|The most popular Transportist posts from 2021 were not written in 2021. On Misery Loves Company from 2017 has taken a life of its own, for some reason. (punchline: miserable people don’t want company, misery itself does, which is why it spreads). |
But the aim of this post is to promote stuff published this year, so these were the most popular (excluding of course, this post itself, for which we don’t yet have statistics). Traditional posts, as opposed to links to other publications (papers, student theses, videos, etc.) are declining as my time is finite and more effort goes to the newsletter. But in case you missed any of the below: happy reading, and may 2022 be better.
Every year for four years now, I have done a top posts article:
- Transportist – Top 21 Posts of 2016
- Transportationist – Most Popular Posts of 2015
- The Transportationist’s most popular posts of 2014
- The Transportationist’s most popular posts of 2013
These are the most popular posts for 2017. Those published in earlier years marked with an *.
- 21 Strategies to Solve Congestion *
- On Why Bike Lanes Might Appear Underutilized *
- What Do We Know About the “First Mile/Last Mile” Problem for Transit? * (by David King)
- On Elon Musk
- Congratulations America, Achievement Unlocked (more or less by Ahmed El-Geneidy’s Group at McGill)
- On the Differences between Autonomous, Automated, Self-Driving and Driverless Cars
- On the I-85 Bridge Collapse in Atlanta
- On the Predictability of the Decline of Transit Ridership in the US
- Why is the Walking Man White?*
- Rules for Researchers
- Post-Doc Wanted
- Streets Wide Shut – A Principle for Urban Streets
- On `Smart Cities’ and `Smart Growth’ *
- Elements of Access: Induced Demand* (by Wes Marshall)
- On Resistance
- Minnesota planners begin to envision driverless future | Star Tribune
- On a new Infrastructure Bill
- Recruiting Students
- Forgetting Faster Than We Learn* (by David King)
- More on Declining Transit Ridership
- Transit Riders’ Perception of Waiting Time and Stops’ Surrounding Environments.
#1 was a numbered list with paragraphs. The number of hits on #1 was 60 times more widely read than #21 (even more winner-takes-all virality than usual). This was the largest year by far, in most part because of the viral popularity of #1 and #2 (Otherwise it would be the largest by a small amount). Only 1 scientific piece (#21) made the list this year.
Goals For next year.
- Write more numbered lists.
Sydney Transport/Urban Twitter/Blogosphere Meetup – Friday Sept, 22 (6pm) at Hotel Sweeney’s 236 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Come one, come all.
These were the most popular posts written in 2016 on this blog. You should read them all before the year is out, or before next year is out.
- Not in our Name
- The A Line – A Review
- The Era of Big Infrastructure is Over
- On Why Bike Lanes Might Appear Underutilized
- Car2Gone: On the decline of carsharing in the late 2010s
- What Do We Know About the “First Mile/Last Mile” Problem (by David King)
- The Hierarchy of Roads: 7 Axioms on street design
- Urban Scaffording: 6 transport technologies which will be largely removed in the coming decades
- Police Shootings are a transport matter
- 21 Strategies to Solve Congestion
- On Academic Rankings
- The Timeless Way of Building Roads
- The best show about urban planning, economic development, and transportation that you are not watching
- The Shapes of Streets to Come
- Follow the Red Brick Road
- On ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Smart Growth’
- The Economics of Academic Self-Promotion
- AVs After Alphabet
- Cars, People, Buses, Bikes
- 5 Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Traffic Stops
The top post was 8 times more widely read than the 20th. Total readership in 2016 was 33% higher than 2015, and the number of visitors set a record (indicating more people reading posts one-off rather than returning).
I have been doing this for 10 years. I still cannot figure out what makes a popular post. Obviously the academic announcements of papers published are less popular, but still worth doing.
Last year’s post: Transportationist – Most Popular Posts of 2015 was not a huge performer, but it may have driven additional traffic to last year’s winners. I named this year’s “Top 21” on the theory that people like numbered lists, and posts with numbers do well (4 of the top 21 had numbers in them, not including Car2Gone).
The Transportationist 13 Most Popular Posts written in 2014 (note some 2013 posts were still popular):
- WE DON’T PAY ENOUGH FOR TRANSPORTATION August
- HIGHWAYS’ HIDDEN SUBSIDIES November
- ACCESS ACROSS AMERICA: TRANSIT 2014 October
- DEATH BY CAR: ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM A CRASH OR BREATHING ITS TOXIC EMISSIONS? November
- DOGFOODING: WHY TRANSIT EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS SHOULD USE TRANSIT August
- IT’S “ONLY” 5 MINUTES, OR GREEN LINE DELAY MONETIZED July
- EXTRAPOLATIONS IN TRAFFIC VS. REALITY December
- WHEN WILL WE REACH PEAK ROAD? January
- IT’S A SMALL MARKET, AFTER ALL. ES GIBT EINEN KLEINEN MARKT, UBER ALLES. December
- ALWAYS GREEN TRAFFIC CONTROL April
- THE hITE OF ABSURDITY: MINIMUM PARKING IN AN ERA OF DECLINING TRAFFIC January
- MOUNT TRANSIT, MOUNT AUTO, MOUNT NEXT February
- PEAK SHOPPING AND THE DECLINE OF TRADITIONAL RETAIL February
There is really two types of posts that seemed to be especially popular. One I will call “car subsidized” (1, 2, 4), the other “car over/future of transportation” (6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13). The car is of course neither all bad nor all good, it is a technology and is used and misused all the time, like anything. The car is not quite over yet either, but its trajectory in the US has mostly flatlined. Also some “transit should be better” (3, 5, 6, 10)
This is out of about 300 posts . Of course you should not just be a dedicated follower of fashion and read the top 13, you should read them all.
David King also started posting in the Fall, so I expect to see his posts in this list next year.
The Transportationist’s most popular posts of 2013 may also be of interest. (I did 39 on last year list, so I am 67% more discerning this year). Note, my biggest posts last year were much bigger than my biggest posts in 2013.
Streets.mn also has a list of popular posts; all my posts for streets.mn are cross-listed here, but tend to get views over there.
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Thanks for your patience. Let me know if you spot problems.