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.