Car accessibility – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:01:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://taxis4smartcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T160153.519.png Car accessibility – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ 32 32 Mahindra Gifts Bespoke XUV700 Gold Edition to Paralympian Avani Lekhara https://taxis4smartcities.org/mahindra-gifts-bespoke-xuv700-gold-edition-to-paralympian-avani-lekhara/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 14:33:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/mahindra-gifts-bespoke-xuv700-gold-edition-to-paralympian-avani-lekhara/ It has a specialized front seat that is easier to use for those with special access needs Following the success of Indian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, automakers have offered them specialized vehicles that meet their accessibility needs. Mahindra has gifted another unit of its new XUV700 SUV to Paralympic Gold Medalist Avani […]]]>

It has a specialized front seat that is easier to use for those with special access needs

Following the success of Indian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, automakers have offered them specialized vehicles that meet their accessibility needs. Mahindra has gifted another unit of its new XUV700 SUV to Paralympic Gold Medalist Avani Lekhara.

Read also : Deepa Malik shares a video of the Mahindra XUV700 with automatic swivel seat for people with disabilities

This is another of the special series of XUV700 Gold Edition, based on the high-end AX7L variant. Its most prominent custom feature is the motorized front passenger seat that can move out of the car and lower, making it easier to get in from a wheelchair. Cosmetic customizations include gold accents contrasting black paintwork with special details that give a direct nod to Lekhara’s success. One of these details is the badge on the front fender which indicates the category and the sport in which the athlete succeeded: air rifle SH1-10m.

Related: First Mahindra XUV700 Gold Edition SUV gifted to Paralympian Sumit Antil

Here’s everything the automaker had to say:

Mahindra XUV700 Gold Edition for Avani Lekhara

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. today congratulated Avani Lekhara on his pioneering performance in the 10m standing air rifle at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games. In a first attempt of its kind, Mahindra has customized its new XUV700 to meet accessibility needs, while also including subtle design cues to immortalize Avani’s historic performance. More details on the vehicle below:

oh The tailor-made XUV700 is equipped with a special seat that has two operations – front and rear. Forward travel brings the seat out of the vehicle and lowers to provide easy co-driver entry and exit. Additionally, the seat lowering feature addresses a critical challenge faced by people with special disabilities as it decreases entry and exit height and allows for a smooth transition from ordinary wheelchair to special seat.

oh Designed by Pratap Bose, EVP and Chief Design Officer, M&M Ltd., this bespoke XUV700 AX7L in Midnight Black boasting tasteful gold accents inside and out, is a sight to behold. Avani Lekhara’s feat was immortalized by stamping his performance record in the form of a badge on the fender and tailgate and gold thread embroidery on the six headrests and dashboard before.

oh The XUV700 wears vertical gold-plated slats on the already sleek grille.

oh The vehicle features the new Mahindra SUV logo in satin gold plating. It features gold accents on the seats and IP panel which have been stitched with fine gold thread as accents.

Read more about: XUV700 on the road price

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Are pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities given priority in queues for PCR tests? https://taxis4smartcities.org/are-pregnant-women-the-elderly-and-people-with-disabilities-given-priority-in-queues-for-pcr-tests/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:15:57 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/are-pregnant-women-the-elderly-and-people-with-disabilities-given-priority-in-queues-for-pcr-tests/ At 25 years Weeks pregnant, Brisbane woman Leilehua Fa’onevai waited in her car for eight hours to receive a PRC test. Her parents, who live with her, had tested positive for COVID-19 and she could not find rapid antigen tests (RATs) in stores or public clinics. This week, three weeks after her last test, Ms […]]]>

At 25 years Weeks pregnant, Brisbane woman Leilehua Fa’onevai waited in her car for eight hours to receive a PRC test.

Her parents, who live with her, had tested positive for COVID-19 and she could not find rapid antigen tests (RATs) in stores or public clinics.

This week, three weeks after her last test, Ms Fa’onevai again braved the lines, this time waiting four hours for another PCR test.

She arrived at a testing clinic in Boondall at 4.30am to make sure she, her husband and their young daughter would not miss anything if the clinic closed early.

Ms Fa’onevai said that while she used disinfectant wipes and wore a mask, she feared she could potentially catch the virus from the venue’s toilets.

She said she asked a traffic controller if there were any options to prioritize and was told there were none.

“It was just ridiculous,” she said.

“It’s just not good enough.”

Ms Fa’onevai is pregnant and says she was vomiting as she waited for hours in a long COVID test line.(Provided: Leilehua Fa’onevai)

But Ms Fa’onevai said she had no choice but to wait, as RATs were virtually impossible to find.

“Getting a rapid antigen test is ridiculous,” Ms Fa’onevai said.

“I had a cousin who was ringing around 17 chemists…I couldn’t find any.”

Ms Fa’onevai said that even if she could find the tests, ‘the expense in itself is absurd’.

President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Dr Karen Price, said situations like Ms Fa’onevai’s demonstrated the importance of RATs in protecting the community and the healthcare system, and said called on the government to urgently extend access to free testing to all Australians.

“However, when there are supply constraints as they currently exist, free access should be targeted to clinical needs and priority high-risk populations,” Dr. Price said.

“Priority populations include pregnant women and people at high risk of disease due to underlying health conditions and obesity, people aged 65 and over, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and people with complex care needs such as people living with disabilities or in residential aged care.

Regarding PCR testing, the RACGP said it would “welcome the establishment of mechanisms that allow testing sites to be able to identify priority groups where demand is driving significant waits to access testing.”

Health departments across the country have highlighted the role RATs will play in avoiding long queues at PCR clinics in the future.

Most states provide a limited number of free RATs from state-run sites, in an effort to reduce pressure on PCR testing facilities and allow people to self-report positive results.

With widely varying state-provided testing stocks across the country and little to no supplies in stores, PCR testing remains the only alternative for many people.

