Tag Archives: Data

Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016

​The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released the first-ever nationwide count of bike share rides in the United States. NACTO’s data shows that over 88 million trips have been taken on a bike share bike in the U.S. since 2010, when the first modern bike share systems in the country were established. Bike share has grown to 55 systems across the country, with over 42,000 total bikes. This has meant that one of the lowest-cost transportation options is... Read more

Uber Offers City Planners a Slice of Traffic Data

Uber has unveiled a new data-sharing website aimed at public planners and city officials. The site, dubbed “Movement,” curates GPS data from more than 2 million trips, and it could be a helpful tool for observing traffic patterns and reducing congestion. Uber claims that the information it has crowdsourced (well, driver-sourced) is more reliable than the data typically mined by third-party agencies for city governments — largely because all of its drivers use smartphones with global positioning technology. Read more... Read more

City Park Advocates to Get More Power in 2017

The Trust for Public Land is rolling out a new online tool called ParkServe aimed at putting more data about park systems into the hands of the public. ParkServe will allow users to locate the park nearest to them, zoom in on individual neighborhoods and identify which ones most lack park access, and determine the percentage of residents in a given city who live within a 10-minute walk of a local park. Read more... Read more

16 New Cities Join Bloomberg’s Open Data Initiative

A year and a half after its launch, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative is more than halfway to its goal of supporting 100 mid-sized cities’ data ambitions, according to a Bloomberg press release. With 16 new cities announced, 55 cities across the U.S. are now participating in the network of municipalities aiming to utilize data to improve city services and inform local decision-making. Read more... Read more

A New Day for Data: How Promise Neighborhoods Are Transforming Lives

Administered by the US Department of Education, Promise Neighborhoods take a place-based, data-driven approach to ensuring the long-term success of children, families, and neighborhoods. Here the Urban Institute shares the stories of three Promise Neighborhoods that are using data to transform lives. Read more... Read more

Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking, July 27

​Join this webinar hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn how data can be used to inform and support Safe Routes to School initiatives. Hear from speakers about the importance of data, learn about ways in which data is becoming more accessible and useable to communities, and be inspired by innovative uses of data across the country. July 27 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST. Read more... Read more

Sidewalk Labs and Transportation for America Team Up on “Smart Streets”

​The national advocacy group Transportation for America (T4A) and Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced a partnership to drive the development of “connected streets.” The organizations will partner with local governments in more than 70 U.S. cities to use data and technology to reduce congestion and develop more high-tech and multimodal streets. Read more... Read more

Keeping Counties Moving: Technological Innovations in Transportation, May 18

​Join the National Association of Counties on this webinar to learn how counties are leveraging technological innovations to improve transportations systems and ready them for the future. This discussion will give county elected officials and staff an idea of where the transportation field is heading in the face of rapidly developing technologies and suggest next steps. May 18 from 2-3:15 p.m. EST. Learn more and register... Read more
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