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How Much Should Uber be Regulated?

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

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Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers.

Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction our economy takes.

At one end of the spectrum are states and cities that remain suspicious of these for-profit companies, and continue to crack down on them. Uber and AirBnB, the argument goes, skirt existing regulations, operate with an unfair advantage, and run the risk of ultimately endangering consumers.

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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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How to Think Like a Millennial

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

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If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age.

That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us have expected for quite a while: that city dwellers across all generations have a Millennial mindset. This suggests, according to Zipcar, that where one lives is as important as age in determining attitudes and behaviors towards transportation.

Zipcar, the company credited with inventing “the sharing economy” before that term had even been coined, is in the business of hourly car rentals. The company primarily operates in dense urban locations where car ownership is expensive or inconvenient. Millennials are a large subset of Zipcar’s customers, explaining the company’s preoccupation with this age cohort.

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Shared-Use Mobility and Low-Income Americans

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

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The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility.

Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether.

But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? They could do better, according to a new report from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) in collaboration with Living Cities.

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New Shared-Space Residential Project Made Possible by Tech, Transit

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[Written by Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

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A new shared-space residential project by Vornado and WeWork, approved in July by the county board, will be Arlington, Virginia’s first micro-unit project, and could be priced affordably.

The Crystal City project will be a temporary revamp of the vacant Crystal Plaza 6 office building at 2221 South Clark Street, which is scheduled to be redeveloped by 2050.

In the interim, real-estate firm Vornado will spend $40 million on the renovation, with a mid-2015 completion date. WeWork, a New York-based coworking office provider, has signed a 20-year lease on the building.

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Bikesharing, Carsharing Discussed at Mobility Summit

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 10, 2014]

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems.

The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How Local Governments are Using Innovation to Complete Multimodal Transportation Systems,” that localities are primarily focused on the bikesharing and car-sharing elements of the transportation sharing economy.

These shared-use modes tend to be excellent at filling in the gaps and extending the reach of current regional transit systems.

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