✊️🏙 UK rules Uber drivers are employees 🚗 Redesigning urban streets 🛣 Reducing inequality with alternative transit 🤝

Morning, urbanists!The ongoing changes in the nature of urban transportation is one of the topics I f
✊️🏙 UK rules Uber drivers are employees 🚗 Redesigning urban streets 🛣 Reducing inequality with alternative transit 🤝
By Paris Marx • Issue #9 • View online
Morning, urbanists!
The ongoing changes in the nature of urban transportation is one of the topics I find incredibly interesting, and ensuring the transformation is done in an equitable fashion is essential to ensuring our cities work for everyone, not just the (shrinking) middle-class and those even wealthier.
Tech companies also seem to understand this, and are positioning themselves to be essential to the future of urban transit. Uber seems to be taking an aggressive approach to try to capture as much of the market for itself as possible — and is running into an increasing wave of opposition, particularly in London — while Lyft and Google look to be positioning themselves as platforms for urban services. However, we also need to ask ourselves if we want private companies to monopolize particular aspects of our cities, particularly who would benefit and whether their incentives are aligned with those of residents.
The acceleration of the transformation also makes this a particularly exciting time. Yes, there is some disruption in the switch from personal vehicles to transit, cycling, and walking, but there are also significant health and social benefits. A new report suggests that this shift will also reduce inequality, which has become one of the defining issues of our time.
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Paris

🚗 Ride-hailing drivers fighting for their rights
The threats to Uber’s exploitative business model are piling up in the United Kingdom. A few months ago, London announced it would take away the company’s operating license without a major change in its operating practices to adhere to basic safety requirements. For more on the company’s challenge in London, as well as an article on how it thrives off the desperation of a growing number of people who are struggling to find well-paid jobs, see issue 1.
🛣 Redesigning streets for future transit
Plan for the future of Wilshire Blvd (source: Co.Design)
Plan for the future of Wilshire Blvd (source: Co.Design)
🤝 Transit reduces inequality
🤔 The dark side of tech's transit "solutions"
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