Posted in Beyond Parking on Sep 08, 2014
What type of evil thoughts does the word hitchhiking conjure up? For many, it includes scary strangers, creepy weirdoes, and gruesome news stories. Of course, this is the hitchhiking of a generation ago when someone would stick their thumb out and throw caution to the wind. Today, hitchhiking is beginning to look very different. It includes smart phone apps, profiles, and feedback. No longer are the people entering into a hitchhiking agreement complete strangers. They are â€œtrusted strangers,â€ says Jenny Oâ€™Brien, who has developed technology that allows people to share the ride. On the he...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 02, 2014
Interesting story on NPR about those pedestrian crosswalk countdown clocks. They apparently cause more crashes at safe intersections, because some drivers see three seconds remaining as a warning to slow down, while others see them as a reason to speed up and beat the clock. That leads to rear-end collisions. If there's good news, it's that the clocks reduce the number of pedestrian accidents. You can read the entire story here.
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 27, 2014
Electric vehicle owners have more opportunities to recharge with they work. We're seeing momentum toward installing more and faster EV charging stations in office parking garages. The multi-use community Atlantic Station, where Lanier has managed parking since 2005, added 10 more EV stations on Friday. READ THE STORY
Posted in Beyond Parking on May 15, 2014
Friday is National Bike to Work Day, started by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956. It has gained more traction in recent years as major cities become more bike friendly. How does your city rank?Â Our local NPR station ran a story today about Atlantaâ€™s efforts to become more bike friendly.Â http://bit.ly/YvEN2l
Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 25, 2014
As an Atlanta LYFT user, I have been closely following the most recent legal battles in cities throughout the United States to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). If you are not already aware of TNCâ€™s, they are taxi like services where customers use phone apps to request a ride from local residents in their own personal vehicles. Drivers are employees of the respective TNC, and all fares are handled online (no money changes hands). The rub is that TNCâ€™s directly compete with local taxi services and cab companies that are highly regulated, unlike TNCâ€™s.Â The question is whe...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 07, 2014
Today's cover story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle about the cityâ€™s new real estate boom is good news on top of good news. It seems the deep recession put a healthy end to Atlantaâ€™s massive sprawl, and now that cranes are moving again, they're in much smarter places. â€œInstead of bulldozing trees for the latest suburban office park, [developers] are looking for apartment sites on Peachtree, transit-oriented developments near MARTA, and adaptive reuse projects such as Ponce City Market, a former Sears [store].â€ The rebound is focusing heavily on younger workers who want to work closer...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 03, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook got a lot of attention on Friday for standing by the companyâ€™s support of environmentally sustainable business practices. At Appleâ€™s annual shareholder meeting, a representative of a conservative think tank that owns a chunk of Apple stock urged Cook to focus on how being green affects the bottom line. Cook impatiently replied that shareholders who care only about profitability â€œshould get out of this stock.â€Â We need this type of corporate courage to show that environmentally sound business practices can be a part of a companyâ€™s brand, often increasing the compan...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Feb 18, 2014
As a certified LEEDÂ® Green Associate, I am particularly interested in which regions and cities are building more sustainable real estate projects. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its LEED Top 10 list for 2013 today, and Illinois has taken over the top spot, jumping from fifth place the previous year. The list ranks cities by the amount of square footage of LEED certified projects compared with the population. Rounding out the top five are Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York and California tied for fifth. Created in 1993, the U.S. Green Building Council promotes su...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Jan 12, 2014
Remember KITT from the 80â€™s show Knight Rider? KITT was a super computer-driven Pontiac Trans-Am that served its master Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) to help him fight crime. Fast forward to 2014, and almost every car that comes off the assembly line is equipped with what would be deemed a super computer by 1982 standards. In addition to regulating your engineâ€™s vitals, the computers contain an event data recorder known as a â€œblack boxâ€ that is monitoring your every move. In September, these recorders become mandatory.Â The black boxes collect information such as direction, speed,...
Posted in Beyond Parking on Nov 07, 2013
The federal government is looking at replacing its massive fleet of vehicles with a car-sharing vendor. Itâ€™s an interesting development for the car sharing model, which went mainstream when Hertz-Avis bought Zipcar early this year. You may recall Lanier Parking Solutions brought Flexcar (later bought by Zipcar) to the Atlanta market in 2007. The General Services Administration is now planning pilot projects in D.C., Boston, New York, and Chicago. Read Emily Badgerâ€™s piece about what the GSA is up to.