smart header

bullet Upcoming SMART events and Event Partnerships
bullet Case study briefs
bullet SMART News and Reports
bullet About SMART
  • To contribute to SMART e-News, please email Wasay Ahmad, at


Dear Friend of SMART:

Welcome to Issue #14 of SMART’s e-NEWS briefs. In this rather hefty issue we share upcoming events – in particular SMART’s November Summit – Moving Minds – the Next Transportation Infrastructure. We'll also catch you up on some of the latest SMART news. To learn more about SMART’s mission and activities and how to get involved, please go to And we'd like to hear from you. Please send your comments, questions, related research, favorite innovations, case studies, and collaboration ideas to me, Susan Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART at For past issues of SMART e-NEWS, go to:

Issue 1    Issue 2    Issue 3    Issue 4    Issue 5    Issue 6    Issue 7
Issue 8    Issue 9    Issue 10   Issue 11   Issue 12   Issue 13


SMART upcoming events

November 9 – 12, 2009.

MOVING MINDS: THE NEXT TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE. SMART’s Annual Summit – Register now for early bird rates

Michigan League in Ann Arbor

If you are in the Detroit region you are especially lucky, because the world of sustainable urban transportation will be at your doorstep in less than seven weeks from now. Be sure to visit the webspace for Moving Minds: The Next Transportation Infrastructure. Click in the left hand column of And watch for exciting new program updates coming this week.

Moving Minds: The Next Transportation Infrastructure will bring researchers together with business leaders, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to focus on pilots, policy, research, and partnerships that accelerate:

• implementation of sustainable urban transportation and accessibility (locally and globally)

• development of New Mobility business and employment opportunities

The overarching theme of this year's summit will be "Moving Minds" - understanding the cultural, psychological, and aspirational underpinnings of our relationship to transportation (for both users and leaders), and responding with innovative systems that address these dimensions sustainably, equitably, and compellingly. Linked to this, the conference will explore:

New policy frameworks and directions that advance the next transportation infrastructure, and the emerging New Mobility economy

"Resilience" - designing and operating transportation/communication systems with capacities for transformational learning, adaptation, and creative renewal when confronted by crisis, surprise, stress and trauma.

Innovative Capacity Building - developing and sharing the knowledge and skills needed to address the emerging global challenges and opportunities of New Mobility / sustainable transportation in urban regions around the world.

The three-day program makes space for related projects and partnerships to meet in parallel while drawing new knowledge, energy, and inspiration from the core program. (Let us know if you would like to organize a parallel meeting or stream).

This year SMART is happy to announce its partnership with the University of Michigan Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Revolution conference (see A joint session will bring the two events together on the afternoon of Wednesday November 10th to focus on the connection between real estate and transportation, and to map some of those connections in the Detroit region.

The summit aims to build on the invaluable wisdom and experience of its participants, and on SMART's ongoing work to understand and accelerate development and implementation of sustainable, systems-based solutions to mobility and accessibility in global urban regions.

Visit the summit webspace at or watch future editions of e-News for more information and updates. To register at early bird rates, go to


Do you know someone who should come to the SMART conference? Send an E-mail to: make a suggestion. Please use "Suggesting someone" as the subject of the E-mail, or else our spam filters might make a mistake. Please include who you are, as well as who you think should come and their email address.

If you're willing to advertise this summit in your newsletter, to your group or at an event, we would be happy to return the favor! We have a website and a fairly regular newsletter related to urban and transportation issues and opportunities that reaches over 11,000 people. Please let us know if you have newsletters, events or activities where you would be willing to advertise the November summit by emailing Krista Gullo (

September 22, 2009.

