Rickshaw Rising Challenge: Revolutionizing urban mobility in India
Auto-rickshaws are a quintessential feature of Indian cities and a crucial form of transport for millions of urban residents. The Rickshaw Rising Challenge seeks innovative ideas from Indian business endeavors that have the potential to revolutionize the country’s auto-rickshaw sector. Photo by Larry Johnson.
Do you have a business solution that has the potential to deliver large-scale improvements in quality of service, access, safety, environmental impact, and livelihoods in India’s auto-rickshaw sector? The Rickshaw Rising Challenge is calling for applications from Indian business endeavors that have ...
Meet datapoa: Porto Alegre’s new open data portal
Last week Porto Alegre, Brazil launched datapoa, a new open data portal that invites the city's residents to share information regarding several aspects of urban life - including mobility. Photo by EMBARQ.
Last week Porto Alegre, Brazil launched datapoa, a new open data portal that gathers information directly from the city’s residents on themes including mobility, environment, geography, urban sanitation, and public health. The goal of datapoa is to encourage people to learn ...
Why developing countries need sustainable transport: Q&A with Dr. V. Setty Pendakur, Part I
A crowded street in New Delhi, India, demonstrates the need for sustainable transport solutions in many developing countries. Dr. V. Setty Pendakur is the Founding Chair of the Transportation in the Developing Countries Committee at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) - the foremost research body promoting innovation and progress in transportation. Photo by Rob de Wit.
Here at TheCityFix, we emphasize the importance of sustainable urban transport and improved urban development every day. Recently, I had the immense pleasure of speaking with an esteemed individual who reminded me, very articulately, why sustainable transport is so crucial ...
Friday Fun: Squat your way to metro tickets in Moscow
For one month, passengers have the opportunity to earn free tickets to the Moscow Metro through an unconventional means: by doing squats. The promotion is an effort sponsored by the Russian Olympic Committee to encourage a healthy lifestyle ahead of the February 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Simon Bisson.
Many cities are working to encourage healthier habits among their urban residents, but none have gone so far as Moscow, Russia, did last week. For one month, Muscovites can now purchase metro tickets through an unconventional means: by doing squats. ...
Beijing’s parking woes: Is there any end in sight?
Beijing’s motor vehicle ownership has reached 5.4 million, ranking it first out of all Chinese cities in motorization. To combat parking shortages, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport recently announced the addition of over 13,000 parking spaces to the city’s center – but that might not be an optimal solution. Photo by Leo Fung.
What do the time-honored hutong – quintessential narrow alleys of Beijing that date back to the Qing dynasty – and danwei – organized work and housing complexes from the pre-1979 era –have in common? Apart from the fact that neither ...
Friday Fun: What’s your “right of way?”
The upcoming Rights of Way: Mobility and the City exhibit at the BSA Space in Boston, Massachusetts will cut across media types to explore how mobility influences the broader urban environment. Photo by Trevor Dykstra.
If you’re a fan of sustainable transport and will be passing through Boston, Massachusetts between December 5 and May 26, keep an eye out for the upcoming Rights of Way: Mobility and the City exhibit at the Boston Society of ...
On the move: The global rise of mass transit
Current global trends indicate a resurgence of mass transit in developed countries, and a rapid expansion of bus rapid transit (BRT) and metro systems in developing countries. High quality mass transit is essential for enhancing the economic, social, and environmental health of cities. Photo by Tommy Vohs.
This is the sixth 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. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors. As ...
Defining a #livablecity in Turkey and beyond
Istanbul, Turkey is the host city of the Livable Cities Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, November 20. The main goal of the Symposium is for experts and stakeholders in sustainable urban development to identify and define the key components of a livable city. Photo by Marco.
How livable is the city you live in? What should a livable city look like? How do we improve quality of life for urban residents? On Wednesday, November 20, the Livable Cities Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey will explore these questions ...
Gurgaon launches India’s first car-free Sunday
Gurgaon, India will launch Raahgiri Day on Sunday, November 17 – a recurring event that will turn a major city road into a car-free zone every Sunday, where citizens can participate in community or recreational activities. Photo by pastalane.
“High-quality public pedestrian space is evidence of a true democracy at work” – Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia Starting on November 17, an entire street in Gurgaon, India will be transformed into a car-free zone every Sunday where ...
Call for applications: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency is awarded annually to two extraordinary candidates to honor the legacy of Dr. Leon J. Schipper, pictured above, co-founder of EMBARQ. Photo by EMBARQ.
Editor’s note: the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to January 3, 2014. See here for details.  Applications are now open for the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. Provided jointly by the ...