A young woman sitting in a wheelchair near a window uses a smartphone, the lighting in the room is shady and dark.
Access to a PCR test may be more difficult for people with disabilities.(Shutterstock: Nana_studio)

“I am disabled, I do not have a car”

Adrie, 68 years old* has been in isolation at her home in Gippsland, Victoria for over a week because she suspects she has COVID-19.

But she said getting a PCR test right now was not an option with her health conditions.

“I’ve been sick for a week and really should get tested but I’m disabled, don’t have a car and don’t know where to go,” said the Dutch-Australian.

“And if a test center is open, you stand in line for three to four hours.

“I have a serious back problem… I find it difficult to sit for so long and I find it difficult to stand for so long.

Adrie plans to stay in isolation until an online order from RAT arrives, but it’s unclear how long that will be.

Are there priority lines in the PCR queues?

As COVID-19 cases soar across the country, the disparity between how each state and territory is handling the increased demand for testing has become more pronounced.

The ABC asked each state and territory health department if they have procedures in place to prioritize people in PCR queues who have special health needs, including elderly, injured or disabled people, people with young children and pregnant women.

A health worker dabs a person for a COVID-19 test at a drive-through testing clinic.
PCR tests are in high demand, but only some states have policies prioritizing pregnant women and people with disabilities.(ABC News: Stefan Lowe)

Western Australia Health said it used a triage process in its COVID clinics.

This included “prioritizing pregnant women, families, people with disabilities and vulnerable people in the queue so they wait less,” a WA Health spokesperson said.

“The current door-to-door collection service will still be provided for those unable to attend a clinic due to disability or as determined by public health.”

NSW Health encouraged anyone coming to a testing clinic who was vulnerable or needed special attention to identify themselves to staff for help.

Victoria’s health department said staff at testing sites “may use their clinical judgment to prioritize who to test for any reason.”

“For example, the Call-to-Test service is for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons.”

ACT Health did not respond.

The remaining states and territories did not directly answer the question and instead explained how they plan to reduce wait times for PCRs by providing free RATs to eligible individuals.

Queensland Health limited the number of RATs for those eligible and thanked the community for continuing to get tested despite the wait times.

“During times of increased community risk, there can be long wait times at screening clinics, which can create a barrier to access for people with disabilities or people who have specific support needs” , said QLD Health.

“If someone needs help obtaining or undertaking a test, they are encouraged to call 134 COVID (13 42 68) to arrange the necessary accommodations.”

Northern Territory Health said it has an adequate supply of RAT available free of charge from distribution outlets in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

“People who live in a remote area or need help with translations or online registration can call the COVID-19 hotline at 1800 490 484,” NT Health said.

South Australia has increased its availability of RATs this week, opening the first of what is promised to be a number of sites where those who are eligible can get free tests.

Additionally, SA has had an online reservation system in place for PCR tests since July, which a spokesperson said has helped reduce wait times.

Tasmania has implemented a similar PCR reservation system and RAT collection sites.

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Ms Dent says the long queues for PCR tests can be incredibly difficult for young children and their parents.(Provided: Georgie Dent)

Georgie Dent is the executive director of the nonprofit The Parenthood and said it was disappointing that priority testing for vulnerable groups, which she said included parents with young children, was not available at testing clinics across the country.

“Queuing for hours to get a COVID test is an unpleasant experience in most cases, but it’s exponentially more difficult when you’re trying to navigate that queue with babies, toddlers, young children in the back of the car during that period of time,” she said.

“It seems entirely reasonable that we give priority access to parents with young children [and] to all Australians with accessibility issues [or] any Australian with a disability, it seems very reasonable that we offer these Australians priority access to testing. »

*Name has been changed for privacy reasons.

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Sharing the street: Winnipeg plans to make carpool parking spaces permanent https://taxis4smartcities.org/sharing-the-street-winnipeg-plans-to-make-carpool-parking-spaces-permanent/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 00:57:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/sharing-the-street-winnipeg-plans-to-make-carpool-parking-spaces-permanent/ Motorists might have an easier answer to Winnipeg’s age-old question: where am I going to park? The answer? Potentially permanent, street locations dedicated to car-sharing vehicles. “I’m thrilled,” said Philip Mikulec, general manager of Peg City Car Co-op. The Winnipeg-based company first introduced car-sharing to the city in 2011. In August 2020, they started a […]]]>

Motorists might have an easier answer to Winnipeg’s age-old question: where am I going to park?

The answer? Potentially permanent, street locations dedicated to car-sharing vehicles.

“I’m thrilled,” said Philip Mikulec, general manager of Peg City Car Co-op. The Winnipeg-based company first introduced car-sharing to the city in 2011.

In August 2020, they started a pilot project with city staff to create five spaces on city streets that will only be allocated to car-sharing vehicles. Dedicated spots are distributed in high demand areas. The City of Winnipeg is considering making these spaces permanent and creating a system where the co-op works with the Winnipeg Parking Authority to create more.

Five of these signs are placed in high demand areas of Winnipeg. This sign is at 100 Hargave, just off Broadway. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)

“Before, we used to put our cars on private land. That’s how we developed for about 10 years that we’ve been in business. But it’s very difficult,” Mikulec said. He said dealing with private landowners can be tricky and sometimes high-demand areas don’t have parking spaces available.

“A big part of carsharing is seeing it as a form of public transport, right? And seeing it as stations for users. So having it on the street increases accessibility and facilitates our growth,” he said. .

In a report to the Standing Infrastructure and Public Works Policy Committee, Mikulec wrote that before the pandemic, the co-op was growing 30% each year. In 2020, it increased by 50%.

Because of that growth, Mikulec says they’re going from 70 vehicles to 90 this spring. With the addition of more parking spaces, he said that could grow to 100. And that could nearly double their membership to 3,500 by 2022.