The Business of IT: Transforming the Organization and the Vehicle

9am to 4:30pm - The Michigan League Hussey Room (2nd Floor) - 911 North University Avenue

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

Welcome to the 2nd Annual “Focus on the Future” Automotive Research Conferences. This series, which runs September to September, offers five conferences each year that address topics of importance to the future of the automotive industry. The first conference this year focuses on the importance of information technology. The automotive recession has had a dramatic effect on the industry, but there continue to be efforts within IT organizations to move their 100 year old companies into the 21st century while also becoming a part of the future development of connected vehicles. This conference will allow us to assess the current state of IT within the industry, where it is heading in the near future, and what challenges and opportunities IT and auto companies face as they navigate these uncharted waters. To help us answer these questions, speakers from IT companies, the industry, and the University of Michigan will join in providing these answers.

Confirmed speakers include:

Bruce Belzowski, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, will introduce the key issues and moderate the conference.

Servio Araujo, Senior Manager of Enterprise Technology Research and Architecture, Ford Motor Company, will talk about how his company is managing its North American and global IT initiatives in the face of the recession and his view on what the near term holds.

Ram Prabhakar, Vice-President, EDS/HP Corporation, will discuss his perspective on the role IT is playing in the auto industry during the recession.

Paul Skornia, Manager, Lear Corporation, will talk about his company’s global initiatives from the perspective of implementing new IT programs using process maps.

Gahl Berkooz, , Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company, will talk about Ford’s PLM initiatives and how they are helping globalize the company.

Ed Allen, Vice-President Automotive Industry Business Unit, Oracle Corporation, will discuss the challenges facing auto companies and the role IT will play in overcoming them.

Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, UM/SMART (Sustainability Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) will talk about the role IT will play in future transportation systems.

Dave LeBlanc, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, will discuss the IT-related challenges related to the new safety technologies that are making their way into vehicles.

David Berdish, Manager, Sustainable Business Development, Ford Motor Company, will talk about his company’s role in the UM/SMART (Sustainability Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) Project.

Also invited are other researchers and industry experts to provide updates about the future of connected vehicle programs, as well as manufacturer and supplier IT challenges and possible solutions over the near and long term.

Hosted by UMTRI – University of Michigan Transportation
Research Institute. Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Corporation

Registration: $200. UMTRI-AAD Affiliates and UM Students, Faculty, and Staff admitted free of charge. To make a reservation please contact: Ms. Lee Burge at 734-936-2723 or


The Business of IT is the first in the series of the 2nd annual "Focus on the Future”Automotive Research Conferences. This series, which runs September to September, offers five conferences each year that address topics of importance to the future of the automotive industry. Upcoming events include:

Wednesday November 18, 2009. Understanding the Effects of the Government on the U.S Automotive Industry

Wednesday February 17, 2010. Changing the Way We Measure and Analyze Manufacturing Quality Using 3D Non-Contact Metrology. This represents the 2nd Annual Center for Advanced 3D Optical Dimensional Measurement (CODM) conference.

Thursday April 22, 2010 Inside China: Understanding China’s Current and Future Automotive Industry. This 3rd annual conference will provide in depth analysis of China’s automotive industry and its future direction.

Wednesday July 14, 2010. Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century. This 2nd annual conference will focus on current powertrain topics and their effects on the future of the industry.

Other Great Events

September 25,2009

"Old City, New City: Locating the Past in Urban India": An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.

1636 International Institute/SSWB. Ann Arbor, MI

As part of the first Trehan India Initiative Theme Year at the University of Michigan, a three-panel interdisciplinary graduate student conference will be held September 25, 2009. This Theme Year, entitled “State, Space and Citizenship: Indian Cities in the Global Era,” takes urbanization to be one of the defining elements of change in contemporary India.

Offering a ‘historical turn’ to the issues raised by the Theme Year, this interdisciplinary graduate student conference centers on the question of how the past is regularly—or irregularly—bounded, contested and re-framed in the dynamic discourses of urban planning, development and citizenship in India. What are the various avatars assumed by ‘the past’ in the context of contemporary urbanization (e.g. tradition, heritage, the authentic indigenous, nostalgia, official histories, subaltern interpretations)? What is the role of the past in urban planning and development agendas, claims to citizenship and space, and the changing discourses of the state? How is the past encountered, designed, or interpreted as material, discursive, and/or symbolic?

