Bracknell Forest Council, GB recruits local schools for Eco Rewards sustainable travel pilot
Participating schools encourage their students to walk, cycle, and take shared transport as part of the program. Each student records their trip via online form or swiping their smart tag at an Eco Rewards station. Recorded trips can be used as entries into prize drawings or pooled for school competitions. Council leaders and school administrators are tracking Eco Rewards check-ins to determine the pilot's impact on carbon emissions from transportation.
Bracknell Forest Council, GB
Recife, PE boosts small businesses during the pandemic with the Income by App program
City officials randomly drew 500 recipients for Rendo por App - or Income by App - kits. Each kit included a bicycle, a helmet, and a smartphone with a data plan. Recipients including couriers, home-based businesses, and contractors use free equipment to earn income in a struggling economy. The Income by App initiative is part of a citywide poverty reduction program that includes entrepreneurship courses and a reimbursement program for job-related travel.
Reggio nell'Emilia, EMI installed new bicycles that prevent theft to encourage sustainable travel
The Municipality of Reggio nell'Emilia invested €70,000 installing new bicycle racks to increase vehicle safety and prevent bicycle theft. The new racks are battery-powered and arched to make it easy for cyclists to attach the frame of the vehicle to the structure and difficult to steal. The municipality made the investment to encourage residents to use bicycles as a sustainable transportation alterative during daily commuting.
Reggio nell'Emilia, EMI
Nashville, TN looking to restructure & rebrand Metro Public Works into Department of Transportation
The Mayor of Nashville wants to address the lack of a local Department of Transportation by restructuring departmental responsibilities. The mayor submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to the Metro Council which proposes moving waste management duties from Metro Public works to Metro Water. If approved, the proposal would allow Metro Public Works to focus solely on transit. Then officially rebranding it into the Department of Transportation would require a Metro Charter amendment.
Essex County Council, GB partnered with Spin to launch electric scooter trials in six local boroughs
Essex County Council partnered with Spin to launch electric scooter trials in six local boroughs as part of the Safer Greener Healthier campaign. The trials are designed to provide a socially-distanced and safe travel alterative to reduce the number of short car journeys.
Essex County Council, GB
Placer County, CA approves on-demand rideshare pilot for Kings Beach and Tahoe City
County-run Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) will work with Squaw Downtowner to operate the free service. Eight shuttles will be accessible by mobile app or phone call for pickups and drop-offs in the pilot zones. TART encourages commuters to connect their shuttle rides to regional bus stops. The pilot expands the county's public transit options and reduces traffic congestion during the summer travel season.
Placer County, CA
Parma, EMI launched €188,000 worth of incentives to encourage bicycle commuting
The City of Parma launched a series of incentives to encourage the use of bicycles for commuting to-and-from work. The incentives have cost the city €57,000 in funds along with a loan of €131,000 from the Emilia-Romagna Region. The "bike to work" campaign includes kilometer incentives for home-work trips which companies can track with an app to measure employee bike traveling, incentives to reduce the cost of bike-sharing, and incentives to reduce the cost of storing bicycles at velostations.
Long Beach, CA collaborates with Moovit on accessible transit planning app
The Moovit app uses Long Beach Transit data and crowdsourced information for a real-time picture of local traffic. Moovit considers traditional transit and shared mobility options when mapping the most efficient routes. App users plan every stage of their journey with features like stop alerts for fixed transit and voice directions. This initiative also takes accessibility into account with screen-reading features and filters for wheelchair-accessible transit options.
Long Beach, CA
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, GB offers free electric van access to local businesses
Small businesses in Fulham start by signing up for a free one-year membership with Zipcar for Business. A dedicated reservation form allows interested parties to reserve times for the Renault electric van. Project partner Fulham Broadway Business Improvement District walks participants through the vehicle's features before they complete deliveries and service calls. Local officials plan to expand the program elsewhere in the borough by the end of 2021.
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, GB
Birmingham City Council, GB partnered with Motorpoint to offer mobility credits for old cars
Birmingham City Council partnered with the Motorpoint dealership to deliver the Clean Air Zone's Scrappage and Mobility scheme. The dealership will offer residents a chance to scrap their old car and receive £2,000 credit which can be used on public transport or to purchase a compliant vehicle. Eligibility is limited to residents living in the city's Clear Air Zone, who work at least 18 hours a week, earn less than £30,000 a year, and have owned the vehicle since September 2018.
Birmingham City Council, GB
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, IE tests affordable mobility option with YUKÕ Toyota Car Club
The council approved a four-month pilot with the Irish-based carshare program. Five local streets house Toyota hybrid sedans that are accessible by a mobile app during the trial. Commuters participate without upfront costs or monthly subscription fees and pay hourly driving rates of €9. This initiative further reduces the costs of using these vehicles with free on-street parking.
Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown, IE
Rio de Janeiro, RJ launched a program against sexual harassment in public transportation
The City of Rio de Janeiro partnered with the General Police Department for the Assistance to Women and the Special Secretariat for Policies and Promotion of Women to launch a program against sexual harassment in public transportation. Passengers will now receive specific notifications relating to sexual harassment in public transport through the Citizen Service Center, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