“We’re looking at our highest demand, fastest growing areas and especially where it’s hard to find off-street parking,” Mikulec said.

“Osborne Village, Wolseley, even West Broadway – those are areas where there’s not a lot of surface parking, so that’s where we focus our energy.”

There are currently five spaces reserved for car-sharing vehicles to park in Winnipeg. (Radio Canada)

Part of the new system would allow the co-op to work with the authority to pay for parking spaces as they are used. The driver wouldn’t have to pay as you go – it would just be included in their membership fee.

It’s a good decision, according to a British Columbia car-sharing company.

“Parking is our number one driver of convenience,” said Dave Wharf, senior director of business operations for Evo Car Share.

This company is now in Vancouver and Victoria, BC. Wharf says it has a slightly different model than Winnipeg, but its parking payment system works. The city sends them a bill every month. It’s one of their biggest expenses, but Wharf says it’s helped create more memberships.

“We want to include all of that in the price so it’s a one-stop-shop,” he said. “It just helps people think about our mode when they want to go to an area that might have high priced parking.”

Erin Riediger has been using Peg City Car Co-op for about five years. She says more on-street parking would increase its use even more. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)

This is all good news for Erin Riediger. The architect has used the Peg City Car Co-op for about five years, but has never used the on-street parking spots.

“I live in an area where there are about three cars near my house, but they are often used because it is a very busy area and because of the density,” she said.

“There aren’t a lot of parking spaces that the co-op cars could even use. So if they allowed street parking, that would increase my usage.”

The city’s policy executive committee will consider the report at next week’s meeting, before it can go to council.

Winnipeg plans to make carpool parking spaces permanent

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Search widens to find missing girl Krystal Cain, 14, as floodwaters recede in Gympie area https://taxis4smartcities.org/search-widens-to-find-missing-girl-krystal-cain-14-as-floodwaters-recede-in-gympie-area/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:36:12 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/search-widens-to-find-missing-girl-krystal-cain-14-as-floodwaters-recede-in-gympie-area/ Krystal Cain’s family say they are “remaining hopeful” as police continue their search for the missing 14-year-old in the Gympie area. Key points: Krystal Cain, 14, disappeared in floodwaters early Saturday morning Krystal and her father Lenny Cain were traveling to Agnes Water when their car was swept away by floods near Gympie Police say […]]]>

Krystal Cain’s family say they are “remaining hopeful” as police continue their search for the missing 14-year-old in the Gympie area.

Krystal was swept away by floodwaters after she and her father, Lenny, became trapped in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Her uncle Steve Cain said the family were supporting each other as emergency services searched for his “fun-loving” niece.

“Krystal had the world at her feet and while we’re not giving up hope just yet, we’re being realistic,” Mr Cain said.

“She’s a bright, bubbly young girl who loves all animals and cartoons.”

The Victorian father and daughter were on their way to visit family in Agnes Water on Queensland’s central coast but became trapped in the Booubyjan area where some residents received 900 millimeters of rain.

Up to 10 meters deep

District Disaster Coordinator Acting Inspector Paul Algie said the search for Krystal will expand “over the coming days and weeks” as floodwaters recede and more land becomes accessible.

Paul Algie says dozens of emergency service workers worked for five days to find Krystal.(ABC Sunshine Coast: Owen Jacques)

He said accessibility issues had plagued emergency services who had been trying to locate Krystal since 3am on Saturday when her father called emergency services.

“The car entered floodwaters, which swept their vehicle off the road,” Acting Inspector Algie said.

“The father then contacted triple-0, stating that he and his daughter were stuck in floodwaters with the car filling with water.”

He said Krystal and her father were separated when they got out of their car.

A man with his arm around his daughter.
Victorian Lenny Cain, 53, and his daughter Krystal’s car swept away in severe flooding.(Provided)

“Emergency services were immediately deployed…these officers were unable to get to the scene immediately due to the badly damaged roads,” he said.

“In some areas the water was up to 10 meters deep.”

Mr Cain was airlifted to Bundaberg hospital on Saturday but emergency services were unable to begin a thorough land and water search for Krystal until Sunday afternoon , when the floods receded.

Acting Inspector Algie said emergency services were continuing a 10 kilometer search from where Krystal was last seen in the water.

“We have serious fears for the missing child, but we will continue to work through all available air and ground strategies to try to locate her,” he said.

“We will just continue, as we can, to access different areas, using different strategies.”

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SES teams are still searching for the Victorian girl who disappeared six days ago. (ABC News)

“Looks like a war zone”

Acting Inspector Algie stressed that people should leave the search to the authorities.

“I can’t say it loud enough, this environment is incredibly dangerous and only suitable for trained experts. Please don’t go outside,” he said.

“Driving along the Burnett Highway towards Booubyjan looks like a war zone.

“We have experienced researchers who are already succumbing to heat stress [and] leg and ankle injuries due to the difficult terrain.”

Mr. Cain thanked the emergency services for their tireless work.

“I personally want to thank all the rescuers, the police, the rapid rescue, the divers, the volunteers.”

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National planning framework project 4: The national space strategy – SPICe Spotlight https://taxis4smartcities.org/national-planning-framework-project-4-the-national-space-strategy-spice-spotlight/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:37:18 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/national-planning-framework-project-4-the-national-space-strategy-spice-spotlight/ Reading time: 5 minutes introduction the draft fourth national planning framework (NPF4) presents the Scottish Government’s proposed long-term plan for the development of Scotland until 2045. A key element of NPF4 is the National Space Strategy and associated regional policy areas. These are briefly summarized below. National space strategy The national space strategy focuses on […]]]>

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introduction

the draft fourth national planning framework (NPF4) presents the Scottish Government’s proposed long-term plan for the development of Scotland until 2045. A key element of NPF4 is the National Space Strategy and associated regional policy areas. These are briefly summarized below.

