Friday Fun: Open Data Day puts the city back in citizens’ hands
Open Data Day 2015 encourages people everywhere to use the power of open data to make their cities better places to live. Photo by FaceMePLS/Flickr.
Here at TheCityFix, we’ve watched the open data movement virtually explode in recent years. Having comprehensive, transparent data allows both civil society and government to utilize critical information to make cities better places to live. On one hand, local governments and ...
Overcoming China’s institutional barriers to sustainable urban transport
As it stands, bureaucracy and lack of government accountability are some of China's greatest barriers to achieving sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Jonathan/Flickr.
China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack ...
Friday Fun: Addis Ababa on the frontier of sustainable transport for African cities
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's crowded downtown streets are soon to get some relief as the city prepares to open its first major public transport system, a light rail. Photo by Sam Effron/Flickr.
East Africa doesn’t make a lot of headlines for its sustainable transport achievements. That’s changing, as its cities are starting to pioneer innovative new projects to bring urban Africa into the spotlight for sustainable development. The challenges in the region ...
The two things India must get right for its economic future
Renewable energies and connected, compact cities are the key to unlocking sustainable economic growth for India's urban future. Photo by Binu K S/Flickr.
Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy ...
Why public transport needs to work for women, too
Public transport in India needs to be safe, accessible, and responsive to the distinct needs of women. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.
Men and women use public transport in different ways because of their distinct social roles and economic activities. Since women’s reasons for traveling generally differ from men’s, the purpose, frequency, and distance of their trips are also different. Additionally, safety ...
Why India needs open data for better urban mobility
By tapping into the potential of open data, India can make transport more responsive to city dwellers' mobility needs. Photo by Jonathan E. Shaw/Flickr.
India’s new initiative to create smart cities across the country has brought back to light the need for open and accessible data. Although the government legitimized the Right to Information Act in 2005, the  data or information requested is usually ...
Car sharing the next wave of innovation for Brazilian cities
Last year, Recife (pictured) became the first city in Brazil to introduce car-sharing in an effort to curb congestion and expand mobility options in the city. Photo by Marcio Cabral de Moura/Flickr.
Driving a car is often the easiest, most straightforward mobility option for many urban residents. There are a laundry list of reasons people just can’t seem to live without cars in cities: because they don’t feel that public transport or ...
‘I want to ride the pink bus’: The problem with public transport’s public image
Bangalore’s BIG Bus network is bright, colorful, and saves city residents time and money. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.
In many parts of the world, the bus is suffering from a public image crisis. According to a report by the US Federal Transit Administration, many people already look down on public transport in general, and the bus in particular ...
Empowering citizens to shape their city: Brazil’s new approach to public participation
Brazilian cities like Belo Horizonte are embracing public participation as a way to improve their citizens’ quality of life. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Citizen participation is a critical—and often overlooked—aspect of successful urban planning. For public policies and services to actually have a positive impact on people’s daily lives, city leaders need to have a clear picture of the particular needs of the ...
Friday Fun: Bogotá, Colombia celebrates its 15th annual car-free day
For Bogota’s 15th annual car-free day yesterday, residents had the chance to walk and bike together in their city’s streets to build a year-round culture of sustainable mobility. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo/Flickr.
Yesterday, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through ...