INVITATIONAL THINKING EXERCISE: Why Ubernomics could be fatal to itself, its customers and mass transit?

taiwan Uber taxi demonstration

Commentary and reflection on an article originally appearing in a Geek Wire posting by Bob Sullivan on 24 January – which when posted last week to our World Streets Online Facebook site at attracted considerable attention. In the posting that follows, we propose an open thinking exercise in three parts which you are invited to join.

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xtransit-taxiThere is a revolution going on that is going to change the face of transport in and around cities in a way that no other has in the last century.  The starting point is that humble taxi that you cannot always find when you need it most —  that is to say a rolling metal box with rubber tires, a human being at the wheel, and some kind of engine propelling it along, with or without human cargo.   But this thing, this taxi as it is called, is in the process of being reinvented as a rolling, pliant always-on 21st century information system.  And of course we are looking into this closely in the pages of World Streets.

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“Worst Practices”: Regulations that prohibit shared taxis anywhere on the planet

“Regulations that prohibit shared taxis are an example of worst practice.” – Ann Hackett

In eleven short words Ann Hackett has put her finger on one of the most egregious “Worst Practices” in our field. And, as it happens, one that we know enough about to easily resolve.

USA NYC Taxi lady hailing source - thedailybeast


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World Streets Vidéothèque: Latest edition (Try Slugging)

In response to our New Year’s annual roundup of the library of striking and informative videos assembled over the last years by the editor and readers of World Streets, one just came in today from New Zealand, thanks to Paul Minett, Chairman of the Ridesharing Institute. To contact him directly, email him at

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xPlanning Chaotic Transit Systems: Off we go

manstanding  in door of moving mutatuWe are already close to one-seventh of the way  through this very different 21st century: an era not of “order”  in the older and more comfortable sense.  But rather of chaos, that illusive universe that combines mystery and a certain sense of order .  Chaos however  is not the end;  it is only a beginning.  And while we are on the subject, this in from Jarrett Walker in his blog Human Transit in which he reminds us of the power and potential of informal transport.  His concluding recommendation is especially interesting and to the point. The full original piece is available at

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KpVV/EcoPlan Survey: You, Carsharing & Local Government

utrech workshop cover page - 2may14

Think you might wish to participate in a short collaborative survey in which we trying to improve our understanding of the relationship between carshare suppliers and local government in a cross-section of countries and environments?  We are hoping to cover cities of a range of sizes, including both high performers and those as yet without much of a strategy.  It will be important to cover both ends of the spectrum.

You will find a PDF of the one page survey – – > here.   (In MS Word – – > here.)

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This Is What Informal Transit Looks Like When You Actually Map It

This article which recently appeared in City Lab gets straight  to the heart of the New Mobility Agenda as we understand it, a critical and often ignored mobility category which we have long since dubbed xTransit, Third Ways of Getting around in Cities.  Just below you will find some key excerpts from the article; for the full text click to . If you are not familiar with the Matatu, you will  find additional background in the short but quite useful Wikipedia site at  For more on our xTransit work, have a look at and eventually .


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