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SUMC News and Announcements
Early Bird Registration for the 2021 National Shared Mobility Summit is open
This year, our Summit is virtual and distributed across the four Tuesdays of July. Our theme is a topic that’s already taken the national spotlight: infrastructure. In The Big Shift: Building the Infrastructures of Shared Mobility, we’ll upend power structures and rethink the system in different focus areas each week—4 hour-sessions on Tuesday and 1 hour, echo sessions on Thursday.
Early Bird rates are for a limited time, but if you register now you can take the Idea Network Survey and help shape summit content. We’d be grateful!
Public/Nonprofit Rate: $100
Private Sector Rate: $150
Student Rate: $30
Interested in sponsorship? (Yay!) Take a look at the options.
Speaking of infrastructure, on Wednesday, March 31, the Biden/Harris Administration released details of their $2.3 trillion federal investment bill. While one plan cannot conceivably right historic injustices, future-proof a country from the effects of climate change, and transform a transportation system overnight, it is a historic step forward. We examine the plan, its details, and what remains to be done on our blog. Visit the blog.
The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and the Global Partnership for Informal Transportation present, Charging Station: Electrifying Informal Transportation in India, on April 8 from 7:30-8:45 CEST. Benjie will be speaking along with Cedrick Tandong, CEO Three Wheels United, and Sonal Shah, Founder The Urban Catalyst & The Centre for Sustainable and Equitable Cities (C-SEC). Register here.
In mid-January we let you know that Founder-in-Residence Sharon Feigon was presenting as part of RideCo’s Jan 26 webinar on LA Metro’s Metro Micro on-demand transit service. Last week, the company released a full recording of the event, which also featured Rani Narula-Woods, Sr. Director, MicroTransit Operations at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Prem Gururajan, Founder and CEO of RideCo. Take a ride on Metro Micro.
The Illinois House is advancing Senate Bill 1768 to eliminate the local share of the costs to add a sidewalk, side path, or bike lane to a community, but senators have yet to take action. Sign this petition from Active Trans to encourage your state senator to co-sponsor the bill.
Reliable, safe access to transportation is one of the biggest factors in lifting people out of poverty, but current metrics might not tell you that. The World Economic Forum and the International Transport Forum point out flaws in transit-data sources and how these sources can be transformed to advance equitable mobility.
Healthcare access depends on available, accessible mobility options, so why have cities like New Jersey made it harder for transit-dependent riders to get vaccinated? NJ Transit is on it with free trips, and possibly turning transit stations into vaccine hubs.
VIDEO: The Safe Routes to School National Partnership deconstructs how inequitable systems and infrastructure govern transportation options for People of Color. Then they give us tools to reconstruct these systems for marginalized communities—in just three minutes.
Chinese mobility giant DiDi Chuxing touches down in Cape Town, South Africa, its first African market, where it competes against Bolt, Uber, and local taxi operators and potentially boosts its value ahead of a $100 billion IPO later in the year.
Digital keys are opening more than car doors, like the new tech that unlocks over-the-air controls, turning traditional carshare services into smart, centralized hubs and adding new delivery drop-off points using remote access.
According to a new study from American Pediatrics, most parents that bring their kids on ridehail trips forego car seats for the ride. With Uber and Lyft only having a car seat booking option in NYC, the onus is mostly on the parent to lug the seat around.
Bikesharing & Micromobility
Cycle proudly, bicyclists. The two wheels you’re pedaling are doing more to reduce carbon emissions than your local Tesla driver, according to new research on the very carbon-light footprint of cycling and how even one trip on a bike can kick emissions to the curb.
Lyft and Lime will soon be setting up shop as Denver’s official micromobility offerings, but the agreement raises an important question: Should cities give private companies public space if it benefits the public good?
Chicago’s Northwest Side Housing Center is getting teens invested in biking, bike infrastructure, and micromobility education by letting them lead initiatives in their Belmont Cragin neighborhood (smart) as part of Better Bikeshare Partnership’s Living Labs program.
Canada wants to speed up rural transit investment and growth using a new dedicated C$250 million (US$198.41 million) fund specifically for remote and rural areas, a first for the country. Go Canada!
Looking for carfree love? Watch out dating apps, there’s a new urbanist version called NUMTinder, spun off of the original New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens (or NUMTOTS for short) Facebook group, to help transit-loving train riders connect to their future bike-pedaling belle, beau, or partner.
Free transit is a step closer in Boston, as the city’s MBTA will pilot a program that gives 1,000 downtown employees free transit passes to help with equitable recovery during the pandemic, including offering free unlimited rides for Bluebikes bikeshare.
Vice rails against the American reality that siloed charging infrastructure like proprietary software, charging plugs, and user platforms keep electric vehicle charging from being an integrated, countrywide network that can be used by any and all EVs.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is getting serious about self-driving cars with the announcement of its new Strategic Plan for Connected and Automated Vehicles to foster multimodal driverless tech development and infrastructure.
In a “world’s first” milestone, 1,000 Sydney residents will be able to use their Opal card to book public transit or trips using Uber, Lime, and taxi services—in a trial program that if successful, Transport for New South Wales plans to expand across their network.
Efficient vaccine rollout to Black and Latino Americans is necessary to ensure that public health policies help those that need it the most, yet a lack of available transportation options and paid time-off are doing the exact opposite.
The fight between sustainable-living advocates and car-loving residents surrounding London’s low-traffic neighborhoods highlights the contentious debate about the right to public space vs. the fiery persistence of auto dependence.
Associate professor of emergency medicine at Columbia University Dr. Nicholas Gavin pleads for safer streets in the US and posits that incentivizing active mobility programs, lowering speed limits, and improving street design (particularly in Communities of Color) is how we get there.
Project Funding Opportunities
RFI: Smart Mobility Platform
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
RFP: Demand Response (ADA Paratransit) and Mobility Management Bus Services
The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority
April 23, 2021
Contact: Ken Secskas, Manager Procurements, KSecskas@gogbt.com
20 U.S. cities can receive up to $25,000 each for projects that use art and design as “visual interventions” to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage community residents. Applications are open until April 30, 2021.