National space strategy

The national space strategy focuses on creating places that are:

  1. Durable: Every planning decision should help make Scotland a more sustainable place, including encouraging the development of low-emission and zero-emission buildings, reducing the need for short journeys by private car, expanding supply into renewable energy and by taking action to improve biodiversity.
  2. Habitable: The places will be designed to facilitate walking and cycling, active recreation, play and enjoyment of the natural and built environment.
  3. Productive: Development will build on the economic strengths of every part of Scotland, with the aim of creating a ‘welfare economy’ that promotes fair work and green jobs.
  4. Distinctive: A territorial approach will be adopted for development plans and decisions, with emphasis on the development of the city center, the reuse of vacant and abandoned land, the enhancement of natural and built environments and the protection of heritage assets.

The national space strategy is based on six space principles. These are:

  1. Compact growth: Urban expansion will be directed towards vacant and abandoned land, with an emphasis on increasing the density of built-up areas, which will promote travel on foot, by bicycle and by public transport.
  2. Local life: The policy will focus on creating 20-minute neighborhoods, where people can access daily services within minutes of walking or cycling from their homes. The development of local heating and low-carbon energy networks.
  3. Balanced development: Development is expected to be scaled up across Scotland, with the aim of creating opportunities in areas in decline, supporting population growth in rural areas and reducing development pressure in high demand areas.
  4. Asset conservation and recycling: The policy will focus on the productive use of existing buildings, places, infrastructure and services and on locating major new developments in areas already well served by existing infrastructure, especially near public travel centers / active.
  5. Urban and rural synergy: Best practices in urban, rural and island development will be shared between authorities and green infrastructure extended to urban areas to connect people to nature and help recover biodiversity.
  6. A just transition: The strategy aims to ensure that people have the opportunity to help shape the development of their local areas, throughout the transition to net zero living.

Fields of action

The NPF4 recognizes the different challenges and opportunities facing the regions of Scotland. The national space strategy will be implemented in five geographic “action zones”, which establish development priorities for each zone. These are:

The key policies, plans and programs defined in each of these action areas are summarized below. It should be noted that there is no obvious priority among the policies and projects described in each of the action areas.

North and west

  • Create carbon neutral coastal and island communities: There will be an approach adapted to the creation of 20-minute neighborhoods, as well as the development of service centers easily accessible by public transport. Housing development will focus on the needs of the community and reversing the rural exodus.
  • Support blue economies and well-being: Emphasis will be placed on developing and balancing the sometimes competing needs of different economic sectors, including offshore renewable energies, port diversification, food and beverage production, tourism and the development of space ports.
  • Protect and enhance blue and green infrastructure: Natural and cultural assets need to be protected and enhanced, including peatland restoration and forest creation, while maintaining and improving access for walkers and cyclists.
  • Strengthen resilience and decarbonize connectivity: Zero carbon air and ferry services will be developed, as well as new fixed links (bridges or tunnels) to certain islands. An infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles and high-speed networks must be installed to support the future development of businesses and communities.

North

  • Strengthen networks of resilient communities: Emphasis will be placed on the development of existing facilities as service and community hubs, linked by public transport and transformed into 20-minute neighborhoods. Inverness will act as a regional center. The policy will support the renovation of rural properties and the maintenance of the viability of small farms, with the aim of stopping and reversing rural depopulation.
  • Boost green prosperity: Remote work will be stimulated by the development of broadband networks. Low-carbon tourism infrastructure will be developed, focusing on outdoor activities such as climbing and mountain biking. The development of renewable energies will be encouraged where appropriate. Diversification assistance will be provided to ports and facilities currently focused on the oil and gas sector.
  • Feed nature-based solutions: The policy will focus on forestry, agriculture and land use based approaches to sequestering carbon, enhancing biodiversity and building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
  • Strengthen resilience and decarbonize connectivity: The policy will aim to develop broadband connections in remote areas. It will also focus on improving connectivity by targeting development in existing settlements and improving current road, rail, air and ferry infrastructure – with the aim of reducing travel by unsustainable modes.

Northeast

  • Transition to net zero: The policy will focus on supporting the transition from oil and gas to green technologies, supported by the Energy transition fund and action, including the development of Aberdeen Harbor to the south as a green energy hub.
  • Improve local habitability: Development will focus on the corridors stretching from Aberdeen to Peterhead, Huntly and Laurencekirk, supported by new infrastructure and public services. The objective is to increase the population density and reduce the need to travel by private car.
  • Regenerate coastal communities: The focus will be on the regeneration of Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
  • Decarbonize connectivity: Transport within Aberdeen and between the North East, the Central Belt and other communities will be carbon-free through projects such as Aberdeen Rapid Transport and upgrading main rail lines.

Central

  • Pioneer of low-carbon and resilient urban life: The policy will focus on creating a 20-minute neighborhood network, regenerating towns and city centers, mixed-use development and improving health outcomes in central west Scotland.
  • Reinvent and perpetuate city centers: The city centers of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Stirling will be at the center of high quality real estate, business, educational and cultural developments, building on the existing strengths of each location.
  • Accelerate urban greening: The creation of more high-quality green spaces in cities will be achieved through projects including the Central Scotland Green Network and Glasgow City Area Green Network.
  • Rediscover urban coasts and seafronts: The focus will be on regeneration and the transition to net zero in the coastal areas of central east and west Scotland.
  • Reuse land and buildings: Development within towns and cities will focus on brownfields that are easily accessible by public transport, on foot and by bicycle.
  • Invest in net zero housing solutions: New homes will be built to net zero standards, existing homes will need to be retrofitted to significantly reduce their emissions.
  • Develop an economy of well-being: Development will maximize economic, social and environmental well-being. A number of major economic development initiatives, such as the Mission Clyde or the Ayrshire Growth Agreement and Community wealth creation program are supported.
  • Rethinking development in the urban periphery: Development within green spaces around our cities should support a variety of uses, including agriculture, recreation and tourism.
  • Improve urban accessibility: The policy will support the shift from private car travel to walking, cycling and public transport in our cities. Inter-city rail links, including high-speed train, will be developed and freight moved to rail and sea transport where possible.

