Category Archives: transportation

The Invention of ‘Jaywalking’

In the 1920s, the public hated cars. So the auto industry fought back — with language.

If you travelled in time back to a big American city in, say, 1905 — just before the boom in car ownership — you’d see roadways utterly teeming with people. Vendors would stand in the street, selling food or goods. Couples would stroll along, and everywhere would be groups of children racing around, playing games. If a pedestrian were heading to a destination across town, they’d cross a street wherever and whenever they felt like it.

https://marker.medium.com/the-invention-of-jaywalking-afd48f994c05

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=jaywalking&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cjaywalking%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cjaywalking%3B%2Cc0

Elon Musk risks repeating history’s mistakes as he tries to reinvent transit

Through Tesla, Elon Musk has tried to transform individual vehicle ownership, while The Boring Company, his tunneling venture, is now taking aim at public transit. The company and Fort Lauderdale, Florida are close to agreeing to the first public Loop system, which will give people rides in Teslas through a new tunnel between downtown and the beach.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/23/cars/elon-musk-robert-moses/index.html

Robert Moses and the decline of the NYC subway system

New Yorkers now use a transit system in a state of emergency. The past few months have laid bare the enormity of the problems currently facing the century-old subways, from aging infrastructure to a lack of federal dollars available to help make things better.

https://ny.curbed.com/2017/7/27/15985648/nyc-subway-robert-moses-power-broker

Paris to build $145M cable car system

Scheduled to open in 2025, the “Cable 1” project will travel from the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to the Pointe du Lac station in Creteil in the Île-de-France region within just 17 minutes, less than half the time the journey would take on a bus.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/paris-to-build-145m-cable-car-system/index.html

Volvo Brings In BlackBerry Veteran to Turn Its Cars Into iPhones on Wheels

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-30/volvo-brings-in-blackberry-veteran-to-turn-its-cars-into-iphones-on-wheels

As manufacturers try to turn their vehicles into rolling smartphone-like devices, the race will revolve around the next big things in chips that upgrade infotainment and vision systems, as well as the car’s general controls.

The Radical Roots of Bikesharing

Many of the issues the first White Bicycle Plan grappled with have also returned to public conversation. Arriving decades before technologies that manage the modern industry, like smartphones and GPS, Provo’s guerrilla bikes were still harbingers of the disruptive effect wrought by dockless bikes and scooter-sharing, as well as the concerns around sidewalks clutter and vandalism that have come in their wake.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-02-26/the-dutch-anarchists-who-launched-a-bikesharing-revolution

What will cities look like in 2050?

Experts have revealed how the world’s biggest cities look like in 2050.

The United Nations has predicted that by 2050, a whopping 68 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.

Cities will continue to expand, with more skyscrapers being built as millions head to large cities for employment and career prospects.

Climate change will also have a huge impact, as many will be forced out of coastal towns due to flooding.

It’s possible that one billion people could be displaced by 2050.

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/what-cities-look-like-2050-vab4e13dd