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The Transportist: October 2018
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The Future of Transport and Access (graphical summary of talk)
Laura Vaughan - Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartography (free PDF available)
Why trackless trams are ready to replace light rail - Peter Newman in The Conversation
Ikea is now interested in self-driving cars - Fast Company [It's a terrible idea, cars should get right-sized, not living-room sized]
The dance between pedestrians and robocars - Brad Templeton
Self-Driving Car Developers Should Put Pedestrians First Opinion - Peter Norton, Wired
Electric Vehicles [and Renewable Energy]
Human-Driven Vehicles, Signs, Signals, Sensors, and Markings, and Roads
Jakarta aims to introduce electronic road pricing in 2019 - Straits Times
Privatising WestConnex is the biggest waste of public funds for corporate gain in Australian history - Chris Standen - The Conversation
Hierarchy of Japanese Streets - Jane Jacobs Japan
Making roads work harder (smart roads, materials) - Foreground
Shared Vehicles/Ride-sharing/Ride-hailing/Taxis/Car Sharing
 Fatal e-scooter accident emerges just as California legalizes riding without a helmet: Texas authorities say a 24-year-old Dallas man died from blunt force injuries to his head after falling off his Lime electric scooter, likely making him the -washingtonpost.com
[EVERYONE, NOTE, Bikeshare was around for years before the first and only Divvy bike fatality in 2016 and the first and only Citibike fatality in 2017 (I can only find 2 US bikesharing deaths to date in over a decade of use, Scooters had 2 last week). The danger levels of bikesharing is nothing compared to scooters under current designs, usage patterns, and poor infrastructure.]
700 shared electric scooters to be let loose on Christchurch streets - Stuff [Scooter bubble arrives in Oceania]
Kerbs and Sidewalks
Why there’s no GTFS for curbs (yet) - Jacob Baskin
Retail, Freight, Waste, and Logistics
Amazon just bought 20,000 delivery vans. [1/5 size of UPS]
Uber Is in Early Talks to Buy Europe's Deliveroo - Bloomberg
Research & Data
Working Papers by Us
Do Digital Platforms Reduce Moral Hazard? The Case of Taxis and Uber - Erik Brynjolfsson
Historical Railroad Data - Jeremy Atack
Other People's Newsletters
Read the Transportist, but don't just read the Transportist, also read:
Metropolitan Transport and Land Use: Planning for Place and Plexus (2018) by David M. Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek.
Elements of Access: Transport Planning for Engineers, Transport Engineering for Planners. (2018) By David M. Levinson, Wes Marshall, Kay Axhausen.
Spontaneous Access: Reflexions on Designing Cities and Transport (2016) by David Levinson.
The End of Traffic and the Future of Access: A Roadmap to the New Transport Landscape. (2017) By David M. Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek.
The Transportation Experience: Second Edition Garrison, William and Levinson, David (2014)