In Focus | Urban Mobility

They may get the most attention, but there’s a lot more to the new urban mobility than ride-sharing and self-driving cars, say two alumni from Georgetown University’s graduate program in Master's in Urban & Regional Planning. Focusing just on these “leaves out a lot of really great modes that create positive influences in people’s lives in urban areas,” says Rachel Lesniak, a Transportation Planner for Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. “I’m talking about walking and biking, but also scooters and taking transit.” In fact, interest in these alternatives is leading to what Doug Davies, an Urban Designer for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., calls “the democratization of the right-of-way.” Here, Lesniak and Davies talk with Uwe Brandes, Faculty Director for Urban & Regional Planning, about the new thinking in urban transportation.

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