From South

  • Create a network of low carbon cities: Development will focus on existing cities in the region, with investments in regeneration, flood prevention and neighborhood development 20 minutes away.
  • Support sustainable development: Economic development will focus on creating high quality green jobs.
  • Innovate to sustain and enhance natural capital: This will involve the development and improvement of forestry and peatlands, with a view to improving biodiversity and mitigating / adapting to climate change. It is also possible to further develop wind projects on and at sea.
  • Strengthen resilience and decarbonize connectivity: The policy will focus on encouraging the modal shift from car to public transport, walking and cycling. The broadband network will be improved in remote areas to encourage rural living and working from home.

The role of the Scottish Parliament in reviewing and approving the draft NPF4 is discussed in another SPICe Spotlight article. It should be noted that the national and regional space strategies described above currently have no formal status in the Scottish planning system. NPF3 remains in effect until NPF4 is approved by a Scottish Parliament resolution and adopted by Scottish ministers.

Alan Rehfisch, Principal Investigator (Planning and Transportation)

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Purdue Memorial Union ground floor reopens as Atlas family’s new market https://taxis4smartcities.org/purdue-memorial-union-ground-floor-reopens-as-atlas-familys-new-market/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 21:47:10 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/purdue-memorial-union-ground-floor-reopens-as-atlas-familys-new-market/ WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The ground floor of the Purdue Memorial Union, now known as the Atlas Family Marketplace, reopens Monday, Jan.10, just in time for the start of the spring semester, after a $ 47 million renovation. 67,000 square feet and offers 12 retail restaurants. “We thank the family of Bob and Judy Atlas, […]]]>

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The ground floor of the Purdue Memorial Union, now known as the Atlas Family Marketplace, reopens Monday, Jan.10, just in time for the start of the spring semester, after a $ 47 million renovation. 67,000 square feet and offers 12 retail restaurants.

“We thank the family of Bob and Judy Atlas, as well as our other generous donors, for making this remarkable renovation possible,” said Matt Folk, President and CEO of the Purdue for Life Foundation and Vice President of University Development. and the engagement of elders. . “The Atlas Family Marketplace is wonderful. It is a must-see destination for alumni and guests visiting the campus and an incredible resource for students, faculty and staff.

The Marketplace offers 200 additional indoor seating – ranging in capacity from 700 to 900 – with a variety of furniture options to enhance versatility and collaboration. Better technology, more electrical outlets, and modern, family-friendly bathrooms also make the ground floor more convenient for visitors.

Two new terraces on the south side of the Union provide more natural light inside and also add 11,000 square feet of outdoor dining and collaboration space with nearly 150 additional seats and two fireplaces.

“The renovation of the existing space and the creation of the two new terraces has truly transformed the Purdue Memorial Union,” said Jay Wasson, associate vice president of physical facilities. “Through this project, we have not only provided more space in a key and iconic location of the campus, but we have also provided modern amenities and increased the accessibility and vibrancy of the ground floor while emphasizing the history of the building.

Preserving the Union’s heritage was a key part of the renovation, and in addition to the new amenities, visitors will find touches of campus memorabilia throughout the marketplace.

When the State Street redevelopment project was underway several years ago, sections of streetcar tracks around 150 years old were found and salvaged under the pavement not far from the Union. This same rail is now used as a footrest for the Sports Bistreaux of Walk On.

“Throughout the renovated space, you’ll find nods to the traditions and history of boilermakers,” said Zane Reif, director of the Purdue Memorial Union. “From the inclusion of the limestone sign previously located at the corner of State and Grant Streets to the recreation of a 1927 campus plan, visitors will see the past feature prominently in the modernized marketplace.”

Additional pieces of college history are captured through creative imagery and storytelling opportunities. The original windows and architectural details from the construction of the 1924 building remain in the renovated space, and the original exterior walls uncovered during the demolition are now a feature of the market.

The renovated space offers something for students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors.

“Through our partnership with Aramark, the Atlas Family Marketplace offers exciting new dining concepts that are available to both the campus and the surrounding community,” said Reif.

The Atlas Family Marketplace has 12 restaurants:

  • Aatish – Contemporary Halal cuisine.
  • BBQ area – Simmered meats, regional sauces and savory side dishes.
  • Boilermaker Market @ PMU – Retail store with fresh, quality food and drink.
  • Chef Bill Kim’s – Asian dumplings and bowls made with authentic ingredients.
  • Fresh Fare – Fresh flavors with an emphasis on dairy and gluten free options.
  • Latin Inspired by Chef John Manion – South American flavors and Latin dishes from Brazil and Argentina.
  • Zen – Create your own Poke in a bowl and boba teas.
  • Pizza & Parm Shop – Detroit style pizza with a caramelized cheese crust and creative Parmeson sandwiches.
  • Sol Toro – Mexican flavors with a modern twist.
  • Starbucks® – Premium quality specialty coffee.
  • Sushi Boss – Fresh and personalized sushi.
  • The sports bars of Walk On – Homemade Louisiana-inspired cuisine with a game-day touch: burgers, wraps, salads, seafood specialties.

Many establishments accept student meal snacks, and the hours of operation for each location will be included in the Purdue Food Company website.

“We have already planned a few events and are working to complete the full program to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by the renovation,” said Reif. “The Union has always been a hub of activity for our students and the community, and after months of building we are ready to welcome everyone again. “

Details of the event are available on the Purdue Memorial Union website and will continue to be updated in the coming weeks. Campus visitors are required to wear masks indoors and to follow Protect Purdue Guidelines.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a leading public research institution that develops practical solutions to today’s most difficult challenges. Ranked in each of the past four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative Universities in the United States by US News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and extraordinary discoveries. Engaged in hands-on, online learning in the real world, Purdue provides a transformative education for everyone. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-2013 levels, allowing more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap to https://purdue.edu/.

