Weekend links: Full of potential
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The art of bikeshare redistribution:
How does CaBi redistribute bikes
when a station gets full or empty? Alta's contract requires keeping no station full or empty more than 3 hours, though that's still a long time. The best solution is many stations close together. Paris also created an extra incentive to drop bikes at the tops of hills, where they were suffering from too many one-way trips. (TheCityFix)
What's up with conservatives and transit? Another view:
Cap'n Transit outlines a conservative and libertarian argument
(more a libertarian one than a conservative one, really) for transit and against road subsidies. Why don't most conservatives embrace this argument? Misinformation that roads pay for themselves or some vague sense that sprawl is "good" and transit "socialist," suggests the captain.
Liquor license newspeak:
In DC, restaurateurs applying for liquor licenses usually sign "voluntary agreements" in which the owner agrees to more restrictive terms as a condition of getting the license. Sommer Mathis objects to the term
"voluntary agreement" since restaurants often feel strong-armed into them
. Will the phrase "cooperative agreement" catch on? (TBD, Eric Fidler)
Healing the freeway gash:
Dallas is stitching together
neighborhoods separated by a downtown freeway by decking over sunken sections, installing LED art in underpasses, and beautifying the space under an interchange. (Dallas Morning News, Eric Fidler)
Stop removal courage:
San Francisco is considering
cutting bus stops to improve travel times. Even though stop removal is fraught with politics, a survey found that 61% of riders support stop reduction if it will improve travel times. Back in May we found an inverse correlation
between stop density and route speed. (Streetsblog SF, Eric Fidler)
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