How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil
To create a strong biking culture, organizations in Brazil are creating community bike shops and teaching beginners how to safely bike in dense, urban areas. (Photo: Upslon / Flickr)
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Improve Capacity for Better Public Leaders
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Improve Capacity for Better Public Leaders
How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on TheCityFix, Maria ...
Friday Fun: Three Cities that Are Transforming Public Space with Street Pianos
The "Play Me, I'm Yours" project has reached more than 40 cities world wide, and continues to install pianos in urban communities. (Photo: Keegan Jones / Flickr)
When walking in downtown Hangzhou, China, one can safely expect to see a healthy variety of pedestrians, traffic, and commercial high rises.  Dig a little deeper, however, and you may also find locals and tourists belting out Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata ...
Using Bikes to Improve Mobility in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas
Favelas surrounding Rio de Janeiro, such as Rocinha, use bicycles as a primary means of transport; consequently, efforts to improve mobility in these areas should focus on cycling to foster sustainability and effect the largest impact. (Photo: Robert Cutts / Flickr)
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
That Dingy Bus Stop Is Hindering India’s Progress – An Economic Case for Safe Public Transport
Because women in India lack equal access to private vehicles, public transport safety is a women’s issue, affecting their social and economic potential.
Women account for 48.5 percent of the general population of India, but only constitute about 31 percent of the total work force in the country. You may think that this corresponds with what you know about the status of women in ...
President Obama’s Challenge to Cities: An Opportunity for Global Climate Action
President Obama's recent announcement of new clean energy initiatives is a major opportunity for galvanizing climate action at a global level. Photo by United Nations/Flickr.
Yesterday, the number of US cities pledging to reduce emissions with the Compact of Mayors nearly doubled. With 19 cities in the U.S. already signed onto the Compact—a global coalition of mayors dedicated to climate action—this most recent move brings the ...
Jaime Lerner: Innovating in Brazil and the Future of Urban Transport
Former mayor of Curitiba Jaime Lerner talks about his experience starting new BRT systems and shares what he thinks will be the future of urban transport. (Photo: Columbian Ministry of TIC / Flickr)
Jaime Lerner, a three-term mayor of Curitiba, turned the city into a model for quality public transport. In the 1970s, for example, Lerner created bus priority corridors—a new transport mode that was cheaper than metro but just as effective. Jaime ...
The 7 Features of a Successful BRT Station
The 7 Features of a Successful BRT Station
Have you ever ridden Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)? First implemented in Brazil, this relatively new mode of transport can be found in 194 cities around the world and is proving to be an effective and viable solution for urban mobility challenges. Unlike more traditional bus ...
3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density
Cities faced with rapidly growing populations should turn to zoning and land-use planning to create dense, urban areas. Singapore, for example, implemented inclusionary zoning to help lower-income residents afford homes near the city center. (Photo Niels de Vries / Flickr)
Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel ...
Friday Fun: Balancing Urbanization and Elephants in Southern Africa
As parts of southern Africa rapidly urbanize, groups are working to ensure that the area's large elephant population can continue to thrive. (Photo: Christiaan Triebert / Flickr)
When two elephants fight, grass gets trampled. No kidding. Though this widely-used African proverb alludes to the extensive damage caused when two great mammals clash, what it’s really communicating is that these great animals need space. However, this proverb is ...