Talking Headways Podcast: Sharing (Your Bike, Car, Bus) Is Caring

This week we’re chatting with Sharon Feigon of the Shared Use Mobility Center. Bike-share, car-share, ride-hailing — we talk about all of that and then some, including how these new services may shape the built environment.

Sharon discusses what new research says about who’s using shared transport services and how even the “super sharer” still relies on transit as a base service. And she tells us about all the consolidation and investments by car companies and ride-hailing services, as well as new projects like an all-electric car-share program that will be launched in disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Can Ride-Hailing Apps Become More Like Buses and Less Like Taxis?

|
A big part of reducing car traffic involves using cars more efficiently. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are supposedly assisting in this transition by making car ownership less necessary. But even though both companies operate carpool-type services, most of their business still comes from single passenger trips. Other ride-hailing companies are all about shared trips. Network blog Cap’n Transit has […]

10 Cities That Are Getting “Wired Transportation” Right

|
Which cities are making it easy to catch the next bus without a long wait, hail a ride with an app, or hop on bike-share? According to a new ranking from the Frontier Group and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Austin is leading the pack when it comes to embracing technological innovation that helps people get […]

Report: Access to Car-Share and Bike-Share Is Worse in Communities of Color

|
Car-share and bike-share services are making it easier to go without owning a car in American cities, but access to “shared-use” systems remains limited in communities of color compared to majority-white neighborhoods, according to a new analysis from the Shared Use Mobility Center [PDF]. SUMC developed a method to analyze which places have the most potential for car-share and bike-share usage across […]

How Shared Vehicles Are Changing the Way We Get Around

|
Cities around the country are cracking down on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, conducting sting operations and sending cease and desist letters, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing down the meteoric rise of shared transportation. The Shared-Use Mobility Center launched yesterday at a policy summit for shared-use transportation in Washington, DC. Here are […]

How Car Sharing Gradually Weans Users Off Driving

|
A number of studies have attempted to put a figure on the reduction in vehicles that results from car sharing services. Research from UC Berkeley’s Susan Shaheen goes a step further and quantifies how car sharing reduces driving. Even though most customers didn’t own their own cars before subscribing, Shaheen found that the overall impact […]