Posts in the 'Health + Road Safety' category
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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 ...
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On Sundays, São Paulo's Paulista Avenue closes down so that people can bike, walk and play sports. New data shows that the initiative has reduced air and noise pollution. Photo by Fernanda Latorre/Flickr.
New Data Shows São Paulo’s Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
Major changes in thinking never happen easily. Projects that change established structures and routines typically encounter significant resistance along the way. Changing entrenched thinking, therefore, often requires finding ways to demonstrate the positive impacts of change. Paulista Aberta is one ...
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A 20mph (30kmh) speed limit is the safest standard for pedestrians and cyclists. Photo by Tom Page/Flickr.
Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better
More than 15 million people in the UK live in areas that have already adopted or are currently adopting speed limits. This data comes from the 20’s Plenty for Us, an organization in the UK dedicated to lowering speed limits ...
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As China has developed and urbanized, waste management has become a critical issue for the country. Photo by Nelson Wu/Flickr.
Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China
From air pollution to intense traffic congestion, China faces an array of environmental and resource challenges, many of which are a result of its urbanization and development over the past few decades. In Beijing—as across most of the country—concerns over ...
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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 ...
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Friday Fun: Worried About Your Bike Being Stolen? Innovators Are Here to Help
Transcending borders, bicycles have emerged as an essential transport option for citizens—and they play a significant role in making cities more sustainable. However, concerns about bike theft have held back both public bikeshare schemes and discouraged individual cyclists. As virtually ...
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