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An American Cycling in Paris: My Ode to Bike Sharing

I recently spent three days in Paris on the way home from a conference, becoming just the latest in a long history of visitors to fall in love with the City of Light. It wasn’t the sights, the cafes, or the croissants that got me—although all those things helped. It was Vélib’, the efficient Parisian [...]

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Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?

Morning traffic in Paris. Photo by Tali Trigg.

It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more than Avis, Hertz, or Sony. Yes, Sony. Two weeks ago, I found myself using the service for the first time, [...]

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Top 10 (Transport) Sights in Paris

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Few tourists travel explicitly to see a city’s or country’s mode of transportation, but I dare say that besides transport nerds such as myself, there are examples which qualify as must-see, including Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed train, Lisbon’s old tram system, and the streetcars of New Orleans, among others. While Paris is most recently known for [...]

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Transportation changes quickly cleaned up the air – now what?

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In March, air pollution in northern France reached dangerous levels and resulted in a strong government response. Public transportation fees were removed and cars were partially banned from the roads. This month, as data are released by Airparif, one can see that this response led to a drop in Paris road traffic of 18% and 6-30% [...]

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Should public transportation be free in cities with bad air quality?

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This weekend, Parisians and those visiting the city will enjoy free public transportation as they move from Versailles to La Tour Eiffel. This initiative comes as much of Northern France experiences dangerously high levels of local air pollution, leaving local governments desperate to get cars off the road. According to air quality measurements across the [...]

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A (Dimming) City of Light

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The French are taking a stand against light pollution. Starting this summer, most non-residential buildings in the country will have to shut off their lights at night in order to “reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment.” According to France’s environment minister, Delphine Batho, this shift will reduce total annual energy consumption [...]

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