October 5-7, 2009.

European Transport Conference 2009.

Leeuwenhorst Conference Centre. The Netherlands

Share your solutions to transport challenges.

The three-day programme for the European Transport Conference has been finalised and over 200 speakers from throughout Europe will present on a variety of current issues in transport.

The Association for European Transport is delighted to this year welcome the following keynote speakers - Bert van Wee, John Bates and Brian Souter.

When not in sessions, the programme provides a number of networking opportunities, including Conference Dinner at The Den Hartogh Ford Museum, the largest private collection of Ford automobiles in the world.

Download a copy of the European Transport Conference brochure by clicking here: Or request a printed copy of the brochure, booking forms or for further information contact the Conference Manager, Christine Carr (

020 7348 1970

November 3-4.

Andrés Duany and the Smartcode Michigan

Birmingham, Michigan

Overcoming the limitations of single-use zoning demands tools that are comprehensive and cost-effective. The form-based SmartCode is such a tool. It provides an integrated template for stimulating healthy growth in keeping with community character and for broadening choices for residents and businesses. At the autumn SmartCode Workshop, you can hear context-setting theory from those who invented the Code and get a line-by-line explanation of its key provisions. With technical experts guiding discussions, you can dig deeply into lessons learned and best practices for implementation. Twenty miles north of downtown Detroit, Birmingham exemplifies the challenges of any modestly sized city operating within a larger metropolitan region. You'll be surrounded by colleagues with similar goals and empowered by the collective wisdom of leading practitioners. Presented by Placemakers and Gibbs Planning Group.

Register at

For more information:
GIBBS PLANNING GROUP, Inc., 330 E. Maple Street #310, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 - (248) 642-4800 Fax (248) 642-5758 Please visit our new website:

November 16-18, 2009.

18th International Symposium on Transport Economics and Policy

Madrid, Spain

Organised every three years by the Joint Transport Research Centre of the OECD and the International Transport Forum, the Symposium aims to stimulate thinking on transport economics of direct relevance to transport policymaking. It brings together researchers from universities, research institutes, government, consultancy, transport operators, and organizations representing transport industries and transport users. The press is also invited to the Symposium, which attracts over 300 participants from around the world.

The Madrid Symposium will focus on the development of interurban passenger transport, and will open with a keynote address from one of the world’s most influential thinkers on economic geography, Professor Jacques-François Thisse. It will be organised around a series of debates on presentations from leading transport economists.

For more information, visit

January 7, 2010


World Trade Center in New York

Organized by the Urban Age Institute, hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, and sponsored by the Lincoln Institute, the U.N., the World Bank Institute, Meeting of the Minds, the Urban Land Institute, and the Regional Plan Association.

The program will gather thought leaders and pioneers who are working hard to implement real solutions. They'll share their views of what works, what more is needed, and how cities can best leverage the reform of banking and credit markets to further their own urban and regional sustainability. Contact: Gordon Feller, Urban Age Institute. For more information:

May 18 – 21, 2010.

WTS Annual Conference


Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. Boasting roughly 4,400 members - both men and women - WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal. For information on their Annual Conference, go to

May 25 – 28, 2010.

International Transport Forum


Ministers, key decision makers from industry, top researchers and representatives of civil society from more than 50 countries will come together at the International Transport Forum, a worldwide platform for transport, where they will focus on innovation and the transport sector's contribution to economy and society.

For more information, please visit

May 28 - 30 2010

1st World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change

Bonn, Germany

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the City of Bonn are pleased to announce the Resilient Cities 2010 Congress, the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change.

This event is a non-to-be-missed opportunity for partners from all sectors to share experiences and research outcomes, overcome knowledge gaps and discuss and identify jointly solutions and impulses for innovation.

Registration to the Congress and the on-line call for papers submission will both be available in October 2009. More information will soon be available at


Case study briefs

Don’t Forget INSPIREMOBILITY, SMART’s OnLine Innovations Library and Blog

Inspiremobility is a case-based library of innovations related to sustainable transportation. Find the link on SMART’s home page or at If you’d like to contribute innovations you know about to the blog, please E-mail the URL to and your submission will be posted within 48 hours.

