1000 Words: Susan Shaheen on Shared Mobility Equity (CALCOG)

1000 Words: Susan Shaheen on Shared Mobility Equity (CALCOG)

April 5, 2018 Edited by CALCOG Shared mobility—the shared use of a motor vehicle, bicycle, or other mode that allows users to obtain short-term access to transportation on an as-needed basis—can have implications on access and mobility for users in terms of transportation equity. A maxim often drawn from the sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King is that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent on things that matter.” As our transportation industry faces disruptions from sharing, automated, and electric vehicles along with other Mobility on Demand (MOD) providers, we must remain vigilant to providing fair access to our evolving transportation systems. Shared mobility has the promise of improving access to our jobs, healthcare, goods and services, and social connections. There is reason to be optimistic about the potential shared mobility services have to bridge equity gaps in a rapid, cost-efficient manner. It can improve mobility for those who are unable to access private vehicles and encourage more shared trips, potentially reducing household expenditures, vehicle miles traveled, and greenhouse gas emissions.   Read the full tex...
10 Commandments for Making Future Cities More Livable

10 Commandments for Making Future Cities More Livable

February 1, 2018 By: JACK STEWART The term “livable city” has been kicking around since the 1980s, but it’s never had much of a definition. It’s clearly a good thing for attracting residents, businesses, and investors. Yet depending on who wants to live how and where, it entails elements of mobility and sustainability, investment and entrepreneurship. Today, 15 tech companies devoted to reshaping the way we move came together to define the euphemism. These ride-sharing, bike-sharing, and transit companies signed a joint pledge to “prioritize people over vehicles”, lower emissions, encourage data sharing, and other lofty goals that should make cities nicer places to live—if everyone can just get on board. The “Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities” is the work of Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, along with a group of city and transport organizations. They’re heavy on future-gazing talking points. The word mobility comes up a lot. “For most cities, urban planners, legislators and residents, there is a cacophony of advice,” says Chase. She wants the shared principles to cut through it all with simple, sensible guidelines. Read the rest of the article...
“One-way” car sharing grows in the East Bay (KALW)

“One-way” car sharing grows in the East Bay (KALW)

January 30, 2018 By: Eli Wirtschafter Zipcar. Ford GoBikes. Scoot. Shared vehicles are multiplying like rabbits in the Bay Area. Just this month, a company called JUMP rolled its electric bikes onto San Francisco streets. And in Oakland and Berkeley, Gig Car Share, the first “one-way” car share service in the Bay Area, is doubling its fleet of black Priuses from 250 to 500. The service, operated by AAA, has hopes to expand to nearby cities, including San Francisco. KALW’s transportation reporter Eli Wirtschafter talked with Crosscurrents host Hana Baba about the rise of vehicle sharing in the Bay Area.   Listen to the full story...
TSRC featured on Deal Crunch

TSRC featured on Deal Crunch

December 12, 2017 By: Jon McDonald With the rise of e-commerce and the development of self-driving vehicles, both retail and transportation are fundamentally changing. The University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) is continuously monitoring those changes with a focus on how the retail industry relies on transportation. The TSRC team researches solutions to help industries, policymakers, investors, and innovators address inefficiencies in their operations and promote sustainability. By researching emerging technologies, the research center is able to offer insights into how transportation affects consumer shopping behavior and merchandise delivery. Even when Adam Cohen buys socks, he’s studying how the retail and transportation industries affect one another. He’s also looking for improvements that promote efficiency and sustainability. Adam is a research associate with the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center, and he talked to us about his recent experience buying six pairs of socks online. In the old days, buying six pairs of socks meant one trip to the mall. Today, online ordering means convenience, but not necessarily efficiency. Adam was able to buy six pairs of socks in one online order, but each pair shipped from a different warehouse and was delivered in a separate UPS package. Read the Full Article...
Susan A. Shaheen, PhD, Awarded TRB’s 2017 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award

Susan A. Shaheen, PhD, Awarded TRB’s 2017 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award

Jan. 4, 2018 WASHINGTON — Susan A. Shaheen, co-director, Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Center, University of California (UC), Berkeley; adjunct professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UC Berkeley; and faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is the 2017 recipient of the Roy W. Crum Award for her distinguished achievements in transportation research. Named for Roy W. Crum, who served as the Transportation Research Board’s executive director from 1928 until his death in 1951, TRB’s Crum Award recognizes outstanding leadership in transportation research or research administration. Shaheen will accept her award on Jan. 10, 2018, at the 97th TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Shaheen is an internationally recognized leader in research on shared mobility and environmentally friendly transportation. Her research has broken new ground in carsharing, bikesharing, and shared-ride services for more than two decades. She has also advanced sustainable transportation research in the areas of smart parking management for public transit and trucks; ecorouting for private vehicles and freight; fuel cell, electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles and infrastructure; smart cities; and older mobility. She has authored 60 journal articles, more than 120 reports and proceedings articles, nine book chapters, and co-edited two books. Read the full Press Release...