Transport set to be defined as social right by Brazilian Constitution
A passenger rides the TransOeste bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If a proposed amendment to the Brazilian Constitution gets passed by the Senate, he may be entitled to transport as a social right - along with the rest of Brazil's citizens. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.
Urban transport is on its way to becoming a social right in Brazil. On December 4, PEC 90 – a proposed amendment to Article Six of the Brazilian Constitution that would define transport as a social right – was approved ...
4 ways cities benefit from bus rapid transit
New research shows that bus rapid transit (BRT) systems like Rio de Janeiro's TransOeste (pictured) have a wide range of benefits for quality of life in cities. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.
Around the world, cities are searching for sustainable ways to transport residents quickly, efficiently, and safely throughout their streets. One such solution is bus rapid transit (BRT), which is already widely implemented in both the developed and developing worlds. New ...
Friday Fun: Awesome infographics show benefits of sustainable transport
A family travels by train in Germany. There are many co-benefits to sustainable transport, including ditching the stress of family road trips. Photo by Edo Medicks/Flickr.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So what about an infographic? Information graphics, or infographics, recently emerged as a highly popular and effective medium for visualizing and sharing information. According to visual.ly, a website that helps users ...
Saving lives with sustainable transport
Traffic safety is an often-overlooked benefit of sustainable transport. New research from EMBARQ shows that investments in sustainable transport projects like Mexico City's Metrobús (pictured) can reduce traffic crashes and save lives. Photo by EMBARQ Mexico.
Sustainable transport initiatives have gained traction in recent years in developing world cities. This trend can be seen in the growth in Bus Rapid Transit and Busway systems around the world, the new bike-sharing scheme in Mexico City, or the ...
Opinion: Bogotá’s vision for public transport hangs in the balance
A crowd of passengers boards the TransMilenio BRT in Bogotá, Colombia. Despite new, larger buses operating within the TransMilenio system, Bogotá still faces significant challenges to providing sustainable urban mobility options for its urban residents. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
“Optimism is undermined by the amount of work required for full implementation.” Before withdrawing his nomination as Bogotá’s ombudsman in December 2011, Paul Bromberg recommended that the incoming administration “joyfully receive the public transport system of Bogotá (Sistema de Transporte ...
A physical activity agenda for the increasingly urban, inactive global population
Two Brazilian children at play juxtapose recent findings that Brazilian children are the least active in Latin America. A new partnership between Nike, Inc. and nine Brazilian organizations will work to counter this trend, yet sustainable urban transport and planning can also play an important role in increasing physical activity. Photo courtesy of Designed To Move Full Report (in Portuguese).
The impacts of what has become a widespread physical inactivity epidemic affect everyone in every nation. – Designed To Move If global trends in physical activity continue as they stand today, Brazilians will be 34% less active by 2030 than ...
China’s challenge: Designing socially inclusive cities
Dancers gather in Shenzhen, China's Futon Cheng square. Dancing in public spaces is a popular pastime in China, particularly among seniors, but it has sparked recent controversies and highlighted the country's challenge of designing socially inclusive cities. Photo by dcmaster/Flickr.
China’s Guangchangwu – loosely translated as “square dancing” – gathers large groups of people for dancing in public squares, on street corners, and in parks. Although a popular pastime among retired and senior members of society, Guangchangwu is not typically ...
Beijing says “no” to vehicle ownership growth
Beijing, China’s vehicle fleet currently totals about 5.4 million, ranking it first in motorization of any Chinese city. On November 28, Beijing’s municipal government announced it will further constrict its vehicle quota control starting in 2014, but vehicle ownership restriction alone isn't enough to mitigate the city’s severe air pollution and traffic congestion. Photo by Malingering/Flickr.
Beijing has launched an effort to tighten up its vehicle quota control regulation and further curb air pollution and traffic congestion in China’s capital city. Echoing the city’s recent “Clean Air Action Plan (2013-2017),” an amendment to the car ownership ...
On the move: The swift, global expansion of bicycle-sharing schemes
Barcelona, Spain's bicycle sharing system, Bicing. Bicycle sharing schemes have experienced a rapid global expansion throughout the past decade, likely outpacing growth in every other mode of urban transport. Photo by IluriPhoto/Flickr.
Peter Midgley joins us as this week’s author for the “Sustainable Urban Transport On The Move” series. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bicycle sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bicycle sharing systems since ...
Visualize and explore Bus Rapid Transit with this revamped data portal
Every day, over 29.5 million people ride a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or busway system globally. BRTdata.org is the most comprehensive, public database of BRT systems around the world, which is launching new visualization tools today. Photo by EMBARQ Brazil.
Every single day, nearly 30.9 million people ride Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or busways system globally. That’s more people than the entire population of Ghana or the state of Texas. 19.5 million (63.3%) of these passengers are located in Latin ...