Knoogle - A Smart Search Engine

Mike Tuori and Chris Ash of the SMART team have been working over the last several months with Eric Britton of EcoPlan International and the New Mobility Agenda in Paris to contribute to the development of a new "smart" search engine that has as its specific purpose to comb through the activities and information contained in the websites of close to 500 leading programs, sources, and projects – specifically active in the field of new mobility and sustainable transportation, and primarily in cities. The intended coverage is worldwide, as is appropriate for our program.

If you click to you will be taken to the new power browser which is part of a new project entitled New Mobility Knowledge Environment ( which has as its goal to stimulate knowledge sharing and project activity in the many groups and programs working in our field .

And while Knoogle is still in beta form, if you try a few searches you may find that it just may become a useful research tool for you in your work in this field. And if you have any other reactions to share with us all on this, it would be great if you could communicate them by e-mail to, or if you prefer by phone to +1 310 601-8468 (North America) or +331 4326 1323 (Europe and other), or by Skype to ericbritton or newmobility. We expect to continue work on this in the months ahead so your feedback will be most welcome and help us to make what is already a good research tool better yet.

Contributed by Eric Briton, EcoPlan



Brief News Clips:

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to know more, support, or get involved with any of the activities below.

The Pre-Design Checklist Concept -- Report from Raj Cherubal on Chennai, India’s latest New Mobility initiatives

Chennai City Connect (CCC) has been introducing the concept of the New Mobility Hub network in Chennai for sometime now. One way to start getting these ideas implemented is to help projects in pre-design stages. For example Chennai Metro Rail Limited is in the process of designing their Metro Rail stations. City Connect Chennai team has put together a document that not only explains the network concept, but also provides a checklist to the designer/architect.

The idea is to remind the designer to take all the critical features of the hub into account. It may not be practical to accommodate all the features but the list serves as a framework to assist the designer do their best effort. This hopefully ensures that often ignored issues like cycle and pedestrian facilities, etc. are given due consideration in the design. Also, we feel it should be the responsibility of the designer to justify why certain features could not be accommodated.

The same network will be introduced to other government and private departments and agencies who own and operate transportation components. For example, the government agency that operates the buses plans to redevelop some of their bus depots. We hope to introduce these ideas to them and help them design the depots as convenient multi-modal hubs as part of the larger network.

In another project, a proposed redevelopment of a key Central Business District, still in its conceptual stage, we are introducing the hub network concept. We have set a benchmark that no visitor to the area should have to walk more than 400 metres to access his/her feeder, shuttle, car, parking, bus and train. This would enable pedestrianizing certain key areas in the district and decongest the core of the district. The success of the project would greatly depend on the existence of the hub network.

News on an Exciting New Project in Cochi, India from D. Dhanuraj

Kochi, known as Queen of Arabian Sea, is one of the sprawling urban centres of South India. It has a population of growing two-tier metropolitan cities in India with a population of 1.3 million. Growth of population in the Kochi Municipal Corporation alone is expected to be 13 per cent per decade. Records say that about 2,000 vehicles are registered in the city limits every month; 85 per cent of which are private ones.

The widening gap between the growing number of vehicles, the lack of infrastructure and unscientific plans has turned life worse for the average Kochiite. The city roads are over-crowed with road-based public and private vehicles. Kochi has about 3000 buses operating in the city limits, 3,000 auto-rickshaws, 6,500 taxis and countless cars and motorcycles.

Recently a study was conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research focusing on a possible solution to the transport and traffic woes in Kochi city. It has been identified that the Mobility Hub concept is very much in tune with the demands of the city. The study proposed Connecting the Dots locating the major and minor hubs that are mass transit points of travel. The basic reason for planning a modern integrated solution such as the Mobility Hub network is to accommodate the multi transport modes of transport such as air traffic, railways such as metro and traditional corridors, public transport such as buses and Taxis along with autos, two wheelers and bicycles. Kochi also offers inland water navigation within the city.