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]]> Ambitious urban railway project arrives in Poughkeepsie https://taxis4smartcities.org/ambitious-urban-railway-project-arrives-in-poughkeepsie/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 13:06:43 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/ambitious-urban-railway-project-arrives-in-poughkeepsie/ New York City has the Highline. Atlanta has the BeltLine. Now Poughkeepsie could join this contingent of old railways turned into greenways with a new initiative to create their own urban rail trail project. Construction will begin in early 2022 to renovate 19th-century railway lines and old tracks to deliver coal to supply the Hudson […]]]>

New York City has the Highline. Atlanta has the BeltLine. Now Poughkeepsie could join this contingent of old railways turned into greenways with a new initiative to create their own urban rail trail project.

Construction will begin in early 2022 to renovate 19th-century railway lines and old tracks to deliver coal to supply the Hudson River State Hospital in a redesigned cycle and pedestrian corridor for residents of Poughkeepsie .

The CSX rail corridor, which has remained inactive since the hospital closed in the 1990s, will be converted into Dutchess County Urban Trail. The ambitious project is the result of a partnership between Scenic Hudson and Dutchess County.

“These rail to trail projects [are] transforming the country in so many ways, ”said Seth McKee, Executive Director of Scenic Hudson Land Trust and Land Programs. “There are a lot of abandoned rail lines all over the country that are being converted to walking and cycling trails. It has been great for the local economies and the quality of life.

Unlike the Highline, another popular urban trail that follows the route of an old Manhattan railroad, the Dutchess County Urban Trail will connect residents from one part of the city to another and will be open 24/7. / 7, with lights on after sunset. In this approach, it looks more like Atlanta’s BeltLine, which is one of the larger city trails and also uses an old rail corridor for multi-use purposes to connect different parts of the city without a car.

This is not the first Dutchess County railroad project. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail was built in the mid-1990s, and the 13.4-mile William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail followed a decade later. The Dutchess County Urban Trail joins 67 other rail trail projects in New York State, where there are currently 122 total rail trails, a small percentage of the nearly 2,300 rail trails across the United States.

At Poughkeepsie, the planned 2.7-mile urban rail trail will be shaped like a triangle, connecting the town and town of North Road to Fulton Street, where pedestrians can then choose to go either south-west by towards the waterfront or south towards Dutchess County Justice and Transition Center.

In mid-December, the Dutchess County Legislature authorized an $ 11.1 million bond to build the first of four phases of the project. Robert Balkind, commissioner of the Dutchess County Public Works Department, said bids would be launched for construction of the project within a week or two, with a schedule that calls for the completion of the first phase by end of 2022.

“It is indeed an urban trail,” Balkind said. “This trail, unlike our other trails, is really in the heart of the most densely populated part of our county. There are a lot of businesses and residents so we know this will be a popular trail once it opens.

Scenic Hudson began negotiations with CSX in 2016 to purchase the decommissioned railroads, then transferred the acquired land to Dutchess County with a stipulation that it would become a recreational and non-motorized transportation corridor.

Beginning in 2020, Dutchess County hired a consulting firm to begin studies and conduct feasibility studies and design plans for the trail. The county has held meetings with civic groups and other public information meetings to solicit public input on the early stages of planning.

Benefits of an urban rail trail

The trail route, estimated to be 2.7 miles in length, connects many valuable community assets within the Town and Town of Poughkeepsie.

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“Due to the urban nature of this path, we expect people to use it not only for recreation, but also as a means of transportation,” Balkind said. “We believe people will get to work using this path, get to their doctor, and more.”

The trail will simultaneously function as a greenway – an open park – and stimulate local foot traffic and cycling.

Once the trail is completed, residents and students of Marist College will be able to walk or cycle to the still-developing Hudson Heritage Live Work Community, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Health Campus Mental District of Dutchess, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront and the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail. The trail will also connect to the Gateway over the Hudson and could become a tourist destination that will take visitors to new areas of the city and create economic benefits.

Keeping pedestrians and cyclists away from vehicles is an added safety benefit of the Rail Trail, which has been designed to be easily accessible by first responders.


The trail will also increase accessibility for those who do not have a vehicle.

“We need to extend the benefits of this trail to the north side of Poughkeepsie,” McKee said. “The north side of Poughkeepsie has a very high poverty rate and residents who do not have access to a car. There is a fabulous opportunity to create safe transport routes for bicycles and pedestrians to get around without the need for a car.

The four-phase trail

The urban trail will have two cross sections, including a shared use trail and a shared use trail, each varying in width and design. In the split-use approach, which governs the first phase of the design, 10 feet of bike lanes will be separated from an 8-foot walking zone by a generous divider. The following sections will be built using a shared use path approach and will include a 16 foot wide shared path through a more limited space.

“We wanted to make it wide enough that it wouldn’t look too crowded or deter people from wanting to use it,” Balkind said of the trail design. “With COVID over the past two years, we’ve all seen how extremely important parks and open spaces are for people to be able to get out and enjoy the outdoors, exercise and be socially distant.”

The second phase will feature a one-mile corridor from Kittredge Place to Fulton Street, passing next to Marist College. A quarter mile trail connecting Parker Avenue to Hamilton Street will be the third phase. And the final phase will include signage on the streets of North Hamilton Street to Smith Street to connect the trail to other parts of the city via existing sidewalks. Although construction estimates are not yet available for the next three phases, Dutchess County officials say the entire project could be completed in 2024 at the earliest.

Balkin said it would also be possible to create small city parks next to the trail, where public art installations are also planned.

