Is separate equal? An opinion on women’s equality in transportation
Separate subway cars allow women safe access to transport in Mumbai, India. Photo by ezola/Flickr.
Disrespect to women in any form is unacceptable, including while using public transport. While the long term solution to this disrespect relies on educating people that this behavior is unacceptable, in the present, transport systems designed to promote positive social interactions ...
Creating a cycling culture in Kadiköy, Istanbul
Narrow, cobblestone paths in the neighborhood of Kadikoy, Istanbul make for interesting pedestrian thoroughfares, but many design changes will need to be made to create a vibrant bicycle culture. Photo by Andy Carvin/Flickr.
Walking along Moda Cadesi in the Kadiköy neighborhood of Istanbul is an exciting experience. The street is connected to stores, a public park, and a pedestrian plaza that allows all ages and demographics to mix together in a dynamic hub ...
Vote for TheCityFix Brazil for the Top Blog award
Pedestrians walk along Rua XV in Curitaba, Brazil. The congregation of people in the streets is a part of the sustainable development that TheCityFix Brazil works towards. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.
The TheCityFix Brazil is in a race for the third consecutive Top Blog Award. In last year’s competition, TheCityFix Brazil won in the Sustainability category. This year, the blog is moving to the final stage of the competition, vying for the title of Best Sustainability Blog ...
The bike-share report: The lessons of the Bixi system
A person rides a Bixi bicycle along a road. Although the Bixi system has had its ups and downs, bike-sharing culture is stronger than ever in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Roland/Flickr.
Peter Midgley joins us as the author for the “Bike share report” series. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bicycle sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bicycle sharing systems since 2007. Peter formerly worked ...
Friday Fun: Blogging for the cause of sustainable mobility
A person looks out the window of a bus in Brazil. Many countries are moving towards a more human-centered transport policy. Photo by Carolina Pitanga/Flickr.
Citizen engagement with elected officials used to be limited to large public meeting halls where the most vociferous voices were often the only opinions heard. The advent of chat rooms and blogs has given citizens a new tool, but few ...
Lessons from the C40 Mayors Summit: Scaling up solutions for resilient, livable cities
Cape Town, South Africa is one of a growing movement of C40 Cities implementing transport demand management (TDM) strategies that call for increased biking and walking. Photo by Warren Rohner/Flickr.
More than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. So cities represent the single greatest opportunity for targeted, meaningful actions that create impact on the ground, improve the quality of life for billions of people, and reduce ...
Friday Fun: Futuristic designs make for awesome bicycle infrastructure
The Hovenring provides safe cycling infrastructure for the rising number of cyclists in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Photo by Earthblog/Flickr.
Anyone who bikes in a city knows that it can be frustrating and dangerous to share the road with cars, particularly when street design privileges drivers over cyclists.  For this reason, designers and architects around the world have started to ...
Bogotá’s car-free week shows the viability of bicycle transport
A person bikes in Bogota, Columbia, during the city's car-free week. The city's car-free streets simultaneously promote social equality, a vibrant economy, and a sustainable environment. Photo by M.Erwert/Flickr.
Mayor Enrique Peñalosa organized the first car free day for Bogotá, Colombia in 2000 and proposed a ballot poll in which it was approved permanently. Mejor en Bici (Better on bike) was one of the many organizations upholding the mayor’s promise to annually ...
Understanding the “t” in bus rapid transit oriented development
Passengers wait for a bus in Curitiba, Brazil. The city has developed around the bus line, a pivotal component of the city's transport network. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a cost-effective mass transportation system characterized by exclusive bus lanes and reduction of travel times, high-passenger capacity and level boarding, and a relatively short construction process. Latin America and Asia are becoming the world leaders ...
The Lotação lesson: Porto Alegre’s local transport solution
People walk around the Estacao Mercado, a central transport hub in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Here locataos, or share-taxis, offer residents diverse transport options. Photo by Eduardo Zarate/Flickr.
A sleek, air-conditioned vehicle picks you up at your front door. The seats recline for your comfort. You pull a shade across the window to block the sun’s glare while catching up on your favourite show, which you stream on ...