The project aims at setting up a system where different modes of transport converge at a single point making commuting easy for the public. It will be futuristic and provide a platform for the establishment of a unified urban transport authority (UMTA) in the days to come.

The Mobility hub set up for Kochi, which is futuristic and technology driven, will be able to cater to the ever-growing traffic and transport demands of the city. Sustainable transportation incorporating various elements of development is the key to the success of the proposed project.

The concept of Mobility Hub networks is borrowed from SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) of Michigan University (which was adapted from original work in Bremen Germany).

To introduce the concept in Kerala, a conference was held on ‘Connecting Dots’ on July 11 2009 at Hotel Dreams, Kochi. It discussed how New Mobility Hub networks, IT innovations and enhancements, service innovations, urban planning and design for accessibility, innovative financing and policies, and other integrative approaches can be a better solution for Kochi . Ms. Susan Zielinski, Managing Director of SMART addressed the audience with her solutions to the issues prevailing in the city at present. Mr. Gordon Feller, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Age Institute also joined the discussions.

This round table interactive session was joined by officials from the Government, the Media, Academia, Bureaucrats and other Corporates. The Project report is with the State cabinet awaiting the nod. The project was commissioned by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Kerala and design part is being undertaken by M/s Kumar Groups. As it materializes, the Mobility hub will be a launching pad for various entrepreneurial stakes in traffic and transportation and allied services in India.

India City Competiftiveness Report 2009 includes the Future of Transportation

By Dr. Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman of the Institute for Competitiveness, India, and Professor of Strategy & Industrial Economics at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India

The India City Competitiveness Report is an original endeavour on the Indian forefront to create an extensive base for competitiveness analysis. Urban agglomerations are being increasingly recognized for their crucial role in bringing industry and income to regions in and around them. Cluster formation has been emphasized as the prerequisite for a competitive economy to develop. Resting the academic research on these facts, the India City Competitiveness Report extends the Diamond model developed by the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic forum to broaden the framework of competitiveness (developed by Prof. Michael Porter) to Indian cities.

A total of 37 cities have been discussed with an extensive data collection supporting its claims, giving governments and corporates, likewise, strategic information in these cities. As regions, the productive potential of the cities has been explored based on their demand conditions, factors conditions, related and support industries, and context for rivalry, in order to initiate an appropriate policy directive for these regions. For the corporate, the four pillars of competitiveness give clear indications on the strengths and weaknesses of the cities to attract and sustain investments. The sector-specific data and the general discussion on the potential of these regions, gives an insightful analysis to aid the corporate in directing the investments to the right region and in the right sector of which the emerging New Mobility industry is one. The India City Competitiveness Report is the first of a series of annual analyses extended by the Institute for Competitiveness.


The report preview will be available from September 26, 2009 from You can pre-order the report beginning September 26, 2009 and it will be made available from October 13, 2009 once it is globally launched in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

The Institute for Competitiveness, India

The Institute for Competitiveness, India is the Indian knot in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India is an international initiative centred in India, dedicated to enlarging and purposeful disseminating of the body of research and knowledge on competition and strategy, as pioneered over the last 25 years by Professor Michael Porter of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. It conducts and supports indigenous research, offers academic and executive courses, and provides advisory services to the Corporate Sector and Governments. The institute studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions & cities and thus generates guidelines for businesses and those in governance; and suggests and provides solutions to socio-economic problems.


For further information on Competitiveness Insitute speaking engagements, publications, research, advisory, research sponsorship and executive programs, contact Neera Vohra at or visit our website at

New Mobility Update from Washington D.C.

By Colleen S. Mitchell, AICP Transportation Planner DC Office of Planning

The District of Columbia is in the early stages of their New Mobility initiative. They have held several meetings with key stakeholders in the Washington Metropolitan area to introduce the concept and gauge interest level of regional partners (significant!).

