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Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Will Make its Taxi Disruption Look Quaint by Comparison

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab. Reprinted by GovTech.]

Uber's CEO Travis KalanickUber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come.

The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make car ownership obsolete. Such ambitious plans could make its disruption of the taxi industry look quaint in comparison.

Uber operates in about 60 countries and 300 cities worldwide. Consumers and Wall Street adore the “gig economy” company, which is worth more than $50 billion, and got to that mark in nearly half the time as Facebook.

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The Good and the Bad of the Capital Bikeshare Member Survey

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Capital Bikeshare’s 2014 Member Survey indicates that even as Washington D.C.’s bikeshare service has grown by leaps and bounds, its users have become older, whiter, and wealthier.

Most company executives would be happy enough with these demographics. Wealthy customers? Yes please.

Washington’s business community, in fact, was a tough sell on this new transit option. Many businesses were initially leery of bikeshare stations located near their retail establishments. Their fears were: What kind of customers — if any — would bikeshare provide? Would they scare away my “real customers,” who drive cars?

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Unlimited Bikeshare Parking? Yeah, We Got That.

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

Kimberly Martin expresses gratitude to Grace Moran and Nate Graham

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system.

“You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off section of sidewalk at the corner of New York Avenue and 13th Street NW.

Graham, a Capital Bikeshare spokesperson employed by goDCGo, welcomed bicycle commuters to the opening of one of two Capital Bikeshare Corrals. The service began May 14 in downtown D.C., offering morning bikeshare commuters guaranteed bike docking.

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A Bikeshare Station on Every Corner?

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[By Paul Goddin for Greater Greater Washington and Mobility Lab]

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A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place.

NACTO’s report, released April 28th, adds to the growing body of research that says station density is a key factor in a bikeshare system’s success. While that claim isn’t controversial in itself, NACTO’s suggestions regarding station density cause a bit more friction.

NACTO recommends that cities place bikeshare stations no more than 1,000 feet apart—that is, at a density of 28 stations per square mile. This density would put a bike share station within a five-minute walk of each resident in a city.

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