• Giving up the auto fix

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Sep 14, 2010

    Well, today is the first day of my new diet, the "Low Car Diet," sponsored by Zipcar, the carsharing service. I pledged to give up my vehicle for 30 days and find other ways to meet my transportation needs.I have been a Zipcar member (formerly Flexcar) since Lanier brought it to Atlanta four years ago. Until now, however, my personal car has been my primary mode of transportation, especially during the week. It seems when you have a car, you drive it, even if other options are available. It is like having a big piece of chocolate cake placed in front of you after every meal. You just eat it...

  • The Most Dangerous Pedestrian Cities in the World

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Sep 08, 2010

    What are the most dangerous cities in the world to walk in?

  • You think you have it bad

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Aug 26, 2010

    When I was a kid and I did not finish my vegetables, my parents would always remind me of the poor children starving in other parts of the world. Well now, parents who have children who complain about how long it takes to drive somewhere can say, "You are lucky you are not a child stranded in the 60+ mile traffic jam in China."It appears China's new love affair with the auto combined with truck traffic has resulted in a 10-day traffic jam that may span into September. The WSJ reports that businesses popped up along the route to take advantage of the captive audience, and law enforcement was ou...

  • The Economics of Paid Parking

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Aug 16, 2010

    Here at Lanier, it is no surprise that we support the concept of paid parking. However, that is not only because our business is built on managing paid parking operations. Placing a monetary value on the availability of parking is also good for the environment, congestion and urban planning.A recent article by Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University, makes the economic case for more paid parking."Is this a serious economic issue? In fact, it is a classic tale of how subsidies, use restrictions, and price controls can steer an economy in wrong directions. Car owners may...

  • "First ring" suburbs no longer fit for walking

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 29, 2010

    Excellent video about pedestrian safety and the built environment, in particular the "first-ring" suburbs. The focus is on Buford Highway in Atlanta, but this could be any suburban community in the United States.These first ring suburbs were built 30 to 40 years ago to accommodate the first wave of urbanites escaping the trappings of the inner cities, and they relied exclusively on the automobile to get around. Once hot growth spots, many of these communities have found themselves aging and declining, threatened by the pull of newer, farther out suburbs and gentrified inner cities.The populat...

  • China adopting alternative transportation solutions to meet crushing demand

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 21, 2010

    China is learning very quickly what it took the U.S. decades to realize. You can’t solve traffic problems only by building and widening roads. In a New York Times story this week, Chinese cities are using BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems with elevated stations and lanes dedicated to the buses. Interestingly, it was the U.S. based Institute for Transportation & Development Policy that suggested the idea to the southern Chinese city of Guanghhou.</o:p> </o:p> "And they are not adopting necessarily the same model that the U.S. has adopted in trying to solve all their mobility needs through the co...

  • When crosswalks aren't enough, do more, not less

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 07, 2010

  • Should transit agencies sell naming rights to stations?

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 28, 2010

    Should transit agencies be able to sell the naming rights to transit stations? This is a question being asked all over the U.S. as transit agencies struggle for money during these tough economic times. Philadelphia, New York, and Miami have agreed to rename their stations, and Detroit and Pittsburgh are considering it.At first glance it seems like a no brainer. We sell the rights to sports facilities, so why not transit stations?But nothing is as simple as it seems. Two very important issues that need to be addressed when considering selling the naming rights to transit stops:Is the name of...

  • What is your state doing about texting while driving?

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 11, 2010

    Ever since July 2009 when the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute confirmed what we already knew, that cell phone use (talking and texting) while driving is dangerous (4 times and 23 times more dangerous than not, respectively), the country has been grappling with what policies should be put in place to minimize this risk.The federal government convened a Distracted Driving Summit, and through executive order made it illegal for truck drivers and federal employees to text and drive. States have followed suite with their own cell phone and texting laws, and the question is when will a natio...

  • Lanier CEO on Why EVERYONE Should Support Commute Alternatives

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 27, 2010

    Michael Robison, Chairman and CEO of Lanier Parking Solutions, spoke to a group of real estate executives about the business of parking, and what was truly amazing about the discussion was how little Michael spoke about parking. He spent most of this time talking about our efforts to promote alternative transportation solutions such as Zipcar and Streetcar.

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