Rubén M.Cenzano

Chartered Civil Engineer specialised in Transportation

Ingeniero de Caminos especialista en Transporte

promoting the use of bicycle to commute

Posted On Monday, 23 March 2015

In June 2014, the French Government announced a new way of promoting the use of bicycle to commute to work: a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work (1)

After the trial was finished (380 people signed up to receive the “compensation”), the Government reported the success of the initiative (2).

Independent professionals claim that "France's experiment with paying people to ride to work was by no means a failure. Its impact was marginal, but it was marginal in the desired direction, even without much monetary force (...) if the goal is to get people to ride instead of drive, just paying them is far from sufficient" (3)


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carpooling is decreasing (in the USA)

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While sharing economy is blooming in the last few years, carpooling is decreasing in the USA; 50% reduction in the 1980-2013 period.

There could be many causes for this reduction but not a deeper understanding of this issue:

business case for converting street parking into cycle lanes

Posted On Saturday, 14 March 2015

Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes. Some notes about all the studies and implementations around the World. (note: go ahead for the bike lanes).

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dynamic wireless power transfer in the UK

The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has been commissioned by the Highways Agency to undertake a feasibility study into whether dynamic wireless power transfer (WPT) technology can be used on England’s motorways and major A roads, the Strategic Road Network, to prepare for and potentially encourage, greater electric vehicles take-up.
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UE's transport policy consultation

In preparation for “refocusing the strategy in the next year”, the European Commission has opened a 12 week consultation to collect views of stakeholders on implementation and challenges for transport policy resulting from the 2011 White Paper on Transport (1): "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system" (2).

Responses to the online questionnaire Stakeholder consultation on the mid-term review of the 2011 White Paper on transport (3) will feed into the stock-taking of the 2011 White Paper.

Questionnaires should be returned by 2 June 2015 at the very latest.


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driverless cars must learn to take ethical decisions

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Driverless cars must learn to take ethical route. There are some countries (Germany one of them) where the right to life and dignity could mean that it is illegal to reduce human life to a value that is processed by some cost function of an algorithm.

So if you are running a driverless car which is going to crash and (potentially) kill two people, being only one person on the car, it is illegal that any algorithm decides that it is better to kill one person than two people.

Will this mean that injured/fatalities should be randomly chosen?

new safety technologies to reduce casualties

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has released a new report where it is highlighted that new safety technologies could play a major role in reducing the numbers killed on European motorways (1900 fatalities on European highways in 2013).

The report calls on the EU to require the mandatory installation of intelligent seat belt reminder systems (SBR) for all passenger seats in new cars and also the installation of intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and lane departure warning systems (LDWS) in new vehicles -already mandatory for new lorries and buses.

The report also highlights the need for the European Union to do more to reduce the numbers of people killed on urban and rural roads as figures show motorway deaths are falling faster than deaths on the rest of the road network

The EU is currently undertaking a review of the safety requirements that all new vehicles sold in Europe must comply with. A new proposal is expected later this year; the rules were last updated in 2009 (see my previous post on this topic: UEs-transport-policy-consultation)

Further information:

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on-demand transport services in Madrid

Posted On Thursday, 12 March 2015

[EN-ES] The Regional Government of Madrid is testing on-demand services on interurban journeys. This initiative aims the user to send a text indicating the stop ID and buses running on adjacent corridors will divert to pick these commuters up.

Once the trial is over and according to its success, it could be expanded to another 15 locations already identified.

La C.A. de Madrid instala la primera “Parada a Demanda” de autobús en la que los usuarios solicitan el servicio en trayectos interurbanos. Esta iniciativa requiere del usuario un sms con el número de parada y los autobuses realizando el trayecto en calles adyacentes se desviarán para dar servicio a esos usuarios.

Una vez terminada la fase piloto, y en función de los resultados obtenidos, esta experiencia se podría trasladar a otras 15 ubicaciones ya predefinidas.

second bridge to Cadiz (Spain) is due to be finished

Posted On Sunday, 8 March 2015

[EN-ES] The second bridge to Cadiz (Spain) is due to be finished. With 540m long main span (2nd largest in Spain) and 69m over the sea level (2nd highest in the World), it also presents a removable central section to allow any future need, as it is built next to the shipyard.

Further data [EN], pictures and video:

El segundo puente de acceso a Cádiz (España) se encuentra en sus últimas fases de construcción. Con una luz de 540m (2º más largo de España) y una altura de 69m sobre el nivel del mar (2º más alto del mundo), también presenta una sección central móvil para permitir cualquier futura necesidad de los astilleros, que se encuentran junto al puente.

Más datos, fotos y vídeos:

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charge-points to support the fast-growing electric vehicles in the UK

A wave of charge-points to support the fast-growing popularity of plug-in vehicles will be installed across the UK after the government set out £32 million of infrastructure support up to 2020.

Homes, hospitals, train stations and A-roads will be some of the locations for further charge-points to maintain Britain’s position as a global leader in this cutting-edge technology.

In addition, another £11 million of funding has been announced to boost the UK’s position as a world leader in low emission vehicle technology innovation.

Ingeniero de Transporte, Ruben M.Cenzano, Transportation Engineer

first lateral-upgrading of an existing bridge in Spain

[EN-ES] Upgrading works at cable-stayed Rande Bridge (Vigo, Spain) have recently started. Dragados-ACS is leading this first lateral upgrading -one extra lane per direction, over an existing bridge in the World.

El pasado 27 de febrero comenzó la ampliación del puente de Rande (Vigo, España) que lo dotará de dos nuevos carriles, uno a cada lado. Dragados-ACS lidera esta primera ampliación lateral en el mundo sobre un puente atirantado.

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NYC's Pedestrian Safety Action Plans

The Borough Pedestrian Safety Action Plans for each of the five boroughs in the city of New York has been launched.

The plans are one of 63 Vision Zero initiatives aimed at eliminating all deaths from traffic crashes, regardless of whether on foot, bicycle, or inside a motor vehicle.

Each plan analyses the unique conditions of one New York City borough and recommends actions to address the borough’s specific challenges to pedestrian safety.
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Amsterdam is running out of spaces to park bicycles

Posted On Thursday, 5 March 2015

Amsterdam is running out of spaces to park its bicycles, so the city has just announced a plan to excavate a 7,000-space bicycle garage under the waterfront.

Amsterdam also plans to create two new floating islands with space for 2000 bikes each in order to reach a total of 21,500 new bike spaces around the station by 2030.

According to the 2014 Long-Term Cycle Plan, 200 million euros will be invested on bicycle infrastructure.

Further details:

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