Friday transpo roundup
American cities have endured hiccups in their attempts to launch Euro-style bike-sharing programs. A new system called SoBi could make the process cheaper and easier by eliminating docking stations and using mobile phone software. When San Francisco gets on board with its new bike sharing plan, maybe the city will take pity on our pant cuffs and fit those frames with greaseless bike chains.
One urban-idyllic social scientist conducts casual research on whether San Francisco pedestrians are slurping more joe or jamming more iPod tracks.
The Feds have a message for municipalities across America: knock it off with the ALL-CAPS already. When it comes to transportation matters, some people may just have a point about government overreach. Some people – like William Lind, who argues in favor of public rails but thinks buses are too full of poor people for others to want to ride – make questionable calls. On the other hand, one Berkeley citizen loves buses so much he’s proposing a whole new line.
It has come to the attention of Transpo Roundup that Halloween is upon us. We therefore wish to draw your attention to the horrible traffic-swallowing Chinese monster bus. We first wrote about this abomination a couple of months ago when mad scientists announced its construction in Beijing. It seats hundreds, it looks like a megamouth shark, and it’s coming to America.