Mobility

A broad category of content focused on mobility-related topics in cities.

Examples: public transit, shared mobility, multi-modal mobility, micro-mobility, autonomous vehicles, parking, transportation planning

Coaxing Us into the Shared, Autonomous and Electric Future

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window… but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” – Mark Twain Many of us in sustainability and smart cities circles often dream of a future where people can get everywhere they need to go with great...

Zipcar Founder Robin Chase on Upending the Status Quo

This is the third in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds. Freedom no longer means sitting behind the wheel of your own car The accelerating changes in transportation have disrupted established services and...

Interview with Dan Chatman: Integrating Pre-Existing Public Transportation with Bus Rapid Transit in Developing Cities

Featuring Dan Chatman

Meeting of the Minds took a few moments to talk with Dan Chatman on the integration of paratransit services with Bus Rapid Transit around the world. Dr. Chatman studies travel behavior and the built environment; residential and workplace location choice; “smart growth” and municipal fiscal decision making; and the connections between public transportation, immigration and the economic growth of cities. His research relies heavily on original data collection, including surveys, focus groups and interviews. Before joining UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning, Chatman was an assistant professor of urban planning and policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University. His previous experience includes work as a planner and consultant in the Bay Area, and three years with the Peace Corps in Botswana.

Autonomous Vehicles: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Headed?

Editor’s Note: The following article is a synopsis of Workshop #4 from Meeting of the Minds 2016. The author, however, has done a thorough job of researching the most current status of the technology, deployment, and regulations surrounding autonomous vehicles....

Tesla and SolarCity: Harbingers of Future Mobility and Energy

In Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary film, “Before the Flood,” DiCaprio walks the floor of Tesla’s new Gigafactory while he talks with Elon Musk about the future of energy and mobility. Elon Musk is a brilliant visionary. As CEO of Tesla, he has made a reality of...

A Wave of Ubiquitous Computing Is About To Reinvent Public Space

Smart, mobile technologies are behind a wave of change that will wash over our cities with the metaphorical force of a Pacific tsunami. When it hits it will first disrupt then reinvent how we design our streets and use our public spaces. It will even change urban...

The Next Great Mobility Sensor

Distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people in the U.S. in 2013. Every year, more than one million people die from auto-related incidents around the world. We’ve all heard the statistics, and they are frightening. In an era where vehicles are rapidly becoming...

Interview with Richard Barone: Strategies for Moving Goods in Metropolitan Areas

Featuring Rich Barone

Meeting of the Minds talked with Richard Barone of Regional Plan Association (RPA) about the hidden but critical issues of freight and goods movement in cities around the world. In his role as Vice President for Transportation at RPA, Mr. Barone is responsible for the organization’s transportation portfolio in the areas of finance, policy and planning. He is RPA’s subject matter expert on freight/logistics, technology and urban transportation systems, and aviation.

Driverless car revolution is coming

This is the second in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds. Transition will be tricky, so planning needs to start now The connection between land use and transportation has been well-established, but it’s...

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Let’s Celebrate the Urban Olympians

Billions are watching outstanding athletes from 200 nations compete in Rio. I was in awe when I attended the Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney, and Salt Lake. The Olympic motto is three Latin words: citius, altius, fortius – faster, higher, stronger. It is time to...

Changing Mobility Data Collection to Build Smarter Transportation Systems

The Status Quo Our cities’ transportation systems have a tremendous impact on quality of life – just ask anyone who commutes by car in a major metro area. As James Alosi pointed out in a recent CityMinded blog post, “[Today’s auto-centric mobility] system cannot scale...

Interview with Xumei Chen: Sustainable Urban Transport in China

Featuring Xumei Chen

Meeting of the Minds talked with Xumei Chen about sustainable urban transport in China. Ms. Chen is Associate Professor and Director for Policy and Standard Division at the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport in the China Academy of Transportation Sciences of the Ministry of Transport in China. Her main research areas include low carbon transport policies, energy conservation and emission reduction, environmental and energy technologies as well as climate adaptation.