Welcome to the SMART blog! It’s a dynamic counterpart to SMART’s website, posting-up-to-the-minute sustainable transportation news, events, jobs, and other opportunities from the U.S. and around the world. It also links to innovations, new research, policy updates, related newsletters, inspiring initiatives, and videos that come our way. You can contribute too! Please send relevant information to Kim Seelye. The blog will benefit and grow from your involvement. SMART is a project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. MANY THANKS to the FIA Foundation for their generous support of the development of SMART’s blog in the interests of advancing New Mobility implementation. Many thanks also to Ford Motor Company for supporting the development of this blog through its generous ongoing support of SMART.


Livable Streets seeks Executive Assistant

Summary: LivableStreets is seeking a detail-oriented individual with experience in an office setting to serve as Executive Assistant to support all staff and programs. The Executive Assistant will play a key role in ensuring day-to-day operations run efficiently and effectively. The ideal candidate has a knack for office and data management and enjoys a fast paced, ever-changing work environment.

About LivableStreets: For 10 years LivableStreets has been transforming Metro Boston streets into more livable and safe places by advocating for a transportation system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles. Through our daily advocacy, programs, and working partnerships, LivableStreets helps create safe, convenient, and affordable transportation options for all people in Metro Boston. In recent years we’ve experienced rapid growth doubling both our operating budget and number of full time employees from two to four. In addition to staff, the LivableStreets community is comprised of dozens of volunteers and advocates and is led by a deeply committed Board.

Job Responsibilities: The Executive Assistant serves as the backbone of LivableStreets operations. Core responsibilities include maintaining and managing member and financial data, efficient daily office administration and supporting online communications and events. The Executive Assistant will work to maintain and improve LivableStreets internal systems to help with future growth and help be responsive to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. The ideal candidate will love helping people, be a creative problem solver, and approach his/her job with flexibly and a good sense of humor.

For more information, see http://www.livablestreets.info/executive_assistant.


Carsharing is increasing diversity among electric vehicle users

By Susan Shaheen, Move Forward

In 2001, the California Air Resources Board added incentives to its Zero Emission Vehicle Program to include electric vehicles (EVs) within carsharing fleets, prompting many operators and manufacturers to add these vehicles to their systems. Now that the incentives are set to expire in 2018, researchers from the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) [at the University of California, Berkeley] recently examined the impact of exposure to zero- and low-emission carsharing on user behavior and opinions.

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle Program has been critical to curbing the number of petroleum-dependent vehicles on California’s roads by setting standards for manufacturers to meet and incentivizing consumers to purchase electric vehicles (EVs). Further, the program has offered incentives for carsharing operators to include EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) in their fleets.

With the program’s expiration on the horizon in 2018, TSRC researchers partnered with carsharing operators and vehicle manufacturers to understand who was using EVs and PHVs in carsharing and how featuring these vehicle types in carsharing fleets affects carsharing user inclinations toward them.

Read the full article at https://www.move-forward.com/news/details/carsharing-is-increasing-diversity-among-electric-vehicle-users/.


European City Centers are Saying No to Cars

From Sustainable Mobility

Once again, the Nordic countries appear to be ahead of the game when it comes to sustainable mobility. The new coalition in charge of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, has just announced that it is to ban all cars from its city centre by 2019.

This measure should cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. To reinforce this project, the city of Oslo has set out a massive investment plan aimed at developing public transport and creating almost 40 miles of new cycle lanes.

Denmark is not getting left behind either, since Copenhagen has launched an ambitious cycling development plan. By the end of 2015, the Danish capital hopes that at least 50% of its inhabitants’ commuter journeys will be made by bike.

Read the full story at http://www.sustainable-mobility.org/innovating-for-tomorrow/sustainable-cities/european-city-centres-are-saying-no-to-cars.html.


Imagine a Driverless Future


Five Big Lessons to Help Small Cities Expand Shared Mobility

By Cassie Halls, Mobility Lab

Discussions on shared mobility often focus on transportation solutions for high-density city neighborhoods.

But most of the recent growth in the U.S. – and by far the greatest share of urbanized land – is now in suburban areas outside the urban core, as well as in smaller, lower-density cities.

This issue was addressed recently at the national shared mobility summit, “Move Together,” in Chicago. Hosted by the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), where I work, the summit featured several panels with transportation officials from smaller cities who discussed how new models of shared mobility have been effective in serving low-density areas with diverse needs and demands. These successes yielded several lessons upon which other smaller jurisdictions can build.

  1. Even if you are a small (or mid-sized) city, you can still think big

Suzanne Carlson, transportation and mobility project manager for Memphis, Tennessee, is working to create a mode shift by altering transportation behaviors in this car-reliant city. Nearly 80 percent of Memphis residents drive alone to work. Carlson hopes to change that by “thinking big” with a large bikeshare pilot of 60 stations with 600 bikes, instead of the handful of stations as many smaller cities have done. Hamilton, Ontario, has already successfully done this: starting with 110 stations and 750 bikes, a relatively large pilot for a mid-size city. Carlson says that this model is necessary to shift mindsets in Memphis, so that people see bikesharing as a viable public transportation option. By starting big, Memphis can also ensure its system has the station density needed to be successful. This large-scale pilot could serve as a model for other mid-sized cities hoping to have a large impact and tackle a major mode shift goal. To substantially alter mobility habits, Carlson also notes that cities have to implement a comprehensive strategy that integrates a portfolio of multimodal options, not just one service.

Read the full article at http://mobilitylab.org/2015/10/23/lessons-to-help-small-cities-expand-shared-mobility/.


EcoDistricts seeks Chief Collaboration Officer

The Chief Collaboration Officer is responsible for leading the organization’s programmatic initiatives focused on advancing exemplar district-scale sustainable development projects. The work requires skills and experience integrating social justice, equity, and cultural competence to programmatic and service offerings and mentor staff to work effectively with a rich mix of partners and communities.

For more information, see http://ecodistricts.org/about/jobs/.