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New maps give "matatus" bus drivers new knowledge that will allow them to better harness the transport market in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Olli Pitkanen/Flickr.
Friday Fun: Maps modernize informal transport in Nairobi
On the heels of Google recently releasing its new version of Google Maps – complete with contextual information based on past Google searches, different transport options with real-time traffic notifications, and panoramic photo tours – it’s hard to remember what ...
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A person bikes in Bogota, Columbia, during the city's car-free week. The city's car-free streets simultaneously promote social equality, a vibrant economy, and a sustainable environment. Photo by M.Erwert/Flickr.
Bogotá’s car-free week shows the viability of bicycle transport
Mayor Enrique Peñalosa organized the first car free day for Bogotá, Colombia in 2000 and proposed a ballot poll in which it was approved permanently. Mejor en Bici (Better on bike) was one of the many organizations upholding the mayor’s promise to annually ...
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A person looks out the window of a bus in Brazil. Many countries are moving towards a more human-centered transport policy. Photo by Carolina Pitanga/Flickr.
Friday Fun: Blogging for the cause of sustainable mobility
Citizen engagement with elected officials used to be limited to large public meeting halls where the most vociferous voices were often the only opinions heard. The advent of chat rooms and blogs has given citizens a new tool, but few ...
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Bikers pedal along a path in the Forests of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Public spaces provide a valuable place where disparate groups of people mix to create strong, communal bonds. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Show off your skills – and your streets – with the ‘Open Streets’ Video Contest
Each Sunday streets across cities in the Americas are blocked off to all motorized vehicles. In the absence of cars from their normal ecosystems, new patterns of public interaction emerge in these public spaces. Instead of automobiles, people appear: runners, ...
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