TRB Annual Meeting 2016

TRB Annual Meeting 2016

Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.

My Ring Ride – Ringstrasse150 project is being awarded an honourable mention award at the 2016 US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting – Yea!

Here are my presentations and papers at the TRB Annual Meeting – Sunday 10 January -to- Thursday 14 January 2016:

  • Repurposing Travel Lanes for Multimodal Projects – Workshop 114 – Analyze This! What Planners Want to Know; Andy Nash, Green City Streets with Natalie Stiffler, City of Boulder. The workshop considers three problems, our problem considers the evaluation of and communications about the potential congestion impacts of sidewalk widening, bike lane, and transit lane projects. We’ll use Boulder’s Folsom Street project as a case study and try to develop strategies for improve the evaluation of these projects and communications about congestion. Sunday 10 January – 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Convention Center, 140A.
  • Enhanced Resource Conflict Graph Rescheduling Model for Freight Rail Traffic: Introducing Energy Saving; Toletti, Ambra, Valerio De Martinis, Ulrich Weidmann and Andrew Nash; Monday -1:30 PM- 3:15 PM – Session 367 – Current Research on Freight Rail Transportation, Convention Center, 149.
  • Tram Safety in Mixed Traffic: Best Practices from Switzerland; Improving Light Rail Through Operational and Safety Analysis – Marti, Christian, Jonas Kupferschmid, Michael Schwertner, Andrew Nash, and Ulrich Weidmann;  Monday – 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM – Session 470 – Convention Center, 143A.
  • Banedanmark TMS: ETCS as the foundation for attractive and efficient railway service; Nash, Andrew; Tuesday – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, Marriott Marquis, Capitol (M4).
  • Evaluation of Freight Train Energy-Saving Potential Using Onboard Monitoring Data; De Martinis, Valerio, Ulrich Weidmann, Andrew Nash; Tuesday – 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM – Session 576 – Energy Efficiency Technologies for Rail Transportation – Convention Center, 147B.
  • Ring Ride – Ringstrasse 150 Project; Honourable Mention Award: Communicating with John and Jane Q. Public Contest 2016; Nash, Andrew; Tuesday – 10:45 AM- 12:30 PM – Session 585 – Public Involvement; Convention Center, Hall E.

Hope to see you there!

Google Transit and Vienna

Google Transit and Vienna

Google Map of Zurich with public transport information.

Google Map of Zurich with public transport information.

Yesterday’s Gov Camp Vienna 2015 was another in their great series of un-conferences held on civic applications and open data to improve government in Vienna (Austria). Vienna has done a great job opening data sets (German) and encouraging the development of apps and other open government projects.

However, one big problem in Vienna is that the city’s public transport agency (WienerLinien) does not yet provide data in the GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification). Consequently, when you search for transit directions in Vienna using Google Maps, you’ll be directed to some crazy trips.

Why? Because the Austrian Railway DOES put their data in GTFS! So Google Transit sends you on convoluted train trips through the city when you just need to go two Metro stops. You get sent walking to a railway station, boarding an infrequent train, and walking back from a railway station to your destination.

For some reason – unlike most major public transport operators! – the WienerLinien has not seen fit to provide their data in GTFS format. Of course they do have their own nice public transport application called qando (rated 3 stars on iTunes and 4 stars on Android). But how many of our millions of tourists know about it? And, why download it for a short visit to Vienna?

And … not providing open data in the accepted standard formats hurts Vienna’s application development community by forcing them to develop unique code for Vienna.

In short, no one wins with the WienerLinien’s shortsighted data policy.

Ringstrasse150 Project Launch

Ringstrasse150 Project Launch

Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.

Ringstrasse150 homepage screenshot.

We’re excited to be launching the Ringstrasse150 – Ring Ride project. The project consists of a website with information on improving walking and cycling in Vienna and a mobile phone game designed to increase engagement by linking to the website in the game results screen. The website is available here:

Ringstrasse150

We’ll be working on the website in the next few days to finish the German version and improve the content.

The Ring Ride game is available for Android from the Play Store:

Ring Ride Game for Android

The iOS version will be available as soon as it it approved by Apple.

We have rethought the project since our original idea for a website that would include mapping of improvement ideas. Instead the website now focuses on being a “one stop shop” for presenting information about how to improve walking and cycling in a city – in our case Vienna’s Ringstrasse. We’ll add learning elements to the website later. The main reason we decided not to include improvement mapping is that many cities already have these websites (including Vienna), so we’ll focus on trying to get people to use these existing websites.

If this project is successful similar websites could be developed for other cities following the same model. Here’s more information about the project and what we hope to achieve.

The goal is to increase support for walking and cycling improvements by creating a game (Ring Ride) that will introduce new people to organisations, activities, ideas and resources for walking and cycling in their cities.

Contact us if you want more information.

GreenCityStreets.com now online!

GreenCityStreets.com now online!


The new GreenCityStreets.com website is now online and it’s much improved. I’ve made “GreenCityStreets.com” the umbrella name for all my work in the field of using information technology applications to improve public participation. Consequently I’ve described the work that was done as part of the BusMeister project in 2011 and 2012 as the BusMeister project.

The new website will present an analysis of the latest ideas in using information technology applications to improve public participation. It describes the following activities:

The website includes pages on each of these subjects (click the link) as well as blog postings with new ideas.

The website also includes links to our games (BusMeister, Grr-Grr-Bike, Working on the Railroad) and projects.

The website is still a work in progress so check back again in the future and let me know if you have suggestions or ideas. In the meantime, we hope you like the new site!

GreenCityStreets – New Website

GreenCityStreets – New Website

GreenCityStreets-logo

I’m developing a new GreenCityStreets.com website to consolidate everything in one place. Here are some links to the in-progress work:

BusMeisterLogo

GreenCityStreets.com – Home

BusMeister – Project Results – The BusMeister project combined educational resources, a game and a crowdsourcing platform for helping improve the quality of participation in identification and support of public transport improvements.

BusMeister Public Transport Game – Information on the BusMeister game including a link to game

Grr-Grr-Bike – CycleMeister – About the game + download

London UK

London UK

London Transport Museum Depot in Acton

London Transport Museum Depot in Acton

Camden Town Brewery London - Tour in progress.

Camden Town Brewery London – Tour in progress.

The Urban Data from Fetish Object to Social Object conference in London (see previous post) was fantastic, lots of great ideas discussed by people doing really neat things with social data. Sjors Timmer did a nice post about the conference.

I enjoyed my trip to London, a city I have not visited for some time. Mostly I walked around and enjoyed the great weather, sunny and 20 degrees the whole time. Of course I found time to sample some traditional beers at the Churchill Pub in Kensington (great Thai food too), the Camden Town Brewery (see photo – next time I’ll plan ahead so I can go on one of the Thursday evening tours!) and the Carpenters Arms in Bloomsbury.

Bus lane in Central London

Bus lane in Central London

On Saturday I rode a double decker bus on Oxford Street … the view from the top front makes you really appreciate the skills of the bus drivers … pedestrians all over! Then on to the London Transport Museum‘s Acton Depot where there was a special open house (see photos). The Depot is where the Museum restores objects and keeps objects for which there is no room in the main Covent Garden museum building. It’s only open a couple weekends a year and I was lucky enough to be there for one!

My flickr photos of the London Transport Museum Depot are in my flickr photos of transport museums.

My flickr photos of London.

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