“We believe this will transform the lives of people who live near the trail to give them access to recreation and transportation that they would not otherwise have,” said Balkind.

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Online accessibility of high quality stylish car phone mounts https://taxis4smartcities.org/online-accessibility-of-high-quality-stylish-car-phone-mounts/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 02:50:45 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/online-accessibility-of-high-quality-stylish-car-phone-mounts/ By Adedapo Adesanya The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed more than 30,000 of its officers and men to begin the year-end Special Patrol labeled Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Accidents in an effort to save lives and ensure safe travel this Christmas time. The Corps also set up 15 traffic control camps, 27 […]]]>

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed more than 30,000 of its officers and men to begin the year-end Special Patrol labeled Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Accidents in an effort to save lives and ensure safe travel this Christmas time.

The Corps also set up 15 traffic control camps, 27 aid zones and 46 ambulance points, along Nigeria’s critical routes to complement operational and public education efforts.

The routes to be covered are the Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi corridor, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi, the Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor, the Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos corridor, Abuja- Kaduna-Kano Corridor, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo Corridor, Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile Corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri Corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu Corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos Corridor, among others.

Corps public education officer Mr. Bisi Kazeem added that operational equipment is also deployed and includes: patrol vehicles, resuscitation ambulances, heavy tow trucks, medium and light tow trucks. , patrol motorcycles, extrication machines, reflective vests, traffic cones, patrol boats and radar guns.

Others are breathalyzers, cameras, electronic tablets, alcoholizers, walkie-talkies, CUGs, and tire pressure gauges.

In addition to the deployment of the above operational tools, and in pursuit of better service delivery and efficient patrol operations, the Corps Marshal has invested more in advanced information and communication technologies to strengthen its operations.

The new technology, which includes body cameras and fully deployed vehicle cameras, will be used for patrol operations, traffic surveillance and surveillance, rescue operations and the collection of real-time information for shooting. decision.

While noting that the operation has already started, the spokesperson revealed that it will be foreclosed on January 15, 2022.

He highlighted the objectives of the operation as follows: Reduction of traffic accidents, deaths and injuries; Ensure travelers comply with the COVID-19 2021 Health Protection Regulations; Rapid intervention with road accident victims; Elimination of obstacles; Ensure the flow of traffic; engage in aggressive public education; and providing travel advisories.

In his words; “The targeted application that Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has instructed all officers to tackle is not limited to excessive speed, dangerous driving and overtaking, violation of tires, indiscipline lanes, road obstructions, phone use while driving, overloading, violation of seat belts, child safety, violation of the manifest of passengers, mechanically impaired vehicles and vehicles carrying vehicles unlocked containers ”.

In addition, Mr Kazeem said that the Corps Marshal, who believes that an accident-free celebration is possible, also instructed all senior officers of the FRSC Academy, FRSC training schools and those at national headquarters who have They have also been deployed to different parts of the country to take over to ensure that the Corps’ mandate to travel safely is met.

In this regard, the corps marshal ordered that mobile courts sit throughout the operation across the country and that all orders must remain on alert after January 15, 2022, to have a 2022 almost without accident, if possible.

In accordance with the above, the special patrol is to operate in teams as follows from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and night rescue teams are to be on standby at all operational commands.

The corps will participate in the exercise in collaboration with Special Marshals, en route or resident military units, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps, the State Security Department, vendors. state-owned / NGO ambulance services, the National Network on Emergency Rescue Services (NNERS) and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

While urging officers and men to show special consideration and attention to road users in accordance with the service orientation of the corps, the marshal of the corps further called on Nigerians to cooperate with law enforcement officers and to ensure maximum compliance with all restrictions and physical distancing guidelines.

He also said National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM will continue to operate 24/7 to provide real-time traffic updates. As such, he called on all travelers to take advantage of the Station, the Situation Office numbers: 07054005754, 07054005712 08056294021/08056295022, and toll-free numbers FRSC 122 to report any obstacle, accident or traffic jam observed on the road to rapid intervention from the nearest command.


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Cars24 and Bajaj Finance team up to finance used car buyers https://taxis4smartcities.org/cars24-and-bajaj-finance-team-up-to-finance-used-car-buyers/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 19:58:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/cars24-and-bajaj-finance-team-up-to-finance-used-car-buyers/ Cars24, a leading e-commerce platform for used vehicles, has partnered with Bajaj Finance Ltd., to lift the veil on used car financing and facilitate a fast, smooth and efficient shopping experience. streamlined. The move follows a Series G funding round announced in December 2021, in which the company raised $ 400 million at a valuation […]]]>

Cars24, a leading e-commerce platform for used vehicles, has partnered with Bajaj Finance Ltd., to lift the veil on used car financing and facilitate a fast, smooth and efficient shopping experience. streamlined.

The move follows a Series G funding round announced in December 2021, in which the company raised $ 400 million at a valuation of $ 3.3 billion. As consumer demand for used vehicles skyrockets, the penetration of consumer finance in India’s used car industry is only around 15%. Realizing the key role finance plays when investing in a car, Cars24 and Bajaj Finance Ltd., help consumers by improving their financial flexibility and providing greater accessibility to car ownership.

“Cars24 is about to rewrite the rules of the industry. We are on a mission to make more Indians’ dream of owning a car come true by focusing on providing a fully transparent financing solution to our consumers, ”said Ruchit Agarwal, Co-Founder and CFO of Cars24. “In this process, we are convinced that our partnership with Bajaj Finance Ltd. will prove to be perfectly suited to the product market. Cars24, together with BFL, puts the consumer at the forefront when it comes to financing used car purchases, all combined with ease of use, the highest quality customer experience and transfer of control to the consumer.

Cars24 Financial Services Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cars24 Services Private Limited, provides car loans to used car buyers, making loans simpler, safer, faster and more accessible. This mutually beneficial partnership will lead to increased penetration in the used car industry and enable consumers to get the hassle-free customer experience of Cars24 with financial solutions from Bajaj Finance Ltd.

