I talk a lot about using data to solve seemingly intractable urban problems and blog about my company’s work using analytics to guide transportation policy.
Our cities are a living, breathing organism. Our streets are the arteries, and people, goods, and various modal alternatives are the lifeblood. Everything is interconnected. Decisions that may initially seem specific to a certain mode have greater ramifications across a system. The following ideas/links underscore that theme:
- Cities have ample opportunities to change commuter behavior by creating employee incentives, promoting multi-modal transit apps, and creating partnerships with ride-sharing services.
- The type of parking system a city implements can have serious impacts on parking supply.
- Mobility is impacted by parking not just in substantial ways, but in every way.
- We can solve for congestion and limited reach in underserved areas by rethinking where we locate businesses and promoting work from home.
- Parking ticket payment plans can help encourage critical access for those most in need.
- We need to rethink parking enforcement. Not all tickets are the same.
- Technology need not be expensive to solve transportation problems. “Asset lite” and demand pricing solutions can improve commutes.
- The future is ripe for change.
Last year, we also helped publish a couple of research papers about lean data collection systems and curbside space demarcation.
In 2017, we’ll continue to target assumptions and focus on the impacts decisions have across various modes, hopefully providing more data-driven thoughts about how cities can further improve access, livability, and traffic.