Recent Posts by Dario
Passengers board Rio de Janeiro BRT, Transoeste. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil / Flickr
An Olympic Legacy: Why Rio’s Residents Now Have a Different City at the End of the Games
The Olympics have given us the opportunity to meet the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. The landscape of Guanabara Bay, the famous beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa and the tropical forest are so beautiful, it feels natural that the Portuguese ...
Delhi, India. Photo by Andrew Kadis/Flickr
Delhi’s Air Quality Crisis: Lessons from Beijing, Mexico and Bogotá
With 26 million inhabitants, Delhi’s metropolitan area is the fifth largest in the world. But the city also has terrible air quality, with an annual average particulate matter 15 times the recommendation of the World Health Organization. Air pollution is ...
In order to save lives and reduce congestion, São Paulo, Brazil is lowering the speed limit on roads across the city. Photo by Mariana Gil/WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities.
Why Reducing Speeds Is Key to Improving Traffic Safety
At a training session at the World Bank in Washington, DC two years ago, Dr. Kavi Bhalla  from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health asked attendees to look down at the palms of their hands. The meeting included ...
The TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia (pictured above) is one of the leading examples of sustainable transport worldwide. New research shows that ridership is associated with greater levels of physical activity, making the city a healthier place. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
New Research Shows How BRT Ridership Is Making Bogota a Healthier City
Physical inactivity is one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide. Approximately 5.3 million people die prematurely every year due to cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer and diabetes and other illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles. According to The ...
Residents bike through the streets of Bogotá, Colombia. Photo by Dario Hidalgo.
Bogotá’s New Bike Lane: Not Just a Change in Direction, But a Change in Message
As part of Bogotá’s 16th annual car-free day on February 4, 2016 the city reaffirmed its commitment to safe cycling by converting one of the four lanes on Carrera 11—a major road—into a two-way bike lane. The road has included ...
Photo by Iván Erre Jota/Flickr
With a (Not So) New Mayor, Bogotá Refocuses Its Attention on Public Transport
In his inaugural address on January 1, 2016, Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa outlined some ambitious goals. In line with the achievements of his first administration, Peñalosa declared his vision to make Bogota a world leader in sustainable mobility with the “best public transport ...
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