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Hey urbanists! There were two fascinating reports this week and a compelling policy proposal on housi
July 29 · Issue #44 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists!
There were two fascinating reports this week and a compelling policy proposal on housing by a democratic socialist congressional candidate in Hawaii.
I’m on vacation so I haven’t had the chance to dig into the reports — you may see more on that from me in coming weeks — but I have included the main figures on ride hailing causing congestion and the growth of e-scooters.
Have a great Sunday!

Uber & Lyft increase congestion: new report
I’ve written previously about a number of studies which conclude that ride-hailing services are increasing traffic congestion and the number of vehicles on the road, counter to the claims of those companies. A new report out this week adds even more evidence.
There are several important findings in Bruce Schaller’s report, where TNCs stands for transportation network companies, the academic term for companies like Uber and Lyft:
  • “70% of Uber and Lyft trips are in nine large, densely-populated metropolitan areas,” and “TNCs account for 90% of TNC/taxi trips in eight of the nine large, densely-populated metro areas.” 
  • “TNCs have added 5.7 billion miles of driving annually in the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC metro areas” because “60% of TNC users in large, dense cities would have taken public transportation, walked, biked or not made the trip if TNCs had not been available.”
  • “Private ride TNC services (UberX, Lyft) put 2.8 new TNC vehicle miles on the road for each mile of personal driving removed,” while “shared services (UberPOOL, Lyft Line) results in marginally lower mileage increases – 2.6 new TNC miles for each mile in personal autos taken off the road.”
The growing data, not to mention the city’s worsening traffic congestion, is pushing New York City to consider a cap on the number of ride-hailing vehicles — something else I’ve proposed in the past.
Scooters seeing rapid adoption
Another new report released this week by Populus, a group of researchers including early ride-hailing analyst Regina Clewlow, shows that adoption of electric scooters is increasing far quicker than other shared mobility services. They have a high approval rating from the residents in 10 cities surveyed by Populus, and the group found that women and low-income people are more likely to use them than other options.
This week, a Lime Bike executive told Streetsblog that he thinks e-scooters are the future, and there’s an important equity piece that makes them attractive (like with bike share) — which is backed up by Populus’ research.
Anecdotally, I’ve been in Lyon and Barcelona this week, and I’ve seen a number of e-scooters — they seemed to be personally owned, as I’m not sure the rental services have launched yet.
Kaniela Ing proposes Housing for All
Kaniela Ing's inspiring campaign ad
Medicare For All, or universal healthcare, is gaining a lot of momentum in the United States, along with democratic socialist candidates like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Kaniela Ing is another democratic socialist running for the Democratic nomination in Hawaii’s first congressional district.
Earlier this week, he unveiled his proposal for Housing For All, borrowing from the report by the People’s Policy Project that we discussed in issue 28. His goals are clear, but I encourage reading his post for more detail.
Our goals are simple: (1) build 10 million social houses over the next 10 years; (2) keep rent under control; and, (3) provide a home for every American.
Other great reads
🚗 Uber’s self-driving cars are back on the road, but can’t be driven in autonomous mode
🛍 Waymo working with Wal-Mart on grocery delivery in Phoenix
🏠 California could soon become the first US state to repeal a rent control ban by ballot initiative
🥗 SF lawmakers want to ban workplace cafeterias to encourage tech employees to eat at local restaurants
🌊 New book thinks Americans should abandon low-lying coastal areas because of climate change
🌮 LA food critic Jonathan Gold died last Saturday. He was known for focusing on people first and “on holes-in-the-wall more than haute cuisine.
🇰🇵 Say what you want about North Korea — it has beautiful metro stations
⚡️ US federal government isn’t stepping up on climate change, but cities may lead the drive to renewable energy instead
🏖 Honolulu mayor says city must prepare for sea level rise
By Paris:Apple’s plans to invade key public spaces in countries around the world are facing backlash from local people whose squares and parks have not been disregarded and given over the private entities to the same degree as in the United States.”
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