The state of transportation in many cities around the world today is neither environmentally sustainable, conducive for human interaction nor supportive of equitable access to work and amenities. Developed top-down around automobiles, many American cities’ streets struggle to provide the sociable, human-scale experience to retain young people and facilitate exchange, and their outdated transit infrastructure fail to provide convenient everyday access to/from jobs, threatening the social mobility of many citizens.
At Changing Places, we consider urban transportation as a fundamental enabler to people’s wellbeing and productive potential. We believe that a livable, competitive city of the future will offer multi-modal mobility experience that is convenient, affordable and pleasurable, by integrating a full spectrum of modes, including walking, cycling, transit, as well as autonomous technology and on-demand services.
To help cities get there, we currently focus on the following four initiatives:
Light-weight autonomous vehicle: How might we help people and goods move around the city without resorting to 4-wheel automobiles while minimizing the carbon footprint?
Smart Urban Infrastructure: How might we effectively embed technology into the urban environment to enable an intelligent multi-modal mobility system?
Impact assessment: How might mobility-on-demand change the way we conceive, allocate, finance and maintain the transit infrastructure?
Behavioral nudge: How might we overcome legacy habits and more effectively promote sustainable and safe transit behaviors?