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Hey urbanists! This week I decided to take a look at the existing studies that have been done on ride
 
February 25 · Issue #22 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists!
This week I decided to take a look at the existing studies that have been done on ride hailing to get an idea of the growing consensus on its urban impacts — they’re not good. And with more companies planning to offer their own ride-hailing services, it could get even worse.
What we really need is walkable cities that prioritize people above vehicles, yet the plans of Paris’ mayor to do just that are being challenged by automobile lobbyists in court and they just won a major victory. Here’s hoping the government’s appeal is successful.
Finally, this issue ends off with a few updates on transit projects and initiatives in Seattle and Los Angeles, and a great piece by Jarrett Walker which looks at the hype around microtransit and whether it will really deliver the benefits it offers. (Spoiler: no!)
Have a relaxing Sunday and a great week ahead.
Paris

🚗 What future for urban transportation?
The ride-hailing war isn’t stabilizing — it’s just getting started The ride-hailing war isn’t stabilizing — it’s just getting started
Nissan plans to launch self-driving taxi service in Japan
Sony takes on ride-hailing in Japan as Uber struggles
🚶‍♀️ Benefits of walkable cities
Walkable cities are saving lives, new video shows Walkable cities are saving lives, new video shows
Can transforming suburban places to walkable urban ones be successful and popular?
🌳 Setback to Paris' green agenda
Concept photo of new Parisian forest (Source: SMAPP)
Paris: legal challenge to car-free promenade by Seine
Paris Plans a Giant Suburban Forest
🚊 New Seattle transit plans
SDOT Proposes Streetcar Speed and Reliability Improvements on Broadway
All of Seattle’s public high school students to get unlimited ORCA passes under new Durkan plan
🚇 Los Angeles Metro announcements
Metro Purple Line's phase 2 extension breaks ground
Metro's Busy Blue Line Connection Between L.A., Long Beach to Close for Eight Months
28 projects LA wants to complete before 2028 Olympics.
📱 Is there a role for microtransit?
Microtransit: What I Think We Know
✊️❤️ Thanks for reading, and feel free to follow me on Twitter, Medium, or Instagram for even more!
✉️ Last week: ✊🏙 Uber CEO wants Uber buses 🚌 Safety concerns over driverless cars 💀 Seattle transit ridership surge 📈
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