“Providing a simple and accessible financing solution is at the heart of Bajaj Finance. This synergistic partnership promotes the idea of ​​used car financing to a wider audience. We believe that there is huge potential in the used car segment and that the right financial solutions will only help customers make the right decision when exploring this option, ”said Anup Saha, Dy. CEO Bajaj Finance Ltd. “Customers can now expect a completely seamless shopping experience, coupled with fast approvals, minimal documentation and other value-added services and offerings. “

Cars24 competes with players such as Droom, Ola, CarDekho, CarTrade and Spinny who also bet on the used car market. The Indian used car market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11% to record sales of up to 8.3 million units by FY 26, according to consulting firm RedSeer, marking a trend of people preferring personal vehicles for travel in the coronavirus.

The used car market is expected to more than double to 8.2 million units or $ 47 billion in the next five years ending fiscal 26, from 4 million in $ 21 or $ 17 billion, this which means two used cars will be sold for every new car sold, according to a report by investment bank JM Financial. The used car market was 4.4 million units worth $ 19 billion in the pre-pandemic FY20, according to the report which also predicted a clear highway for the card market. used cars driven by pandemic-induced demand for personal mobility and affordability because after the BS-VI implementation cost of new cars has increased.

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Here are the 10 best cities, from cost to security, to ring in 2022 https://taxis4smartcities.org/here-are-the-10-best-cities-from-cost-to-security-to-ring-in-2022/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 15:54:24 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/here-are-the-10-best-cities-from-cost-to-security-to-ring-in-2022/ Times Square, New York Jason Dean | instant | Getty Images From the Big Apple to the Bay Area, towns and cities across the country expect celebratory crowds to arrive on Friday as people weary of the pandemic seek to provide good riddance in 2021. Amid the latest waves of Covid-19, delta, and omicron infections, […]]]>

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From the Big Apple to the Bay Area, towns and cities across the country expect celebratory crowds to arrive on Friday as people weary of the pandemic seek to provide good riddance in 2021.

Amid the latest waves of Covid-19, delta, and omicron infections, you might think more people than usual would ring in the New Year at home, but financial website WalletHub says that’s not the way to go. case.

“Surprisingly, no,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. “The percentage of people spending New Years Eve at home is actually the same as in 2019.” Sixty percent of Americans plan to host 2022 with family or friends, compared to 24% to attend public events or parties, according to the site The best cities for New Years Eve report – the same as two years ago, before the pandemic hit the United States

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There have been numerous reports of holiday travel over the Christmas weekend, as workers strapped for workers canceled thousands of flights due to more employees calling sick with Covid, but before the omicron wave, bookings for year-end vacation travel have increased significantly from last year, and even stronger than in 2019.

Concur TripIt found that domestic flight bookings increased 304% from 2020 and 53% from 2019. Car rentals increased 404% and 76% respectively from 2020 and 2019; accommodation reservations increased by 271% and 61%; and vacation rentals, 182% and 56%.

Yet many of those plans were tentative, Jen Moyse, senior director of products at TripIt, said in a statement. “Some travelers may feel concerned as cases of Covid-19 increase and news of omicron spreads,” she said. “We heard in a recent poll that more than a quarter (26%) of travelers have made plans they are willing to cancel or change. “

Top 10 American Cities for New Years Eve

Financial site WalletHub ranked 100 US cities for New Years Eve attractiveness, ranking each for overall costs, safety and accessibility, and entertainment and dining options, then averaging to assign a final score. Here’s a look at the 10 best urban places to ring in 2022 and their overall score (out of 100).

  1. New York – 67.50
  2. Las Vegas – 67.39
  3. Orlando, Florida – 66.50
  4. Atlanta – 66.03
  5. Miami – 65.47
  6. Washington, DC – 63.32
  7. San Francisco – 62.73
  8. Denver – 62.21
  9. Louisville, Kentucky – 61.83
  10. Houston – 61.29

Source: WalletHub

Most of us, at 65%, shell out at least $ 50 to host 2022, WalletHub found. The site didn’t have data for last year, but found that in 2019, 83% of Americans were spending less than $ 200. “While the statistics are not exactly apples to apples, we can estimate that there is a decrease in the budget compared to 2019,” Gonzalez said.

Whether you’re making travel plans for New Years Eve or are lucky enough to live in or near a location with plenty of celebration options, WalletHub has a few recommendations. It ranked America’s 100 largest cities for several factors, including safety, accessibility, cost, and entertainment and dining options. He then averaged them to assign an overall rating to each location.

The usual tourism suspects in big cities – like New York City, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida – topped the WalletHub list. There were a few surprises, however, such as Louisville, Kentucky arriving at No.9, beating places like Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago for a spot in the top 10.

“Louisville is a popular New Years Eve destination because it allows fireworks and its restaurants are ranked among the top 100 places to eat in the country,” Gonzalez explained. “The city also has the seventh highest number of beer, wine and liquor stores per capita, and you can find affordable fine dining here.”

WalletHub’s last 10 cities brought up the rear this year for New Year’s joy: Garland, Texas, with a score of 41.03 out of 100; Aurora, Colorado, at 40.95; Chesapeake, Virginia, 40.94; Hialeah, Florida, 40.85; Cleveland, 40.63; Glendale, Arizona, 40.08; Newark, New Jersey, 39.23; Anchorage, Alaska, 38.93; Fremont, Calif., 38.07; and – next to # 2 Sin City plaza – North Las Vegas, Nevada, at 31.56.

(WalletHub compared America’s 100 most populous cities on three dimensions: entertainment and food, costs, safety and accessibility – using 28 relevant metrics. Each metric was rated on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the party. Best New Year’s Day WalletHub then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate an overall score and used the scores obtained to rank the sample.)


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