TheCityFix Picks, July 30: Istanbul’s Mega Automart, Epe’s Bitty Bike Lane, Toronto’s Open Fares
Toronto is in the middle of a hot debate to change the electronic fare system to an open system. Photo by wyliepoon.
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
New Searchable Database for Transportation and Infrastructure Earmarks
New Searchable Database for Transportation and Infrastructure Earmarks
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) released a new searchable database today, allowing the public to search for “any Member-designated projects submitted by any Member of the House of Representatives in legislation originating in the Committee on Transportation and ...
Learning Livability Locally: New PBS Series Imagines Future of American Communities
What does "livability" look like across America? A new PBS series -- "Livable Future: Local Solutions" -- will help answer this question. Above: artistic rendering of Boston's Fairmount Line Corridor. Image via fta.dot.gov.
Wanna learn what livability looks like? Stay tuned to PBS. This summer, ten PBS partner stations are reporting on how transportation solutions at the local, state and national level can “create more equitable, convenient, greener, cleaner and healthier communities.”
Amman: An Organized City with a Soul
Facing "Dubaification" a few years back, officials and planners in Amman decided to take the city in a different direction, protecting its historic vistas while boosting residents' sense of community. Image via Roobee.
“A livable city is an organized city with a soul.” That’s the principle behind Amman, Jordan’s, “Amman 2025″ master plan (PDF). And the city is moving closer and closer to achieving its vision of livability, in spite of the odds. ...
Mayoral Bike to Work Day?
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa broke his elbow while cyclist last weekend when a car abruptly pulled into his bike lane. Photo via DailyBreeze.com.
Last weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa experienced firsthand why city cyclists are constantly complaining about disrespectful drivers on the streets. Villaraigosa, who began to actively promote biking in L.A. after attending the Copenhagen climate conference in December, was out ...
Friday Fun: Swaying To and Fro, on the Subway
Friday Fun: Swaying To and Fro, on the Subway
To get you pumped about public transit this weekend, here are some subway songs and dances. Now if only we could find videos of quality acts like this on BRT! All-girl dance crew on the Paris subway:
New Work Out Plan: Take Public Transit
Arlington, VA is the latest city to promote losing weight and finding love by riding public transit. Image via Grist.
63.7% of the D.C. region’s workers who are over 16 drive by themselves to the office.  But now, Arlington, Virginia, is reaching out to its lonesome single-occupancy vehicle drivers in a public campaign to make them fitter and flirtier. The ...
Life in the Bike Lane: New York City
Cycling is the fastest-growing way to get around NYC. Image via Jaszek PL.
As WNYC highlighted on Thursday, cycling is the fastest-growing way to get around New York City.  In 2008, the city added a record 90 miles of bike lanes — bringing the total to 420 miles — and passed the Bicycle Access ...
Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo Exposes Challenges for China’s Cities
The China Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo: What does it say about the future of Chinese cities? Photo by lee_blake_somerset.
Cities in China are “becoming ever less habitable,” and their future will depend on an “urban awakening” that includes the Chinese government’s support of public participation in urban planning and decision-making, says Zhang Song, a professor at Tongji University’s College ...
New York Subway Getting Wired
A plan to bring WiFi and cellular service to NYC's subway system is back on track. Photo via NY Daily News.
New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has been testing Wi-Fi technology and cellular service in its subway system for a few years now. And back in 2007, the city made a deal with Transit Wireless to wire all of ...