The bike-share report: Hard times and hope for the future
Shared bicycles represent the wide range of bike-share systems around the world, many of which are currently facing challenges in terms of operation and ridership. Photo courtesy of Melbourne Bike Share.
The Bike-share Report is a new blog series on bike-sharing, exclusive to TheCityFix, from Peter Midgley – the former Urban Mobility Theme Champion for the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) with 25 years of experience at The World Bank. The ...
Raahgiri Day spotlights non-motorized mobility in India
The first ever Raahgiri Day took place in Gurgaon, India on November 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Raahgiri Day organizers.
This post follows up on TheCityFix’s article that announced the launch of Raahgiri Day last month. On a cold winter morning on November 17, 2013, over 10,000 residents of Gurgaon, India, poured onto the streets to celebrate their city. Raahgiri ...
Transport at the forefront of COP 19 climate change agenda
A family travels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. November 17 marked the first annual Transport Day at the nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), underscoring the importance of engaging the transport sector to combat climate change. Photo by SpAvAAi/Flickr.
“It is not possible to effectively address climate change without substantive [greenhouse gas] GHG emission reductions by the transport sector. Climate action on transport is directly linked to sustainable development.” This statement is the founding principle of the Partnership on ...
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 ...
On the move: Car-sharing scales up
An electric, shared vehicle from Paris, France's, Autolib' car-sharing service charges at a docking station. While still primarily concentrated in North America and Europe, car-sharing is steadily becoming an increasingly globalized industry. Photo by Cokul/Flickr.
This is the seventh post of the “Sustainable Urban Transport On The Move” blog series, exclusive to TheCityFix. Preparation of this series was possible thanks to a grant by Shell Corporation. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors. ...
Deadline extended for 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship applications
The deadline to submit applications for the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency has been extended to January 3, 2014. The Scholarship is awarded annually to an extraordinary candidate to honor the legacy of Dr. Leon J. Schipper, a co-founder of EMBARQ (pictured above). Photo by EMBARQ.
Last month, EMBARQ and the Schipper Family announced a call for applications for the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. In order to accommodate sustained interested in the Scholarship, the committee has elected to extend ...
Friday Fun: Mobile apps and your commute
A passenger on a mobile phone entering the New York City subway. Today's Friday Fun reviews RideScout, a new transport mobile app that helps passengers compare various urban mobility choices for their desired trip. Photo by momentcaptured1/Flickr.
Successful urban mobility is predicated on increased user choice. With a variety of transportation options, citizens can choose a preferred mode based on their own priorities. In the last five years, sustainable urban mobility choices may have reached a tipping ...
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 ...