New survey shows increased satisfaction with urban transport in São Paulo
According to a recent poll, residents of São Paulo are increasingly satisfied transport in their city, mainly due to new bike paths and a reduction in the average waiting time for city buses. Photo by Rafael Taminato Hirata/Flickr.
Are you satisfied with the quality of life in your city? In São Paulo, overall perceptions of quality of life increased over the past year for one-third of the population, and remained stable for half according to the city’s Municipal ...
Friday Fun: Six mayors who bike, and why this is a good thing
Mayor Ana Botella helped introduce public bike-share to Madrid. Here she participates in the system's inaugural ride. Photo by Madrid City Hall.
Here at TheCityFix, we believe in recognizing profound leadership in urban sustainability. After all, it takes a combination of citizen support and top-down vision to create meaningful change in a city. While public focus is usually on what city leaders ...
Urban design for safer roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey’s RSLab
Turkey has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world. Better road infrastructure design and sustainable mobility can change that, reducing crashes and saving lives. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr.
More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase ...
Who needs cars? Smart mobility can make cities sustainable
Metrobús, Mexico City’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, began operations in 2005 and now serves 855,000 passengers every day. Line 4 (pictured) was launched in 2012 and currently serves 50,000 passengers daily. Photo by Taís Policanti/EMBARQ Mexico.
This article was originally published on January 15, 2015 by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.  Last year marked an important tipping point: for the first time, half of the global population lives in cities. Cities currently add 1.4 million people each ...
Live from Transforming Transportation: Making sustainable urban mobility a policy reality
On the second day of Transforming Transportation, panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities for implementing sustainable mobility plans. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr.
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport arm of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference focuses on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and takes place on ...
Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car
Medellín, Colombia's Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city's informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil.
Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants ...
People-oriented streets and the built environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars present at Transforming Transportation 2015
Erik Vergel-Tovar (left) of Colombia and Madeline Brozen (right) of the United States—recipients of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship—presented their research findings at Transforming Transportation 2015. Photos by Zhou Jia/WRI.
Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state like Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, road safety champions like former New ...
Transport plays a key role in urban air quality
Transport plays a growing role in both the global climate and public health in cities like Londrina, Brazil (pictured). Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
The city is like an organism, and the swift movement of people and goods is the oxygen that sustains its well-being. When this circulation is inhibited, it significantly compromises the quality of urban life. For example, private cars account for ...
Live from Transforming Transportation: The actions we need for the sustainable urban future we want
At the final session of Transforming Transportation 2015, speakers discussed why 2015 presents unprecedented opportunities to embed sustainable transport in the global development agenda. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport arm of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference focuses on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and takes place on ...
Live from Transforming Transportation: How connected cities are good for people and business
Day two of Transforming Transportation kicked off with an exploration of how connected cities present opportunities for businesses to better meet citizens’ needs. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport arm of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference focuses on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and takes place on ...