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Features

The future of last-mile delivery has arrived … in a small Dutch city

Nijmegen is home to the world’s first successful neighborhood freight hub. Why has it worked out where others failed?

11 Nov
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 8: Mobility on Demand

This episode of our podcast explores a future where mobility is frictionless, easy — maybe even fun.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
10 Oct
Announcement

Announcing Replica’s spin-out and Series A

Nick Bowden
9 Sep

We ran traffic simulations on our people-first street designs. Here’s what we found

By making it easier and safer to walk, bike, and ride transit, street flow improves for everyone — even drivers.

Willa Ng and Joyce Xu
9 Sep

The latest evidence that bike lanes are good for business

A new study in Toronto supports what other cities have found: trading street parking for a bike lane doesn’t hurt the local economy, and often helps.

Eric Jaffe
9 Sep

Whim is a mobility app with a modest proposal: Give up your car

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with “mobility as a service” pioneer Sampo Hietanen.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug
Transportation

Seeing a big future for micromobility

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Horace Dediu of Micromobility Industries on resizing city transportation.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
Transportation

Four principles for the future of city streets

Cities can leverage design and technology to re-think our streets for pedestrians, bikes, and transit.

Willa Ng
4 Apr
Q&A

Outside the box truck: Innovations in delivery that could change our cities

In this Sidewalk Talk Q&A, researcher Anne Goodchild explains how simple ideas like lockers and cargo bikes could make our neighborhoods more “lovely, green, quiet, and livable.”

Vanessa Quirk
9 Sep
Self Driving Cars

Expectations, Uncertainties, and Policy Choices for Self-Driving Cities

A guide to where things stand on this most promising — but highly uncertain — technology.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
7 Jul
urban data

The real benefits of real-time transit data

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with researcher Candace Brakewood on all the ways it improves our lives — and its role in a potential car-free urban future.

Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
Features

Where new mobility and traditional transit are actually getting along

Pinellas County is home to perhaps the most advanced “micro-transit” system in action: a fleet of ride-hail vehicles that feeds into the bus system while reducing costs and expanding job access.

Sidewalk Labs Editorial
6 Jun
prototype

Toronto by public transportation — from Point A to anywhere

Our open-source Toronto Transit Explorer shows how long it takes to reach any part of the city by taking public transit, cycling, or walking.

Samara Trilling
5 May
Q&A

A vision of city transportation, circa 2043

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with forward-looking transport scholar David Levinson.

Eric Jaffe
2 Feb
Vision

Announcing Coord: The integration platform for mobility providers, navigation tools, and urban infrastructure

By connecting app developers to services such as parking, tolls, and bike-share, Coord can unlock a seamless trip experience for people in cities.

Stephen Smyth
2 Feb
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Street Grids: A City’s Indelible Footprint

Far from a static layout, the grid creates the conditions for new travel modes, adaptable infrastructure, and sustainable growth.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

GPS: The Technology That Envelops Our Cities—and Brains

Location-based services have transformed much of urban life, from taxis to dating, with far more change to come.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

GTFS: The Promise of Data-Driven Public Transit

Standardized transit data is a harbinger of a future where the fastest way to get around doesn’t require a private car.

11 Nov
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Traction Motor: Putting the Mass in Mass Transit

By giving rise to powerful new streetcar and subway systems, Frank Sprague's electric motor forever changed commuting and urban development.

10 Oct
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Safety Bicycles: How Pedals Powered Urban Change

The affordable — and, more importantly, rideable — new design provided unprecedented freedom of movement.

10 Oct