|Uber and Lyft cannibalize transit|
Ride-sourcing companies like Uber and Lyft add tons of traffic to Denver and Boulder streets, and make the transportation system less efficient by cannibalizing transit, biking, and walking trips. That’s according to a study by Alejandro Henao, a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado....Council should be very cautious about adopting a regulatory scheme that encourages ride-booking to cannibalize transit, biking, and walking, in addition to harming local taxi companies and inducing more auto traffic. Seriously, where are the municipal benefits?
About 34 percent of people surveyed said they would have either taken transit, biked, or walked instead of using the car service.
this one on the use of "psychological tricks" and an extended "experiment in behavioral science" to pressure drivers, who may not notice ways they are being manipulated and the employment experience gamified.
Other than that, there's nothing new to say. See previous notes and the argument against too-liberal regulations for ride-booking here. In general terms, there are clear costs to ride-booking that our tech-bro utopianism and consumerism are badly trying to erase or externalize, and cities should not want to embrace this trend uncritically. The shiny and new is not always the good.
Room-booking is also on the agenda.
The Ordinance Bill No. 5-17...updates both the Unified Development Code (UDC) and the City’s licensing regulations (SRC Chapter 30) to make it easier to operate limited, small-scale, short-term commercial lodging while establishing development standards and licensing requirements to promote safety, neighborhood compatibility, and greater fairness between this newer form of short-term lodging and traditional hotels and motels.Maybe it's only because this is a transportation blog, and so the matter of TNCs is of great interest, but even though the whole Airbnb thing is cognate in so many ways with ride-booking, it also just hasn't seemed as important or as harmful. Neighbors want to make proprietary claims on "their" on-street parking, and worry about the (free) parking supply. There are also concerns about absentee landlords and the loss of housing stock as it might be shifted from longer-term rentals to short-term rentals. If you have followed the issue closely, you might have sharper observations. From here the City's proposal seems reasonable.
|Site of 110 lot Whispering Heights Development|
While we need new housing, at sites like this it will be totally car-dependent. Our whole scheme of siting and partially subsidizing new housing on greenfields on the edges of the Urban Growth Boundary is a policy bundle that needs revisiting.
One of the streets inside the development could also get a relatively novel treatment. According to the approvals:
The Bicycle System Element within the Salem TSP proposes a bicycle lane for Michigan City Lane NW and an uphill bike lane/downhill shared lane for Christina Street NW.The uphill bike lane/downhill shared lane combination would be new. I don't think we have actually done this anywhere yet. (Do you know anywhere this has been implemented?)
|Very ruralish one-lane bridgelet: Clark Creet at Summer St SE|
And of course, there is formalizing the election and the swearing-in of new Councilor Hoy.