director of operations at GNAAS, came up with the idea and described seeing it as “awesome”‘. You can judge the awesomeness yourself, as the article includes an embedded video of the trial in action.READ THE ARTICLE