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James Bell
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James Bell
Smart City Expert

Bike-Sharing system or bicycle-sharing system has been around since 1965 when a group called Provo introduced it in the bicycle-loving Amsterdam. But the idea of bike-sharing created a buzz only after the entry of smart city concept. It began to be recognised as an effective tool to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, travel costs, and fossil fuel-dependency while improving public health. Besides, making cities look much more vibrant, cool and cosmopolitan.

However, launching a bike-sharing system in cities and over time making it an appealing mode of transportation is no easy feat. It requires a significant private and public investment and alterations to the built environment while understanding the needs of citizens. Many bike-sharing programs have been initiated amidst much hype yet their popularity has soon declined. They have ended up being used mainly on weekends and for recreation purpose.

There are a number of factors that lead to the failure of a bike-sharing syst...

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James Bell
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James Bell
Smart City Expert

We are living in an era that is witnessing the traditional cities turning into ‘smart cities’ with the technology penetrating at abnormal speeds. As we are moving closer to the beginning of a new year, there is a bubbling curiosity in the air about the technologies that will push the current advancements to further progress – continuing the transformative change.

In 2018, the tech world in the smart cities observed the development and gradual penetration of technologies like IoT, AI, Cloud computing, and of course Blockchain. Now, in 2019 the same technologies will surface as integrative technologies. They are set to play a more powerful role aiming at disrupting the marketplace while remodelling the consumer tech reality.

We look into the top 3 breakthroughs and hope that these will not just bring the latest state-of-the-art infrastructure in smart cities but also make them more secure, sustainable, and happening places to live in.

LABCITIES
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LABCITIES
By Marc Van Steyvoort

lus, Louisville, Ky., uses data to pinpoint ideal locations for electric vehicle charging stations; Pittsburgh announces its 2019 Inclusive Innovation Summit; Philadelphia hires designers to help facilitate homeless services; San Antonio, Texas, awards $15K contract during its datathon event; and check out this list of 100 forward-thinking government job skills ( By Zack Quaintance at Government Technology )

http://www.govtech.com/civic/Whats-New-in-Civic-Tech-How-to-Increase-Civic-Participation-in-Design-Initiatives.html

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