Portsmouth City Council, GB takes aim at childhood obesity rates with Superzone Pilot
City officials surveyed parents and students at Arundel Court Primary Academy ahead of the one-year trial. Survey results shaped how the program's four pillars - healthy food, active places, cleaner air, and community and safety - are implemented. The pilot encourages families to forego cars for bikes and scooters in the Superzone's 400-meter radius. Portsmouth will evaluate the impacts of workshops on healthy lunches, prizes for active travel, and smoke-free pick-up areas on student health.
Portsmouth City Council, GB
Perth, WA expands its sustainable transit offerings during e-scooter pilot with Bird and Neuron
Perth selected Bird and Neuron as licensed operators for its two-year e-scooter trial. Users aged 16 and older can hire e-scooters through the operators' mobile apps at 80 locations. This pilot differs from other Australian trials by requiring the return of e-scooters to designated parking spots. E-scooters are limited to 25 km/h on roads and 10 km/h on sidewalks. Geofencing technology prevents scooter use in three high-traffic pedestrian areas.
Moab, UT encourages public transit use by residents and tourists with Moab Area Transit pilot
Moab Area Transit offers fare-free trips throughout the city with on-demand and fixed-route services. Commuters request rides anywhere in the MAT service area on a city-branded version of the Downtowner App. A free fixed-route bus covers major destinations along Main Street during the tourist season. The on-demand service operates daily from March through October and weekdays from October through March. Fare-free trips are made possible through city, county, and state funding for the pilot.
Utrecht, UT trials MyPup smart parcel deliveries for traffic and emission reductions
This two-year trial evaluates the impacts of two MyPup smart parcel points on the local environment. MyPup gathers parcels from every carrier at a shipping center outside of Utrecht. A courier drops gathered packages at parcel points near Jeremias de Deckerstraat and the Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn station. A site survey by Advier determined optimal locations based on foot traffic and proximity to residential areas. Utrecht and MyPup will conduct this first-in-the-nation trial through April 2024.
Basildon Borough Council, GB bolsters ranks of licensed taxi drivers with Earn as you Learn pilot
The borough approved the nine-month pilot in response to a shortage of licensed drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earn as you Learn trainees receive extended time and council support for required topographical assessments of local streets. Participants who pass criminal background checks and driving assessments can work for private taxi companies before full licensure. The Licensing Committee and the Taxi and Private Hire Forum will evaluate results for a potential extension of the pilot.
Basildon Borough Council, GB
South Somerset District Council, GB partners with Zwings on an e-scooter pilot in Yeovil
The council selected Zwings from 16 applicants for the one-year pilot. A fleet of up to 200 e-scooters was available for hire from virtual parking zones. Zwings used 100% renewable energy when recharging e-scooters and an electric van for its trips around Yeovil. South Somerset pursued the project as part of the national Department for Transport's effort at reinvigorating town centers through active travel.
South Somerset District Council, GB
King County, WA integrates on-demand transit options into its new Metro Flex service
King County Metro previously operated three on-demand services - Community Ride, Ride Pingo to Transit, and Via to Transit. Metro Flex consolidates these services with a single mobile app powered by Via. The new service provides curb-to-curb trips in seven neighborhoods instead of the limited stops made by previous options. The MetroFlex mobile app suggests the best transit options for each trip with fares priced the same as bus rides.
King County, WA
Unincorporated ACT, ACT streamlines its public transit ticketing system with NEC Australia
A one-year design process will shape the development of the MyWay+ system for local transit needs. The MyWay+ mobile app provides real-time updates regarding departure times, delays, and route changes. Local commuters can plan affordable and accessible trips throughout Canberra using a multimodal journey planner. This new system also enables touchless fare payments and automated fare calculation across multiple stops.
Unincorporated ACT, ACT
Tampa, FL improves transit affordability and reduces carbon emissions with eBike Voucher Program
Tampa Bay will issue vouchers to 180 residents based on a random lottery of applicants. Recipients redeem vouchers worth $500 for eBikes and $1,000 for eCargo bikes at participating shops. The program issues vouchers of $1,000 and $2,000 for participants with qualifying incomes. City officials established seven goals for the eBike Voucher Program including connections to employment, use of bike infrastructure, and reduced traffic congestion.
Irving, TX estimates future electric vehicle charging needs with the PredictEV platform
Volta's PredictEV will help city officials identify future locations for EV infrastructure. The AI-powered platform gathers data on state electric vehicle registrations, local commutes, and current charging capacity. PredictEV maps ideal locations for public chargers based on future EV ownership and projected demand. The city's Transportation and Natural Resources Committee uses PredictEV data when integrating charging needs into the comprehensive infrastructure plan.
Aberdeenshire Council, GB promotes sustainable active travel with its e-bike sharing scheme
The F&B Way E-Bike Hire Scheme helps residents and tourists experience the 53-mile Formartine & Buchan Way trail. Twenty e-bikes are available for rental at five locations including Aden Country Park and Ellon Community Campus. Trail visitors reserve their e-bikes through the MOQO app with two-hour rentals priced at £6.60. Aberdeenshire Council created a program website with suggestions for stops along the trail and e-bike hire instructions.
Aberdeenshire Council, GB
Bilbao, PV collaborates with Heineken on last-mile deliveries using all-electric vehicles
The pilot deploys Scoobic delivery vehicles for Heineken deliveries in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. Delivery trucks drop shipments at Ribera Market for last-mile delivery to 200 participating hotels. There is a charging hub at the market to keep the two-vehicle fleet powered for daily deliveries. Local officials anticipate an annual carbon emission reduction of 1,650 kilograms along with reduced traffic congestion in the historic neighborhood.