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  • ...Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), has probably done more research about shared-use mobility than anyone. TSRC studies have determined that each carshare membership has resulted in at least 9 vehicles being sold, removed, or purchase-postponed.

    Clean Fleet Report
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    The concrete jungle that is 19th Avenue will soon be a little greener - and, city officials are hoping, a bit safer for pedestrians and drivers....The model for the project is the successful beautification of Guerrero Street, which runs between the Mission District and Noe Valley.

    SF Chronicle
  • BART has reopened the bidding to develop valuable real estate near its Millbrae Station, leading to calls for a public hearing on negotiations that have been shrouded in secrecy and marred by accusations of favoritism.

    Bay Citizen/SF Chronicle
  • More than a mile of Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue will be open to pedestrians, cyclists, roller-skaters, dancers, and kids on Sunday Oct. 14 — but not cars — as the city holds its first Sunday Streets event from 11 am through 4 pm....The idea of Sunday Streets, or Open Streets as they are also known, originated in Bogotá, Colombia and has spread around the world, including to San Francisco where it has been a regular occurrence in different neighborhoods for a couple of years.

    Berkeleyside
  • Responsibility for assessing ability and advising older patients about driving often falls to vision care specialists, but many providers lack the training and resources to do it right, according to a survey of ophthalmologists and optometrists.

    MedPage Today
  • The way we design cities in the U.S. is dysfunctional, and the reasons for that are many. But among the most important is how our public agencies are structured, argues Nathaniel Hood at Strong TownsTo illustrate his case, Hood holds up Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis. He writes that two different city agencies — both doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing — are working at cross-purposes on this street.

    StreetsBlog Network
  • German peer-to-peer taxi app startup myTaxi has announced expansion into the US – starting with Washington DC and with other cities set to follow. t’s a big move for the Hamburg-based company, founded in 2009 by Sven Kulper and Niclaus Mewes (above, L-R) and now operating in 30 German cities as well as Vienna, Zurich and Barcelona.

    Washington Post
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    ...Scientists can quantify the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted by a country, city or power plant, but it’s cognitively difficult to take that number and picture the actual impact of our actions on the long-term health of the climate. This factor, perhaps more than any other, has prevented significant action on climate change. Now, software has been designed to make greenhouse gas emissions something we can actually see. In the Hestia Project, presented in a paper published yesterday in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from Arizona State University created a technology that maps emissions at the street and neighborhood level, painting a rich picture of a city’s greenhouse gas metabolism. 

    Smithsonian
  • For the current fiscal year, 2012-2013, the program is slated to invest approximately $90 million to encourage the development and use of new technologies and alternative and renewable fuels, with the goals of reducing petroleum dependence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving air quality. The program is funded through a surcharge on vehicle and boating registration and smog check fees. The new award recipients are...

    Green Car Congress
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    ...Lit Motors, which has just 10 people on staff, thinks it can bring the benefits of an electric vehicle even to those who aren’t rich. Daniel Kim says his motorcycle will be money-saving, safe to drive and simple to build. The main culprit in the high price of electric vehicles is the battery, said Dan Sperling, a professor of civil engineering and environmental science and policy at the University of California, Davis and director of its Institute of Transportation Studies. 

    New York Times