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No car, no problem: Car-free cities around the world

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 9/7/18 11:43 AM

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Multiple cities around the globe have gone carless. Some were designed that way, while others have made a conscious decision to eliminate anything with four wheels. There are many benefits to going carless: decreasing carbon emissions, increasing pedestrian safety, and improving public health. These are some of the main reasons that many car-centric cities are setting goals to go completely electric, or just completely carless.

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Topics: Mobility, Bikes, Design, Smart Cities

Are private mobility companies the solution for every trip?

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 9/4/18 9:56 AM

                      Photo by Astemir Almov on Unsplash

Scooters and bikes are everywhere and not just in America. To some, this global phenomenon appears to be the future of transportation, to others they're a nuisance, and to a few more they're just toys. Regardless of which side you're on, an important question to ask is: Are these private mobility companies dropping their rides in the right places?

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Topics: Mobility, Bikes, Smart Cities

Bikes: A global cycle for the future

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 8/30/18 10:23 AM

In 1965, Witte Fietsen (white bikes) were placed throughout the streets of Amsterdam for the public to use for free. The program was quickly discontinued due to vandalism and theft, but started back up in 1995 still facing the same issues as it did 30 years ago.

                      Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

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Topics: Bikes, Mobility, Smart Cities, Design

What do you do when rent prices become too much? Get more roommates.

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 8/28/18 9:39 AM

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Rent is a word that we have come to hate and fear. The average cost of living in America has increased from last year with Manhattan at the forefront, followed by Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Just last year a Pew Research study discovered that more young adults were moving back home after graduating and staying for longer periods of time than previous graduates. 

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Topics: Mobility, Multifamily, Smart Cities, Real Estate

Commute-ity stories: How our employees get to work

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 8/14/18 9:47 AM

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You know how much we love talking about all the different ways people can move around our vast cities, so we asked our team to share their commute stories. Maybe you're looking to change how you get to work, or are searching for a better option - well, we've got the inside scoop. 

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Topics: Mobility, Bikes, Smart Cities, Corporate Workplace

When public transit isn't safe for everyone

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 8/9/18 2:30 PM

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The #MeToo movement has made women's rights the talk of the town — not just the base-level right to vote and own property, but the right to exist in the world the way men do every day. While some imagine women feel most vulnerable at a bar or in a dark alleyway, many have reported being scared to use the public transportation services on which they rely for daily routines. 

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Topics: Mobility, Smart Cities, Design

Throwin' a curb ball: Why cities are looking to redesign sidewalks and curbs

Posted by Natalie Runnerstrom on 8/7/18 9:00 AM

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Curb space has become some of the most valuable property in urban areas. Why? Traffic. This is one of the biggest issues that many crowded cities face in our modern world, causing myriad problems, from pedestrian and road safety to pollution and health concerns. 

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Topics: Smart Cities, Mobility