They’ve made substantial progress in developing and updating a map of existing transit routes and ridership levels, car sharing, and bike sharing, as well as population and employment densities to compare expected activity levels and available services across the region. They were able to obtain data from most of the adjacent jurisdictions to have a more complete picture of regional transportation. The map will be used to identify and select hub locations.

A new mobility component was also added into a regional ARRA TIGER grant application: Priority Bus Transit in the National Capital Region; A Proposal for Bus Transit, Bike-Sharing and Intermodal Connections for Metropolitan Washington. Funding was requested for 20 intermodal smart hubs at key transfer locations throughout the region.

The City of Pasadena: Integrated Mobility for Economic Growth Project

By Judi Masuda, City of Pasadena and
Alan Huynh, Formerly City of Pasadena, Transportation Management Services (TMS 85)

The City of Pasadena is currently preparing an integrated mobility plan to retrofit the existing transportation infrastructure by developing a new system that will increase mobility for residents and visitors. It will connect traditional transportation tools and technologies such as ITS, EV infrastructure, bicycle facilities, public transit investment, parking technology, and carsharing.

In conjunction with these transportation infrastructure investments, the City of Pasadena will create information-rich environments to provide sufficient services to connect all the various data within the area to a “cloud.” This cloud will contain data from the transportation services, events within the area, and information from the businesses, and allow for consumers to connect to the cloud to find their desired information quickly and easily. It also lets businesses strategically market their products or services to all consumers within the cloud’s proximity.

The original vision for an integrated mobility system was only possible due to the knowledge and awareness of Sue Zielinski or SMART and David Berdish of Ford who connected with the us in May about the possibility to develop an integrated mobility system here. Because of their proposal the City of Pasadena was able to adapt the general idea of integrated mobility systems into something suitable for its own visitors and residents and ultimately to create the “integrated mobility for economic growth” project.

This integrated plan is one part of a new multipart project that will incorporate transportation investments to increase economic growth, foster economic vitality, attract new businesses, and introduce the culture of sustainable practices to City of Pasadena residents, business owners, and visitors.

If a properly executed mobility system is successful in the City of Pasadena it could be applied to other parts of Los Angeles county and Southern California, where there is a potential benefit of offsetting at least 766,708,000 VMT or 342,878.0447 metric tons of GHG, which would result in a cost saving of at least $11,314,975.47 for the region.

The City of Pasadena has already invested $3,947,091.00 to improve the pedestrian and ITS facilities within the city. The funding for this project will come from public and private partnerships, from the City of Pasadena, and from federal sources. By connecting these three ideas, the City of Pasadena hopes to lead the Los Angeles Region into a new era of mobility, information, and economic growth.

The City of Pasadena has a proven track record of being a leader in sustainable transportation, starting with the early adoption of electric vehicles to the recent ordinance modification for transportation demand management. Pasadena is ready to lead again with this new initiative to create an integrated mobility, information, and economic growth system. With this new plan, Pasadena can further aid the Los Angeles region and help alleviate the car culture of the southern California region. At the same time it can introduce a working example of integrated mobility that could be applied throughout the region. If history matters, the City of Pasadena is best equipped to lead this region into a future that is less dependent on cars and more dependent on the innovation of small and local businesses to integrate mobility and information with how they do business.


SMART has been happy to contribute to a new dialogue called ONGoing led by Dave Muyres and Geoff Wardle at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. OnGoingTransportation is a siren call for a radical approach for the future of American transportation.

OnGoingTransportation is calling for assembling a team of the best and brightest people to develop a vision and then a blueprint for America’s next 50 years of transportation needs. The vision should inspire American citizens and businesses with compellingly designed, environmentally and economically sustainable transportation options that are part of a totally integrated national system. The blueprint will seek to inform sound long-term policy and legislation, which can be trusted to create new opportunities for American business and industry to create new jobs and lead the world in transportation solutions.

