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Rethinking the mobility paradigm

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-09-28T04:12:07-04:0025 August 2022|Mobility|

Although the title of this absolutely fantastic talk by Marco te Brömmelstroet is “Rethinking the mobility paradigm,” it can actually be watched as a short but fun class on the power of language, on simplification, forest engineering, road engineering, Homo economicus, efficiency, optimizing for the wrong thing, and the incorrect balance between machines and humans, which we are currently living under. I also encourage you to listen and possibly research further some of the writers and books he mentions, as the lessons about thinking in systems and “seeing like a state,” among others, can be applied to a variety of fields and cases, not just cycling infrastructure.

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Lessons from a Universal Basic Mobility program

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T05:49:32-04:0010 May 2022|Mobility, Videos|

Short article and interview with Quinn Wallace, transportation planner at the Oakland Department of Transportation, on some of the results of the Universal Basic Mobility program run in 2021 by the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT).

  • A pack of students and parents commute to school on bicycles in San Francisco on Jan. 14 as part of a “bike bus.”Photographer: Bryan Banducci/Bloomberg

All aboard the bike trains

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T07:31:34-04:005 April 2022|Mobility|

Another one of those “it existed before, but the pandemic accelerated it” stories (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The concept of “bike buses” has been around for years, but the slower or even closed streets that various cities implemented in the last couple of years provided new opportunities.

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Vehicles built in Fab Labs might be on the way

By Patrick Tanguay|2022-05-17T07:43:54-04:0024 February 2022|Mobility|

The question asked in the title of this article, Fab Labs Or Gigafactories? Or Both? might be a bit of a weird one, as it’s obviously not simply one or the other but rather a spectrum of solutions with these two at opposing ends. Still, a useful framing since there is the possibility, through innovative forms of organizations and licensing, to make complex products locally instead of making them exclusively in large factories.

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