The White Paper, Futurama II Mobilizing America’s Transportation Revolution was written by Dave Muyres and Geoff Wardle, two long time designers and transportation industry thought leaders determined to bring new and creative solutions to this complex systems problem.

Like SMART, OnGoing believes that design thinking and systems thinking are key to developing viable transportation solutions that are compelling to the public and to the enterprises that provide them.

Visit to read the full just released proposal. And make sure to attend the November SMART summit where Dave Muyres will be presenting the work at the “Moving Minds” public event.

Design Dialogue at the November SMART Summit.

Barbara Knecht

Design can be what distinguishes New Mobility from old mobility. Whether directed, specific, and intentional, or unconscious, haphazard, and random, the design process will result in a product with which humans will live and interact. Join a multi-disciplinary conversation about design and mobility and accessibility at the Moving Minds Summit in November. We’ll talk about design as the act of creating change in objects, systems and places, and as the series of decisions made from inception to implementation of any idea. The conversation will revolve around how design can support not only the physical but also the cultural, psychological, and aspirational underpinnings of our relationship to transportation. We hope this conversation will include both producers and consumers of design. If you are involved or interested in product design, system design, or community and urban design as it relates to transportation, and if you are interested in connecting with others in this pursuit, contact Barbara Knecht at to attend the Mobility and Accessibility Design Dialogue at the November SMART summit.

Call for Submissions to SAPIENS special Transportation issue.

SAPIENS, a new peer-reviewed, Open Access, multi-disciplinary journal has decided to release a special issue in April 2010 on the future of transport and mobility. The deadline for a synopsis is November 1 and for paper submission is December 31 if you’d like to contribute. For more information, go to and click on “Summit 09 Preparation”

Issuing a Challenge to Improve City Transportation

By Paul Minett

You might have heard about the X-Prize competition for creating a 100 mpg car, and the one for a lunar landing machine. Now a group of transport professionals are exploring the idea of an X-Prize-type competition to bring about a big improvement in city transportation. The exact details are to be hammered out at a meeting I’ll be convening in conjunction with the November SMART summit. To read a draft of one idea for the challenge go to . If you would like to join in a discussion about this in Ann Arbor in November (or even by phone if you can’t make it) please send an email to:

“Reinventing Carpooling” Workshop at the November SMART Summit

By Paul Minett

Every day in the USA there are some 300 million empty seats traveling alongside the 136 million people who commute to work. These empty seats jam up our highways. New technologies and systems are being developed and tested to encourage greater levels of ridesharing. This is ‘almost-free' capacity, if carpooling can be reinvented well enough to get people using it. On the afternoon of Monday November 9, before the official start of the SMART summit, there will be a workshop focused on this topic and leading up to a meeting at the Transportation Research Board in January . Come and participate in this cross cutting discussion and learn more about what is being developed. 4 – 6:30 pm at the SMART summit in Ann Arbor. For more information please send an email to:

Ann Arbor Bike Choir – positions available (especially tenors)

What is a bike choir? It’s a group of 4 to 25 (or more) people who sing (often in four part harmony) as they ride together through the streets. Based on the only other known bike choir (Song Cycles – Toronto’s Choir On Bikes), the songs are usually familiar popular, jazz, classical, world, theater, or folk tunes usually adapted to sing the praises of bicycle transportation and / or the communities that embrace it. Some songs in the repertoire:

Bicyclized Ode To Joy (adapted from Beethoven’s)
Bicycle Built for Two
Two-Wheel Tango
Way-O (an adapted and urbanized version of Belefonte’s Day-O)
Kumanovao Byksko Oro (an ancient Macedonian bike repair song)
Bike Gang Song
Resolution (adapted from the Brecht / Eisler original)
Recitatistic (a recitatif describing an OECD finding on increased retail sales related to sustainable transport implementation)
And more…

Rumor has it that the bike choir may make a cameo appearance at the November SMART summit. If you sing and / or cycle and you would like to be one of the summit singing cyclists, contact Carolyn at or Visit the Facebook group “Ann Arbor Bike Choir”



Visit to learn about SMART.